Video | Riding Across The Generations

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Don’t sit and think about your age, or that ‘is that arthritis’ knee… get on out there and keep riding!

The next issue of Singletrack Magazine is whirring its way round the printing presses right now, and one of the features in it is ‘My Grandad’s Head In A Jar’. If you want to know exactly what the jar reference is about, you’ll just have to get yourself a copy. But the general gist of the piece is about the joy of riding with your family, as Adam Batty rides out with his dad and Grandad, thanks to the ability-levelling power of e-bikes.

Not averse to an e-bike, though not riding one in the ‘Got Me Beat’ video, is Mike Kelley, father of Alchemy sponsored rider Cody Kelley. Mike – known as Ol’ Dog to many in the Utah riding scene – is current US Downhill Champion for his age group…which is 60-64. If you’re in any doubt about his skills, here he is celebrating his 60th birthday in a way most of us can only dream of have nightmares about.

At least he does admit that it was scary.

Enjoy watching Mike and Cody ride!

If you need a little more persuasion that you’re not too old and decrepit to get out and shred, how about reading Adele Mitchell’s feature ‘Over The Hill’, or watching the ‘We Still Ride On’ BMX edit.


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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.

Comments (1)

    I’m “only” 59 – but I’d ride it: it’s clearly not as steep as the filming angle suggests.

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