- Trail centres – what are they good for?
Your lucky if you have the option to choose, here we have limited access to ‘legal’ trails and the ones that are open are limited in length (despite the good work of the HKMBA).
Had a lovely chat to a couple of lads taking a Santa Cruz Bullit and another bike I can’t remember up the mid-levels escalators the other day!
They were bemoaning the lack of trails, but really not sure what action they were going to get up by Conduit Road! 🙂Posted 4 years agocoastkidMember
First ride at a trail centre in 2 years on Saturday and was good fun. Even if not on the usual choice of bike 😉
I like the social riding thing at them, then the solo stuff with your own thoughts on local trails and in the hills 🙂
Some waffle here i tried to explainPosted 4 years agodavidtaylforthMember
They’re a good way to introduce new riders to cycling on smooth trails. Basically a step up from road riding. They also keep the less experienced riders away from the proper “mountain biking” (yes there is such a thing!) trails.
I was thinking the other day, a few of the more popular trail centres around the country could offer to “sign off” riders who they deem capable enough. something like, completing the balck run with no dabs in under a set time, then fixing a puncture and servicing a set of forks afterwards. After this, they’d be free to go and ride proper mountain bike trails in the knowledge they’d be good enough to handle it if they got into a sticky situation.Posted 4 years agocozzMember
they are mainly for audi drivers to drive an hour to get there, take bike off back of said audi, do a killer 4 mile loop, then stop off for a slice of cake, then drive home, only to stop at a country pub to have a quick pint while their bike gets nicked from the bike rack on back of carPosted 4 years agochipMember
Ambulance drivers must really love frequenting them too.
As I always see them either there or just leaving.
I’ve never seen an Ambulance driver.
See one yesterday at swinley.Posted 4 years ago
One the last time I was there, and three there the time before, when there was also a fire engine in attendance, so there was defiantly a fire engine driver there too.deadkennySubscriber
Mostly Balanced – Member
Plus one for Swinley. 24.5 miles there last Tuesday left my legs feeling like they would after 40+ miles of local trails in the current dryish conditions.
The place certainly makes you pedal a lot while having very little elevation. Especially the classic ‘Stickler’, flat with berms you have to pedal hard to get the speed to rail round. Not exactly what berms were designed for but anyway 😉 . Just a shame the descents are minimal and the hard pack is so damn bumpy. Riding it on a hard tail is hard work and bone shaking. Hard tail in the Surrey Hills is soft by comparison. A full sus is odd at Swinley as the average full sus seen there is a big All Mountain rig but not set up at all for the small fine cobble like surface. Great for bounding over rocks and roots, but not Swinley 😉 . Still I prefer to take the hard tail to Swinley just to build up my skills, get me out of the seat, and get an arm workout. Pays off on the full sus.
The real purpose of Swinley though is to fund Bracknell Council in parking fees and fines, and keep Frimley hospital staff occupied.Posted 4 years agochipMember
I am lucky enough to have many woods local too me but mostly flat and squeaky bum moments are few and far between. But I really enjoy riding them and generally will make a day of it spending five or so hours pootleing around them.
Where as swinley is more of a thrill and although is hardly redbull rampage is as safe or scary as you want to make it simply by how much you stay of the brakes.
I don’t see this army of mythical Audi drivers.
I see old, young, fat, thin, entire families.
Fives, enduros, hecklers, Carreras and appollos.
In the car park there is every kind of car from audis with roof mounted bling bikes, to battered Renault clios from which three yoots spring and then pull out three bikes in the some of there parts.
I see people padded up stormtrooper style In full face helmets and googles to Lycra clad chaps some as fit as a fleas others as fat as a butcher to yoots in baseball caps t shirts and baggy jeans with the waist band half way between there butt and there knees.
Basically I see people who have woken up and thought they would ride there bike.Posted 4 years agoahwilesSubscriber
bikeind – Member
Llandegla been the ultimate favourite you can’t beat it
it’s great, apart from the massive, boring climb at the start. Climbing doesn’t have to be dull, or even hard work. There’s no excuse really when it’s both of those things at a purpose-built trail…Posted 4 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
ahwiles – Member
it’s great, apart from the massive, boring climb at the start…
climbing doesn’t have to be dull, or even hard work.
Yeah, but… If you’ve only got so much budget, it does make sense to spunk it on the descents rather than the climbs. If they’d invested X amount of time and money on the climb there’d be less good stuff going back down.Posted 4 years agostewartcSubscriber
They were bemoaning the lack of trails, but really not sure what action they were going to get up by Conduit Road
Maybe going for a little spin up to the Peak, that’s what a lot on my HK Island based buddies do to keep fit!Posted 4 years ago
Mind you, I don’t mind the odd climb up to the Ngong Ping Buddha either, its all riding and tackling these long steep climbs (though tarmaced) all helps to improve your riding.
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