12 Days of Tweedlove – Day 11

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Counting down every day of the Tweedlove Festival until the EWS kicks off in Peebles. This time, on Sunday, it’s the turn of the skinny of tyre…

DAY 11
Sunday 17
Skinny Sunday

Turning their backs on the trails. They’ll be sorry…

Tweedlove’s small but perfectly formed sportive ride, Skinny Tweed, has 300 riders spinning out across the beautiful roads of the upper Tweed Valley. No matter what the weather they should have dry feet as the event is sponsorsed by Sealskinz – riders can feel equally watertight in the legal department as the UK’s cycling specific legal eagles Cycle Law Scotland are also helping out. Almost as sweet as the riding, the feed stations will feature the amazing cakes from Big Bear Bakery (bakers with bikes).

Cake! Yay!

Chipps

Singletrack Editor

Chipps wasn’t around for the dawn of mountain biking in the UK, but he likes to claim that he arrived in time for second breakfast (about the time he shows up for work, then…) starting in the bike trade in 1990 and becoming a full time mountain bike journalist at the start of 1994. Over the subsequent quarter century, he has seen mountain bike culture flourish and diversify and bike technology go from rigid steel frames to fully suspended carbon fibre (and sometimes back to rigid steel as well.)

His riding style is best described as ‘medium, wheels on the ground, trail riding’ though he’s been spotted doing everything from endurance downhill racing to 24 hour cross country racing. He favours mid-travel trail bikes and claims to be wheel-size, gear, brake and tyre agnostic. In fact, his garage spans most bicycle flavours, taking in steel hardtails, carbon trail bikes, even a mountain bike tandem, along with road, touring and gravel/cyclocross bikes.

While he’s happy to chat about bikes all day, his real interest is in the people and places that bikes can introduce you to and he talks as fondly about the trails he’s ridden and riders he’s met as the bikes that took him there.

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