- Happy rides thread :)
Had a somewhat tough day (lots of problems at work plus in final stressful stages of house selling with my ex-partner) Came home feeling really down, surfed round STW and realised that I used to always feel cheered up and inspired to ride by accounts from others about what fun they’d just had out on their bikes. But I couldn’t find any ‘happy riding’ threads!
So, there was only really one answer … start my own happy riding thread 🙂
Which means I had to go for a ride – grabbed my ‘cross bike and headed out for a spin in the evening sun. Fantastic! Through the wonderful Victorian seaside kitchness of Llandudno, hugging the coast road round the Great Orme watching the gulls and cormorants come in to nest, seeing the sun setting over Anglesey, and spinning past the beach towards Conwy.
Now I’m hot, sweaty, a bit knackered, and smiling again. So, those of you who’ve been out having fun on your bikes today, tell us about it – it might even inspire someone who’s a bit down to get out and ride 😀Posted 8 years agoTandemJeremyMember
I rode a couple of miles to the shops – but along a nice old railway line. I realised how much yesterdays ride took out of my legs.
However yesterdays ride was great – Up into the pentlands in the evening, seeing the sunset and the haar over the river, rode a bit of trail I hadn’t for ages. A nice mix of open moorland, twisty bits thu trees, open easy trails and stuff yo need to concentrateon. 30+ miles wit a bunch of folk off here (after 10 miles in the day running errands)
Tomorrow will be a trip to glentress to meet up with some friends. Looking forward to that as its a while since I have been.
A good ride always makes me feel better 😉Posted 8 years agoalthepalSubscriber
Rode to work tonight,after redo ing to try and got as much saddle time in as possible. Hard when I work 7 nightshifts on then 7 off, with a baby boy in the house! Was a very pleasant 12 miles with the sun shining. Almost beat my prev pb and that was when it was just over 10 miles to the old station.. Happy days. Not sure I fancy the cycle home again after my shift tho!Posted 8 years agogothandySubscriber
I decided to take a slightly different route to work yesterday.
Went hammering down this narrow steep hill, only to come around the last corner and see a massive lorry blocking my way. He got his brakes on straight away to be fair, but I was going way to fast, so headed for the sketchy steep verge. As I exited verge having cleared the rear of the lorry without injury I was smiling a lot!!
Not sure it qualifies as a happy ride but felt bloody lucky after 🙂Posted 8 years agobikebouySubscriber
Well this is an Excellent thread, whooop.
Can’t say I’ll post every time I rideout, but sure enough you’ll get some edited highlights.
The Best thing about busted relationships is the recentering of finding the things you like and apreciating the beauty of this world we live in..
Good thread.Posted 8 years agomessiahMember
Horrendous rain forecast for the afternoon and evening so there was only one thing for it… get up at six and hit the forest for two hours before heading to work.Posted 8 years ago
My plan worked brilliantly; riding through the forest with the dew soaked spiders webs glinting as the sun broke through the early mist was a lovely start to the day.
Shame I had to go to work after but heyho… and at 2pm the heavens opened… 😆neallymanMember
Working up in Moray yesterday so took my bike with me and stopped in at Laggan on the way back. First loop in the dry was ace but the heavens opened for the 2nd loop and it was a bit sketchy including a nice over the bars incident but I still had a smile on my face. I think the black loop at Laggan might be the best bit of trail centre anywhere. 🙂Posted 8 years agomarsdenmanMember
Went out last night… Legs were heavier than expected after Tuesdays ride but, had to do it..Posted 8 years ago
One of my ‘new favourite’ loops revisited – last time there I’d had a proper Superman OTB moment, thankfully no serious damage to man or bike, just a big bruised and grazed right leg and a big dint in confidence (cycling alone, middle of the moors, and being self employed it served to make me think…..too much..)
So, went out specifically to ride the section that took me out last time, an innocuous little step..took me 3 attempts but did it… 🙂
Next stop Sunday – The Boys are off for a big day out – if we can only agree where to go….!HandsomedogMember
Took BigDummy out into the Peak last weekend for a final pre-wedding (mine not his) ride and a test out of his new Trek Remedy. Ace weather, brilliant riding, good cake.
Have re-discovered the joy of riding an mtb after a couple of years of not being able to ride anything. Rode Jacobs ladder, the Beast etc. Fell off Remedy on the Beast, laughed, got back on and rode some more.
Facial scarring has all died down in time for wedding tomorrow!Posted 8 years agostgeorgeMember
Went over to the FOD yesterday afternoon, just for a couple of hours – ended up over four hours. Tried the new Verderers Blue , loved it, at speed(well my speed) it can get sketchy if you go right to the edge of track onto the loose, and the last couple of miles are a hoot. Credit where its due, everyone I met thought it was great. (As an aside saw quite a few without helmets – not really advisable on this “Blue” and I’ld hate to think it would get too sanitised if one of them does himself in – perhaps a big warning sign at start)
All in all ended up doing two and a half laps on the Verderers, one of the Freeminers and a couple of other bits of singletrack of old Enduro route. Even a couple of punctures didn’t spoil a great afternoon/evening.Posted 8 years agoElfinsafetyMember
Rode up to High Beech in Epping Forest on Tuesday, nice and quiet, water dripping through the leaves from the morning’s rain to cool me down a bit, nice cheese and ham roll at the tea hut, then back down towards home. Found a little lost dog looking quite confused and a bit upset near South Woodford, so took him onto a nearby street, where several locals got involved in trying to find out if he belonged to anyone who lived there. Turned out he did, but the owners were of course out looking for him. Went back into the forest and found them. They were quite upset, but overjoyed to get their dog back again. Felt some good karma, rode home happy. 🙂Posted 8 years ago
Yey – this is great! Has brightened up my lunchtime no end (well, along with the chocolate truffle that someone put on my desk as a thank you …) Thanks all of you – you’re are my favouritist happy riding people!
Everything from rides with your kids, commuting to work, local rides, far away rides, trail centres and natural uplands, flat places and hilly, good karma and lucky escapes, road riding and mountain biking … just wanted to say that it goes to show …
Ain’t riding bikes brilliant 😀Posted 8 years agonachoMember
I was ill on Sun/Mon/Tues (virus? weak, achy, headache etc)Posted 8 years ago
Work has been the worst week ever (I’m in sales so that means very little income)
Kids really stressing mrsnacho out all week, so I was also getting a bit stroppy/stressed.
Went out on my bike with a couple of friends last night. Did a (small) gap jump (don’t normally do them) and a big (for me!) jump at a higher point that I have done it before. Could only pootle as I still wasn’t 100% but that ride made me feel sooooo good after such a rubbish week. I love riding my bike.
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