The weather has continued to be wet, which is not the best weather for trying a new trail. On a recent ride I'd noticed a track which, in over 30 years of going to the top of Great Hill, I'd never noticed before. On that occasion I followed it part way from it's rather vague … Continue reading Discovering a new trail.
I've ridden a few times recently where I've concentrated on my riding technique. I've also looked at my bike setup to see if I could benefit from any changes. I've lowered my tyre pressures because I found that I could improve the grip on corners yet after a fair test found the bike not to … Continue reading Technique.
I've quoted from the movie "Point Break" in my writing in the past, as in the title of this account. The movie centres around surfing but it could perhaps have been written about mountain biking instead. Surfers and mountain bikers often seek that ultimate ride. Just as a lack of the right waves may hamper … Continue reading For the ride. For the ultimate ride!
Every time I've ridden up my local hill, Healey Nab recently, the mountain bike trails have improved. After 2,500 diseased larch trees were felled in March it looked as if we'd never get our man made trail system back but amazing progress has been made. The Coronavirus has prevented any calls for volunteers, so whoever … Continue reading Things are improving at Healey Nab.
Today started with drizzle. You wouldn’t really call it rain, it was more like mist but it did dampen the ground. I’d walked the dog early on, before it started, but it didn’t look like it would wet me so off I went for a mountain bike ride. After my last ride on my 2004 … Continue reading First wet ride in over two months!
Today I rode to my nearest hill, Healey nab. So what made it a new hill to explore? The felling of 2,500 larch trees and massive damage by the tree felling equipment left little available to ride but in just a month trails are now emerging which I've ridden a number of times. Today I … Continue reading Exploring a new hill.
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.
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.
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.
The weather continues to be glorious. I heard that we are getting less high clouds because of a lack of vapour trails from aircraft. As I look out now I can't see any in a clear blue sky. Water vapour is maybe the only greenhouse gas, which is why we stay warm on a cloudy … Continue reading Back to the woods.