Well That Didn’t Go According To plan


Well not every time I go out for a ride does it all go to plan, slick bmx tyres and wet mud covered concrete end result is one epic fail.


That Was A Damp One


Me and dad, Sam and his dad went for a 20k ride tonight it hadn’t been a bad day, but when we left at 6.30pm it started to rain and rained the whole way round our loop, but it was great and dirty fun if a little hard on some of the bridleways, really make the legs scream at times.

Just as we got back to a tarmac road a car came screaming up to us with Mr Trow a local farmer in it, shouting at us “what are you doing here” to which dad replied “riding our bikes along the bridle way” which was rather obvious as four people were sitting on mountain bikes ! Once he realised he knew us he calmed down and said when he saw our lights he thought we were sheep rustlers good job were not in the USA he might of shot us.

As soon as we got back it was clothes in the washing machine, us in the shower, we don’t know what happened to Sam as his face and all of his gear was plastered in mud, not that the rest of us was spotless.

What A Superstar


In the couple of years I’ve been mountain biking I have tried xc fun riding, xc racing and now I really into DH racing I love the thrill of the technical descents and of course the speed, but if your going fast you need to stop so my mechanic ( Dad ) has tried/fitted several different makes and compounds but our favourite so far are Superstar Components  we have tried organic, sintered and Kevlar, the Kevlar are the best in my opinion last real well with plenty of feel and bite.

When I got my Nukeproof Mega AM Pro we went to Henblas DH track to test it out, the bike was fantastic ( if a little heavy compared to my trail bike ) Dad thought I was riding really quickly, well I was because I couldn’t stop the brakes were useless we tried putting some mud on the rotors to see if it would help de glaze/de contaminate the pads and discs which helped a little but they still didn’t perform as good as they should, so we got a full set of Kevlar pads, new discs and gave the system a bleed, what a difference amazing brakes giving me a lot more confidence.

This what Superstar say about Superstar Kevlar Pads

I also use Superstar Nano Pedals, NW chainrings,  tubeless valves, tubeless rim tape, steering head bearings, mech hangers and also their tools all have been really good value and performed with out fault.


Poor End To A Fantastic day


When we came back from our ride at Nant Yr Arian dad went to load his bike on top of the car to find some scum bag ( his words were very similar to that ) had stolen the front wheel clamp off his Thule 591 bike rack and also the end cap that is supposed to stop it coming off, luckily we had zip ties in the car and could fix the front wheel to stop it flopping around.

To add insult to injury when he looked around the net for a replacement it came to a grand total of £25, so he thought he would message Thule about what had happened and kindly a fella called Patrick said he would send us another as a gesture of good will hope it comes before the weekend as we are off riding again.

Hopefully to stop this happening again dad has glued and pinned the end stops so the wheel clamp can’t just be pulled off.



The Reaper

Did the Nant Yr Arian Reaper again today, this time instead of being shown it I was showing  Lee and Sam, showing them where the nasty bits are and a bit of advise on how to ride them, to be fair I don’t think Sam enjoyed it very much, but Lee said it had some really good bits in between the horrible bits, mind Lee did have one horrible part where he did a drop and got his weight behind the saddle but landed nose heavy and caught his privates on the back of the saddle, sort of entertaining for me and Sam but I could feel his pain.

One problem was I forgot to take any pictures, must remember to take the Go Pro next time.

You Tube Video Of The Reaper Next time I do the reaper I will post my own video up, when the watch the video it does make it look a lot flatter and not a steep as it really is.

Something Different


Cold damp day today and I wanted to play on my BMX so I went to Newtown skate park to see if I could improve some of my ridding , I’ve only been to the skate park a few times and would like to get better at some of the obstacles, so I tried riding up some of the ramps and up around the love seat the concrete was supper slippy so wasn’t sure how well it would go, when I tried to ride up around the love seat for the first time I took it easy which was a mistake as the tyres just slipped and let go and down in a heap I went, second attempt and lets just go for it, people keep saying the faster you go the easier it is ( not 100% sure about that ) this time more speed and it seemed easy even if my legs were shaking a little and once you’ve done it you wonder what all the fuss was about.




Then I tried riding up some of the ramps and jumping off the top of them, had a look to see if anything was going to grind out and thinking speed is your friend and just hit it, easy no problem at all.



My First MTB



When I decided I wanted to have a go at mountain biking I needed something that could stand up to the abuse, I  rode a Giant XTC 24″ wheel bike for around 6 months it was a good bike only heavy and not the best suspension in the world but it got me out and about at Nant Yr Arian and Coed Y Brenin, so I saved up and had a little help to get a Whyte 604 compact in XS the spec is a little basic but it’s not a very expensive bike and comes with 650B wheels and 3×9 gearing ( which we changed to 3×10 speed )

We bought the bike from Stans cycles in Shrewsbury and very friendly and helpful shop, as I wanted the bike for mountain biking and not riding in the park they swapped the tyres for Nobby Nicks to give me some grip and away we went to get it dirty, the bike was a good starting place as it was xs and a more compact build so everything worked better for the smaller rider.

After a very short time we came to realise that the Suntour forks were very poor, in the wet conditions they would fill with water and go solid, we contacted Stans and they said they would do us some Suntour Raidon for cost which should be a lot better fork as they are air sprung and a lot lighter than the std ones, so the bike was taken back had its first free service and the new forks fitted, they looked good and worked a lot better, I rode the wheels off the bike for around 12 months doing every thing on it xc, trail centres and quite a bit of racing, the only problem we had been the BB went ( re placed under warranty at Stans and they fitted a Shimano XT instead ) and the new Suntour forks the coating on the stations wore off and started to scratch the surface quite bad, we took them apart several times to service the lower legs but they still wore, don’t think I would have another Suntour fork on one of my bikes, but overall it was a great first bike.

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