Last nights ride was a fast one. The Posse consisted of Dave, Irish Paul, Andy (Leeds) and Jem with 3 x full susser’s and one single speed driven by team Diesel Dave.
So Dave where do you want to go? “I fancy a variation of last weeks night ride on rigid forks!!!”
Up Crabtree Lane towards Polesden, down Yew Trees and up on to Ranmore. No stopping, the pace was good with everyone feeling in the groove. Along Badger Run and Collar Bone. The run through the trees over to Abba Zabba was fairly slippy, with the recent rain leaving an inch of mud on a hard surface below.
This was Paul’s first introduction to Abba Zabba, which he declined (sensibly) as we all did. The base certainly looked skiddy. Riding past Blind Terror 2 thinking it would be similar,we continued onto Numbskull, Dave rolled in on the rigid (respect) I followed close behind, there seemed to be some major expletives ahead of me as Dave’s bone shaker rattled it’s self to bits.
The front mudguard flew off and I narrowly missed rendering it an item for the green recycle bin. I was quite pleased on the Epic’s performance, looking down to notice the 100mm of travel had been pressed firmly home into the lower legs of the forks.
We all rode the rooty section, Paul’s new tyres seemed to have a mind of their own wanting to go faster and more bouncy than he wanted to. A tweak with pressure’s is on the cards this weekend I feel.
On the route to the base of McPhersons, Andy’s Lapierre misbehaved and played with some dog sh..t (must be a French thing). Once at the gate, the usual lifting the bike over and someone retrieving on the opposite side was met with, “you must be F….ing joking!” Oh! how the camaraderie slips by when dog doo-doo’s come into play!!
A huff and a puff up McPhersons, up onto Ranmore via John’s alternative route. Then over the road, down the descent that spits you out onto the field down by the base of Bagden Hill (the name of which escapes me), with more choice language from Diesel Dave on the bone shaker.
Up the slog to Wiggly woods, this was good value giving the Epic a workout through the twisty track with Paul in hot pursuit. His tweaks to the stem position have certainly quickened the response to the handling of his steed. Then a roll down to the chip shop. Here we said our goodbyes and went our separate ways.
A fairly fast ride about 16 miles, home just gone 10pm.