Recently I've dug a pond by hand and paved around it. We had no access to use a mini digger and getting the heavy clay soil to a skip in the road meant using a wheelbarrow to cart it through the garage. Initially I thought the project wouldn't affect my mountain biking since I expected … Continue reading Feeling far fitter.
After a very rainy week we also got strong winds today. I decided that my only option was to ignore the weather and ride to a high and remote moor! I'd ride to the ruined and deserted farms set above Brinscall, back through the woods and over Healey Nab. I set off with the wind … Continue reading Wild weather.
I’ve often thought that I knew every trail within easy reach of home. Sometimes, though, I’ve ridden along with someone new and they’ve shown me a trail I didn’t know. Within the last year I’ve been surprised to discover several trails in places I’ve been riding forever. Today I did a little exploration … Continue reading Still finding new trails after all these years!
Readers in Britain may know what I mean by Trigger's broom. It's from a sit. com. where a character, Trigger, claimed to have had the same brush for 25 years. Everyone was amazed at his economy and he had received a medal for it. Then he admitted that in that time it had had 17 new heads … Continue reading Trigger’s broom and how I almost swept clean.
The recent snow has been washed away by rain so now we're back to mud! Still that's so often a mountain bikers life in the Northwest of England so I went out yesterday for a bit of fun. The weather forecast suggested that today would be rainy and they were right, so I was glad … Continue reading Testing and maintenance.
My Boardman full suspension bike had developed play in the main pivot bearings so I decided to replace them myself. I found that the bearings I bought were exactly the same as a bike I'd owned a few years ago. That was an Orange 5. I could have saved some money! I used a vice … Continue reading MTB maintenance.