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I'd been meaning to ride the Fife coastline for years. Somehow I'd never done it. There was always a better plan. Always something which sounded more fun. I remember reading about it in an old mountain bike guide book. The route was described as a must do for every mountain biker seeking adventure.
I could never correlate that description with what I knew of the coastline from weekend outings in the car. Sure, it was nice and had some nice sandy beaches, but it always seemed a bit busy, both with people, houses and industry. How could this possibly be at the top of any mountain biker's to-do list?
Half way though a busy and stressful week at work, I decided I needed a weekend away. I wanted nothing more than to have a break from normal life and enjoy the freedom that comes from cycling with a lightweight tent and a rough plan. I also didn't want to have to drive far and at first thought I'd go for a ride straight from my house to the hills to the south or west of Edinburgh. But, I'd done that many times before. Instead, I choose to ride straight from my house north. I asked a couple of reliable friends if they'd be up for joining me.
Unfortunately, it was too late in the week, they already had plans.
I went stand up paddling (SUP-ing), for the first time, in North Berwick with a couple of friends. Amazing how far you can travel in a short time. Here's a video.
Here is the Great Ball Contraption from Japan Brickfest 2016. Separate designers each built compatible modules to make this thing come together.
How The Mountain Bike Evolved. This video goes well with the short history of mountain biking included in my popular route guide book: Exposed Routes
Did this as a solo. Pretty happy with 14th in my category and 8 exhausting laps. Was loads of fun. Not sure I'd do it solo again though. Bit more technical than I thought it would be. Billions of slippy roots and a couple of properly scary sections.
Is there any person in the world that can run high electrical current through their body and survive? Current Mohan claims he can.
"Bill's fifty-two years old, has a mountain man beard, and delivers pizza on a fixie in Brooklyn. Over the course of several shifts, DELIVERY unveils an intriguing man rushing food to your door while it's still hot and fresh."
I'm having my first go at this at the weekend. Supposed to be really good fun route. Bit more technical than gravel racing.
Eric Clapton was asked about how it felt to be the world's best guitarist*
Watch his guitar dissapear at the end.
*this probably isn't true.
Did this at the weekend. I think it was the hardest ride I've ever done.
Maybe we shouldn't be rushing towards a cashless society if we value our freedom? Pushing all transaction through a small number of bottlenecks makes it easy for governments to censor and control what you do. Using terrorism and crime as an excuse to collate spending data isn't good for everyone else.
A great article from The Atlantic investigates and discusses the issues.
Some original tricks and a cool video.
Mountain bike route guide - Scotland
Coming soon: cycling adventures in Scotland.
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