Riding frozen trails

Yesterday’s ride was one of those special ones. If you are a skier you might understand. The excitement began earlier in the week with the cold and predicted deep freeze. By Saturday I had put my plan in place and advised the crew. Meet at mine, 7 am. It was still dark. On the day…

It is about the bike – Wilier Cento 1 SR review

It’s not about the bike is an expression that we all know and use. It helps justify keeping the old crock going and saves some cash. Of course a certain cyclist put the expression on the map and we all know it wasn’t the Trek and Bontrager combo that scored there. Despite being a retailer…

More fun than I could possibly imagine. Niner RLT9 review

I used to say that I had got through my cycling life successfully avoiding only two things: rollers and cyclocross. Last year I cracked and now enjoy the excitement (and benefits) of rollers. So that only left CX. I have long suspected that Cyclocross racing would be right up my street and I have not…

Enjoying the summer and the South Down’s National park

Average speed and a blurred bit of chalky trail is my usual view of the South Downs. The view gets somewhat better when I repeat Chris’s mantra: look further ahead, look further ahead…. This is how to corner faster. Look ahead. At speed you tend to hit what you are looking. Try it next time…

Scott Spark 700 Ultimate Di2 review

Scott Spark 700 Ultimate Di2 review I was so concerned about my lack of ability that I almost forgot to write up about the abundance of ability shown by the Spark. Firstly the frame works, it is exceptionally light, tough as old boots and the angles work. So, whilst on this occasion I lacked the…

Isn’t the internet great?

We all love the internet. We can’t manage without it. It empowers us. It gives us so much knowledge that we have become self sufficient. Many have actually gone beyond self sufficiency and have become veritable experts in fields that were previously a mystery. Subjects that used to take a life time to master are…

Its all in the numbers – if you can believe them

This was supposed to be about numbers but they aren’t always what they seem. As I was riding yesterday it occurred to me that winter is always slower. The air is heavier, the trails are heavier, the bike is heavier and the body is heavier. However, it is not the protective layer of blubber that…

I love mountain biking.

As I said last week it’s the riding not the kit that counts. Or is it? Let’s define a few things first. I am, foremost, a fitness fanatic, following that I am a cyclist as it’s an easy way to enjoy the former, everything else falls into activities (walking, running, paddling, skiing……. living). The more…

Oooh! What should I wear?

If you have ever read any of these before you’ll probably be aware that I am more of a rider than a tech man. I am not that into the hardware but am into the riding just as long as my bikes are light enough and work perfectly. I have a Stages power crank, I…