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  • Registered Users Posts: 567 ✭✭✭ Peter T


    Handy for myself as Ballyhoura is where I've been going regularly since starting a few months ago. Don't have to worry about having change for the gate. And at 5 euro a pop the card will have itself paid for after a few weeks


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,126 ✭✭✭ Top Dog


    Peter T wrote: »
    I'm not going to start a thread for this but I assume everyone has heard of the coillte access card ? Only found out at the weekend :rolleyes:
    Friends told me about it as soon as I bought my bike. The amount of times I've been to Ballyhoura, its already paid for itself :cool:


  • Registered Users Posts: 188 ✭✭ QueenMTBee


    Never heard of it but if they bring in paid parking at Ticknock and Ballinastoe I'd be all over it. Can't wait for the January health kick people to give up and get off my mountain!!!


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,669 ✭✭✭ bogmanfan


    QueenMTBee wrote: »
    Never heard of it but if they bring in paid parking at Ticknock and Ballinastoe I'd be all over it. Can't wait for the January health kick people to give up and get off my mountain!!!

    Well if the health kick folks don't go away, Coillte will have to do something about the parking situation up there. Was insanely busy on Sunday and people were just leaving their cars anywhere regardless of whether they were inconveniencing others. Saw several cars turn left inside the gate and park facing the wrong way up the one-way system. Would love to know how they intended to get out.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,126 ✭✭✭ Top Dog


    bogmanfan wrote: »
    Well if the health kick folks don't go away, Coillte will have to do something about the parking situation up there. Was insanely busy on Sunday and people were just leaving their cars anywhere regardless of whether they were inconveniencing others. Saw several cars turn left inside the gate and park facing the wrong way up the one-way system. Would love to know how they intended to get out.
    I'm guessing you're referring to Ticknock and not Ballinastoe? :confused: As I didn't see any parking issues in Ballinastoe on Sunday - they even opened the gate to allow cars use the overflow above the last berm section so there was no obstructions on the road past the entrance.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 567 ✭✭✭ Peter T


    Anyone able to recommend somewhere in munster to buy knee and elbow pads ? Want to pick up a few other bits too so somewhere with good variety so i can try different brands and sizes to see whats the best fit


  • Registered Users Posts: 223 ✭✭ Biopace


    Peter T wrote: »
    Anyone able to recommend somewhere in munster to buy knee and elbow pads ? Want to pick up a few other bits too so somewhere with good variety so i can try different brands and sizes to see whats the best fit

    Raw Cycles, Limerick


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,126 ✭✭✭ Top Dog


    Peter T wrote: »
    Anyone able to recommend somewhere in munster to buy knee and elbow pads ? Want to pick up a few other bits too so somewhere with good variety so i can try different brands and sizes to see whats the best fit
    The Edge Sports in Cork.

    https://www.theedge-sports.com


  • Registered Users Posts: 567 ✭✭✭ Peter T


    I gave a walk around the Edge last week and didn't see anything that grabbed my attention but I'll call again as its 5 min from my house. I do prefer to support the smaller bike shops. I feel the edge does enough business praying on clueless people spending their bike to work money


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,126 ✭✭✭ Top Dog


    I'm just suggesting they might offer a variety for you to check out. When you find something you like then it's up to you where you purchase ;)


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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,598 ✭✭✭ rizzodun


    https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/every-county-to-benefit-from-62m-rural-regeneration-funding-904522.html


    €10,262,900 to be provided for an International Mountain Biking Project.
    This flagship national project will develop international standard Mountain
    Biking Trails which will provide recreational, health and tourism benefits.
    The locations include: Slieve Bloom (Offaly & Laois); Collaney (Sligo);
    Ballyhoura (Limerick & Cork); Ticknock/Ballinastoe (Wicklow & Dublin)


  • Registered Users Posts: 567 ✭✭✭ Peter T


    Does anyone here go to tracton ? Its 20 min from work so might head there some time next week. Looking at video's online i presume its a no go in the wet ?


  • Registered Users Posts: 9,795 ✭✭✭ Hurrache


    Bike park in Tipp, can you just rock up on the day and take a spin around, or do you need to book regardless if you're going to use the uplift? I see on the website there's a section for booking a pedal pass for €8, so I presume that's your entry fee. Given it'll be a bank holiday weekend when I may be there how am I fixed for turning up on the day?


  • Registered Users Posts: 23 woky83


    Hurrache wrote: »
    Bike park in Tipp, can you just rock up on the day and take a spin around, or do you need to book regardless if you're going to use the uplift? I see on the website there's a section for booking a pedal pass for €8, so I presume that's your entry fee. Given it'll be a bank holiday weekend when I may be there how am I fixed for turning up on the day?

    You can just arrive on the day if you are going to pedal up the hill but I think it's €10 if u don't book online and if you are planning on doing any uplifts or renting a bike you should definitely book it online as it can get very busy


  • Registered Users Posts: 9,795 ✭✭✭ Hurrache


    Cheers woky. What's the Enduro Climb like? Distance wise it seems short and from checking out the strava segment it doesn't seem too bad. I don't plan on getting the uplift but plan to do 3 or 4 spins up to the trail head instead this way.


  • Registered Users Posts: 23 woky83


    Hurrache wrote: »
    Cheers woky. What's the Enduro Climb like? Distance wise it seems short and from checking out the strava segment it doesn't seem too bad. I don't plan on getting the uplift but plan to do 3 or 4 spins up to the trail head instead this way.

    Hurrache the Enduro climb kind of depends on your fitness levels, but it is not to bad it is short around 1.2km I think, it's steep in one or two sections and an average time to climb it would be around 15mins but again it depends on your level of fitness and wether you are pushing yourself hard on it trying for a Strava time and the decents are worth the climb,i might also have been wrong with the €10 fee for pedaling up but it isn't much more than that I know they had to adjust some prices lately and iam not sure was this one,u could give them a ring just to double check


  • Registered Users Posts: 26,560 ✭✭✭✭ Wanderer78


    Hurrache wrote: »
    Cheers woky. What's the Enduro Climb like? Distance wise it seems short and from checking out the strava segment it doesn't seem too bad. I don't plan on getting the uplift but plan to do 3 or 4 spins up to the trail head instead this way.

    climb is short but a **** of a thing, just pay for the uplifts, its some crack coming down those trails


  • Registered Users Posts: 9,795 ✭✭✭ Hurrache


    I like to climb for the workout, or masochism, not quite sure yet!

    Are familiar with Ticknock or Ballinastoe for comparison purposes?


  • Registered Users Posts: 26,560 ✭✭✭✭ Wanderer78


    Hurrache wrote: »
    I like to climb for the workout, or masochism, not quite sure yet!

    Are familiar with Ticknock or Ballinastoe for comparison purposes?

    ive been to all three, all good fun, but id know bike park the best out of them, and it would be my favorite. its coming from a more downhill perspective compared to the others, better facilities, better setup. ive only ever done the enduro climb once i think, horrible yoke, uplifts all the way for that place, you d be bollocked after doing that a couple of times


  • Registered Users Posts: 9,795 ✭✭✭ Hurrache


    I may take the lazy route so. Cheers.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 26,560 ✭✭✭✭ Wanderer78


    Hurrache wrote: »
    I may take the lazy route so. Cheers.

    theres certainly no harm in checking out the climb yourself, but very few do it, i found walkers on it before, but those trails are really great fun, i ll probably never do that climb again. ive done half days and full days, im finding the full days to be the best, as you can do things at your leisure, missing the odd uplift, you will find yourself tiring late in the afternoon though. theres probably no harm in starting on the green, then moving slowly up the ranks as the day progresses, the blues are a lot of fun, i spend a lot of time on them


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,126 ✭✭✭ Top Dog


    I could be wrong, but I think the day pass (with no uplift) is something like €8. You can also buy single uplift at something like €3 a go. I'm heading there for the first time this coming Sunday. Full day uplift cost me €40. I'll be on my lowly xc hardtail so will start our on the green and try progress through the day. I've been known to take my bike on trails it really wasn't intended for ��

    I also have a Trek Remedy booked for their demo day so that should be a really fun hour!


  • Registered Users Posts: 9,795 ✭✭✭ Hurrache


    Look forward to hearing how you fare!

    I'll be riding a hard tail too, sure it focuses your mind on improving your handling over letting the bike soak it up. That's what I tell myself anyway.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,126 ✭✭✭ Top Dog


    Hurrache wrote: »
    Look forward to hearing how you fare!
    Walked about 80% of the trails this evening to see what I'm in for tomorrow, and can already tell it's gonna be fun. Green and Blue I expect will be where I spend most of my day. Blacks are a maybe (New Black should be ok) and I might leave the jumps for the full sus.

    Will report back tomorrow :)


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,126 ✭✭✭ Top Dog


    Sorry for leaving it so long Hurrache, but this is the first chance I've had to sit down to the computer since we got home on Sunday. :o

    BPI was brilliant. Even though it was my first visit, and as such I was tackling the trails pretty blind, I had a whale of a time. Started off on Green, then moved on to Blue, New Black & Blue Jump trail. All could be done on a hard-tail once you weren't an idiot, and were great fun. As the day progressed I found myself getting slightly more confident in my abilities including getting a tiny bit of air on the jump trail. :cool:

    There was a Trek Demo weekend while we were there so I got to try the Remedy for an hour before lunch, and then the Slash for the last hour of uplift. I didn't really gel with the Remedy (the one time I came off a bike all day I was on it) but I think a lot of that was due to having the brakes backwards to what I'm used to so I grabbed a little too much front brake at one point which threw me off. Enjoyed the Slash a lot more, which had the brakes the way I'm used to, but an hour wasn't really long enough to form an opinion (and it had a sticky dropper which was annoying).

    Uplifts run in 2 sessions - 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm. The park is open from 9am-6pm so when the uplift isn't running you're welcome to use the Enduro climb to access the trails. I walked it on the Saturday, and yeah, its steep in parts. I didn't try cycling it Sunday as the uplift was just too tempting to skip. Truck runs on average 4 times an hour, meaning a possible 24 uplifts over the course of the day. I ended up using it 22 times! Between my own bike, the 2 demo's and the uplift, I clocked just over 56km over the course of the day. :eek: Legs were pretty tired by the end of it, but then I'd done 50km in Portumna on the Friday so was probably to be expected :pac:

    We stayed overnight on the Saturday, along with a family in a caravan and a lad I know in his recently converted van. Handy waking up on-site. Toilets were left open for the night, but there was no electric hook-up (not that we needed it). Cost us 10 each. Everything else is priced as per my previous post - cheaper to pre-pay online rather than on the day.

    Already looking forward to a return visit - my wife saw how much I enjoyed it and suggested going back for the full weekend of my birthday in June :D


  • Registered Users Posts: 9,795 ✭✭✭ Hurrache


    Thanks for the write up Top Dog, very informative. All I need to do now is rob a day out of the Easter holidays to swing by. I saw that they had camping there and with the right group of people I was thinking it would be great to stay. no point in doing it with people who aren't too into biking or are able to spend a day out on the trails.

    I think I'll take the Enduro trail a couple of times to get the training in, and then splash out on the individual uplifts so I can spend the rest of my time there having the fun without the pain.


  • Registered Users Posts: 9,795 ✭✭✭ Hurrache


    So got out there this morning, what a great place they have. I went with the uplift after checking out Strava and what the times were like on the enduro climb. There was only one sucker appearing on Strava who done the run all day yesterday, and I actually know him, he'll get a slagging next time I see him. He done it about 5 or 6 times!

    There's more routes than they have on their site and I didn't have the ability to go beyond the blue trails. I had plenty of bravado and confidence to attempt them but my skills were in no way a match so I erred on the side of caution.

    Lots of people and families camping there in their camper vans and the little kids were kept entertained on the various pump tracks.

    Really worth a visit if you're any where near the place, or even make a weekend out of it.


  • Registered Users Posts: 454 ✭✭ MediaMan


    Anyone know, or even have a rough idea of, the torque setting for the pivot bolts on recent Trek Fuel or Remedy bikes? The main pivot bolt on my Fuel EX 8 (2019 model) has come loose and I want to tighten it at least roughly to spec.


    I checked the manual and it gives torque settings for pretty much everything except the rear suspension. Elsewhere in the manual it helpfully suggests to "tighten the bolts to the torque specifications" confused.png.



    I don't want to go with the generic torque specs based on bolt size as I imagine the pivots, being moving parts, are very much a special case.


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,186 ✭✭✭ Icyseanfitz


    anyone have any idea when shimano are officially putting the new 12 speed stuff up for sale, my sram eagle derailleur is fcuked and i am sick of eagle and its finicky to setup bull**** :D


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  • Registered Users Posts: 7,642 ✭✭✭ Tenzor07


    14th of June will be for sale online..


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