Dalby Black

MTB skills & maintenance course offer!

Book a MTB skills course, get a maintenance or wheel build course FREE!!!

Book a skills course on either the 7th or 11th June & get a voucher for a bike maintenance course or wheel build course which can be used any time this year (subject to availability). The maintenance & wheel build courses are actually slightly more expensive so you’re getting an awesome deal!

Start time will be 10am, finishing at 4pm. Start point will be the car park at Dalby Forest opposite Dixons Hollow – the one at the far end of Adderstone Field.

The MTB skills course will be tailored to you (more info on the 1:1 page).

The gift voucher can be used by yourself or you can give it as a gift (just make sure you inform me who will receive it).

Book below – if they’re already gone it won’t let you pay.

1:1 or 1:2 (7th June 19)

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1:1 or 1:2 (11th June 19)

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Some important info – 1:1 is for individual tuition. 1:2 is 1 day for 2 people to book together & the price is the total for the 2 people. If you book a 1:1 you can top up if you want the maintenance or wheel build voucher to be a 1:2 day. If you book a 1:2 then you can choose a 1:2 or 1:1 maintenance or wheel build day, but there won’t be any cash back or partial refund if you go for a 1:1 voucher.

Reynolds 531 t-shirts

Reynolds 531 t-shirts

Reynolds 531 T-shirts for sale

If you’ve been into cycling for a while or if you know your cycling history you’ll know about Reynolds 531. It might not be the material of choice any more but it’s probably the most memorable frame material ever. When I was a kid, everyone wanted a 531 frame, but no one my age I knew had a chance of owning one!

I now have one ready to build into something suitably retro, but even if you don’t, a classic t-shirt is always welcome. These are the real thing & even have the Reynolds brand on the label as proof!

If you want one, just click the relevant PayPal button in the size you need – quantities are very limited so get one while you can. Click the pics for a larger image.

531 t-shirt embroidered black
531 t-shirt embroidered black-detail
Reynolds 531 T-shirts
in black £10.99
RRP £24.99
 
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531 t-shirt embroidered Light Blue
531 t-shirt embroidered light blue-detail
Reynolds 531 T-shirts
in light blue £10.99
RRP £24.99
 
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531 All Terrain t-shirt black
531 All Terrain t-shirt black-detail
Reynolds 531 All Terrain
T-shirts in black £13.99
RRP £29.99
 
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531 t-shirt All Terrain Black-back
531 t-shirt All Terrain Black-back-detail
531 All Terrain t-shirt grey
531 All Terrain t-shirt grey-detail
Reynolds 531 All Terrain
T-shirts in grey £13.99
RRP £29.99
 
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531 t-shirt All Terrain grey-back
531 t-shirt All Terrain grey-back-detail
531 Stars t-shirt black
531 Stars t-shirt black-detail
Reynolds 531 ‘Stars’
T-shirts in black £13.99
RRP £29.99
 
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531 Stars t-shirt black-back
531 Stars t-shirt black-back-detail
531 Stars t-shirt navy
531 Stars t-shirt navy-detail
Reynolds 531 ‘Stars’
T-shirts in navy £13.99  
RRP £29.99
 
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531 Stars t-shirt navy-back
531 Stars t-shirt navy-back-detail
MTB group skills courses

Group MTB skills course Sat 18th November

One-off foundation skills MTB course

You may have seen some info already saying that courses are now only available as exclusive days due to shifting demand.

This is true, but one person still has a gift voucher to use for a place on a group course. This means there’s a foundation/beginners course on Sun 23rd July which you can book onto for £55 per person.

Start time will be 9:30am, finishing at 3:30pm. Start point will be the car park at Dalby Forest opposite Dixons Hollow – the one at the far end of Adderstone Field.

The course will cover:

  • gears
  • effective braking
  • off road riding position
  • how to roll drop offs
  • getting the front wheel off the ground
  • cornering
  • …and generally how to crash less often!
  • more will be covered if there’s time

 
You can book a place here or phone to pay by card or bank transfer 
If you want to book more than one place you can change quantity on the PayPal page after clicking the button. It will only let you book places that are actually available!

Foundation MTB skills 18th Nov 2017 £55

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Chasing Trails MTB group skills courses

MTB drops & Jumps course at Dalby 15th Aug

One-off half day drops & jumps course

As with the previous post, you may have already seen some info saying that courses are now only available as exclusive days due to shifting demand.

This is true, but one or two people still have gift vouchers to use for a place on a group course. This means there’s a drops & jumps course on Tues 15th August which you can book onto for a discounted price of £29 per person!

Start time will be 9:30am, finishing at 12:30pm. Start point will be the car park at Dalby opposite Dixons Hollow, at the far end of Adderstone Field.

The course will cover exactly what you’d expect – some reliable technique to ride drops & jumps reliably & predictably.

 
You can book a place here or phone to pay by card or bank transfer 
If you want to book more than one place you can change quantity on the PayPal page after clicking the button. It will only let you book places that are actually available!

Drops & Jumps 
Tues 15th Aug 2017 
9:30am – 12:30pm 
£29 per person

taking part in a group MTB skills course

Group MTB skills course Sun 23rd July

One-off foundation skills MTB course

You may have seen some info already saying that courses are now only available as exclusive days due to shifting demand.

This is true, but one or two people still have gift vouchers to use for a place on a group course. This means there’s a foundation/beginners course on Sun 23rd July which you can book onto for a discounted price of £49 per person!

Start time will be 10am, finishing at 4pm. Start point will be the car park at Dalby opposite Dixons Hollow, at the far end of Adderstone Field.

The course will cover:

  • gears
  • effective braking
  • off road riding position
  • how to roll drop offs
  • getting the front wheel off the ground
  • cornering
  • …and how to crash much less!
  •  
    You can book a place here or phone to pay by card or bank transfer 
    If you want to book more than one place you can change quantity on the PayPal page after clicking the button. It will only let you book places that are actually available!

    Foundation MTB skills 
    Sun 23rd July 2017 
    £49 per person

Renthal Kevlar Lock-On Grips long, long, long term review

Renthal Kevlar Lock-On Grips Looooooong Term Review

So, as I said in the previous long term review of these, there’s always a chance that manufacturer’s hype doesn’t quite live up to reality…

Renthal Kevlar Lock On GripHowever… I’ve now been running these grips for 2 years! They’re looking used now, but they’re still going & I can’t tell any difference in feel from when they were new! The first picture is a new set – the second one is now.

I haven’t changed my mind re the level of grip they offer, they’re very grippy without the jelly/sticky like feeling you sometimes get, which I find a bit gross!. The diameter is good, narrow enough for good control but not too narrow.

Renthal Kevlar Lock On Grip, well used!The knurled pattern has worn off, but hasn’t lessened the feel, the lock-on system works – mine are still on the Easton Havoc carbon bars and they still haven’t ever moved or damaged the bars in the odd crash.

Long life is always high on my list, but obviously there’s more to it that that! These do everything else I want & at risk of using a cliché, they’re a no-brainer. When they do wear out another set will be going straight on. If I had to pick a negative, some people might not like the colour. I’m fine with it, there’s Kevlar in them & they look Kevlar colour

Renthal Kevlar Lock-On Grips – long term test

Renthal Kevlar Lock-On Grips Long Term Review

Renthal Kevlar Lock On GripThere’s not a lot to say about these that I haven’t said before, in the, er, long term review. However, you’ll notice that it was posted May 2015 after a year of use. It’s now Sept 2016 & although the diamond knurled pattern now looks smooth & they’ve slightly worn to my hand shape, after 2 years 4 months I have no intention of replacing them just yet. The photo shows a new set from the Renthal site but I’ll edit in a better one of their current state soon.

So although these aren’t the cheapest grips out there, at £24.99 they’re the best I’ve ever used. With plenty of grip & also being the most hard-wearing I’ve ever found, Renthal seem to have done the impossible with these. It’s all down to a clever idea of mixing Aramid (Kevlar) fibres into the rubber compound. So as they wear, which happens slowly because of the Kevlar, more fibres get exposed, so there’s a constant resistance to wear whilst remaining grippy.

Told you it’d be short. Buy them if you can live with the one colour choice! I like it, and I’ve noticed they also do a set for motorcycles…

More info on the Renthal website.

2016 Ard Rock Enduro

2016 Ard Rock Enduro photos

This is the first year I’ve been to ‘Ard Rock & I’ll definitely be going back! It’s a spectacular event – the trails, atmosphere & organisation were beyond expectations & despite 60-70mph winds on the Sunday, the riding was still awesome. It has a great festival feel to it & if you like the idea of racing but prefer the downhills, Enduro is for you! Keep a check on the Ard Rock Enduro site or subscribe to their mailing list for 2017 dates.

To give you a feel for the trails, I’ll shut up & post some photos taken by various professional picture takers that were around the route. The only thing I’d add is that the trails are steeper & more technical than they look! The quality of the photography is great & all they photographers were great to deal with!

All photos are used with the photographer’s permission

Photo of Steve Phipps at 2016 Ard Rock by Digital Swaledale2016 Ard Rock by EventPhotosArd Rock 2016 - photo by JWDT PhotographyArd Rock 2016 (3) - photo by JWDT PhotographyArd Rock 2016 (2) - photo by JWDT PhotographySteve form Chasing Trails at 2016 Ard Rock - photo by MJP2016 Ard Rock by MJP (2)2016 Ard Rock by MJP (3)2016 Ard Rock by MJP (4)2016 Ard Rock by RH Photography