- Anybody else brave it this morning???
yep, a bit of a mixed bag, beautiful near Faringdon, crisp white fields, blazing sun, no mud – but the previous passing of the hunt meant that some bits were teeth chattering to say the least, interesting animal collection – a white ferret, it actually saw me, and waited for me on a track, I stopped beside it and we looked at each other and then went on our ways, biggest dog fox I’ve ever seen, and lots of full size deer – all brave enough to stand and assess me before legging it, then it went a bit smelly – puncture and then about 20 minutes later,about 6 miles from home the airshock collapsed …….. so a slow end to a blazing day, didn’t get cold atall, well pleased, shock wantedPosted 6 years agoneninjaMember
Just got back from a couple of hours on local bridleways. Some of them were super fast – loved it. The wind picked up on the top of the hills but amazing how just a base layer, thin merino and a soft shell keep you toasty in what must have been something like -10deg or lower with the wind chill.
I must remember not to clean my bike just before going out on a morning like this next time. Fork adjusters froze solid and when we first set off my chain was frozen stiff too. When we got back the water droplets from cleaning it were still frozen in place on the frame.Posted 6 years agosmell_itMember
Rode out to meet for a 6:15am start, for 46 road miles out of north Manchester, which regular crew of early doors riders who like to get back early for family duties. **** spiders it was bracing, but fabulous morning when the sun got going. My 6 quid px gloves were left wanting, but was back home by 9:30, and sorting some lovely fried brekkie.Posted 6 years agoKlunkMember
7.30 start for a local offroad 50 miler it was cold but I wasn’t, stuffed now though. Camel Froze up until the last hour. Theres a paradox regarding frost, great until it starts to thaw, but once it thaws it makes it muddier than it would have been as the trails here are still quite dry. All in all a great ride finished off with cake and last nights left over pizza.Posted 6 years agothemightymowgliSubscriber
0800- and I was feeling righteous blatting round the locals trying to establish a balance between cold lungs and having the Buff up over my nose causing my sunnies to steam up. Blissful ride it was to. Sunshine, no breeze, and fast trails. It felt like summer. AlmostPosted 6 years agosmell_itMember
iainc – I’d love to deliver some great wisdom, or something highly motivational, but in truth I’m no great sleeper; I’ve never needed much sleep and once I’m awake I’m up! It helps that I’m meeting some other guys to ride with but can still do it if I’m solo. I do have to overide that voice in my head saying ‘go on, just stay in bed, it’s warm and lovely here!’ but I know that within a few minutes of being on the bike I’m going to be having fun. Oh yeah, limiting the booze intake the night before is also crucial! I think though once you have done it a few times you realise what a bonus it is to have pretty much the whole day ahead and the miles are done.Posted 6 years agobeagleSubscriber
Popped out on the CX bike this morning for a cheeky high peak 2 hour job. Proper cold. Didn’t seem to bother the local farm moggie – mooched past me with a robin in his chops 🙁
Got into Manchester now for some beers with my mates. Snowing quite heavily. Good job I got out. Could have happily sat and watched Saturday kitchen eating shreddies, with the heating on full whack!!Posted 6 years agojamesoSubscriber
Frozen hard and sunny, been a perfect morning in the Chilterns. Fast, grippy, a bit rougher than usual, ruts making corners more fun, I wish it this was normal winter weather tbh, I love the cold weather. Been out a few times this week, make most of it while the ground’s hard.Posted 6 years agotazzymtbMember
-8 getting dressed in the carpark only to discover my gloves were still damp from a mid week ride…..fingertips are still hurting.
3 hours of super hard, fast singletrack though and gave a random biker a go on the half fat (another convert to the chubby cause)
weather warmed to a positively tropical -1 by the time I finishedPosted 6 years agonick3216Member
yes. back in the north for the morning (currently sat at Keele in a blizzard) so rode on my old school trails. lots of forestry work going on on Longridge Fell with commensurate loss of secret trails.
On the main sections it was a case of what tyre for a thin layer of snow on sheet ice? Elsewhere the peat was mostly frozen and rideable, but when you went through you went through. Must have been a silly wet last year.Posted 6 years ago
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