Surrey Hills – mud fest or OK?
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 🙂Posted 5 years ago
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….Posted 5 years ago
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.Posted 5 years ago
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?)Posted 5 years ago
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!Posted 5 years ago
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.Posted 5 years agoCheezpleezSubscriber
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 🙂Posted 5 years ago
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.Posted 5 years agofoofighterMember
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.Posted 5 years ago
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