Showing posts with label isle of harris. Show all posts
Showing posts with label isle of harris. Show all posts

Monday, 12 October 2009

the year of the pug


thats a year already since i got my pugsley,just before halloween,jake at `the hub in the forest`bike shop at glentress in the scottish borders finished building the monster
i hadnt seen one in the flesh so was expecting it to look mad having already seen the frameset,rims then tyres when they arrived but was bowled over when i walked into the shop and saw it,it was love as 1st sight... lol
a quick spin round the carpark and i knew i was onto something special here,i had thought i would have to trailer it everywhere to ride before the 1st test ride,thinking there would be massive drag with those huge wheels but feeling the acceleration and momentum once rolling around the carpark at glentress i knew this was going to be fun,it took an hour to get the bike on the rear car rack,tied on and out the carpark with all the folk coming over asking what it is,it used to take me about a minute to explain what it was originally made for,now ive got it down to about 8 seconds-"its a low enviroment impact floatation tyre bicycle for riding on snow and other soft terrain where normal bicycles would struggle" or i just say its an ATB(all terain bicycle) i actually prefer ATB to MTB anyway..,
once home with the pug and the word was out and all the usual suspects were round for a bit tyre kicking(plenty to kick)i rode to work next day amazed at its road speed (14mph average)and i had the biggest daftest grin while riding it,i also noticed returning home people in cars passing giving me the double look,i dont even notice now but park it up anywhere and it attracts a crowd,something im not used to being a bit (ahem)camera shy..so it was down to the local beach for its maiden beachride,i wont ever forget that feeling flying onto the beach and instead of doing a big endo and faceplant the bike just kept going!!,next night i made my first film to post on youtube...



so heres a few pics of great fun on the pugsley over the last year,and links to the films made at the time if you want to watch them-riding where maybe no-one else has (successfully),alot more to come too..
december-1st big beachride out to the WW2 midget submarines`s at aberlady bay...




a week of deep snow in febuary was ideal for a good snowride up the local lammermuir hills...



then the next day a frozen icy ride along the local garlton hills ridgeroad,
haha funny watching these 1st films again...




april-a massive 56 mile day over the cheviot hills on the border of scotland and england,soft peaty ground was ideal on the pugsley having slogged for miles up there before on normal bikes,the 2000 year old `dere street` is one of my all time favourite trails...









i stuck a camera on the pugsley fork above the 4" `endomorph` tyre film which has been a cool film with folk with the biggest youtube hits of my films...




june, summer hols included 6 days on the isle of harris in the western isles camping and cruiseing the west coast beaches,amazing...








if you like these pics or at work and want to kill time the full 17min film is here on vimeo...

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biking the western isles,isle of harris (unedited 17 mins) from coastkid71 on Vimeo.



july; applecross is one of my favourite places on the NW coast the coffin road track over the penulsia is a favourite trail...






july-this is my favourite ride on pugsley yet..4.30am sunrise beachride out to holy island, a 6 mile ride on sand with an amazing sunrise and sky,the film dosnt do it justice,wierd to be home from a day out biking at 10am!!!,this is going to be an annual bikeride for me now for sure,do a mid winter one too...













august i made a film down at nearby seacliff,has to be one of the most scenic beaches around with its tiny harbour,whit sand,and views of tantallon castle and the bass rock offshore it makes for the perfect evening/sunset beachride...






and lastly pugsley floats too!,yep..a floating bike which also holds a humans wieght,waters getting abit cold for this now but next year expect more watersports stuff...




1400 odd miles now on the pug.lots of smiles per miles and still as much fun..an amazing bike...

Saturday, 20 June 2009

good holiday!


An amazing holiday...clear warm weather though a bit windy,the drive up through glencoe to Isle of Skye was breathtaking as always...









Quite cold at nights when out on the isle of Harris,i only stayed on Harris 6 nights instead of 10 cause my bike was a bit heavy so stuck to the beaches and didn't head up to do some of the old crofters trails in the N.E, corner of harris...
headed over to Applecross after a few days on Skye just to chill and do a bit riding...



Of course my frame bag arrived 2 days later!!,had been stuck in UK customs,i just fitted it this morning after washing the pugsley and have to say I'm very impressed with the quality and fit,all the tools,pump,tube are in the lower compartment now and theres still loads of room so its going to be very useful,thanks eric at epic designs!...

Monday, 8 June 2009

late start to holidays!



i should be on the ferry to the isle of harris this now but I'm waiting for my frame bag to arrive,eric at epic designs sent it out 12 days ago so the hold up must be here in the UK,if it doesn't come today then just have to go with the rear pannier set up as in the picture,there was two panniers but i just went through everything and thinned out more stuff,



the pannier is bulky but not really heavy,i was going to take enough powder food for 7-10 days but surprising how heavy it is,so going with 3days at a time as be about the longest i will be between local stores where i can stock up



i didn't realise how heavy my small colman tent is until i put it on a pushbike!,i vie used this a few years on the back of honda XR dualsport dirtbikes and never noticed the wieght,a hennessy survival hammock- www.hennessyhammock.com would be the way to go but there arnt any natural trees on harris/lewis!
for those abroad its the one island separated by a narrow piece of land named `tarbet` the principle town of harris with ferry port, heres a link to where im going;well i cant seem to get the link to work so heres the website,www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk then click on the western isles