Is The UCI Stifling Innovation? – Sick Bike Co Collab

As part of what I hope to become a series of guest Vlogs (still hate that term). I recorded this vlog posing the question "Is The UCI Stifling Innovation?". I look at the case of DH and XC, looking at how the UCI technical regulation affect and shape the disciplines. I also ask whether they…Read more Is The UCI Stifling Innovation? – Sick Bike Co Collab

Is Your Clutch Mech Affecting Your Suspension?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77GIPynZYg8&t=138s You know that little switch on your clutch mech? That magic little mute button? Well does that clutch affect your suspension? I had a hunch that the clutch on my mech was inhibiting the initial movement of my rear suspension. We already know that anti-squat (pedalling) and anti-rise (braking) affect the suspension ability to…Read more Is Your Clutch Mech Affecting Your Suspension?

Are You Tall Enough For a 29er?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8lUG23_k_eQ&t=15s Everybody knows 29ers are faster-rolling race winning wunder machines. But should you be riding one? Should we start to think about wheel size in the same way we think about frame size? ie, the taller you are the bigger the wheel size you ride? In this Vlog I thrash the question out to start…Read more Are You Tall Enough For a 29er?

Right to Roam?

I have been musing about land access and the "right to roam" enjoyed by outdoor users here in Scotland. This can be a thorny issue for all users and commercial operators in the countryside. However, this is only made worse by the common misconception that we have the right to roam when what we have…Read more Right to Roam?

The Geometry Spectrum

In recent years bike geometry has become a big talking point among riders. Longer reach, slacker head-angle, steeper seat tube, longer wheel base and the perpetual argument about if chainstays should be growing or shrinking. These are but a few of the aspects that make-up a good balanced frame design. But the numbers tend to…Read more The Geometry Spectrum

Standard Rant

New standards, everybody loves them, wait no the other one, nobody loves them. Pink bike keyboard warriors love them, nothing gets them going like a new axle width. What do I think, well, I don't care and neither should you. This little shed based rant/vlog I cover the ground I previously wrote about in this…Read more Standard Rant

Singletracks Post – Sick Bicycles: The Birth of an Unusual Bike Company

This article was originally written and published on Singletracks.com Sick Bicycles are not a normal bike company. They sell more t-shirts than bikes. They fight fire with fire with the trolls online. They make bikes that are not for everyone, and you can’t just order one stock or from a dealer. They hand build steel…Read more Singletracks Post – Sick Bicycles: The Birth of an Unusual Bike Company

Why I Don’t Trust CO2

Co2 cartridges, small, light and fast. Its like they come from the future. But I'm increasingly not a fan. Here is why I don't trust Co2 carts as far as I can throw them, and I have a terrible throwing arm.

Death of a Trail

Land-use, a polorizing and often controversial topic of conversation. One person can look at a hillside and see the epitome of rugged, up touched natural landscape. Another will look the same slope and see a burnt, over exploited desert, perpetuated for one exclusive activity at the expense of all other. Some will just see heather.…Read more Death of a Trail