Pentlands amble thread follow-up: Sunday 11th Oct. (not 10th!)

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  • Pentlands amble thread follow-up: Sunday 11th Oct. (not 10th!)
  • Kit
    Member

    Right, so far the tally is:

    Kit
    robgarrioch
    PaulGillespie
    Garry_Lager
    yetidave
    13thfloormonk
    couldashouldawoulda
    Northwind(?)

    "Excuses" for not coming – working, living in Balerno, holidaying in San Fran, painting… 😉 😉

    10am, Bonaly Scout Camp:
    http://www.streetmap.co.uk/map.srf?X=321132&Y=667455&A=Y&Z=115

    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.

    epicsteve
    Member

    Maybe I'll just scoot over early and get the video camera set-up near the top of puke hill.

    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:

    http://www.singletrackworld.com/forum/topic/lets-have-a-nightride-photo-thread-from-tonight-only-though

    druidh
    Member

    Cannae do it either I'm afraid – I'm being the dutiful son this weekend and doing some DIY for my folks.

    Can't believe anyone from Balerno is calling off because of the start point though. It's a simple enough ride round to Bonaly past Harlaw & the Kinleith farms.

    gecko76
    Member

    Another one possibly. I'll recognise robgarrioch, anyone else look out for a white hardtail.

    Premier Icon robgarrioch
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    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.

    Premier Icon stevenmenmuir
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    Would love to do tomorrow but got to be home by eleven. Definately up for a Wednesday nighter. Re Balerno, have I missed something, has it moved to West Lothian.

    west kipper
    Member

    Hullo! New member here, I'd love to mosey along to this, but at the moment my purist-style MTB is off the road. Would I be unwelcome if I turned up on my 'Special Requirements 29er-style Velocipede?*'

    (*awright, I admit it, Its a fat tyred cyclocross bike)

    Premier Icon robgarrioch
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    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..?
    Sounds, from your alias, you're familiar with the Pentlands already??

    west kipper
    Member

    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.

    Offroading
    Member

    Speaking of which how dull is yellow brick road! Even the climbs aren't difficult. Makes me wonder why they bothered.

    Premier Icon robgarrioch
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    Mmm, new trailraker on the back, might be tempted to see how much resistance Allermuir puts up now!!
    Don't know YB Road by name, which part's that?

    Offroading
    Member

    Don't really know more names, it runs East/West along the Pentlands. If you ride East along it you come out at the top of the steep road after the car park at the top of Balerno.

    If you ride West along it you come out near East Kairn.

    west kipper
    Member

    YB road is an access road that was cut into the hills a few years back.If you go to the top of the Beech Avenue above Theipmuir and turn right, it leads directly west and joins up with Xylaphone street/ Carlops route.

    Premier Icon robgarrioch
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    Ah, I'm (vaguely) with you, think we'll be descending a little of that on Sunday… Remember doing xylophone st. last year, good feature!

    west kipper
    Member

    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.

    Kit
    Member

    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!

    west kipper
    Member

    Actually, a lot of castlelaw has been sanitized ( not that i'd be complaining on the cx! )although some of it is breaking down with water runoff.Still a nice wee climb as you round the hill.

    TandemJeremy
    Member

    The singletrack around the west side of castlelaw is my fave descent in the pentlands – well worth doing IMO

    Offroading
    Member

    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 ?

    SandyThePig
    Member

    Meh. I'd kinda like to come along but:
    a) I have cracked my handlebars
    b) My girlfriend is making me do a day of DIY

    Admittedly, I do have some old risers I could chuck on – but will have to see.

    DrT
    Member

    Dont look in here too often, just an occasional lurker 🙂 Ill be in the Pentlands tomorrow morning so will pop over and join you guys.

    Premier Icon robgarrioch
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    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.

    epicsteve
    Member

    That Carlops route is better in reverse.

    Premier Icon househusband
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    Will probably be along tomorrow – will send you (Kit) a text if I don't think I'll make it!

    Premier Icon robgarrioch
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    Think that makes 10 of us so far, will re-tread this thread in't morning for a final (?) count 🙂

    Premier Icon Northwind
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    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 :mrgreen:

    I can certainly understand the Balerno comments, after all it takes nearly 5 whole minutes to get from my house to the middle of Balerno :mrgreen:

    yetidave
    Member

    Hi,

    not sure if i am going to make tomorrow so please don't wait on me, kinda over did it today in Drumlangrig, great to be back on the bike though after injury.

    Kit
    Member

    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)

    Kit
    robgarrioch
    PaulGillespie
    Garry_Lager
    yetidave
    couldashouldawoulda
    gecko76
    west kipper
    DrT
    househusband

    and we might bump into epicsteve and Northwind.

    See you tomorrow, gents!

    Ahem, I'll be there now, but will make a point of getting there early just to save confusion!

    Thomohawk
    Member

    Another lurker here…

    Quite interested in coming along with GF if that's cool. Prob gonna take a view on the weather in the morning – will be there for 10 if coming.

    Cheers,

    Thomo.

    west kipper
    Member

    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.
    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…

    Kit
    Member

    That's some cycle out! Don't worry about burning bridges – these things happen and we'll maybe see you next time (if not today…).

    13thfloormonk, Thomohawk + lady friend = see you there!

    Premier Icon househusband
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    I'm hoping for a slightly more leisurely pace than the STW ride last weekend… on that one there were lots of people with zero body fat and very low (single digit..?) BMI's…!

    Thomohawk
    Member

    Househusband…. It's cool, I'm a bit fat and suffering after a stack at GT yesterday, so defo taking it easy! 😆

    Kit, we're leaving Stenhouse in 10! 😀

    Thomo.

    epicsteve
    Member

    I headed out early this morning as I reckon my end of the Pentlands is going to get fairly busy later on, given then lovely weather.

    Clear blue skies and only a little bit breezy at the moment so should be good for your ride.

    Premier Icon robgarrioch
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    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.

    Premier Icon kennyp
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    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.

    Premier Icon househusband
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    Just over 28km – and slightly more climbing than descending!

    Saw some bits of the Pentlands that I'd never seen before – good ride and good company. Thanks, all.

    druidh
    Member

    C'mon guys – it's a well known fact that there's nothing worth riding in the Pentlands.

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