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.
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!
I had a decision to make before I set off today. I've been losing the chain from my Boardman's chain ring because, I presume, it's worn to the point of needing replacement. In an ideal world you'd replace the chain ring, chain and 11 speed cassette all together but I've had a bit of misfortune … Continue reading Another ride of discovery.
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.
This time I'm not talking about personal records for ride segments on the app. Strava. (Though maybe more of that later!) I'm talking about weather records, specifically the amount of rain we've had. This winter was already much wetter than last winter, I could tell this from the ground conditions on my bike rides. During … Continue reading Are we breaking records?
I like to feel fit. It's a life affirming thing to feel that you're in a good physical position. I also know that it gets harder as you get older and through mountain biking I've measured some deterioration! It isn't something to be too sad about and failing to accept the inevitable march of time … Continue reading How can you know you’re getting fitter?
You can ask me. Because today I became a king! That is I set a segment time on the popular app. Strava which was faster than anyone else has ever achieved. Don't worry, this blog will not continue as an act of shameless self aggrandisement. I can see why my time was so fast and … Continue reading What would it be like to be a king?
Many years ago my mates and I rode with someone who'd never joined us before, for a Tuesday evening ride. We tried some trails I'd found to the west of town and our new companion suggested some additions along the side of the river Yarrow which, I for one, had never seen before. I've wondered … Continue reading Riding the river Yarrow.
Today I finally got out after a 6 day break which must be one of my longest breaks this year. I love Christmas but it does require a lot of preparation. I've also recently cut an oak tree down in my back garden. It was just getting too big after only 21 years. Who knew … Continue reading A trail ride before Christmas.
Early this morning I started thinking about my idea to ride the Mary Towneley Loop (MTL), next year. It's a circuit of 47 miles in the Pennines with 6,500 feet of climbing. I read some forum posts from people who have ridden the route previously and have realised that most riders complete the ride in … Continue reading I’m thinking about next year, already.