Week Day Rides – Tuesday & Wednesday

Midweek club rides start from Milngavie & Bearsden Sports Club (see map below), which is a short bike ride from the station.  There’s no need to join GMBC to come along to your first few rides.  The routes and durations vary to suit the conditions & those present.  Tea, biscuits, changing facilities and bike wash are available afterwards.  All you need is a well maintained off road suitable bike, a spare tube, pump and multi-tool and some enthusiasm.

During Autumn, Winter and Spring (Sept – April) you will also need a set of lights powerful enough to ride offroad which will last about 3 hours (for example, Solar Storm lights or these from Planet X/Magic Shine.)

Remember: no-helmet, no ride!

We have three mid-week rides to choose from:

  1. 7.00pm on Tuesdays
  2. 7.45pm on Wednesdays
  3. 7.00pm on Wednesdays (Introductory Ride – pace & distance to suit those present)

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Blair Atholl Bike Ride – plans

OK, then, who fancies a bike ride?  It’s still a few days away and the weekend weather forecast is changing frequently but I’m going to opt for doing the ride on Sunday 22nd Oct as the weather looks slightly better at this point.

Meet at the visitor car park on the main street in Blair Atholl and be ready to ride by 10am.  The ride starts with a warm up on tarmac before the first climb and descent.  Then it’s over to Craigower to play about on the trails in there.  After that we head over to ride beside the Tummel for a bit before head back up and over to Blair Atholl with a fast and twisty descent with some great views (clouds permitting).

Stats from the last time I did the ride say 32km, 1350m of climbing/descending and it took just over 5 hours (including stops).

Check the weather, pack appropriate clothing, take food as there are no cafe stops planned until the end of the ride.

If you want to ride share then either organise that via FB or on the club website.  I have space for 1 person and I can pick up anywhere along (or just slightly off) the A82/Gt Western Rd.

Pub Trip (28-Oct)

Posted by Barry on FB.  Saturday 28th Oct, from 7:30pm onwards in Coopers pub on Great Western Road.

All welcome; whether you’re a GMBC member or not, come along, say “Hi” and enjoy some banter.

Autumn + Perthshire = Win

Hi.  Anyone fancy a bike ride in glorious Perthshire this autumn?  If so, then mark your calendars for the weekend of 21/22 Oct.  The plan is to ride on one of the days – whichever has the better weather.  I’ll make a call in the days running up to that weekend.  It’ll be somewhere up near Pitlochry or Blair Atholl, similar to autumn rides we’ve done up there before.  Expect a some climbing, some descending, some mud, some great scenery – you know, mountain biking, that sort of thing.

I’ll advise more details closer to the time.  Here’s some photos from a previous ride, just to whet your appetite:

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30th Anniversary Weekender – final details

Just a final update to confirm the ride plans for the weekend. If anyone is planning on coming along for either day let us know.

Friday night – depends a bit on the weather and when people arrive. If there’s appetite for it then a wee fireroad spin up Ben Gullipen in time for sunset could be on the cards. Maybe pack a headtorch just in case. The Lade Inn is also another possible destination for an evening ride. Graham is going to email round those registered so far to gauge interest.

Saturday – “red”/medium ride – leaving the hostel about 10:30, to do a loop of the Mentieths on a mix of fireroad, cycle path and singletrack. Aiming for a mid ride stop in Aberfoyle around lunchtime. As we’ll be riding in Aberfoyle on Sunday we’ll not take in most of the techy trails but, depending on those present, there could be a wee detour en route to the lunch stop for some singletrack. Aiming to be back at the hostel by 4pm for munchies and merriment.

Saturday – Gnarr ride – leaving the hostel at 10:00, the final plan will be dependant on the weather and decided on the Friday night at the hostel; option (1) Ben Ledi and Stank Glen, 25km(ish), riding from the hostel, climbing/pushing up Ben Ledi and descending down the same path, taking in some of the trails in Stank Glen before returning to the hostel; option (2) Ben Vorich mega-loop, 45km, riding from the hostel and mix of fireroad/singletrack/big push to the top, ride down the main Ben Vorlich path and returning via Glen Ample or NCR 7.  Given the recent weather option (1) is much more likely but both options are fairly remote with techy/rocky descending, with limited options for cafe stops etc so pack for big day out and bring plenty of food and water and knee pads etc.

Sunday – Variety of rides out of Aberfoyle, plus, there’s a Dales Cycles demo day for GMBC and friends of GMBC in Aberfoyle on Sunday, based in the main car park. Ali from Dales will be hosting it so come along and maybe try a bike on the skills loop or on some of the local trails.

Original post with full detail of the weekends plans here;

It’s Nearly Here: 30th Anniversary Weekender!!

Glentress this coming Saturday

Scott Forshaw has suggested we do Glentress this Saturday at 10am, he can’t sign in to post this so I am doing so for him.

This ride is open to all riders of all abilities and fitness levels. Scott’s plan is to head up and tackle the orange / blue trails down to Buzzard’s Nest then back up to the top or the Mast for anyone felling fit enough to do another red / blue decent.

Please note that this is not a guided bike ride but simply a bunch of like minded riders doing what they enjoy so as usual you are responsible for your own safety. It is advisable for all attending to have suitable protection such as a helmet and knee pads, but that is up to you.

See you’s there

Ewan

Islabike Beinn 20 large pink for sale (like new, with fitted mudguards and kickstand)

Islabike Beinn 20 large pink for sale

I’m selling my daughter’s Islabike, as she’s grown out of it.  The bike is like new, and includes fitted mudguards and kickstand.  Bike has not seen a lot of use, has only been ridden in dry conditions, and is well maintained.

Looking for £300 for collection/delivery around Glasgow area.  Bike plus accessories now retail for £427.

http://www.islabikes.co.uk/products/bikes/item/beinn-20-large

Ideal light bike to whet the wean’s interest in cycling.  Sizing per the Islabike site suitable for rider aged 6+, inside leg 52-62cm, minimum height 120cm.

Posting here to see if any interest before I post up on Islabike FB site, eBay, etc.

Thanks,

Andrew

It’s Nearly Here: 30th Anniversary Weekender!!

It’s only a few weeks to the club’s 30th anniversary weekend away!  There’s still some spaces left for the trip.  The hostel is in a great location in the Trossachs, surrounded by lochs and mountains and some great biking for all abilities.  The Trossachs Tryst hostel has been renovated since our last visit with a new kitchen and bathroom facilities and it still has the great indoor and outdoor space to host our weekend.

Apart from some great rides and plenty of laughs, what can you expect from the weekend away?  Here’s a rough plan:

Friday 18th – The Starters

  • Arrive at hostel from 4pm onwards – don’t turn up early – you won’t get access
  • Meals: local food at the Lade Inn pub or make use of the new kitchen to prepare your own
  • Events: possible short, non-techy evening ride up nearby Ben Gullipen, start time TBC (hopefully at the top in time for sunset), socialising in the hostel

Saturday 19th – The Main Course

  • 10am – local rides depart
    • Ride Option 1: Angus – techy
    • Ride Option 2: Graham – mix of trails, some tech, some fireroad, looking for distance and scenery
    • Ride Option 3: TBC – if there’s any interest in this option then we’ll need a volunteer to host it – an easy ride, focus on chilling out and social
  • Rides aim to return 3-4pm, after that it’s the afternoon/evening entertainment, including:
    • team competitions
    • fantastic GMBC BBQ
    • the (in)famous GMBC Big Fat 30th Anniversary Quiz
    • prize giving/awards ceremony & cake

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Finding New Cycling Routes – User Survey

Hi folks, Chris Lowe and I are developing an app to make finding new cycling routes much easier – be it an epic MTB in the wilderness or some new trails around home. It will also serve other forms of cycling (road cycling, commuting etc.) for those interested.

Could you help us out by taking our short survey (3 mins)?

The survey is here – https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/3VZ6WHQ

Feel free to share it with anyone interested.

Thanks for your help,

Steve Owens