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Darn it! We missed the snow! Us northerners put up with months of summer rain, wild winds and general greyness while the southerners get the sun, and then, come winter, the southerners steal our snow too! Unbelievable! What we need is some kind of Parliamentary petition to do away with this kind of thing. ‘We, the undersigned, call upon the UK Government to redistribute the UK’s weather in a fair and equitable manner’.

Harumph. Of course, being northerners (honorary and apprentice northerners in some instances) we did crack on and make the best of what we had. A mere sprinkling compared to the original forecast, but still enough to get a spaniel, Wil, or children quite excited.

Not enough for snowmen.

I was solo parenting this weekend, so no riding for me. Instead we headed up to the high ground in search of enough snow for sledging – the grass was still showing through, but we managed it.

Amanda the shredda!


I took the Trickstuff brakes for a tour of Hamsterley Forest yesterday. They thoroughly enjoyed themselves. 

We think Amanda enjoyed herself too.

Wil was out with Antony. Antony was testing the Rocky Mountain Instinct you’ve all been drooling over. It appears he’s having fun.

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I found the button that makes it go up in the air.

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Is it the bike or goggles that contains the ‘get air’ button? Wil took a more grounded approach to the same feature.

Not everywhere was frozen.


Saturday Afternoon solo moors snow’spedition… Including losing at bog roulette (pic taken after OTB!):

Chipps found a sunny spot.


Only got out for a bit, but it was lovely. 

How about you? Did you dig the fat bike out for a play in the snow? Did you stay in with your log burner? Or did you stare out the window at wind and rain? How was your weekend? Hope it was a good one!

Hannah Dobson

Hannah came to Singletrack having decided there must be more to life than meetings. Having worked in policy and project management roles at the Scottish Parliament and in local government, Hannah had organisational skills that SIngletrack needed. She also likes bikes, and likes to write.

Hannah likes all bikes, but especially unusual ones. If it’s a bit odd, or a bit niche, or made of metal, she’s probably going to get excited. If it gets her down some steep stuff, all the better. She’ll give most things a go once, she tries not to say no to anything on a bike, unless she really thinks it’s going to hurt. She’s pretty good with steri-strips.

More than bikes, Hannah likes what bikes do. She thinks that they link people and places; that cycling creates a connection between us and our environment; bikes create communities; deliver freedom; bring joy; and improve fitness. They're environmentally friendly and create friendly environments.

Hannah tries to write about all these things in the hope that others might discover the joy of bikes too.

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