Kinesis FF29 revisted

I seem to have a nice routine. Road race Friday evening and then, mountain biking on Sunday. This is great as I usually spend Saturdays wondering what I’ll ride on my day off. The only problem is that my legs hurt if ever the hills get tough. Last week I took Will for his first…

Way out of my league

Fourteen weeks ago I decided to make an effort to get fit. I’m not there yet but I am doing OK, or at least I thought that I was until this morning. Last Sunday I felt that the ride was hard and quick and that it was in part down to me. Tuesday I set…

Life without Strava

I rode yesterday and today without my GPS. Now that might not sound like a big deal but life has begun to change. I am used to having a speedo when on my road bike but yesterday’s ride was just a pre work whizz over the hill so it didn’t really matter. I don’t (should…

At last a real and fun winter’s ride

The temperature had only risen a few degrees but that was enough to make this mornings ride really pleasant. It was still freezing, the ground was frozen sold or iced up but grip was good provided by the really cold snow. I was riding with my other brother and bearing in mind the conditions we…

For the sheer joy of riding

For me riding is always about trying to get faster, thinking that these miles will benefit me later, perfecting my cornering, trying always to get better. Now at my age that may be a pointless task but that is the way I am. Sometimes something else takes over. I nearly aborted this morning’s ride as,…

Whyte 829 extreme session and Steyning Trail developments

It was an easy choice. I had spent the week running through every berm and jump in my head so there was no way that it’d be road riding and choosing the bike was simple. We have the Niner EMD as a demo, the incredible Scott Scale 29er Expert and the Whyte 829. I opted…

Whyte 829 revisited in a Summery October

Today I took out our Whyte 829 demo. I was keen to try this as we had tested both the medium and the large preproduction test bikes. These were the bikes that the magazines had had for their recent reviews. The mags liked them but we don’t know how much they actually rode them. A…

Whyte 829 review

At last I got my hands on the new Whyte 829. I was lucky enough to have had a go on a prototype back in May but I couldn’t tell anyone about that. This time I can. I expected to get a medium but a large turned up. Oh well! It looked big but once…