Mountain Bike Shenanigans

Peak Epic
October 23rd, 2011

Big ride out this weekend with friends from various Ride The Alps trips in France and Switzerland. I’ve been riding in the Peak District since coming to Manchester in 1997 and like to think I know it well. Neil’s lived in the Stockport area all his life and knows it even better from his years motorbike trail riding and mountain biking.

In two days riding we both were shown new trails by our hosts Fi and John riding out of their base in Buxton on the first day and from Hope today. Amazing riding, great company and biking mojo and desire rekindled. It’s been a while but that was the first time in ages I have really enjoyed being on the bike.

Some pics from the two days – weather was fantastic.

Fi and John

Fire!

Macclesfield Forest

Broken Gear Cable

Earache
October 18th, 2011

Cold and windy enough yesterday on the commute in to give me earache for the first time this year. The unseasonable warm weather has given way to some generic cold wintery weather. Low temperatures, rain/sleet and the kind of head winds that make your legs feel like they are very out of shape.

I broke out the winter biking clothing today, time to start thinking about the riding ahead as the nights draw in further and the need for lights on the commute returns. Officially British Summer Time ends at 2am on Sunday 30 October (unofficially it ended some time in August).

In other news, after a lot of looking and bidding I managed to get a brand new (but preowned) Co Pilot Limo for less than half price after having a bit of patience on eBay. Just need to get some good weather again and I will get it fitted and the family out on the bikes. Good times ahead.

Feedback
October 6th, 2011

I’ve had some feedback recently, in fact I asked for it from a couple of people. It’s given me food for thought. A friend posted this somewhere else online, so I’m stealing it and reposting:

Pointing something out:
“Hey, look at that, that’s different.”

Discussion:
“Hey look that that. That’s an interesting approach, why did you do it like that? Have you considered an alternative? Will there be any impact of doing it like this, rather than like this?”

Constructive Criticism
“Hey look at that, not sure that’s the best way. Perhaps you could consider doing it this way instead.”

Criticism:
“Hey look at that, thats not very good, you could have done that better, I wouldnt have done it like that, it won’t be very much use now.”

Perhaps the difference is not clear to you, but most people manage…

IMBA: Long Live Long Rides