Chilterns on my doorstep whats the ideal bike??
which bit of the chilterns?
like most of the rest of the country, you want an XC bike, my personal choice would be hardtail but thats because you will appreciate it being lighter.
there is gnaradcoreDHXXXtreme riding to be found – depends what you like, how far you like to travel to ride…
the guys i ride with have the full spectrum of bikes from £300 hardtails that are still going strong after 5 years, to £3000 carbon full sussers, to FR capable frames, to rigid SS clown bikes
we ride offroad, like going fast, round corners, over bumps and jumps and finish in a pub for a beer
ride what you like.Posted 6 years agonickcSubscriber
I’d say hardtail TBH. The trails are pretty gloppy in winter (conditions now are exceptional) and the mud eats through bearings and pivots in no time. but Soobalias speaks the truth, you’ll need a general XC bike whatever suits you or your bank balance will be fine.
I ride from Watlington most sundays if you need a hand getting your bearings.Posted 6 years ago
As title really, Im new to the area and without a bike at the moment.
What would be the ideal bike for doing most of my riding on the chlterns and the occasional day at afan/cannock??
Not sure about either a longtravel hardtail(Bfe) or a full susser like a trek fuel ex or would i be massively overbiked on something with more travel??
whats your opinions
stevePosted 6 years agogeebusMember
Living in Reading and riding various stuff around there I went from an GT Avalanche Pro (light weight hard tail, 80-130mm fork) to a 120mm Boardman FS Comp and was pleasantly surprised.Posted 6 years ago
I found what I lost from bob while climbing, I gained back in traction on the typically loose surfaces. Speed in a straight line wasn’t particularly affected when sitting down.makkagMember
i have a upgraded cube HT with Reba’s set at 120mm and its been everywhere mate, ride what you can afford ! based in kings langley and do the upper chilterns often and afan & cannock etc .. whilst i love my mates full susers never felt the need for one myself .. hell i even had a blast on some of the red runs in Les Gets this year on it and did not die ! also has the benefit of just getting ridden wiped down and ridden again !Posted 6 years agoThrustyjustMember
Evening NickC………..Posted 6 years ago
Ride what you’ve got. As long as the wheels go round. Used to live in Tidmarsh, so know all the southern chilts, although have been known to go to the Watlington area too……….
its all down to what tyres and currently almost summer tyres are good, although the muds are starting to be considered especially with the rain tonight. Chalk and clay is a fun combination.
Usually ride from Pangbourne, when we head out that way and have some good routes across to Woodcote and Henley etc.DickyboyMember
Ride what you like most, as above wouldn’t recommend a full suss for the winter gets proper claggy out there, as for over biked to hell with it I’m loving my Prince Albert with 130mm Revs just great fun 🙂 be ready with some trailrakers when the mud takes hold though 🙁Posted 6 years agocrashtestmonkeyMember
I think there’s some Dreaming Tyres lot on here then? 😉
As SOOB has said its all good and it all works, just like riding anywhere, and if you ride your bike in different places what do you want it to perform best at? Our group has covered the full gamut and we’ve all had fun, and if I got dropped on the climbs on my 160mm gravity sled skills compensator ego chariot by someone on a singlespeed HT clown bike *ahem* its not the bike’s fault…Posted 6 years agoDr_BakesMember
From Benson head down to the Mongewell roundabout just south of Wallingford and then east on ‘Grim’s Ditch’. Looks like a straight line on the map but is in fact a singletrack delight. Another great one is the bridleway down the back of Huntercombe. Get the OS map and you’ll see there’s a myriad of bridleways that can be put together into some really good 20 or 30 mile loops. I work in Wallingford and have a great 15 mile loop I have done in an extended lunch break in summer. Happy to pass on some gpx’s if you fancy them?Posted 6 years agoAmosMember
Cotic soul mate, I live on Goring and have had a foes fxr a yeti 575 and Titus el guapo as well as a cross bike sold them all as the soul was by far the best for all round riding! As for the cross bike I suggest not to bother really don’t know why people suggest them? Good for racing round muddy fields uncomfortably and that’s about it (I’ll get stung for that one 😉 )Posted 6 years ago
I ride mainly road nowadays but drop my an email if you want a ride out from Goring and get on Neal Bromleys new mailing list, Trailjunkies his shop has closed but he runs regular evening rides http://www.theveloadventurecompany.com/crispedwheelMember
I think there’s some Dreaming Tyres lot on here then?
Evening Macgyver, Crashtestmonkey and Dr Bakes 😉
OP – based in Benson? Lucky chap. OS map plus hints from here, and you’ll be fine.
Dr B – you forgot to warn him about the ‘witch of the ditch’!?! Rest of the advice is very good though – join up Grim’s Ditch and the Huntercombe YOI singletrack.
Oh, and 1×9, as someone previously mentioned, would be good for the Chilterns.Posted 6 years agorob2Member
OP – i’ve got some gpx tracks running from mongewell (so just down from benson). Let me know if you want me to email them through, or go for a scoot. email in profile.
afe in Cholsey has bike mags in and cake :o) nicer than the waterfront cafe in benson and cheaper too :o)Posted 6 years agojrukMember
I spent years riding the Northern end of the Chilterns on a fully rigid Clockwork. Don’t think I ever came across something that needed fs. I’d go 100mm-120mm HT with plenty of clearance for the gloop. If budget allows, you could always get yourself a spare set of heavy duty wheels for those crazy days.Posted 6 years ago
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