Big Ride Recovery

So, you've just completed a big ride, let's say over 100 miles. You're over the moon but you're exhausted. What do you do to recover from those miles and make sure you're not hurting for the next couple of weeks? Recovery Shake The first thing I tend to do, once I've caught my breath, is... Continue Reading →

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Shaved Legs

As promised, I have shaved my legs! For those of you who don't know, when I was raising money for a charity called Debra, I'd set myself a target of £500 and I may have said that, if I managed to hit it, I would shave my legs in an attempt to look like a... Continue Reading →

The Charity Ride – Event Day

This is what it's all been about for the last 10 months. All of the training, all of the time spent on the bike(s). It all boils down to one ride. Sounds dramatic... I can almost hear the trailer music playing. The morning of the ride we woke relatively early. With the hotel we were... Continue Reading →

Less Than A Week To Go

It really isn't long now until my main ride of the year. 4 days to be exact. I'm feeling pretty happy about it, don't get me wrong I still have worries about not finishing or struggling half way round and not enjoying it. But I can't let those thoughts get the better of me now.... Continue Reading →

Summer Riding

Who doesn't love riding in the bright sunshine and the warmer temperatures? I know I do. Any excuse to get out on the bike in shorts and a jersey and I'm there. In fact, I used to say hotter the better until I went out for a 70 odd mile ride in 30 °C heat.... Continue Reading →

Training… The Journey So Far

As most of you know, I'm due to take part in an event called Ride Yorkshire. It'll take me a total of 102 miles and 5,500 ft of climbing around the glorious Yorkshire countryside. I'm actually really looking forward to it, I'm sure that'll change once I embark up the first of many hills. Still never... Continue Reading →

My S-Works – The First Ride

The first ride of any new bike is always a wonderful occasion. I was extremely excited to get out on my new S-Works Tarmac, although I was also a little apprehensive. I was a bit worried that I wouldn't be able to tell the difference between my old Tarmac and my shiny new one. Still,... Continue Reading →

It Just Takes One Good Ride…

When you've fallen out of love with riding your bike for whatever reason and you just can't bring yourself to swing your leg over and push down on the pedal. This has happened to me on a number of occasions. About 4 weeks ago I stopped riding and hadn't even pulled a bike out of... Continue Reading →

The Devil’s In The Details

My last post was about building up my new S-Works frame. I mention that I love building my own bikes, it makes them just that little bit more special and gives them a more personal touch. All of my bikes have their intricate details that I love and I think that's what makes them feel... Continue Reading →

The S-Works Build

I love building bikes. Especially my own, it gives them a more personal touch. After building up my new S-Works frame this will be the fifth bike I have built myself for myself. The plan was to use all of the bits and pieces from my old road bike and port them across to my... Continue Reading →

My First S-Works

For as long as I can remember I've always wanted an S-Works frame. I love the look of the Specialized Venge, but I found it a little too stiff for the kind of riding I do. Don't get me wrong, if money and space weren't an issue there would certainly be one in the collection.... Continue Reading →

Taking A Break

So, my break didn't quite go to plan. Yes, I did plan to have a bit of a break from my blog and I'll explain why shortly. The reason it didn't quite go to plan is that it was a tad longer than I had originally intended. I'd been working hard, trying to prepare and... Continue Reading →

An Active Recovery Session

I know, I was confused too... It was back in January when I was attempting to cycle 10 miles each day as a challenge. I wanted to try and carry on piling up the miles as much as I could after completing it. But I wasn't sure of the best way. I was then told... Continue Reading →

The Weekend Ride: Caunton

Some very pretty scenery around a place when we don't ride often enough. We set out from Will's after a few text messages the night before organising where we'd ride. We both agreed that we were slightly bored or riding the same roads. The issue was that we didn't normally have time to go further afield.... Continue Reading →

I Can’t Wait To Ride My Bike

Recently my blog posts have been about my bikes themselves. Some enjoying the delights of a few upgrades, others just requiring a little bit of TLC. Either way, I've not been able to ride them as often as I'd have liked to. There are a few reasons for this. Firstly, the weather has been shocking. Here... Continue Reading →

My Track Bike Update

A couple of weeks ago I talked about having a bike day. Not a day of riding but a day where I managed to spend a bit of time giving some of my bikes some TLC and a few upgrades. One of these bikes was my track bike. When I bought it, I came across... 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 →

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