I've been very quiet on here lately. The main reason for that? I've not been riding my bike very much. In fact, for the last couple of months or so I've been limited to very little bike time whilst I get over a strained ligament in my wrist and hamstring tendonitis, which is making my … Continue reading It’s ok to take a break: getting over injury
I have a love/hate relationship with road bikes. The bit I love is is the bikes and how beautiful they so often are. The bit I hate is the roads and how terrifying they can be. I dipped my toe into road biking a few years ago and never quite managed to enjoy it. I … Continue reading Can this mountain biker really enjoy a road bike?
And I'm not talking about grammar here. I've recently learnt that if you know your shit (about bikes), you’ll probably be less likely to believe you're shit (at riding bikes). I acquired this knowledge the hard way, after crashing out of my second attempt at racing enduro. Back in April, I entered the Mini Enduro … Continue reading The difference between knowing you’re sh*t and knowing your sh*t
It’s fair to say that I can be a bit of a pessimist, or a cynic. So, when Lili from Bike Nicks – the British firm making lightly padded cycling ‘lingerie’ – got in touch to suggest that I try the Bike Nicks Knicker on my mountain bike I did raise an eyebrow. Ladies’ knickers, … Continue reading Kit Review: Bike Nicks Knicker
We’ve been having some rather miserable weather here in the UK recently. It’s been wet and windy for what seems like months. We’ve been sitting inside, looking out of the window and hoping for some slightly less extreme weather to get a great ride in. This weekend though, my husband and I decided that we’d … Continue reading Kit review: Madison Flux super light women’s softshell jacket
For a long time, I’ve been doing battle with a niggling little voice that insists on telling me that I’m not good enough, that I can’t do it. The voice casts doubts on my ability to ride my bike, to get up that hill, to make it over that drop off. It’s a voice that’s … Continue reading Come on legs, you’ve got this!
As I sit here and write this post, I’m hoping that my husband will be home before I need to go and get a glass of water. I don’t want to have to get that glass of water myself, as we keep the glasses in a head-height cupboard and I’m really not sure I could … Continue reading Feel the burn!
I am a firm believer in shopping local, in supporting independent businesses and in doffing my cap to those who are brave enough to set out on their own to make something great happen. So, when I heard that Nathan Carr - formerly of Bad Ass Bikes fame – was planning to set up a … Continue reading Support your local bike shop: Independent Bike Co.
It is a fact: women are in the minority in the sport of mountain biking. Whilst the sport is becoming more popular for us, it’s true that you’re likely to see more men than you are women unpacking their bikes in trail centre car parks. And for many years this disparity has been reflected in … Continue reading The end of shrinking and pinking: the British brands leading the field
I've been finding life a little tough recently. I'm not going to launch into the whos, whats, whys and wherefores, but I've not been feeling on top of the world for a little while and have been having some trouble with anxiety. So, when I'm able to write this blog telling you that today I … Continue reading Tonight, Matthew, I’m going to be Wonder Woman!