Great time of day to be out riding. Quiet after the hordes have left and the light can be so good at the end of the day.
Out for a night ride, took the big camera to play about with and tried out some light trails.
Location signs up on the roads approaching Swinley recently, saying (I think) ‘DBL‘.
Haven’t seen any in Swinley or pointing into the estate, but at least directs down Nine Mile Ride towards The Look Out.
Also, the other week, there was a sign on the junction of Shere Road where the A25 turns right up the hill towards Newlands Corner that simply said ‘BASE‘, pointing towards the hills. A typical base camp sign for a location. Didn’t have time to check it out.
Update: Not sure if it’s related but further into the hills on the back roads towards Peaslake are signs up saying ‘MAYDAY‘.
Haven’t actually posted about the current bike. We’ll here it is in a recent pose in the snow.
GT I-Drive 5 XCR (2009)
GT 6061 aluminium frame
RockShox Recon 327 forks 130mm
Fox RP2 rear shock
Truvativ Firex GXP crankset
22T/32T/Bash chainrings (mix of Truvativ, Deore & Raceface)
Wellgo B52 pedals
Avid Juicy 3 brakes
Shimano SLX Shadow rear mech
Shimano Deore front mech
Shimano Deore shifters
SRAM 950 rear cassette
SRAM 951 chain
Alex DP20 rims
Maxxis Minion front tyre 2.35
Maxxis High Roller rear tyre 2.35
FSA Orbit Pro Extreme Headset
Raceface AM stem
GT oversize bars
Hope QR seat clamp and wheel skewers
Charge Spoon saddle
Not bad for around Â£1200k. Was Â£1k originally, but the headset, tyres, clamp/skewers, pedals, chainrings/bash, saddle, stem and grips have been upgrade/replacements but that’s only about Â£200 worth. Originally came with a cheap but functional FSA headset and Maxxis Ignitor tyres which are decent enough.
Have been thinking of changing the front fork to something a bit more advanced and slacken the head angle slightly. 140mm should be fine. 150mm at a push.
Edit: After an off, bike took no damage other than the saddle. Really robust. My back on the other hand took some damage, along with the head. So replaced saddle (was a SDG Bel Air, now Charge Spoon).
Fast becoming my favourite MTB location in the area, and more so when the conditions change so much throughout the year. Here we are with snow on the hills, and couldn’t resist taking my camera.
and this little fella kept following me and pestering me whenever I stopped, so obliged by taking a snap.