Decent bike shops – Box Hill/Surrey area?
For me Head for the Hills are excellent, no complaints about workmanship and I’ve always found that they give balanced advice and don’t try and sell you something you don’t want. Cycleworks in ‘head tried to flog me an Epic when I said I wanted a Stumpy far or Camber evo….. Pedal n Spoke great place for mid ride issues of which a mate is always having (and Howard is too fast so needs to be busier in the shop I think!).Posted 3 years ago
For the record, someone mentioned noobs getting dropped on a Nirvana Wednesday night “shop ride”. I’m a regular on that ride, it’s not really “a shop ride” it’s a peer group/mates ride that happens to start on the green or at the shop front.
Neither is it a noob ride, we’re friendly but not ride-nannies. People are absolutely welcome to turn up and have a go and it’s usually obvious pretty quickly to the new rider if they’re not up to it. We’d never intentionally drop someone or leave them lost but I can’t say it hasn’t happened. I don’t recall the ride described, perhaps I wasn’t there that day.
The ride is XC/singletrack/trail riding, a little bit of pace, year round all weathers. We don’t do the freeride and jump sessioning that (I believe) all the “shop” rides do.
Hope that helps, turn up (1830 Wednesdays) if you fancy it. The format is usually a couple of hours riding, a pub stop, then back to Westcott for about 2230.
Edit: cheez beat me to it. Lol @ PeterPoddy.Posted 3 years ago
I’ve only ever done the daytime “shop” rides, I can get lost/dropped in daylight.
The people at the front and the middle know where they are going and are probably faster than you anyway both uphill and down (everyone is faster than me).
Bad mouthing the shop because you got lost is pretty bad form in my view, particularly on a night ride where I strongly suspect the people at the back are really slow and tentative. If you want to go on a guided ride pay Richard at All Biked Up £30+, he only does daytime rides.Posted 3 years agosuburbanreubenMember
Off topic, but someone mentioned the shop “Moto Sport”, did they used to do a XC race series? Just wondering as I think I did my 1st ever MTB race with them – recognise the name
Yes,I think they used to sponsor that race at the Land of Nod, past Hindhead.Posted 3 years ago
That was a great venue!njee20Subscriber
Indeed they did. The shop became Beyond in 1997, and they stopped using the Land of Nod soon after.
I’ve heard stories of folk being dropped on Nirvana rides. No issue with that myself, as long as folk know that it’s not a ‘wait for the slowest man’ ride. Agree that the reputation of the shop is perhaps being damaged if there are rides nothing to do with the shop.Posted 3 years ago
Have bumped into a various people at different times that after general chatting the subject of Nirvana rides (daytime) comes up and they seem quite pissed that they got dropped or a friend did.
But yes, maybe it’s just down to an understanding that it’s that kind of ride.
I do Troll rides and normally they are fast as the slowest and that means they’ll lay on a sweeper to ensure no one gets dropped, however they have a fast ride and it’s established if you can’t keep up… see ya! 😀
And yes, lots of rides start from Nirvana’s place. I do some myself from there as it’s an easy place for people to find. Just mates out for a lark. Though personally I find parking round there a nightmare and some Westcott locals stuck up snooty bunch (though I take my opinions partly from “that” TV show that didn’t put the place in a good light 😉 ).Posted 3 years ago
Most Nirvana rides I’ve been on go down something I’m a bit nervous of to say the least. Often there is no alternative line immediately obvious or indeed at all. The Surrey Hills are not a trail centre, often there is no chicken line (so you ride it or man handle your bike over the jump/gap/feature etc). As such you could get easily dropped, stuck in the middle of “no where”. I go to watch decent riders ride stuff and to be shown new trails, for the company of a good group of people and to push my riding a bit.
I was referring to “bad mouthing” as people inferred that being dropped was giving the shop a bad name.Posted 3 years agoybotMember
I’m another regular and the main lead rider from the 6.30 night ride starting at Nirvana – as Matt and Charlie have already said, its not really a Nirvana ride just a bunch of locals (Dorking Cocks) who find it a convienient starting point.
No ride has ever started out with the intention of losing anyone although as mentioned it has happened. Many people do turn up for a ride with us, some we only see the once where as others have returned and become regular riders.
We always do our best not to drop anyone whilst also trying not to compromise the ride – remember, the regulars all look forward to their weekly ride and it can be very frustrating to have 12 or 13 people hanging around at every junction for a newbie to catch up.
Rich, I can’t recall the ride you mention but I do remember you, I seem to remember the 1st time you came along happened to be the night of our Christmas meal many years ago now.Posted 3 years ago
It’s the new “secret” jump trail no one’s (*cough*) supposed to post videos of according to the notice up there because of all the months of work that went into it…
… built slap in the centre of one of the busiest areas, quite noticeable with the hoards of people who already know about it heading there every weekend 😉
It looks great and commend the effort, but I’m just waiting for the huff when it all gets flattened. I hope it doesn’t, but really can’t expect that to last where it is. Just enjoy it while you can and if lucky it will get overlooked, so long as no one has a really bad off.Posted 3 years ago
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