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Kinoko Warehouse Sale

Boom. If you're in town this weekend, get down! Bike stuff, clobber, knick knacks, etc. Good sale online currently too.


Blog Crush: Wonder Mountain

Blog of Hiroshima-based mountain-style select store Digital Mountain, Wonder Mountain is a rabbit hole to really lose whole evenings down. As consistently excellent as it is prolific, it pretty much entirely consists of looks put together from the store's exceptionally tight edit of brands including, but not limited to; North Face Purple; Nanamica; Margaret Howell; Klättermusen; Engineered Garments; Battenwear; South 2 West 8; Needles; Nigel Cabourn and Visvim.

Good natured as I am, I spent some time clicking and scrolling through Wonder Mountain's frankly staggering output to pull together a shortlist of favourite looks, but I'd highly recommend putting some time in yourself.



The gap in the market for a Rouleur magazine of lifestyle mountain biking looks to have been plugged by newbie Cranked. Juicy pics and longform writing make this guy a winner in my book, though it's still a little heavy on the Singletrack-style bike-handling-skills-slash-personal-fitness-self-depreciation and beer-and-sausage-roll-at-the-end rhetoric for my taste. Particularly impressed by the photographs and very in depth text on the minutiae of bridleway, byway and footpath legalese by Jon Sparks in issue #1 (still available, yo, issue #2 out now also).


Highland Fling

Some photos from a recent trip to the Scottish Highlands - somewhere in between Torridon and Applecross - with Kinoko and Mrs PR. Caught some fish and rode in an Argocat. Standard. Next time taking my bike to hit up Bealach na BĂ , biggest road climb in Britain, see the last two pics. FYI nice pic of mossy rock stolen from Jules.


Out Standing

Apols for the commercial cross-posting, but we just got Out Standing mag in stock at my day job and it's pretty great. They photograph pertty nicely too. #workproduct


48 Hours On The C2C

Preamble: I've been wanting to do a trip like this for a long time. The idea of bikepacking a long distance route, combined with lashings of single and double-track, copious traffic-free secteurs and fistfulls of quiet rural lanes is right in my wheelhouse; so when brother Rob told me he was looking to buy a cross bike to do exactly this sort of thing, you bet I was stoked. For our first trip, for a bunch of reasons, we settled on the C2C, Sustrans' flagship long distance route.

We set a date well in advance, postponed just once, and eventually booked train tickets. We we're committed. And after a few months of cross referencing maps and researching kit we hooked up at Carlisle last Saturday AM, to catch our connection to the start of the C2C. If all went to plan we'd be in Sunderland roughly 48 hours later, having spent 2 nights wild camping in roughly predetermined spots and having put 230km and approx. 3600m of climbing behind us. Needless to say the whole thing was an absolute rippp. The trails were incredible despite the heavy loads on the bikes, and the worst we encountered was a bit of drizzle and a single flat tyre. I shot a single roll of film on a Kodak FUNFLASH (would not recommend), and I'll let the edit above tell the rest of the story. Far from quenching my thirst for this kind of riding, the trip has only served to whet my appetite.

Afterword: What I noticed more about arriving back at the coast was not the distance travelled, or the idea of having ridden between one furthest point and another, but the elevation gained and lost over the journey, being back at the geographical zero-point of sea level.



I'm finally doing it. A bro bikepacking weekend - a kind of brovet™ - 223km along the C2C from Whitehaven to Sunderland. Route above, about 50% off road/bridlepath. Writeup & 35mm to follow, natch.