Thursday, 8 August 2013

some Bike Mag love.....

whenever you eat, sleep, dream and spend a lot of your waking time thinking about bikes, you are constantly on the lookout for new stimulation and things that just keep the bike mojo fire stoked up...

Recently the guys over at Bike Mag have been putting out some amazing articles and videos - for a long time they have been one of my favourite magazine publishers, the yearly Photo Annual worth the subscription price alone but they have stepped up the mark with these items, so grab a pot of coffee and scroll on!

I have no shame in admitting to be being a long time admirer of Mark Weir - his attitude, skills and no holds barred approach put him up there as one of my favourite riders, this interview just cements those thoughts:-

Just this week they featured an excellent adventure article featuring Matt Hunter and an assembled crew who headed off to Afghanistan to discover some epic trail riding and also a first ever web only single article edition of the magazine, the photography by Dan Milner is just epic, here's the video of the adventure:-

and here's a link to the web article:-

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Summer's here....don't blink

Yeah summer's here - oh hang on, it was here but has just gone away for the moment and brought the usual cloud and rain to my rock, gives me time to write another bi-monthly post, it's not supposed to be that infrequent but that's the way it appears to be going at this stage....

3 weeks of solid summer weather has at least let me get back to some form of fitness on a bike after a long 4.5 months annoyance with this back injury - each ride appears to bring a bit more hope and belief that even as the years start to stretch and the skin wrinkles a bit more I have some form of skill and fitness to keep up with the youngsters! Mind you I am basing my progression on Strava timings but at least I am only comparing against my own times and not those that may have benefited from some digital EPO....

Friday past saw me partake in what I reckon was the hottest ride I have ever had on a bike, temps were touching 30 degrees as I pulled into the car, so the legs and lungs might have been willing but the sun beat me to death - at least I was able to stop and grab a few photos as I fought miserably to stop the flies invading cavities they had to reason to be anywhere near....the joys of a forest in the heat of summer?!?

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Voodoo Child (Slight Return)...

The emphasis is on slight return...

I'll spare anyone reading the aches, pains, doom and gloom of my body and brain that has been the past few months, there has been precious little riding, plenty of dark clouds and little in the way of pma - however I decided last week that enough was enough, I needed to try and get everything back on track. Still battling this as yet undiagnosed back/hip condition my physio had informed me that riding a bike was not the right thing to be doing, yet following their path was causing more pain so with sunshine beckoning I decided to ride a bike anyway and restore some much needed proved the correct decision.

Now I am no medical man but 2 days of riding a bike and the back/hip pain has diminished greatly and my brain is in a much happier place - surely a step forward not backwards - perhaps a full diagnosis this week will reveal something different to what everyone else thinks is wrong...

Life in Ireland may well be involve being immersed in rain most of the time however this weekend the sun shone...

#wanderlust - The Escape

The WeAreUnion guys have produced in my opinion of one the best videos and indeed stories of the past few years, I find this truly inspiring and it is a beautifully shot and edited piece of film - grab a coffee and enjoy.

Then check out the background story on their website:-

the escape from Union Production Co. on Vimeo.

Tuesday, 21 May 2013


tr.v. ne·glect·ed, ne·glect·ing, ne·glects
1. To pay little or no attention to; fail to heed; disregard: neglected their warnings.
2. To fail to care for or attend to properly: neglects her appearance.
3. To fail to do or carry out, as through carelessness or oversight: neglected to return the call

I am sorry dear blog, one post in the whole of 2013 really is pretty darn poor so far, my promise to you is that I will start posting meaningless crap that no-one reads very soon, until then let's have a little makeover....

Monday, 21 January 2013

riding in a winter wonderland...

Reports of lots of snow covering the local trails proved to big a temptation to resist, so yesterday morning I headed out to see what I could find and if there was fun to be had riding in deep snow...

It must be old age but I seemed to forget just how much hard work this was going to be, you'd have thought I would have remembered the fun there was in the harsh winters of 2009 & 2010, obviously not.

I managed to get about 3 hours riding in until the legs just wouldn't turn anymore, cutting fresh lines into the snow is a great leg workout but not much fun for extended periods of riding - still the singletrack under tree cover was fantastic fun and the high mountain singletrack was a laugh if nothing else (knee deep snow!)

Perhaps not an experience I would want for every ride, but it was a blast and it beats sitting on the sofa getting fat.

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

a perfect bike provides soul food

been a while since I put any sort of meaningful update on here, not that anyone would care or miss it, but allow me to bore you to death about my new bike!

I took the plunge a few weeks ago and bought a winter sufferfest bike in a desperate attempt to get my legs and lungs heading towards some form of fitness for the Irish Enduro season kicking off in April. I wanted something at the other end of the scale from my Orange 5 so plummeted for the Genesis Fortitude SS - a rigid 29'er single speed weapon!

Four rides in and I am falling in love with this bike, it demands concentration and is unforgiving on the terrain which makes the rides in my opinion more fun and will hopefully make me a better rider through line choice and fitness - my local trails are steep, average ride is close to 4000ft of climbing so the first time out I have to admit to being a tad nervous - I swapped out the stock 18t cog for a 20t leaving me with 33/20 - I was surprised as I only walked one seriously steep root section and since that first day on each ride I feel the legs getting stronger.

The only change I have made to the bike is that I will be swapping out the stock tyres for some of the On-One Chunky Monkey 2.4 beasts for the front and a Smorgasbord 2.25 for the rear.

In combination with the new bike and the new trails being built - which so far are proving to be on par with anything man made I have ridden in Scotland - this is looking like a good 2013 on the cards.