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An exploration in bikes through living for the moment

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Anthill have made some exceptional mountain biking films over the years. I’m a sucker for a well-played out story and some excellent cinematics to help it come to life. Of Anthill films, I think the fun and enjoyment of Not Bad perhaps makes it my favourite. Maybe. Interestingly, Anthill are sharing their latest film, Return to Earth, on Echoboom Sports at the minute. It’s an… Read More »An exploration in bikes through living for the moment

Once this is all over, we’ll get out on a mega ride

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“Once this is all over, we’ll get out on a mega ride.” A few people have said that to me now. It seems a common thread in conversations in Instagram DMs, across WhatsApp groups, and on Twitter. The weather has finally turned and it’d normally be prime time for a goos set of trails and a ride with a few mates. It’s about this time… Read More »Once this is all over, we’ll get out on a mega ride

I thought about inviting a mate round before realising that we’re not supposed to

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Unusual times means that there’s all sorts of things going on in the world which aren’t normal. Not being able to have mates round is strange. Minimal contact altogether is weird. So, sat here in my office, alone, I figured I’d try to make the best of a bad situation. Don’t worry though: this isn’t another COVID19 discussion post. In fact, I barely mention it… Read More »I thought about inviting a mate round before realising that we’re not supposed to

Bikes Don’t Sit Still Long Enough

Back-lit photography can be extraordinary but can also be very challenging. For a while now, I’ve really struggled when subjects are directly lit from behind. It poses the problem that the detail can be lost in the front of the subject. When it comes to bikes, that can mean that the rider’s face can’t be seen in the shot. The seemingly simple answer would be… Read More »Bikes Don’t Sit Still Long Enough

Packless Mountain Biking | 2020 Kit List

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If you’re regular reader of this blog, you will know that I love nothing more than jumping on the bike without a rucksack. Recently, I’ve been carrying a massive rucksack full of camera stuff, but there’s nothing more freeing than just getting out to ride from time to time.┬áNow that’s not to say that I don’t go underprepared when I leave the bag at home.… Read More »Packless Mountain Biking | 2020 Kit List

It does mean carrying a ridiculous full-size rucksack about

I love photography. Aside from mountain biking, I’d say it’s my favourite hobby and it probably ties on the top spot. I love creating feelings through images – capturing the way something looks is one thing but bringing the image home and tweaking it to make it feel the same as it did when I took it; that’s the draw of it all. Inevitably, this… Read More »It does mean carrying a ridiculous full-size rucksack about

It won’t surprise you to hear that she thought it was incredible

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Red Bull Hardline is one of the most insane courses out there. If you read the piece I wrote about walking it, hopefully it gave you an impression of just how steep and technical the track is. Actually being able to walk down it with Gee Atherton was an incredible opportunity but a few weeks ago I was also lucky enough to be invited back.… Read More »It won’t surprise you to hear that she thought it was incredible

When things get a bit loose, at least I’ll be able to stop now

When my brakes gave up at Llandegla it was time to consider getting a new set. I’d bled them before, had them bled at a bike shop nearby and then had them bled again at One Planet. The resulting change in braking wasn’t anywhere near perfect; they just about got by stopping me. Apparently, Guide Rs are renowned for being a sub-par set of brakes… Read More »When things get a bit loose, at least I’ll be able to stop now

I know… that sounds arty

For a while now, I’ve been interested in photography. It’s been a bit of a passion which has led me to merge both bikes and cameras together. The vast majority of the imagery around this website was created by me. When I’m in a picture, it’s usually one that’s been taken by George on my camera once I’ve set it up; we ride together fairly… Read More »I know… that sounds arty