Wednesday, 29 December 2010
I set off for with my Orange for a lap of Loch Garten returning via Slugan Pass and Glen More. This is normally a couple of hours easy pootle but today it took me 4+. All because of the water ice, ice baby! Wherever there had been a vehicle or lots of foot traffic, there was thick water ice.
Here's the Slugan....note the mini Christmas tree on my bars, a souvenir of one of my early ice slides into a tree :-)
And here's the climb, which I managed to clean, slowly. All credit for that goes to my super Schwalbe Ice Spiker tyres. Full review to follow, but let's just say for now that these tyres have transformed my winter riding. There was a time I would never have ridden this stuff, now I look for the most solid frozen bits and just tell myself that the studs will grip, and they do (most of the time). Magic!
Lower down the forest everything was melting so I had another 10km of sugar to plough through back to the crazy holiday ness of Aviemore. Fun!
Tuesday, 28 December 2010
Thursday, 23 December 2010
Here's how it's looking out there on my commute- isn't winter riding great?!
At this rate my trusty On-One will have disintegrated by the end of the winter (salt= much evil). Anybody want to buy me a Pugsley or a Mukluk? I'd give it a good home & lots of snowy exercise, honest :-)
Ride on & GoFar :-)
Monday, 20 December 2010
Saturday, 18 December 2010
Thursday, 16 December 2010
During our recent expedition I had the opportunity to use some of these bags to haul my gear.
Wednesday, 15 December 2010
Monday, 13 December 2010
Sunday, 12 December 2010
"Bikepacking" This is the term given when you load your bicycle with the stuff that'll enable an adventure, now "adventure" as we all know is " journey with an unknown out come" and that's certainly what happened when we set off on a little bit of "summer expedition training recently.
More pics to follow watch this space