Reading this month’s What MTB it struck me how many bikes and bike parts are now being made from carbon fibre. So it got me thinking about the cunning weave (and I’m not talking about a particularly fine wig) and the fact that few of my riding buddies have adorned their bikes with this most bling-tastic of materials.
So the nights have started to draw in again, not immediately obvious perhaps given that’s it’s only mid August, until you try to get out on the bike in the evenings. Starting at 7:30 it doesn’t take more than an hour before there’s an obvious need for lights out on the trails.
A trip over to Redlands ends up with Matt on his head. View the 7 Mar 2004 photoset on Flickr.
A damp Sunday ride that was hard going with Marks’ dodgy knee and some heavy clay on the Downs – still, another 20 miles under the wheels anyway. View the 15 Feb 2004 photoset on Flickr.
The first photo shoot of the year as Dave takes his Wolf Ridge out for its’ first ride. Matt’s Nostalgia Bike also gets an airing after a rebuild with a new LX groupset. View the 8 Feb 2004 photoset on Flickr.
Mark, Matt and Dave manage to struggle out between Christmas and New Year for the last 2003 ride. Dave has a Marin Wolf Ridge demo bike from Cycleworks to try out. View the 30 Dec 2003 photoset on Flickr.
Our Christmas pud taste test trip taking in Ranmore, Box Hill and Headley. View the 20 Dec 2003 photoset on Flickr.
Matt goes out for a solo night ride from Bookham, taking in Ranmore Church, Denbies and Mickleham. Some murky pics were the result. View the 9 Dec 2003 photoset on Flickr.
We opt for a jey time for a change and head cross country. We travel through Norbury Park, via Juniper Hill to Headley for a play in the bomb holes before heading back over Mickleham. View the 16 Nov 2003 photoset on Flickr.
We make it over to Holmbury Hill for a change and have a blast on Barry Knows Best, Park Life and Telegraph Road before heading back to Leith and playing around in the quarry. And still no rain! View the 26 Oct 2003 photoset on Flickr.
Starting from Ranmore, we manage nineteen miles and take in Abba Zabba, Blind Terror I and II, Wolverns Lane, Wave of Mutilation, White Jam and a small bit of Summer Lightning (the rest was closed). In short, a whistle stop tour of some of the best bits on the North Downs. View the 19 Oct 2003 photoset on Flickr.
The moles welcome two new riders, Seb from Cycleworks and Brian, our first transatlantic visitor from Wisconsin. See how they all get on at Leith Hill with a Whyte 46 demo bike. View the 12 Oct 2003 photoset on Flickr.
The moles manage 25 miles to Newlands Corner, taking in Abba Zabba and Blind Terror II which lived up to its name. View the 5 Oct 2003 photoset on Flickr.
Dave, Matt, Thomas, Mark, Simon and Steve are back at Leith Hill, hooning around on Summer Lightning, Redlands and the bomb holes near the tower. View the 28 Sept 2003 photoset on Flickr.
Matt heads off into the weekend wilderness solo since everyone else was occupied elsewhere. View the 7 Sept 2003 photoset on Flickr.
I’m quite pleased with these photos as I just snapped them as quickly as possible on my ride to work (Bookham to Reigate). The camera was an old 2 meg pixel one borrowed from Dave. View the 3 Sept 2003 photoset on Flickr.
Our first attempt at ride photography using a pretty basic camera, details of which now escape me. View the 31 Aug 2003 photoset on Flickr.