Wild Trail Snacks – Review

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I like to take trail bars on long rides, days out etc, as they don’t get as squished as fruit or sandwiches and can slip in a pocket or pouch for easy access. So I try loads and often pick up a handful of Paleo bars in Lidl/Adli while at the tills. I stumbled across these Wild Trail bars in a COOP store in Wales and noticed they were actually made in Wales too so decided I had to check them out further.

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They come in 4 flavours and are really simple – each made from only 5 natural ingredients.  My favourite is the Apple, followed by the Carrot Cake.

They are really tasty,  gluten free, dairy free and even VEGAN Friendly.

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These boxes are pretty good value if you compare with other leading brands like NAKD (even when bought in volume), with a comparable level of protein per 30g coming from either the cashew or peanuts in each bar.

These also have quite distinct flavours unlike NAKD that mostly tastes the same, usually because of the overwhelming sweetness provided by the dates in my opinion.

I must admit I haven’t had a NAKD bar in a while – I just feel they are more expensive.

Back to the Wild Trail bars – some excellent nutritional info can be seen in my picture above or you can visit the website for a full break down, if you are really into that sort of thing.

https://wildtrail.co.uk/our-snacks

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Wild Trail Carrot Cake

  1. Raisins
  2. Cashews
  3. Gluten free oats
  4. Dried carrot
  5. Ground cinnamon

Nutritional Information: Typical values

Per 46g bar: Energy 761kJ (181kcal), Fat 5.9g of which saturates 1.1g, Carbohydrat

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While these are tasty, neatly packaged and are MADE IN WALES (lets not forget that!), a single 30g bar is not enough if you plan on using this on its own as a trail top up. So you will want to pack a few.

My fave bars and a bit of a luxury are from Veloforte.  I love Veloforte bars, though they are so chewy you need to top up your energy stores just to eat one! Their bars are over £2.00 each but they DO have twice the protein in them and are amazing!

However, 2 x a Wild Trail Bar will get you the same nutrition and for still only half the price, and you can then mix your flavours.

So I guess its just a matter of choosing how you want your nutrition packaged.

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I bought mine in a box of 4×4 different flavours straight from the website for £9.25 inc shipping – that works out as 58p a bar.

These could become my go to bar…

https://wildtrail.co.uk/shop/wild-trail-mixed-multipack-bundle-4-x-4x30g-cartons

https://wildtrail.co.uk/shop/16-mixed-box

Do you have a fave trail bar or snack?

 

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The fine art of Faffing

Your bike is dirty, its been dirty for a week or 2.

But its ok you have a really valid excuse. You came home from a night ride and promised yourself you’d clean it the next day, but the next you were told that your new bike was ready to be collected from the shop and the dirty one got a little neglected…

So you decide its time to give it the love it deserves and give it a proper deep clean.

But first a cup of tea.

Electing to be super efficient, get started by getting some stuff ready, while the kettle is boiling – genius!

While in the shed looking for the end to the hose you realise that its a complete mess and needs sorting out, start sorting and decide that this is a far bigger job than you anticipated.

Time for an existential crisis!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Existential_crisis

That’s enough of that! Time to gather your thoughts and boil the kettle again.

Make a cup of  tea!

While drinking the tea you ponder upon the last hour and decide that you can’t possibly be the only one who behaves like this and sits down to write about it (THIS!).

Finishes blog post and starts again.

Its now way too late and you have to get back to work…

 

 

 

 

Tried and Tested – Peatys Sealant, Valves and Rim Tape

Peaty's Products - Tubeless Sealant
Peaty’s Products – Tubeless Sealant

My local trails are littered with black thorns and since “going tubeless” around 3 years ago I haven’t look back. I have been using what was up until this weekend the industry standard and the team at Peatys wanted to put a stop to it so sent me a complete set up to install and review.

I’ve been sitting on these goodies from Peatys for a few weeks now, waiting for my new bike to arrive and being a tubeless convert for a number of years, I wasn’t going to risk a ride without these installed.

Peaty's Products - Fitted
Peaty’s Products – Fitted

The quality of the product and the now instantly recognisable branding is the first thing that stands out. The rim tape is strong and sticky, the sealant glistens in the sun and the valves are a sight to behold when standing erect and proud from your rim. (Make your own jokes up, if I missed any.)

I installed the tape on my Marin San Quentin 3 stock wheels,  with tubeless compatible 29mm rims. Applying the Rim Job was a pretty standard task especially as these are new wheels, so there was no grime or anything that required cleaning first. So starting a few inches past the valve hole, go once around and over lap by the same few inches.

Peaty's Products - Rim Tape and Valve - Details
Peaty’s Products – Rim Tape and Valve – Details

The tape is super sticky but you can lift it and straighten as you go if you go off line a little – which I did plenty as the spoke holes are off centered in the rim and my fingers kept assuming they were in the middle. Doh!

The 30mm wide tape is perfect for these 29mm rims and a roll comes in 9 meters which should be enough to do 4 wheels.

The 40mm tall Tubeless Valves are really solid and look really cool with the little Peatys logo on them – even on the inside!

My Schwalbe Magic Mary tyres seated quite easily and after a bit of a spillage I successfully managed to squeeze the required amount of Tubeless Sealant in the tyres.

Using my trusty Airshot and Topeak Joe Blow track pump, the tyres pinged into place with ease.

Peaty's Products - Rim Tape, Sealant and Valves
Peaty’s Products – Rim Tape, Sealant and Valves

One 25km ride and an over night standing later and the tyres are still inflated so I would say that’s a job well done.  I’ll do an update after a few weeks/months to see how the sealant is holding up.

Thanks again to Peatys Products for sending me these to install/test.

Peatys Products also include lube and bike cleaning foam and are available in many stores or online.

Is one of these your LBS ?   https://peatys.co.uk/stockists

 

Is there too much bravado in mountain biking?

A few Facebook posts in the last month or so triggered this train of thought and prompted me to make a short video. The video says it all but writing words here anyway.

Rule Number 5

We’ve all heard of Rule number 5 – or MTFU, Man The F**k Up and we’ve probably all had it spouted at us when we are feeling a little ill and shy off from a group ride or event.

Well I’m all for manning up, but not when it can do more harm than good.  I’ve been out with a cold, that’s turned into something worse. I’ve ridden with a cold, and it just doesn’t seem to leave for weeks on end.

Its not ideal, you probably don’t enjoy the ride, your mates don’t need to hear you coughing and spluttering for a few hours and you are not actually going to get better by doing this.  You can make yourself worse.

Take some advice from your Doc or the dreaded internet if you are wondering if you should be exercising with your cold.  Basically its your call, but even in the case below where they say its OK to go out, be aware your body may not truly appreciate it.

https://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/features/exercising-when-sick#1

Go Hard or Go Home

What idiot thought that was a good idea when it comes to trail riding?

If you’re not falling off, you’re not trying hard enough!

Woah!  You know we do learn by our mistakes, and we will only get better if we push harder, but no one said you had to break your collar bone to do this!

Push yourself. Progress. But do what you feel comfortable with.

Those that repeat the mantra above of “falling off” are probably using the statement as an excuse for their own misadventures.

Rider 1 “Dude did you break your arm again?”

Rider 2 “Yeah man! You know what they say if you’re not falling off…!!! I’m gonna clear that gap on that Black run one of these days. Once I rest for 8 weeks and get my bike fixed.”

Rider 1 “That’s nails mate.  You’re such a rad rider! See you in a few months.”

Rider 2 “Yeah man! Enjoy the trip to Finale, I’ll have to try and make the next trip”

I say go at your own pace and do what you feel comfortable doing.  Most of my MTB mates are in their 40s and have families, jobs etc and a few broken bones a year is going to seriously annoy their employer.

This doesn’t mean we don’t have fun or push ourselves, just know when to stop!

What do you think?

 

NEW – SRAM AXS – My Opinion

I have to admit it – I absolutely love it and I want it all and I want it now!

The simplicity of the installation, its got an app, its lighter and the action is smooth and fast.  Its customisable, its clean, there are no cables – its exciting stuff!

I need this in my life – its amazing!

But – damage the mech, crash and break the shifter, and you are screwed!

You can no longer pop to you LBS and buy a new shifter or mech and get back out on your bike. Within the Shimano or SRAM ranges you can typically mix and match and therefore buy whatever is on the shelf in your LBS – now you have to pick up an AXS component that is probably not going to be available on every high street or at a bike shop at a trail head.

Forget to charge your battery after the last few rides or think it should be ok for one more and boom you are an hour behind your mates.

Oh wait a minute – the seat post is £700 and the group set is £2000 you say?!

Forget it!

This is aimed at pro racers or those with WAY to much spare cash (who’s got that these days?)…

So, nice tech (REALLY nice tech), nice features on GMBN  (PAID PROMOTIONS I notice), but its like watching supercars on Top Gear – I won’t be buying one anytime soon…