When were not working we are riding, here is an example of some of the general larking about on bikes we get up to, get in touch if you want to join in and dont forget to like our facebook page to keep up to date with good old fashioned bike related fun!
Have a look at the lovely article these guys did.
The long way home. Amazing.
Small bike packing adventure in the Cairngorms. Product testing! On the prototype 29er bike packing monster.
Torrox Spanish winter sun 2016
February is possibly the worst month if you work in the cycle trade, everyone is skint after xmas, the weather is abysmal with no decent weather in sight and its dark so so one is even thinking about riding bikes, unless of course you decide to go ‘product test’ the bikes down on the southern Spanish costas. Awesome weather, fantastic roads, mountains and delicious food. Fuelled on tapas, wine and cream cakes we spent 10 days peddling about. A truly great way to stave off the cold and to ride in different landscapes and indulge in what the Spanish cycling culture has to offer.
Tour de France Yorkshire
The Grandest grand depart in history is the official word and we couldn’t agree more. After a massive build up to the event with speculation and questions as to whether the weather would hold? would the riders be lost down a pot hole? would locals take kindly to foreigners in their pubs? and could we out-do the southerners (hosts of stage 3)? it went off in style. We got the best weather of the tour, the biggest crowds (over 5,000,000 on the streets), very interesting tv commentary about dry stone walls and the steepest hill climb of the tour.
Living a stones throw away from the tour route of stage two it was a given that we had to have a cycles in motion gathering and head over to a particularly steep and tricky part of the course out near midhope stones, only the week before I had the privilege of pealing a sportive rider off a dry stone wall on one of the steep hairpins whilst the Yorkshire air ambulance arrived, so I knew it was a good spot.
An early start and a brisk walk and we were on the tour route, and the rest, as they say, is history. Here are some photos form the day:
Back in the glorious summer of 2013 we went for a pootle over to the mountains of snowdonia, North Wales, in search of somthing new to ride. Unfortionately there wasnt a wholde lot of riding to be done, but if you are into scrambling with a bike on your back then it would make an ideal day out. Despite the trails being a let down the mountain gods treat us to a view that only rewards those who ride in the mountains. Bliss….
2013 didn’t start that promising for the good old ski bikes but just when you thought there was no hope we had 3 days of good snow in the peaks. This time there is 2 more ski bikes. I’m not on my known any more!! It might be the start of the Sheffield Ski Bike Society?
Just a short video of the trail behind my house that the badgers built. Kind of them!! Looks and rides a lot better when is it’s not covered in snow!
Simple 3 men, 3 bikes, 1 van, 1 big tent, 2 maps and 4 days to ride as many new trails that we could find, standard Cycles in Motion format.
Drive from Sheffield to Hawkshead, Nice little campsite. Very posh toliets! Drink a brew, look at the map and head off into Grizedale forest to see what the bridleways are all about. Amazing! Every trail we rode was amazing and not once did we use the trail centre trails which made all of us very happy!!
Brew, Food, Sleep.
Grand plans for this day……. The Old Man Of Coniston, So it went a little like this, Brew, food, big massive long climb, down, food, epic otb (me), epic fall in to a deep stream, (Rick), then around to the back of The Old Man, climb, NO TRACK WHERE THE MAP SAID THERE WAS ONE!! over some deep bogs, though a deep stream, climb up a very steep grass hill, fog, walk down the other side (as some clever sods thought it would be nice to have really steep steps), back into Coniston, climb, back.
More walking than riding but ho hum. But would it be fair for us to win all the time?
So less grand plans ‘ lets do something that we know ‘ The plan was just go and ride Helvellyn; we know Helvellyn: ‘Helvellyn has got some great riding’.
It turned out that we headed up to the top of Fairfeild. which we didn’t know. See video for the outcome of that sunny day in the Lakes.
Eat, eat and eat some more and back into the forest for some of the trails that we missed. Once again amazing and once again not having to use the trail centre trails. Home
I’ve included a wee video of what you should expect when you hit the bridleways in Grizedale.
Friends of mine started this odd little part of the biking world. They have roped me in too. I’m now an owner of a Raleigh Twenty and for the money that it cost the smiles per pound ratio is very high.
If you you would like to see what it’s all about please go have a look at the sister website: http://sheffieldshoppersociety.wordpress.com/
Episode 1 The Street
Episode 2 The Downhill Meet
This article was done by our good friends at MBR mag. It was one of my best days out in the saddle not just because I got to ride with one of my childhood heroes and show him my favourite trails, but the weather was sweet, the trails were dusty and I was with my friends. Jamie and I also ended up riding back from Hathersage, turning it into one of those long great summer day rides. I have included the whole article; have a read, it’s quite good!
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‘There’ll be no Snow’ he says…
Ever ridden Snowdon? No? It’s amazing. I said there will be no snow up there; it’ll be fine. I convened two from Sheffield’s bike shop, Bunneys, to join me, Ash (beard, 38) and little Joe (no beard 15) on a trip to the mountains. Well there was snow, lots of snow, plus we had nowhere to sleep, “The car park will be fine” I said.
However this turned into one of the best days on Snowdon I have ever had; admittedly after many coffees and biscuits with the heaters on.
Enjoy the pics
In October I was feeling fit and thought ‘I reckon I could ride from Glasgow to my friend’s house in Fort William.’ A journey that I have made more than once by bike and by car. The difference is that I thought that it could done in a day.
As it turned out I was wrong, you may be able to ride it in a day, but I cannot. Maybe next year.
The route I took was the West Highland Way an amazing way to see some of the most amazing mountain views this green isle has to offer.
Luckily as you can see from the pictures the weather was very kind to me, a change for the Western side of bonny Scotland.
If only we all had the skills to send it on a non- jump bike. Who needs a Bmx/jump bike? Our good friend Pete sending the bolehills bmx track on a bike you wouldnt expect to see ‘being sent’!
Just another ‘Cycles in Motion’ adventure on bikes? Not so. I went there not knowing what to expect from the riding. After picking some local brains for ideas of where the trails were hidden, we discovered that the south of Spain has some of the finest Mountain Biking that you could imagine: quiet, dusty, long, perfect singletrack. Not just that, great people and great food went to making this a fine Mountain Biking Adventure.
Must admit the maps are rubbish and the fire roads are very, very long and seem never-ending.
If you would like to know more or would like to know where some of the trails that we rode are, please just get in contact!!
Here is a little video of one of the best pieces of single track that we found. It was one of the best trails that I have ever ridden.