On a recent women's group mountain bike ride, we were all chatting about our knowledge (or rather lack of knowledge) about bike maintenance and whether one of us would know what to do if somebody suffered a major mechanical problem. We reckoned that between us, we could have fixed a puncture....but a snapped chain or … Continue reading Women’s Bike Maintenance Course
One thing I've always loved about mountain biking is getting out on an evening ride after a long day at work. However, come autumn when the nights draw in, evening rides always become an elusive beast and I wait with baited breath for mid-late March when, once more, the nights are light enough to squeeze … Continue reading Mountain Bike Night Riding
It's been a strange old summer... On the one hand, it's been perfect weather to be outdoors - honestly! Loads of people have talked about the rubbish weather this summer, but wherever I've been (since around the end of May) it's been sunny and warm with only the odd day of cooler wet conditions. I've also … Continue reading Recovering from a mountain bike accident
Early June and the words "pride comes before a fall" bit me hard in the form of a mouthful of dust and gravel. A few months earlier, I'd been out mountain biking with a friend on our first ride together and she asked about me not wearing knee or elbow pads. It's something I'd … Continue reading Mountain Bike Crash
"Get yourself booked on the Santa Cruz Demo Day" my husband said. "But I'm not planning on buying a full suspension bike, I can't afford one, I don't want to waste the shop's time, and besides...I know that I'll struggle to keep up with a group of guys on a demo ride" We'd had this … Continue reading Mountain Bike Demo Days – are they for you?
On Sunday 13 September 2015, around 270 mountain bikers set off from the small village of Hade Edge to tackle the Holme Valley Mountain Bike Challenge. Now in it's 23rd year, the Challenge raises money in aid of the 1st Holme Valley Scouts and offers 3 different lengths of route: short (17.94 miles), medium (22.6 … Continue reading Challenging mountain biking in Last of the Summer Wine country
The Outdoor Girl site has won the Webtogs Best Climbing Blog award for 2015. With the final winners for each category being chosen by a public vote, a big thank you goes to all those who voted for this site.
I'm not a summit bagger. Sure, I like the sense of achievement that comes from getting to the trig point at the top of a hill/mountain. Ok, I admit that I have a summit ritual (once around the trig point, or cairn, in an anti-clockwise direction). Yes, I hate accepting defeat and retreating off a … Continue reading Why I head to the hills
My husband picked up his bike and hooked it over his head, across his shoulders. Oh dear lord, this was not going to be pretty! He loves cycling uphill, the gnarlier the better! We'd set off on the hottest, most humid day of the year so far (I'd been told that the warm winds we … Continue reading I love your smile
Snuggled down in my cosy sleeping bag at 7am, last night's bravado over a glass of wine was quickly diminishing. Just 5 more minutes..... There are 2 things which all my friends and family know about me: I'm not a morning person! I like to come round gradually and ease myself into the day. None … Continue reading Playing out…..