full night ride, dreaming of the time when i can remove the lights and do the whole ride in daylight, up past Tylers lock and Alvechurch boatyard for this one, actually quite warm weather for the time of year but drizzly with it
look at the state of my grips, need to change them, my thumb ring wears them out quickly, Matt riding his new Airbourne frame, very light, very long ride 18 11 miles total 187
i love exploring, just picking a direction and seeing where it goes, maybe you spot a gap in the hedge with a bit of trail the other side and go for it, most of the time it ends and peters out, but sometimes you discover a real gem. so with that in mind this was just that sought of ride, headed down the canal to see where it went and what i could find, just after this long strung out “peleton of riders i stumbled across The Offchurch Greenway a disused rail track that has been surfaced for walkers and cyclists, so followed my nose furtherand along the canal, found a few possiblities for future rides (more to come later in the blog) and managed to come off the canal to come back down the greenway in a loop, sunny but cold
day off midweek and a trip to Cannock Chase with matt and Stu for Matt’s birthday, Stu’s forst visit to the Follow the Dog trail, it was nice and dry and also empty because of it being mid week, some great trails and i love trying to go as fast as possible and lots of late braking, 3 runs down the chainslapper descent, great fun!
treated to a lte lunch my Matt afterwards, great day
i invited Matt and Andy to try out the full Singletrackworld ride route and despite early morning rain we started in dry conditions, there was as you can see, lots of standing water, the route took in canals, parkland and bridleways, some of the field route were really heavy going and muddy, but we had a reward in mind….bacon butties at the highest point at the lovely Hatton cafe, so refuled (read bloated with pork, bread and tea) we did the final downhill stretch back to the start point
sadly i don’t think the route is varied or interesting enought for a guided ride especially as visiting riders have some fabulous riding on their dorrsteps and it would be a bit boring for them
as mentioned in an earlier post, there are sometimes rides organised by folks on Singlerackworld, so i thought i’d try out some routes if i was to organise a ride, this was the recce and as you can see, conditions were far from perfect as we had had plenty of rain in the preceeding days, this was just half the proposed route distance
early start to catch some light, locally, whilst there are quite a few bits of off road riding you need to connect them with sections of road, this shot is taken on one of the bridges over the M42 motorway, but it’s only seconds from some fun double/single track and bridleways
this became picture of the week on http://changeyourliferideabike.blogspot.com/ and i’m very proud of that!
first visit this year to the Wyre Forest, the forest gets very wet and muddy, sometimes axle deep foul smelling mud, but it had been dry and frosty for a few days so i chanced it. it was muddy in places but not too bad, camera gorrillapodded to a tree for this shot. shortly before this on “off camber” a sweet bit of steep sided singletrack i managed to wash out the front wheel, tried to eject the bike but failed and landed on the saddle with my ribs, i’ve had rib injuries before so knew although it hurt now worse would come in the next few days….but only when i took a breath!