11 Best Christmas presents for a female mountainbiker
Christmas is getting closer and I know that Mr Betty is struggling under the weight of what to get me for Christmas this year (he knows that a repeat of last years ‘juicer debacle could leave him out in the cold). I can see from his increasingly frantic google searches that he needs help with […]
Red Bull Fox Hunt with Rachel Atherton
It is almost a year since I first caught ‘the bug’ for mountainbiking. In the first few months I found the most amazing Facebook group MTBChix&Trails (check it out!) which helped me to understand that there is a strong and close-knit community of female mountain bikers in the UK and beyond. As with so many […]
‘Ard Rock Enduro 2016
Sometime last year, back when I first decided to get serious about mountain biking, I had a brilliant idea and signed me and my partner (aka Mr Betty) up for the ‘Ard-Rock Enduro. ‘Ard Rock Enduro takes place each year in the remote village of Reeth in the North Yorkshire Dales, as the […]
10 gifts for a female mountainbiker (on a budget)
I have noticed lately that many of my friends, or Mr Betty himself, struggle a lot with a good idea for bike-themed birthday presents (this might be the bitter-me talking after my recent arrival at a quarter-century). Times are hard and budgets can be an important part of purchasing such gifts. I do not think […]
It’s a lot like… buying a bike!
This morning was probably the best breakfast I ever had. Somehow the usual granola tasted better, it could have been the new bike sitting in the kitchen! The delivery company had just dropped off my shiny dream bike, my first full-suspension bike. However, the journey to this point was much more complicated than I expected. […]
HOW TO… get him/her into Mountain Biking
There are a lot of things you can do to make their conversion a beautiful romance and not a train wreck. Before you end up with your partner throwing your spare bike at you halfway round a double black diamond trail why not try out the following (and in doing so avoid my mistakes) advice...
Buying bikes isn’t so easy when you have girl-parts…
If you’re like me then you will feel like a kid in a sweet shop when you’re in your local bike store however, I’m not a big fan of how I feel sometimes in those lovely shops when I’m looking at that ‘s works’ model way out of my budget. This is especially true when […]
It’s a lot like riding a bike!
We are all familiar with the old adage “it’s a lot like riding a bike” but the phrase has taken on new meaning this year as I have come back to two wheels after a long respite. So far I have learnt that yes, you might grow out of biking, but only if you let […]