Friday, 10 June 2016

special delivery!

got a message from Boz asking for some stickers and as "NWAlps" was originally his idea it's only fair to drop some over to him, by bicycle obviously. I also had a little explore in foxlydiate woods on the way over too, some interesting tracks contained by the urban jungle. Enjoy the stickers Boz, but them on something good!
ride 67
17 miles
total 1421

yet another flat

glorious day and despite Ben not showing up we rode some great trails including a couple the Spaniard had found a couple of days before, lots of roots a couple of drops and sof pine needle and leaf litter loam. i hit one root too hard though and got an instant flat as the inner tube smashed against the rim, might be time for another go at tubeless!
ride 65
15 miles
total 1380

evening wyre dust surfing

I don't take much video but i had to use this as my " pic of the ride" as it just sums up what this ride was about. a mad after work dash in rush hour traffic and some old fashioned, go as fast as you can riding. great fun. i easpecially like the giggles from Dan and i. the conditions were perfect and i got the years first proper tan....from the dust we were kicking up. brilliant!
ride 66
9 miles
total 1389

think pink

First ride back after a seaside holiday and the only gloves that were clean were these bright pink ones! i think i pulled it off well? it was good to be back in the saddle even if i really didn't feel like it before i left home and my legs felt heavy. by the end though i was back in the swing of it and a planned 10 mile leg loosen-er doubled in length.
ride 64
20 miles
total 1380

Thursday, 9 June 2016

pre barren spell ride

going away for a few days......without a bike! WTF! well sometimes a rest from riding can be good...can't it? So last chance for a quick 20 miler on the road before a long journey to the seaside!
ride 63
17 miles
total 1360


inspired by the exploits of the guys and girls riding the highland trail 550 race I thought we should do something epic. Epic in this case being a ride to the wyre forest and back. Not really epic you say? well yes you are right, it doesn't compare to doing a self sufficient ride through the wild and remote parts of the highlands of scotland. So to make it more of a challenge i suggested we attempted to ride it on the most inappropriate bikes for the mainly road route, so no road bikes, CX bikes or even 29er MTB, ^"lets do it on fat bikes" i said, it'll be fun!
What it was actually was hard work, fat tires drag on tarmac and as it's a fairly flat route there is a lot of pedalling. good job then that the weather was perfect. I did pop a bit of off road in and there was a great singletrack descent before we got to Bewdley and the forest cafe for lunch. it began to get more epic on the way back as the miles increased, the hot temperature took it's toll and the sheer weight of the bikes started to affect our legs. luckily we were able to rehydrate at a pub, lifting our morale for the final push. well almost, once the beer wore off it was a grind to get home and the final climb up the lock flight to Tardebigge nearly broke me. But i'm happy to say that made the final distance all the more special. without a bit of pain, running out of drink and periods where you don't think you have it in you to finish it wouldn't have been epic
ride 62
64 miles
total 1343

after work sunny treat

Ian commutes a long way, sat in a car, sat in traffic but for once made it back in time for a ride. We were rewarded with a classic early summer evening, cloudless skies and the beginning of dusty trails
ride 61
14 miles
total 1279

Saturday, 21 May 2016


1st ride the new frame today, just local as the weather looked iffy. I immediately felt at home on it, in fact it felt like a comfy pair of slippers. things got less comfy a fw minutes later as i hit something big on the tank slapper trail and got a rear snake bite puncture, the second in 3 rides actually, the first was on my fatbike. It's amusing that i managed to ride the trails at bike park wales with exactly the same tire pressures without incident, and they are not exactly forgiving routes and yet a fairly innocuous downhill smashes the tube against the rim. so spare tube deployed and more trails to ride I thought I'd better get another just in case of another flat that would leave me with a long walk. However i clearly wasn't that bothered or threw caution to the wind as it was another 18 miles of riding before i popped into a bike shop to buy a tube!
ride 60
30 miles
total 1265

All change

 as mentioned in a previous blog I traded in the Ragley frame against this, a Cotic Solaris. Its a similar model to one i demoed last summer, i liked the ride then even though the demo bike was a size too small for me. The guys at Bache Brothers did a great job swapping the parts from the old to the new. This was just a quick ride to set up the saddle and bar height etc, initial impressions though are good
ride 59
6 miles
total 1235 

Friday, 20 May 2016


don't drink and ride kids, you'll hurt yourself....
....giggling on the way home
ride 58
26 miles
total 1229