Mountain Bike Shenanigans

Adios 2020
December 31st, 2020

A few good rides, but in all a year that won’t be remembered for many highlights

Chorley FM
November 8th, 2020

It’s lock down (again). Let’s keep the riding local and explore those bits of Lancashire that are close but untapped.

Local riding

Leeds-Liverpool Canal

Local riding

River Run

Local riding

Skirting around Darwen Moor

Local riding

Over the top of Rivington Moor

 

Local riding

The iconic Pigeon Tower, aka the Lookout Tower, then the Dovecote Tower was built at Rivington between 1905 and 1909.

Local riding

Leafy Woods on the way back

Making a better Lizard
November 7th, 2020

So after fettling the brakes, next up was trying to sort out the Chameleon a bit more. First up some more grip up front for winter.

Local riding Local riding

Decided that whilst the Crossmark has been fine for local trails it’s been a bit out of it’s depth on the hills so trying the High Roller to see if it copes better.

Local riding Local riding

Secondly was trying to improve the shifting. Even with the new shifter, it still wasn’t great. There was a fair bit of play in the basic pressed steel derailleur and the all alloy construction of the X01 setup is definitely better.

SRAM NX Derailleur

It is still not perfect. About the only thing left to change is the cassette. Can it be that? New chain, chainring and cassette in the New Year will prove it…

SRAM X01 Derailleur

Grizedale
October 26th, 2020

So for whatever reason the Lake District is significantly under explored by me. This is largely because the Peak District up until to 2014 was within riding distance and it was a case of why bother, loads to explore on my (relatively speaking) doorstep.

Now living on the coast, yes I could ride a mountain bike to either of them (Edale about 50 miles and Ambleside about 60 miles), but I’d be in no fit state to do a decent ride and the bike home again. So bike wagon it is and driving north is a lot easier than east so the Lakes is now much more favourable, particularly as the Welsh have decided the English aren’t welcome at the moment.

There is a bit of irony that one of the most mountainous regions in the England doesn’t have more trail centres but what it lacks in man-made trails it more than makes up for in bridleways and spectacular scenery. Perhaps at its best at this time of year as the leaves on the trees turn into a riot of colour.

So Grizedale Forest it was, a good base for a half day big loop over to Coniston and around back up to Hawkshead. It rained, occasionally biblically all the way around, but it was worth it. Must go back more often.

Grizedale Loop

Grizedale Loop

Grizedale Loop

Grizedale Loop

Local Gravel
October 23rd, 2020

Don’t need to go to Belgium for roubaix or New England for gravel. Plenty of both on the local doorstep if you know where to look…

#Keepingitlocal

Gravel Routes

Gravel Routes

Gravel Routes

Gravel Routes

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