It’s nearly that time of year when lucky children get a new bike for Christmas!
Whether you’ve bought your child a second hand bargain that needs some TLC, or the hand-me-down bike needs some TLC ready for the younger child, I’ll make it ready to wrap and park by the tree. It’s not just about making it look good though. Once I’ve stripped it down for a thorough degreasing and rebuild I’ll know whether it needs any new parts to make it safe for the next child to ride and love. It might just need new tyres, cables or brake blocks to make it good as new. (more…)
The best mountain bike event in England is struggling for entrants this year. I’m away leading a tour and gutted not to be able to take part again, but if you’re looking for a brilliant day out on your bike to raise funds for Rossendale & Pendle mountain rescue then get yourself signed up!
It’s on September 17th in the rugged South Pennines, more details here
I’ve just ridden days 2, 3 and 4 of the Penine Bridleway tour ahead of September (yes I know I’ve missed out day 1 but as it’s closest to me I’ll come back and remind myself of that section next week!). It was the first time I’d ridden the Yorkshire Dales section (wow!) and some sections I’d not ridden for a while, so read on to see what you’ll be signing up for!
A recent study done by Cycling UK has shown the popularity of off-road cycling in the UK right now. It also highlights our outdated rights of way laws, but that’s another matter…
There’s plenty of interesting stats to pore over, but here’s a bar chart showing the nations interest in riding multi day routes – and the Pennine Bridleway in particular!
Looking for a mountain bike challenge this September? Fancy riding the lumpy length of the Pennines? The 4 day, fully supported Pennine Bridleway tour is now available to book. You’ll have all the logistics taken care of so all you have to do is ride the 177 mile route!
It seems I was a little hasty when I thought spring was on it’s way. On the bright side though, the Peak District in the snow is fantastic for mountain biking. Get in touch if you want someone to show you round!
Well ok, it’s not quite here yet… but it is a good time to start planning your cycling year! Something I do every spring is to give my bikes some much needed TLC. Whether you’ve not ridden your bike since last summer or you’ve thrashed it through the winter grime, it will benefit from a service and probably prevent future costs. Apart from the pleasure (and safety) of having everything working properly, everyone knows that a clean and serviced bike is a faster bike, right? If you live near the cycling paradise of Macclesfield I can collect your pride and joy and give it a check over or a full service, just get in touch
Spring: it’s happened before, it’ll happen again. Photo from last year uploaded as evidence.