It’s my favourite ride. Go to the top of Great Hill at 1,251 feet and ride the exquisite downhill through Brinscall Woods. It’s a long and varied ride with some flat and undulating sections, lots of gravity assisted parts and a bit of everything that we mountain bikers love. The climb is valuable exercise and … Continue reading Returning to Great Hill.
I had a decision to make before I set off today. I've been losing the chain from my Boardman's chain ring because, I presume, it's worn to the point of needing replacement. In an ideal world you'd replace the chain ring, chain and 11 speed cassette all together but I've had a bit of misfortune … Continue reading Another ride of discovery.
Many years ago my mates and I rode with someone who'd never joined us before, for a Tuesday evening ride. We tried some trails I'd found to the west of town and our new companion suggested some additions along the side of the river Yarrow which, I for one, had never seen before. I've wondered … Continue reading Riding the river Yarrow.
I'm working for the next two days and since gardening is quite physical I didn't want to be too tired after todays ride. What seems to count most is the length of a ride, more than the intensity so I was happy to do a very active ride today as long as it was short. … Continue reading Correcting my mistakes.
…..though the legs come into it as well! After my success achieving a target set in January in my last ride I thought I should have a go at one of my other targets. This one I haven't ridden successfully for many years. I first rode it in 1998, if memory serves and for a … Continue reading Riding is in the mind……..
The weather has been lovely today, but not especially warm. I would have waited until tomorrow to ride but I've been asked to do a days work. I can take the dog along, so that's alright. He's never been out with me for a day of gardening and is not the kind of dog who could … Continue reading A short ride in the sunshine.
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 for … Continue reading 2 rides whilst tired.
I couldn't ride on Friday so it's been 5 days since my last ride. It's a shame because Friday was fairly dry but we've had a lot of rain since. I thought about a road ride but they don't really appeal, so I rode Healey nab. I covered 9.46 miles but only really did one … Continue reading Wetter than an otter’s pocket!