A walk in paradise prepares me for winter riding

I spent last weekend in paradise and not once did I think 29er. I expected cold days and a good chance of snow as I was in Chamonix. However, like here, we had warm sunny days and no sign of winter. The plan was always to walk but given the conditions road riding would have…

Riding the North Shore

There is a lot of hype about the North Shore and for many it is the Holy Grail. Well, we’ve got our own. Lucky for me I have ridden the Vancouver North Shore trails on at least two trips a year for 13 years. Originally without even front suspension and then as technology changed so…

A Whinge

I am grumpy old man but I have reason. If you ride or ski or snowboard, or picnic or camp, (the list goes on and on) you’ll have your secret spots. They may be visited by others but when you discover them they become special. They become yours. You want to protect them and keep…

On the trails and happy

The decision was made for me.  My mates were going to ride off road. It would have been too cold and blowy to have fun on the road bike and after my last few rides what I really wanted was fun. I decided to take the Mount Vision XM8. Not my usual choice but it…

Its work Jim, but not as you know it.

Today we had a meeting with the people that have enabled the Steyning boys to build all those free ride trails above the Steyning Horseshoe. It was a site meeting so why drive when we can ride (this is a good philosophy for life). So, 7:30 my place and the quickest route to get up…

Marin Mount Vision XM8 helped me conquer my fear

I had a real incentive to take out the Marin Mount Vision XM8 demo today. I had laid down the gauntlet to myself to try and do a bermed jump. I’d ask Jimbo to come up as he could either be my coach or at least offer some inspiration. Unfortunately he burnt himself out last…

Use it or lose it

Yesterday I wanted a flat out blast but the mud got in the way. Whilst out I did my favourite jump and then went back to do it again (it is small, you’d probably not even see it but its a jump to me). Normally I whizz through looking at the rise and that is…

Don’t wind up your riding buddies

I need to think carefully how I write up today’s ride as there are dire consequences for getting it wrong. Last week I had what seemed like the easiest ride in recent memory. I put this down to the bike, the Scott 29er Pro, with its very light weight and the bigger wheels it made…