Tips for riding wet boardwalk
Was at Laggan on Sunday and managed the 250m stretch of wet boardwalk fine. Just took it easy, very small movements and little to no braking on the front.
Later on took a tumble on the wooden starting ramp after trying to turn onto it too sharply and too quickly. Bloody hurts 🙁Posted 4 years agomartinhutchSubscriber
Apparently, the boardwalks at Gisburn are quite grippy due to their ‘split larch log’ construction…which consoled me as I picked myself out of the bog last winter.
If you think they’re slippy now, wait until the frost starts.
As above, you have to achieve a zen like state and float along them without twitching your steering or brakes.Posted 4 years agoTheArtistFormerlyKnownAsSTRSubscriber
I’ll throw myself down big sharp pointy rocks with abandon, but show me a stretch of boardwalk that isn’t straight, dry and 3ft wide and I freeze. Hate the stuff with a passion – you can imagine how much I enjoyed the top section of Fort Bill Red 🙁Posted 4 years agoflyingmonkeycorpsMember
Some of that Gisburn stuff is horrible eh? I find the trick is to stay as loose as possible, and take it really steady – most of the Gisburn bits you can get over without braking or pedalling, and with minimal steering. It’s the only bit of the enduro I’m not looking forward to!Posted 4 years agoGEDAMember
Remember that all wood is not the same! I ride in Sweden and they have loads of boardwalk like molegrips picture. I was on some this morning and it was very damp but I did not crash out once. Went to France and crossed a bridge that was far wider than I am used to and the front wheel slid out and I landed 2m down a dike on my head. Nothing hurt but my pride though.
I would also try to keep low and weight centred.
Posted 4 years agosimons_nicolai-ukMember
Was at Laggan on Sunday and managed the 250m stretch of wet boardwalk fine.
Rode at Laggan last May for the first time and the boardwalk in the woods on our first run completely took me by surprise. Hit it at speed and only then realised it was like ice. One of my scariest ever moments on a bike trying to keep it together and lose enough speed but managed to stay on somehow.
Cutting fresh tracks in the snow this Easter at Grizedale was fun but I’d second the original advice – stay off it….Posted 4 years agogrumMember
So in the UK’s climate, purpose built MTB trails have surfaces that are nearly unrideable when wet? Makes sense.
I’ve ridden Gisburn in the wet and honestly didn’t think the boardwalk was that bad. OP do you have your tires pumped up mega hard?
I remember when I first started biking I rode the NFT and some of the boardwalk on that seemed insanely slippy. Had a few nasty falls on it.Posted 4 years ago
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