Mountain Bike Shenanigans

Trailer Trucking
June 23rd, 2013

After a bit of faffing picked up a trailer from EBC. It wasn’t the first place I tried, I’d been hoping to get a second hand Giant or Trek trailer but failed and none of the other shops in the area I tried had any in and to be frank it was cracking value for money, already having been reduced and then being able to get a further discount on a brand new one. Transport for two for less than the prices of a pair of XTR clipless pedals.

Talking to Tom confirmed my fears that negotiating various trail obstacles was going to be the biggest issue and so it turned out. We managed to negotiate all but one of the barriers along the local disused railway line cyclepath on the way to see the horses at the paddock last Sunday. At that point we just turned around and came home – pretty much the whole route is offroad on paths or though the park, there’s probably about 50m of road all in.

Since then I’ve been taking the boys to nursery and picking them up every day in it – again on dedicated cycle paths, through the park or on designated cycleroutes in our suburban area. There’s just one kissing gate type barrier to get past which I’ve now discovered that If I back the bike in and pull the bike up on the rear wheel and pivot it 90 degrees to the right just lets me get though. I am definitely product testing the universal joint, although hopefully not the back up safety loop.

Trailer adventures

Trailer adventures

Trailer adventures

Trailer adventures

You notice it on the ups of course, but on the flat and downs there is hardly any difference. Saying that I’ve not tried anything too extreme so far, so I’ll reserve the right to change that point of view the first time the trailer tries to over take the bike on the downhills. Nice bit of kit so far. I hadn’t appreciated the need for the bars outside the wheels at first, but effectively they’ve already served the purposes of skidrails trying to fit through various gaps, saving the wheels from getting hammered and now carry a few battle scars.

North West Mountain Bike Coaching and Guiding
June 19th, 2013

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My Friends Cheri Mills and Neil Mottershead came over on Saturday, they’ve been talking for months about their plans to set up a biking focused business. They’ve been off getting the necessary qualifications, my sister who’s a solicitor has drafted some legal terms and conditions and disclaimer paperwork and at then this weekend I setup the website and did some graphic design work to get things moving. The plan is for Cheri and Neil to offer coaching classes in a dedicated woodland they’ve negotiated access with the landowner to use ad this environment will allow them to bring peoples confidence and skills up.

They’re also offering guided riding in the Wrexham/Llangollen/Ruthin area of North Wales and further afield all over the UK. Finally both of them are professional mechanics and to hazard a guess I’d say they have over 50 years in the trade experience. They’re running bike maintenance classes to give people both trailside knowledge and skills and develop home mechanic abilities. Check things out on Facebook or via their site nwmbcg.co.uk

Afternoon Ride
June 2nd, 2013

Hauled Marc out on the Rockhopper equipped with childhauler bike seat (Co Pilot Limo). He was asleep before half way so then I had to spend the rest of the ride making sure his hat hadn’t fallen off or that his feet were in the right place and shoes hadn’t fallen off. It was a cracking afternoon and I did manage some decent big-ring power riding even if there were plenty of stops to look at things and watch the world go by.

So the next dilemma is trailers. I think it makes a lot of sense to get one so that we can take both Marc and Nick out, but I am not too sure on the current market offerings and whether it will be of any practical use. The route we rode today was littered with the type of barriers designed to stop cars and motorbikes getting onto the trail. so I am not sure how you’re supposed to get a trailer through them… Time to do some investigation!

IMBA: Long Live Long Rides