I’m a great believer in making the most of what you’ve got when it comes to mountain biking. Whether that be in terms of your bike and budget (any bike will do honestly it will), or where you live.
We can’t all live in the Surrey Hills, Scotland, Snowdonia or … Bristish Columbia, but everywhere you go is something you can find to ride.
You can rip up the streets urban style like Sam Pilgrim or you can find a small patch of woodland and just ride it!
Doesn’t have to be steep, gnarly, and long – with just a little bit of imagination you can turn anything into some fun.
This “trail” is only 15-20 seconds long but it has a steep roll in, some loamy turns and a small drop off.
I’m not sure I ever did a proper review of these books. I always intended to.
Anyway – this isn’t a proper review either its just a quick recommendation in the form of a video.
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I’m not a roadie hater, or embarrassed to ride on the road on a road bike – BUT I DON’T HAVE A ROAD BIKE ALRIGHT!!!
But I do think that “they” as a breed can be a little odd.. The lyrca and brightly coloured team kits for starters!
Anyway, a few years ago I was tempted by the “dark side” as its often referred and then I discovered you get “road bikes” that you could also ride off the road! This sounded more like me! Continue reading “Its not a road bike OK!”
Last Monday, BBC Wiltshire invited me in to talk about mountain biking and social media. I must be the closest thing to an expert in the area!
It was a load of fun and here you can watch on YouTube or listen on Soundcloud.
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When I sat down to write this post originally, I was going to debate the different types of Blues, Reds, Blacks etc at UK bike parks and trail centres (there’s a difference), but then I thought I’d just show you a video.
However, very quickly:
A black run at Bikepark Wales will have large gaps and drops that require speed, technique and commitment.
A black trail at Coed y Brenin, while possibly a bit rocky and gnarly in places, is, IMHO more a measure of fitness.
And finally a black run at Windhill Bike Park, is mostly a hand cut trail that requires a certain level of skill, but doesn’t require masses of speed or large testicles to ride and clear large gaps.
Don’t get me wrong there are some jumps on the black trails at Windhill, but honestly you can roll through most of it. (I do!)
Just stay clear of the Pro-Line – – – But that hopefully speaks for itself!
So here’s a short video of a bunch of us average riders riding blue, red and black runs at Windhill this weekend – nothing required clearing a gap, and the largest drop is about 2 feet high on all these trails.
This doesn’t mean you can’t get some air or jump some distance (hopefully you can see from my average efforts), it doesn’t mean that top riders can’t enjoy it (cos they do!), it just means that you can ride most of the park at your pace and enjoy it.