The Good Old M Check

The Good Old M Check

Welcome to Simon T's second installment of useful tips and tricks relating to all matters bikey! This week I'm going to explain the process of the M check and things to be aware of which may cause problems. It only takes about 4 minutes to do, but can save you hours on a trail or potentially having a accident EQUIPMENT NEEDED….. Two arms and the ability to be able to see your hands in front of you. If you’re an older member of society, have a minor accompany you in this process to aid embarrassment. STEP 1 Starting with the back run your fingers around the wheel-making note of any loose or broken spokes and generally looking for any dinks on the rim. After checking the axle is tight hold the frame and move the wheel laterally to see if there is any play in the wheel indicating bearing damage or something as simple as the cones need tightening. STEP 2 Starting with the rear...
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Active Holidays

Active Holidays

Holiday from hell or holiday from heaven? Obviously we go with the latter but it has to be said some people just want to lie on the beach and do absolutely nothing. But are they getting the same holiday satisfaction? We suppose it all comes down to what you enjoy and we certainly enjoy "doing stuff!" A holiday in Lefkas with family or friends where you can nip off for a guided mountain bike ride two or three times during the holiday is proving very popular and already this summer we have seen a number of families choose this kind of active holiday where you can do as much or as little as you like! Here are our top 5 ways to make your holiday in Lefkas active... Mountain biking with us! Take a stand-up paddle board cruise with Lefkada Paddleboard Cruises Dinghy sailing or windsurfing with Horizon Watersports on Nidri beach - tuition or equipment hire available Scuba diving with George from Nautilus dive centre down in Vassiliki...
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The Art of Cleaning your Bike

The Art of Cleaning your Bike

There's nothing better than a fresh morning, a hot coffee, porridge made by Mrs Hamish Mcduggle herself and topped off with a freshly oiled and gleaming bike ready to sore through the trails majestically like a goat. But ahh thus in the real world life tends to be a little more bland... burnt toast, cold coffee and a bike looking like it's been cleaned by a blind zoo keeper. So this short blogs aims to help you clean your bike without eating into your time and your pocket, thus keeping that beautiful steed running like new! DIRT IS GOOOOOD...  Bike are supposed to be used so don’t run for the nearest Muckoff every time you get a smidgen of dirt on it. But then again if it’s dirty and it's noisy get it in the tub... HOSE AND BRUSHES I've had a lot of people say "ohhh don’t use high pressure hoses it will destroy the seals", well they are right if you stand...
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Monopatia (Μονοπατια)

Monopatia (Μονοπατια)

These ancient pathways zigzag all over the island and feature in each and every one of our intermediate and advanced MTB rides, we are continually discovering new ones and adding them to our routes. Long before tourism featured in Lefkada, mountain village life was thriving, the rich agricultural landscape of the mountains made it a much more appealing home for the majority of the population. That said, families would walk down the mountains on a daily basis during harvest time to the olive groves that form the backdrop against the now popular resort of Nidri. These monopatia are steeped in history and along the way you stumble across abandoned stone cottages where families would live all in one room and open their doors to distant relatives for days, weeks or months at a time. You can see first hand the diet these families lived on - fruit trees with figs, sharon fruit (persimmon) and loganberries, not to mention the terraced areas where...
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