Sim Mainey

Sim Mainey

Regular freelance contributor to MBR magazine and website. Features, route guides, interviews, photo essays and all sorts of everything to do with riding mountain bikes and the people who ride, design and make mountain bikes.

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identiti bikes

Based in Cambridgeshire and tested in Cumbria, there's nothing split about Identiti's, er... identity. We hit Helvellyn to put its Mettle to the pedal.

Orange's Five is a true home-grown classic and one of the nation's favourite trail bikes; we head to West Yorkshire to sample its Calder Valley test ground.

Pace has played a role in history of British mountain bike design for over 30 years - we visit founder Adrian Carter at their North York Moors base.

Whyte's bikes have been honed to perfection on some of mbr's very own trails; we head to the Surrey Hills to pick the brains of designer Ian Alexander.

leeds urban bike park

UK towns and cities are starting to wake up to the value of urban trail developments. We head to Leeds Urban Bike Park to sample one pioneering project.

We head to the Peak District and Cotic Cycles to start a new series in attempt to find out what makes British bikes so good.

We're finally breaking fee from winter, but impatience got the better of us, so we went in search of mud-free trails, in the most unlikely of places.

Don't be fooled by the quaint rolling hills of the South Downs; this chalk spine is no pushover when it comes to racking up the miles.

Never underestimate the role of routemaster, especially when your ride-mates are expecting your Exmoor route to double as a pub crawl...