At my age (57, if you must know) maybe I should have calm weekends with a little mountain bike riding. One of my other passions, however, is scootering. I have a 30 year old Vespa scooter and plenty of people around my age like to party at weekends like we're still 19. It's impossible to … Continue reading Recovery from a mad weekend.
I've been reading some interesting blog posts written by someone who has decided to follow my own blog. This person has obviously had some serious difficulties in their life and they are using blogging to help in resolving their problems. Mountain biking was probably too trivial to be mentioned in their posts! I had the … Continue reading The ups and downs of a mountain biker.
Cycling is a physical thing, right? Well yes, you need to be able to crank those pedals round but it's not always enough. I haven't been able to ride for 6 days, which is unusual for me but today I had the chance so thought I'd do a trail ride rather than chasing a time … Continue reading Psychology and riding.
It's Easter Sunday and almost too hot to sit in the sun. something we're not used to in northern England, especially not as early in the year as this. What suprised me next was that when I said "We can't just sit around all day" to my wife, she said "I suppose you want to … Continue reading Suprised. Shocked, even.
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's … Continue reading Trying a fast lap.
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 to … Continue reading Riding back 5,500 years.
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 was … Continue reading Bicycle detective.
After a road ride to avoid the mud on Saturday I have been unable to ride this week. Partly because of the rain and partly due to other commitments. Finally on Thursday I had the chance to ride. At first I thought it might be better to stick to the roads again but I could … Continue reading Back to the dirt!