We’ve come a long long way together… (Vitus Escarpe VRX Long Term Review)

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Cadair Idris

Its been two years since I decided it was time to change my full sus bike (Giant Trance X2) and after much research I decided on the Vitus Escarpe VRX.

Longer and beefier forks. Wider bars. Bigger wheels (650b). I was excited! Continue reading “We’ve come a long long way together… (Vitus Escarpe VRX Long Term Review)”

Sometimes very few words are required

Its hard describe a great day out on the bike sometimes so here are some pictures instead of a cracking day out in North Wales doing the Pont Scethin loop.

And a video too.. Continue reading “Sometimes very few words are required”

4 bikes in less than 24 hours

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

DMR Bikes -  WRATH
Will I ever grow up?  Fat chance!

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”

Genesis CDF Cyclocross
Enjoyed riding this so much on Saturday. Must ride it more!

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

Hardcore Hardtail - NS Bikes Surge EVO
Can’t quite decide if I’m gonna keep the 30T chainring yet. Back to 32T?

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

Vitus Bikes Escarpe VRX
This is the life!

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!

Seek and ye shall find

Ask, and it shall be given you;
seek, and ye shall find;
knock, and it shall be opened unto you

Why not quote The Bible every now and again!

Or by contrast maybe Iggy Pop?

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

Go Cafall before Christmas

Vitus Escarpe - Cafall
My Vitus Escarpe VRX

This time of the year my local “trails” are muddy.  I know, so are yours but mine are not very interesting at the best of times so when it gets muddy it simply is no fun at all.

I am not a geologist but I can confidently say we have a heavy clay content in our soil around here so when it gets wet no “mud tyre” or “winter tyre” will cope. So the only  solution if you want a proper ride is to visit a trail centre.

Cafall Trail Cwmcarn

As luck would have it this last weekend a friend (check his blog out here) and I were off to Cardiff to see a great live band called Clutch. Go check them out if you like heavy bluesy rock with a smattering of stoner thrown in. I digress…

As we were going to be in Wales it would be rude not to take in a trail, so we hatched a plan to visit Cwmcarn and ride the Cafall.

Cafall Trail Cwmcarn

I was determined this time to take some photos and with the misty conditions it was certainly moody and picturesque enough for some fine results. Hopefully you will agree.

This ride was great and theres a lot to be said about making the effort to find a trail centre during the winter. They are built to take a battering from riders abusing them and of course the weather, especially in Wales.   A combination of the trees and elevation profile will allow rain to either be drunk by the vegetation or run off down the hillside to join the local rivers out of the way. So save for a few patches we managed to ride around in some damp but not muddy conditions.

Cafall Trail Cwmcarn

Now, there’s not getting away from it, its time to see my face and listen to me talk.  2017 will see me do more video (hopefully much better than this one) so get used to it!

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