Blimey, sounds like quite an adventure. Think I'll have to get a little fitter before joining you on your evening jaunts
Whitwick / Coalville / NW Leicestershire Riders
You don't need to worry too much about being unfit mrbelowski, I'm always bringing up the rear. It's always a good laugh though.
Danny, I'm jealous as hell. Sounds like you had a good one. I'm off out to get some miles in my legs. I'm coming to get you! See you Wednesday.
Again, no need to worry about fitness. Yesterday was fun and interesting in equal measure, but would not have been one jot less enjoyable with more rest stops.
It was a bit of 'experience' in one way, but they are all well-used and well-known trails, nothing that's likely to involve mountain rescue. Big, rocky and tough going, but not scary in a 'wilderness' sense.
Thoroughly enjoyed yesterday even getting machine-gunned by sidewards hail. Think we all did pretty well considering the changing weather.
Bet the smoke trails left from Rob are still clearing as we speak.
Anyway I would prefer Lucy Pinder to Jemma Atkinson.
C u all Wednesday.
A great day out and a nice write up Danny.
The good thing about our changeable British weather is that no two rides are ever the same, that's not to say I have anything against wall to wall sunshine!
See you all on Wednesday
Cheers Bob, I might have had a couple of said real ales on top of a knackering day out when I wrote that post, so writers' block was never going to be a problem!
I've had to invest in a mech hanger alignment tool, though. I got the bike out today having just hosed it in the dark last night, and the bastard hanger is bent again. I'm slightly concerned that the cataclysmic mechanical in November has now structurally weakened it, but not much I can do about that unless I get a new dropout brazed on. At least the proper tool will mean I get it straight until the next time. Only 30 odd quid?!
I've got it acceptably straight now, so Wednesday won't be a problem, but if I get the chance to zero it in properly before then I will do.
See you Wednesday evening 7pm Woodhouse Eaves village car park.
Excellent (character building) ride on Saturday, cheers to Danny for sorting another good away day.
I have managed to sort out the malfunctioning gears with the recommended deep clean and GT85 blast on the cables.
Should be in attendance on Wednesday, although the legs still felt a tad fatigued on the stairs at work this morning
In total I spent an entire day out riding on Saturday and good 2.5 hours fettling/cleaning the bike on Sunday, needless to say the Mrs loved the peace and quiet.
Oh and to anyone wanting to attend on the week night meetup, do not worry about the pace, we are very accommodating, please join us this Wednesday in the Woodhouse Eves village car park for a 7pm ride
So then, Wednesday night roll call.
Woodhouse Eves 7pm
Wayne? Muddyfool time for a reappearance?
Gears sorted (I hope), rear pads changed (dark peak grit did the usual job) and raring to go.
See you at the Woodhouse Eaves village car park 7pm.
The clocks go forward at the weekend, so we'll be starting in the light from next week
I'm not going to make it tomorrow eve. My other half has car trouble, tried to get it sorted tonight but ran out of time.
I will be out tonight.
See you there.
Much as I would love to make it out tonight I'm reluctantly going to have to say no.
Got back from South Wales very late last night/early this morning after visiting my mum in hospital.
Haven't seen the wife properly since last Fri (half hour last night doesn't really count) so having a lazy day/evening with some nice home cooked food! I know that sounds boring but I need to stay in (though I do fancy coming out!). If I'm around next Weds I'm deffo in for that one. Have a good ride - you barstewards
I'd quite like to come out and play but it'll depend on how naughty my kids are. Will check with the boss later
I'm only just leaving work chaps. If I'm not there don't wait. Have a cracker
I'll be out and about later, but won't make the start of the ride - if you see a fat man bimbling around on a fat bike, that's me
Scandal, we 'called it' at about five past seven, as no one had seen your post. Hope you didn't have a wasted journey.
A fun ride in surprisingly slippery conditions. All that lovely dust has regressed back into slop, but fun nevertheless. The ride also featured a welcome return to form on the mechanicals front. I managed a puncture and an increasingly erratic drivetrain and Matt G also managed to get some hideous noises out of his gears.
We did a bit of a loop out to Swithy woods, a bit of a play in the woods featuring some nice sideways action in places. We then did some stuff around the park that cannot be mentioned before a quick blast down another hill that cannot be mentioned, but now features a foot deep drainage ditch right at the bottom. I just managed to slow down enough to pop sideways into it.
We also achieved a notable fail in not going for a pint, but no one had really dressed correctly for the ride so we were all freezing by the end. I've since managed a second helping of home cooked turkey Balti with two cans of Guinness, so all was not lost.
The answer to the mechanicals? Enter Bob's fully rigid singlespeed. It would definitely prolong the life of my drivetrain as I wouldn't be able to ride it up anything!
Hopefully see you next week, but I might struggle. The meet will be 7pm Man Within Compass Whitwick. Hopefully I'll see you there.
Mrbelowski, we didn't see you I think, but feel free to be there ^^^^^^^^ next week.
Let's get the numbers back up as the clocks go forward and we can at least start the ride in the light again!
I might come along next week since uni breaks up on friday and it'll be interesting to see some new people! Where do you all meet?
I AM going to make it, we've had builders here for the last fortnight so I can't get into the garage to sort a mechanical, and leaving the MTB outside hasn't helped (dark-side roadie is in the kitchen, treasonous I know)
I was out and about a little later, I did wonder if the folks climbing the Broombriggs side of the Beacon were you guys, probably not.
I was impossibly slippy in Swithy woods - even my fatty was squirming around all over the shop.
I'll try and make next week's adventure - I'd like to try some of these hills that can't be named
I did wonder who was on the fat bike having seen various tracks in Swithland last week!
@ everyone - we alternate weekly meets at 7pm on a Wednesday. The next one (2nd April) is at the Man Within Compass pub car park in Whitwick.
@BillOddie - all in compliance unless you count lights as making presence easily detected and squealing brakes (it was very moist last night)(!)
Hope to see a few there next week...............
That sounds good danny, doesn't look to be too far from me.
Sorry about the no show chaps, tried texting you Danny but must have the wrong number.
BillOddie - I particularly liked the final point in that link
It's been a while since I posted here, and even longer since I made a Wednesday night ride. Anyway, hi to those that remember me. And, well, hi to those that don't - Good to see a few new names here!
Looks like it'll be a while longer before I can make it out. After giving my dodgy knee the prescribed amount of rest, hot water bottle and ice treatment I finally got out for a ride a couple of weeks ago and could barely pedal after about 5 gentle miles. I've been referred to a knee specialist and had an MRI scan this week. Results are due the week after next. Much as I'm hoping for a miracle cure, realistically it will be a while longer.
I'll definitely be back out when I can though, good to see you're keeping it going - especially enjoyed Danny's write-up of the peaks adventure!
I just hope I can get back to riding before I need lights... (Still have a spare rear light in the car though Scandal, just in case!)
Like a numpty I've only gone and forgotten that we have a family funeral (my wife's grandma) on Wednesday. Doh.
So obviously I won't be joining you this Wednesday. Can someone who knows the Whitwick stuff make sure they are there, please?
After a very pleasing little rattle around Swithy and others yesterday I decided to bite the bullet and fit a top guide. So I now have chain device, narrow wide ring and clutch mech. If the chain comes off again I'm getting an e bike.
On the (very) plus side, I discovered a couple of hundred yards of absolutely lovely trail yesterday about 500 yards from my house! I've ridden around here for eight years and never found it before! A nice steep and rooty start, a quick cross of a grassy clearing, through a gap in a stone wall and onto a steep and loamy bit of trails with a couple of really nice sweeping corners. Needless to say it will feature in the next ride around here.
Hope it goes as well as it can do Danny.
Who is riding tomorrow, I must admit I am not a definite at the moment, Im afraid man flu has been doing the rounds in our office and I am feeling very chesty this evening. I will have to see how things pan out tomorrow.
Muddy, it's good to see you back on here, get that knee sorted for the summer mate.
Yeah, hope it goes ok, my wife is in two minds about doing a reading (which might be a bit of an emotional moment), but I guess I can step in if needed.
I 'test rode' my new trail discovery this evening and I liked it very much. I also did a supremely naughty bit as well, which will feature, but is not wise whilst we are lit up like the runway at east mids.
It would be good if some of you could make it out to 'keep the ride alive' (registered trademark), but if not, no worries.
I will return next week and if we get away on time in the light I will show you all the more 'exclusive' riding near me!
See you then.
Lights fully charged, I have been getting a good 2 hours on full so no riding through the woods without lights this time(hopefully). I'm in for tomorrow night, who else is up for it?
I'll be there. Lights charged. Dropper post installed. C u then.
I will be out tonight, hopefully it will be warmer and drier this week.
I should be there. Not sure if I'll have any legs though, accidentally did a decently paced 80km yesterday!
Sorry for the late notice but i am not going to make it out now, hopefully see you next week.
Good ride tonight again. Just me, asbrooks and everyone. Started with a blast round Cademan woods in the thick mud, went round Whitwick quarry, over the naughty route that can't be named, round Bardon hill, back through Whitwick woods to the pub for a smooth pint of ale.
Everyone(Nathan)took us on some new trails round Cademan woods that were interesting. Also found a new route leading to the area that can't be named.
Did about 14 miles in all.
Hope the funeral went ok Dan.
Away for 6 weeks now in London so probably be a no show till mid May. Let's try and do something over easter
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