Huck Norris Anti-Pinch-Flat Insert

Huck Norris Anti-Pinch-Flat Insert

 

Huck Norris

Occasionally, an idea comes across my desk that makes me scratch my head and utter, “Why didn’t I think of this?” Huck Norris is one of those. Invented in Finland, Huck Norris is a circular band made from closed-cell plastic foam that is cut to fit inside the widest part of a tubeless tire casing. The band weighs less than an inner tube and, because it does not cling to the entire circumference of the tire casing, it allows a tubeless tire to remain supple and does not impede its superior rolling resistance and traction.

The potential benefit of the Huck Norris band is reaped when impacts that are normally severe enough to bottom the tire onto the rim flanges and produce pinch flats, sidewall cuts, or dented rims – are cushioned by the foam band and rendered inconsequential. But wait! There’s more. An unexpected benefit of Huck Norris protective bands, is that they spread the beads of tubeless tires apart, which allegedly makes even the most difficult rim and tire combinations mount up easily with a simple floor pump. The bands are available to fit 29, 27.5 and 27.5+ size tires, and cost 69 Euro at the Huck Norris web store. Read the Huck Norris press release below. – RC


Huck Norris anti-pinch-flat bands 2017
Upon impact, the Huck Norris band is squeezed between the tire and rim, acting as a shock absorber, which reportedly prevents pinch flats and rim damage.
bigquotes Huck Norris is the fellow inside your tire to fight off the Bruce Leaks. It also scares off snake bites and nasty dents. He’s your buddy to inflate the tubeless tires, giving extra kick to the tire when you want to punch it on your rims. – Huck Norris PR

Huck Norris joins the fight against pinch flats!

We got fed up replacing our tires before they actually wore out. Also, we got fed up ending our race runs with flats. We do racing because it’s fun, and racing on flat tire isn’t fun anymore. We think that in the year 2016 riding should be puncture free. We have seen even the pro racers ending their race runs with punctures. This is something what should not be possible these days with modern technologies present. We wanted to take the bull by the horns and develop simple solution to prevent punctures. In the end we realized that we have resolved a bigger issue – the hassle of inflating tubeless MTB tires.

Huck Norris is a cellular foam which goes inside your tire. It sits in the middle of the tire and touches the sidewalls only a little so you don’t miss any of that sweet rolling ability of your tire. When you are about to get a puncture, the Huck Norris is between the tire beads that are folding together. Huck Norris creates an extra cushion to your tire. This protects your rims and your tires. The good thing is that you don’t need to modify the rim or the tire. It’s an affordable solution to make your rides longer and save you money.

Huck Norris
What Huck Norris Does:

• No more punctures in tubeless MTB setup
• No more nasty dents to your rims
• No more hassle with tubeless setup
• No modification to your rim or glue needed
• No need for compressor to install tubeless anymore
• No need to over inflate the tires to avoid punctures. Use the pressure you want!
• No more downhill tires on trail bikes
• More fun with tubeless MTB!

• Sizes: 70g (27.5″) 77g (29″) weight
• For 21-45mm internal rim width, 27.5 and 29” wheels and Plus size tires.
• Fatbike version coming soon.
• Material specially developed for MTB use.
• Three times the impact energy damping than anything commercially available.
• Package includes a fender
• Made in Finland. Patent Pending.
• MSRP: 69 Euro
• Contact: Huck Norris
Huck Norris
Huck Norris bands are available in three widths.

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Click here for more information about Huck Norris.

Niner Debuts Aluminum Option for the New RIP 9

Niner Debuts Aluminum Option for the New RIP 9

Niner RIP 9 2017

Niner recently introduced the 2017 edition of their 150-millimeter-travel RIP 9 RDO with a carbon-fiber chassis, updated geometry and, in a break from tradition, they shocked the world by offering their most important trailbike in two wheel sizes: 29 and 275+. Like most carbon superbikes, the RDO, in full dress costs just under ten grand, with the least expensive build hovering around $5000. Today, Niner announced that they will offer an aluminum-framed version for considerably less. You can get the same handling, the same CVA rear suspension and a bike that weighs pretty close to its fancy brother, for between $3500 and $3800 USD. That seems like a good deal to me. Check out Niner’s Press release below. – RC


Introducing the New RIP 2-Star Alloy

The same meticulous detail spent on the craftsmanship of our flagship RDO line was applied to our new alloy line. This means we cut no corners to deliver the highest quality bike with the best possible components, with a price to blow your mind! These new models utilize the same [R]Evolution geometry, patented CVA suspension and Boost spacing as our RDO models, creating dream bikes for riders who value a tried and true aluminum frame platform. We take great pride in producing high quality alloy frames and are committed to pushing alloy frame development just as far as we push our carbon RDO line. The aluminum RIP is offered with both 29-inch and 27.5 Plus wheel sizes. Both wheel options are built with a Shimano SLX drivetrain and priced at either $3500 or $3800, respectively, giving the value-minded consumer options within the longer-travel trail bike segment.

Focusing first on the frame, the critical feature is the [R]Evolution geometry which we have tested, evaluated and carefully selected. The roomy cockpit has a comfortable reach for short stem lengths, giving you quick handling and plenty of maneuverability to go mobbing through rock gardens and barreling big berms. The steep seat angle gets you centered in the bike and pairs nicely with the short 443mm chainstay length for better pedaling efficiency than anyone deserves from a long travel trail bike. And of course, the compact rear allows you to square off turns and play your way down the trail.

More than just the amount, dialed suspension is a must for any trail bike, and the RIP 9 alloy is built around our patented Constantly Varying Arc (CVA) suspension. At its core, CVA is designed to remain fully active, all the time. The system harnesses chain tension to counteract squat and bob, but unlike other short-link setups, the pair of linkages rotate in opposite directions allowing them to react independently to both pedaling and terrain inputs. What you get is a bike that pedals great and has plush, stoke worthy suspension for amazing big bike versatility.

Designed to be a hard charger, the RIP benefits greatly from the wider Boost spacing in the rear. As most engineers will tell you, the extra millimeters at the axle gives them additional tools when it comes to building better frames. Boost allows them to keep the RIP’s chainstays short, yielding a responsive ride in spite of the healthy amount of suspension travel. But, it also opens the door to building in tire clearance that could only be dreamed of previously. With loads of room for the average 29″ trail tire, the RIP can also comfortably accommodate 27.5″ plus tires, giving you the choice of what wheel and tire combination is right for you.

Niner RIP 9 2017
Built with 150mm of remarkably versatile rear suspension on a lightweight alloy frame, the RIP 9 (RIP stands for Roll In Peace) gives you all the traction, control and fun that used to be the domain of big, all mountain crushers, but without the extra pounds.
RIP 9 2017
Even with the built in efficiency of CVA, this bike is a real ripper, serving up its 150mm of just-send-it suspension to give you a new lease on any trail. Gone are the same old obstacles. What you’ll see instead is a whole new series of fantastically fun features to hit, jump and gap for glory until you’re smiling ear to ear.

27.5″ Plus Compatibility

We embrace change when it means bettering the performance of our bikes. Advances in technology are enabling us to take new approaches to design and engineering, and nothing has had a bigger effect over the last several years than the evolution of wheel dimensions. Having already adopted 29″ plus and Boost spacing into our lineup, we’re now introducing another wheel option, 27.5″ plus. Given its similar diameter to a 29″ wheel with a trail tire, the 27.5″ plus wheel adds another layer of versatility to this already amazingly capable trail bike.

Two Builds

To best complement the two wheel sizes, the RIP alloy is offered in two suspension build configurations, both with reliable Shimano SLX components. The 29er version is mated to a Boost 160mm RockShox Lyric fork up front, translating to a 66.5 degree head angle and true big hit handling. To offset the slight difference in effective wheel diameter and maintain the intended geometry, the 27.5″ plus RockShox Lyricfork grows to 170mm of travel giving you even more confidence when dropping into chunky trail sections. The RIP 29″ will be coming in at $3500 retail and the 27.5″ plus going for $3800 retail which perfectly balances world class performance with industry leading value.

The RIP relies on a 1X drivetrain with a few extra features to keep you rolling. Something many will welcome, the 73mm bottom bracket shell is threaded so you can easily service and swap BBs when necessary. It also comes with ISCG 05 tabs so you can mount a guide if you’re looking for an added bit of chain retention confidence.

The result-the RIP is a bike you’ll be psyched to ride on the trails, show off to all your friends, and most of all, you’ll be stoked to call it your very own. The RIP alloy bikes will begin shipping to dealers in September, so contact your preferred Niner dealer to order yours today.

RIP 9 2017

For geometry, full specs and more info, visit Niner’s RIP 9 page.
Ragley Launches 2017 Range: First Look

Ragley Launches 2017 Range: First Look

Ragley 2017 Range

At Ragley, our design ethos has always been simple, yet effective. We make quality components and hardcore hardtails that will help you to push your limits. With well thought out features and progressive geometry, we focus on the details, handling, ride quality and fun above all else. If you aren’t having fun on a Ragley then you’re doing it wrong!

We specialize in Hardtail bikes as they are the most fun kind of bike to ride, no matter what kind of rider you are. They are great for beginners as they are harder to ride and properly teach the fundamental skills of mountain biking. They demand that you read the trail ahead, picking the best lines, riding smooth and carrying speed. They are also great in the hands of an experienced rider as they can be used to sharpen and refine skills, making you gradually smoother, faster and more efficient in all aspects of your riding.

Building on the success of 2016, the new 2017 range is really more about evolution than revolution with subtle refinement throughout including geometry tweaks, fresh new graphics and up to date components. Our range is made up from 5x frames and 6x Complete Bikes which cover a variety of styles, wheel sizes, materials and fork lengths depending on the type of rider you are and what you want to ride. Each model is available as a frame only or as a complete bike: ready for action straight out of the box.

Ragley 2017 Range
Marley 27.5”

Re-launched in 2016, the new Marley quickly became known as one of the best trail hardtails around; with many media test wins to its name including the much coveted ‘2016 Hardtail of the Year’ award! Designed for exploration, adventure and play, the Marley is our entry level frame and the Alloy version of the Steel Piglet. It leans towards the aggressive end of the trail bike spectrum with a long front center, short chainstays, low stand-over and relatively slack head angle.

Frame: Key Points
• Long Front Triangle (Reach grows by 18mm once sagged), 50mm BB drop (Rides at 305MM) and 65.5 Deg Static HTA (67 degrees when sagged at 25%)
• Fits 27.5” wheels with tyres up to 2.4”
• Improved stand-over
• Custom Butted 6061-T6 heat treated alloy
• Optimized for a 130mm fork (Can take 120-140mm)
• Tapered Head tube to keep the front end low and stiff
• Revised 3 Finger Bridge for better clearance
• ISCG 05 Tabs
• QR Rear Hub
• MSRP: £249.99
Ragley 2017 Range
Ragley Marley 2017

Marley 1.0 27.5”

• Fork – 130mm Manitou Minute Comp – 15mm axle
• Drivetrain – 1×11 SRAM NX Groupset with FSA Comet Modular Crank
• Brakes – Shimano Deore
• Tires – Front WTB Vigilante TCS (Light/High Grip) /Rear WTB Trail Boss TCS (Light/Fast)
• Tubeless Ready Wheels – Novatec Hubs on WTB STI 23 Rims
• Cockpit: Ragley OEM Stem, OEM Bars and Tracker Saddle
• RRP: £999.99

Ragley Marley 2017
Marley 2.0 27.5”

• Fork – 120mm Suntour Raidon XC LO-R – 15mm Bolt Thru
• Drivetrain – 2×10 Shimano Deore/FSA
• Tires – Front WTB Vigilante Comp (High Grip Compound) /Rear WTB Trail Boss Comp
• Tubeless Ready Wheels – Novatec Hubs on WTB STI 23 Rims
• Cockpit: Ragley OEM Stem, OEM Bars and Tracker Saddle
• MSRP: £849.99

Ragley 2017 Range
Ragley 2017 Range
Mmmbop 27.5”

First launched back in 2008, the original Mmmbop defined what a modern All Mountain Alloy hardtail frame should be: Strong, light, stiff, adaptable, agile and huge fun to ride! In case you are not familiar with the Ragley range: the Mmmbop is the Alloy version of the Steel Bluepig.

Frame: Key Points
• Long Front Triangle (Reach grows by 18mm once sagged), 50mm BB drop (Rides at 305MM) and 64 Deg. Static HTA (66 Degrees when sagged at 25%)
• Fits 27.5” wheels with tires up to 2.4”
• Improved stand-over
• Custom Butted 6061-T6 heat treated alloy
• Optimized for a 150mm fork (Can take 140-160mm)
• Revised 3 Finger Bridge for better clearance
• 142x12mm axle with exchangeable dropout system for QR
• Stealth dropper cable routing
• ISCG 05 Tabs
• Stealth Ragley Rear Axle
• RRP: £299.99
Ragley 2017 Range
Ragley 2017 Range
Mmmbop 27.5”

RRP: £1349.99
Fork – 150mm Manitou Mattock Comp /Dorado Air – 15mm Bolt Thru
Drivetrain – 1×11 Shimano SLX Groupset with FSA Comet Modular Crank
Brakes – Shimano Deore
Tires – Front WTB Vigilante Comp (High Grip Compound) /Rear WTB Trail Boss Comp
Wheels – Novatec Hubs on WTB STI 23 Rims
Cockpit: Ragley OEM Stem, OEM Bars and Tracker Saddle

Ragley 2017 Range
Ragley 2017 Range
Piglet – Now for 27.5” and 27.5+ wheels

First launched in 2009 to acclaim and rave reviews, the Piglet is the Steel version of our Alloy Marley. Designed as a trail friendly bike with all mountain capabilities, it leans towards the aggressive end of the trail bike spectrum with modern aggressive geometry and 27.5”+ Compatibility. The new Piglet is for people that ride with their saddle up as much as their saddle down. At home on any terrain, from tearing around your local trail center, snaking down your local singletrack, to backcountry adventures in the middle of nowhere, it will push your skills to new limits and beyond!

Frame: Key Points
• Same award winning geometry as the Marley
• Long Front Triangle (Reach grows by 16mm once sagged), 50mm BB drop (Rides at 305MM) and 65.5 Deg. Static HTA (67 Degrees when sagged at 25%)
• Fits 27.5” tires up to 2.4”/27.5”+ Tires up to 2.8”
• Improved stand-over
• Custom triple butted 4130 chromoly tubing
• Optimized for a 130mm fork
• Revised 3 Finger Bridge for better clearance
• New lighter Dropout design with replaceable Alloy hanger
• Stealth dropper cable routing
• ISCG 05 Tabs
• QR Rear Hub
• MSRP: £449.99
Ragley 2017 Range
Ragley 2017 Range
Piglet 27.5”

• Fork – 130mm RockShox Yari RC – 15mm Bolt Thru
• Drivetrain – 1×11 Shimano SLX M7000
• Brakes – Shimano SLX M7000
• Tires – Front WTB Vigilante TCS (Light/High Grip) Rear WTB Trail Boss TCS (Light/Fast)
• Wheels – Novatec Hubs on WTB ASYM i23 Tubeless ready rims
• Dropper Seatpost – Brand-X Ascend dropper – 120mm travel
• Cockpit: Ragley Wiser stem, Wiser bars and Tracker saddle
• MSRP: £1649.99

Ragley 2017 Range
Ragley 2017 Range
Bluepig – Now for 27.5” and 27.5+ Wheels

Introducing the new and improved Ragley Bluepig: Designed as an All Mountain/Enduro Race friendly bike, our top of the range steel Bluepig is built for those who want to go faster and play harder. In case you are not familiar with the Ragley range: the Bluepig is the Steel version of the Alloy Mmmbop.27.5”+ Compatibility means the Blue Pig is now more versatile than ever! It is a blend of DH stability and uphill tenacity. It will descend and climb with such contradiction that you will be left scratching your head! It is at home on any terrain but happiest when ridden hard, roosting turns and hammering the descents

Frame: Key Points
• Long Front Triangle (Reach grows by 18mm once sagged), 50mm BB drop (Rides at 305MM) and 64 Deg. Static HTA (66 Degrees when sagged at 25%)
• Fits 27.5” wheels with tyres up to 2.4”/27.5”+ wheels with tires up to 2.8”
• Improved stand-over
• Custom triple butted 4130 chromoly tubing
• Optimized for a 150mm fork (Can take 140-160mm)
• 44mm Head tube
• Revised 3 Finger Bridge for better clearance
• 142x12mm bolt-through as standard using exchangeable dropout system for QR
• Stealth dropper cable routing
• ISCG 05 Tabs
• Stealth Ragley rear axle
• MSRP: £549.99
Ragley 2017 Range
Ragley 2017 Range
Bluepig 27.5”

• 27.5” Wheels
• RRP: £1699.99
• Fork – 150mm RockShox Yari RC – 15mm
• Drivetrain – 1×11 Shimano SLX M7000
• Brakes – Shimano SLX M7000
• Tires – Front WTB Vigilante TCS (Light/High Grip) /Rear WTB Trail Boss TCS (Light/Fast)
• Wheels – Novatec hubs on WTB ASYM i23 tubeless ready rims
• Dropper Seatpost – Brand-X Ascend dropper – 120mm travel
• Cockpit: Ragley Wiser stem, Wiser bars and Tracker saddle

Ragley 2017 Range
Ragley 2017 Range
Bigwig – Now for 29” and 27.5+ Wheels

The Big Wig is our top of the range Steel 29er frame. Designed as a Trail/All Mountain/Enduro Race friendly frame, the Bigwig is the Enduro weapon of choice for our Brand Ambassadors around the UK and Ireland and has graced the top step of many an Enduro podium in 2016. For 2017, you can now fit 27.5”+ wheels with wide 44mm rims, and up to massive three-inch tires, making the Bigwig even more versatile that it was before.

Frame: Key Points
• Long Front Triangle (Reach grows by 17.5mm once sagged), 65mm BB drop (Rides at 305MM) and 65 Deg. static HTA (66.5 degrees when sagged at 25%)
• Fits 29” wheels with tires up to 2.4”/27.5”+ Wheels with 3.0” Tires
• Improved stand-over
• Custom triple butted 4130 chromoly tubing
• Optimized for a 130mm fork (Can take 120-140mm)
• 44mm head tube
• Revised 3 Finger Bridge for better clearance
• Boost 148x12mm bolt-through as standard
• Stealth dropper cable routing
• ISCG 05 Tabs
• Stealth Ragley rear axle
• MSRP: £549.99
Ragley 2017 Range
Ragley 2017 Range

Bigwig 29”

• 29” Wheels
• Fork – 130mm RockShox Yari RC – 15mm Bolt Thru
• Drivetrain – 1×11 Shimano SLX M7000
• Brakes – Shimano SLX M7000
• Tyres – Front WTB Vigilante TCS (Light/High Grip) /Rear WTB Trail Boss TCS (Light/Fast)
• Wheels – Novatec hubs on WTB ASYM i23 tubeless ready rims
• Dropper Seatpost – Brand-X Ascend dropper – 120mm travel
• Cockpit: Ragley Wiser stem, Wiser bars and Tracker saddle
• MSRP: £1749.99

Ragley 2017 Range

Ragley 2017 Range
Even when climbing very steep terrain, our Enduro Hardtail: The Bluepig (The slackest in the range), will never be slacker than 64deg which is already steeper than a typical modern full-suspension Enduro bike which you know can climb great.
Ragley Trail Geometry Explained

Geometry is taken very seriously at Ragley; we take delight in obsessing over the angles until they are exactly how we want them. It defines the bike and ultimately dictates the way it will interact with you and the trail. Our updated trail geometry has been tweaked for each model and the type of riding that each is designed for. One thing they all have in common is that they are long, low and slack which translates to a confidence inspiring ride whether you are a beginner or an advanced rider. The main geometry changes are:

Shorter Seat tubes: All Models are 25mm shorter in seat tube length Vs. MY2016.
This gives the rider more Size choice and increases dropper seatpost options.

Slack static head angles: Designed to mimic the characteristics of a modern full suspension bike with a

rider on board, but obviously without the sag at the rear. This is why our bikes seem slack when static. However, once the rider is on the bike, the front suspension will sag, steepening the head angle by the desired amount.

Longer front triangles and shorter stems: All Models are 15-20mm Longer in Reach Vs. MY2016:
a. The riders arms are moved forward opening up the lungs to make breathing easier
b. Gives the rider more room to move around, stay in control and makes it much harder to go over the handlebars.
c. It lengthens the wheelbase to increase stability at speed and over technical terrain.
d. Moves rider weight forward to load the front wheel giving better traction in corners and helps to keep the front wheel on the ground when climbing steeper sections.


For full details on our new 2017 range, please visit the Ragley website / @ragley-bikes
Danny MacAskill: “At The Edge – Riding for My Life”

Danny MacAskill: “At The Edge – Riding for My Life”

by Viking Penguin

Do you know Danny MacAskill? No, let’s rephrase that. Do you really know Danny MacAskill? Well, from September 29th you will be able to come one step closer to understanding the YouTube phenomenon and street trials superstar from Scotland thanks to his autobiography “AT THE EDGE – Riding for My Life” published by Viking (Penguin, RRP: GBP 14.99). Danny will be revealing how he turned out to become the most progressive street trials artists in the world and which steps lead him down this fascinating path. Pre-order the book here.

Danny MacAskill is a street trials legend and has inspired hundreds of millions of people around the world with his YouTube viral videos like Cascadia (16 million views), Way Back Home (38 million views), The Ridge (44 million views) and Imaginate (56 million views): nerve-jangling blurs of stunts and speed over towering buildings and mountain peaks. He has spent his life pushing the extremes and now the time has come to tell his tale.

Danny shares his anarchic childhood on the Isle of Skye and early days as a street trials rider, takes us behind the scenes of his riding and videos, and reveals what it takes to go the next level – both mentally and physically:

“I checked my balance and peered apprehensively at the sheer drop below. Once I felt comfortable, I radioed down to Stu.

‘I’m just gonna unclip quickly,’ I said.

My walkie-talkie crackled straight away. Stu sounded pretty stressed. ‘Dude, keep the rope on!’

I edged forward, my hands and feet scoping out the summit for any loose rock. The ridge pinnacle was still only a meter wide, if that, but I felt pretty stable. I yelled down to Stu. ‘This bit’s fine,’ I said. ‘The rope makes it harder for me… ’”

Join Danny for a nerve-shredding ride. Just be sure you’re wearing a helmet.

by Viking Penguin

 


MENTIONS: @danny-macaskill / @rasoulution / @MTBcut

Sarah Storey

Sarah Storey

26 October 1977
Great Britain

LATEST TRIUMPHS:
2015 Track World Championships – Gold: 3km pursuit and 500m time trial
2015 Road World Championships – Gold: time trial and road race
2012 Track World Championships – Gold: Individual pursuit C5, individual time trial C5
2011 Track World Championships – Gold: Individual pursuit LC 1–2/CP 4, individual time trial LC 1–2/CP 4
Beijing 2008 Paralympics – Gold: Individual pursuit LC 1–2/CP 4, individual time trial LC 1–2/CP 4
Sarah Storey- Paralympic Athlete
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After winning four titles at London 2012, Storey is one of Great Britain’s most successful ever Paralympians having won 22 medals, including 11 gold. She will be looking to win even more at Rio 2016and few would doubt her considering her dominance of the C5 class in recent years.

Born with a congenital abnormality of the left hand, Storey competed at Beijing and London in cycling – winning six gold medals across the two Games.

At London 2012, she was in outstanding form winning two track and two road Paralympic golds. She is now level with wheelchair racer Tanni Grey-Thompson and swimmer Dave Roberts on 11 golds for Great Britain. For her achievements at London 2012 she was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours.

In Beijing in 2008, so impressive was her time in the individual pursuit final that it would have secured her a top-eight finish in the Olympic finals.

Since 2012, Storey has topped the UCI world rankings each year for track cycling and has also impressed in road cycling events.

In 2015 she won four world titles to bring her overall career tally to 17. In March she won rainbow jerseys with victories in the 3km pursuit and 500m time trial events at the UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in the Netherlands. Four months later she was equally as dominant on the road, winning time trial and road race gold at the UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships in Nottwil, Switzerland.

Rio 2016 will be Storey’s seventh Paralympic Games, having originally started out as a swimmer, making her debut aged 14 atBarcelona 1992.

She won five medals, including two golds, in the Barcelona pool, and then another five at Atlanta 1996 – three of which were gold. Her success in the pool continued with two silvers at Sydney 2000 and two silvers and a bronze at Athens 2004.

After suffering from a serious ear infection in 2005 that kept her out of the pool for several months, the Manchester native began to cycle to keep fit. She immediately fell in love with it, and a few months later decided to dedicate herself to the bike for good.