While Out Riding has seen something of hiatus these last couple of months, largely due to a few significant changes on the horizon…
One of these is an exciting revamp of the blog, thanks to the creative talents of designer (and cyclist) Nick Robertson, over at Hosie Scott.
The current While Out Riding pages will be morphed into a website that will be easier to navigate – as well as looking a whole lot nicer. Although my travels in Latin America have come to an end (until next year), I’ll be keeping the blog going, with the same kind of material I like to write about and photograph. Except that pictures will pop up bigger, at last. I’m excited – it’s looking great, and will hopefully come together in the next few weeks.
In the meantime, I’m living in New Mexico, enjoying the warm days before the onset of winter, and getting to know the trails that lie on my doorstep – courtesy of my trusty Ogre, still alive and kicking after Peru. Santa Fe has a thriving mountain biking scene, and I’ve found a knot of friendly, dedicated bikers to ride with, come day or night. Certainly, there’s no shortage of quality singletrack here: Sidewinder, Burn, Windsor, Big Tesuque, Raven’s Ridge, Dale Ball, La Tierra… to name a few.
If anyone is interested, a short piece I wrote a while back for Boneshaker has been republished in the online bike touring magazine, Bicycle Traveler. This issue also includes an interview with touring legend Ian Hilbell, amongst other cool stuff – like stories on biking in Bolivia, Alaska and even giving your wheels a Pakistani multicolour makeover.
Also online, I’ve begun writing for the website Worldwide Cycling Atlas, with a weekly contribution to the Biketopia Journal. In print, I have a feature on the ins and outs of mountain biking in Big Bend, Texas, in this issue of the glossy Mountain Flyer (number 27). And I contributed to Singletrack’s ‘Getting High’ feature (issue 77), with a story on seeking Incan singletrack in Peru, also in the current issue.
On the bicycle front, I’ve a couple of possible projects in the works: a winter road/hardpack mile muncher, in the elegant form of a Velo Orange Campeur, and – fingers crossed – some semi-fat tyre fun on a Surly Krampus.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving (to whom it may concern), and please check back again soon!