Riding down stairs
Not helpful but there's a great flight of steps coming from the Bishops downs in Salisbury used to rattle down them on my sturmey archered raleigh when I was a nipper! The odd thing is I'd probably think twice on my 575 more to do with the fact I'm 31 now and don't bounce so well…..Posted 8 years agotinsyMember
Got some near me, & I have ridden down them once and I just had a look on google earth,and it drops just shy of 100ft in height, I thought i was going to lose my fillings 🙂
Just measured it and its .1 of a mile in distance accross the earth so I guess we could work out a gradient from that?Posted 8 years agodoug_basqueMTB.comSubscriber
I'm not actually a huge fan of riding down steps but here's a couple of places that we do it! I've just put the google earth photos in.
First one is on a regular ride from San Sebastian. They're about 100m's high so maybe 300-500 steps?(You arrive at the sea and have to be picked up by a small boat after that!) They're really rickety and ancient with tight switchbacks and they're very hard to do dab free but they're fairly safe due to a large wall on the cliff side.
Second one I think only one person has done. Rowan Sorrell rode these as part of ResetFilm's next film, the follow up to home(called FIND and due in the cinema's in November) but only rode them a couple of times because he said they were "too dangerous!". I don't know the height but probably about 60-70m's from the sanctuary at the top to the small causeway connecting the island to the mainland. It's a rubbish picture, sorry, but you'll get a better impression if you check out FIND I guess!
Like I say I don't really like steps so hope I'm not putting anyone off coming here!Posted 8 years agoTraceySubscriber
Did about 50 some years ago down to a beach on Jersey
Think on these there were three rows of 8, rode out of the hotel foyer and straight onto the steps, was wearing a skirt at the time
14 on our local ride, usually done straight from the pub
8 on this but it stops straight at the bottom with a bike gate
There are about 40 that have been put in just of the Transpennine Trail at Bolton that will be ridden in the near future, can be seen on Google Earth but I cant link to them
TraceyPosted 8 years agobarrykellettMember
This is an old granite track up into the mourne mountains. The rail track is long gone, but is now replaced with steps all the way to the top. This picture is taken nowhere near the top!
Its just shy of half a mile from the start of the descent to the bottom and goes from 627 feet to sea level.
Best ridden flat out so your wheels cruise over the corners of the steps, but its not that safe as its a popular walking route. Let go of the brakes when you can see there is noone coming up towards you.Posted 8 years agojoemarshallMember
In London, the longest stair set that is easily rideable without any hassle has to be the Greenwich Foot Tunnel – tight, slippery, steep. 100 stairs, I think it has no landings either. Send someone down first to check for walkers. Oh and start riding once the lift starts to move up from the bottom, as then the guy in the lift can't tell you off.
If you like jumping off stairs, then Canary Wharf has a decentish set. Also, I've seen the ones at Waterloo, from the bridge over Waterloo road down to ground level jumped down in quite a scary looking way, but they're not very long. Also the ones off Hungerford Bridge, but they are always a bit crowded, you have to wait for a decent gap.
JoePosted 8 years agoBig DaveMember
Many years ago I once accidentally took a wrong turn in the dark when approaching an underpass at the top of East Road in Cambridge and ended up riding down the steps instead of the ramp at the opposite entrance.
Had I not been on a Dawes racer, and had I been expecting the steps to be there, I may have made it more than half way down before landing on my face. I can remember getting some pretty serious air over the last three steps. I ended up covered in blood and had to carry the bike 2 1/2 miles home. Not a good day…Posted 8 years ago
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