- Whitwick / Coalville / NW Leicestershire Riders
Cool, if I see a trail of sputum and phlegm on the ground at the junction of the lane and the bridleway I’ll know I’ve just missed you and will turn right towards the Beacon and catch you on the climb (heh), otherwise I’ll head to Woodhouse Eaves and crash head on into one of youPosted 3 years agomoslynneMember
Right, will get some decent lights as ours are shit so won’t be able to make it this week.Posted 3 years ago
Can definitly contribute with a puncture as we seem to get one every time we go out, still “practise makes perfect” and I’m getting pretty quick at slinging a new tube in.Would get some decent tyres but as we are looking at uprating the bikes does’nt seem worth it.
Morris – I use Slime tyre liners (the plastic strip, not the gunk). They’re a ball ache to fit but are really good at stopping thorn punctures – halfords usually sell them (along with their own brand ones which are complete toss). Might be worth a try if you’re getting loads of puncturesPosted 3 years agomuddyfoolMember
Have fun out there chaps, looks like a perfect evening for it. I’m finally doing a bit of riding again, and realising just how much fitness I’ve lost!
I’m away with work this week and next but hopefully I’ll be joining you soon. Subject to physio approval anyway – I’m currently under instructions to protect my knee by riding gently and avoiding hills, which I’ve interpreted as using a low gear and riding slowly. Yes, even slower than usual…Posted 3 years ago
I am still alive!
I got home and then called 111 to check what I should do follow a bang to the head. They asked me some questions and then sent a Paramedic out to check me over. He arrived in about 10 minutes and after all sorts of checks said i was ok but should take it easy for the next day.
Today the shoulder is pretty sore and I have a partial black eye and I need to go shopping for a new helmet before next weeks exciting episode!
Cheers once again for guiding Danny – and i hold myself entirely responsible for the incident!Posted 3 years ago
I will leave the official post ride write up to Danny, in fact I’m disappointed it’s not already been done, standards slipping 😉
Absolutely glorious ride last night, really enjoyed almost all of it (old chap is very delicate)
Matt, I must admit I didn’t realise at the time that it was such a considerable incident, hope you are feeling better soon.
Muddy, you are welcome back whenever, I’m sure there will be plenty of volunteers to take it easy at the back whilst you get back up to speed.
Oh and whilst I remember, any chance of getting that group photo on here?Posted 3 years ago
Standards slipping? Like a back tyre on a rock whilst climbing? I’d better get on with this, then or I might end up with a ‘delicate’ injury(!)
Matt – hope you are OK fella – I didn’t realise you’d hit so hard when we are actually in the woods, but I saw the bruise starting to form on your noggin in the pub and thought that it might have been quite a knock. Glad to hear you are (presumably) OK, a salutary tale for those who don’t wear helmets. I always look at people who ride without them and think “wow, they must have special heads – lucky them”.
OK – on with the write up.
A lovely evening with only the last 15 minutes or so in proper darkness. No real mechanicals – one minor binding brakepad to report. Mr belowski out of the saddle most of the way turning those mahoosive fatty tyres – a great effort seeing as the contact patches on those must be in the same league as most motocross bikes. Matt G and Bob ploughing their singlespeeds up some quite steep gradients and putting the rest of us mere mortals to shame. We took in some open stuff on the hills, including a nice scenic bit along the ‘back’ of Cropston reservoir looking back at the sun setting over the hill. A bit of road work involved, but it was a ‘chatty’ kind of evening, so no worries there.
Then rounded off the ride with a bit of ‘play’ in the woods – some nice textbook drop riding from Scott and Matt (before Matt’s off later).
Official post-ride debrief was done over some eye-wateringly expensive pints in the Wheatsheaf (albeit very good ones). So good, in fact, that some of us enjoyed more than one.
Good to see such a great turnout (nine – equalling the current record). Nice to see at least one new face – Scott, who immediately settled into the banter, double-entendres and general putting the world to rights.
As I have said before, if we add up the people who have come out on a Wednesday I reckon we would be at least 20 – that is a decent pool of riders – we could have the core of a decent-sized midweek ride each week, so keep it going people.
Back to earth with a thump for me in work today – loads of people going out of their way to cause me yet more work – but I can console myself with the knowledge that none of them have ever ridden a mountain bike on a sunny May evening sliding into a clear night. Great stuff, and well worth making the effort.
Next week – 7pm Man Within Compass Whitwick (21st May).
See you there/then.Posted 3 years ago
Really enjoyed last night – did a few bits I’ve not done before and good to go the ‘other’ way around.Posted 3 years ago
Good turnout – be good to get a few of the original NWLRC disciples out again too (Sam, Steve are you listening?) – let’s go for double figures! Glad you’re ok Matt – you made quite an impressive ‘crunch’ noise when you hit terra firma over that drop-off 😉muddyfoolMember
be good to get a few of the original NWLRC disciples out again too (Sam, Steve are you listening?)
Soon, I hope mate. Taking it slowly at the moment after a knee problem and have also lost a lot of fitness so doubt I could keep up but I am finally back on a bike at last! 🙂
Good to see plenty of people making it out, I’m looking forward to getting back out for a ride (and seeing the new trails Danny mentioned too…)Posted 3 years ago
Hmmmm, not really the best area for that sort of thing. There are some jumps and drops in Swithy and a couple of gnarly ish bits in Cademan near Whitwick, but otherwise you’re struggling I’m afraid. You’ll be limited to riding a couple of hundred yards to hit one or two drops/jumps then pushing it back up.
There are some good bits that go downhill if you know what I mean, but they’re not ‘downhill’ in any true sense of the word.
Sorry to say, but Stile Cop at Cannock or Wharncliffe in Sheffield are probably the two closest proper DH spots and I don’t really even think Stile Cop is particularly taxing for a proper DH bike.Posted 3 years ago
Yes, I’m in.
No objections to more of a play ride here, we could even (buzzword alert) ‘session’ some tracks(!)
If I can pluck up the courage we could try a couple of the techy lines off of the trig point. I’ll probably bottle it there, though.
See you at the usual time and place.Posted 3 years ago
Yes Danny, I took the dog up on a scouting mission this evening, there are 2 rather techy options off the very top, both look challenging but possible.
There is a particular run I would like to try off to the right hand side of the woods, however its a bit of a maze now so will do my best to remember it.
Rest that knee up AB, from experience it is better to be safe when it comes to that particularly delicate region.
Caught a glimpse Rascal, will make an effort to watch it on catchup as it looked interesting, I think.
See you tomorrowPosted 3 years ago
Good ride tonight folks, a bit stop-starty, but I contributed to that more than anyone else, so no complaints really.
Great condition, trails plasticine-like with just a hint of dust here and there. We decided on a sessioning/mincing approach and stuck to the woods to explore some new bits and also to repeat a few in sessioning mode.
Some lovely riding from Bob and Matt again, showing that uphill prowess on singlespeed is not a bar to technical skill. I was well chuffed to make it down one sketchy bit (at the second time of asking), but if you can’t risk a crash with five other riders around then when can you?
Wayne played the part of the unfortunate rider this week. We lost him for a good fifteen minutes, then he snapped his chain, then lost the power link when trying to fit it as the rear mech sprung it off into the undergrowth. As mechanicals go it was only matched by scandal destroying his forks ten minutes before he was due to leave the house. Joking aside, I have had episodes like that where a seemingly simple job escalates into a tailspin of broken parts or stripped threads or the like.
Good to see Jez back from his ‘soiled’ hotel room. He hasn’t specified whether it was already ‘soiled’ on his arrival, but I think we can give him the benefit of the doubt on that one.
A big thanks to the local dog walkers as well, those trails might have been too dusty without the covering of dog shit gluing them together. In all seriousness I don’t think a fine is good enough. If caught they should be made to kneel over said hound mound and have their faces shoved in it. With a pistol to the back of the head if necessary.
So it’s on to next week for more thrills and spills, it seems everyone is scattering at the weekend with Llandegla, the lakes and others being visited.
I am in two minds where to go t’peaks on Saturday or Llandegla with Matt G. I’ll post up here when I have decided.
Next week, Woodhouse Eaves Village car park Wednesday 7pm.Posted 3 years ago
Yeah was good fun in the woods last night. Surprisingly long runs… may even bring my enduro next time we play there!
We are still going to Deggars on Sat – but a change of plan with logistics as we are going in my mates van. Still room for you though Danny. Will be leaving Tutbury at about 8:45am.Posted 3 years ago
Last night was average at best for me.Posted 3 years ago
Not sure what the opposite of a riding god is, but I was it.
Wasn’t feeling the love at all even though the weather and conditions were bob-on.
The amount of unseen boulders causing jarring unexpected pedal strikes was unbelievable.
The chain snapping was shit – losing half the powerlink was the icing on the cake.
The not having a cold (and barely deserved) beer was the cherry on the icing on the cake.
Might get the road bike out this weekend instead as a mini protest 😉
Enjoy ‘Degla you homes.fathomerSubscriber
rascal – Member
Good turnout – be good to get a few of the original NWLRC disciples out again too (Sam, Steve are you listening?)
I was out a few weeks ago, you where in the valleys on the piss (or something like that :D). I’m currently on our belated honeymoon in South West US looking at things like this:
Oh and tomorrow I’m riding a bike for the first time in two weeks, a Santa Cruz, in Santa Cruz, on dry dusty trails.Posted 3 years ago
Can’t do tomorrow as I spent most of today rattling around the Peaks. I did the route from last November (five up five down). No mechanicals! Weather started of iffy, turned into bad, before finishing vile!
I pissed around with my fork last night and got it sitting more nicely into its travel. The bike felt much less choppy over the rough stuff. One big-ish sideways moment cornering on the loose rocks on Hagg Farm, but otherwise a great ride on some proper rocks again.
Sorry it was short notice, I was intending to maybe do Llandegla with Matt G, but decided that I needed flexibility on timings, so opted for the Peaks. Don’t think that I was trying to ditch you all!
It was definitely one for the dedicated rider, my summer waterproofs were overwhelmed coming down Lockerbrook and so I was absolutely soaked to the skin by the end, proper ‘wring all your clothes out’ wet.
See you all on Wednesday.
Those of you who are away this weekend, have a good’un.Posted 3 years ago
You lucky buggers will be getting the best of the weather tomorrow as well, enjoy!
I can also confirm that, with the seats down, it is possible to climb into the back of a Ford Focus to get changed sitting down in the boot! It really was pissing down that much.
We can compare notes over a pint on Wednesday night. See you then.Posted 3 years ago
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