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?

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

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.

Moray Monster Trails

Nestled far enough of the normal drag Moray Monster trails doesn't get the rep it deserves. Outside Fochabers and set over two hills with a road running between them, the trails are a superb mix of flowing jump and berm filled blue, red and technical blacks. Whilst having a tight natural character, the loops themselves…Read more Moray Monster Trails

Pannanich DH

On a recent ride I went to find a local legendary trail called Heart Break Ridge. A long sinuous line flowing singletrack cutting over a open hillside along a wide ridge before dropping steeplly into the tree line for a rooty technical finale. Or so I was hoping for. Setting off up a burner of…Read more Pannanich DH

Fungle to Keen

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

2016 – What a Year

2016, what a year, memorable, for all the wrong reasons, and some good ones too. A years worth of riding, starting with a frozen Aviemore and a flooded Aberdeenshire through to dust and sun (honest). It was a year of extremes and contrasts, political upheaval and tragic loss, but for all of it the riding…Read more 2016 – What a Year