Spent some time with family in Dorset and managed to get out on the bike. There does not seem to be much in the line of single track, but you do end up riding in some lovely countryside, plus the weather was fantastic, very windy on Saturday, but much milder on Sunday
The rapeseed fields are stunning against the blue sky, just wish my compact camera could take better shots.
mile upon mile of stone walls
love the way the wind blows through the fields
Sunlight filtering through the trees.
You come across some strange signs in England
little bit hazy
On Sunday I was riding with Chris, he had put together a loop for us to ride around which included a little “surprise” – Batcombe Hill. Wow, talk about a lung-buster, it is quite cruel, it gets steep, then levels off a bit and then gets really steep and your legs are jelly when you get to the top.
Right near the end, just before getting back to the carpark we spotted a deer running through the field on the left of us, I got the camera out while still cycling and was snapping away in front of us and managed to capture him just as he crossed the road
Seeing that deer cross the road, it made me think of a youtube clip that I saw a while ago where a cyclist got hit by a buck – man that’s gotta hurt.
Mike and I have discussed this a few times in the past.
I had kind of thought two would be enough, mountain bike for weekend fun and then a commuter that I ride all year round to the station and back.
But I have been thinking about getting a road bike for a while now, to add a bit of variety to the weekend fun. Mike is convinced that there is a formula for it and it is “n+1”, you will always need one more bike than you own, sounds good to me…
… that is until last week when I was walking over Blackfriars bridge in London, a guy had stopped on a “Surly Pugsley”, it is one of the most amazing bikes I had ever seen, I did not have a clue what it was called, but it was a good looking machine. Then a couple of days later I found a post by All Seasons Cyclist who owns one, and I have to admit they are just amazing
and my formula currently stands at “n+2” 😉
while cleaning the bikes for the last time before heading home, Nick noticed some cracks on his seat stays. Bummer, here’s hoping Focus will sort it out without too much of a headache.
only had half a day’s riding today.
So much so for planning some rides outside of the managed trails or “free riding” as I tend to call it, these trails are just too much fun. Doing “The Wall” in the dry and with the sun shining is soooo much better than in the rain.
Especially loved “elevator” which was a section of single track that climbs back to the top, great through the trees etc.
last panorama for now – I promise
should see you through a couple of winters…
Nick wants this shipped home.
Weather looked much better than when we arrived.
Some more pictures, another panoramic shot
Kermit getting “pimped” after James had found a discarded mud guard
Brendon building some “North Shore”. We helped this Welsh chap cut these trees that had blown onto the tracks. Amazingly he cycles with a saw in his bag
just another scenic shot, the camera on the phone is much better when it is brighter
not much to say about this one
cycling can be dangerous!!!
great name for a single track!
this is a picture of “Bucking Bronco Brendon’s” rear shock, it blew on the last run of the day and is pretty much just a pogo stick at the moment.
Another big breakfast, and the weather just keeps getting better 😉 I could get used to this!
Decided to do W2 today which is a combination of “Whytes Level” and “The Wall”. While waiting for David to join us on the trail, I played around with some camera effects on my wife’s phone. This one below is my favourite.
a panoramic view
some burnt sepia effects
this is what happens to your vision after one too many downhill stretches of single track
and this is what happens when you’ve eaten too many sausages at breakfast time 😉
and another one
just some more pics
Mike’s new Canyon Nerve XC mountain bike, seemed to cope with all the abuse hurled at it this past weekend
Lucas putting air into his tyres, hard when three people keep making him laugh. Tube had a fairly large snakebite puncture.
The weather just kept getting better.