It would be simple if my only priority was to ride my bike though life might be little one dimensional. Today I wanted to fit in a bike ride especially since the weather forecast didn't look good. Rain this afternoon and a wet weekend with the chance of snow. What happened to the spring like … Continue reading Priorities of a mountain biker.
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.
Today I thought for a long time about where I should ride. I considered Rivington, which has plenty of choice of popular rides. I also thought about some other local riding, relearning some old trails ready to ride them when the weather dries up. I finally decided to ride Great Hill because it is an … Continue reading Great Hill. A great ride.
Not a tale of my origins in Yorkshire but a great ride this afternoon to Brinscall Woods. The picture at the top shows a few roots at the bottom of a fantastic downhill section. It has loads of exposed roots and some big drop offs where the ground has eroded under the tree roots. It's … Continue reading Back to my roots!
I have been trying my Rockshox Pike fork with different numbers of volume spacers in my last few ride. For todays ride I removed them all. This would give me a more linear spring rate, rather than starting soft and ramping up as the spring compressed. The expectation is that the fork wouldn't perform as … Continue reading More suspension testing.
Last year I used spacers to reduce the air volume in my forks. I had noticed that the performance on repeated small bumps wasn't as good as my older bikes on a bike less than 2 years old. Unfortunately I made 2 changes to the fork at the same time so I never really knew … Continue reading Pop!
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.