Early Morning Epic

Sunday Morning came and I was up with the sparrows and off out the door for some quality early morning dirt and climbing. I looked out of the window & instead of my garage All i could see was white! Serious fog. “Mmmm this could be interesting”

Bike & gear in the car and we’re off to derwent and the quick lady bower loop.

After some shenanigans on the way there (mainly me getting lost due to being a prat & not paying attention) I arrived and the scene from my car park was this:

Bit foggy still. Anyway off we go via the dam:

The Fog starts to clear abit:

Then we meet the stairway to heaven (or is it hell? not sure) Long bloody climb mostly walking is what it is!


And the view from the top

At the top of the initial climb is a small barn & a shelter that’s been there for a while.


And from the shelter we go up some more!

Looking back the way I came:

Is it rideable? yes but it’s probably just as quick to walk!

Are we there yet?

Nearly there and above the fog now.

Top of the hill (well the walking section anyway a mile of so along and up and then it’s all down hill and the fun begin’s.

& Here is where the bloody camera phone dies…. rubbish!

Anyway the rest of the ride was great and I was done & back in time for church! Ladybower / Derwent is a great place to ride especially so early in a morning!





Ever since i started riding bikes again I have used clipless pedals and I now have a variety of different types to choose from such as:

Here we have left to right:

(left) Shimano M520’s -came with the kona good solid pedals but very heavy! bearings not so great (no spin on them) 

(top) Shimano M647 SPD  – The 1st clipless pedals I used as they have the nice big cage to stamp down on. Used to death and are now saved for sentimental value.

(bottom) Ritchey Logic Comp V4 – Awesome pedals just flick them and they spin for ages, light as a feather too! (current favorites)

(right) – Can’t remember the make,Anyway they are great and just keep on going forever pedals, they are the ones I would take on every big ride i’d trust them to last longer than any others!

But for riding with the little boy on the back it’s a bit dodgy! we’ve had a couple of close calls (me nearly dropping bike & him!!) so flats is the way to go.

Problem I don’t like flats as a rule, I feel unstable, I think that my feet could come flying off the pedals at any time! But in the interest of not falling over still attached to the bike with a small boy on the back i thought it best to give some a try and then if they are any good I can give them to my wife to use & i’ll occasionally borrow them back for rides with the little munky.

So I went for theses:

DMR V8 pedals.

OOOOOoooooo I hear you all say! Well they are…. Pretty darn good! They grip to my trainers really well I even used them to ride to college and back this week (20+ miles on & off road) and found them very grippy. I still prefer the feel of the clipless pedals and having the bike secured to me (being one entity man & machine in unison etc…)

So in conclusion the flats are not evil and good ones really do grip will. I have been advised that if you wear some Really good trainers such as: Five Ten Sam Hill Low Impact Shoes as recommended by all at the LBS

Then grip is no issue and it is just like riding clipless!




P.S. I’m feeling loads better… that was horrid! Thanks for the messages guys.x

Trail Hunting we will go!!

You can tell when biking has taken over because you are in a beautiful location looking at gorgeous rolling hills and all you can think about is.

“Is it ride-able?” As they say in the Bad Brain MTB Club.

I’d say so!

Trail spotted behind the site office, bring the bike with me later in the week i shall!

I wonder where it goes?

I’ve definitely moved positions from the go as fast as possible camp to the lets explore & see what we can find camp. I like it here, there’s still provision to go fast though.

I feel an epic coming on!

Weekend Pictures – Saturday

Just cruising along in the sun.

Just love riding the bike

Todays ride home wasn’t the fastest, hardest, most challenging but it had that feelng of being in harmony with the bike,

When it feels so cool to be riding a mountain bike to conquer small rises, corners rough ground, when it all flows well.

It is hard work but it feels good to be doing it and I wanted more and more!!

Some days I just love riding my bike.