Archive for May, 2011

“Boneshaker Magazine is a celebration of cycling and the people who do it. Full of articles, personal stories and anecdotes about people and projects doing great things with bicycles around the globe.”

Issue #5 includes a stunning photo-diary from India, their regular Slowcoast piece by Nick Hand (this time on the day he met designer Paul Smith, a fellow bike nut) and an article written by James Bowthorpe on the relationship between music and cycling.

From unique and personal writing on the feeling of  ‘not cycling’ after 10 months touring, to a Hip-hop bike inspired playlist, they further explore the importance that bikes play in our lives and share the fascinating stories and ideas from around the globe.

56 pages, perfect bound, advert free, printed on FSC approved uncoated Challenger Offset. £5 incl postage!

Boneshaker #5 should be with us tomorrow, can’t wait!

Oh, we have a few copies of issue 4 left as well…


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Climbing Attitude

So near yet so far...

Last night we had a grand ride, starting and finishing from the Suie Hotel in Kincraig (a fine place, warmly recommended).

Heavy rain while we were waiting for Andy getting ready to ride, soon cleared to leave us with a fine, if windy, evening.

The ride featured less singletrack than we would usually choose, but the quality made up for quantity, and sometimes it’s nice to have a full-tilt, old-school blast down some double track!

The above picture features Rob almost making a challenging wee climb up a path on a very steep sided river bank (pic doesn’t really do it justice)

It’s long been a feature of the Wednesday rides that some of us will try riding up the most preposterous looking climbs.  Ideally, first time around, the climb will almost go, but not quite – even after the maximum 3 attempts. That way there’s something to look forward to for the next visit: like a dry evening (“I’d definately clean it if it wasn’t wet”), a tailwind or not being knackered from a 5 day epic in Knoydart…

The ride's blue sky quota

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A month of Wednesdays

We’ve done rides from Boat of Garten, Carrbridge, Kingussie, Glenmore and Glen Feshie. Each one has been splendid. Great weather,  super-dry trails. Good times.

Pre-descent Yoga

This is at the top of the Carn Lethendry descent, above Carrbridge. There’s so many nice trails in those woods kept in good fettle by the locals.

Group at Loch Gynack above Kingussie: just after this is a very unprobable looking climb, which is just about rideable (no-one did it this time)

Why worry, we're in no hurry...

Just past Loch Gynack, drainage ditch claims another tube. Phil needs a lie down.

Photo and montage by Jim

The reward for 700m of climbing – big grins all the way to Glenmore!

Jim silhouette

Rob on the scary steps

So that’s it, five amazing rides in some of the best weather you could hope for.

Andy, Phil, Rob and David were off in Knoydart last week. Some info (and more pics from Wednesday rides) at Backcountry Biking

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