In my latest video I’ve used my expert knowledge and experience to deliver a no nonsense overview of a couple of CO2 adapters and how the use of such devices compare with a mini pump.
Be awesome if you head over to youtube and watch it and leave your comments there.
Here’s another one – about tyre sealant..
Wow! I haven’t uploaded here since November 15th… Maybe its time to knock the blog on the head. What do you think? What would you like to see here?
Anyway – one of my more recent videos has got a great response on YouTube.
I think I got everything right – thumbnail, title, tags etc and it helped that those things mentioned/featured a successful MTB channel – Pinned TV
If you haven’t seen it yet – its a simple vlog from a day in the Forest of Dean on a large group ride with Pinned TV and Si & Oliver from Malverns Classic.
Massive thanks to Jim (Pinned TV) who, a week after I uploaded my video uploaded his and gave me shout out and link to my channel.
So – go an watch it – PLEASE subscribe to my channel if you haven’t already…
I’m a great believer in making the most of what you’ve got when it comes to mountain biking. Whether that be in terms of your bike and budget (any bike will do honestly it will), or where you live.
We can’t all live in the Surrey Hills, Scotland, Snowdonia or … Bristish Columbia, but everywhere you go is something you can find to ride.
You can rip up the streets urban style like Sam Pilgrim or you can find a small patch of woodland and just ride it!
Doesn’t have to be steep, gnarly, and long – with just a little bit of imagination you can turn anything into some fun.
This “trail” is only 15-20 seconds long but it has a steep roll in, some loamy turns and a small drop off.
When I sat down to write this post originally, I was going to debate the different types of Blues, Reds, Blacks etc at UK bike parks and trail centres (there’s a difference), but then I thought I’d just show you a video.
However, very quickly:
A black run at Bikepark Wales will have large gaps and drops that require speed, technique and commitment.
A black trail at Coed y Brenin, while possibly a bit rocky and gnarly in places, is, IMHO more a measure of fitness.
And finally a black run at Windhill Bike Park, is mostly a hand cut trail that requires a certain level of skill, but doesn’t require masses of speed or large testicles to ride and clear large gaps.
Don’t get me wrong there are some jumps on the black trails at Windhill, but honestly you can roll through most of it. (I do!)
Just stay clear of the Pro-Line – – – But that hopefully speaks for itself!
So here’s a short video of a bunch of us average riders riding blue, red and black runs at Windhill this weekend – nothing required clearing a gap, and the largest drop is about 2 feet high on all these trails.
This doesn’t mean you can’t get some air or jump some distance (hopefully you can see from my average efforts), it doesn’t mean that top riders can’t enjoy it (cos they do!), it just means that you can ride most of the park at your pace and enjoy it.
Last weekend 7 of us headed from Wiltshire to North Wales for what promised to be a good weekend on the bikes.
Friday, 2 of the gang went straight to Coed y Brenin while the rest of us headed for Cadair Idris and a grueling climb in temperatures just shy of 30C.
It was hot and hard work but the views were staggering and the descent simply brilliant!
This was the second time for me and I was keen to check out a short bridleway on the return leg and its fair to say it didn’t disappoint!
Saturday saw 7 tired campers hit a muggy Penmachno at an agreed later time, that almost back fired on us! One of the guys had a free hub issue and we didn’t leave any time to get to a bike shop on Saturday evening.
Luckily, we bumped into Tom Hutton (MTB Guiding) at Coed y Brenin who arranged to meet us Sunday morning and loan us a wheel. What a gent!
So Sunday, all of us made our way around the Dyfi Forest, around the Climach-X trail north of Machynlleth where we rode the epic final descent, but not before exploring some of the Welsh Gravity Enduro stages still widely used but not sign posted in the forest.
We had a cracking weekend and I want to get back to the Dyfi Forest ASAP..
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