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!
For some time I have been considering buying a jump bike. I get close to buying one on ebay, Facebook or PinkBike and then back off. I can’t justify spending hundreds of pounds on one and maybe I was thinking it was a bit of a phase or mid-life crisis. It probably is.
Anyway, at a visit to the 417 Bike Park a few weeks ago, I found myself having a whale of a time on the VeloSolutions pump track and decided I needed a suitable bike now for sure.
After some ebay bidding and sneaky logistical planning to collect the bike I had myself a DMR Wrath for a bargain!
Today was the maiden voyage and while I dropped my son off at football it was time for an hour at a nearby BMX track.
Let me get this straight, I was under no illusions that I was going to be flying and I was hoping just to pump the bike around for an hour or so. But as you can see from the top picture these were pretty serious jumps.
I hadn’t appreciated how much speed I was going to need and I simply couldn’t generate enough or pluck up the courage to generate enough to really get me in the air. The steep angle of some of the take offs was pretty daunting and it took me a long time to get really comfortable and to not cover my brakes. But still I wasn’t generating enough speed to get really air bourne.
It was loads of fun and I’m really glad I picked this bike up. However, its a heavy beast – built to take some abuse that I am certainly not going to be giving it any time soon. And I found the lack of front brake really disconcerting, I didn’t realise just how much I covered it when riding my MTBs. I may fit a caliper for this extra bit of comfort and see if it makes any difference.
Eventually I was relaxing more and staying off the brake but landing no where near the transitions. As this was my first time EVER doing anything like this I was really happy with myself though my GoPro clips make me look very sedate…
Next steps, getting used to the bike on smaller jumps and a pump track. I will be back here very soon too…
I can’t really review this bike as I have no frame of reference as its been 30 years since I even rode a BMX. I will say its solid and the SuperMoto tyres zip along the tarmac nicely.
Today was the first day in months that I took my Canon EOS 500D out – and the first time I have take it out while mountain biking.
Conditions were pretty sketchy today. The dirt around here has a high clay content and gets really slippy. Today was also the first time I went out on my Full Sus Giant Trance this winter. After riding a 29er hard tail for the lasy few months the Trance felt like riding on a bouncy sponge!