Ill be up for a ride on sunday if anyone is game.
Whitwick / Coalville / NW Leicestershire Riders
Can't do Sunday, away in Leeds on Saturday, not coming home until Sunday afternoon.
I'm probably going to nip out for a bit tomorrow night to give the new drivetrain a shakedown. It seems absolutely bob-on in the stand, but you never know until you put some load though the pedals.......
At least if I've got a reasonable set-up in place for next Wednesday I shouldn't, errr, delay any of you on yet another ride
There's good news and bad news. But the good far outweighs the bad.
The bad news is that I can't do next Wednesday night either as I've been stitched up by her indoors. Apparently I 'agreed' that I wouldn't go out riding as she is going out for the evening. I suspect I may have been 'asked' about this when I was a bit pissed. Looks like I'm soloing it another night instead.
The good news is that tonight's test ride of the new drivetrain went rather well. It is truly amazing how much noise is eliminated by a clutch mech. It is a bit eerie, although the hope rear hub stops things getting too sinisterly silent. I will probably be suffering a bit if I go to the peaks again soon, as the lowest gear is not as easy as a genuine granny. But I did make it up and down Beacon Hill three times, and didn't really struggle on the steeper bits, so I'm hoping some extra manliness will pick up the slack.
Still, all in all a great success. Hopefully that's the end of my drivetrain dramas, but it don't want to jinx it.
Is anyone out tomorrow? I will have my bike with me so hopefully we can get something sorted.
As above, I'm on the sidelines tomorrow night. Been out for a couple of hours this evening, though. Trails are running nicely at the moment, as there hasn't been too much rain of late, so you'll not regret sorting something tomorrow evening!
The new drivetrain set up has reinvigorated my riding effort. I've been out three times at night since Friday now. I need to build up my 'grunt' to cope on longer rides, but just knowing that the chain will be on after a rough section is soooooo good!
Keep the dream alive, people!
I'm taking the bike and all associated riding crap with me to work tomorrow very much hoping to be out to play. Man Within Compass car park 7pm?
I slung the bike in the garage after the Peaks ride and it's sat there ever since - untouched and unloved. Did manage to clean DANNY'S Peaks mud off it tonight though and gave the dodgy-jockey-wheeled rear mech a bit of TLC.
Who's looking likely to make it for a spin and a pint then apart from me and Fatbob?
I am hoping to be out, depends on work, probably a 90% chance at the moment.
I finally admitted that google probably isn't the best way to solve a knee problem and gave the doctor a call. Result is another 2-4 weeks off the bike.
So I'm definitely not going to make it this week or next. After that, I'll have to see how it is...
Looking like a bit of a no-show at the mo.
Scandal, if you're looking unlikely I might ride Swithland way as its on the way home - Fatbob is that ok for you? If there's more uptake I'll happily revert back up to Whitwick...
Swithland is closer for me but I am happy with either. The weather looks good so we should try and make the most of it.
Rascal are you able to put a bit of a route together, my local knowledge is a bit lacking!
You chaps feel free to ride over there. I have a lights issue atm, took them to work this morning to charge but the light on the charger wont come on, think its new lights time unfortunately.
Ill prob head out over here at some point tyis evening as theres a couple of routes I want to try before one of our rides so ill take the un tested head torch out and hope to be able to ride for more than 10 minutes.
Have a good one and we can reconvene shortly.
Anyone fancy Cannock for a blast one day?
Yep I can put a local loop together Swithland way.
Shall we meet in Woodhouse Eaves village hall carpark at 7?
You'll have started there before if you did a loop with Danny.
Yes, see you there at 7. Good luck with the head torch scandal!
I'll try and join you if i can sort everything out.
Decent ride last ride - for me anyway!
I bailed after my lights packed in (again) - haven't charged them for ages so can't complain
Jez and Fatbob went and did Windmill and Beacon Hills after that - hope you had a cheeky pint in the Curzon after! The fitter 2 of the 3 were chomping for a few extra miles. Nice naughty run through Bradgate - the deers didn't seem remotely bothered. Swithland Woods was doing a very good job of hiding some sticky boggy mud under a beautiful leafy cloak.
Back up to Whitwick next week with a few more takers?
Were you guys the three I saw last night riding through Wood house away from Quorn? I was on a cross bike heading the other way after work.
Schmiken - we rode out of Woodhouse Eaves up Brand Hill and passed a couple coming up from Swithland...was one of them you?
Good ride last night. Really enjoyed it. Nothing wrong with a cheeky detour through bradgate park. Best time to ride it at night.
I'm pretty much restricted to one riding slot over the weekend, so I thought I'd make it into an invitation event.
If anyone fancies a 'riding into the twilight' effort on Saturday afternoon then you are most welcome. I'll be starting at 3pm in Woodhouse Eaves if anyone is interested. If anyone is up for it, we can use the car park as a meet.
Stick the lights on as I am thinking of riding until about 6 ish, so it'll be half light, half dark.
We can either do my standard Saturday 'leg-stretcher' or more of a 'play' ride.
Anyway, the offer is there if anyone is up for it.
Would love to get out and join you mate but I have been given my orders.
Looking to ride this week coming though.
I'll be in front of the pub tv with a pint at 5 watching Wales v Australia so no can do. Enjoy!
Should have come riding, rascal
I managed a nice three hour razz around. Only slightly spoiled by an 'encounter' in the park that cannot be mentioned.
Perhaps just after dark is not a wise time to ride it as some of the idiots are still there. I came down nicely onto the bottom road, exhibiting some quite nice skills in my opinion. There were quite a few people on the road. No worries until some silly old tart practically runs from the edge of the lake to give it "you're supposed to stay on the path, not treat it like a race track". Despite the fact that everyone else I saw said thanks for slowing down for them.
Anyway, I am never quite ready for a-holes like this, so my response was not what I would have liked. Thirty seconds later I wished I'd said "go home and drink another bottle of cheap wine and chill out" or "the reason I don't ride on this road is to avoid people like you".
However I did manage to chuckle in her face and shake my head saying "dear, oh dear" which got a laugh from two blokes who were there. Not my best comeback, but I like to think it convinced her that I genuinely didn't give a shit what she thought.
Other than drunken old lushes who look like they are in drag haranguing me it was a good ride. The trails are actually very dry for this time of year so all in all a good way to spend a few hours.
Let's get something 'down on paper' for Wednesday night?
A lot of people think we are just out to cause mayhem.
Lovely day for a ride people!
I'm gonna be at Swannymote Road car park in Whitwick (original meeting point) at 1pm today, meeting a mate and going for a spin if anyone's at a loose end.
Feel free to join in - poss going for a pint at the Man Within Compass after that.
Danny - English ref, what cam I say?!
The 3rd Aussie try was so blatantly forward it was ridiculous.
To further compound a weekend of sporting misery I'll be watching Man City stick at least 4 past my beloved Swans later too
Shit shit shit, cant ride this week either, its the Christmas party of she who must be obeyed at the Curzon Arms of all places.
And I cant join you today rascal as I am being dragged Christmas shopping.
Ha ha ha. Guess where we're going to ride on Wednesday, then!
I think the curzon would be a great spot for a post-ride pint.
Only joking, at least only joking in the sense of doing it to deliberately wind you up.
Shall we set the meet as 7pm in the Woodhouse Eaves village car park on Wednesday night?
I promise I'm not doing this purely for scandal's benefit - it just makes a good meeting point (especially for me!)
It also makes it easy for me to route find as if it is within five miles of my house and I haven't ridden it before I would be very surprised!
Went up beacon hill on my bike today to watch the sunset . Pretty breathtaking really.
I'll be there Wednesday all being well.
Meeting in Woodhouse Eaves?
I will be there...
Hello all, I will be out again tomorrow - see you then
Pretty sure I'm not gonna make it this week chaps.
You gonna gatecrash Scandal's Xmas piss-up at the Curzon?
I thought we might drop in for a post-ride pint, yes.
I am 90% for tomorrow night, so basically I'll see you in the Woodhouse eaves car park at 7pm......
It's not a problem, I'll be glad of some 'normalish' company
Just don't get any ideas of nicking a spud.
I'm going to try and make it tomorrow. Please don't judge if you see me lifting a bike off the roof rack caked in peak district dried on mud!!
Scandal. You're in luck fella, it will probably be potato gratin, which ain't that easy to lift.
The food is really good in there at the moment, so you'll have a good one.
But remember, while you're piling in the calories we'll be burning them!
Right - roll call for tonight.............
If I can get over the M1 and back to civilisation (it is closed at the moment apparently), I am a definite for tonight.
I've skilfully avoided any work-based muggings today so see you there!
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