The problem with all this warm wet weather is a tremendous growth of undergrowth in the woods. Ferns are generally not a problem, but nettles, white poplar saplings and brambles are encroaching on some of the best bits of singletrack and were making passage miserable and regularly drawing blood. Only one thing for it brave … Continue reading “Trail Maintenance”
Tour de France is on the telly, it must be time to get the road bike out. Since I went through the windscreen of a car that pulled out on me on my way home from a time trial I’ve been a reluctant road rider but this is a special bike and always a pleasure … Continue reading “TdF is on”
This working from lifestyle which was by necessity for the last 18 months now looks to be a pretty definite thing for the foreseeable future. On that basis the week needs to be peppered with some new commute rides. Having started a couple of weeks ago, I am coming to the view that alternating between … Continue reading “Commutes of the Week”
Celebrating having made it to a bit of blogging milestone, for the 1,001th post I headed out to West Wales and hooked up on the trails of Coed-y-Brenin. The last time I rode around was May 2006. 2006! Crikey, it didn’t feel like that long. Understandably a lot has changed in that time when if … Continue reading “Coed-y-Brenin”
With this update entry the site has reached the heady highlight of 1,000 blog posts. Seeing the target approaching I thought that it was a good time to give the site a facelift… Might do some tweaking and there’s a bit of tidying up to do in places over coming weeks. It’s been a journey, … Continue reading “Facelift”
Keeping the circular commuting commitment going, I headed out int the rain on the Cross Bike for a quick local loop. The rain fell through out and it reminded me that I definitely need some braces for the Endura 3/4 length waterproof shorts. And that the Chris King free hub is a bit sticky and … Continue reading “100% Rain”
I’ve planned out a big ride around Pendle Hill but the forecast for Sunday was pretty grim and I thought that it’d just be miserable trying it out under leaden skies. So I headed in that direction and revisited the trails at Gisburn Forest. It’s been a few years and it’s strange how you forget … Continue reading “Forecast was correct”
Take some trail maintenance tools. Clear some of the undergrowth. Cut back some of the tree growth. Great plan. Didn’t take into account midges, mosquitos and horse flies. Proper bitten in addition to the standard set of nettle stings and bramble scratches this morning. Welcome to July.
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