Saturday, 19 May 2018

How to celebrate a royal wedding......visit Glentress on a sunny warm dry day!!

The camera's carefully(?) positioned and catches first of all Barrie and then me.

The start of Red Peril a trail we've never done before, steep and twisty it brought us out near the bottom of Deliverance, meaning there was a long climb back up to the mast again!

Barrie finishing Broon Troot and not a happy bunny as he'd gone for a fast time in ideal conditions but overshot a corner and reckoned he lost over 20 seconds
On Wednesday night Roger and I puffed our way up the long climb to the top of Black Hill, the first time up there this year.
A week of great weather and good biking, a first trip of the year up Black Hill in the Pentlands and then a Saturday morning visit to Glentress to escape Royal Wedding fever, new trails ridden in perfect conditions.


Tuesday, 8 May 2018

More fun at Glentress

The sign on the road said "slow", was this an indication of my ascending ability yesterday?

Barrie "showing off" his skinny log riding skills, annoyingly he didn't fall off!

The snow will still be there for a week or two yet but it looks like it could do with a bit of spit and polish.

Barrie's jump looked better than mine so to avoid embarrassment I wont show my one!

And finally...Madeleine my next door neighbour got her self a gravel bike and I had a pedal in her back garden to convince myself drop handle bars were not for me.

Another May holiday trip to Glentress for Barrie and me with Barrie excelling himself with his bike handling skills on some of the enduro sections, especially as his bike isn't really enduro specific.

Saturday, 5 May 2018

Back to Glentress

Glentress on a sunny dry day takes a bit of beating 

Time for an energy replenishing banana after a bit of hard climbing

Down Deliverance, first time for more than 5 years

A visit to Glentress today and a trip round the Black Route which we haven’t done for a few years, I’d forgotten how hard the climb back up Redemption was, especially when you can’t use your lowest gear! A great day with over3500 feet of hard climbing.

Friday, 4 May 2018

Good riddance to April...though it was at least better than March!

Hello May! Here's hoping it's an improvement on April which to be honest was at least an improvement on the 3 previous months, mind you that wasn't hard. Out with Roger on Wednesday night for our usual pootle round the Pentlands and it started off nice and sunny though a bit breezy. 

An old blackface ewe has obviously heard all about Rogers reputation and makes a hurried getaway as he cycles past! 

It wasn't all plain sailing (or biking) though, first of all Roger had a puncture which his tubeless tyre sealant refused to seal so we had to stick a tube in the tyre, then his dropper post stopped dropping or to be correct stopped raising and to finish it off the temperature fell to nearly zero, so we could hardly feel our fingers by the time we'd finished.....apart from that everything was great!!!
Things can only get better, how often have I said that this year already?

Sunday, 22 April 2018

When mud turned to dust....

The tell tale signs of better weather were beginning to appear last Monday, horses without winter jackets on!

By Wednesday night even the river crossing had gone down, though Bruce took no chances and kept his feet high and dry.

Slight disaster on Thursday when I got tangled up in a hidden length of wire, came off and managed to cause some damage to my elbow (a good bike ride should always involve some blood)
Saturday morning and the hottest day of the year so far, a pleasure to bike in after the winter we've had.

The river crossing was a piece of cake...though Clive did manage to put a foot down!

The forecast is back to average weather again, which means in Scotland, pretty rubbish, but we're used to it and just keep plodding on, at least the rain's getting slightly warmer now!

Saturday, 7 April 2018

Water and mud make biking interesting

This is what greeted us today at the water crossing, a raging torrent that would have been impossible to bike through, not only by the force of the water but also by any hidden boulders that had been washed down by the melting snow.

Up round the side it was with the bikes made all the more hazardous with the slippy rocks threatening to give us an early and cold bath

Made it in one piece and we live to pedal a few more miles!

The clothes line frozen solid on Thursday morning!

The snowfall on Wednesday that started off as rain in the morning and gradually turned into heavy snow will surely be the last of a long cold winter.

Monday, 2 April 2018

Going from 2 x 10 to 1 x 10..... the problems and trying to solve them, and the last snow of winter (maybe)

After Barrie converted to 1 x 11 I've been toying with the idea myself when it suddenly became apparent that going 1 x 10 was going to be considerably cheaper and I was only losing one gear somewhere in the middle of the range. After a go on Barrie's bike I decided I needed a lower gear at the bottom end so plumped for a Suntour 11-46 cassette and also an oval 32 tooth wide/narrow at the front. The first short trial run proved to be nearly terminal for the rear derailleur as I hadn't adjusted the B tension screw enough and ended up with it twisted round but still in one piece. After some major surgery it went back to its rightful position and with a few adjustments it survived a 25 miler in the hills on Sunday morning. I'm still not satisfied that my gearing is low enough for the really steep stuff so I've ordered a 30 tooth front ring to try and solve that problem. (naturally it's oval and wide/narrow!) 
Testing the set up on Sunday what must surely be the last snow(?) of this long cold winter, strangely the advocates of global warming have been noticeably quiet lately!

Wet snow at this time of year is hard to pedal through and there were a few skids and slides on Sunday morning!

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Siberian weather mark 2 returns, but not quite so bad....(hopefully)

The view from the house this morning, the snow's back!!

Yesterday Barrie and I did a Pentlands ride and came across frozen snow/ice here and there where the snow of 2 weeks ago had been drifting.

Particularly bleak at this part of the ride, very reminiscent of a photo I took about exactly 4 years ago at the same spot!

Like a couple of mafia hit men, but it was necessary as the wind chill was about -10C

On a brighter note, the GoPro is really good for remote photos of bird life!

We thought winter was nearly over but it came back with a vengeance on Friday and snowed quite heavily on Saturday night. The small birds are having a hard time this winter but nearly everyone I know is feeding them in their gardens and it's a treat to watch the different varieties that come to the feeders. Warmer weather forecast for this week......I'll believe that too!!!