Forget last weeks GoPro advice

Last week I said – “Chest cam footage is boring!”

Its is mostly, unless your are watching something Kurt Sorge hitting the 2016 RedBull Rampage course.

This has a certain appeal as you can feel the 50 foot gap jumps and vertical drops.

I don’t ride like this, so if I want anyone to watch or even be a little bit interested in my videos I need to do something different. My tips for ONLY using one angle such as the chest mount:

1. Keep the video short – 1 minute or so
2. Within the video keep the clips to a few seconds each
3. If you want to show long sections of the same bit if trail, just chop a second or two out of it along the way. It may look jerky at times, but this is a far more interesting in my opinion.
4. Maybe add some music – be careful as Youtube is a bit fussy on the copyright – Music is especially useful if you want to cover up swearing, shouting or to make a longer video a little more appealing

So once again with some music courtesy of Youtube’s library of tunes

If you have any more tips please post them below…


GoPro video advice, hints and tips

Chest cam footage is boring!

It has its place – for instance its great to view chest cam footage of a trail that you want to ride but have never been to. While GoPro footage is not entirely representative of what something is actually like, its the closest you are going to get without actually being there.

Also its quite  thrill watching course preview footage of world cup events with the likes of Claudio Caluori singing and squealing while trying to keep up with a current top 10 rider.

Ok, what I meant to say is your chest cam footage is boring…

So is mine, and the helmet cam stuff too. Just cut it out!

Don’t hate me, what i am trying to say is if you want your videos to be watchable and enjoyable don’t just upload 10-15 minutes of POV chest cam or similar. Mix it up.

It takes more effort, but a mixture of angles and perspectives will make for a much more enjoyable film and with a bit of luck you might find peolpe share it with someone else.

So I thought I’d have some fun and show you some different angles that I play around with from time to time.

By the way I am not a comedian, actor or TV presenter and this video sounded a lot more fun in my head and the result might be just as boring as my chest cam footage, but hopefully the next time you go out with your GoPro and aim to make a film for your mates to watch the ride back you might get some ideas from this.

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Y Slab at Coed Y Brenin

Y Slab at Coed Y Brenin
I had a brief visit to Coed Y Brenin while in North Wales recently and Tom Hutton of MTB Guiding accompanied me to the top of the Tarw Du trail to show me the new Y Slab section.

It was a really cold day; my Strava record says it was a -2 Celsius average temperature and my toes were numb for about an hour after riding.


Does my thumb look big in this?
While I have been to Coed Y Brenin a few times I had never ridden the Tarw Du, so this and a newly opened trail section was a double treat.
The Tarw Du is a Black / Severe grade trail and certainly has some obstacles that require commitment but ultimately I think its more a “Red +” as I didn’t find this any where near as daunting as say Dai Hard or 5o Shades of Black at BikePark Wales.
One of the “slabs” on the Y Slab section
Its well worth a trip and Tom was great company as he knows the centre and the trails really well. His business runs guided days and full weekends in Snowdonia as well as the Lake District, Scotland and other parts of the UK.
Tom Hutton (LEFT) drinking another coffee!
Tom is probably best-known as a guidebook writer and the man behind MBR magazine’s pull-out route guides.  I have been on a few trips with MTB Guiding and highly recommend Tom and Steph as excellent guides and superb hosts check them out on Facebook and the web in the links below:

Happy New Year

Last post of the year, well actually first post of the year.

My plan was to put this up yesterday but the evening’s party started a little earlier than I anticipated.

Anyway, here we are in 2017 with another 12 months of bike riding ahead of us. I have many plans for the blog, youtube and for riding of course…

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On the trail with Alpkit

Before I met up with the rest of the gang for a ride  on Christmas Eve and before going home to begin the festivities I went for some solitude and made a little video with some of my favourite gadgets!

On the trail with Alpikt
Kraku – Cracking!

Alpkit Kraku stove, and 650ml MytiMug, all filmed with a GoPro Session 4.

On the trail with Alpikt
Kraku – Hot Stuff!

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