Getting back to basics.

I read in the magazine Mountain Bike Rider (MBR) that on every ride you should have at least one thing you want to work on. I agree that every ride should have a purpose and today I decided to go back to the basics of riding trails, particularly narrow, twisting single track trails. But why … Continue reading Getting back to basics.

Looking to the future.

Having tried to achieve the 2 mountain biking targets which I'd set myself in January this year I just about made one, the climb to the top of Great Hill and back in less than 22 minutes 19 seconds. I achieved exactly that time according to the app. Strava but consider I succeeded because my … Continue reading Looking to the future.

Finding inspiration where I didn’t expect it.

There's a small chance that I may be able to ride the 47 mile Mary Towneley Loop on Sunday so I didn't want to do a big ride today. I decided to ride to my local hill, Healey Nab, to ride 3 laps of the man made mountain bike trails. I've done this ride many … Continue reading Finding inspiration where I didn’t expect it.

27.5 inch wheels

After my last ride on a Trek Fuel EX8 full suspension mountain bike with 29” wheels it would have been good to gain some more familiarity with the larger wheel size. Unfortunately the bike in question has badly worn rear wheel bearings which are preventing the gears from engaging easily. So today I chose to … Continue reading 27.5 inch wheels

Preparing for the big one.

I'm hoping to ride the Mary Towneley Loop a week on Friday. It's a 47 mile circuit with 6,500 feet of climbing and is almost all off road. Before then my wife and I are visiting our son 270 miles away in Sussex where I might get a ride in. I'll return next Monday, six … Continue reading Preparing for the big one.

How it used to be.

I've been giving the handling of my mountain bike a lot of thought recently and made some changes to try to improve things. Bikes have changed a lot over the last 7 years or so. Wheels have generally become bigger and tyres wider. Bikes are longer, throwing off their road bike geometry which persisted for … Continue reading How it used to be.

13 minutes 50 seconds.

Thirteen minutes and fifty seconds was the time I set last time I rode from the top of Great Hill down a big, mainly downhill trail to the Goit, which is a straightened river. Today my plan was to ride the same downhill but making sure it wasn't a race against myself, with the inherent … Continue reading 13 minutes 50 seconds.

I can’t stop riding my new favourite trail!

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!

Bike and body maintenance.

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.

Back to training.

My last few rides have been trail rides where I've had an objective to reach and return from, rather than a structured training ride. I don't want to allow my improved fitness to diminish so today I decided on a ride with a structured training element. I'd ride to Brinscall Woods and do 10 laps … Continue reading Back to training.