My last ride was something special. I rode a long downhill, shaving over a minute and a half from my previous time. I also set a new fastest ever time for a segment of the downhill on the app. Strava. I beat my previous best time by 2 seconds and crucially was a second faster … Continue reading Back to reality.
Today I thought I’d ride a long, by local standards, downhill mountain bike trail which I’ve only ridden in it’s entirety once before. That was on the 20th April and it took me 15 minutes and 27 seconds. I had to slow for walkers and dogs a few times on that occasion but I don't … Continue reading 15 minutes 27 seconds.
After a few days of showery rain I rode Healey Nab today. It's our nearest significant hill and rises to 680 feet above sea level. From our side the climb starts on pasture where sheep, and occasionally cows, sometimes graze. There are two steeper parts which provide excitement riding down. Today I took it fairy … Continue reading Strava. Creating a segment.
Some people have lots of trophies in their houses from things they’ve competed in or won at school. Ours is not such a house. My son has won trophies in the Scouts, for instance, but had to hand them back after having it for a year. I’ve never bothered saving things like the medals you … Continue reading Trophies.
I have fitted a new 11 speed cassette to my Boardman FS Pro mountain bike. That means that this year it's had a new mech. and the 3 components of the transmission, chain, chainring and now cassette. This must have cost me over £200 in total but should last a couple of years, though I … Continue reading I can’t stop riding my new favourite trail!
I recently changed the chainring of my Boardman FS Pro mountain bike. I'd been losing the chain occasionally so thought it was time. The 3 components of the drive train, chain, chainring and cassette of, in this case 11 gears, all wear together so often if you change one part the chain slips and you … Continue reading Bike and body maintenance.
To a viking warrior heaven was Valhalla, a paradise of drinking, eating and fighting. In my personal Valhalla I'd drop the fighting and replace it with mountain biking! The north of England had a long history of Viking invasion, starting with raids as far back as 793 AD. Vikings were not just raiders and thieves … Continue reading Finding Valhalla.