Should you ride singletrack in winter? The answer is probably not

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One of the best parts of riding off road is finding that elusive section of tight winding singletrack that follows the contours of the land that you ride to the limit of your ability late into the evening while still being basked in the summer sun low on the horizon. Then winter comes along yet this desire and dream to ride that gem of a trail is just as strong, however should you? I don’t think the answer is black or white as there are various factors perhaps we need to consider. A few of these factors are: Continue reading

Thomson X4 80mm Stem – A worthy upgrade

Thomson Stem 80mm 10degree

Thomson have been around for many years quietly producing quality products without much change. And for good reason, they simply work and look great to boot. They come in many different lengths, 0 or 10 degree and in black or silver. Ive always lusted after these and have finally bought one, I have no idea why it took so long. This is the 10 degree version as I wanted to lower the front end of my bike to help wrestle it round corners.

They are available from all good bike shops with this one coming from Quest Adventure in Worthing.

DMR Deathgrip

If you need a new pair of grips you can’t go wrong with these from DMR. They are the signature grips from Brendan Fairclough and come in two widths thick or thin. The also come in two different compounds, soft or hard as well as a bunch of funky colours. They have a very secure fit to the bars and these Continue reading

An open letter to the bike industry – Keep doing what you’re doing

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The bike industry created this. Nuff said!

We probably all have that friend. You know, the one when 29er’s came out had a hissy fit about the bike industry just doing it to make us spend money. Normally they also bang on about how their trusty 26” bike or steel road bike was better in every way. They probably had the same strop when fat bikes, carbon, 650b, 29+, 27+ or new (insert any brand you like) BB or headset standard came out. I agree with them and I think they are right; the bike industry does want our money. However what’s wrong with that? I love my 29er, really want a 29+ and have a myriad of different BB and headset standards on my bike collection. Continue reading