Some of my preferred routes
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I’m a bit of a fan of the North York Moors for cycling. Plenty of good hills, not too far away from Peterborough (under 3 hours), quieter than many of the other National Parks and stunning scenery. So I put together a ‘big day out’ route, gathered a couple of mates and off we headed. […]
Late September, what better time to feature a review of a pair of sunglasses? No? Well maybe I should justify it then; just because it’s not summer doesn’t mean there won’t be sunny days, the sun is lower in the sky so sunglasses are more important, these have light reactive lens so can be worn […]
With Day 1 complete and some 60 km ridden with around 1500m of climbing under our belts it was onto Day 2. There were plenty of new trails to be ridden on this 2nd day along a new route that would take us to a tried and tested camping ground just north of Ivybridge.
The final day, Day 3. This is the day when the more tired want a direct route back, or maybe even one that skirts around the edges of the hills. They don’t so much care whether it’s still off-road or not as long as the climbs aren’t too technical. On the other hand, those with […]
It’s been a good few months since I bought these but better late than never in the old reviewing stakes, I guess. So here’s my 6 month review of my newish Superstar Components Nano pedals in grey. I got them before Christmas in a special offer, for the valuetastic price of just £25.81. Down from […]
I’ve been riding my hardtail mountain bike, aka MuddyGoose, with a single chainring since the summer of 2013. I made the change to simplify things and get rid of the front mech that was often gunked up with mud anyway. I switched initially to a simple DH chainring from FSA with 34 teeth because it […]
So far my big rides have been up to 6 or 7 hours long. However, I always like to push things a little further each time. How’s 3 days sound? For a couple of years now I’ve fancied riding off into the North York Moors and exploring the trails over several days; making a big […]
You may remember that in March 2013 I fitted a SRAM X7 rear mech as a replacement for my X5 that came with the bike. The X5 needed replacing due to it’s jockey wheels having been worn down to points and one of the reasons I gave for upgrading to X7 was the availability of […]
One of the great advantages of having tubeless tyres is that you can ride over thorns, have them stick into your tyre and still continue your ride. Tubeless tyres don’t magically make those thorns disappear though and in some cases air will slowly seep out from around the thorn. So taking some maintenance time to […]
It’s one of the jobs that I’d been dreading ever since buying my MEKK Poggio back in Feb 2014. And it’s probably, in part, why I hadn’t replaced my cable at an earlier opportunity and found myself snapping it mid-ride in the Peak District and having to single-speed my way up Holme Moss.
The ‘Mio Link’ is a heart rate monitor that you wear on your wrist rather than being strapped around your chest. It can then send out your heart rate data via Bluetooth 4 or ANT+ to a smartphone or Garmin device.
When people talk about changing their bottom bracket bearings they tend to be talking about replacing the complete bottom bracket assembly. Usually consisting of two composite plastic cups pre-fitted with the sealed bearings and probably a connecting tube that sits between the cups. In my case I went ahead and replaced the sealed bearings in […]
Not one of the easiest jobs and fortunately not a job that has to done too regularly, but sometimes you have to replace those bottom bracket bearings. On a general strip and cleanup of my Poggio this weekend I took my chainset off as I suspected my bearings might need attention.
There are reviews out there that berated the brake pads that come with the Mekk Poggio as a standard fit. Personally I’ve not had any issues with them at all; I’ve always been able to reach a controlled stop whenever I’ve wanted to and in all conditions. However, there comes a time when you have […]