- I've had enough of this weather
- Oscillate WildlyMember
I’ve had enough of it but it won’t stop me going out, the last 2 Saturday’s I’ve had pretty dismal weather but just desperate to get out, and I’ve still managed 4-5 hour rides in dismal climates
The right clothes are key, I’ve not got wet once, god bless gore!
Wouldn’t mind some nice dry blue skies mind and the usual places to be a bit drierbout too, but let’s face it, it’s been like this since probably September onwards (If not before) so I’m kinda use to it now
Am hoping for a truly nice summer mindPosted 5 years ago
a bit of water and mud won’t kill you.
I cannot afford it. In this weather, 3 rides and the chain’s ruined, 3 chains and the remainder of the drivetrain is gone. That’s over £10 a ride, and we haven’t got onto brakes or cables yet. Rules 5 and 19 are for rich boys, not ‘hard’ men.Posted 5 years agonicolaisamMember
I have been out more times this year than any other.
I am enjoying riding at the moment and my fitness is improving,and have been eating slightly better food,have managed to lose just over 1st in 2 months aswell,so i think me riding what ever the weather/conditions is helping.
Yesterday was an interesting ride had Rain/sleet/Snow/Hail stones and thunder in 1 ride and was very cold and wet.Still enjoyed it though.
Have just brought a 29er Hardtail aswell so will be honing my skills and keeping up with my riding on that.Posted 5 years ago
richmars, being 44 myself, I agree with you!
I have done less road miles this year, but more MTB than last year. The thought of slogging along in the cold rain on the road, make MTB even more appealing. I feel safer off road when it’s icy.
A bit of nice weather would be nice for a change though …..Posted 5 years agoroverpigSubscriber
If it was just cold wet and muddy I could live with that, but it’s been impossible to ride large sections of my favourite trails since the end of November, due to snow and ice and there is no sign of that changing anytime soon. It’s got to the point now where we need a good week of temperatures over 10C with plenty of sunshine to clear the trails and there is just no prospect of that happening soon. Instead we get a few days of 5-7C then it turns cold and snows again.
Still getting out though, but I spent most of yesterday’s ride pushing the bike through heavy snow only to have to tiptoe down the descents due to a lethal combination of rain on top of ice. It’s better than not riding, but only just.Posted 5 years agotimravenSubscriber
From what I’ve seen locally, the excessive rainfall is making far more damage to trails than a few MTBs ever could
3 rides and the chain’s ruined, 3 chains and the remainder of the drivetrain is gone.
How? What chains/ drivetrain are you using? I’ll avoid it, must be made of cheese 😀 I change the chain twice a year and drivetrain once a year and do a fair off road mileage.
I’ve not been out due to work more than weather for the last fortnight.Posted 5 years agomrmoMember
From what I’ve seen locally, the excessive rainfall is making far more damage to trails than a few MTBs ever could.
rain doesn’t cause much damage, it is the walkers, horses, bikes etc churning up the wet soil that does the real damage, the going round puddles making them wider or through making them deeper, the creation of ruts which allow the water to wash away the soil etc.Posted 5 years agoOscillate WildlyMember
I was told off by a ranger yesterday for being on a footpath that was made of gravel/loose stones etc, none of it was remotely muddy/grassy or cause any sort of wear by me on my bike….his idea that it would made me question the 10-15 ramblers I’d just seen walking 4 abreast so basically the two outside walkers were off the gravel onto the grass/mud causing erosion….he was having none of it insisting that my bike did more damage than the said 10-15 ramblers did….
The guy then told me to walk it down to the road where I was getting off anyways, I refused and stated its a gravel path how is walking down it ever going to do anymore damage than that of walking?!? His answer ‘it just will’……
Of course i carried on riding…..just use your brain with the wear even on footpaths etc and you’ll be fine, rangers often like to strut there apparent powers a bit like bouncers, but reality is they can’t do anything….
I didn’t ride any footpaths yesterday that would have caused any erosion, any more so than a walker anywyad…and was on my own not in a big group…point being just use your noggin and ride them at night to avoid jobs worth rangersPosted 5 years agodannyhMember
I am in total agreement.
Rear mechanism snapped off at very nearly the farthest point of my ride this morning.
I bodged a singlespeed, but badly. Enough to get home, just.
Anyway, I turned for home in a bad mood when it started to rain. You bar steward I thought. Then it started snowing those big floaty wet snowflakes that are magnetically drawn towards the eyeballs.
I’ve ordered a heatwave this summer. If I don’t get it, emigration seems the only answer.
Everywhere I go, trails are being destroyed at an alarming rate because they just have not been allowed to dry out.Posted 5 years ago
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