Mountain Biking

Pivot TwentyFour12 2017 – Event video


The Pivot TwentyFour 12 is my absolute favourite MTB event. This year’s event was wet and muddy, but still a great weekend. The official video gives just a flavour of what goes on:

Hope R2 burn times


We’ve been in the market for a new light just recently.  Kate has been looking for something fairly compact to fit her mountain bike for general use. Now, a couple of years back, having tried lots of the “just as good as that expensive stuff” lights that are about, we decided some time ago that […]

My Marin frame has died – spectacularly

Marin Mount Vision XM8 broken frame

It was nothing really.  I was riding up a gentle trail in Scotland and, ‘twang’, my seat suddenly sank 6 inches. My immediate thought was that the seat rails had broken, or maybe there was a fault with the dropper post.  It was only when I stopped and had a proper look that I discovered […]

A bit of fun at Haldon Forest


Life has felt like a bit of a slog just lately.  I’ve been working long hours to stay on top of things, have been trying to get all kinds of DIY jobs done on the house and trying to get out on the bike and keep some fitness for the just-passed Bontrager TwentyFour12 event. Don’t […]

Time for a new chain


Giving my bike a quick once over and clean, and it looks like I’m going to be needing a new chain in the very near future.   As you can see from the photo, my trusty Cyclo Tools chain wear guide is sitting right down in the chain on the .75 side, and the 1.00 […]

Weldtite Pit Stop Cleaning Kit


It’s no secret that I’m a fan of the various ranges of Weldtite cleaning and maintenance products, but the Pitstop Cleaning Kit was part of the range I’d never had my hands on. The bucket contains a selection of useful cleaning bits, all from the various Weldtite brands. So, what’s in the kit?   Dirtwash […]

Off Camber XC MTB Race – Round 2


It barely seems like a month ago that I rode in the first round of the Off Camber XC MTB race series, but true enough round 2 had arrived. The weather had changed a lot in the past few weeks, going from late Summer warmth to heavy Autumn rain; something I suspected was going to […]

Time for the winter tyres


Well, I managed to make it through to October, but the time has come to put my winter tyres on. I know a lot of people just run the same tyres all year, but I prefer to change between the seasons to try and get the best of all worlds.    In the earlier part […]

Dorset Rough Riders DRRt 4


In addition to running weekly rides and gatherings, my local mountain bike club, The Dorset Rough Riders, hold a couple of larger events each year.   There is typically one in the Purbeck area of Dorset in the spring and another in North Dorset in the late summer / early autumn. Last weekend marked the […]

OffCamber XC race series – Round 1


My quest to get into doing more organised racing got a kick-start recently with the announcement of the dates for the OffCamber XC race series.   OffCamber is our local bike shop, and they run the series through the winter months at a venue just a few miles away from my home. The weather for […]