I had a really old bike on returning to Cumbria, then I borrowed an old one of Mark's slightly better than my own. But earlier this year I bought my very own, brand new shiny beauty from Cyclewise shop which is located at Whinlatter Forest, Keswick, Cumbria.
7 Stanes Scottish mountain bike routes so far, and will have the rest done by the end of the summer.
Top tip on scary downs: They are not scary if you just get off and walk them! haha.
Whinlatter, recently completing all 3 routes in one day (another resolution ticked off!). But I am equally happy with a quick 15 mile jaunt around the country roads of a nice evening. My bike and I do see some pretty sights on our travels...
South Tynedale Railway track (most now disused) from Haltwhistle to Alston, was just so lovely. The viaduct in the pic below is called Lambley and it is absolutely huge! The track stops here as it passes through somebody's garden so the diversion takes you up some very very steep steps, oh yes, pushing the bike up and riding on the top of here wasn't scary at all!
My bike is a Cube Analog 29er, so it has 29 inch wheels instead of your standard 26. This just means it is slightly easier on the downs and technical bits, you can roll across them and not get too much impact, so perfect for me. Tight hair pin bends are interesting on a 29er though!
The one downside of biking? Well of course there isn't any, but you do end up with some 'interesting' tan lines! haha. Yes Meg, we all see you down there!
If you are thinking of giving Mountain Biking a go, check out this vid of my absolute fave descent, Red South Loop, Whinlatter, come on now, HOW much fun does that look??? I could watch this all day long... weeeeeeeeee! (Its not me or my vid!)
Do you enjoy biking? Where are your fave places to go?