In praise of darkness…

The clocks have just shifted an hour to usher in a season of darkness. The brief spell of morning light we can enjoy over the next few weeks will pass and we nine-to-five-ers will have to get used to only seeing daylight on weekends. But is that such a bad thing? Sensory deprivation It may sound counter-intuitive but the beauty of riding your bike is in its simplicity. In this era of information overload; of push notifications and of always being connected to everything but yourself, trimming things down to little more than the sound of your own breath and … Continue reading In praise of darkness…

Something to watch: Inspiring documentaries…

Whilst we are primarily a Cardiff-centric cycling website, it never hurts to seek inspiration and ideas from outside our sphere of understanding. Cycling, at the end of the day, is a key component in our desire to live happy, healthy lives in a sustainable way. In order to realise its potential, we need to gain an understanding of “why” it is such an important element. Extra-curricular activity To help broaden our minds we’ve spent a bit of downtime (actually, time off from the day job) exploring a wealth of documentaries available on services like Netflix & Vimeo that help to … Continue reading Something to watch: Inspiring documentaries…

Grass-roots Movements

We must apologise for harping on about Boneshaker for a second post in quick succession, but an article in issue 19, entitled Generation Next sparked our interest. It talks about a handful of cycling communities and groups that have sprung up in various places around the world, outside the traditional club circuit. The anti-club Rightly or wrongly, cycling clubs often give the impression that racing and results are the be-all and end-all. They often form around cycling as a sport, be that cyclocross, traditional road racing or mountain biking. This unfortunately means that the demographic can be quite narrow –often … Continue reading Grass-roots Movements

Something to read: Mid-Wales Micro Adventure – by @cyclestuffblog

We’re not the only ones embracing bikepacking this year. Over at CycleStuff, Simon shares his own adventure in the wilds of Mid Wales. Simon can always be relied upon for his excellent photos and this looks like it was a lot of fun. On Saturday, I headed into Powys for a micro-adventure* with two of my mountain biking/fell running/music loving/whisky sipping** buddies; Jules Carter and Matt Morris. Outside of adventure racing stuff like the Polaris/OMM, surprisingly this was the first time the three of us had engaged in any mountain bike packing. We were treated to a glorious […] via Mid … Continue reading Something to read: Mid-Wales Micro Adventure – by @cyclestuffblog

Let's Ride – City Ride Cardiff

British Cycling is arranging a series of mass rides across the UK and on 6th August 2017 there will be one in Cardiff. Promising fun for all ages and abilities, the event will offer everything from virtual reality track cycling to rickshaw rides. Cardiff is inviting cyclists to take over its streets on Sunday 6 August! Bring your friends, bring your family, and join us on a ride to remember – with loads of free entertainment, plenty to see and have a go at, and a totally new way of experiencing your city. Source: Let’s Ride – City Ride Cardiff … Continue reading Let's Ride – City Ride Cardiff

Sometimes it's about the story…

In this age of GPS tracking, power meters and heart-rate monitors it is easy to become sidetracked into a world of statistics and graphs. However, we would challenge anyone to say that the thing they remember most about a ride is the time they spent putting out a consistent 400 watts or at over 200 beats per minute. Things happen… There are so many things that can happen on a ride, be that as a result of the people you are with; the people you come into contact with; or as a result of the sheer chaos the world around … Continue reading Sometimes it's about the story…