Why a 25 year old mountain bike is still worth riding.

I didn’t ride my 25 year old Proflex bike entirely out of choice, today. I still haven’t got the wheels for my Boardman, a bike of a mere 4 years, back from the shop yet, having had new bearings and a pawl spring in the free hub fitted. The weather has, however, remained ideal for … Continue reading Why a 25 year old mountain bike is still worth riding.

A window in the weather.

Yesterday was a rainy day. The forecast suggested light rain all day but when I was walking the dog the sun came out. It was a good opportunity, with a window in the weather, to get a mountain bike ride in. We’re doing a big garden project so I thought a fairly short ride would … Continue reading A window in the weather.

Back to my favourite downhill.

It was around a year ago that I pieced together a downhill mountain bike ride which is now my absolute favourite. In truth it begins at the top of Great Hill but today I had to abbreviate my ride so I didn’t ride right from the top of the hill. Instead I climbed Brinscall Woods … Continue reading Back to my favourite downhill.

Birthday Boy!

Yesterday was my birthday. It wasn’t a significant one. I didn’t change age category on the app. Strava, that’ll be next time. We’re doing a massive garden project at the moment so I didn’t have the time for a long and indulgent ride, which is what I really need. My last ride was a short … Continue reading Birthday Boy!

The Mary Towneley Loop, ridden and reviewed.

My biggest mountain bike target for this year has been to ride the 47 mile Mary Towneley Loop. It's almost all off road so the distance alone is a challenge but the difficulty is vastly compounded by 6,500 feet of ascent and descent in the circuit. I was unable to ride it in April due … Continue reading The Mary Towneley Loop, ridden and reviewed.

Last ride before the big one.

I've been planning to ride the 47 mile Mary Towneley Loop since the beginning of the year. My hope was to do it in April, when the weather was amazingly dry, but the Coronavirus lockdown prevented me. The weather was too wet at the end of August, when I last had a chance but this … Continue reading Last ride before the big one.

26 inch wheels.

On my last 2 rides I used bikes with 29” then 27.5” wheels. For comparison, today, I chose to ride one of my classic mountain bikes which has old school 26” wheels. This is the wheel size used in the embryonic Californian scene which developed into mountain biking as we now know it. I rode … Continue reading 26 inch wheels.

Preparing for the big one.

I'm hoping to ride the Mary Towneley Loop a week on Friday. It's a 47 mile circuit with 6,500 feet of climbing and is almost all off road. Before then my wife and I are visiting our son 270 miles away in Sussex where I might get a ride in. I'll return next Monday, six … Continue reading Preparing for the big one.

How it used to be.

I've been giving the handling of my mountain bike a lot of thought recently and made some changes to try to improve things. Bikes have changed a lot over the last 7 years or so. Wheels have generally become bigger and tyres wider. Bikes are longer, throwing off their road bike geometry which persisted for … Continue reading How it used to be.

A target beaten. Just!

Today started cloudy with a light breeze wafting from the north. I decided to have my second try at one of the two targets which I've set myself for this year's mountain biking. It's a simple matter of beating my best time from last year from the top of Edge Gate Lane to the summit … Continue reading A target beaten. Just!