Riding my local DH
Whitwick / Coalville / NW Leicestershire Riders
Injured leg (pulled calf muscle running for bus last night!) means Weds night is a no-no for me.
Desperate to join the NWLRC again but with work and injury it just ain't happening at the mo
Pretty naffed off about it TBH. Enjoy the ride - will be dark early now
Sorry - I'm going to have to bail on this week as well.
I need to do most of my new bike build up tomorrow evening in order to have it ready for an away day on Sunday. Other evenings this week are already partially occupied with other stuff.
I have not helped by predicament by cocking up the ordering process wit On-One so that it has delayed delivery until tomorrow, otherwise there was a (very outside) chance of me being able to bring it on the ride tomorrow night.
I will be there next week, though. New bike in tow.
Have fun tomorrow night - to quote Rob Warner on the DH world cup at the weekend, "it's wetter than Prince Philip's underpants". Should be some slip-sliding action to get your teeth into, which I am actually quite looking forward to getting out in.
I'll be there, forecast is ok for tomorrow.
7pm at the pub?
I'm not going to make it tonight I'm afraid - hopefully next week though!
Danny: Plus when his co-commentator tried to apologise for any offence caused. Warner's reply was "It's ok, I don't think he's listening"
Is anyone else going?
If not, I wont bother, and just stay local here
It's lovely out there...looks good enough for a bike ride even!
Shame I can't go
I have finished work in a nice timely fashion so if the mass majority cant make it I might get out in the next 30 minutes or so why the light is still here?
Stuck at work again
However, I'm on holiday next week so baring booking a week in the sun somewhere (yeah I wish) I'll be about next week!
Anyone make it out last night?
My dream bike build degenerated into a nightmare last night.
Firstly, the right bb cup wouldn't go in, an issue, but not a show stopper necessarily.
But then disaster as I tried to put the rear wheel in, and it just wouldn't fit into the dropouts. On closer inspection, the gear hanger has been hit from behind, probably in transit, and narrowed the open end of the slot.
So after getting a frame sent within 2 working days of order, I am on the "send us a photo, then we will tell you what to do" wagon.
But I am not going down that road, more specifically I'm going up the M1 to Rotherham on Saturday morning to get the frame switched in person.
The glitch with this is that they can't press in headset cups as they don't have mechanics on Saturday, so it's back down to pedal power in Loughborough to beg them to press the headset on Saturday.
Assuming this ALL goes exactly to plan, I might just make the peaks ride I am meant to be doing Sunday. If not, I'm probably shafted for next Wednesday as well as I have no other time I can get the headset in.
I am, probably understandably, really pissed off with this now. On the plus side, my partial build has not even scratched any paint off of the frame (apart from around the dropouts), so he shop don't have a leg to stand on (I hope) if they don't offer an exchange.
Here's hoping for a happy resolution.
Why is it always me?
I can lend you a headset press, or do it for you early next week, if you get stuck - in South Leics.
Thanks for the offer, I may well take you up on that!
There will be a post on this thread on Saturday afternoon if I need it!
Thanks again, I really don't want to have to go down the 'blocks of wood and a hammer' route with a brand-new frame.
How many brave soldiers made it out on Weds?
If I don't make it next week I'm gonna sell my bike for all the bloody use it's getting at the mo!
Good luck getting it sorted Danny, what a nightmare! I'm sure you'll get it built soon and it'll be worth it in the end, but the offer is still there to borrow my old/commuter bike if it isn't sorted by Weds (and if we can figure out how to get it there!)
Going to be up in Ravenstone over the weekend, visiting relatives, I'm planning to go for a rumble round Hicks lodge early on Sunday. Anyone else about? Used to ride round Ticknall area a bit, back in the day... Always good to see how its changed!
Hi all NWL Riders club members. The Evo has landed. Well, I had to go and fetch it, but well worth it. A big thumbs up to Pedal Power for pressing the headset in on a Saturday.
The rest of the build took three hours. I needed to file the lacquer and paint from out of the dropouts to get the wheel in. It's still a bit tight, but nothing a bit of brute force won't overcome.
It's going for its baptism of fire in the dark peak tomorrow, then I'll be out on Wednesday evening. Yay.
7 o'clock in the pub car park?
See you there.
We'll be about sometime tomorrow morning. Hicks usually forms post ride coffee and cake.
The evo got a run in the peaks today and it absolutely blew me away, descending in particular. The rocky as hell stuff was more of a buzz than a series of slams as it was on my alu hardtail. I was unfit and really suffered on the climbs, but the evo being a fair bit longer in the front centre meant that it felt easier to climb on than the old one as I was a bit more stretched out.
In short, I am pretty chuffed.
Now then, who's out on Wednesday?
By the way, I am probably going to try to get a pass for another Saturday or Sunday in the peaks soon, so if anyone fancies it, then let me know.
Providing I don't get shafted in work AGAIN on Weds I will be there. Leg seems to be a lot better though may feel it on climbs - have to wait and see - 7 in the Man Within Compass pub car park.
Danny - I'll be up for a Peaks ride soon - keep us posted...cheers
I'll be there this Wednesday
Will only have an hour or so but shall ride what I can
How was the new steed Danny?
The new steed was a bit of a revelation if I'm honest!
The supposed weight penalty didn't really make a difference because:
A) I am quite unfit at the moment
B) Because the frame seems to fit me much better than the previous one, the slightly more stretched out position makes climbing more comfortable
When pointing it downhill, the alchemy seemed to happen. The head angle is way slacker than the genesis, so it was really stable and the front tracked up and over any rocks that my skills meant I didn't avoid. The 'steel feel' is definitely there - the really rocky bits were much more of a 'buzz' than a series of 'slams' as they were on the old bike.
If I had had a bit more left in the tank for the downhills, I would have been able to ride them probably 5% faster, then I'm sure the extra zip and zing would have been even more evident.
So yes, well chuffed.
I just need to re-cable and service my dropper post to make it more suitable for the shorter ups and downs round here - hopefully before Wednesday evening.
See you wednesday?
7pm Man Within Compass car park.
Right then folks.
Quick roll-call for tomorrow evening - who is in at the moment.
I will be there - the 7 o'clock meet gives me time to go home first and get changed, but I will be there at 7 or a bit before.
Come on, I need someone to show off the new rig to.........
Even the dropper wasn't a problem in the end - the cable is just long enough!
I have just had a glorious local ride. A good 12 miles of mainly off road bliss in great weather. Snapped a spoke coming down Bardon Hill though
Is there and danger to riding with 1 spoke less?
Oh and my other issue is how the hell do I attach a light to and endur-o-matic?
I will find a solution and join you for a dark ride.
Oh and the woods are running glorious, apart from the slick, greasy death stones
Count me in.
Wouldn't want do miss slick greasy death stones, especially in the dark.
Good to hear the new bike was worth the hassle too, Danny!
Good to hear at least two of you are going to be there!
I wondered if you were going to own up to what could be construed as a training ride, scandal!
I saw you heading up towards the bulls head, I'd had to pick some stuff up from the outlaws house, so happened to be driving home that way.
Tentative peaks ride weekend after this one by the way, will discuss more tomorrow.
Yes - if I'm not, you will see me on Central News as the top story - murder of a work colleague. Looking forward to it
Danny...might be up for that Peaks ride. Chat over a beverage tomorrow night.
Having consulted the 'Leisure and Recreation Committee' at home, it has been decreed that next Saturday (5th October) is the better bet that weekend, although the Sunday is still a possible if that is loads more convenient for others.
My preferred ride option would be my 'four up, four down' route around the reservoirs. Start at Bridge End, up onto Hagg Side. Then down Hagg Farm, over the A57 and up the track to Wooler Knoll. Then along the roman road to Blackley Hey (aka potato alley). Then up the Rowlee Farm climb and down Lockerbrook. Quick snack and a drink at the visitors centre, then up Derwent Edge to Whinstone Lee Tor before a blast down the kosher bridle way, or the well-known super-steep cheeky, to finish at the Ladybower Inn before a quick spin back to the car.
This takes in four absolute classic dark peak descents and keeps the climbing as easy as possible. Only the last climb is not 100 percent do-able.
Other alternatives are to start in the same place, do the same first climb, but come straight down Lockerbrook before doing a Cut Gate out and back.
Or do the classic Edale and Jacobs Ladder route.
The last two are more 'ridey' where as the first one is maximum bang for your buck in terms of descents!
Anyway, this has been a long rambling post when we can discuss properly tomorrow, but planning away days is brilliant!
Car sharing etc can be sorted in advance too, although some swapping of email addresses will be necessary.
If we can get there quite early, it is surprising how much we can have the trails to ourselves.
Outlaws up that weekend - very reluctantly gonna have to count myself which is an arse as I really like the sound of that
Just looked at preview and my swear word has been swapped for 4 asterisk - technological swear filters eh?
If anyone could bring a spare rear light I would appreciate it
Also I have no helmet light and have had to bend a snapped spoke around another spoke as I don't have time to sort it.
No problem, I'll bring a spare rear light.
Good to see no last minute drop outs this week (yet!)
muddyfool - Member
No problem, I'll bring a spare rear light.
Good to see no last minute drop outs this week (yet!)
Sorry fellas, I won't be there, wife has wisked me away for a couple of days (birthday surprise). It's been brill so far though, track biking, bmxing and mtb at the National Cycle Centre yesterday and a gentle peaks ride today.
Unfortunately (again) I can't make the 5th, I have a ticket to the Tigers v Saints game, I'm in if you change it to the Sunday for whatever reason
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