Late night shopping

I live in a world of bikes and all the talk is about the latest, the lightest, the fastest, the longest travel…….. the longest climb, the last race, the newest trail centre, the Etape….. But on a more mundane level, a utility bike and some commtuer miles are all you need to stay fit and…

Freewheeling

I am doing my best to get fit quickly and that is why I have been running in once a week. Today I actually felt as if I was freewheeling as I ran down past Hill Barn golf club. It made the final single track fun, not as exciting as riding, but it is still…

Wet or what?

There is rain and then there’s rain. It was pitch black when I left this morning, not a good sign. My daughter asked if it was raining, having done a shower window check, I said that it wasn’t. Emerging from the garage, it looked damp but a bit of drizzle never hurt anyone so I…

On the road again

Heavy frost and a late start today. We decided on our Goodwood loop, out to Oving up over the Hill to East Dean then along the back of the Downs, over Duncton and back via Bignor, Houghton and Lyminster. A nice 55 mile cruise. Or so I had planned. The ride went off way too…

Back in action

Yesterday as I watched the moon set over High Salvington I knew that the riding would be beautiful but I also knew that I needed to get to work. Over Cissbury for 30mins is not much of a work out so I forced myself to run. 30mins running is equivalent to 1:5 to 2 hrs…

Paula fixed her puncture

I ran a bike maintenance evening today. It was supposed to be promoted via the newsletter and the web site but with so much going on I never got round to it. Despite, the lack of promotion there were 9 of us, 7 girls. We went through bike set up including brake levers and puncture…

Frosty mornings!

For some these chill mornings herald the close of the season. Not so for me. October is my favorite month with some great rides to look forward to. Bring on the frozen trails. I have always found October exciting. The weather brings on so many surprises. You can get up early with a frost¬† knowing…

Autumn singletrack

The mountain bike won. With the leaves falling the singletrack verges on being enchanted. The road equivalent to singletrack is an alpine descent and there are not many of those around here. I made the most of the exceptional seasonal conditions as the trails are as good as they ever get. Road bike next week!…

Road or off road my weekly dilema…

I’ve checked the weather forecast and I am well aware of the season. All in all tomorrow will be a perfect Autumnal days riding.¬† My dilema is what to ride. I have two sets of clothing lined up so that I won’t disturb anyone at dawn and two awesome bikes in the garage. I’d usually…

Night ride

Night ride is overstating it but I did ride home over the Downs. The shop to home off road involves a climb up to Cissbury and the subsequent down hill. I can think of worse commutes. Not far but it keeps the legs going and does keep the power up. I wanted to test one…