Every now and then on the trail I see something and think Mmmmmmmmm. The mind starts ticking and inspiration flows. I thought I had to share the latest installment.
Its been a while since I have been near a DH bike, unless of course walking past the neglected DH bike inthe garage consitutes being near one, let alone thrown my leg over one. OK, I’ve not ridden a DH bike in a long long time, probably too long.
Been thinking about a spin lately, but just couldn’t get myself motivated. Well the motivation just turned up in a big way and plans are afoot to make the old girl rideable again. Whats the source of motivation? Some recent work by the DH trail fairies at Awaba, in particular the reconstruction of the Uber Berm.
I got sent some photos of the new work on the Awaba DH trail (Monkey Trail) and it looked pretty sweet so I had to go have a look. Mmmmmmmmm, looks like that DH bike definitely has to come out for a spin just so I can ride this section. Its funny, the XC trail takes me within metres of this section everytime I ride, now I need to ride it.
Maybe this type of feature to be replicated on the standard trails. Planning has started for future trails in Awaba and perhaps we will see more of this starting to pop up around the place. Its definitely something that gets me desperate to ride.
Photos of the build crew thrown in as thanks for their hard work, I know I’ll enjoy it.
A little while back, my good lady wife’s bike was in need of a spring clean so I took the opportunity to finally cover something I’ve been meaning to do for ages – cables. But this is not so much a ‘how to setup and tune your brakes and gears’ and more like ‘how to keep…Go on then, tell me more...!
It’s every rider’s little dirty secret. I’m sure it’s the same theory for all activities, but for cycling deep in the back of every cyclist’s mind they secretly like to think themselves as being ‘hardmen’. Some just think it, others are quite overt about it but either way it lingers there, simmering under the surface.…Go on then, tell me more...!
I’m allergic to production bikes. Ok, that’s not strictly true, but I will generally avoid most production machines – usually based an irrational dislike of the brand, a less irrational dislike of the available colourschemes, ill-suited geometry or a combination of the above. Recently, on the hunt for a new project, I had a (rather…Go on then, tell me more...!
I bet that title caught your attention!? Let me expand on that. Bicycle ‘design’ is boring and I mean both in terms of visual appeal and in terms of design and designing. It’s funny when you think about it but somehow, in the world of bicycles, we seem to have ended up with a never…Go on then, tell me more...!
At the London round of the Rollapaluza National Series during the week a conversation got my cogs whirring… Nick Hussey, Damien Breen (of that most excellent In The Saddle blog) and myself were talking – it was like a mini bloggers convention (although not ‘mini’ in that any of us are particularly short I might…Go on then, tell me more...!