Just had a fantastic few days in Les Gets with my family, but I now have a problem...
I've always been a fairly wimpish cross-country rider, taking it easy on my old 100mm travel Superlight, but my 12 year old son is now desperate to reproduce the fun he had in the alps. After a couple of days on a hardtail I rented a decent 24" Commencal downhill bike for him; he loved it, and I simply couldn't keep up with him.
We're now back in Oxford, and wondering what to do next. He has an Islabike Creig (26" hardtail with a decent air fork) which I only just bought him, and I'm sure is fine for this country (it'll have to be). We're clearly not going to be able to reproduce the alpine experience here in England, but does anyone have any suggestions on places I should take him? Cwm Carn? Chicksands? Anywhere else?
I also think I may need a bike with a bit more oomph to it. I remain a wimp, but did get a bit braver last week, and I'm sure the 140mm travel bike I rented in Les Gets helped with this. I last bought a bike about 6 or 7 years ago, so I'm really out of touch - what sort of thing should I be looking for in terms of a longer travel full suspension bike that will still be okay to pedal uphill but will still be forgiving when I'm heading back down (my ageing back won't tolerate a hardtail)?
All suggestions gratefully received!