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….
A sunny Sunday at this time of year was bound to see a lot of people enjoying a bit of relaxation. I left home mid morning and rode the 4 miles to Rivington. After that I had a big area of off road riding to explore and today chose a loop of just over 4 … Continue reading Busy trails at Rivington.
Today I took the Boardman to ride 3 laps of Healey Nab. It was sunny when I set off but rather chilly. We must have been close to a frost early this morning and the leaves have started to fall. We haven't had a cold snap to kick the autumn off but I just think … Continue reading A little ride and a new project.
It didn't rain today but trail conditions are very wet. It's just, for me, a question of accepting that fact then thinking of a ride that will still be enjoyable. Too many rocks and roots could be dangerous and too much mud is unlikely to be much fun, so today I decided to ride a … Continue reading Wet weather trail riding.
.....or, more precisely, a Beast. Stick with it, all will become clear. I thought that today was stupidly wet for an off road ride, though I admit this doesn't usually deter me. My wife had told me after breakfast that she expected the certain demise of the washing machine if I went off road today, … Continue reading Creating a monster……
When ten middle aged men go away for a weekend, staying in wooden huts, riding ancient scooters only suited to a short trip into town and tackle the steepest passes in Europe, something's bound to go wrong. It's perhaps surprising that only one scooter returned in a truck and only one rider found himself grazed … Continue reading Back after a mad weekend.
I believe the saying goes “Third time lucky, third time unlucky” and I’m hoping it’s true. You see, after almost three years without a puncture on the Boardman bike I’ve just had a third in quick succession and hope my minor steak of bad luck is at an end. This time I found the front tyre flat … Continue reading Third time lucky.
The rain has continued to be very heavy but not heavy enough to deter a determined rider! Since my last ride on the newly acquired but 23 year old Proflex, I've given the forks a service, cleaning the internals and lubricating them. They feel much smoother and have lost a lot of the notchiness which … Continue reading Rain of biblical proportions!