Elan Valley Mountain Biking

I’ve recently been to the Elan Valley for a weekend with a few friends. It was only 2 weeks ago but looking at the weather outside today it feels like it was months ago. As you’ll see from the video above we had the last of the summer weather and we all agreed it was one of the best weekends we’ve had away.

I’d ridden some of the routes before so wanted to show the guys who hadnt been a good time and also wanted to ride me some new stuff. So Day 1 was pretty familiar, Day 2 a hybrid of some routes I’d been studying on the MBWales website.

Most of the riding in the area can be found on the MB Wales website link below. My advice is to look at the routes and pick and chose the bits you want to do and creat a hybrid in a route planner like OS Maps.

The riding is mostly pretty good going and suitable for all with a reasonable fitness level. Techinically there’s a few areas that will test your handling skills should you decide to ride at speed, but its generally a friendly area to ride. Some steep hills will likely have you pushing or puking! There is a climb that is called “puke hill” that will have your front wheel wandering and lifting and takes some effort top stay positioned for the duration.

Be prepared with food, water and layers as the riding is remote and if you find yourself caught in bad weather or with a mechanical or accident, as you will find yourself in a remote spot.

To provide some variety to the natural beauty, recently some flow trails have been built close to the Caban Coch Reservoir. These provide some groomed smooth trail fun and as they are only a short pedal from the Elan Valley Visitor Centre, they make for a nice finish to a ride.

We camped at Elan Oaks campsite just down from the visitor centre and it was perfect for all our needs, ie it had a shower and a toilet block.

Hope you enjoy the videos, if you want to know anything about the routes please let me know. I’m tempted to put a little pack together with routes and advice.

Thanks, Tim

Peatys Products – Clean Degrease & Lube Starter Pack (not a review)

Peatys Products – Clean Degrease & Lube Starter Pack (not a review)

 

I just ran out of the pink bike cleaning stuff and ordered a starter pack from Peatys.

Containing chain lube, degreaser and the famous Loam Foam all for £26.99 delivered I couldn’t argue.

The Link Lube and Drive Train Degreaser gets great reviews and I’m certain the Loam Foam will clean my bike.

See above for my “unboxing” and please give me YouTube Channel a sub while you are there!

Strava Subscription Cost Changed

If you have used Strava in the last day or so and then gone to check the leaderboard you will likely have noticed a BIG difference.

The Strava Subscription Cost and Free version has changed.

In the FREE VERSION :

  • You will no longer see yourself on a leaderboard if you finish outside the top 10
  • You will no longer be able to compare your segment times easily at least
  • Even looks like your Training Log has gone

Basically if you are a user of the Free version go an check it now and see whats changed.

The good news is they appear to have made the subscription model easier to understand but this HAS meant averaging the subscriptions so some may end up paying more.

Let me know what you think.

If you are looking for an alternative route planning and activity recording app, you coudl try Komoot?

CO2 vs Mini Pump

In my latest video I’ve used my expert knowledge and experience to deliver a no nonsense overview of a couple of CO2 adapters and how the use of such devices compare with a mini pump.

Be awesome if you head over to youtube and watch it and leave your comments there.

Big thanks!

take care

Here’s another one – about tyre sealant..

Forest of Dean ride with Pinned TV

Wow! I haven’t uploaded here since November 15th…  Maybe its time to knock the blog on the head. What do you think?  What would you like to see here?

Anyway – one of my more recent videos has got a great response on YouTube.

I think I got everything right – thumbnail, title, tags etc and it helped that those things mentioned/featured a successful MTB channel – Pinned TV

If you haven’t seen it yet – its a simple vlog from a day in the Forest of Dean on a large group ride with Pinned TV and Si & Oliver from Malverns Classic.

pinned capture

Massive thanks to Jim (Pinned TV) who, a week after I uploaded my video uploaded his and gave me shout out and link to my channel.

So – go an watch it – PLEASE subscribe to my channel if you haven’t already…