Sorting my own bike fit never stops

I have some new bikes and it is surprising how it has affected my set up. Just over a year ago I felt that I needed to go smaller to go faster. I had been riding a Whyte 29C medium which is billed as an XC machine but devours the meanest of tracks like a…

Use it or lose it!

Use it or lose it is a good maxim for life. I have not been using it. I feel as if I have gone into shut down mode. Since the South Downs Way ride I think that I have only had two proper mountain bike rides, a month ago with the Strada team and yesterday….

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…

Preparation is key

Preparation also leads to paranoia. Last year I more or less decided to ride the South Downs Way with three weeks notice. All I did by way of preparation was to ride flat out to the Lewes A27 crossing a few times and gave up biscuits, beer and crisps. This year I have had twelve…

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…

Are mass rides good for cycling?

Mass cycling can be a good thing or it can raise problems. I love that fact that when a sportive goes off the mass of riders can actually “claim back” their space that is usually denied them when riding alone or in small groups. It reminds drivers and the population at large that there are…

I’m back!

There were many high point’s today not least a South African flag at half mast in Steyning, worthy of a fist in the air and a thumbs up. Add to that the warm weather, dry trails, a deep covering of crisp leaves and the fact that I was actually riding. I was happy. In the…

Scott Scale 720 review

I have to confess to sometimes needing an excuse to go mountain biking. It’s not that I don’t like the dirt but I do like to maximise my riding time. On a road bike it seems as if you get a lot more riding for either the time or miles covered than you usually do…