A Bike Love Affair | My Ragley Piglet

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The day my new Ragley Piglet frame arrived I washed my hands before opening the box. I didn’t want to put any fingerprints on it before I’d applied the EcoCoat ceramic glaze. Because god forbid I scratch the paintwork on a steel commuter, right?

Do I love my bike? Ragley Piglet
Where it all began

The build was a mash up of parts I already had, some donations and some new purchases. The Fox Transfer dropper was actually the first ever component I bought for a bike, chosen for the fact it was mechanical and easy for me to fix if it ever broke. It didn’t fit this frame, but I had a shim made out of a beer can that seemed to do the trick. (Vocation Heart & Soul).

My first ride was on the red downhill line at Havok Bike Park. I’d taken the Piglet up to get some pack shots of it and figured that I knew the track so well it would be a good first ride. I giggled the whole way down, and emerged back at the hut with the biggest grin on my face. It shouldn’t have been fun! It’s steep, rocky, rooty, greasy, most of the jumps are too big for me, but I loved it. I could feel the entire trail and knew how much my riding would progress from riding an unforgiving, short travel hardtail. Maybe I should do more than commute on it?

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Amanda Wishart

Singletrack Art Director

When Amanda arrived at Singletrack she had only been riding for a couple of years, but having already ticked off a healthy list of uplifts and races including Megavalanche, we didn’t see any problems with her keeping up. Previously serving 11 years in a publishing house, she was keen to continue her art and design career without being tied to a desk, and has progressed as both a rider and a designer from all the fresh air Calderdale offers.

She began mountain biking to keep herself occupied out of snowboard season, but bikes have since taken over as the preferred sport. It’s not a hobby - it’s a lifestyle, and the impact riding has had on Amanda’s life is more than just how she chooses to spend her weekends. Relocating to Calderdale, giving up driving, being more eco aware are all either directly or loosely related to the sport and the future of it.

Her love of bikes isn’t for the adrenalin rush, the exercise, achieving goals or even the travelling, it’s mostly about the people she meets along the way. She’s our in-house tree hugger and is interested in any earth positive products and vegan trail snacks.

Comments (5)

    perfect singletrack prose, miss this deeply connected why we ride.

    Nice, but a sad end.

    The way this story should end is that the bike is ridden for years until the frame cracks and it’s then mounted on the garage wall.

    I’ve been lucky to have 4 bikes I thought like this about. 1 cracked (well out of warranty) and is still in the garage, 1 cracked (2 months left on the 5 year warranty) and had to be visibly destroyed to claim, 1 was stolen, I’m still angry about the one that was stolen.

    My current bike is also special and a “keeper”.

    What a poignant story.

    I totally get the joy of the steel hardtail, I recently built up an orange P7 in the same way, ebay frame, some old drive train, bit and bobs, some favourite wheels, odds and ends bought in the end of season sales.

    Riding it quickly got to me, just continually surprises how capable and fun it is.

    Hope the old bike shows up Amanda, but if not I hope the new one brings you all and more of the good stuff.

    Lovely piece of writing Amanda. Hope you get the bike back but if not, enjoy whatever bike you get to replace it!

    This is a proper love letter to MTB. Such a shame some inconsiderate bum took it from you. I really do hope it gives them nightmares!

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