A visit to the Republic of Yorkshire to sample Dales riding promised cake and epic trails. On both fronts the wekend delivered.
The weekend kicked off for some (those that arrived on time) with pennies being placed in the honesty box at our hosts Dales Bike Centre in return for cake. An excellent start.
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After a reasonably long build period I finally managed to get out on the Fatty, a night ride was organised with a random STWer and preparations were made. Been a while since I’ve been on a night ride so it took me a while to find all my bits, charge up batteries and zip tie things to other things but eventually everything was ready.
In standard form I went the wrong way on the M25 for a bit but made it to Swinley on;y slightly later than planned, I’ve not ridden the new trails in the dark so wasn’t expecting massive amounts of speed. My companion was on standard trail bike, 140mm 29er and he seemed slightly fitter than me, on further conversation it turns out he was a bit more dh orientated and had a big bike and made regular trips to the continent for reasonably gnarly riding. At this point I figured I’d be doing a lot of following! read the rest of Fatty debut »
unboxed and very fat
Hankering after a new bike and looking for something a bit different I’d been following the rising popularity of fat bikes for a while, the biggest issue seemed to be price as the use of non standard parts and only smaller companies producing them meant no real bargains. Recently this has changed with many of the big companies now getting in on the act, Specialized, Charge, Kona, Felt,Trek and many others all have models currently available, although prices and value seem a bit all over the place so far.
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rich, air and snow
Title: cakeriders christmas cannock ride
Location: birches valley, cannock
Description: The almost annual christmas trip to cannock.
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Bit muddy but alright considering
After a few weeks of just not getting out I headed to Swinley for a quick little blast with some colleagues, train issues and general lateness meant we didn’t get there till after twelve meaning it was a bit of a a mission to find a space. Eventually we found a space and got free parking as the guy leaving had three hours left on his ticket, nice!Expecting the worst I was pleasantly suprised by the conditions. both weather and trail seemed to be holding up well, a few muddy sections but these were mercifully short or easy enough to avoid. After a busy summer the red/blue route seems to have settled down and braking bumps, while bad, don’t seem to be getting any worse. However the revamped single speed was misbehaving with a continual and currently undiagnosed glee in dropping the chain at inopportune moments, this combined with a hangover and apparently even less fitness than me displayed meant a rather leisurely ride.
The first half of the blue seems to be the most consistent part of Swinley with the least braking bumps and weather proofness, the red section has definitely not fared as well, erosion and trail wear have tailed off but there are a few sections that really need some work done to get them back up to par. Whether the trails are going to be continually fixed and maybe even extended remains one of the big questions surrounding Swinley, with the money spent on it and its rebirth in popularity I would hope someone has the foresight to build upon(pun intended) what has already been put in place. The trail hasn’t really changed at all since the last cakeriders report to be honest but I’m hoping for some new trails and bit of spit and polish in the new year.
So with the Donny branch heading to Sherwood just Rich & Pod were left for a loop round Cannock in the rain, taking in some old favourites and some new recent singletrack discoveries.
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cathkin braes mountain bike trails
After securing tickets to next years mountain biking at the Commonwealth Games we thought it was about time we made the effort to ride the course.
So Saturday off we went to ride a loop or two of Cathkin Breas Mountain Bike Trails.
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Hello, old chap!
I get a phone call the night before riding. “Do you want to meet up at 8.30am at a Wetherspoon’s Pub in Sheffield that opens early for breakfast?” asks Ben down the line, going on to extoll the virtues of pre-ride bacon butties. I ponder my response. “Er, I think I’ll just meet you at the Longshaw car park”, I reply, reminding him that I’m vegetarian.
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glentress tea and cake
ton up or ride101…
Either way (and this is probably only of interest to myself) for the last few years I have been taking a picture on every (non-commuting) bike ride I have done. read the rest of three figure year »
swinley carrot cake
The final weekend of September saw the 2nd annual cakeriders south east weekender. As in previous year it was one day at Swinley and one on the trails around Peaslake.
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