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My spin today...

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  • Registered Users Posts: 4,427 ✭✭✭Wailin


    First visit to the Slieve Blooms today, beautiful area. I just did the Baunreagh loop following the signs initially. Was finished after about 40ish minutes so took the road up to the upper trails. Passed two trails that were unfinished so there will be plenty of km's to keep everyone happy when finished. The link up with the trails from the top is nice and long, not the most exciting, just your typical coilte trails with little or no features. Great to get out though on a day like today and enjoy the fresh air and views.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 4,427 ✭✭✭Wailin


    Dickies and Homegrown today at Ticknock. Some day for it. First time doing the bomb hole at Dickes, just went for it without pausing to think about it.



  • Registered Users Posts: 1,799 ✭✭✭maddness


    Mo bother to you, must be that fancy new bike!


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,427 ✭✭✭Wailin


    Thanks M, second spin on the bike today and still adjusting to it!


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,015 ✭✭✭fatbhoy


    Wailin wrote: »
    Thanks M, second spin on the bike today and still adjusting to it!

    You need gloves and elbowpads or a long sleeve top or you'll fuq yourself up. Fullface helmet too.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 7,404 ✭✭✭prunudo


    fatbhoy wrote: »
    You need gloves and elbowpads or a long sleeve top or you'll fuq yourself up. Fullface helmet too.

    Each to their own imo. Once they have a mtb rated helmet I don't care what other protection people wear. We all measure risk differently.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,427 ✭✭✭Wailin


    fatbhoy wrote: »
    You need gloves and elbowpads or a long sleeve top or you'll fuq yourself up. Fullface helmet too.

    I keep all that gear for the more sketchy stuff, and in particular, wet rooty trails (my nemesis!). Hot summers day, a full face is the last thing I need going up hills. If its any consolidation to you I had knee pads...As for gloves, just simply forgot them.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,799 ✭✭✭maddness


    fatbhoy wrote: »
    You need gloves and elbowpads or a long sleeve top or you'll fuq yourself up. Fullface helmet too.

    He looks like a handy biker, we don’t all need bubble wrap.


  • Moderators, Computer Games Moderators Posts: 14,710 Mod ✭✭✭✭Dcully


    Fair play Wailin i remember when you were just asking about getting into MTB-ing thats fair progress.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,427 ✭✭✭Wailin


    Or stupidity haha! Thanks lads.


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  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 24,871 Mod ✭✭✭✭CramCycle




  • Registered Users Posts: 4,427 ✭✭✭Wailin


    Epic solo spin last weekend. Weather was unreal, got burnt to a crisp, and scenery was something else. First time doing a lot of the trails, some great natural stuff in these areas.

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    This one in Laragh stood out for me. But "stealth" near moneystown was unreal too.




  • Registered Users Posts: 244 ✭✭comanche_cor


    Those tails look class - gonna have to get up there and have a look around! Those trails on trailforks?

    Nice riding, for riding those trails blind, look proper steep in some sections even with the gopro effect!
    Wailin wrote: »
    First time doing a lot of the trails, some great natural stuff in these areas.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,427 ✭✭✭Wailin


    Those tails look class - gonna have to get up there and have a look around! Those trails on trailforks?

    Nice riding, for riding those trails blind, look proper steep in some sections even with the gopro effect!

    Surprisingly enough that trail is not on trail forks. I just followed another strava users route to find it.

    The exits are quiet steep alright and the last section is steep with a jump on it to boost the heart rate! Wanted to do it again but didn't want to hike the bike back up. I'm sure there's an easier way.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,196 ✭✭✭xxyyzz


    Wailin wrote: »
    Epic solo spin last weekend. Weather was unreal, got burnt to a crisp, and scenery was something else. First time doing a lot of the trails, some great natural stuff in these areas.

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    51270542434_b9292e2d48_c.jpg

    This one in Laragh stood out for me. But "stealth" near moneystown was unreal too.



    That's class, we have very few flowy trails like that down here, it's all vertical fall-lines where you're hanging off your brakes for survival 90% of the time.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,261 ✭✭✭saccades


    Did the epic club course - not been up there for two years.

    Finished the first tech section, got ready for the steep killer fireroad climb and discovered a sweeping berm and dusty, rocky tech climb.

    Oh.... Harder work.

    Then got caught out another two times on other bits.

    Did 4 flatout (for me in my current state) laps, nearly two mins slower than bitd.

    Loved it though, constant tech xc, change in pace, change in power and thinking about buying a third lung.

    And edit to say that it looks like I need to get back up to Glendalough too!


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,404 ✭✭✭prunudo


    Is there anyone frequenting here since the outage and new layout.


    Some heat out there today, really zapped the energy out of me on the climbs. Still though, far better than last Sunday which was misty wet shite.



  • Registered Users Posts: 1,799 ✭✭✭maddness


    I can’t get used to the new layout so haven’t been on much. I had my frequently visited forums saved but can’t seem to manage it now.

    yes is was very hot out on the trails today but fantastic too!



  • Registered Users Posts: 2,196 ✭✭✭xxyyzz


    I went exploring around Keeper hill yesterday. It's a fantastic spot but goddamn it was hot. I only got to scratch the surface of what's there.



  • Registered Users Posts: 4,427 ✭✭✭Wailin


    Where's Keeper Hill? Never heard of the place.



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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,196 ✭✭✭xxyyzz




  • Registered Users Posts: 686 ✭✭✭steamsey


    I'm checking it every now and then but I'm not a fan of what they've done here. If they were trying to unnecessarily decimate their user base then they've done a great job.

    Have been up Ticknock most weeks recently. Had some bike trouble recently which I hope is all sorted now and had a great spin on Thursday, mainly because the bike was playing ball.Had a broken chainstay, leaking fork damper (Charger 2), and a horrible metallic / frame related rattle. €600 and about 20 hours of my time later and I think it's back to itself. Was tempted to buy a new bike, but quickly realised everything is out of stock!

    Djouce Enduro is going ahead on 31st - can't wait. Looks like Grassroots format.



  • Registered Users Posts: 7,404 ✭✭✭prunudo


    Was very tempted to sign up for Djouce but confidence is still not there since my off last year. Stupid really because I know Djouce and there's no real reason why I shouldn't but something in my head hesitated hitting the send button for the entry.

    As you say though, it looks like a grassroots format which should be good. Also I noticed that trail breaker are involved in the stage design so that should be interesting.



  • Registered Users Posts: 2,980 ✭✭✭Plastik


    Didn't do the enduro champs at the weekend but took a spin over to Djouce over last night to ride the 3 stages. Great to have a fair chunk of XTC back running again.



  • Registered Users Posts: 686 ✭✭✭steamsey


    Djouce Enduro was good - had a massive crash on 2nd run of stage 3 which messed me up and I had to quit but great to be back racing. I still think I prefer the old Enduro format and wonder what the future is. 3 stages as many times as you like, and no practice day, doesn't feel like an Enduro exactly. It is a good format though and probably more accessible but maybe not good training for any youngsters planning to join the EWS. Was pretty busy there and great to see / hear lads from all around the country participating.

    Anyway - was at Ballinastoe yesterday afternoon. No one around so was a nice quiet spin. Just did the official trails which are all riding very well. Ticknock probably the next spin this week and want to get to Crone at some point.



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


    As far as I'm aware the format was modified to allow all categories to race over the 2 days to split numbers up.


    Once restrictions allow (hopefully next year) we'll be back to having the normal format.



  • Registered Users Posts: 7,404 ✭✭✭prunudo


    Any injuries or did you get away unscathed. A mate of mine had an off on stage 3 too, just a bit black and blue but he got shook up.



  • Registered Users Posts: 686 ✭✭✭steamsey


    No injuries thankfully. Probably the fastest crash I've had, but got away with it. Banged the head pretty well of the ground and had a headache so thought it best to quit. Shame because I was really enjoying it but have to be happy to come away unscathed.



  • Registered Users Posts: 1,015 ✭✭✭fatbhoy


    Last Sunday down in Wexford.





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  • Registered Users Posts: 6,236 ✭✭✭Idleater


    Made use of an owed day off work and dug the MTB out.

    Unfortunately, the rear shock has a leak, so didn't get as much of a spin as I would have liked.

    Another 08 specialized brain shock gone, like so many before. Surprised it lasted this long.

    On the plus side, I can legitimately look at frames now. I think this frame shall be hung on a wall.



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