(Bwlch) Nant Yr Arian

Nant Yr Arian Trail Centre

I put Bwlch in brackets cos everyone calls it Nant yr Arian, or actually just “Nanty” most of the time, but lets give it its full name for a moment – Bwlch Nant yr Arian. It translates as “Silver Stream Pass” or “Pass of the Silver Stream” and is named after the silver lead ore that was mined in the area. There’s an old mine and museum just down the road, that would be a great spot to drop off the non-mountain biking members of your family while you have a ride or an additional activity if you wanted to have a longer stay. Continue reading “(Bwlch) Nant Yr Arian”

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Quick Spin at Sunset

Spent the day with the family in Bristol, visiting the SS Great Britain and the M Shed museum and then ate at Za Za Bazaar. Didn’t have long when I got home, but the warm sun and blue sky was too good to miss so I had a quick spin to catch the sunset.

I only did about 10km up to Oldbury Castle and back but it was well worth it, as I hope these GoPro pics show…

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Bucket List Bike

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WTB Vigilante / Trail Boss

If you find a list of “10 things a mountain biker should do“, building a bike is there among them. I honestly didn’t understand why you would do this. I had been looking for a new hard tail for some time and often came to the same conclusion most do, that “you couldn’t build that spec for that money”.  The buying power of bike manufacturers means that its very hard to beat them on price if you want to go down the self build route. Continue reading “Bucket List Bike”

3 Little Words

Misty View
Misty View

August Bank Holiday. Those 3 little words conjure up images from my childhood of days out in Pontypool Park, day trips to Weston-Super-Mare, Barry Island or Porthcawl. Sun and fun on the last weekend of the school holidays.

Wet Track
Wet Track

It should be the same today. Though now we live in Wiltshire those destinations are too far for a day out. We got to Southsea to see my wife’s family on Sunday and it was actually a very warm day. But Bank Holiday Monday saw my kids watching TV, us doing some final back to school shopping and generally wondering where on earth the summer had gone to!

Misty Thistles
Misty Thistles

But before all that I got out for a nice bracing walk with Brodie. 10km or 6 miles in old money in the wind and rain resulted in some time to think and reflect on work and the long list of things I need to do, and to wonder why I hadn’t been out on a bike this weekend.