Mini Touring Adventure
If the idea of travelling from town to town across countries sounds great, but you’ve never tried touring and don’t have loads of time to spare, why not have a mini-touring adventure?
Pick a spot you’d like to reach, give yourself a couple of days to get there, recruit a few friends and just set off!
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For two or three days of cycling you don’t need to carry too much stuff, so you won’t be weighed down with kit and clothing. Book into bike-friendly hotels and hostels and it’s even simpler.
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If you’re feeling enthusiastic you could also cycle back, but we reckon to opt to cycle further out and then get the train home. You’ll be able to sit in and reminisce with your companions about the adventure you just had – and plan the next one!
DIY Skills Party
Let’s face it; we could probably all do with working on some of our bike skills a little. Getting the hang of manuals, bunny hops and wheelies are skills that stand you in good stead on the trail.
But if you’re anything like us when it comes to practising, with limited time for riding we keep getting lured into long fun rides rather than car-park practice sessions.
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So here’s a fun solution. Get a group of friends together, find a good spot like a field or very quiet car park, and have your own skills party. Set up some obstacles to practice on, take turns, watch each other and offer feedback, and before you know it you’ll have them dialled.
Here are some suggestions of what you can try.
- Set up a branch or log and practice lifting first your front wheel over it as you go past, then your back wheel, then combine this and do a front wheel lift then a back wheel lift.
- Layout a zig-zag line of cones (or rocks, or jumpers) and practice riding in and out of them in tight circles.
- If there’s a kerb, practice dropping off it and then rolling back up onto it.
- Got some steps in your practice area? These are great for getting the hang of rocky descents. Keep your arms and knees flexed, your chin up and your weight back, and roll into, on and out of them at a steady slow speed.
We recommend adding some music and snacks because the atmosphere is all important.
Midsummer Bike Bivvying
June 21st is the shortest night of the year, the summer solstice, and what better way to mark it but sleeping out under the stars.
Grab your bike, pack a small rucksack with a sleeping bag, bivvy bag, supplies and stove, and head up into the middle of nowhere for the night. You’ll be in prime position to watch the stars come out, away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, and enjoy the natural night noises around you.
There’re only a few hours of darkness, so you might want to stay up all the way through and welcome the dawn before brewing up a cuppa. And of course, you’ll get a nice long day of riding in – though you might need a nap later.