Munro Biker

  • munrobiker replied to the topic life insurance anyone? in the forum Chat Forum 15 hours ago

    Have you two ever been seen in the same room together…………………

    I’ve been there for it. Still have PTSD 😳

  • munrobiker replied to the topic Breakfast iin Edinburgh in the forum Chat Forum 20 hours ago

    Oh – avoid Quick and Plenty on Leven Street, unless you’re into burnt lorne sausage cooked in a frying pan that’s never been washed by a bunch of heroin addicts that aren’t into hygene.

  • munrobiker replied to the topic Breakfast iin Edinburgh in the forum Chat Forum 21 hours ago

    Snax at the east end of the Meadows is great for greasy spoon stuff.

    Loudons is average I think and people always queue outside so you’ll be disappointed if you just turn up.

    For posh stuff, 27 Elliot’s is meant to be excellent, also by the Meadows. Honeycomb is my favourite but it’s in Bruntsfield which isn’t really the city centre.

  • That’s impressive flowerpower – it’s a really good way to train up for events like that, and it’s excellent that you’re rediscovered something. It’s really got me hot for rock climbing again (I’m going this lunchtime – 55mph winds here today meant I decided to can the bike ride).

    I think sandboy’s son has also been really inspiring – his…[Read more]

  • I have raced quite a bit, usually endurance stuff (6-24hr) but some normal xc too. I did have a turbo but hardly ever used it- it was excellent for pushing my threshold but I found it dull. I’ve never had a power meter. I just spent £20 on a fit bit type thing that gives me rough indications of heart rate so I know what training zone I’m in.…[Read more]

  • Chris says – “stick at it!”

  • munrobiker replied to the topic Scott Spark – really? in the forum Bike Forum 3 days ago

    Because they’re bikes with the same amount of travel and intent (XC riding)? In the same way they do (or did) a Spark with 27.5″ wheels and one with 29″ wheels, now they also do one with a battery.

  • That’s explain why Finland felt like such a nice, civilised place when I visited it.

  • Yeah, it is one of the trials of riding in places like that – I did this line off Beinn Fhada in the north west of Scotland back in the summer which had similar consequences.

    The line there goes from where I am then you had to endo round about haldway through the picture to then ride streight towards the camera where the big rock in the middle…[Read more]

  • munrobiker replied to the topic 2019 – A Year in Mountains in the forum Bike Forum 4 days ago

    There’s plenty of scope for revisting some of these hills – definitely keen for another ride of Sgor Goaith.

    @swavis – you might even get your invite 😉

  • Has anyone started counting down rather than up? Only 15 days left!

  • munrobiker replied to the topic 2019 – A Year in Mountains in the forum Bike Forum 6 days ago

    Beinn Ghlas
    Everyone I know that’s done Ben Lawers has done it by going up Beinn Ghlass, then up the summit of Lawers and back down it to the pass between the two, then skirted west around the flank of Beinn Ghlas. When I was climbing up it earlier in the year I wondered why this was – the descent looked eminently rideable, just with a few spi…[Read more]

  • munrobiker replied to the topic 2019 – A Year in Mountains in the forum Bike Forum 6 days ago

    Whiteless Pike
    I’d hoped to have a go at the Lad Hows descent off Grasmoor but the top bit sounded a bit too technical for the group we were with so a revisit to Whiteless Pike was in order. This was a tougher descent than I’d remembered – we’d barely got going when one of the party had landed on her face. Despite this mishap it was such a great d…[Read more]

  • munrobiker replied to the topic 2019 – A Year in Mountains in the forum Bike Forum 6 days ago

    Cairngorms
    I didn’t actually get up a mountain on this one, but I did have a crack at something new – bike touring in such a way that some might call it bikepacking and staying in a bothy. I got a gravel bike earlier in the year and bloody love the thing. A pal of mine did a bikepacking for beginners course earlier in the year and we went for a b…[Read more]

  • munrobiker replied to the topic 2019 – A Year in Mountains in the forum Bike Forum 6 days ago

    Ben Venue
    Last time I was here I remember thinking that the climb I went up would have been a better descent and so I decided to have another go. It was yet another day with biblical rain forecast so once again I got up before dawn to make sure I was off the hill before I got drowned.
    Clouds were rolling over the flanks of the hill with sun…[Read more]

  • munrobiker replied to the topic 2019 – A Year in Mountains in the forum Bike Forum 6 days ago

    Heartbreak Ridge
    A bit of a local classic in Ballater this one. It’s a trail that descends along a ridge from Pannanich Hill but we got there via Cairn Leuchan. It was another cloudy, wet day and the aim was to get up the thing then scamper down as quickly as we could. But it turned out to be a fairly special when a golden eagle appeared, f…[Read more]

  • munrobiker replied to the topic 2019 – A Year in Mountains in the forum Bike Forum 6 days ago

    Beinn A Bhuird
    This has been on my to do list for about 5 years now, and on a day where thunderstorms were forecast I got up at dawn to dodge the rain and get it ticked off. The whole of the route to the summit feels like you’re sneaking up on the hill – rolling along the gentle landrover track up Glen Quoich you can’t see the hill at all until…[Read more]

  • munrobiker replied to the topic 2019 – A Year in Mountains in the forum Bike Forum 6 days ago

    Sgor Gaoith
    Buttresses. 1118m. A path which, on the OS map, gives up in a bog at the 600m line. Sgor Gaoith looks very serious for a mountain bike ride. Right next to Carn Ban Mor, it’s a bit of a wonder I’ve never considered the descent of this but the day after Beinn Fhada the only pocket of dry weather in Scotland was around Cairngorm so off…[Read more]

  • munrobiker replied to the topic 2019 – A Year in Mountains in the forum Bike Forum 6 days ago

    Beinn Fhada
    A couple of mates, a car, some bikes and a trip to Torridon. What could go wrong? Turns out, the weather. A huge storm was rolling across much of Scotland and England. Scouring the weather forecasts it seemed that if you started to get properly far north the weather would be good, so we headed up to Kintail.

    Once the midges cleared,…[Read more]

  • munrobiker replied to the topic 2019 – A Year in Mountains in the forum Bike Forum 6 days ago

    Bynack More
    This was a new one on me, and I came across it simply by scouring the maps for a mountain near Aviemore that wasn’t too extreme that I’d not ridden before that didn’t have a day’s ride to get to it.

    The hike a bike up here has you thinking that it’ll never work. You’ll be carrying your bike back down it. It’s too steep. Sometimes the…[Read more]

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