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My New Ride

  • Posted by ruben
  • 1 November 2010

A few months ago, after a chat with Chris from Kingdom Bike, I ended up borrowing one of their titanium Legion hardtails.

I'm a big fan of hardtail MTBs. The simplicity of the design and the requirement for some dexterous finesse over the rocky bits while riding a hardtail frame never fails to make me happy. (I don't go as far as riding with one gear and rigid forks, though.)

I've ridden a couple of bikes with big travel rear suspension, and I did have fun on them. Being able to point the front wheel anywhere you like and fly over terrain that would make your stomach churn and knuckles turn white on a hardtail bike is exciting. But it kinda removes you another level from the trail. Like cars with ABS, Traction control, limited slip differentials, air conditioning, heated seats, auto-dipping headlights and permanent four-wheel-drive, it definitely helps you go further & faster in more comfort. But ask any car fan - the ones where you're directly connected to the engine and the brakes and the steering rack, with no servos to help you out, are some of the most fun to drive.

They let you feel it. They make you work for it.

So I was excited to get the chance to ride a titanium bike. I'd heard a lot about frames like this. The way they are light like carbon but with the 'ping' of steel. The way they flex in the corners. And of course, the way they look isn't half bad either.

On the first ride, I started to get what it was everyone was on about. You really can feel the spring in this frame. And once you get used to it, you can start using it to your advantage. Compressing the bike into berms and dips and using the spring of it to punch yourself out and onward down the trail. After a few more rides and one 24 hour race (up at Relentless 24), I finally admitted to myself that I'd fallen in love with this bike and had to have it. The guys at Kingdom Bike kindly obliged and let me buy it as a demo model.

If anyone is in the market for a Ti frame with a bit of an edge to it, take a look at Kingdom's frames.

I'm very happy. Thanks, guys.

(P.S. Mine doesn't look quite as clean as in the photo any more.)


  • Posted by ruben
  • 1 November 2010

The clocks went back on the weekend,
we're running on GMT again.

This means the sun sets earlier.

This means more dark rides home.

Hope you all have your lights ready... mine are charging right now.

Quickburst jacket - 20 left.

  • Posted by ruben
  • 1 November 2010

Last week, Tidy and I went down to Poppit with Ade and his brand spanking new Madone to shoot some footage of the Quickburst jacket. Here's what we came back with:

We came in this morning to find that the video and the jacket had been more popular than we'd expected over the weekend - and we have less than 20 of them left in stock now.

So if you're in the market for a warm jacket that easily turns into a gillet for this winter's riding - you best be quick. At £99 they're not going to be around for long.

Click here to see the jacket and find out more.

(if your size is sold out, it may be worth giving us a call on 01239 614 122 in case we have one left in the warehouse)

Oil and Water

  • Posted by ruben
  • 29 October 2010

Just found this, pretty clever -

Anthony Burrill & Purple Monkey Design in New Orleans went and scooped up a bunch of the oil BP spilt into the Gulf of Mexico and used it to print these posters... find out more here

1950′s Cyclocross

  • Posted by ruben
  • 28 October 2010

Just spotted Nick Hand tweet a link to this footage from a 1950's cyclocross race - it's absolutely brilliant.

The commentary is great - 'the lad in front used to be head of the cheese counter at the Co-op in Wallsend'

Thanks for sharing, Nick!

Turn it Off

  • Posted by ruben
  • 21 October 2010

Caersws Cup

  • Posted by ruben
  • 20 October 2010

Here's our friend and team rider Dan Yeomans on the grass podium after coming down the hill 2nd fastest in round 5 of the Caersws Cup downhill race.

He was under 1 second off the top (or middle) spot.

Nice one, Dan.

(by the way, the shirt he's wearing will be available online shortly as part of our winter range)

20% off for a day and a bit

Bit of weather on the way we hear

"Never judge the day on the morning".
That's what my next door neighbour Dyllis said to me today.
And, according to the weathermen, she's right.
We are about to see a bit of a change, from marginally warm to
positively nippy. We just don't know what to put on in the morning.

So we've decided to offer you 20% off everything for a day and a bit.

There are jackets, jeans, jumpers, hoodys, skirts, cardigans and more.
Something for cloudy, something for sunny and definitely a few things
for rainy, wet and windy.

So now you can be prepared for whatever weather is coming.

To activate your discount, just quote the offer code DAY16H at the
website checkout, instore or down the phone if you call to place your order*

By the way, this offer also works on the Daylight Saving Sale
stuff that went up last week, so you can get some really great
deals on those items until Thursday as well.

Men's Daylight Savings
Women's Daylight Savings

*20% offer ends midday Thursday 21st October. The discount code cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers.

Daylight Savings

  • Posted by ruben
  • 13 October 2010

We are enjoying some rather unseasonal warm weather in Cardigan Bay this week. So we are making the
most of the beautiful evening light before the clocks change. We've paddled the river while it's calm, skated shirtless in the beaming October sunshine and even got in a few last minute sea swims.

But before the dark gets darker quicker, we thought we'd make the sun shine a little longer and offer you a few savings on selected products. So here are some treats that should brighten the day, no matter how dark it gets.

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