Terry Pratchett

I had the joy of meeting Terry Pratchett one summer in 1996 when I worked in Forbidden Planet in Dublin. I say joy, well I had the experience of him. As a 15 year old work placement kid I had the task of making him a cup of tea. I did not drink tea. My parents made their own tea.… Read more →

2015

It’s been an odd start to the year. A month off my MTB after a chest infection/virus that has kept me coughing since November. Dr’s orders – no hard exercise, no cycling. Still managed to get a few good days walking in the Peak and Lakes.   Christmas passed. We drank, we ate, spent time with friends. New Years fizzled… Read more →

Running for Turkey

Ding dong merrily on high…whistle whistle whistle…and so on. This is your Christmas present, bloody well enjoy it. It’s January, I’m on Anglsey and I’m “running” the CTS trail half marathon. I’ve done this event before, even raced it to a point before, but that was when I ran consistently. I’d not been running much in the past year, 4 runs if my… Read more →

Phlegm Machine

6 weeks of coughing came to a front when I realised enough was enough*. Three nights of no sleep for either one of us.  A shitty morning at work, a doctors appointment, sitting on the couch wanting it all to stop spinning. It didn’t, it just got worse. A week on antibiotics. Two with no bike riding or strenuous endurance activity. It… Read more →

Salsa Spearfish

One bike to rule them all. This was something I was never convinced of, I’m getting there though. The summer has seen me riding one bike more than any other, and it’s been the Spearfish. I’ve had my  Salsa Spearfish for about 8 months now. I’ve done just over 2,000km on it and I think it is time for an honest… Read more →

It’s been a while

I’ve been neglecting this blog for the past month. Mainly as I’ve been busy getting on with life after WEMBO – sounds like a tragic screenplay that will never see the light of day. A short recap: 1) I got married – it was awesome. Can’t really add much except that it was all I wanted. Then I got to ride… Read more →

Build Me Up Buttercup

“Why do you build me up, Buttercup baby? Just to let me down, and mess me around? And then worst of all, you never call baby When you say you will, but I love you still. I need you more than anyone, darlin’ You know that I have from the start. So build me up, Buttercup, don’t break my heart.”… Read more →

Stooge Review

Thanks to the lovely people at Keep Pedalling I managed to get a loan of the new Stooge Cycles demo for a weekend of testing. I already own a SS rigid bike for winter duties, but was interested in seeing just how the Stooge would live up to its claims of being a progressive 29er. Whatever that is. Initial thoughts in… Read more →

Barkness

Not a typo. There is something about this time of year. I forget about Autumn, how nature changes around us. Everything feels nicer, warmer, more natural. We leave the glare of sharp penetrating summer sunlight and return to the golden fluid of Autumn. The light that flows around trees filling the spaces between. Everything becomes more real in the world. The colours come… Read more →