My name is Will Gibson and I ride bikes… a lot! I am from Northumberland in the UK and have taken my bike to some pretty amazing places so far in my life; whether it be in my back yard or on the other side of the world, I have an ambition to explore the world with my bike.
When choosing where to live, work or study I have chosen places that would be good for riding, so far I have lived in; Aberdeen (Scotland), Ljubjana (Slovenia), London (England), currently Grenoble (France) and will next year be in Trondheim (Norway), London actually turned out to be better for biking than expected by the way. As you can see, so far I am doing alright, having lived in a few great locations for mountain biking and visited several others.
For quite some time I have wanted to live in the Alps in France, I think its due to all the stories I read on mountain bike websites or in magazines about trips here. In September 2013 I decided that after working for a year in London I would apply to finish my masters degree in architecture in Grenoble, the biggest city in the alps. I spent a year in the city before having the chance to study in another country as an exchange student, I applied and was lucky to get a place in Trondheim, Norway where I spent almost a year, an amazing country and somewhere I will certainly be back to live in again. After this year I was asked by someone I know from Ride Slovenia asked if I would like to help working there, so I spent the summer working as a chef/cleaner/guide/driver/general busy body over in Slovenia. Since this last September I moved back to Grenoble for my final year of my masters in architecture and will hopefully be finished that in June 2016 and then who knows where I will go.
Given that I have been doing a lot of travelling with my bike, riding in some quite unusual places and often like taking a lot of photos I thought this would be a good place to recount all my stories.
Frame: Mondraker Foxy XR
Shock: Fox Float CTD
Fork: Fox 36
Wheels: 27.5″ Hope Enduro rims on Hope Pro II Hubs
BB: Hope bb30
Brakes: Hope Tech 3 with 180mm Hope sawtooth rotors
Seatpost: Ks Lev stealth dropper post (125mm)
Saddle: SDG Circuit
Stem: On/Off 10mm reach
Bars: Race Face Atlas 800m
Grips: Hope Lock-on
Shifters: Shimano XT 11spd
Mech: Shimano XT 11spd
Cassette: Shimano XT 11spd (11-42t)
Chainring: Hope 30t spiderless
Pedals: Hope F20
Tyres: F – Specialized Butcher 2.3, R – Specialized Purgatory 2.3 (tubeless)