No one is speaking anymore. We have all staggered out, finding our rhythm as we pick our way across the peat bog. We have climbed past the point of making banter and conversation with our fellow riders, now we all just want is to pass the cairn and make it down to the bothy. The…Read more Tour De Ben Nevis 2017
A recent article on Pink Bike has gotten a lot of attention lately. The piece was essentially a press release by Pole Bicycles about why they wont be making a carbon fibre bike anytime soon. They had various reasons, but one of them struck a cord with me as it was the same reason why…Read more Why I Didn’t Choose a Carbon Fibre Frame
One of the wonders of living in Scotland is the landscape in which we live. https://www.facebook.com/Stavaiging/videos/1284539545008855/ Sometimes, you need to step out and journey into those hills. Riding with a former student I taught, (Callum Grant) we took in a 45km route that sampled flowing natural singletrack, warp speed loose fire roads and…Read more Fungle to Keen
Enduro racers love to strap spares to their bikes, why ride with a pack when you have duct tape? But that option as useful as it is, is both messy and is a, unrefined solution. Companies like Race Face and Back Country Research have solutions on the market that address this, simple effective velcro strap…Read more How to make a “Enduro” Kit Strap
Mountain biking is a tribe with a vocabulary all of its own. Gnar, loam, brap, berm, lip, kicker, stoked, flow, table, gap, double, roost to name a few. Some of those words, like the vernacular of any facet of life, have a tendency to be overused, none more so than the word epic. Epic is a…Read more In Search of Epic?
Point of View video (POV for Short), a cornerstone of action sports video. https://youtu.be/BSiZsBBpqJc Problem is, most of them are rubbish. The video is shaky, the image blurred and you can't quite see enough of the action. If worn in the classic chest mount there is either too much bike and hairy knee going on…Read more MTB POV – A Better Way
Well yes, yes you can. Whilst investigating a tyre system for my hardtails to help prevent flats and dinged rims. I looked at some of the options on the market and came to the conclusion that I could make that. Now the foam I used is not specially designed and formulated for MTB, but that…Read more Can you make Tyre Inserts?
The eagle eyed among you might have noticed a new page on stravaigingMTB, Shed Time. Shed Time is a new series of videos and articles to compliment my existing blog feed. These new videos will focus on MTB tech and servicing. Working on and maintaining my bikes is a big part of the sport for…Read more Shed Time! – New project
200+ Miles in and the Spitfire has lived up to the promises made by modern geometry. Thought I would share my thoughts on this bike and have a wee bike check of the build and how its holding up. To summerise, the frame is amazing and well balanced now the fork is behaving. Starting to…Read more Banshee Spitfire 200 Mile Review
Short ride long ride, you always need to take some gear with you. Depending on how long I'm riding and where, I will tend to pack differently, usually risking a smaller carry for shorter rides. However, my hydration pack always has a set amount of gear in it. This has been refined and honed down…Read more ERC – (Every Ride Carry)