Here’s a collection of useful websites that I’ve happened across. I’ve found them useful or amusing or curious. If you have a website that you would like featured on this page then please drop a comment on here and I’ll have a looksee
RideWithPeaks – Fueling your Passion
Ridewithpeaks is a fantastic bike and kit review website. Very worthy of a browse.
Some Twitter people invited me to join them on a tour of Scotland, of course I said yes.
Total miles 1421, 4 Bikes, 3 nights. 4 long days. Weather mostly wet – well what did you expect in October.
As is the nature of Twitter, people are from seperate parts of the country so we met up at Lymm Services J20 on the M6 on Friday the 9th October it was drizzling and the waterproofs were already on and heated grips just providing a nice background warmth.
We filled up and started the journey north. First stop over was to be the The Winnock Hotel,
The route there was especially desiged to make the most of Day 1. Forest of Boland, Yorkshire Dales National Park, North Pennines, Kielder Forest then on through Scotland avoiding any major roads.
Day 2 saw us tackle the infamous Applecross pass on our way to Ullapool
Day 3 saw part of the NC500 and back to Oban. The coastal route up to Durness is fantastic and there are some fantastic sandy beaches there. My favorite part was the road around Loch Eriboll which was simply stunning. A long day this one and the journey from Loch Ness to Oban was in the dark and that added another dimension to the ride.
Day 4 took us home via the scenic way through Ayrshire.
It was a seriously wet day,but we were looking forward to heading south to see what Ayrshire has to offer and although not as scenic as the highlands it certainly has some great roads if you are happy to seek them out.
A collection of reviews from the course feedback pages.
What superlatives can I use that haven’t been written already ??!! Neil is a brilliant listener and took on board at the start what I would like to achieve from the day , he had a preset route of the beautiful Peak District that turned out to be exactly what I needed to show him where I needed to sort my riding ( road position for starters) .. stopped a few time to debrief and drink coffee where in his easy going quiet manner put things over that made perfect sense , … the day absolutely awesome and will definitely go again … Thank Neil for instilling me with confidence to ride these roads as safely and with even more of a smile on my face (positive steering 😊)than usual . Your a legend 💪👏👏👍
@GoodridgeMike – Bespoke Training day – 17/07/21
A video testimonital from Lara.
I contacted Neil for some Back to Biking guidance via twitter as I have not been on a bike for many years. He was great from start to finish. I presented him with a few challenges really, as I had not ridden my new bike either and I was having issues with the gears, his calmness and his guidance was very helpful. He turned up on time as promised following a three-hour ride to get to me, he let me lead the way as it was clear from the start, I was not going to be able to do his pre-planned route. We had a short ride before Neil connected me [Sena Intercom] up to him, I found it so helpful having him in my ear advising and reassuring me all the time, also at the same time getting me to increase my confidence and speed in my own time. We had a few breaks and debriefs during the session just to tweak certain issues in my riding. Neil’s training certainly gives me more confidence and hopefully I will now be able to attend a bikesafe course and then develop on the IAM course.
@paulGf185 – Back to Biking / Refresher – 19/06/21
After reading several commentaries on Twitter re Neil’s bespoke service & a realisation that I needed an independent assessment of my riding skills it was a no brainer about contacting the gent in question. After a couple of false starts due to crappy weather we got the day sorted and met up at the north side of the Peak District over a coffee we discussed, further, my aims and requirements that done we set off and what followed was a good well planned,by Neil, series of rides interspersed with coffee breaks & informed critiques which I felt by the end of the day raised my reasonable skills and allowed me to see in myself a genuine improvement on my ride home . Neil comes across as a knowledgeable , without being overbearing, affable gent who lives & loves his biking and I can only highly recommend his services 👍 PS I’ll also recommend OsmAnd as a good gpx app for plotting the day’s route ….
@shaun7r Bespoke coaching – 13/06/21
Had a fantastic coaching session from Neil. We spent roughly 6 hours together going across Exmoor and back.
Neil is a really nice guy, not judgemental or pushy. He quickly identified the areas that needed polishing and those that needed to be dialled back for the road. I did my advanced license 12 years ago and have taken numerous machine control courses since but to have a checkup on my advanced road craft was invaluable.
As the day progressed, the ride became smoother, putting into practice Neil’s expert guidance. Even in some rather tricky conditions we made great progress. It was also good to hear Neil’s commentary on part of the ride when we hooked up the intercoms.
I highly recommend Neil to anyone on two wheels. If you or a loved one has only just passed the test – book in with Neil… in one session he’ll distill months of advanced training for you. If like me, you’ve got to a certain level, Neil will help you take those next steps to make your riding even smoother and more enjoyable.
Phil Reader – Bespoke Coaching – 22/05/21
I felt as though a few twisty bends local to me were “nemesis” corners as I just couldn’t seem to get around them smoothly. I met up with Neil, who instantly came across as a friendly and very knowledgeable chap, and we had a brief chat about my concerns and then we set straight off . I set about my own ride whilst Neil expertly observed behind and after a couple of minutes I relaxed and almost forgot he was there, travelling along a route and through the corners which I was struggling with. We made our way to a cafe and over coffee Neil and I spoke about certain things I could do to improve my riding. Headed back out on the bikes, through the very same bends, the difference was night and day. The bike and I both felt much happier. Every corner I come up against now, none of them phase me. I really enjoyed the time I spent out on the road with Neil and feel like a more competent and safer rider for it. I want to be the best rider I can possibly be and I’m now looking to do IAM and another session with Jewell Bike Training as soon as I possibly can. I’m confident that no matter how good a rider you are, you’ll come away learning something new after a day with Neil.
@martinhall18 – 1/4 day bespoke session
Hmm, turns out I’m not as good as I thought I was! It’s been 25 years since I had any advanced training, and that was (whisper it quietly…) in a car. Since then I have toured thousands of miles, commuted in all weathers, even raced a bit, so I should be pretty good right? It’s just like riding a bike isn’t it? You never actually forget do you?
Well, yes you do, and your finely honed skills ebb away week by week, month by month. Add a year-and-a-bit of lockdown and before you know it, they’re pretty much all gone.
What you need is someone capable of following you closely behind (whatever speed you’re doing, you won’t shake him off) observing everything. Mostly, to be honest, observing what you’re not observing. Looking at your positioning, speed, gear, use of brakes, anticipation, planning, the list goes on. Then you stop for The Chat. Now, this can go two ways; The Chat can be the point where you’re made dangerously overconfident by someone just stroking your ego, or you can be destroyed by a ‘riding God’ who can ride very well but coaches very badly. Neil is neither of these things. Neil is in fact the absolutely perfect blend of building you up and increasing your confidence in a controlled and enjoyable manner. Not many can do that and he is extremely gifted in that regard.
The route we rode and the ‘chat stops’ were all perfectly judged. Fun, but increasingly challenging. Just when you start to think ‘hey, I’ve nailed this’ there will be a bend or a ‘situation’ that brings you back down to earth, but not in an unpleasant, soul-destroying way. It’s more of, you’re getting better but life can still catch you out, so keep your head on the game and your focus about 5 miles further ahead than you’re used to.
Should everyone go on a course with Neil? Yes, absolutely, 100%. I guarantee you will learn something. It might even be something you already knew, but simply weren’t doing as often or as well as you thought.
It will also be, and I can’t stress this enough, bl**dy good fun. But it might also save your life one day.
@SteveFelmingham – 15/05/21 – Bespoke coaching
Feeling a bit rusty after COVID and booked a session with Neil on the recommendation of a friend. So glad I did, as feel like I really benefited from his advice. We started with Neil following me for about half an hour, then supplying a very constructive critique of my riding style. 2 hours later I was applying his tips, and immediately felt safer and more confident. My cornering feels much smoother than it did, and while I expected that any safety advice would slow me down the opposite is true. Massively feel that I got more than my moneys worth from the session and would urge anyone who is prepared to have their skills challenged to book a course. Feel like I want to follow this up with an IAM or ROSPA course now as although I’m not a bad rider the door has been opened to how much better I could be. Also, the Video supplied after the ride has been really useful to reinforce the skills learnt. Thanks Neil!
@DarrylIndia – 01/05/21 – Back to biking / refresher
Thoroughly enjoyable day. It’s clear that Neil really knows what he’s talking about, but, also has a really great coaching style so you don’t feel daft asking loads of questions. I could feel a marked improvement in my riding through the day.
@BobLearnsToRide – 25/04/21 – 1/2 Day bespoke coaching(competition winner)
I’ve been riding a motorbike for a long time. I had passed my IAM and RoSPA advanced tests years ago. You would think that this training would stay with you, but over time i developed a slightly lazy approach to my riding. Taking things for granted, and i wasn’t really switched on as much as i should be, after all there’s a lot at stake. So after seeing some of Neil’s training videos, chatting on Twitter and especially after Covid Lockdown, i thought i would take the skills refresher course for an independent look at my riding, and i’m so glad i did. It’s amazing how much your riding skills fade over time.
Check out this video Neil did for me,
it really sums up my riding skill fade and what we did about them. It’s great to have this video resource to refer back to and go over again, as there’s a lot to take in and re-apply to your riding. Neil’s approach is super friendly, constructive and totally non-judgemental. Book in with Neil and do this training instead of buying the next bit of bling for your bike, it will be the best investment you can make. Half a day is all it takes, and it will invigorate your riding again, leading to more confidence, enjoyment, and equip you well to survive the jungle out there.
@DevilsCrayon – 07/04/2021 – Back to biking / refresher
“I’m brilliant at riding and I don’t need any extra help”. If you read this and thats you… think again!
No matter what your experience or how awesome you think you are (and you might be, its cool), just book a day with Jewell training and You Will Learn something. Better lines, more space, improved planning. Great skills for the road or the track. Neil will keep up with you, even if it’s on a rolling sofa… 😉
@LaraMoto – 17/10/2020 – Bespoke coaching
Motorcycles are a passion, I want to be the best I can be. To that aim, I wanted training from someone who really knows how to ride a motorbike. Having known Neil for a while, via Twitter, and seen how competent he is, Jewell training was the place for me. Excellent advice, see’s where you can improve, and you come away from training knowing you are better than when you started. Will definitely be back for more training in the future Maybe I will even be able to keep up with him round a racetrack one day
Jules – 01/10/2020 – Bespoke coaching
I was lucky enough to find Neil on Twitter and even luckier to win a day training with him on a one to one basis. I met Neil at Crewe and he immediately put me at ease. We’d chatted beforehand about the things we could address with my riding. I had asked for instruction on road positioning and handling corners – the two areas I felt needed the most work. Neil hooked me up to his intercom and gave me a fantastic insight into his real time vision on the route – the bends , the way the road curved , the cross view (best learning point ) the hazards, the warnings , the signs and how to ride the bends smoothly taking everything in along the way. We headed out through villages and lanes , A and B roads and dual carriage ways and also up on to The Cat & Fiddle. It was a busy Saturday and there were lots of cars and groups of cyclists – but using the cross view I overtook traffic and climbed up the road and actually cheered to myself in my helmet at the move I’d just made ! I had a great day – I learned a lot and improved my riding so much in such a short time. A highly recommended training day that will continue to make me a better rider following Neil’s advice. And the chat , coffee and cakes and just the great way Neil explains everything made the day perfect ! Thankyou Neil – you are the best ! X
Susan – 29/09/2020 – Bespoke coaching (competition winner)
Spent a fantastic self assessment day with Neil and another former Police Grade 1 rider yesterday. Whatever your training and experience without constant self assessment and constructive advice from others, skills will deteriorate over time. So the opportunity to have two top class riders check my riding was not to be missed. Neil had plotted a fantastic 150 mile route through the best scenery Yorkshire could offer and even arranged perfect weather. The roads were varied and on occasion challenging but interspersed with excellent coffee, cake and more importantly valuable feedback. Whatever your previous riding experience, I’d recommend periodic check rides and Neil is just the guy to get you back up to standard whilst enjoying a brilliant day out.
Dave – 28/09/2020 – Bespoke Coaching
Spent a great day out with Neil today. Both the weather and the varied roads we used, were very good, dual c/way, A, B and unclassified all gave me lots to think about. Feedback was thorough and detailed, Neil is very easy to get on with, he put me at ease, nothing is too much trouble and I had a very enjoyable day, learning lots and I’ll be repeating that again soon. Thank you.
Simon – 27/09/2020 – Bespoke Coaching
A friendly and professional service, just like being out on a ride with your mate! Top class instructor who gave me the knowledge and confidence to improve my skills. The approach and training was absolutely fantastic! Look no further if you are looking to learn how to ride or improve your skills.
Marlena – 15/09/2020 – 1/2 Day Bespoke coaching
A bit of rider training/refresh for me yesterday with the help of Neil a great mentor. I’m quite a good rider at the best of times but felt something was missing. After a couple of hours a few stops and mentoring and a few tweeks to my road positioning and riding everything started to flow consistent and every corner linked great to each other no rushing just nice and flowing and safe. I think everyone should have a refresh once in a while and if you fancy a days mentoring give Neil a call. Would also like to thank @julestys @vehiclepartners @ridewithpeaks and @furberfurberson for sponsoring the competition that was run on twitter. very greatful to you all.
Neil was amazing. A really patient and kind tutor. I finished the day feeling like I had understood my issue and got it under control. There was no stress or pressure and asking questions was never an issue, and I asked a lot! I felt totally safe talking about and dealing with my anxieties. He coped admirably when I had a major wobble because I was so frustrated with myself and for that I am very grateful. I now feel like I have the old me back who loves to ride and ride well. The ride home left me feeling elated and very happy with myself. I can not recommend Neil enough. Definitely money well spent
After a few weeks of not riding the bike due to the COVID-19 situation and the lockdown, I was aware that skill-fade is a real and dangerous issue. I eased myself back into riding and slowly brought myself back up to speed with constant reflection on my ride throughout the journey. Being self aware and self critical is the key to banishing skill-fade and enjoying the ride once more
I run a back to biking session which would be ideal for those returning to bikes whether from a winter hibernation or a period without 2 wheels in their lives.
I have been riding many miles for many years. I had never done a trackday until the 22/07/2020. Through some pals met on Twitter I arranged a trackday at Oulton Park. It’s my local track so thought it would be fine to ride there, ride around the track and return home hopefully having enjoyed the day and learned some new things.
Have a look at my first ever trackday session…
It was a great experience and i have another one booked already for the 15th September, this time at Donnington Park.
I arrived at gate opening time of 07:30 and was pleased with the we ease of getting through security, a simple name check on a list and I’m in. The paddock was reasonably busy already with those that had stayed over the night before. I was on the lookout for a few Twitter folk that had mentioned they would be there. As I pulled into a space they came over and helped me set up the gazebo I was borrowing from them.
The team at No Limits Trackdays were brilliant. The communitcation from booking to arriving on site was first class. Of course I felt a bit nervous as this was my first one but their mantra of #trackdaysforall is very true. I felt really welcomed on the GTR1400. I think they enjoyed having me there too as I was the talk of their social media for 15 minutes…
Neil Jewell’s bike maybe so large that its situated in 2 different time zones at any one time but doesn’t stop him giving a damn good spanking around Oulton Park while startling a few when he cruised past 👊😁 #trackdaysforall#nolimitstrackdays
The day got better and better and on session 3, I felt brave enough to ask one of the free trackday instructors to follow me around and offer some advice. I think he enjoyed it as much as I did. After he’d stopped laughing at the sparks off the footpegs and the black lines the GTR1400 was laying down his best advice to go faster was to get a different bike! I took that as a huge compliment – it’s not often you are told you are riding a bike to it’s absolute limits.
It was a great day and if you are considering doing one, then do it.