Bean moved house a couple of months back, to Halifax, just before I went to visit Tom. However,
as I was staying with Tom and we seemed to play bikes most days I didn't get round
to seeing Bean's new place. Weekend just gone he organised a bit of a get together as a house
I left after work on Friday evening and had a quite decent...
Posted at October 28th, 2014
As per a previous blog post Clarach was mostly destroyed during the storms last Winter. This sucks as
there were a load of fun lines there to ride and it was really easy to get to. The students have now
returned and recognised that for those without cars that Clarach is the easiest spot to ride. This weekend they organized
a dig day with half...
Posted at October 12th, 2014
This post is of a very personal nature and mostly covers matters of bodily functions. It's quite difficult
to explain this kind of thing in person so I wanted somewhere to direct people to explain this, it's not something even easy to write.
If someone else in a similar position should come across this and it helps them know that they aren't...
Posted at October 6th, 2014
For the past year or two I've been using a Highlander Pura
pack for all of my rides. It's been great, comfortable and a pretty ideal size for a lot of rides. I can fit
all of my tools, spare tube, pump, bladder, waller and phone. However,
I'm now doing longer rides a lot more often and the pack is a bit of squeeze with a full 2 litres of water...
Posted at September 21st, 2014
I recently ordered some Shimano XT cranks, in double flavour. I had no intention
of running them as a double, instead single ring with bash. Unfortunately, once in my hands, it rapidly
became apparent that the cranks can't accomodate a bash. I thought that I'd just give a ride a go with
my straitline silent guide still on but no bash. The...
Posted at September 14th, 2014
Once again there's been a good gap in my posts, within that time gap I have moved back to Aberystwyth. I'm now riding my Cotic BFe
about 90% of the time and a Transition Blindside the other 10%. The intense is gone! A couple of pictures, because I can:
That's the details done. This weekend Harris came over to visit and I planned for us to do...
Posted at September 13th, 2014
A couple of years ago I designed a route to do from the Long Mynd to Eastridge and back.
Unfortunately on the day that I was due to ride it I was ill, however the Bens and Rich
did. I quite fancied having a go at it but wanted to throw the Stiperstones into the mix
as well. I did a bit of hunting and found a loop that the mbswindon guys did,
Posted at May 26th, 2014
This weekend marked the annual Dyfi Enduro ride, this year a choice was given
to ride 45km or 55km. I entered the 55km with the aim of getting to the bar at the bottom of dickos within around 4 hours.
Having done the loop with Ben a few weeks ago in 4.5 hours with plenty of stopping this goal seemed achievable.
Paul came over Thursday...
Posted at May 5th, 2014
This weekend was the Red Kite Events gravity enduro 1 at Llanwrtyd Wells. This gravity enduro differed
from others that I've seen in that there were no strict stage start times. On Saturday stages were open 2pm-5pm and Sunday 10am - 5pm.
This meant that after finishing a stage you could wait for your mate(s) and then pedal on to the next stage...
Posted at April 29th, 2014
The Dyfi forest is always a highlight to any of my weeks or weekends. The riding is top notch.
I designed a route that took in every (very nearly anyway) descent that I knew on the Corris
side of the forest, including a bonus descent that I didn't know. We started off parking
just below the climachx car park (it was closed) and span our way up...
Posted at October 11th, 2013
Before starting the guts of this post I just want to mention that after previous riding
this week my body was pretty sore and aching so that may bias my opinions on these trails. Pedalling
downhill pretty much just wasn't an option either. Going to be utterly ruined by Sunday - got Hopton, Dyfi and Eastridge to ride yet!
Posted at October 9th, 2013
This isn't strictly development but could be handy for someone.
This blog uses a piece of software called Pelican, if you hadn't
guessed. Pelican is a static blog generator, this means that it takes a theme (some
HTMl like templates and some css), blog posts (mine are written in markdown)
and some settings and it creates a static html output...
Posted at October 9th, 2013
My Dad owns a chicken farm where he takes chicks from a couple of days old and grows them
until they're about ready to start laying eggs. At the point where they're old enough
to lay they get taken off to another farm and he then gets a new batch of chicks. As I'm currently
on holiday and on the farm I got roped into "tipping chicks" today....
Posted at October 8th, 2013
This weekend marked the annual Coed-y-brenin Enduro, a 60km mountain bike endurance event. Last year Ben and I did it, it took
us 8.5 hours (according to my gps) and we were nearly dead last. Felt utterly destroyed at the end and swore to never do it again.
Somehow, we wound up doing it again.
I've been talking about Myherin to the...
Posted at October 7th, 2013
On Friday we leave for Scotland so some of us have been scrabbling to get a last
bit of riding prep in before Bean utterly destroys our legs. Harris, Rich and I
decided that we wanted to get a long ride in this weekend. As Rich lives near
good riding and now has his own house we decided to go ride there and stay for the weekend.
Posted at June 2nd, 2013
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