MTB Glasses for Winter

mtb glasses

Looking for some MTB glasses to keep the mud, grit, snow, ice, poo, dirt, wind and rain out of your eyes this winter?

Look know further than Screwfix!

Honestly!

After you’ve looked on YouTube of course!

 

How to keep your kit dry when on a wet ride

Ok, so it sounds obvious.

“Its not rocket science!”

“Who is this guy?”

“He’s just creating videos for the sake of it now…”

What… I can’t believe people are saying such things!

Watch it. Don’t watch it. But I’m telling you now nothing beats pulling on a dry t shirt, socks and gloves in the middle of wet cold winter bike ride.

 

A Trail Is Born – Making the most of your local terrain

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.

Windhill: Is this bikepark for you?

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.

Northern Grip and a Stanton Demo

I’d heard of this festival when it launched a few years ago and always fancied something that looked a bit chilled and not race orientated.

We had an ok, time, the weather was great, we explored and rode the quarry trails, we demoed some bikes and drunk some beer.

Its very low key and only a few hundred people attend, camping, locals, day trippers etc which meant the evening was quite quiet. They ran out of pizza and the local ale, quite early on too, but we still ate and drank (lager yuck!)…

Some big brand bikes were available to be demoed – Stanton Bikes, Orange eBikes, Identiti etc and some small trade stalls from local dealers.

It sounds like the event is restricted by a local curfew and festival goer numbers limited, which is a shame as its a great little spot on the Lancashire/West Yorks border with some great riding. Maybe it could be much bigger and better with some promotion?

My fear is that visitor numbers (those few hundred include families, kids etc) and the effective single day of “trading” probably wont pull in much industry support. Who knows…

That said I got the impression the organisers are happy with the attendance and consider it success.

You can see the “official” event photos here –

https://www.facebook.com/northerngrip/photos/

I took the opportunity to have a go on the Stanton Switch9er FS….  Boy was it loads of fun!  Here are my first impressions!