Mountain bikes: Hammered until the end

I’m definitely what you would call a mildly obsessed mountain biker. I take pride in my mountain bikes, look after my kit and generally spend a lot of time on the dirty jobs that many of my friends avoid. Also, with a mechanical background, there’s not much I’m not confident taking care of on my [...]

Mountain bike: Cross The Tracks

It’s pretty easy to get stuck in a rut of riding the same mountain bike trails when you venture out to ride off road. But it doesn’t have to be like that- discovering new things is one of the best things in the world. But that metaphorical safety blanket is all too present in every [...]

A Black Sunday on the Mountain Bike

At the weekend, something happened that’s never happened before, and I feel a little miffed by it. Tinkering on my trusty mountain bike before heading out I enjoyed a cup of tea and watched the drizzle outside- it was bright and warm, and just a little wet. Which I don’t mind- it helps me stay [...]

Mountain Bike:To clip, or not to clip?

Gone are the days of mountain bike racers rigidly sticking to flats or clip in style pedals. Over the last few seasons we’ve seen the clip in die-hard mountain bike riders like Steve Peat and Greg Minnaar ditching pedalling efficiency for peace of mind on steep tracks like Champery, where just getting down the mountain [...]

Call yourself a mountain bike rider?

Before we used to mountain bike ride Endurance 12hour races, or pop manuals on concrete banks in skateparks, the mountain bike was a really simple affair. It lacked suspension and other complicated frame details, and was a pure, plain bike in every sense. Unlike the Klunkers who were credited with creating the mountain bike from [...]

The Atherton’s in Val di Sole

This past weekend in Val di Sole, Italy the Atherton’s took to final event of the year in the World Cup Series. The temperatures were in the mid thirties which made for a welcome change replacing the mud the team had been so accustomed to over the past few seasons. Gee and Rach both ended up taking [...]