Seek and ye shall find

Ask, and it shall be given you;
seek, and ye shall find;
knock, and it shall be opened unto you

Why not quote The Bible every now and again!

Or by contrast maybe Iggy Pop?

And I’m the world’s forgotten boy
The one who’s searchin’, searchin’ to destroy

The point is get out and look for it… Find a trail. Build a trail. Shred a trail.  Ok I’m not really a shredder!

Let us finish this, once and for all. I came to this dimension to destroy turtles. The more… the merrier! Now come! Come and face your doom!

Yes another quote, this time from Shredder off of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!

I’m no shredder like I said, but like many of us normal folk I like to think I can tear up a trail from time to time!  LOL Who am I kidding!

Anyway, the whole point of this post was to show you a new POV edit of some local stuff, most of which we only found recently. Some built by others, some by us, some made by wildlife, some cheeky little off piste bits but mostly all dusty, dead leaf crunchy stuff within a short pedal of my house.

Go and have a look for yourself, its out there.

I feel I should have ended with another quote…. hmm

The Italian Job – Nant Yr Arian

I am sure there are better sections of trail – I know there are. Steeper, faster, more technical etc but The Italian Job is something special I think.

This was my second visit to Nant Yr Arian and I had forgotten how much I enjoyed this trail centre. We rode the Summit trail which perfectly suited our needs to top off the weekend of riding in Snowdonia.  Approx 2 hours of trail with some of the best purpose built singletrack you can ride.

Everyone talks about the Mark of Zorro (a seemingly never ending 2km descent zig zagging through the pines to the bottom of the hill), and High as a Kite (the final tree stump ridden exposed descent to the centre).  Don’t get me wrong, these are both excellent trail sections – the entire trail is a great one actually – but the Italian Job is a real treat and here’s why.

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Nant Yr Arian’s cafe and trail head is at 300m which makes it different to many that we are used to in South Wales for instance, where they are typically situated 200m lower. As you can see from the pic above (the view from the car park), this means you already have some height gained and Nant Yr Arian delivers you a cracking piece of singletrack and a great descent within 5 mins of the car park!

The Summit Trail as a whole is superb and yes Mark of Zorro is a real thrill but the Italian Job delivers smiles and grins straight away.

I need to go back for another go ASAP.

Here’s Mark of Zorro just for good measure!

Contact Info

For trail information call the Nant yr Arian visitor centre: 01970 890453

Visit http://naturalresources.wales  or email: bnya@naturalresourcewales.gov.uk

Follow Nant yr Arian on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/bwlchnantyrarian

Getting There

Located 10 miles east of Aberystwyth on the A44, two miles west of Ponterwyd.

For Sat Nav/GPS/Mapping Services use: SY23 3AB
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Grid Reference: SN718813

Snowdon 2017

2 years have passed since I went up and down Snowdon with my bike.  Notice I didn’t use the word “ride” or “rode” – there are large portions of the ascent that you simply cannot ride. I was not surprised to find that the climb hadn’t got any easier. Despite all the tourists, they haven’t quite put in an all weather all purpose track. Thank God!

Its brutal.

Going up is exhausting as you are pushing, pedaling or carrying your bike for nearly 2 hours and it was hot last weekend! I wont complain about the weather but it was warm…

Coming down – by the time you have regained your energy at the summit its time to descend and what a descent it is!

Fast, loose and hugely rocky…

Starting at the top of the highest peak out side of the Scottish Highlands with almost 1000m of descending ahead of you feels quite special. By making your way up the mountain under your own steam, you have just earned one of the best and gnarliest descents in the UK.

No trees grow here so you are exposed to the elements (in this case sunshine) all the way down. The surface is hard, rocky and in most places loose under the wheels!

Its a challenge of nerve and skill from top to bottom and I love it.

Go to LLanberis, obey the cycling restrictions and get your bike up the Llanberis Path.

Then enjoy what has recently been voted the best view in the UK and then pick your way down the Rangers Path.

After your ride, count the new scratches on your bike, check for missing teeth (yours or your chain ring) and go grab a beer cos you deserve it!

Karcher OC3 Portable Cleaner

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Ask yee shall receive. So I asked to be included in the Karcher product testing for a new portable cleaner from the German pressure washer manufacturer and I eventually got one!

The OC3 was launched at the London Bike Show this year with much anticipation surrounding it coming from such a well respected manufacturer; but how does it hold up?

First let me start by saying I haven’t used anything other than bucket of water or a hose pipe to clean my bikes, so I cannot compare to other portable washers on the market and this review is purely on my experience so far.

The OC3 is really small and compact. Easy to move around the bike and hold in one hand if you wish while spraying with the other.  This is partly because the tank only holds 4 litres of water which is OK, but a bit of squeeze for cleaning a bike thoroughly.

Its not a high pressure like you might expect from Karcher (and I don’t know what the other portable washers on the market deliver) but its certainly enough to get loose surface dirt and mud off.

Let some of your favourite bike cleaner soak in and it will shift a little more, but don’t expect miracles this certainly will not do the job of a good stiff brush especially if you have let some dirt dry on.

Operation is simple – one button for on and off and one nozzle with no adjustable spray settings. I can’t complain about this but I am sure some will.

Its takes a couple (3) hours to charge fully and the charge lasts plenty for you to clean a bike. Depending on how through you want to be I think the charge would be sufficient for you to clean “the worst” off two bikes before transporting them.

I’ve only used this a few times as thankfully the sun has started to shine in the UK and there has been much less bike cleaning required of late – I am sure this will come in really handy come the winter again. For now it will be used for the occasional clean of my bikes and maybe come to some use as we start to use the garden more – cleaning patio sets, BBQs etc. Updates as and when I get around to it…

My only complaint is the lack of 12v car charging adapter which is really important for a portable cleaner in my opinion.

There are plans for larger tanks, brushes and other accessories,  for more info go here on the Karcher website.

You can buy the OC3 in Halfords for £129 – http://www.halfords.com/motoring/car-cleaning/pressure-washers-hoses/karcher-oc3-portable-cleaner

 

Remember to use your British Cycling discount in Halfords!