Trying a fast lap.

If you’ve read my blogs before you’ll have noticed that I ride Healey Nab a lot. It’s only 15 minutes ride away and has a series of man made MTB trails as well as some good natural riding. Last year I rode the red route in 11 minutes 12 seconds and one of this year’sContinue reading “Trying a fast lap.”

Clear blue skies.

Today we’ve had fantastic weather. Not a cloud in the sky all day. Despite the popular term “April showers” it’s not unusual for us to have a good, dry month in April. Before the vegetation grows too high it can be some of the best mountain biking of the year. Today I returned to theContinue reading “Clear blue skies.”

Mountain bike paradise.

Within a reasonable riding distance of my house, most riders would say that the closest to an MTB paradise is the area around Winter Hill, which is often referred to as Rivington, after the small village at the foot of the hill. To the north of Winter Hill you can do a high level route toContinue reading “Mountain bike paradise.”

Riding back 5,500 years.

My last ride was covered in my post “The World’s longest second”. It was a frantic and successful attempt to ride a segment in less than 22 minutes and 20 seconds. I beat the time by one second. I thought today that I should do something completely different where time wasn’t important. I decided toContinue reading “Riding back 5,500 years.”

Horses for courses.

Just as you need the right horse to perform best on a particular race course you need the right mountain bike. Today I wanted to push myself on 2 different pieces of trail. The first is a climb which takes over 2 minutes, so is equivalent to an 800m running race on a track. TheContinue reading “Horses for courses.”

Failed again.

Yesterday I did a days work. It happens occasionally. I was helping a friend who is a professional gardener so it was mainly grass cutting and weeding. It’s fairly physical but I wasn’t tired this morning so I did a not too hard ride. We’ve had no rain for a few days but some windContinue reading “Failed again.”

Bicycle detective.

I recently acquired the bike pictured above. I hoped it could have some value since I was told it was probably from the 1940s. I didn’t pay anything for it. It was just among some blacksmiths tools and equipment that my son was given. He is an apprentice farrier (he shoes horses) and he wasContinue reading “Bicycle detective.”

A ride for fitness.

After 5 days without a ride I was motivated to get out just to maintain my fitness. A bucket in my garden, which was empty last weekend, now has over 6 inches (15cm) of rain water in it. That’s an awful lot of rain in just a week so I thought that riding off road wouldContinue reading “A ride for fitness.”

Sun and wind.

It was sunny when I set off for my ride on Wednesday but rather windy. Storm Gareth (they give storms a name these days) had been blowing strongly but had calmed down. Although solar power is of little use in Britain we are currently generating a sixth of our electricity from the wind and thisContinue reading “Sun and wind.”

Sciatica……

Younger readers might think that I’m about to review an exciting new mountain bike called the Sciatica, whilst older readers are likely to know that sciatica is a debilitating pain in the legs! Sciatica is caused by pressure on the sciatic nerve which runs from the spine to the legs. It causes a sharp painContinue reading “Sciatica……”

A pleasant surprise.

I’ve been thinking of going to an area which I rode regularly 20 years and more ago. Today I did and was pleasantly surprised. I rode the segment “Drop to Birky” where I set a new fastest time on my last ride. I noticed how much easier the Boardman is to ride fast on theContinue reading “A pleasant surprise.”

2 rides whilst tired.

I’ve been doing plenty of hard work at home in addition to daily dog walks so on my last 2 rides I’ve felt tired. I don’t know much about the science of training in this state. If I start out already tired will training improve my stamina? I realise that I won’t be out forContinue reading “2 rides whilst tired.”

2 challenges.

It’s good to have a challenge or 2 on a ride. It adds interest and gives your ride purpose. Yesterday I tried to achieve 2 things which were to ride from White Coppice to Brinscal woods and back without a foot down. The second was to do a fast lap or Healey Nab red route.Continue reading “2 challenges.”

Back to my roots!

Not a tale of my origins in Yorkshire but a great ride this afternoon to Brinscall Woods. The picture at the top shows a few roots at the bottom of a fantastic downhill section. It has loads of exposed roots and some big drop offs where the ground has eroded under the tree roots. It’sContinue reading “Back to my roots!”

More suspension testing.

I have been trying my Rockshox Pike fork with different numbers of volume spacers in my last few ride. For todays ride I removed them all. This would give me a more linear spring rate, rather than starting soft and ramping up as the spring compressed. The expectation is that the fork wouldn’t perform asContinue reading “More suspension testing.”