I am a lifelong mountain biker who rarely lacks motivation. I had always ridden bikes off road like most kids but in 1976 I bought a "scrambler" for 70 pence. This was a bike which was dedicated to off road use. In 1977 I added a homemade suspension fork. I used the front suspension units … Continue reading Why I’m writing this….
England can experience all four seasons in one day. Today, though, it's been summer. Warm, dry and sunny. We haven't had a period of good weather since June in Lancashire and I've started to hope that it lasts long enough to dry the trails so I can have a go at a sub 11 minute … Continue reading Great Hill in the sunshine.
I like being at home. I enjoy going away but miss home. I miss my garden and walking my dog, Freddie, in our local woods. I went to North Yorkshire for a weeks holiday then spent only 4 days at home before visiting our son in Sussex. I managed a mountain bike ride in Yorkshire, … Continue reading Home is where the heart is.
My last ride, 6 days ago, was 34.5 miles in length and the focus was the 21 miles of purpose built trail at Dalby forest. I enjoyed the ride but felt that the exciting sections were few and far between. Today I thought I needed another longer ride after 6 days. We're also going away … Continue reading Back to nature.
I've been away on holiday for the last week in North Yorkshire and naturally I took my bike. I chose the Boardman FS Pro with the intention of riding the full Dalby Forest red graded trail. I'd read plenty of reviews of the trail with popular sources such as Moredirt giving it 4 out of … Continue reading Dalby Forest, ridden and reviewed.
The rain has continued so today I thought it would be good to do a ride with more tarmac and less dirt. I haven't ridden to Hunter's Hill very often on my mountain bike but it was a place I rode as a child and youth. I lived then in Parbold, a village about 12 … Continue reading Places from my childhood.
We've had a period of heavy, summer rain and the trails were bound to be drenched. I left an empty bucket out last night and by this morning it had over an inch of rain in it so I realised that for my first ride in a week the only choice was Healey Nab. The … Continue reading The only choice.
At my age (57, if you must know) maybe I should have calm weekends with a little mountain bike riding. One of my other passions, however, is scootering. I have a 30 year old Vespa scooter and plenty of people around my age like to party at weekends like we're still 19. It's impossible to … Continue reading Recovery from a mad weekend.