Whitwick / Coalville / NW Leicestershire Riders
Not much new to be honest - more a rehashing of known stuff. I have got an idea about some stuff that you might not have ridden before, but it doesn't fit with the route tonight - maybe next time!
Hoping (again!!) to meet you guys tonight...
Bike is packed in van, let's hope I can escape these office confines in time!!
No time to change the rear larsen 2.1 though!!.....
Did somebody say slippy?
No worries, it all feels like new stuff in the dark and wet anyway, I only moved to the area earlier this year and it's been mostly dry!
I'm not sure yet, depends how wet I get on the ride home to be honest, I don't fancy getting soaked twice
Will put some proper tyres back on and see you next week then.
Don't know why I checked this, really bloody jealous now
Have a great ride.
Oh and Muddy,it certainly looks like it should be a good ride when finished, looking forward to wrestling with the tubeless setup later
I am not a weather wimp... just feeling pretty sh!t having just driven back from the other side of Daventry.
Enjoy the mud and see you next week.
Hope you enjoyed the rest of the ride chaps - thanks for waiting for me and hopefully this odd knee (or kneecap, I think) injury will have cleared up soon! The worst thing is that it seems fine until I'm a few miles into a ride and then gets gradually worse... It doesn't bode well for my planned trip to the peaks at the weekend!
No worries muddy. Get some ice on it ASAP.
Well that was one wet ride! It was like the bloody monsoon at one point, my waterproof layers gave out under the onslaught eventually, but that was with only about half an hour to go.
Cheers to fatbob and Muddyfool for making it out. I would probably have hidden under the duvet if it had been just me!
There were a couple of 'sidewinder' moments on some of the descents tonight. Definitely a case of loosening up and letting the bike do a bit.
Hopefully see you all next week. Then it's the inaugural day out in the peaks next Saturday............
Sounds an eventful ride, hope you are resting up muddy so you can make the peaks on the 16th.
Bike is now fully built, looks a beast and I can't wait to get out now, what is the plan for this coming Wednesday? (keen much)
It was eventful in the sense that it began in the rain, continued in the rain, and ended in the rain. There were quite a lot of smiles on the faces of the punters in the Curzon. We couldn't actually drink inside because I had already left a puddle whilst being served. And no, I hadn't pissed myself before anyone pipes up.
Next Wednesday 7pm Rag n Mop car park as far as I'm concerned.....
P.S. Excellent TV programme tonight on Beeb 2 at 9pm if you're a bit of a nerd like me. It's called 'Cold War, Hot Jets' and is about military jets - Vulcans, Victors, Lightnings, Hunters, Migs etc
Tomorrow (Sunday) morning's looking nice.
A Swithland bimble is on the cards - anyone else out and about that way tomorrow?
Did you get out Rascal?
I did a local loop in the afternoon, fantastic conditions and a first ride on the new steed.
However, Danny will be upset to hear that someone has taken it upon themselves to totally ruin the descent down Bardon by putting a barbedwire fence up in between the top and the already existing gate
Barbed wire fence on the singletrack bit after you've gone by the side of the building?
If so, I am well effed off!
Is there a stile in it or way of getting over the fence, if not I reckon I can email the Council as that would be blocking a RoW. If there is a stile in it, then they've succeeded in ruining yet another of the few decent bits we could ride on. Well done landowners.
I'm hoping there is no stile, the proper line of the footpath on the OS maps is where we ride, so unless they have re-routed the FP (unlikely), they will have to put a stile in at least.........
It has a small gap between two posts big enough for walkers to fit through but it totally takes any flow out of that short blast to the original stile.
Seems utterly unnecessary to be honest and could have been nasty if riding it at night without knowing about it.
They've done their homework, then.
And it's aimed squarely at us.
I'm going to make the effort to ride it as much as possible - even if it is not quite as good as before................
I really don't see the problem to be honest, it is one of the least cut-up routes I biked yesterday, and due to the quite significant hill there are never too many issues with drainage and mud
Same old unnecessary negativity.
How far apart are the posts?
I was just wondering if the next time I am 'walking' up there and I just happened to 'lean' against each post in turn, might they get a bit wider apart near the top? Maybe about 30 inches apart?
What with me being 30 stone and all, I'll need a prolonged 'lean' against the posts to get my breath back having 'walked' 'up' that hill.........
Is that the grassy bit with a few big rocks that I stopped to admire at close quarters a few weeks back?
Does seem totally unnecessary to put a fence in the middle, if anything I'd have thought it'll cause more damage by funnelling everyone through a narrow gap. Waste of the landowners money while making life more difficult for everyone else...
Unfortunately the posts seem set well enough to withstand a prolonged lean.
Can't remember the distance other than to say that you can see the original fence from the new one.
There are other options available though
Do you mean the decent that runs parallel with the service road?
Yes, by all accounts that is the one.
It just reaffirms my intention to ride it more often. They try to get rid of me, I go there more often.
Every time someone does something like this I think the result should be the exact opposite of what their narrow minds intend.
It will probably prompt me to seek out some more cheeky stuff on the hill as well.
Sorry for militancy, but when the only object is to deny use of a right of way to riders, then I think narrow mindedness needs to be challenged.
Bang on the money Danny
A sunday scouting trip is in order
Im coming wednesday so we should investigate more i think. Ive biked down there loads of times and not seen any walkers. I dont know what they are trying to achieve. Its not as if its getting ruined by the likes of us.
Yes, we'll ride it anyway.
I've gleaned a fair amount on RoW laws and the practicalities of their enforcement on here.
The above is a good start, it has a couple of sister articles by a rights of way officer as well.
Hopefully we will never need to actually tap into any of this, but you never know.......
Is it the Peaks trip this weekend?
If so, what day, what route and do you know who's up for it?
Day and distance will be a deciding factor for me.
Tomorrow very doubtful - again. Enjoy tomorrow chaps
Maybe see you on the w/end!
Right - I probably need to sort the Peaks day out properly, so here goes......
I'd like to be starting the ride as close to 9-30am as possible on Saturday morning (16th November). We will start in the Heatherdene Car Park near Ladybower. This car park is on the right of the main road after you pass through Bamford going north on the A6013. It is about 600 yards after you pass by the Yorkshire Bridge Inn.
The ride will take in five main climbs and descents - each of about 180m vertical gain/loss. Not an epic, but not a pushover either. We will take in some absolute classics.
The only real question I have is:
Do people want to meet up close to home at about 8am and drive up in convoy, or do you just want to meet at Heatherdene at about 9-15am?
Not sure how much I had win the tank at the mo.
It's about 19 miles if memory serves.
Four out of the five climbs are rideable (by me, not some mountain goat). The last is a push.
Bring plenty of grub and some high calorie stuff - the pace will not be too fearsome - I like to have plenty left in my legs for the downhills.
Go on - you know you want to..................
Are you riding tomorrow night?
7pm Man Within Compass (Rag n Mop) car park
It's going to be nice and chilly tonight, can't wait.
It'll be difficult to know what is frozen breath and what is the dry ice rolling off of your new bike(!)
I saw the pic on the 'post your bike' thread - very nice, reminds me a bit of some kind of stealth bomber.
Hope you have dried out from last week! Looks alot better for tonight, see you all later
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