Bike Maintenance – Essential Tools for Home and Trail

Maintaining your bike is key, especially in the UK where the weather is pretty much always terrible. I outgrew my toolbox recently and had to upgrade to a lovely rolling kit from Lifeline. Here’s a few items I couldn’t live without! I’ve selected my favourite frequently used items, otherwise I’d be here all day. ParkContinue reading “Bike Maintenance – Essential Tools for Home and Trail”

2021 – Race plans, New Bike Day? GoPro incoming and the pursuit of endorsement

“I don’t expect to be running in podium places but for me to finish a race would be a phenomenal achievement” Welcome back readers, I hope great times were had by everyone over New Year to whatever extent you were able. Before we left 2020 in the dust I wrote a quick little post ofContinue reading “2021 – Race plans, New Bike Day? GoPro incoming and the pursuit of endorsement”

Fox Ranger 2.5L Jacket Review

One of the wonderful gifts I received this Christmas was the Fox Ranger 2.5L jacket. It’s been on my list for a while now and I thought a nice unbiased review would be well suited after a bimble round in the snow and the mud. The Ranger has a 10,000 millimeter waterproof layer that foughtContinue reading “Fox Ranger 2.5L Jacket Review”

Signing off for Christmas

Merry Christmas guys, a huge thanks to those of you who’ve read my posts so far and I hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as I have. I wanted to leave you all with a few thoughts and reflections before signing off for a couple of days for Christmas. Christmas rides are the business IContinue reading “Signing off for Christmas”

Hicks Lodge – Trail Review

“The first impression I got from the trail was: “f**k this is flat” In a last minute turn of events I changed my ride plan from the red graded Monkey Trail at Cannock Chase to the significantly less demanding Blue Trail at Hicks Lodge. At 9.3 kilometres(5.3miles) I had to take an extra run roundContinue reading “Hicks Lodge – Trail Review”

What do I take on a medium/long ride? – Kit check

One thing I’ve noticed recently when I go riding is that everyone seems to think I’m ‘over-prepared’ or ‘overpacking’. But as far as I’m concerned if it’s not weighing me down why not have it! Here’s a breakdown of the gear I take with me for most of my rides. Essentials My bike – neverContinue reading “What do I take on a medium/long ride? – Kit check”

Why crashing is important

Crashing is all part of the process, it’s almost inevitable, but it’ll always make you a better rider A large number of us mountain bikers have accepted from early on that crashing is inevitable, and it’s this revelation that makes us a much better rider. Now, I’m not saying we should all hop on theContinue reading “Why crashing is important”