About my bikes


I’ve owned a lot of the bikes over the decades. From humble beginnings on a budget hardtail, to a boutique brand full-suspension bike, and jumping on electric power.

Santa Cruz Solo

This is the original Solo/5010 from 2013. It is a full-suspension mountain bike, running 27.5in/650b wheels, with 130mm of travel up front and 125mm in the rear. It sits between a cross-country bike and an enduro bike. The reduced travel suits my aspirations and its playful geometry match the way I want to ride. I’ve had this bike since October 2013 and it’s the best bike I’ve owned.

Santa Cruz Solo / 5010 in orange.

Orbea Wild FS

This is a 29" full-suspension mountain bike weapon. It is far more capable than I am, with 160mm of travel on both the front and rear. It features Bosch’s latest fourth-generation motor and 625Wh battery. This thing can assist you for miles, tripling the amount of smile time. I bought this bike in February 202 and you can read more about my experience with going electric.

Orbea Wild FS H10 29er 2020 in graphite.

Canyon Roadlite

Having already had a mountain biking from the online-only direct-sales German company Canyon, I didn’t hesitate to get this bike in 2011. I used it to aid my recovery from injury and improve my fitness. Since then it’s done over 8000 miles as I found out I loved road cycling.

Canyon Roadlite 7.0 in white.

Stanton Slackline

With winter fast approaching, running a full-suspension bike through the mud and sand of Cannock Chase can play havoc with bearings. To keep me riding, I looked at keeping it simple with a UK-made steel-framed hardtail. I’d seen a few Stanton bikes around and this looked great fun. I bought this bike in October 2017 and sold it a few years later.

Stanton Slackline in grey.

Blank Ammo BMX

I bought this bike in July 2015. I rode it a few times, then broke my ankle on it!

Blank Ammo BMX in silver.

Charge Plug

After moving into an office, I bought this simple single-speed bike for the commute. I have taken it on a few “recovery” rides with Stafford Road Club and it was easy to ride the 23-mile route. I’ve had this bike since May 2013. This bike has the ability to ride “fixie”, but I have no desire to try this, I’ll leave that to the movies.

Charge Plug single-speed bike in white.

Previous bikes

I’ve owned quite a few different bikes over the years I have been riding. These are ones I no longer own.

Specialized Rockhopper

My first proper mountain bike as an adult was a Specialized Rockhopper. This was a hardtail that I manage to get on the “cycle to work” scheme. I had originally looked “Hardrock” model but managed to afford the upgraded version with hydraulic disc brakes. This bike kicked off my love of mountain biking.

Lapierre Zesty 314

I had two Zestys. The first was silver and my first bike with decent Fox suspension. It was also my first full-suspension bike and made the trails much more comfortable and fun to ride. I swapped this for a newer model the next year, this was black and gold.

Canyon Nerve AL FR

Dialling back the suspension, this bike better matched my riding ability and style. This bike was highly specced for its price and was more than capable of riding all the trails at Cannock Chase. I replace this bike with my Santa Cruz Solo.

Mondraker Finalist Pro SL

I had an itch for a new mountain bike but didn’t need to replace my Santa Cruz, so instead, I went back to my roots and bought a new hardtail. This was a sleek-looking bike which I rode more sedate trails on. However, I think the size was a little too long and its cross-country position didn’t suit me and I didn’t love to ride it.

Stanton Slackline

I replaced the cross-country hardtail with a more aggressive version. This steel-framed bike was from a small UK-based company. My time riding dwindled and this bike didn’t get much use. I eventually sold it to buy my electric bike.