Orange Mr O 2001 “retro” build

This is a frame I bought off a friend for £25 including rear shock (Fox VanRC) when I told him I wanted a project….    Upon telling a friend, he said “no way…that’s my old frame…I still have the forks for that!” to which I asked him how much…. “£25?”… Sold! To my delight it… Read more »

Snapped headset cup

Ooops…snapped headset cup…wondered why it was very rattly! I don’t remember doing it though!

Hope Mono M4 lever broken – split seal

Lesson learnt…don’t drop your bike onto a fence! It caught the lever and pulled it out…and then I clicked it back in…WIN….actually…fail. Now when I pull the brake slowly it pulls all the way to the bars and doesn’t come on, if I pull it fast, it works as normal until you let off the… Read more »

Grizedale Forest

Well, I have always had my gripes with Grizedale forest, the trail centre, average fun but not very rewarding for how much effort you put in. However, Richard and Anthony went a wandering a few weeks back and found some great descents. So for Uncle Tony’s birthday we went out to find them again. 13… Read more »

Whinlatter after work? Don’t mind if I do!

Finish at 5, pack up and head to Whinlatter with a van full of bikes and bikers. The clouds looked as though we were gonna get a right old hammering of rain…but alas it stayed dry! I have always been about the rush of the ride, get down as quick as possible (and get up if… Read more »

OnOne 456 Summer Season to replace the NS Surge

Today I took delivery of my new frame which cost me a grand total of £99 from the OnOne sale! With a frame size of 18 inches and a slightly longer wheel base than my current ride, my ketchup red On One 456 Summer Season will be built up in time for the weekend…Hopefully! I… Read more »

Morning in the sun

Back in November, we organised a nice ride out up Grizedale pike….and I forgot to upload the photos…here they are 🙂 and yes…this is the trip where I got to whinlatter for 8am and realised I had left my front wheel inside my house…a quick journey up the M6 and help a hitchhiker on his… Read more »

Birthday Ride

Well, I got to choose where we went on the bikes this time seeing as it was my birthday and all…and as expected I chose to go up Grizedale Pike…however instead of coming back down the usual Hobcarton way, we went down over the back and towards Buttermere.As per usual when we went out in… Read more »

An impulse evening ride…

Driving up through the Lake District (which officially has only 1 lake in the entire district) after a family doo down in Hawkshead I decided at 40 that I wanted to go for a bike ride in the lakes. I sent the text, got replies, picked them up and then by 7pm we were parked… Read more »

Newcastleton with Random Biking

Joined the Random biking crew on a trip to Newcastleton, I go with these guys when I need my fitness sorting out, they just pedal and pedal and whinge at you when you are taking too long, so it makes you try and keep up. I struggled this time, fitness and breathing went out the… Read more »

Saint crank bolts stripped

6 years ago I purchased a set of Shimano Saint cranks, under the guidance of guru Joe from Palace Cycles that they would last me forever. They are still going strong, 2 or 3 replacement bottom brackets, however I seem to have gone through more of the bolts that hold the crank arm together than… Read more »

Grizedale Pike on semi-slicks!

Well, last night was interesting…single speed (36/16 for those who know) on semi-slicks riding the Whinlatter south side ascent, then continuing up to the top of Grizedale Pike. A long climb but the view at the top is so worth it. My chain snapped at the start so even after fixing it I still didn’t… Read more »

Back on the bike

Well it has been a while since on my trusty steel trail monster, but after a couple of rides I am still loving it, which is good to know! Must admit it is still taking a bit of adjusting to the traveling forwards and not standing sideways but I suppose that comes with the winter… Read more »

My first real Mountain Bike ride! (Walna Scar)

For someone that has ridden a mountain bike for 6 – 7 years that may seem like an odd title for this post…but its true! I have only been riding trail centres with the man made trails or little bits of natural trails but never a 6 and a half hour epic ride. After watching… Read more »

Dalbeattie, Full Sus, Wide Bars

Dalbeattie red route was never one of my favourite stanes, just because there was no real, mind blowing descents. However this trip has changed my mind slightly, thanks to Mad Mike and Grave Danger, two names that I probably shouldn’t have tried to keep up with! My lovely Marzocchi 55 ATA (2008)s were still back… Read more »

Cwmcarn Day 01 (welsh trails)

For some strange reason, these last few months have made me start to question my commitment to mountain biking, snowboarding, jackrabbitt, etc. I just seem to have lost the passion that I once had for the sport and surrounding culture, no apparent reason, other than maybe feeling slightly left behind after the whole collar bone… Read more »