Category: MTB


Jay’s first attempt at Pendam Trail

I had another action packed weekend here in Wales. Now that I have a new bike, my brother Jay came to visit so that he could borrow my old bike and come out for a couple of mountain-bike rides with me. He used to be a fairly handy cyclist, racing on and off the road,...

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Dyfi Enduro Training Schedule 8

Dyfi Enduro Training Schedule

Well, after signing up to the Dyfi Enduro a few weeks ago I had intended to do some training for it, get a little fitter on the bike and maybe loose some weight in the process. The plan was to do at least 3 rides a week, a couple of swims, maybe some ‘core-exercises’ such...

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Activity packed weekend in Wales 0

Activity packed weekend in Wales

It may only be March but it looks as though summer has arrived early, if if it is only short-lived. There was plenty of wind forecast for Saturday so the main plan for me was to go windsurfing whilst Anna took Morgan for a swimming lesson. Actually, I wa going to take him originally but...

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Mawddach Goldrush Route

I noticed a couple of people wanting to see the route taken by the Mawddach Goldrush Mountain Biking event at Coed y Brenin last weekend… So here it is as recorded by my GPS. Mawddach Goldrush Route Map Just download it and open with Google Earth, and let me know if it was of any...

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Photos from the Mawddach Goldrush

Just some photos taken at the Mawddach Goldrush MTB event this weekend. Check the comments in the Mawddach Goldrush article for my full report on the days proceedings. All in all it was a good day, the weather wasn’t great but the organisation was and the course was challenging but fun.

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Dyfi Enduro – What am I letting myself in for? 2

Dyfi Enduro – What am I letting myself in for?

As you may know, I’ve already posted a blog entry here asking what I was letting myself in for with the Mawddach Goldrush mountain bike ‘race’. That post has received a few comments and has been making me look forward to the event in a couple of weeks time, even if it is with a...

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Commencal Meta 5.5.1 Review

Before I start I should point out that I’m an enthusiastic amateur so this is by no means a professional test or review. Also, this is my first full-suspension mountain bike so I’m not making comparisons to any other models here. My previous mountain bike was a hardtail, a Specialized Rockhopper, so I will be...

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Penmachno MTB Trail

A couple of weeks ago I met members of the Ystwyth Mountain Bike Club at Penmachno in North Wales for a ride around the trail there. It was my first visit to this trial and I loved it. It is very different to normal ‘Trail Centre’ trails. For a start it is hidden away in...

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Mawddach Goldrush – What I am letting myself in for? 32

Mawddach Goldrush – What I am letting myself in for?

Uh oh… I’m now officially signed up to do the Mawddach Goldrush mountain bike race on Sunday March 8th. The ‘challenge will run on a course based on the famous TARW trail at Coed y Brenin with twisty, rocky sections and fast-flowing descents’. I’m not completely mad though as i’m doing it as part of...

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More MTB mechanicals 1

More MTB mechanicals Widgets I had a nice ride around the ClimachX trail just north of Machynlleth on Monday. Unfortunately on the first bit of singletrack a rock flicked up and snapped the little gear cable guide that runs under the bottom bracket shell on my bike so the rear gears stopped working. Once we had figured...

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Aber MTB Time Trial Series 2

Aber MTB Time Trial Series

I’ve been ‘back into’ mountain-biking for about a year now. My blog post when I bought the new bike ended by saying: I haven’t been on a bike for about 12 years and probably haven’t ridden one in anger for about 15, so it will no doubt be a shock to the system, but the...

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