The Scottish Access Code

The Land Reform Act (2003) gave walkers and cyclists unparalleled access to land across Scotland. This has opened up Scotland to be explored, but although this is a right, it is also a privilege and do not abuse this Remember the act does not allow access to private gardens, golf courses and construction sites and you have as a cyclist or walker a responsibility to look after and respect the land you cross

Located just outside Denny this 5 mile circuit offers some fantastic free flowing singletrack - some of the best you will find in scotand, with narrow rocky sections, some hard work downhills that will have you leaning from side to side as you slalom down the course making sure you nmiss the well placed rocks and logs there to catch you out if you go a little too fast and lose control Make sure you save your energy for the last section - with about 20 tabletop jumps it will have you leaping for joy

Is there "badge snobbery" - well yes and no, most mountain bikers like to be seen on a bike with a good name, but the reputation of these names is generally well earned - eg Mongoose, specialised, Giant, orange to name but a few. I would advise not buying bikes from supermarkets, the shopping channel, or the big orange and black car parts and bike superstore (you know who you are) if you actually intent using your bike off road.

Instead small independent stores give excellent service, care about the bikes they sell you and offer far superior servicing and repair quality, service and value for money and as a general rule stick to the big guns in terms of brand. The only two exceptions to this rule are Evans cycles and the Edinburgh bicycle cooperative - big companies but they offer a small company level of service. Most good bike shops will have demonstrator bikes, or if you watch the local mountain bike websites, there are often testing days at places such as glen tress etc.