- Whitwick / Coalville / NW Leicestershire Riders
Andrew – not sure exactly yet TBH on Mon.
It’s my mate’s gig and I’m tagging along with him and another.
Most likely scenario is a 10.30 meet at the Hurt Arms in Ambergate – not sure if you know it?
We park there, ride, then have a pint and the world’s teeniest bowl of chips after the ride.
The ride itself won’t be the epic you had with Danny last week but will be a change from Leicestershire.
Nick is pretty fit – his mate less so and me less so again I reckon 😉
I’m not around for a few days now – I will be textable and emailable so maybe you could email me your number so I can confirm times etc on Sun night if that sounds ok.
If anyone else wants to come that’s cool – use this to let me know if you’re coming…cheersPosted 3 years ago
Blimey. I wish I’d gone elsewhere today.
I had a run in with a self appointed steward of the countryside after about 400 yards of my ride today. What a silly old muppet. I said cheerily ‘morning’. No reply, so I made a silly comment about ‘this hill is a bit steep for a warm up’ when one of them kicks off a Goebbels esque rant about how I shouldn’t be there. His mate disagrees with him saying ‘oh lighten up its a free country’ which really winds our hero up. They then start to have an argument between themselves while I just shake my head and ride off. The thing is, I know where our hero lives. His house is a large detached off of a quiet lane in the village. Decent length driveway, nice garden etc. must be worth over half a million. And he’s still not happy! Sometimes I wonder, I really do…….
Then a bit later on I meet a farmer as I’m beginning to ride a bridleway across his farm. He was as nice as pie. We had a quick chat about the road ride that is on today, I asked him if he minded me riding around the field edge rather than the overgrown bridleway and he said fine. And he DOES actually own the land!
There aren’t half some muppets about.
Hope the rest of you get some riding in over the weekend, weather is damn near perfect for me.
Wednesday evening 7pm Man Within Compass car park.Posted 3 years ago
Yeah, just one absolute sphincter and a couple of “I wish you’d piss off” looks from others. But to put things in perspective the chat with the farmer and the umpteen other people I saw who were fine still means that most people aren’t pricks.
Loads of sour faced roadies doing the Charnwood Sportive as well, but a few said hello!Posted 3 years agoBillOddieSubscriber
Dannyh, the mistake you made was engaging in conversation with someone who is “considerably richer than you” he clearly owns everything.
I say hello and move on. I also generally have headphones in on solo rides so I can always pretend I don’t here comments if need be.
Last week I was asked by some dogwalker if I read the sign on the way into Leicestershire’s biggest deer based Tourist attraction. I said “Yes, but I chose to ignore it.” and rode on, seemed to do the trick.Posted 3 years ago
Yes – but I was just trying to be polite and cheerful – big mistake!
After ‘encounters’ like this I used to fume and ponder for a good half an hour – stuff like:
“Why can’t they just enjoy their time out in the countryside and leave us alone”.
“Have I done something that might create future trouble?”
“I know I’m technically in the wrong, but I shouldn’t be”.
Now my thought process is just:
They are the one with the problem.
Is it going to stop me riding there? (answer = no).
Therefore it is irrelevant.
Proceed as before.Posted 3 years agolucabazookaMember
Finished work too late – but headed over anyways for an explore!
Had no idea where I was going/nor a map or GPS so just parked near Swithland/Bradgate and rode around!
Looks like there has to be some stealthy singletrack around those parts….and the drive from Broughton only took me 25mins (instead of the usual mid-week 1hr Cannock slog!) … so, looks promising!
Will make sure that I’m working ‘from home’ next Wednesday! Look forward to catching you next week!Posted 3 years ago
Oh yeah, I’d forgotten about throwing up! Bloody flies.. 😀
Yes another good ride last night, thanks to Dan for the guiding duties and local knowledge.Posted 3 years ago
mrbelowski – The gates give one an all round workout. Who needs a gym membership………..
Rob, you were talking about buying a new rucksack/hydration pack. I bought this one.
It was a little bit more than I thought it was. Still 8.99 is not bad, free delivery, UK supplier.
lucabazooka – no worries, you know where to find us if you are interested(!)
Last night was great, gash cheapo Aldi shoes notwithstanding. And I contributed an obligatory mechanical as well, so all good.
We covered a pretty decent amount of ground as well – tracks firming up nicely (although the weekend might put paid to that).
No injuries, no unfortunate incidents involving badgers or grumpy NIMBYs, so another Wednesday night success.
See you next Wednesday evening (14th May), Woodhouse Eaves village car park ready to ride at 7pm 🙂Posted 3 years ago
I’ve got a good’un for you on Wednesday night. A slightly different route around my ‘manor’. One section in particular has absolutely brilliant views if the weather plays ball.
I’ll leave it like that, tantalising. We could even have a pint in the Wheatsheaf rather than the Curzon as well……
Don’t get too excited, mind. It is still variations on a familiar theme, but just a couple of bits we have not done before on a Wednesday……Posted 3 years ago
Looking forward to it. I just managed to finish a lower fork leg service this evening before it got dark! I’ll have to give it all a good looking over tomorrow after work to make sure I haven’t missed any bits out as the reinstallation of the fork into the bike was a bit hurried 😯
See you then.Posted 3 years ago
It’s not too difficult. The best guide I have seen is the MBR workshop guide on Youtube (Rockshox lower leg service). Yours is an air fork, so I think all you have to do that I don’t is remember to depressurise the whole thing before starting.
Don’t take it to bits unless you’ve got the fork oil already as a minimum – taking the lowers off loses all the oil in them.
Google the rockshox oil chart for year of your fork.
If you want to do anything to the dampers or springs (tops of legs) you will need a 24mm socket – not all that common in standard socket sets.
You will probably need for lower legs alone:
5mm allen key
Isopropyl alcohol (for cleaning – can get from Maplin)
Tyre lever (if you are taking the seals out)
New seals and foam rings (if you are replacing them)
Fork grease (for the inside of the seals – DON’T use normal grease as it shrinks the rubber)
Lots of rags
Something to shove the rag down the lowers
Don’t wear decent clothes – fork oil is EVIL.
Follow the MBR guide and you should be fine – don’t leave it until the last minute before your Lakes trip, though – if you find the foam rings have disintegrated then you will need new ones – everything else can just be re-used even if it is knackered.
Not difficult and you cannot really go wrong – the tolerances are quite fine, so if something is wrong, it just won’t go back together!Posted 3 years ago
Cheers Danny, sounds reasonable.
Think I might just order the seal kit and oil when I get home tonight and do the lot this Saturday coming, last thing I want is the fork malfunctioning in the lakes and I’m quite sure one of the chambers (+) may be losing air, I imagine new seals etc will remedy that.
See you WednesdayPosted 3 years ago
Depends on which seals!
The grey ones you see in the top of the fork are only dust/wiper seals. The air spring compartment seals are (necessarily) much tighter(!) I don’t know anything about servicing the air springs themselves, but suspect this might be a lot more involved.
My fork is a coil unit, so it is pretty crude and heavy, but the flipside is less to go wrong.
When people say their fork is ‘losing oil’ as they can see it on the stanchions all that is really happening is that the oils that sits in the lowers is making it out past the dust/wiper seals. This oil’s only function is to lubricate the movement of lowers over the stanchions – it plays no part in spring or damping or anything else.
Best thing to do is have watch of the MBR workshop guide for the lower leg clean and service, then have a look on Youtube for the ‘official’ SRAM/Rockshox guide. This should let you see how much is involved in sorting the air spring – as I said, I suspect this is moving from ‘just twotting it with a rubber mallet’ territory into picks and seals and real precision(!)Posted 3 years ago
I really am trying to avoid actually doing my work today(!)
I googled this to find threads on Singletrack about Rockshox forks losing air.
Apparently if the seals on the actual air chambers themselves have ‘gone’ then it will need sorting by a suspension specialist like TF tuned. What some people have said is that if you do the lower leg service and leave the bike upside down overnight afterwards, a tiny amount of that lower leg oil might moisten up the air chamber seals in the negative spring and this can mean they then seal better than if they have dried out – but it sounds like a long shot and temporary fix.
I guess your best plan of action is to do the lowers service, try this bodge and then stick a shock pump in your pack whenever you go out riding.Posted 3 years ago
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