Mountain Bike Shenanigans

Tyre Rack
August 25th, 2008

One of the things I’ve been meaning to do in the garage for ages is to sort out my tyres. There’s been tyres in bags, tyres in boxes, tyres hanging on hooks, new tyres, used tyres, muddy tyres… Lots of tyres and no easy means of finding the tyre you’re looking for or keeping them in one place. Two Estate Agent For Sale sign posts (there is an advantage to student beer trophies), a few nails and a little patience later and there’s now a tyre rack in the garage to keep things organised.


Old Mike
August 21st, 2008

I don’t post these very often, but this is a good’un.

Two guys meet up in a bar. The first one asks, “Did your hear the news – Mike is dead??!!!”

“Woah, what the hell happened to him?”

“Well he was on his way over to my house the other day and when he arrived outside the house he didn’t brake properly and boom – He hit the curb, the car flipped over and he crashed through the sunroof – Went flying through the air and smashed through my upstairs bedroom window.”

“What a horrible way to die!”

“No no, he survived that, that didn’t kill him at all. So, he’s landed in my upstairs bedroom and he’s all covered in broken glass on the floor. Then, he spots the big old antique wardrobe we
have in the room and reaches up for the handle to try to pull himself up. He’s just dragging
himself up when bang, this massive wardrobe comes crashing down on top of him, crushing him and breaking most of his bones.”

“What a way to go, that’s terrible!”

“No no, that didn’t kill him he survived that. He managed to get the wardrobe off him and crawls out onto the landing, he tries to pull himself up on the banister but under his weight, the banister breaks and he goes falling down on to the first floor. In mid air, all the broken banister poles spin and fall on him, pinning him to the floor, sticking right through him.”

“Now that is the most unfortunate way to go!”

“No no, that didn’t kill him, he even survived that. So he’s on the downstairs landing, just beside the kitchen. He crawls in to the kitchen, tries to pull himself up on the stove, but reached for a big pot of boiling hot water, whoosh, the whole thing came down on him and burned most of his skin off him.”

“Man, what a way to go!”

“No no, he survived that, he survived that! He’s lying on the ground, covered in boiling water and he spots the phone and tries to pull himself up, to call for help, but instead he grabs the light switch and pulls the whole thing off the wall and the water and electricity didn’t mix and so he got electrocuted, wallop, 10,000 volts shot through him.”

“Now that is one awful way to go!”

“No no, he survived that…”

“Hold on now, just how the hell did he die?”

“I shot him!”

“You shot him? What the hell did you shoot him for?”

“He was wrecking my house.”

August 17th, 2008

Been up to Geordieland for the weekend and it was champion. It’s been a good ten years since I went up to the north east and it’s changed a lot from my memories of the place. Granted it still wasn’t warm, but at least this time it didn’t rain the entire time and the pizza in Jesmond was ace! Spent Saturday wandering around Newcastle and headed over the Tyne to check out Baltic. It was a great trip, but I might need to get a guide before the next visit.

Baltic Mill

In terms of Bikes it seems Chris’ insider knowledge on new products coming out of the Trek/Gary Fisher partnership was spot on. The new Roscoe is like a slightly shorter travel version of my fantastic Remedy 9. Talking of which why is it no matter how much helicopter tape you put all over a frame it always gets scratched in the unprotected areas? Some flat pedal pin scratches and chain slap have left their marks so a quick trip to Halfords means I now have some suitable touch up paint…

A while back I mentioned Charlie Kelly and the fact that his website is a great resource on the history of mountain biking. What I didn’t know then, but do now, is that he’s also a contributor to Dirt Rag. I thought that his write up from the Specialized product launch was one of the best reads I’ve had in a long time.

This is Neil
August 14th, 2008

It’s been pointed to me that I didn’t actually post up any portraits of Neil Mottershead into his 50th Birthday set. Well I guess I never set out to take any shots like that. I get embarassed asking people to pose and they get conscious of the fact that there’s a lense pointing at them. Any way I snapped some pictures of Neil last year, so here’s one of them:


Neil’s 50th
August 12th, 2008

Photos from a very special trip to the Switzerland including some previously unexplored trails not just for us but also for our guide Jamie Carr from Ride the Alps. Top trip, great company and a bit of a party or two!

Neil on the Road Gap Jump

When I turn fifty I want to be pulling cool tricks like Neil – the guy has serious amounts of class and talent! More photos up on Flickr.

It was also great to meet Jules Fincham from Cycle Wild Scotland on the trip (although we only rode together for a day before he jetted off). He’s a top bloke and runs his business out of Aviemore, where he knows Ben Davies and the gang in Bothy Bikes. I’ll have to get up there for some riding in the near future.

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