Why I’m writing this….

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I am a lifelong mountain biker who rarely lacks motivation. I had always ridden bikes off road like most kids but in 1976 I bought a "scrambler" for 70 pence. This was a bike which was dedicated to off road use. In 1977 I added a homemade suspension fork. I used the front suspension units … Continue reading Why I’m writing this….

Are we breaking records?

This time I'm not talking about personal records for ride segments on the app. Strava. (Though maybe more of that later!) I'm talking about weather records, specifically the amount of rain we've had. This winter was already much wetter than last winter, I could tell this from the ground conditions on my bike rides. During … Continue reading Are we breaking records?

How can you know you’re getting fitter?

I like to feel fit. It's a life affirming thing to feel that you're in a good physical position. I also know that it gets harder as you get older and through mountain biking I've measured some deterioration! It isn't something to be too sad about and failing to accept the inevitable march of time … Continue reading How can you know you’re getting fitter?

What would it be like to be a king?

You can ask me. Because today I became a king! That is I set a segment time on the popular app. Strava which was faster than anyone else has ever achieved. Don't worry, this blog will not continue as an act of shameless self aggrandisement. I can see why my time was so fast and … Continue reading What would it be like to be a king?

Another month’s worth of rain in a day….

....turns out to be another vast exaggeration! Yes, it's rained. We've been told that the wind would gust to 80 mph but all we've had is a slight breeze. Proof positive I believe of some bizarre attempt to worry everyone. Every weather event, even trivial ones, keep being styled by the TV news as unprecedented. … Continue reading Another month’s worth of rain in a day….

A ride between two storms.

Storm Ciara has departed but will soon be followed by the less exotic sounding storm Dennis. Today was still quite breezy but the sun shone for most of the morning. I took the opportunity to ride today and wanted something to focus on to give the ride more value. Great Hill seemed like a good … Continue reading A ride between two storms.

6 weeks of rain in one day!

This has been the claim after Storm Ciara passed over us this weekend. Plenty of places have suffered flooding but in Chorley it didn't seem as severe. In fact yesterday the sun came out in the afternoon and it hasn't rained since. The breeze has continued to blow which has dried the surface especially in … Continue reading 6 weeks of rain in one day!

How good are cycling apps?

Today I had to collect the car I dropped off on Monday, having had a new brake servo fitted. The ride is a fairly straight line to the north. Do you find when travelling north, and this may only apply to the northern hemisphere, that you seem to do more uphills than downhills? If you … Continue reading How good are cycling apps?