My last ride was superb. The wind dried, frost hardened ground rode like it would have done in summer, in places. A real treat in our coldest winter in 10 years. I'd hoped that the cold conditions were going to persist to give me another good ride but things have warmed up by quite a … Continue reading Returning to Great Hill.
After days of rain and slushy snow the prospects for a mountain bike ride didn't look good. This morning I walked the dog in a very muddy Duxbury Woods but towards the end of the walk the sun broke through. I realised that I might not get a better day for a while so I … Continue reading Riding in the sunshine.
The weather has been warming to a heady 7 celcius over the last few days, thawing any remaining ice and snow. A warm front has passed over giving rain but today was dry in it's wake. Dry is not something which could be said of the ground but mud would be preferable to the ice … Continue reading A better ride.
After 4 days without a ride I was eager to get out today. The problem was that I'd woken yesterday to a snow shower which had left a thin covering. We walked our dog, Freddie, and I think it may have been the first time in his three and a half years that he's experienced … Continue reading Is it worth riding in ice and snow?
I always like to have a plan for every ride. I'm often flexible once I'm underway as I was on my last ride 3 days ago. I started with the idea to ride 3 laps of a circuit which I'd learned about from the app. Strava. Two other riders had competed to be the fastest … Continue reading The importance of planning a ride.
It's Monday and I haven't ridden my mountain bike since Thursday. In the current muddy conditions I struggled to think of a ride which seemed exciting but I knew what to do. I'd do a harder training ride because I know that working hard on the bike is just about the best tool to motivate … Continue reading Time to train.
I've been a little worried after my last few rides that I wasn't going to be having as much fun as I usually have mountain biking. Although I've generally been riding between showers, not whilst it was actually raining, the ground has been muddy. This slows me down throughout my rides and makes corners treacherous. … Continue reading A much better ride in muddy conditions.
We've had plenty of rain in the last week and at this time of year the ground takes a long time to dry up. It was inevitable that my ride yesterday would be on soaking wet surfaces which limits my riding options. Healey Nab, my nearest hill, seemed like the best bet. The man made … Continue reading Another muddy ride.
I had a plan for today's ride but I just hadn't expected the ground to be so muddy. We have not had much rain this week, as far as I recall, but last night at bedtime we did get a short, heavy shower. This morning the weather was good with a mixture of sunshine and … Continue reading How did all the mud get here?
I wouldn't like to fall off a bike on the road but usually when you fall off a mountain bike things are not so bad. I've always enjoyed testing the limits of speed on a bike on the dirt. I love it when the tyres reach the limit of grip and start to shimmy around. … Continue reading Falling off twice in one ride is not a problem.