To date, the Interesting Interview Series has focussed on people and their lives. This interview is with a bike. All used bikes have good stories to tell, but they are never given the chance to get their adventures into print, so this could be a world first (maybe). The Specialized
The Interesting Interview Series – No.5: Jacquie Phelan
Welcome to ‘Interesting Interview’ No: 5 with some passionate and transparent words and thoughts of THE mountain biking legend, Jacquie Phelan. Our cycling and MTB industry continues to develop technologically and culturally at pace, and it is really important to understand where it all came from, and particularly from the pioneers that
The Interesting Interview series – No.3: Charlie Kelly
My first meeting ever with the legend and top bloke that is Charlie Kelly was virtual, and sees him sitting in his computer chair, headset on and wearing a black Steve Peat ‘Won’t Back Down’ T-shirt. He stares at me through shiny eyes and tells me to get the first
Kash for Klunkers
I was listening to a track by the rock band, The Yidz, called Kash for Klunkers. The title of the track (marked E for Explicit by the way) appealed to me, because the term ‘Klunker’ is used to describe an iconic part of mountain biking history. More of this later
Cilo Mountain bikes and bears?
I’m riding up a tiny, Swiss road that has 27% gradient and it keeps going up at this rate for 3 kilometres. For a couple of months of the year, it’s impassable due to snow. It’s only a very narrow road with rough tarmac and it’s not used enough for
The Beach. On Any Sunday.
There’s a certain sense of freedom on a beach. It’s locked like a border between the land and the powerful sea. The beach can provide tranquility, interest in washed-up sea shells, dead fish, international litter and wood that has travelled the oceans, only to be finally deposited with a smooth,
Life as a Projecteer
I must admit that I’m a bit of a ‘Projecteer’. This is a new term that I’ve dreamed up to illustrate people like me who always have a project on the go, have a few in the pipeline and at the same time, on the look out for another suitable
It’s the best thing since sliced bread! Really?
One of the very well used sayings that was quoted when I was a kid was ‘it’s the best thing since sliced bread!’, and it was always in reference to a new innovation or product. The first automatically sliced commercial bread loaves were produced on July 6, 1928, in Chillicothe,
Punk Maskara IV – The Swiss Spring Classic race
Cast your mind back through all of the cycling events that you have ever ridden in, and then pick the best one. Why did you pick this particular one? Because you won it? Because you did it with friends? Because the weather was good and the scenery spectacular? Because you
The Carbon Raven
When did you last see or hear a Raven? I’m not talking about seeing or hearing the 1970s-80s British Heavy Metal band, Raven. This was the band set up by the two Gallagher brothers, and not Noel and Liam from Manchester, UK, who also started the globally successful band, Oasis,