Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Battle Mountain - A Graeme Obree Story

We can't wait to head to the little cinema in Bath to see a screening of the documentary about Graeme Obree's tilt and the Human Powered Vehicle Land Speed Record in Battle Mountain.

If you are interested too then you can see the trailer here

If you have seen it already, PLEASE NO SPOILERS!!!

We are only joking, we know he doesn't beat the record....ooops! (or does he)

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

How to build your own mountain bike pump track

It's the dream of every bike rider to have a garden big enough to have your own mountain bike trail in it...or at the very least a pump track.

Only problem is that once you actually have the land how to you build the pump track.

I found a pretty easy guide to building your own pump track but you will need to buy a mini digger and a lot of top soil.

If you actually manage to build one drop us a line and let us know what it looks like.

Sunday, 13 December 2015

Star Wars EpVII and the Bicycle

If you go out into the shops right now you are going to find it very difficult to find something that doesn't have a star wars logo or character painted on it (Thanks Disney).

Home Made Star Wars Chic..
Don't get us wrong, we (McC) loves Star Wars and he already has his ticket to go and see the movie but....do you have to brand everything.

There are some things however that benefit from a little Star Wars branding and when you combine cycling and star wars you have a match made in heaven.

If you want to see all of our favourite Cycling and Star Wars related products then you can find them here.

How do you make this stuff even more awesome, easy just add Lego.

Cycling + Lego + Star Wars = Awesome

Now why are you still reading this you should either be out riding your bicycle or in the cinema watching Star Wars.

Friday, 11 December 2015

Buying a cheap Mountain bike - how to

We have tried to pull a few of the best articles we an find together here with advice for beginners who are looking to buy a cheap mountain bike. Most of this is quite UK focussed (sorry but that is where we live) however the principals are the same where ever you live.

If you don't know your hardtail from your full suspension bike and your 26er from your 650b then you need to read this guide.

First thing is first...budget.

If you are looking for a champagne bike on lemonade budgets you are going to get burned.  Under £600 you want to stick to hardtail mountain bikes they are the foundation of mountain biking anyway.

So you have decided that hardtail is the way to go and you have a budget of under £500.  Have a look at this guide to the best 2016 mountain bikes under £500.

If you are too lazy to read that then we have two bikes for you to look at.  They are both stupidly cheap and both from retailers that most cyclists wouldn't touch with a barge pole.

We don't agree so here they are click on links under the pictures for more information;

Carrera Kraken

The Calibre Crag


Help the Bicycle Get a Nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize

Italian TV show caterpillar (see pic below) are pushing for the bicycle to be nominated for a nobel peace prize.

We found this on our parent site Two Wheels Better and like them we think it is a great campaign idea.

They list their reasons for nomination as (sorry its an auto translation);

The bicycle is an instrument of peace.
It’s the most democratic tool of transport for all mankind, it does not cause wars and pollution, it decreases car accidents.

If you want to be involved in the campaign (and why wouldn't you) then share this logo and use the hashtag #bikethenobel







Thursday, 19 March 2015

Amazon Discount Cycling Gear trick

When you think about cycling gear you don't normally think about Amazon.  They sell books and DVD's and shit costumes for party's that you can't be bothered making your own for.
Well generally that's true but they are also a marketplace (like e-bay) where other retailers can list their stock and where you can find the odd bargain or six.

They wont have all the brand gear you want but they do have a wide range of basics and staples like, tyres, tubes, lights, base layers and waterproofs.

What we also found is that they often sell some of this stuff at a discount.  So if you are looking for a bargain click here and bookmark this page.

Then scroll down till you see the icons below and let the bargain shopping commence.















Remember though to make sure you use your local bike shop for buying and servicing your bikes.

and never forget that....Two Wheels are Better.

Monday, 10 February 2014

What is so wrong with just going out for a ride?

I spent a little bit of time at the gym this weekend and noticed that several rooms were full of parents watching their kids get involved in different sports from Taekwondo to Swimming and Indoor Football.
I think it's great that the parents are getting there kids involved in fitness and sport, it reminds me of an old (UK) TV show called "Why Don't You?"


 It made me think though; this is Saturday morning...and whilst the kids were happy learning a new skill and getting some good exercise, the parents were swilling bad coffee and sweating away in a sports centre reception.  Surely there must be more of an opportunity for families to get active together and have a great time.

Of course there is and whilst many of my friends with kids are telling me that they don't have time to get fit, I get the feeling they are missing the point....


So to these friends I issue a challenge...in the words of the TV theme tune to...

"Why don't you, switch off your television set go out and do something less boring instead!"

If you want a slightly more extreme solution then you could share the pic below with you friends but I refuse to smash my TV as then I would have nothing to watch Star Wars on (over and over again)



Friday, 7 February 2014

Best Ten Bicycle Meme's of the Month and Two Unicorn Bikes

No I am not SEO grubbing...I was just looking for some interesting bicycle meme's to post on our facebook page and I happened to come across these beauties.  They are not particularly pro or anti bike and they are not all great quality but they are all....interesting (or at the very least odd).

Oh and there are two unicorn bicycles at the end...

All that high viz and still no helmet...(tut, tut)



We know that a lot of modern bike are made in moulds and from carbon fibre but we still love the idea behind this one...



I've never seen my 100% as I tend to like to cruise along looking at the scenery but if you love pain, this one is for you...


On the odd occasion when I have given at least 90% this tends to happen to me...


This one is despicable...



This one should be prefixed with the words "Once they regain conciousness..."



Why would she, who told her, how did she...wtf!!!



Pretty accurate for the weather in the UK at the moment...




















and finally just like we promised Two Unicorn Bikes....don't be a hater ;o)


Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Why Can't Bicycle Helmets Be More Interesting?

I know that as I write this I am potentially wading into the minefield of the helmet vs no helmet debate.  I have my own thoughts on this debate and they will remain as such, but if you are going to wear a helmet why can't they be a bit cooler, interesting and generally a bit more expressive of our personality as cyclists.

There are a bunch of funny kids helmets but as I searched the internet (and I do that a lot) it's really hard to find some genuinely interesting and cool bicycle helmets.

Below are some of the different helmets that I have found (none of which I think is that special) and some of which are there as gags;
















This last one is a motorcycle helmet, but how cool would a full face Predator Downhill helmet be?

Monday, 20 January 2014

Star Wars and Bicycles a marriage made in heaven...

Anyone who knows me or reads this page knows that I love three things -

  1. My Wife and Family
  2. Anything with two wheels
  3. Star Wars

So the pics below ticks two of my favourite three things....enjoy.














Now if I could get my wife to pose for a pic next to my bike wearing Princess Leia's gold bikini, life would be perfect.