Bike cave!

  • Posted by howies
  • 4 November 2010

Thought I'd share with you the pictures of an Aladdin's cave I stumbled across on an industrial estate in Cheddar. My Dad had spotted it so we thought we would have a quick ride over there, never in my wildest dreams did I expect to find what I did. A bike mountain! there are new bikes added to the pile every week so you never know what you are going to find when you turn up. From racers to mountain bikes he has it all. There are no bargains as he is on the ball with prices, but its worth it just to have a chat and geek out. That's your Sunday sorted...
Cheers then Matt/45

Wow this boy can ride.

  • Posted by emma
  • 3 November 2010

I had a really nice email land in my inbox so I thought I would share it with you.

Kelvin is one of the nice guys.

Hi Emma

This is an email to say thankyou to you and everyone at howies for their continued support through this year. It was my 10th year with the company and Im very proud to be still part of the team.

This year turned out to be a great one for me winning the British title and finishing 6th at the World Championships in South Africa. Ive done alot of European races and also the National Series so have done alot this year and look to do something similar next year but will focus on the UCI World Cup Series which will be at venues all over the World as Olympic qualification points will be at stake.

Please find attached some pictures from this year and thanks again for all your support.

kelvin

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.)

GMT

  • 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)

James McKnight

  • Posted by james m
  • 1 November 2010

I’m James McKnight

I’m 24 years old, born in Britain (Wiltshire), I’ve lived around the world (well, mostly Europe but I did live in Australia for a few years), and this is a bit about me:

Riding, racing, testing, guiding, coaching, writing

Biking, hiking, journeying, pikeying

Veg eating, fun loving

…hippy..?

I don’t in any way, shape or form claim to be a world saving activist, nor do I claim to be a hippy .. Er, but I kind of am (not the world saving bit, just the hippy).

I ride bikes for a living – not in a professional kind of way but I scrape through by guiding people around the mountains of Europe, testing products, coaching kids (and adults, but we’re all young at heart, hey?), writing for websites and dirt mag, and working for a chalet firm in the alps (riders refuge, by the way.)

Bikes have taken me on one big journey since I started racing aged 12; since then I’ve worked in the alps, raced and bumbled my way across the continent, and inhabited a lonely Spanish hillside, amongst other experiences.

Throughout 2010 I have travelled constantly around Europe and even across America (in all honesty, the journey was from Nevada to Utah, so not really ‘across’ the US, but it sounds good). I saw a lot of places this year and felt that i missed some opportunities to share them with the world.

Looks like my adventures will continue for the foreseeable future, so I’m going to be subjecting all you howies readers to my weekly(ish) ramblings from my travels from now on.

For what you are about to embrace, god help you.

Oh, and thank you howies, kingdom bike, riders refuge, shinny racing and all the other lovely folk that help me along my way in this endless search.

Ta very much.

{photo by Keno Derleyn}

first ride

  • Posted by ade
  • 28 October 2010

We went out to Poppit Sands today to make a little movie on our Quickburst jacket and it was the first ride out for the new bike project. Tidy Mike was in the boot with the camera, Ruben was at the wheel and I felt the lack of riding I've been doing over the last 3 months.The frameset is the Trek Red OCLV carbon, the groupset Sram Force, wheels by Bontrager and tyres and tubes Conti's Grand Prix 24c ready for winter, saddle Selle Italia and an Easton stem.  I think it's lighter than all the packaging.

And the ahead cap was from the 2007 Single Speed Champs.

I still have some fine tuning to do as things stretch and loosen but the rigidity and the weight are going to be hellish fun round here.

Roll on summer and a hot new tarmac road.

I played my "too nice to be here" card so I can be off tomorrow to give it a roasting.

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!

1mm to ride time

  • Posted by ade
  • 27 October 2010

I built the bike over the weekend, but the headset would not tighten.

I called Trek and got helped by Steven in tech services and over the phone with him with a Madone at his end at me with mine we dismantled the headset till we got down to 3 aluminium shims missing.

He dropped them in the post and they came today.

They're in.

The headset is tight.

Tomorrow we ride out...

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