Why do I ride?

I sometimes wonder why I ride. In fact on a recent road ride it started to bother me. I’d had a fairly tumultuous winter but rode as much as I could or wanted too. I’d given up on mountain biking in December.  The wet winter never affected my road rides as whenever I went out,…

It was fun while it lasted

Over the course of the last 14 years I am not sure quite what I have achieved. There have been beneficiaries from my investment although I don’t know who has gained the most. It is probably HMRC. The landlord did OK, as did the local authority, hopefully my staff gained more than just their wages,…

Whyte Gisburn review

Whyte bikes were created to produce full suspension mountain bikes back in the nineties. Of course the staff and designers ride all sorts of bikes and the head designer has raced road and cyclo-cross so he does know what is going on. When he produced Whyte’s first “cross” bike it was criticised for falling outside…

Breaking the rules – Whyte S 150 review

For years the rule was 26” despite its poor performance. And that is why dissenters have been saying, since the eighties, that the wheel needed to be bigger. Then someone threw away the rule book and, easy, fast, comfortable and confidence inspiring riding arrived. The 29er went main stream and life was sweet. Or so…

South Downs Way – getting prepared

I have ridden the South Downs way once on 1989 and then over the last 4 years. Each time I just turned up and rode on natural fitness. Sometimes I prepared for it by tyre choice or weight reduction; but nothing really special. This time I am being a bit more thoughtful. I have definitely…

When you feel that magic… Scott Spark RC 900 WC review

This was my second ride on my new Scott Spark RC 900 World Cup. The first was on a very wet and muddy trip following the South Downs Rough Ride route. I couldn’t really draw any conclusions from that other then it was a bit more comfortable than my Scott Scale 900 SL hard tail…

Frosty rides are fun and clean but you must get up early

This morning I had an early ride and the trails were frozen. I love rides like this as the grip is incredible. You can ride up, down and across stuff that you just cannot do at other times of the year even a dry summer. Once the fun is over you can go home and…

Each to their own!

I woke late but my leg felt good so I’d be out on the bike. I was too late to meet up with my mates who were going over to Whiteways so why not head there too. I started slow worried that I’d aggravate any damaged leg muscle but all seemed good so I slowly…

I’d forgotten how nice mountain biking can be

I know that the trails are perfect and the hills a joy to be in but I have been road mad. It helps having the Tour de France on and its made more fun beacuse I’m racing regularly. I’ve also finally got my trip to the mountains organised and I’ll be riding in the Pyrenees…