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Grizdale Revelation!

Categories: Uncategorized | July 4th, 2014 | by mikestafford | no comments

Well done to Guy Paton lat week at Grizdale. It was great to watch his confidence grow through the day and to witness the miracle of his first bunny hop. Guy would admit himself that the bunny hops were economical but for someone who started the day struggling to lift his front wheel i think they were ace. Along with first wheelies, rear wheel lifts and some good manuals Guy managed some very technical terrain. Big pat on the back sir and I look froward to meeting up again and going up another notch!
Thanks again  Mike
Guys feed back.
A quick email to thank you for today.  Was a brilliant day and got me to achieve everything that I wanted to get to.  Your relaxed style was perfect for me.  I will email my video from my phone shortly.  Having watched it – definitely more hop than bunny, but a massive step forwards from not being able to do these before.  I am buzzing from having gone down stuff today that several times I would have bottled out and got off to walk.  Now I realise just what you can do on a bike - just need to practise.
Hope things go well with your business – get your name out there !!
Kind regards


The Rochdale Connection!

Categories: Uncategorized | May 20th, 2013 | by mikestafford | no comments

NaeemTrail Maintenance course Staveley 12th May.

Excellent day spent learning trail side mechanical skills AM and a great ride PM. Jay, Naeem and Muller three top blokes from Rochdale  who just can’t get enough of all things mountain biking. Wet ride but no dampened spirits and big smiles all round. Look forward to hooking up again in the mountains.

Silverdale Ladies Formation Flyby.

Categories: Uncategorized | May 20th, 2013 | by mikestafford | no comments

Formation negative 3!

Smiles all round for formation negative 3 descent!

Excellent day out in Kentmere with four ladies from Silverdale. From left to right we have Kate AKA- Creeper, Amanda AKA- Fookoo, Claire AKA- Descender and Deborah AKA- The Wheelie Queen.

All four made great progress using manuals, rear wheel lifts positive climbing positions and negative descending positions. Good laughs all round while the chaps look after the kids result. Thanks for all your hard efforts and stickability. I look forward meeting up again for more of the same and  to “take it to the next level”.


First Big Ride 2013

Categories: Uncategorized | February 6th, 2013 | by mikestafford | no comments

A big day out in the Lakes always promises high adventure, no disappointments on this trip out. I met up with my best mates from Manchester, Chay and Nigel at Brotherswater car park 10.00am with Chay chomping at the bit. The two of them were riding his and hers Nuke Proof Mega’s but we soon found out Chay’s back wheel had a slight problem. The Maga’s use a 135mm x 12mm bolt through axle but it was a Hope Pro II hub axle which had snapped in two. Quick drive to the top of Kirkstone pass to make some calls to bike shops across the park. Thumbs up from Keswick Mountain Bikes so all good for coffee and cake at the Pencile Museum????? while the mechanics at the shop do the business! SORTED


Time ticking and a long climb a head of us we opted for a a fast route up from Thirlmere almost all carrying. Snow, ice and neck spasms from Nige threatened to halt our adventure but in stepped Chay to the theme of I need a hero! We took Niges wheels off his bike and strapped his frame to Chay’s backpack leaving Nige to carry just his wheels.  It was a superhuman effort on Chay’s part to carry two bike but we did get to the summit in good time. A quick  snack in the shelter hiding from the snow then it was onwards and downwards out of the cloud to some fantastic views.


At 950 meters Helvellyn is the highest peak in England that can legally be ridden on bikes! It’s a hard hike a bike climb whichever way you tackle it, but for anyone making the effort the rewards far outweigh the hardships. If as we did you get some clear skies the views are just about as good as they get anywhere in the Lakes.

Dunk Me Again!!!!! Lee the Hobnobb of the mountain bike world.

Categories: Uncategorized | June 23rd, 2011 | by mikestafford | no comments

As Lee Marsden made the trip north through heavy rain to ride the Howgills, he was resigned to the fact it might not be a dry ride. But as he reached Jct 36 of the M6 the skies were getting lighter and there was the odd patch of blue sky. All was good and after a quick brew we set off to ride the Calf from Bowderdale. 5 mins into the ride and Lee’s White 46 started clunking and was refusing to drive up the hills. Lee anticipating a big day in the mountains and a trip up to Glentress in a couple of weeks had fitted a new chain and middle front chain ring but hadn’t changed the cassette (did someone say tight?). Sure enough quick inspection of the rear cassette revealed excessive wear and the new chain was skipping off when under load. Back to mine for a quick Formula 1 style cassette change, stole it from my other half’s bike shhhhhh she will never know. Back on the road and into Bowderdale and our first big test was a stream crossing to get onto the west side of the valley. It didn’t go to plan and the result can be seen below!

As Lee wrung out his clothes it was decided that from this day on all mountain bikers that take an early bath should stand where they fall and shout out “Dunk me again” in a Boltonian accent. If you don’t know what this has to do with Hobnobbs check out the link at the bottom of this post (enjoy)

Putting the biscuit episode well and truly behind us we pushed on up Bowderdale on some of the most technical single-track in Cumbria. We quickly gained height and after a couple of Breakaways were soon rewarded with some awesome scenery. Here is the view of  Bowderdale looking back the way we climbed up.

Below we reach the top! No Lee’s not throwing his Jaffa Cakes up, he’s paying  homage to the trig point 670 meters up on The Calf, well done fella.

A quick sandwich or three while we admired the view and a little time to allow our food to Digestive (ooops) and it was Time to GoBar. (sorry)

Leaving the Calf behind we took a fantastic  descent down into Sedburgh with Lee perfecting Shortbread manuals (daaaam) to drop off the grassy steps on the way down “flying mate”.  Once back down into suburbia we got to grips with bunny hop’s and it wasn’t long before we turned Lee’s  “two wheel at the same time” into more of an  arcing hop see evidence below.

All told a great day out,sorry for the dunking buyt it couldn’t have happened to a Nicer chap!

Hamshires big day out.

Categories: Uncategorized | June 15th, 2011 | by mikestafford | no comments

Session number three with the Hamshire family was jot sunny day in the Howgills. Parking at Ravenstondale 10mins drive from Jct 38 M6. Lots of skills drills including steep climbs, drop off’s rocky descents and narrow single track. The whole family took a dunking on the way down to Murthwaite Woods.


Then it was on to Cautley Spout and a well earned rest before heading homeward.

Another great day guys looking forward to the next one in July.


Preparation for high Alpine adventure.

Categories: Uncategorized | June 15th, 2011 | by mikestafford | no comments

When Sean Connor got in touch he had just booked a trip to Italian Alps and was looking for a challenge. So with a view to testing his new bike and getting some practice on longer descents, an epic loop out from Staveley was the perfect ride. Parking at Wheelbase in Staveley first job was to get Sean’s SPD’s off and put some flatt pedals on. We did this to get Sean lifting the bike in true bunny hop style rather than just pulling both wheels up at the same. Sean was a very quick learner and after about 10mins on a side road in Staveley he was hopping like a good one getting his bike 6 to 8 inches off the ground. Spd’s back on and off we went riding up towards the Green Quarter on the  East  side of Kentmere. Some practice on slow drop off’s and fast drop off’s was needed before we headed for the hills.



Short climb out from Kentmere and a fast technical descent (passed some riders with a pinch flat) down into Longsleddale. Then a gradual climb turns into hard riding all the way up to Gatescarth Pass. Here is Sean half way up still smiling. Wonder if it’s anything to do with his new ride?


From Gatescarth we headed down to Hawswater on some fantastic trail which snakes down to the waters edge.


Hard hike a bike up to Nan Beld but from there down to Kentmere for the best single track of the day.

Well done Sean big day ticked off. Good luck in the Alps.

Lapierre Zesty test ride for Kevin.

Categories: Uncategorized | June 15th, 2011 | by mikestafford | no comments

When Kevin  signed up for a 1-2-1 skills day at Staveley in The Lakes, he used the day to test out a Zesty from Wheelbase the Lake Districts premier Bike shop. Compared to Kev’s old Scott hard tail the Zesty with 140mm travel front and back  was “like a rocket”. Although the bike took a bit of getting used to it wasn’t long before he was using the bike to full advantage, cleaning climbs he would usually walk, descending much quicker and with more control. Kev also learned how to pop a wheely see his first efforts below.

Well done for a top day fella hope the Mrs likes French bikes as much as you.

Hamshires Wet Day in May

Categories: Uncategorized | June 8th, 2011 | by mikestafford | no comments

Second session for the Hamshires at Rivington on a rainy bank holiday but no spirit’s were dampened and the five of us set off at good pace to climb the Pike.  The rain was easing and blue skies on the Horizon as we topped out.


We did a long descent down through the Chinese Gardens all the way to Liverpool Castle. After a quick refuel stop at the barn it was off to Lead Mines Clough and then back via The Street. Excellent day out and all back safe with muddy faces, well done guys.

Looking forward to our next meeting up in The Howgills


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Turner Test in Kentmere.

Categories: Uncategorized | June 2nd, 2011 | by Clare | no comments

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