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  • Premier Icon jambalaya
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    I haven’t ridden since Tuesday when it was very wet and its rained a lot since then, that being said it was warm and sunny today, a lot depends on weather the next couple of days. As a minimum you should be able to take a 1hr spin on the better draining trails

    Rickos
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    I’m staying in Peaslake for work on Wednesday night and was wondering if it’s worth bringing a bike at all or if the trails are just a swamp at the moment. Any locals like to proffer an opinion?

    I thank-you…

    Premier Icon nuke
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    Rode yesterday on Ranmore, Holmbury and Leith…fine as a more muddy XC ride but then I stayed off many of the trails. The main trails like BKB, Summer lightening drain ok but majority of others I can think of will just be a muddy mess by now. Rained again this evening but BBC weather is showing Wednesday could at least be dry.

    Cost me a set of rear brake pads and I consciously tried not to use my rear brake…given the almost constant gritty wet grind I heard from the rear caliper I guess I didn’t even have to use it to wear them down. Coming down Wolverns finished them off. All good fun though 🙂

    Rickos
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    Thanks for the info chaps. I think I’ll give it a miss this time and hopefully it will be nice and dry next time I’m overnighting.

    Premier Icon jambalaya
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    Guess what ? Epic thunderstorm overnight …. 🙁

    Premier Icon senor j
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    Yep -like the rest of the Sarf East – best left alone for a couple of weeks………..

    soobalias
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    with the current weather, i wouldnt even recommend a road bike.

    Premier Icon mattjg
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    The Greensands drain well, they’re sandy rather than claggy clay. Take your bike, get wet, have fun.

    We do a night ride Weds, mail me for info.

    Rickos
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    matt – will do next time…although I may be persuaded otherwise for this time – I keep changing my mind this morning. I’m staying in Peaslake.

    Premier Icon mattjg
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    Yup I read. We start Westcott.

    Personally I’d chuck my bike in the car and see what happens. It’s daylight to 9ish and even when it’s bad around here it’s never that bad.

    Premier Icon mattjg
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    Anyway to answer your question, it’s sodden and puddly but not what I’d call a mud-fest.

    Premier Icon timmys
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    I know twitter is not everyones cup of cup of tea but it is useful for checking out distant trails, the following are good for surrey hills updates;

    @hurtwoodtrails
    @allbikedup
    @pedalandspokesc
    @SHMTBer

    eg.

    Premier Icon teamhurtmore
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    Jambalaya – did you get the one massive and extended clap of thunder between 12-1? I thought someone had reintroduced Concorde!!!

    Isn’t it best to leave these trails to dry out?

    Premier Icon mattjg
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    Isn’t it best to leave these trails to dry out?

    Not sure it makes much difference, though I do go through the puddles rather than around them.

    Rickos
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    Hmmm, this is Supernova…

    Premier Icon teamhurtmore
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    Never remember which trail is supernova, but that tells enough surely?

    Premier Icon mattjg
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    Yup you wouldn’t want to ride that if you want to stay dry. I was up there on Friday, that’s how it was. It’ll be the same today I think.

    th: it’s the one that’s up to the right if you’re riding the big track uphill between the 2 car parks on Pitch. I dno the names either. But we have totally different names for BKB and ‘Yoghurt Pots’ too. Can’t get with these newfangled names….

    Premier Icon teamhurtmore
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    Cheers Matt – I know the one you mean – think it has a few variations at the top. Does it come right out at the WBCP or is it the one (that seems new or improved to me) that runs parallel with the lower part of the track you refer to?

    I have mixed feeling at the moment – don’t mind the mud and the rain, but feel its a bit antisocial to trash trails at the moment. Hence bailed out on peaslake mtbo at the weekend.

    Nuts to that!

    Time to join a road club.

    Premier Icon mattjg
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    is it the one (that seems new or improved to me) that runs parallel with the lower part of the track you refer to?

    This I think.

    I rode it on Friday and it was great fun. The wet doesn’t diminish it for me.

    As for erosion, I think with all the people Youtubing, writing on forums, setting up segments on Strava and Tweeting about SH, staying in on a rainy day isn’t going to make any difference.

    (Are you my friend who is a Blurred architect?)

    Premier Icon mattjg
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    ps feels ‘new’ to me too!

    I think with all the people Youtubing, writing on forums, setting up segments on Strava and Tweeting about SH

    ‘& setting up bike shops’

    Premier Icon njee20
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    You got a road bike? Excellent road riding around Peaslake!

    Rickos
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    No road bike.

    Prolly gonna do a few laps of BKB with jambalaya some time between 5 and 6 o’clock. At least BKB seems to handle the wet weather well enough.

    Premier Icon mattjg
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    & if you can’t face a ride, take your trainers and run to the top of Holmbury Hill and back. You’ll have earned a pint if you do that!

    Premier Icon teamhurtmore
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    Have fun guys – I think I will stick to a slippy run. Now which leaves more of a mess????

    Matt – if the architect ? was for me, then no, not me sorry. But was blurred for sure after recent crash on Pitch. Havent ridden for 3 weeks due to sore ribs, chest muscles so this rain hasnt hit me too hard!

    Premier Icon mattjg
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    th: yes it was (and Blur with a capital B). ouch. hope you’re back out soon.

    Premier Icon jambalaya
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    @teamhurtmore – yes it shook the house !

    Premier Icon mattjg
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    ‘Laps’ of BKB? Yawn.

    Premier Icon mattjg
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    Apols, totally unhelpful comment. Too much time online …

    matt500
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    Typical Singletrack comment Matt! Too much time on here! Mud’s ok, just gets a bit wearing having to constantly replace pads and clean kit…

    Rickos
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    I’ve never ridden there before, so just staying close to Peaslake is fine by me in all this mud and wet. Not been out for about 3 weeks, so any riding is good, but yes, we’ll probably do a little more than just a few laps of BKB. Jambalaya is showing me a few of the trails on the hill that drains OK (forget the name) for a couple of hours.

    Sonor
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    At least BKB seems to handle the wet weather well enough.

    Thats because a number of sections of BKB have been built and maintained to handle wet weather, Unlike supernova.

    matt500
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    Senor, Brilliant. thanks for that.

    Premier Icon mattjg
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    Guilty as charged, I will not become like that.

    Rickos it’s a beautiful area, welcome to our extended back garden.

    Premier Icon Cheezpleez
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    Aha! Sun’s out and I’m going for a slither. Actually you can avoid most of the mud if you choose your trails carefully and accept a bit more fire road than usual. Perhaps surprisingly, I find the built trails like BKB and Summer Lightning are not the most fun in the wet but them I’m a slime pervert 🙂

    Premier Icon mattjg
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    Have a good one Cheezy. Tomorrow?

    Premier Icon jambalaya
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    mattjg – Member
    ‘Laps’ of BKB? Yawn.

    We’ll be riding Golden Birdies, joking aside most people I introduce to BKB ask to ride it again. I’m hopeful we can find some “less wet” trails.

    If you don’t mind I’d like to join one of your Wednesday rides, been doing Nirvana noon ride but that’s not going to be so convenient going forward.

    Premier Icon mattjg
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    For sure. Ah the proper name.

    See your mail re a ride.

    Premier Icon Cheezpleez
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    Yup, great ride last night, although I did pick just about the most inappropriate route possible – over Ranmore, 3 Amigos, Wiggly wood, Druids Grove steps,etc. Man that chalky clag is slippery! Hoping to be out tonight Matt – see you then

    foofighter
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    Rode the Hills last night. Fairly big puddles on most of the trails still, but nothing a good mud tire cant handle, its not sticky, so grip can be had. The puddles on Supernova are good for practicing berm technique, just rail around the top of ’em !

    The worst bits are the bridleways on Pitch. Torrential rain plus logging activity equals impassable conditions. Means getting up to the fun bits would be a slog. We used ‘Death Star Killer Climb’ to avoid.

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