Sram Guide brakes and struggling in the single track

Sram called up and ask us to use some of their new brakes. Why not? It is fun testing new stuff, gives you a reason to ride (as if we need one) and has been the mainstay of this blog. So where do I begin? I first came into contact with the Avid owners around…

It’s all getting very tech – but its still fun!

Riding a bike has never been so complicated, numbers, lengths, watts per kilo, technique…. However, getting on your bike is really all about fun and feeling fit or; that you are getting fitter. Everyone has their own way of getting the fun out of their bikes. I love the tech! I have always been fascinated…

Suffering on a Whyte 29C

I suffered today. No complaints, just not much fun. I’d had a good road ride on Friday and always planned to ride in the dirt today. The forecast was for rain at ten and it duly delivered, bang on time. I was actually looking forward to the rain as I have an Endura MTR Emergency…

Santa Cruz Solo and Steyning fun

I should ride more! The mantra of many. We all want to ride but there are so many reasons for not doing so. Can I blame work? Is that fair? Whatever, my super form of the winter is fading. I need some serious road miles. This weekend, after doing several bike fits and the Paris-Roubaix…

Great winter weather and the Scott Addict 10

As I look out of the window at the rain I can’t help thinking how good the weather has been this winter. If you listen to some people or follow the BBC you could imagine that we were facing Armageddon. Let’s get things into perspective. It is winter. This morning it was warm and dry…

South Downs 100 or is it 160?

My season is coming to an end. This is depressing but for the first time ever I have a planned sojourn from riding. Tomorrow I’ll miss the Tuesday ride, next week I am away, I could do Tuesday 5th November but on the 6th I have a hernia operation, six weeks later (the recovery period)…

QECP revisited – Whyte 909 review

One of the things that has motivated me to write this blog, as well as the riding, has been the testing of new products. I was lucky in that the time that I opened the shop and started writing was the time that Jon Whyte left designing Marin and Whyte and the new team took…

Finally ridden it, the South Down’s Way

I have finally stopped talking about it and actually done it. In 1989 I rode the original from Burriton to Eastbourne but that was only 82 mile, who’d remember that? The current route goes from Winchester and is a full 100, Britain’s longest National Trail. I was motivated to do this by Simon who had…

What was the weather like for you today?

I had to get a torch to see the thermometer Sunday morning: 10C at 6:30, excellent. It would be warm unlike last week’s frost and fog. I was on the road again. Why? Well I’ve been mountain biking since 1984 and have spent enough time in mud to have loved it and to have loathed…