No it wasn’t my birthday, but somehow I managed to ride all 4 of my bikes at the weekend all with in the space of 24 hours! Here’s how it happened.
Bike 1 – DMR Wrath
Location – Devizes Skate Park
My daughter was going to play with a friend for the day in Devizes, so when I dropped her off at her home I took my DMR Wrath the skatepark. The DMR Wrath is a kindof half BMX cruiser and half jump bike, I’m not sure I can go down to a 20″ BMX so I think this bike has to move on sometime soon so I can make room for a proper jump bike (or maybe I’ll just fit some forks to this one??).
The skatepark is great fun, with some 4 and 5 foot quarter pipes which are great fun to pop out of and to drop in. It makes you think about your back wheel and chainring positions you have to “jump” in.
My goal for the mini session was to “air out” of one 4 foot and clear the coping to land on an adjacent 4 footer – sort of like a kicker jump. I just about managed to do this and left before the skateboarders I was chatting to could convince to have a go on 4 wheels!
Bike 2 – Genesis CDF
Location – “Around town”
Under the pretense of going to the bank to get my kids their overdue pocket money out, I decided to help the environment and make the short trip on my cyclocross bike instead of taking the car. What should have taken 30-40 mins took almost 2 hours as I had some fun on the dry and dusty trails taking the long way home.
Bike 3 – NS Bikes Surge EVO
Location – Local trails, Calstone
A friend of mine has decided to get a mountain bike to get some exercise and lose a bit of weight. Saturday evening I had offered to introduce him to a short local loop to get him off road. He and his wife are also a friends of my wife and she actively encouraged me to go out with him (this couldn’t get any better)…
So we had a little pedal as I got him introduced to some locations on his doorstep he had never even been to. Once he’d had his intro, he went home for a curry and I had another blast around.
Bike 4 – Vitus Escarpe VRX
Location – Cotswolds
This was my only planned ride for the weekend and the weather was perfect for an explore around some semi-familiar trails near Uley and Dursley in Gloucestershire.
Some great fun was only dampened slightly by one of the gang having a potentially really nasty over the bars moment on the most tame part of the trail.
We still managed a couple of hours riding and enjoyed the sun.
Short video below of Sunday’s ride. Next stop Ladybower Reservoir!
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
Mountain biking doesn’t have to be just a dream you have of far off places.
You don’t have to live in Utah, New Zealand, Canada or even Wales.
Right on your doorstep is something worth riding and you must learn to embrace it and enjoy it.
We are bombarded with clips of dusty far off lands, Surrey Hills shredding, never ending descents to deep blue oceans and Scottish highland rocky trails, but no matter where you live, you will have something right under your nose, I guarantee it!
With work and family commitments its tricky for me to get away, even short drives up to Wales are hard to squeeze in and so most of my weekends are spent riding the Wiltshire Downs.
You don’t have to ride the best trails in the world, you just have to ride!
Excuse the Youtube friendly music – I have lost my original footage so had to overlay some copyright free tunes onto my entire soundtrack to keep YT happy.
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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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