I was accepted by the Royal Navy to train as an officer in 1985. I would have gone on to fly helicopters but unfortunately my medical history intervened. I’d had a brief illness in my teens and it was decided that I was too much of a risk to invest a massive amount of money … Continue reading Remembrance.
After a very rainy week we also got strong winds today. I decided that my only option was to ignore the weather and ride to a high and remote moor! I'd ride to the ruined and deserted farms set above Brinscall, back through the woods and over Healey Nab. I set off with the wind … Continue reading Wild weather.
The rain has been shocking this week. It's prevented me from riding for 5 days and since my last ride was a road ride it's been 9 days since I've ridden on the dirt. I considered another road ride today since I knew the trails would be exceedingly muddy but I'd watched a Youtube video. … Continue reading Mud Fest.
I usually prefer to ride trails, even if I'm just getting from A to B. Today, though, conditions would have been too wet for a decent off road ride so I chose to ride the roads. This decision was assisted by my wife Ali, who is convinced that my muddy riding gear is bound to … Continue reading A road ride, which was surprisingly good!
With continuing dry weather I thought it was a good chance to ride my current favourite trail. From home to the top of Great Hill, which rises to 1,250 feet, and back via a long and fabulous downhill through Brinscall Woods is around 15.5 miles with almost 1,500 feet of ascent. Looking at the app. … Continue reading Great Hill again.
Today has been a beautiful autumn day. The colours are amazing, the weather was calm and mainly sunny. I was keen to ride the new love of my life, my son's Trek Fuel EX8 29" wheel full suspension bike, and take it on my favourite downhill from the top of Great Hill. Of course I … Continue reading A lovely autumn ride.
For several rides it seems like I’ve only ridden single track and bermed (banked) manmade trails. Of course I enjoy this kind of riding but my favourite trails tend to be natural trails with flat corners. Here I can reach what, to me, is the nirvana of mountain biking. That moment when you reach the … Continue reading Riding flat corners.
Today the weather has been gorgeous, with blue skies and sunshine. I didn't want a hard ride with ambitious targets so chose a trail ride to Healey Nab where I'd ride a full lap from the trailhead then ride another downhill section back home. I used the canal to stay off the roads and have … Continue reading A more relaxing ride.
I have the privilege, since the summer, of having access to the 3 most common mountain bike wheel sizes, 26”, 27.5” and 29”. My son wasn’t using his Trek Fuel EX8 so I brought it home when we last visited. It has 29” wheels and is a 2014 model. Moving it around, in the garage … Continue reading Riding on big wheels again.
This morning I walked my dog, Freddie, and on the way home I saw a somewhat older gentleman who walks and runs whilst keeping a hula hoop continually twirling around his waist. I thought for a brief moment that I could acquire a hula hoop and try to do the same. Then I saw sense … Continue reading A longer ride and a look to the future.