Pentlands amble thread follow-up: Sunday 11th Oct. (not 10th!)
Right, so far the tally is:
"Excuses" for not coming – working, living in Balerno, holidaying in San Fran, painting… 😉 😉
10am, Bonaly Scout Camp:
Looks like we'll have to organise a nightride in the next few weeks too for those that expressed an interest.
I'll keep an eye on this until tomorrow night. If you want to join us but haven't posted up, drop me an email. Anyone who wants my number, likewise.
Cheers, Kit.Posted 8 years ago13thfloormonkMember
Kit, sorry to mislead you, I would like to come, but have g/f duties to fit into the weekend somewhere. Don't wait for me is all I'm saying 😕
Some Pentlands night ride shots here:Posted 8 years ago
Apologies, minor hi-jack – my racing-snake buddy has pulled out of our Gypsy Glen (revisited) ride tomorrow, if anyone fancies hooking up for some (undoubtedly) peaty, muddy mayhem (on my birthday :-)). Space for 1 more on the roof, e.t.departure 08.30-09.00.Posted 8 years ago
Could give it a try – presuming smooth strata is more suited to a drop barred rigid, it wont be too bad. There will be some rough patches but many line choices – personally I've no idea how a cx bike rides..?Posted 8 years ago
Sounds, from your alias, you're familiar with the Pentlands already??
Thanks, Robgarrioch, I've been riding in the Pentlands since before there were proper mountainbikes, I think the route that you have in mind sounds perfectly do-able. Pretty much the only thing thats not so great is deep gravel mixed with housebrick-sized boulders such as you find on the more eroded bits of The Yellow brick road.Steep gradients like right to the top of Allermuir are a bit of a nightmare on 34-32.Posted 8 years ago
An interesting nature type thread aside- I was riding over to Carlops a few months back, and as I was about half way up the hill I noticed that the wooden sections were covered with beautiful little viviparous lizards,sunning themselves on the planks.I felt pretty guilty about scaring them off by riding past.Posted 8 years ago
Hi west kipper – more the merrier! Interesting to see an (to me anyway) unusual bike and how its ridden 🙂
I was wondering about the descent down to Glencourse – instead of the (now smooth) track straight down, I'd thought that the singletrack round Castlelaw would be a bit different and a laugh. Only ever climbed it from Glencourse and its a bugger!Posted 8 years ago
See this Xylaphone street/ Carlops route does that actually go anywhere ? If im thinking it's the same place it has loads of logs across the track etc. The last time i went to the top of it you passed a wall and went further into the hills but i didn't know where i was then. Is there a route up there etc to something ?Posted 8 years ago
Offroading – the last (& only)time I did it, we continued on, down to the rhs of North Esk reservoir, & finally down to Carlops (more by luck than judgement). Then along the A702 to NineMileBurn & a hard climbing path back up to West Kip. Not a hugely enjoyable route, but definitely a good workout.Posted 8 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
I'm not going to make it, I'll be out and about but no chance I can make the start time so, I might see you- if you see a slow sweaty longhair on a blue Idrive, or more likely standing beside a blue Idrive reattaching a bit that's just fallen off, that'll be me
I can certainly understand the Balerno comments, after all it takes nearly 5 whole minutes to get from my house to the middle of BalernoPosted 8 years ago
Cheers HH, see you tomorrow hopefully.
I'm not going to remember you all by the way – I might have to write this down and do a register, but not like Rowan Atkinson 😉 (poss NSFW http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pG56g-rqS8M)
and we might bump into epicsteve and Northwind.
See you tomorrow, gents!Posted 8 years ago
I'm gutted to say that I dont think I'm going to make it. Was riding in Blackness woods yesterday and a piece of branch through the 'bars has ripped out my rear gear cable.Posted 8 years ago
There's an outside chance I might be able to bodge the mountainbike back together in time, but as I'm also having to ride to Bonaly from Bo'ness, its looking a bit tight- If I'm not obviously there please don't wait.
I hope I've not burnt any bridges for the next time.
Anyway-Back to the workstand…
Indeed, surprisingly fine weather, even the wind couldn't bring us down. Thanks to all who turned up, apologies to those who missed it. A couple of lo-quality phone photos for the collective – I'm confident Kits usual standard will put them in the shade;
Dunno why, but this makes me think of a squadron of Lancasters, on the final run to the dams!??
& mr 13floormonk about to catch some serious air (man)!
A few more here
Just off out again, so look forward to reading the post-ride comments later. Well done all.Posted 8 years agokennypSubscriber
The singletrack around the west side of castlelaw is my fave descent in the pentlands – well worth doing IMO
Hard to disagree there. For me it's a toss up between that one and the drop from the bottom of West Kip down into Green Cleugh. Or the Black Hill descent if it's dry. Or the descent off White Hill. Or the Nail Trail.Posted 8 years ago
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