Should the South Downs National Park charge for mountain biking?

I think that we ought not ask that question but should look at the attitude of users, and in this article, some mountain biker’s attitudes to their rights on the trails. When I started mountain biking there were some bikes but no mountain bikes to be seen on our local trails. We didn’t even know…

Free coffee and West Sussex Weekends campaign

Cycling is more than just riding a bike. Of course, millions ride here and there and never give a thought to being a “cyclist”, but they are. And then there are those who try too hard by making sure that they conform with the correct gear and kit – cycling is now high fashion. But…

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…

An unfortunate encounter reminds me how precious are our Downs

We are lucky here in Worthing. We have miles and miles of bridleways, footpaths and access land. This is a precious resource. We must respect it. I have spent time and resource trying to make sure that it stays precious and that we can all continue to enjoy it. I rode this morning and this…

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…

To dangerous to ride…..

Its been cold for a long time and most of the local trails had an ice covering as the snow had been packed down by walkers and riders. In palces the ice was clear and solid. Last night the wind blew from the South and whislt it was still wintery cold it was well above…

Coldest ride that I can remember

It was showing minus 4 when I left. I was layered up, had a Buff sealing neck, ears and head with just my cheeks and nose exposed and my Northwave Celsius boots. It was going to be a cold one so I packed some old ski gloves and a spare fleece. We met at 7:30…

Fantastic freeze

I couldn’t wait to get out this morning.  There was no way I was going to miss out on a frozen ride. If you’ve ridden in these conditions or read my blogs over the years you’ll know that there is something special about freezing rides. Perfect traction, up or down, better than the summer and…

Fix your bike yourself

Great day. The ride in was beautiful. I then raced a car into the centre of town – not really a fair race, I was on a bike, I was bound to win. Taking it easy on the way back a woman passed me so close that her wing mirror bent back as it struck…