Thursday, 31 July 2008

Brecon Beacons Trip

In collaboration with the Portishead chapter it has been agreed that a weekend jaunt to the Brecon Beacons would be a jolly good idea and has such between myself and Portishead we have decided that the best date would be the weekend of the 13th/14th September (sorry Andy can't do the 20th). The general idea would be to travel on Friday evening, camp, spend Saturday in the saddle (large number of different grade routes available see link to mtbbreconbeacons) food and drink in the evening (bbq n beer!). Spend Sunday long half day riding and back home sometime Sunday evening. Those interested should leave a comment and or contact me sooner rather than later so as not to be left out!

Wednesday 30th July Biking

Wednesday evening saw the return to a tried and tested route of old, that should have been a pleasure to revisit, instead was plagued by mechanical failure.
Into Milbrook and puncture! sometimes patches are just not enough, the valve was split from the tube! An emergency delivery from a fellow rider (non participating that evening) solved the issue while a number of the group saw it as an opportunity to gain some extra miles under their belts and shot off for a thrash around Stewartby Lake whilst repairs took place.
Part way around the golf course and a chain snapped (same bike). Yet again the boy scout attitude prevailed and the repair undertaken on the track side. Many thanks to the couple (recently passed) who pointed out that it was quicker to walk!
By this point we had eaten into a fair chunk of available daylight and so pressed on in earnest.
Mechanical no. 3 occurred on a chance encounter with some fresh dog sh*t and wet green grass, a very minor tumble ensued, upon recovery the bike in question was discovered to have a front wheel like a banana (None EU approved). It still fitted through the forks the rider was able to limp home for an early beer but only after we had a 'pleasant' ride up the hill out of Lidlington.
A quick dash through the edge of Warren Wood saw a road drag back through Steppingly to the Old Sun where a number of refreshing beverages were partaken of and a light snack of chips and battered sausage saw the strength replenished enough to continue our separate ways home.

What's this blog all about?

This blog is for all the people in the Bedfordshire area who enjoy nothing better than to get out on their bikes to ride off a bit of steam, or just have a laugh with a group of likeminded people. All are welcome to pass on their info of great routes and advise for all to share and enjoy. If you would like to arrange a blast around on your bike with a few others put your comments on of times and dates you would like to go out and then meet up and have fun

Monday, 28 July 2008

Ampthill Mountain Bikers Game

This is for little Fletcher!!

Games at - Mountain Bike
Mountain Bike

Perform crazy stunts in this downhill mountain bike racer!

Play this free game now!!

Wednesday's & Sunday's usual Ampthill Mountain Bikers bike course

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Click on the "View Larger Map" or the post tiltle, then use the option to view via Google Earth as the 3D settings make the course stand out far better than the standard Google maps.

You have to go through all three pages in Google Maps to get the whole course!!

Any questions please reply to this post and I'll try to answer them

Thursday, 24 July 2008

Ampthill Meetings

Post your comments of suggestion on days, times, where and how long for a ride on the bikes!
We've been meeting up in Ampthill on Wednesdays around 7:30pm and going on a hour and a half ride then back to The Old Sun for a couple of drinks.
Last Wednesday the new landlord lit the BBQ serving burgers in a bun with onions, sausages in a roll and lamb cuts for a very small fee. (Happy days!!!)

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