BikeVillage's MTB blog, for all things mountain biking in The Alps!

Got wood?

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Carpentry Fest 2011 is well underway in our new (very old) house. I’ve just finished building my first staircase, which was an awesome bit of glory work – four days starting from rough timber and it’s all done. Beats breaking concrete hands down! We’ve used Douglas Fir from the local sawmill, which gives a great pinky-red colour.Read more

Sun’s out, guns out!

Summer 2010 saw the men of Bikevillage liberating their upper arms and shoulders by ripping the sleeves off their biking tops. It was a bit like feminists burning bras, just a lot more pongy…Anyway, by the looks of things summer 2011 is shaping up in a similar way. I believe we have Chris Herraghty and Ewan Thorburn to thankRead more

last refuge…

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this week something odd happened – I actually went skiing. Third time this season and boy what a cracker – probably the worst off-piste conditions any of us had ever failed comically to ski in! Still, it was always really a hut trip with a bit of skiing on the side and was absolutely fantastic fun.Read more

Going to the chapel…

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 View? What view?  Just had another awesome evening ride with Guy from King of the Mountains (road cycling hols near Alpe d’Huez) up above Bourg St Maurice – a savage climb known as Two Scoops (of pain, naturally) which rewards you with some amazing views out over the Tarentaise valley and some bob-sled style singletrackRead more

What riding sweets for the Alps?

No doubt a common forum question, this week I’ve been mostly eating Morris’ jungle ropes – a sweet/performance sport product named after me! A great big thanks to Ian, Alan and Anne-Marie, who were out staying with us this week whilst skiing and boarding in les Arcs and la Plagne, for introducing me to jungle ropes, not toRead more

Optimising the Five

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After another evening in the basement the Five is almost tweaked to perfection. Almost. The ‘patient’ this time was the chain guide, a superstar components one (£11!). The top of the metal arm was touching the swingarm and stopping it from sitting nicely over the 32T set-up so out came the hack-saw and the file, offRead more

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