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It's Dyfi Enduro Time

  • Posted by ruben
  • 26 April 2013

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Next weekend hundreds of mountainbikers from all across the UK will descend on the town of Machynlleth, nestled in the beautiful Dyfi valley, to participate in one of the highlights of the Welsh MTB calendar - The howies Dyfi Enduro, which after more than a decade has become the fastest selling and arguably most loved MTB event in the country.

Come rain or shine the course promises 60km of the best trails around and a fantastic atmosphere the whole weekend. Some long, long climbs are more than made up for by the stunning views and fast, whooping, white knuckle descents, mixed up with miles of fantastic singletrack and entertaining trailside shenanigans to take your mind off your tired legs.

In previous years the course has featured a brass band, a group of cheerleaders, a Welsh rock band, Darth Vader and a Star Wars ensemble reenacting battles from the movies, a wizard, a man playing a banjo and a wind and hailswept mountaintop rugby match. And every year there's a bar serving pints of beer just before the finish.

All in all, this adds up to our very favourite mountain bike event of the year and the excitement is starting to build in the office.

Ade, Hazel and I are starting to fine-tune our bikes. Bleeding brakes, oiling chains, choosing tyres. This year we're joined by our resident trail runner Chris, who manages the shop in Cardigan. He has borrowed a bike from a friend to see what all the fuss is about, although with a couple of 100 mile trail running races on his calendar we're half expecting him to shoulder the bike at the start and run the course.

This year the howies Dyfi Enduro is proud to be raising money for Aberdyfi Search & Rescue Team who will also be fundraising at the event on the day.

Follow the news on the Dyfi MTB events Facebook page.

We hope to see you there.

Our New Outback Jacket

  • Posted by alex
  • 11 April 2013
Schoeller 3XDRY water-resistant soft-shell with Merino wool bonded fleece inside - it keeps you dry from the outside, dry from the inside and it dries in a flash.

There's no such thing as bad weather. Just bad clothing.

Most of the weather we get in the UK is neither onething or the other. Some days it's bright and sunny, but freezing cold. Others, lovely and warm but chucking it down with rain. You can’t win.

The Outback jacket is our answer to thesedays. We've set out to design somethingthat feels and performs like a Merino wool base layer, but at the same time is wind and water-resistant.

So we've taken the same soft, itch free, anti-microbial Merino wool we use in our base layers and bonded it with a Schoeller 3XDRY softshell outer fabric. The Merino fleece wicks moisture away from your body, transporting it to the outer shell, which in turn lets it evaporate without letting any moisture in.

The result is a performance weatherproof jacket that keeps you dry from the outside, dry from the inside and dries in a flash.

Perfect for sport, the outdoors and those days when the weather just can't make up it's mind.

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howies Outback Softshell jacket - Men's Licorice

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howies Outback Softshell jacket

We've been putting the Outback through it's paces too. It's fast wicking Merino wool inner sends moisture to the 3XDRY outer really fast and in early spring downpours has kept the rain at bay on rides home.

The jacket is super-stretchy too with contoured panels making movement easier and with two zipped map-sized hand pockets a zip chest pocket with a headphone port, this jacket is perfect for sport, the outdoors and those days when the weather can't make up it's mind. Which around here is most days.

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30 Seconds of Your Adventures

  • Posted by alex
  • 14 February 2013

We asked you to put down the minced pies and head for the hills in search of adventure over the festve break.

Just before the 2012 was over, we looked back at what we had been doing but wanted to know what you were up to too.

So we challenged you to put down the minced pies and head for the hills in search of adventure over the festive break.

Thanks to everyone who shared their adventure. We’ve looked through all of the photos and video you sent in and Mike’s made a 30 second edit combining some of our favourites.

If you spot we've used your clip, drop us a line at info@howies.co.uk to claim your howies Classic T-shirt for your winning submission.

Pushing Up

  • Posted by james
  • 9 August 2009

It's my last day with James McKnight and his crew out in france and we've spend the last few days doing some serious rides. Pushing bikes up over 1000 vertical meters of Alp, camping out in a mountain hut to escape a storm, then riding down 2000m of virgin singletrack in the rain. Im stiff today.

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2001

  • Posted by ade
  • 9 April 2009
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in 2001 howies did their first catalogue. it was taken at some trails with some dirt jumpers.

one of the riders was Joe Anchor who would always go bigger.

At the Manchester sample sale I met Tim Royal from whitenosugarproductions.com who caught Joe on some super8 in the same year with some other riders we went on to sponsor, and some other riders who became big names.

This was filmed before they were really good and is a nice bit of footage showing great riders just riding summery trails.

Joe Anchor, Jim Davage, Chris Smith, Steve Geall and Olly and Grant Feilder.

Saturday snow drifts...

  • Posted by howies
  • 9 February 2009

The aim this year is to ride every weekend, whatever the weather... wind no problem, rain love it, hail stones stingy but fun, snow hummmm not so sure bikes were made for riding through the white stuff! None the less Math, Ruben, David Hicks and I were determined not to let the weather get the better of us. Even when the mountain road was impossible to drive up, we persevered, and took the long way round, when we got to the Brecfa red route we powered up the first ascent (well David and Math powered up like trained mountain goats while ruben and I paced our selves of course!). But after the first 15 mins the novelty had worn off, even the descents were slow and full of drifts, slides, crashed into powdery niceness, it was an experience but next time there's snow you'll find me on a sledge or a snowboard with the bike tucked up in my shed! 

 

Heres some lovely photos Ruben took of our adventure...

West Wales winter wonder land.

dumb ass not numb ass

  • Posted by ade
  • 22 December 2008
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we went to the brecfa red trail today to do some thinking for next years do lectures.

we only really made plans the night before so his morning was rushed to find my bike that has been in bits since the Brecfa enduro this year. We met up with Andy Middleton from TYF.

i found the wheels after a 20 minute hunt, jumped in the car and set off.

when we were putting the bikes together Andy asked where my saddle was and i immediately knew.

In my garage in the white wire shelf above the grinder and below the hammers.

two and a half hours out the saddle is time enough to ingrain on my memory never to forget gain.

my legs were too pumped to relax on the last crazy drop.

the ride was amazing. 10 degrees, a very light drizzle punctuated by work chatter. a nice way to do a "meeting"

We're not puddle dodgers

  • Posted by howies
  • 17 November 2008

Me wringing out my gloves!

This weekend I went riding with Dan Yeomans one of our team riders (check out his blog) and his mate Tom Gethin we rode a couple of trails up at Nant y Arian it rained the whole way you know that kind of really wet rain that soaks you to the bone! It was brilliant once you get that wet you can't get any wetter so you might as well keep riding and hit all the puddles at top speed, great weather for skids!

Gethin and Dan after a long climb!

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