Glasgow Mountain Bike Orienteering 2016

Come join us on October 2nd for something a bit different – mountain bike orienteering! Part of a series of events in the 2016 SMBO calendar (, this is a really fun day out. We put out a bunch of checkpoints in the woods of Mugdock Country Park and the surrounding areas; you start at the sports club and go to find as many of them as you can in three hours. Simple? Well there’s no defined route – that’s up to you, so kind of!

We’ve run the same event a couple of times before and it’s always been a great success. The event is open to adults and children over the age of 15 (or over the age of 12 as part of a “generations” team). You can enter as a solo or a pair; we’ll give you a map showing the checkpoints and a dibber to check in at each checkpoint and undoubtedly some cake at the end… We have aimed to make the course fun for all, from first timers to experienced mountain bikers with lots of easily reachable checkpoints, along with some further afield for those looking for a challenge.  

 All entrants must be a full or day-rider member of the BMBO – day rider membership is free. All the details at:

The event is now available to enter via the BMBO page here:

Prices to enter the event are as follows:

Solo: £15

Pairs: £25

Youth: £5 

Generation Pair (adult/youth): £20

We want to see as many of you enjoying the event as possible but if you would prefer to help out we will need a couple of volunteers to help out on the day. Tasks include setting out & retrieving checkpoints & signage, directing people to Sign On and start points, a small amount of car park attendance (until event starts), course “marshalling” (marshalling is not official or static but it would be good to have a few folks to ride around the course area during the event to keep an eye out for any problems).

If you have any questions about the event or if you can volunteer then please post below, on the GMBC facebook page, contact or speak to Graham, Angus, Will or Andrew S.

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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We’ve Got Prizes!!

The good people at the cycling & outdoor clothing company, Tenn Outdoors, have provided a selection of their Protean 10K waterproof baggies and one-size-fits-all snoods for the Mugdock SMBO this Sunday.  If you want a chance to win some of these (and hopefully have a great ride and enjoy some tea, cake & banter afterwards) then you’ll need to get your name down for the event!

Tenn Outdoors snood

Tenn Outdoors snood

Tenn Outdoors

Protean Waterproof Shorts

Protean Waterproof Shorts

Reminder: Upcoming GMBC Events

Friday 30/9 – social expedition to the pub (Coopers on Gt. Western Road) – all welcome

Sunday 2/10 – MTB orienteering in Mugdock, get yourself entered and try to not get lost on your local trails!!  Warning: Contains prizes and post-ride munchies.

Sunday 23/10 – North Third & Dumyat rides – close to Glasgow, 2 rides to choose from.

Sunday 30/10 – Blair Atholl/Pitlochry ride – beautiful autumn scenery on offer (weather permitting).

Galloway trail centre weekend away (18-20 Nov) – if you’re interested then please put your name down ASAP as we need to confirm the booking for the SYHA by the end of the week.

Super Selkirk Singletrack Saturday

In the club calendar for this coming Saturday:

Selkirk Singletrack Saturday

It’s a chance to explore some of the less-ridden (but still excellent) trails in the Tweed Valley.  I’m hoping the dry-ish weather in the east this week means the trails are in decent condition come Saturday.  Expect lots of climbs (3000ft+), a similar amount of descending, exposed moorlands, forest singletrack and a wee bit of fireroad and tarmac to join up the fun bits.  Take food for the day as a cafe stop isn’t guaranteed on this ride.  The meeting point is the main car park in Selkirk town centre, just off the town square.

Last time it looked a bit like this:

Epic Views

Epic Views

And according to the-now-Sheffield-based-ex-GMBC-rider, Grant H, it was one of his highlights riding here in Scotland when he said,

The Selkirk Singletrack ride this Summer, you all owe it to yourself to try this at least once.

You do owe it to yourself.  Get beyond the trail centres, we can ride them during winter!!

Galloway 7 Stanes Weekend Away (18-20 Nov)

This was talked about on some rides recently.  The plan is to have a weekend trip to Galloway so we can pick up the 7 Stanes trail centres down in the south west (e.g. Kirroughtree, Dalbeattie, Mabie and Ae or even Drumlanrig).  It’s based on booking out an entire hostel, in Newton Stewart – 26 people max and from conversations we’ve got 6-7 people up for it already.  We’d ride at Kirroughtree on Saturday and head east on the Sunday.

It’ll cost £15 per person per night (assuming we get more than 18 people signed up).  We’ll keep a waiting list in case it’s oversubscribed.  NB: There’s a few notes on the sheet regarding reservations & cancellations you should be aware of.

If you want to come then put you’re name down on this sheet, it’s first come, first served:

Galloway 7 Stanes Weekend Away sign up sheet

Our last visit to Galloway:

Dalbeattie Sunshine #1



Selling my Kona Kula 2013 medium

Hi there,
due to moving to France I need to sell my Kona Kula 2013. It’s my first real mountain bike and I have lifetime warranty on it so a bit sad to leave it but I had to make choices.

pictures on my blog
Size : M (19″)
Frame material : alloy (scandium 69)
Wheels : 26″ shimano MT15
Fork : Rockshox Recon 100mm Gold TK Solo Air with remote control
Single chainring Hope 30T
Rear mech : Shimano Deore XT shadow +
Chain : KMC X10-EL titanium nitride coated (I indulged myself…)
Saddle : Specialized Avatar Bodygeometry (with gel and male parts-friendly geometry)
Rubber : Schwalbe Nobby Nic 2.1 Evo tubeless ready 3 compounds Pace star front
Hutchinson Cougar 2.2 Airlight rear
Gifts : a whole set of additional rubber, 2x Maxxis Ikon 2.2 (original tires, still in OK shape), 2x Maxxis Medusa 2.1 (mud tires), Maxxis High Roller 2.35, Continental X King 2.2 Race Sport (their light rubber)

The bike is in perfect working order. I bought the bike 1800 euros in 2013, I’m asking for £500 here. I live in Glasgow. Don’t hesitate to ask me questions and come and try it!


Lazer Blade Helmet – White Silver – 58-61cm/L
Never Used – Too Big for Me
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Bontrager Montrose Elite Saddle, 138mm (VL-1716, P/N:439195)
Never Used – stock saddle from new bike
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Bontrager Evoke RXL, hollow Ti rails, 138mm (VL-2170, P/N:440376)
Tested a few times – stock saddle from 2015 Trek Superfly 9.8 SL
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Sports Club Hall Use – New Guidance

Hi.  For anyone who’s ridden with the club you’ll know that a key part of the experience is the post-ride cuppa & chat in the hall.  We’re not the only people who use the hall and we’ve been asked to do our bit to keep it clean and tidy for other guests at the sports club (especially important as we go into autumn & winter).  I know we already do our bit to tidy up afterwards but there are some specific things we need to do or stop doing, namely… Continue reading