Monday, 18 February 2013

Grisedale Pike Adventure

Sunday was a cracking day, the sun was out, the skies were clear and the air was fresh, so a few of us did a loop that started and ended in Braithwaite. First thing was to climb all the way up the road to Whinlatter, before joining the south side ascent of the trail centre. Once there you can join the path that ascends Grisedale Pike, it's a bit of a hike a bike but certainly worth it when the views are this clear. We then stayed up high, took in the views on Hopegill Head and Sail before dropping back down into Newlands Valley. This was also ride number 18 of this year.

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Going 10 speed

I've decided to convert from my old (slightly battered) 9 speed set up to a fancy new 10 speed set up complete with clutch mech. It finally all arrived at the weekend just gone so last night I set it all up, all went smoothly and setting up the gears was pretty easy, there's a nice click to changing up and down and it feels pretty smooth too. I'll give it a proper test over the weekend and hopefully it's robust enough to last a while.

New XT clutch mech

Saturday, 9 February 2013

Grisedale Pike

What do you do on a sunny friday afternoon? Well if you're not at work you take the bike up a big hill and come back down it again.

A few of us decided to pop to the top of Grisedale Pike just because we could. The weather was nice, there was a little more snow than expected on the ground but it was a fun little jaunt out. Here a few pics from the ride.

Monday, 4 February 2013

11. Askham & Beda Fell

Headed out to Ullswater on rather nice sunny Saturday and did a longer variation of the Askham loop. Taking in some bigger climbs around Beda Fell and a pretty fun descent back into Martindale, 17 miles or so in total.

Starting out on the trail overlooking Ullswater

Starting out easy for those that can pedal

But carrying is unavoidable

A splendid singletrack descent in Martindale