Man Flu.

Newspaper reports have confirmed that men suffer far worse from respiratory infections than women! "Man flu is real, reported the Daily Mirror . Many newspapers reported the news that scientists have found men suffer from flu more because they “invest in their spirit of adventure at the expense of their immune system” (The Daily Telegraph )." There … Continue reading Man Flu.

A bit of a shock.

I got a bit of a shock when I found that the shock absorber on my Boardman mountain bike would cost around £350 to replace. Even with a discount it's being offered by a big supplier, Chain Reaction Cycles, for £279. How can they be so expensive? All they consist of is a tube containing … Continue reading A bit of a shock.

Riding a homemade bike!

Actually it's only the front fork which is homemade but the bike has been transformed. I'd rather think of this fork as hand engineered or some similar epithet, it then sounds much safer and like something you'd actually want to ride. I confess I was slightly nervous before my ride and contemplated as I walked … Continue reading Riding a homemade bike!

What a treat!

After several days of rainy weather we now have a fabulous treat of 4 or 5 days of dry, sunny weather. We had friends round last night, ate too much, possibly drank too much and stayed up late. I felt OK this morning, though, so was looking forwards to a ride. Our son had visited … Continue reading What a treat!

Suspension of Disbelief.

Suspension of disbelief is when you throw away logic and accept something surreal for the sake of enjoyment. Many might not believe it's possible to build a part for a mountain bike which is as complex as a suspension fork. Some might fear it's safety or think that it just can't work. Maybe you think … Continue reading Suspension of Disbelief.

I’m liking the dry weather.

In the north of England you have to be ready for all weathers, often just in one day but this week has been dry and the trails have dried up well. This is unlikely to continue until the weekend and in the woodland there are still plenty of puddles and patches of mud. Having said … Continue reading I’m liking the dry weather.

A little ride and a new project.

Today I took the Boardman to ride 3 laps of Healey Nab. It was sunny when I set off but rather chilly. We must have been close to a frost early this morning and the leaves have started to fall. We haven't had a cold snap to kick the autumn off but I just think … Continue reading A little ride and a new project.

Creating a monster……

.....or, more precisely, a Beast. Stick with it, all will become clear. I thought that today was stupidly wet for an off road ride, though I admit this doesn't usually deter me. My wife had told me after breakfast that she expected the certain demise of the washing machine if I went off road today, … Continue reading Creating a monster……

More suspension testing.

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.