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.
Actually, for me, it's more like "it's no fun", rather than snow fun. I've never enjoyed riding in snowy conditions and we've had snow lying on the ground for the last week. Instead of riding, to help my fitness, I've done some long walks with my dog, Freddie. I walked up Great Hill on Sunday … Continue reading Snow fun.
The friends I used to ride with, before they became too old for it, hated to repeat a section of trail. I've always preferred to repeat sections so that you can keep improving your performance and that's what I did today. https://www.strava.com/activities/2080162862/embed/170e432463755b9e16c03d0f71ece38156a6bc21 I loved sliding around the corners and noticed how some corners were becoming … Continue reading Riding around in circles!
I rode Healey Nab today because I knew that the man made trail would be rideable. The strong winds over the past couple of days had even dried things out in the more open areas. I covered 9.6 miles in 3 laps with over 1000 feet of climbing. https://www.strava.com/activities/2075741508 https://www.strava.com/activities/2075741508/embed/a79211c02573b717500d68809ad7a70ebe8768f5 I rode 2 laps of … Continue reading A good Sunday ride.