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Soho bikes to host adventure evening

Fancy an excuse for a beer and to watch some great mountain bike movies on top destinations?

Next Wednesday (13 August), London’s Soho Bikes will be hosting an evening with Phil Shucksmith from Pro Ride Guides. Phil will be talking about enduro and adventure mountain biking and showing a preview from Pro Ride Guides’ new video series, from 7.30pm.

He will also be answering questions on everything from trail side skills, bike setup and where to find your own next big adventure, to help give you the information you need to get out there and ride.

Over the last six months, Phil and the team have been travelling around Europe, racing, and documenting destinations including Verbier, Punta Ala and La Thuile. They’ve also been working with Mountain Biking UK magazine on some great upcoming features about putting your own adventures together. Get a little taster in the video below:

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Video: Pro Ride Guides in Punta Ala

Soho Bikes is the new London bike store and coffee shop, run by MTB commentator and ex-World Cup racer Rob Warner and some of his close friends.

Soho bikes will be hosting an evening with pro ride guides on 13 august:








MTB tips – body position

The attack position is fundamental aspect of mountain biking. So getting it right will reward the rider with a more comfortable and controlled ride. Get it wrong and you run the risk a chiropractor visit or maybe even a free ride in an air ambulance.

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In the video, Sam from Bristol based skills coaching company Pedal Progression talks you through the correct body position.

A good position takes the weight off your hands, meaning there is less tension in the upper body. This tension restricts the movement of the bike under you and will prevent the ability to counter act sudden trail obstacles.

Sam explains how dipping your heels prevents your weight being shifted forward and forces it down through your legs. He also offers some useful points that suggest why leaning back over steep terrain is not the best technique.

A final note on handlebar position tops off the perfect guide to positioning your body on a mountain bike, but he principles can translate to any other form of riding.

Here’s our guide to setting up a perfect handlebar position if you aren’t sure of how it’s done:

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Check out the rest of our MTB skills series here.


MTB tips – body position

The attack position is fundamental aspect of mountain biking. So getting it right will reward the rider with a more comfortable and controlled ride. Get it wrong and you run the risk a chiropractor visit or maybe even a free ride in an air ambulance.

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In the video, Sam from Bristol based skills coaching company Pedal Progression talks you through the correct body position.

A good position takes the weight off your hands, meaning there is less tension in the upper body. This tension restricts the movement of the bike under you and will prevent the ability to counter act sudden trail obstacles.

Sam explains how dipping your heels prevents your weight being shifted forward and forces it down through your legs. He also offers some useful points that suggest why leaning back over steep terrain is not the best technique.

A final note on handlebar position tops off the perfect guide to positioning your body on a mountain bike, but he principles can translate to any other form of riding.

Here’s our guide to setting up a perfect handlebar position if you aren’t sure of how it’s done:

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Check out the rest of our MTB skills series here.


How to position your body while on a MTB

The attack position is fundamental aspect of mountain biking. So getting it right will reward the rider with a more comfortable and controlled ride. Get it wrong and you run the risk a chiropractor visit or maybe even a free ride in an air ambulance.

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In the video, Sam from Bristol based skills coaching company Pedal Progression talks you through the correct body position.

A good position takes the weight off your hands, meaning there is less tension in the upper body. This tension restricts the movement of the bike under you and will prevent the ability to counter act sudden trail obstacles.

Sam explains how dipping your heels prevents your weight being shifted forward and forces it down through your legs. He also offers some useful points that suggest why leaning back over steep terrain is not the best technique.

A final note on handlebar position tops off the perfect guide to positioning your body on a mountain bike, but he principles can translate to any other form of riding.

Here’s our guide to setting up a perfect handlebar position if you aren’t sure of how it’s done:

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Check out the rest of our MTB skills series here.








How to body position

The attack position is fundamental aspect of mountain biking. So getting it right will reward the rider with a more comfortable and controlled ride. Get it wrong and you run the risk a chiropractor visit or maybe even a free ride in an air ambulance.

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In the video, Sam from Bristol based skills coaching company Pedal Progression talks you through the correct body position.

A good position takes the weight off your hands, meaning there is less tension in the upper body. This tension restricts the movement of the bike under you and will prevent the ability to counter act sudden trail obstacles.

Sam explains how dipping your heels prevents your weight being shifted forward and forces it down through your legs. He also offers some useful points that suggest why leaning back over steep terrain is not the best technique.

A final note on handlebar position tops off the perfect guide to positioning your body on a mountain bike, but he principles can translate to any other form of riding.

Here’s our guide to setting up a perfect handlebar position if you aren’t sure of how it’s done:

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Check out the rest of our MTB skills series here.








Patchnride 60-second puncture repair system – first look

This all-new take on puncture repair, known as the Patchnride, is straight out of Hollywood. It claims to be able to repair a punctured tyre without it needing to be removed from the wheel, in less than one minute. The product is said to provide a fast, convenient and permanent fix for everything from road tubular and clincher tyres to mountain bike rubber.?

First, you wipe a supplied leak-detector solution along the tyre and look for bubbles to locate the leak. Next, the Patchnride device is primed by pulling back a slider and touching a start button. The slider loads a repair patch, while the start button releases an adhesive, ready to insert into the damaged section of the tyre.

The slider is then pushed forward where it penetrates into the tyre and is immediately pulled out. The repair patch and adhesive are left within the tyre – pressure must then be briefly applied on the repair to allow the adhesive to set. Then just reinflate the tyre as usual and you’re away.?

Patchnride tool:

The Patchnride takes an alternative approach to puncture repair

The Patchnride system uses cartridges to hold the repair patches used in the repair process – these are known as patch pods. You need one patch pod per repair and there are two versions available – one for road tyres and one for mountain bikes and other wider applications. Patchnride will not work with tubeless tyres, yet the firm are aiming to release a tubeless version at the end of this year.

It’s almost the puncture repair equivalent of keyhole surgery and it sounds too good to be true. But there’s only one way to find out, and so we’ve requested one for testing. Meanwhile, the system is available to pre-order for US$30 on the Patchnride website.

Patchnride demonstrates the system in its promotional video below:

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Video: Patchnride 60-second puncture repair demo








Cannondale Trigger 27.5 Carbon Black Inc – first look video

The Trigger 27.5 Carbon Black Inc is Cannondale’s top-end trail bike, and features a full carbon frame, carbon Lefty fork and a Fox DYAD shock.

In the video below, What Mountain Bike editor Jon Woodhouse talks through the bike’s features:

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Video: Cannondale Trigger 27.5 Carbon Black Inc – first look

Pretty much every part of the frame that could be made from carbon is made from carbon – it all adds up to about ?7,000 worth of the stuff. The top tube is slightly longer for 2015, as is the front centre – the ideal behind these geometry tweaks is to make the bike’s handling more stable on high-speed terrain.?

The wheels are 650b, a change from last year’s model, which was on 26in wheels. The rims come courtesy of Enve, as does the handlebar, while Magura takes care of the brakes. Other spec highlights include SRAM XX, Cannondale Hollowgram cranks and an internally routed Reverb post.








How to fit cleats to road bike shoes – video

Clipless pedals are an essential component of modern road bikes. They enable more efficient pedalling? by allowing you to pull up as well as pushing down on the pedals. To use them, you also need to fit appropriate cleats to your shoes.

Clipless pedals usually come with the relevant cleats, but you need to ensure the shoes are compatible with the pedal system you are using. Shimano SPD SLs, which we’re using to demonstrate the process, have three bolts, but other systems will differ.

Shimano makes three types of cleat, and helpfully they’re colour-coded to show the amount of ‘float’ each has. Float is the movement the cleat will allow while remaining clipped to the pedal.

Red pedals have zero float, so don’t allow any movement.? Blue will allow two degrees of movement and yellow, six degrees. Most new pedals come with yellow cleats, which are perfect for beginners.

Other manufactures have similar systems so check before you buy.

Also read: How to fit cleats to mountain bike shoes

What you need

  • Hex keys
  • Grease or thread lock
  • Clipless compatible shoes
  • Cleats (usually included with pedals)
  • A pen and some tape

What to do

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Video: How to fit road bike cleats

This video is part of the BikeRadar YouTube channel’s Park Tool Maintenance Monday series. Park Tool products are available from various dealers across the UK.

Fit your cleats

Before fitting the cleat to the shoe, put some grease or thread lock (preferably) onto the thread of the cleat bolt to stop it seizing in place.

Loosely fit the cleats to the shoes – position the cleat so it’s under the ball of your foot. The angle of the cleat should match the natural standing position of your foot – to get an idea of this, stand naturally and assume a riding position – if your feet point out you should set the cleat position to match. You don’t need to be too extreme with the angle so if you’re unsure, set them towards the middle of the shoe and you can tweak them later.

You need to make sure your cleats are compatible with your shoes : you need to make sure your cleats are compatible with your shoes

Tighten the bolts one by one – when the first starts to feel tight, stop turning it and tighten the next . You will need to tighten as a trio – so move between bolts until they are firm.

Fit yourself

Put on the shoes and swing a leg over the bike and clip your foot into the pedal. While leaning against a wall or solid object, clip the other foot into the pedal. Give the cranks a few backwards turns to check the cleat position is still comfortable and that your shoes aren’t rubbing the frame or cranks – if they are, you’ll need to repeat the previous step and readjust accordingly.

After you've fit your pedals, make sure you fit yourself: after you've fit your pedals, make sure you fit yourself

Before you take the bike for a ride, practise clipping in and out of the pedals. Twisting your heel out is the best way to release them.

If you need to fit the pedals too, have a look at our workshop.


How to fit cleats to road bike shoes – video

Clipless pedals are an essential component of modern road bikes. They enable more efficient pedalling? by allowing you to pull up as well as pushing down on the pedals. To use them, you also need to fit appropriate cleats to your shoes.

Clipless pedals usually come with the relevant cleats, but you need to ensure the shoes are compatible with the pedal system you are using. Shimano SPD SLs, which we’re using to demonstrate the process, have three bolts, but other systems will differ.

Shimano makes three types of cleat, and helpfully they’re colour-coded to show the amount of ‘float’ each has. Float is the movement the cleat will allow while remaining clipped to the pedal.

Red pedals have zero float, so don’t allow any movement.? Blue will allow two degrees of movement and yellow, six degrees. Most new pedals come with yellow cleats, which are perfect for beginners.

Other manufactures have similar systems so check before you buy.

Also read: How to fit cleats to mountain bike shoes

What you need

  • Hex keys
  • Grease or thread lock
  • Clipless compatible shoes
  • Cleats (usually included with pedals)
  • A pen and some tape

What to do

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Video: How to fit road bike cleats

This video is part of the BikeRadar YouTube channel’s Park Tool Maintenance Monday series. Park Tool products are available from various dealers across the UK.

Fit your cleats

Before fitting the cleat to the shoe, put some grease or thread lock (preferably) onto the thread of the cleat bolt to stop it seizing in place.

Loosely fit the cleats to the shoes – position the cleat so it’s under the ball of your foot. The angle of the cleat should match the natural standing position of your foot – to get an idea of this, stand naturally and assume a riding position – if your feet point out you should set the cleat position to match. You don’t need to be too extreme with the angle so if you’re unsure, set them towards the middle of the shoe and you can tweak them later.

You need to make sure your cleats are compatible with your shoes : you need to make sure your cleats are compatible with your shoes

Tighten the bolts one by one – when the first starts to feel tight, stop turning it and tighten the next . You will need to tighten as a trio – so move between bolts until they are firm.

Fit yourself

Put on the shoes and swing a leg over the bike and clip your foot into the pedal. While leaning against a wall or solid object, clip the other foot into the pedal. Give the cranks a few backwards turns to check the cleat position is still comfortable and that your shoes aren’t rubbing the frame or cranks – if they are, you’ll need to repeat the previous step and readjust accordingly.

After you've fit your pedals, make sure you fit yourself: after you've fit your pedals, make sure you fit yourself

Before you take the bike for a ride, practise clipping in and out of the pedals. Twisting your heel out is the best way to release them.

If you need to fit the pedals too, have a look at our workshop.


How to fit mountain bike cleats – video

Cleats are small metal objects that attach to the bottom of compatible shoes and allow you to affix them to your clipless pedals.

Pedals come packages with matched cleats, which will fit any MTB-specific shoe. We’re demonstrating the fitting procedure with Shimano SPDs.

Mountain bike cleats are not compatible with road shoes, however.

What you need

  • Hex keys
  • Grease or thread lock
  • Clipless compatible shoes
  • Cleats (usually included with pedals)
  • A pen and some tape

What to do

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Video: How to fit MTB cleats

This video is part of the BikeRadar YouTube channel’s Park Tool Maintenance Monday series. Park Tool products are available from various dealers across the UK.

Fit your cleats

Before fitting the cleat to the shoe, you need to work out where the ball of your foot is. If you put the shoe on, and stick some tape on the side, you can locate it and make a mark without ruining your new shoes.

Before fitting the cleat, put some grease or thread lock (preferably) onto the thread of the cleat bolt to stop it seizing in place. Loosely fit the cleats to the shoes – position the cleat so it’s under the ball of your foot according to the mark you made.

Pedals come with matching cleats, which will fit all mountain bike shoes:

The angle of the cleat should match the natural standing position of your foot – to get an idea of this, stand naturally and assume a riding position – if your feet point out you should set the cleat position to match. You don’t need to be too extreme with the angle so if you’re unsure, set them straight and you can tweak them later.

Tighten the bolts one by one – when the first starts to feel tight, stop turning it and tighten the other. You will need to tighten as a pair – so alternate between bolts until they are firm.

Fit yourself

Put on the shoes and swing a leg over the bike and clip your foot into the pedal. While leaning against a wall or solid object, clip the other foot into the pedal. Give the cranks a few backwards turns to check the cleat position is still comfortable and that your shoes aren’t rubbing the frame or cranks – if so you’ll need to repeat the previous step and readjust accordingly.

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Before you take the bike for a ride, practise clipping in and out of the pedals. Twisting your heel out is the best way to release them.

If you need to fit the pedals too, look for the link in the video description.