Saturday, January 29, 2011

Bracknell Ride

Couple of weeks back we sneaked out for a spin at Bracknell as neither Daryl or I have been there for ages. It was a good opportunity to get Jay out for a shred as he's just round the corner, but hasn't got a bike. The 456 was thrown back in to off road mode and off we went...

The riding was good as ever and it was great to ride the shuttle runs in the back edge of the park as the drainage seems to have been sorted. Jay did really well for his first go at mountain biking. All good. I should qualify that the gully jumps were REALLY wet and greasy and pretty unrideable.

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I'm going to take the Remedy frame to my LBS for warranty action on Monday. Here are the pics of the failure - it sea s as if a weld has given way.

This looks as if it was the spot the weld gave at.


Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Hadleigh farm 2012 track

2012 track

So i finally got my backside out on the Kona for the first time since moving to southend. I only had a couple of hours so i thought i'd go check out where the new tracks are being built for London 2012. South essex isn;t known for its hills and theres been a lot of chatter about W(hy)TF is it being done here?

It's being sculpted out of the hills on Hadleigh Farm and reviews from some riders say its pretty good and that photos don't do its steepness in places any justice.

Anyway, this photo doesn't do it justice but there is no point in going checking it out as this is as close as i could get. and the ride i went on was a boggy waste of time.

And christ alive am i unift.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Step UP!

Erm, pretty bad weekend. Snapped my Trek remedy frame at the swingarms on the smallest step down you've ever seen 2ft tops. I'm gutted, as this is the second frame I've snapped in two and a bit years and I really thought that the Remedy was tougher than that. Bearing in mind that I've been using this bike for trail riding on sandy and loam based woods for the last six months or so, I'm pretty surprised to say the least, as this is an All Mountain frameset 160mm travel bike and should take a hell of a lot of punishment. I am a bit fat, though!

Anyway, the only thing that made me smile was whilst waiting to be picked up at Woburn, the DJ boys started sessioning their latest incarnation of MENTALNESS. Basically, a 45 degree, maybe steeper, run in for about forty foot then a maybe 7ft step up kicker, landing 25 ft up. Pretty savage. 3rd run in, literally, local mat Jones backflipped the bugger!

I've nicked this shot from a lad we were talking to that he shot a bit later in the session.

Saturday, January 08, 2011

Happy New Year

Its grey, drizzly and I've eaten too much over the past month. To top it off, I've got the worst case of man flu ever recorded... I'm basically dead. Oh well. Got to train for the Silverstone half and get out on the bike.

Jay had the right idea and brushed away the cobwebs early on New Year's Day, in Cornwall:

Pls find attached a cheeky snippet of a high tide, very hung-over Cornish New Years day tickler I scored (only a littlun).... Had ice cream head and booze-throbbing head but a fun shorey.