Early Morning Rides

Sometimes they can be really tough, but they can also be the most rewarding. I'm sure that I'm not the only one who sometimes struggles to get out of bed early in the morning. There are just some days where my eyelids are far too heavy to even consider opening, never mind getting out on... Continue Reading →

Dropper Posts

One of the best things for your mountain bike! I mentioned in my previous post that I'd finally managed to install a dropper post on my hardtail. I've had dropper posts before, on my previous and currently full suspension bikes. For those that don't know, a dropper post is a seat post that can be... Continue Reading →

Hardtails

9 times out of 10 if I'm going out on the mountain bikes then my Santa Cruz Bronson, my full suspension bike, usually gets picked. However, on recent rides, I've been taking my Orange hardtail out for a spin. I love a good looking hardtail, especially ones with a good amount of travel up front.... Continue Reading →

A Quick Brake Change

Still not quite as quick as a Formula 1 pit stop. However, I think it's the quickest I've changed a set of brakes and discs on a bike. Oh and the handlebars for good measure. At the weekend, I received a text from Josh asking if I'd like to go for a quick blast around... Continue Reading →

The Weekend Ride: Sherwood Pines

I know, back here again, but it's definitely an easy place to go, especially at short notice. Well, I say short notice, I got a text from Josh staying that we should go out to pines but on the hardtails. Something we haven't done in a while. Especially as the bike was sitting in the garage... Continue Reading →

Picture or Personal Best?

So, here's the scenario. You're out and about on the bike. You're feeling good. The weather is great. You're enjoying a lovely cycle along a country road where you know there is a Strava segment. But, at the same time, you notice a fantastic photo opportunity with a fantastic view that could only be improved... Continue Reading →

A Cyclists Christmas

Hopefully, everyone has had a wonderful Christmas and a great start to the new year. I have to admit, I love Christmas. Not just because of the presents but because of the whole thing. The getting together with family and friends. Eating and drinking far too much. It's the one time of year that you can... Continue Reading →

New Year, New Start, New Targets

Happy New Year everyone! I can't believe that 2018 has been, come and gone. Looking back on my Strava, it's been a pretty good year for me. We'll ignore the mid-year crash... I was extremely pleased that I'd successfully managed to achieve my target of 1000 miles for the year. That may not seem like... Continue Reading →

I’m Back on the Mountain Bike!

Finally! I'm back on my favourite bike doing my favourite type of cycling. Ok, it was a fairly steady ride, but it did involve some dry dusty trails and that to me is perfection. It was last weekend on a slightly cloudy Sunday afternoon. I was feeling a little bit tired, slightly stressed but I... Continue Reading →

Stress Buster

Cycling is good for you. No, I'll re-phrase that, cycling is great for you. Everyone suffers from stress every now and then. It could be work, day to day life, or you just need a break from everything. I'm sure we can all relate in one way or another. For me, cycling is one of... Continue Reading →

An Unexpected Break…

Sometimes things don't quite go according to plan. About six weeks ago I had the pleasure of coming off my mountain bike while playing up at Lady Cannings in the Peak District. It was a gorgeous day, the sun was shining and it was the first time we'd been to Lady Cannings so we weren't... Continue Reading →

Am I A Fair Weather Cyclist?

I ask myself this question fairly regularly. In my head, I like to think that I'll go out riding regardless of what the weather is doing. But in reality, I'm checking and double checking the weather before I head out of the door. So, by that definition, I am a fair-weather cyclist. However, just to... Continue Reading →

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