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The “Attack” Position

Basic Instinct The attack position is probably the most important riding technique you can have in your skills set and luckily it is a fairly easy one to develop. It is clichéd I know, but in this case the attack position really is your best means of defence.   Nearly every time I go out […]

How to Track Stand

Track Stands What is a ”track stand” and what does it have to do with mountain biking? Wikipedia defines track stands as follows “The track stand is a technique that bicycle riders can use to maintain balance while their bicycle remains stationary or moves only minimal distances. The technique originated in track cycling and is now used […]

Buying the Right Mountain Bike

Yes, you’ve done it, you’ve finally saved enough money to buy your first proper mountain bike, or a better bike, or just a bike for a different discipline within the sport. You’re excited and so you should be, buying a bike is great, it’s what you’ve aimed for, it means that you are about to […]

Jim Barron at Dirt Vixens

Director of Dirt Vixens & MTBSkilz Mountain Bike Skills Companies Level 2 MTB Coach, Instructor and Guide   Jim is a very experienced instructor and has many years of mountain biking experience.  He bought his first mountain bike in 1987 and was soon competing on the racing circuit at Elite level. Having taken a break from the […]

Ladies mountain biking is evolving as Meg Broswick explains

Mountain biking is evolving, growing and becoming more mainstream, and I’m ok with it. I have watched this happen before my eyes, living and riding bikes in British Columbia, Canada over the last decade. There never used to be ladies only rides or clinics, or if there were they weren’t in most of our communities. […]

Meet Lynne Armstrong – the original Air Maiden

We were really excited to meet up with Air Maiden Founder, Lynne Armstrong, at Tweedlove.  Air Maiden was launched eight years ago and helps women take their riding to the next level. We’re going to be working closely with Lynne this year – so watch this space. We asked her to share a review of […]

9 Reasons to Ride Your Bike More – Jessica Pyper

In case you haven’t noticed, we, at Flare, LOVE to ride our bikes. Basically when we’re not out riding our bikes, we’re either eating to refuel for our next bike ride, sleeping so we’re awake enough to ride our bikes, creating new clothes for biking, or making friends/ hanging out with people who also like […]

Snowy Days – Hannah Myers

With Spring around the corner (I’m told), the onslaught of snow dumped over the country has been… polarising. In a typical British attitude everyone has found something to complain about: It’s coldIt’s wetGoing outside means you get cold and you get wetIt’s slippyTrails are muddyThe endless post-ride clean up This isn’t to say that all […]

Guide Training – Matt Cain

I put my hand up and admit it…. Every year I swear that I’ll do a better job of riding through the winter and arriving in the Spring feeling fit and strong. Every year however work, 2 young kids and the British winter conspire to have me arriving at the end of February feeling a […]

Training for the Beast – Rachel Norman

After partaking in my first event last year, the Hopetech Women’s Enduro, I’d got the bug and I was itching to sign up for more. I wanted something to train towards to keep my fitness up and improve on my mountain biking ability. I thought the Hamsterley Beast fitted all the criteria needed for such […]