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The Pursuit Of Perfection

 Being faster is something we all strive for, I'm sure. Beating a mate to the bottom puts a smile on the face of even the most humblest of riders. I'm just the same. The strive for speed is real and my intention is always to be quicker than last time. More recently, especially on some of the more gnarly trails, I've been quietly confident with the speed I'm able to pick up. What's not so good is that my mind slows me down. Before I realise, I'm feathering the brakes and killing off all that hard earned speed. Subconsciously, I think I'm worried about crashing. More and more my mind tells me to slow down for fear of a...

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Why I Bike

As a kid I used to love anything extreme. Skateboarding, rock-climbing, motocross, bodyboarding, BMX... You get the idea. We used to spend as much time as possible outside doing things that would push us. Wheelies off walls that were half our size was a norm. Building sketchy jumps for our motocross bikes was an everyday experience. I had a great childhood. Over the years, I lost touch with much of this. I played tennis for a while and then even stopped with the more typical sports. I went to college and then to university and put a lot of effort into my studies. In my spare time I worked and occasionally managed to get in the sea with the board....

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15 Items Every Mountain Biker Should Pack

  As a trail rider I sometimes find myself out on longer journeys with plenty of distance between me and the nearest local bike shop. Whilst there's plenty of stuff that I can't fix trail side (bent rotors and buckled wheels have cut rides short for me before), I like to think that I'm pretty well set up for most things a trail can throw at me. With that in mind, here are 15 things my trail pack include.   1. A bag. Obviously, ever rider needs a decent trail pack, complete with hydration bladder. The Osprey Raptor is my chosen bag, storing up to 3 litres of water and with a tool wrap to boot. It's a sturdy little...

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