Winter riding advice and the Scott Scale 900 SL

I know that I harp on about the weather but I am British and so again I refer to our climate and some essential riding advice. Usually at this time of year I would be raving about the first winter rides with minus temperatures and frozen ground. Of course I am referring to off road…

Scott Scale 910 helps me sort my fit.

I have finally sorted out my bike for next year. The medium Scott Scale fits like a glove, climbs like a dream and encourages risk taking on slippery, rooty single track. I had had a bike before with the same length top tube and that climbed well and was comfortable too but it had a…

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…

The essential tips issue

Here are a few thoughts based on Sunday’s ride. It started icy and I was really nervous slipping and sliding everywhere. I finally went down, bringing down my mate too on a quiet road in Portslade. Heading north towards and along Twineham Lane we kept hitting ice in the shade.  By the time that we…

Cycling conundrums

Cycling produces many conundrums. For instance, should I use my touring and heavy Ridgeback Panorama or the svelte super light Scott Addict 10? When pushing up a climb should you use that false flat at the top for recovery or use it to push on the get back the speed lost on the ascent? I…

Are frosty rides my favourite? Probably

If a judge of a ride is how easy it is to get out from under the duvet then frosty rides must be some of the best: great grip and no bike cleaning. The only problem that I had was that it is December and there is no light. I had a Lezyne Micro Drive…

Winter and wet but still worth riding. Endura Photon jacket

This morning I read about the various C2C routes that we have in England. I was inspired. So instead of riding to the shop to pick up my Garmin equipped road machine to record another ride on Strava I went for a cruise on the tourer. Riding over Titch Hill I was not alone, I…

Bad weather: Good clothing helps but so does being mad.

Sunday morning was a day for the hardy. The forecast was bad, the weather worse with rain and a lot of wind. To add to our problems the roads were flooded. There were more puddles and streams running down or across the roads than I have ever seen in all my years of riding. However,…