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Old 25th September 2010   #1401
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its meant to be fairly simple, read the route description that tom posted
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Old 25th September 2010   #1402
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How technical will the route be? I really want to come on my cross bike but dont fancy it if its really tricky.

Ta
Have a look at the route as posted above. I haven't done it so I can't know for sure, but the book seems to be aimed at a pretty easy level.
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Old 25th September 2010   #1403
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Sorry, didnt read all posts.

It looks fun, see you in the morning!
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Old 25th September 2010   #1404
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I am not bike master and except a few dirt jumps which you would not be riding on XC bikes Iwould say the norths downs are ridable on a cross bike. You may find yourself walking the odd obstacles but it will be a short section. You will not be walking for 100s of meters, more like 5- 10 m if you're really nervous at the most.

The routes are fun but they are not gnar-to-the-core. As I said I am by no means a tough rider and I don't struggle.
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Old 26th September 2010   #1405
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Owain and I made it 'round the whole thing without too much further drama -eventually. Finished at about 1600, so even figuring in another cake stop and multiple navigation stops, we were much slower than I thought. The sand did stop not far past the pub, and the section from there to the main climb was the best part, a few bits of decent singletrack. The climb up Hackhurst Down was tough and I eventually fell off once it got too steep, and have a rather sore knee for my trouble. From there it was a (too) easy gradual downhill on a wide track most of the way back.

I'm not inclined to do that particular route again since there was relativley little payoff for long impassable sand section, and rather dreary descent back. However, these were well indicated in the text, and the navigation was generally good, so the book seems basically sound.

Good turnout, thanks for coming along ladies & gents, hope we can do it again in a couple of weeks - ideally after we've honed our skills at next weekend's CX training at Herne Hill.
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Old 26th September 2010   #1406
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Pfft, very steep learning curve today! I will be happy if I never see sand again.

Thanks to Tom for leading, and well done to him and Owain for going the full distance. Also well done to Jane for soldiering on when it was tough, and Wiesia for making it all look so easy on the cross bike :)
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Old 26th September 2010   #1407
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sorry only just made it back to london.
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Old 27th September 2010   #1408
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Pfft, very steep learning curve today! I will be happy if I never see sand again.

Thanks to Tom for leading, and well done to him and Owain for going the full distance. Also well done to Jane for soldiering on when it was tough, and Wiesia for making it all look so easy on the cross bike :)
How did you get on with the shortened version? We realised on the way back that you must have had to do a pretty serious climb up the downs.
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Old 27th September 2010   #1409
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Short version: had a leisurely lunch at the pub, found some nice (non-sandy) singletrack of dubious legality, then took the B-road for the short hop back to the station.

Long version: what happens on the downs, stays on the downs!
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Old 27th September 2010   #1410
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In related news, I've bailed out of my DP ROTFL entry, so I'm thinking about the Wiggle 25 mile New Forest MTB/cross ride next weekend instead. Its looks very flat and non-technical, so would be a good place to get some practice on my cross bike I think (I won't be doing the cross session at HH). Any want to come with/any New Forest locals going to be there?
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Old 27th September 2010   #1411
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Lovely to meet everyone.

Thanks Tom for organising, and I am sorry for moaning so much about the sand :-) Caroline and I got chatting to some 'serious' MTB on the train on the way home who suggested the Southdowns way so I will have a look into that.

@Caroline - There is a x race in Bleinham Palace this Sunday if you fancy it? No single track at all on this one just lots and lots of grass :-)
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Old 27th September 2010   #1412
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@Caroline - There is a x race in Bleinham Palace this Sunday if you fancy it? No single track at all on this one just lots and lots of grass :-)
Cool, that does sound good, I'll probably go for it, just need to check the trains.
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Old 27th September 2010   #1413
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Am up for the falling leaves thing

Caroline - full, medium or in desperate need of htfu version?
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Old 27th September 2010   #1414
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Cool, that does sound good, I'll probably go for it, just need to check the trains.
There maybe a minibus going. I will let you know.
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Old 27th September 2010   #1415
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Have contacted wdmbc as they appear to have regular group mtb rides.

Will be in touch when I have more info.
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Old 27th September 2010   #1416
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Am up for the falling leaves thing

Caroline - full, medium or in desperate need of htfu version?
Sorry, think I will do the cross thing instead now. The New Forest is lovely at this time of year, but beware the very early start if you do go (likely to be a 06:30 train from London to get there in time for sign in).
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There maybe a minibus going. I will let you know.
Cool, let me know if find that 80's-tastic video you mentioned too, looking at these I think I could use the advice!


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Old 27th September 2010   #1417
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Sorry, think I will do the cross thing instead now. The New Forest is lovely at this time of year, but beware the very early start if you do go (likely to be a 06:30 train from London to get there in time for sign in).

Cool, let me know if find that 80's-tastic video you mentioned too, looking at these I think I could use the advice!

Try
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Old 27th September 2010   #1418
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We should do this next year;

https://www.bhf.org.uk/events-and-vo...spx?ps=1000673
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Old 27th September 2010   #1419
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Huh, that started pretty much opposite my flat. I'd be up for it next year for sure.
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Old 30th September 2010   #1420
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Who's going to the Herne Hill CX training on Saturday?

http://www.hernehillvelodrome.com/cr...on-2nd-october

Mountain bikes are allowed.

Next weekend day I can make for a group ride will be Sunday 17th October if anyone's up for another ride in the North Downs? There's 6 routes in the book I've got that are < 1 hour train, the rest are further. I'll have a look tonight and try and get some scans so everyone can vet it for terms like "sand". I think I'll choose something a bit shorter, I didn't realise how slow going it can be, especially with navigation
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Old 30th September 2010   #1421
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Sounds awful.
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Old 1st October 2010   #1422
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So who is up for offroading this weekend?

Given the shit weather it appeals more than a road ride
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Old 1st October 2010   #1423
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Be careful were you go otherwise it will be a drag through mud and / or you will cause a massive amount of damage / erosion to some trails / paths
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Old 1st October 2010   #1424
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Any suggestions? Are there any good mtb centres around the london area?
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Old 1st October 2010   #1425
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swinley forest(martins heron station) and don't forget to buy a permit from the visitor center
and pitch/winterfold hill which are better than leith in the wet.
avoid the north downs chalk it's lethal in the wet. think smooth compacted chalk/clay mix covered with a thin viscous liquid mud, will not be rideable until we get a cold/dry bit of weather.

or a road trip to south wales afan/cym-carn. rideable even in the wet, just take spare brake pads.
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Old 1st October 2010   #1426
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do they do a day pass for swinley?

am also thinking of doing some training for MTB riding, i know i can go and learn by my mistakes but part of me thinks i'd get more fun from it and be better off learning decent technique to start with

can anyone suggest a good place to learn - gorrick.com has some one day courses...
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Old 1st October 2010   #1427
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gary, what are you up to tomorrow and Sunday?
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Old 1st October 2010   #1428
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I'm away this weekend but I'm up for a ride (whatever the weather) next weekend James.
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Old 1st October 2010   #1429
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Am meeting a friend who is actually an MTB instructor for a ride around Queens Wood tomorrow.

Will be meeting at 10.30 at Crouch Hill station.

If anyone wants to come along mention it on here.

We are just going to be messing around, with the intention that I will learn a bit of control for the bike. Then may try to schedule a day out of London for a group of us and to do a half day of training and half day riding in the near future.
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Old 1st October 2010   #1430
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Might be up for this James, will let you know if I'm in.
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Old 1st October 2010   #1431
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sweet
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Old 1st October 2010   #1432
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Signed up to post this. (Owain from last weekend's ride).

Yes, I'm up for that tomorrow morning. Train route seems``Interesting'' to get there from west london.
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Old 1st October 2010   #1433
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gary, what are you up to tomorrow and Sunday?
retouching/vat return/drinking wine/thinking about when i'll take up cycling again etc etc.

i'm not doing any mtb in the rain/mud. had my fill of it over the years and can't be bothered. if i had my SS up and running then i'm more likely to ride if it's a bit muddy. the bouncy bike is a pain to clean and has bugger all mud room.
if we get a dry/cold winter i'll be out in the hills, trails are fast as fuck when frozen :-)
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Old 1st October 2010   #1434
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Am meeting a friend who is actually an MTB instructor for a ride around Queens Wood tomorrow.

Will be meeting at 10.30 at Crouch Hill station.

If anyone wants to come along mention it on here.

We are just going to be messing around, with the intention that I will learn a bit of control for the bike. Then may try to schedule a day out of London for a group of us and to do a half day of training and half day riding in the near future.
That sounds more fun than the CX thing. In. I can take a bike on the Overground right?
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Old 1st October 2010   #1435
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yep, overground works fine for bikes
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Old 1st October 2010   #1436
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Cool. 8 miles on through town knoblies is probably best avoided.
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Old 1st October 2010   #1437
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I would come around but I lack the necessary tool to change the cog from an 18 to 20t (55gi).
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Old 1st October 2010   #1438
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HTFU scoble
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Old 2nd October 2010   #1439
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I'm in for this today.

If anyone wants to meet at Finsbury Park at 10am to ride up the old railway line, there's some fun single track on the way.

Meet at the Park gates nearest the tube, then we can be at Crouch Hill by 10.30.
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Old 2nd October 2010   #1440
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ill come back that way with you, have planned my route out to crouch hill

see you all in a bit
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Old 2nd October 2010   #1441
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That was bucketloads of fun.

Great little group, alockett, tom a&e, owain, Lucy and me. Lucy was awesome at explaining lots of techniques to make things easier, positioning of body for climbing and descending. Hand position for climbing was very useful. As we did a few loops I could see the improvements as we went round. Owain and Andy were also hugely informative.

Shall try to organise a proper day with Lucy for the forum mtb folk. Half a day of training and then an afternoon ride. We can split the costs amongst us to pay for lucy's time.

My favourite moments were discovering the joys of suspension and bouncy tyres when we we bombing down a hill to discover it had a section of massive steps. Thankfully I had just been advised by Andy to bend my arms on descents but it did feel like I was riding a huge blancmange. We also did a really slippery descent a couple of times, after the first time I was told to focus on the exit for difficult sections and the second time it was much easier.

I do need to reset my front mech limit screws but basically a great morning out.

Thanks to all.

Last edited by dancing james; 2nd October 2010 at 12:45.
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Old 2nd October 2010   #1442
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Cheers for organising it James, and pass my thanks to Lucy for leading us round and passing out the hints and tips.

Nice little run around.
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Old 2nd October 2010   #1443
owainga
Yes, that was a nice morning's messing about.

So who's up for something in two weeks? I'm at a conference next weekend so no riding for me.
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Old 2nd October 2010   #1444
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In
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Old 6th October 2010   #1445
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Is anyone doing anything this weekend?
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Old 6th October 2010   #1446
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Yes
Don't know which day I am free yet
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Old 6th October 2010   #1447
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Free both days at the moment, definitely up for a ride
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Old 6th October 2010   #1448
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should have my bike back working by then, so in, depending on day/time/location...
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Old 6th October 2010   #1449
tom.
Excellent. James, you're the one with plans, so I guess you're in the driving seat re: which day you want to go.
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Old 6th October 2010   #1450
j.m.f
Event details
had some contact with Charliethebikemonger recently again,
and wanted to put a shout out for him again, proper mentalist,
heres his blog which is good for 2 reasons
http://www.charliethebikemonger.com/page42.htm
1. It mentions a MTBO event that Im organising for 06 Nov.
This is on the Purbecks Dorset, you go past Bournemouth a bit or, train to Poole or, Wareham.
Struck me that if people want a good weekend away and they arent bedwetters
you could come down fri/sat do my event Sat (see flyer on link)
then ride Sunday on the Purbecks
heres a flavour http://www.singletrackworld.com/trai...le-of-purbeck/
2. Charlie talks about some monthly adventure riding hes doing into the winter.
stay strong
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