Our Lovely New GMBC Club Kit – Update


Fit Kit has arrived from Pactimo and will be available at the club hall before and after this and next weeks Tuesday and Wednesday rides. That’s the 14th, 15th, 21st and 22nd April.

Come and try before you buy.

So, here it is. This is the new club kit, in short sleeve form, and it will be produced by Pactimo.

GMBC 2015 Jersey Design

A Fit Kit is on it’s way from Pactimo and should be with us within a week. I will post up here and Facebook to let people know of the arrangements for trying on the kit. Probably a Tuesday and Wednesday evening plus maybe a Sunday morning at the club hall at M&BSC. Continue reading

Week Day Rides – Tuesday & Wednesday

Midweek club rides start from Milngavie & Bearsden Sports Club (see map below).  Routes and duration vary to suit the conditions.  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.  At this time of year you will also need a set of lights powerful enough to ride offroad which will last about 3 hours (for example)

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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Aberfoyle/Finglas – Sunday – 19th April

All, Alison & myself will be riding from Aberfoyle town centre – main car park at the tourist information centre. Leaving 10.30am prompt. I will be riding out from the house (on mtb) and will be at the bridge at the Kirki Puffer (Kirkintilloch) at 8.00am – riding out via Crow/Killearn/Gartmore, if anyone wants to join me. Finglas/Aberfoyle will be at the pace of the slowest rider and faster riders can do some hill repeats sections – never getting too far in front. Planning to ride Finglass anti-clockwise. Bring food/warm clothes as the route is exposed and bail-out options are minimum. Limited options for café stops too – but might be able to get a bowl of chips at the Byre on the way back. Please let us know via reply if u want to join us. Looking forward to it.

Kinlochleven 18-19 Apr

Hi all,

I’m planing on doing two day bike trip (loops mainly around Kinloleven) as weather forecast looks great (especially Saturday!). In terms of trails I have nothing particular in mind so I’ll be travelling with my GPS with OS maps so whatever is single/double track marked on map may be my route :). The idea is to just ride starting from early morning Saturday till dusk (lights may be required), stay in a tent here: http://www.macdonaldhotel.co.uk/camping/ or here: http://www.campsiteinscotland.com/glencoecampsitemap.php drink some beer and then do the same on Sunday.

I have one free space in my car for one person and bike. Let me know if you fancy for a ride :).


Possible routes:


Gleann lolairean, The Ciaran Path, Dudes of Hazards Enduro trail, Tour de Ben Nevis


Nevis Witch’s Trail (Red trail is still closed – season starts mid May), Other ideas are welcome.



7 Lochs, 3 Ways: 9th & 10th May

I’ve had my eye on this for a few years now and I’ve finally put aside a weekend (9th & 10th May) to do it, here’s the plan – a 2 day tour of the Loch Lomond area, starting at Balloch, with an overnight stop at the Inversnaid Hostel before returning to Glasgow.  Itinerary:

Day 1: train to Balloch > Helensburgh > Arrochar > Inveruglas > Inversnaid (via ferry) approx 34 miles taking in Loch Lomond, Gareloch, Loch Long & Loch Sloy via the 3 Lochs Way

Day 2: Inversnaid > Aberfoyle > Drymen > Milngavie > Glasgow taking in Loch Arklet, Loch Chon and Loch Ard and returning via the Rob Roy Way and West Highland Way

You need to carry any overnight gear you need.  The overnight stop at hostel is for dinner and breakfast, hostel has a drying room, bar and a hot tub!  The vast majority of the 3 Lochs Way is cross-bike compatible with the odd really muddy or steep rocky section.  I’ll probably be doing it on a hardtail MTB.

If you’re interested then either post up here or email me by 6pm tomorrow (Mon. 13th Apr) and I’ll book you a space in the hostel.  The hostel is fairly full so it’s on a first come first served basis.  After 6pm tomorrow, if you want to come you’ll be responsible for booking your own accommodation.

Loch Long

Loch Long

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Navigation Course

Fed up getting lost at SMBO events? Want to be able to read a map or ride a mtb route without GPS?

Well now you can with the upcoming navigation course.

The course is open to all GMBC members and covers the following points:

Using A Map – understanding map symbols, gridlines/numbers, map scales and contours.

Using A Compass – taking bearings, magnetic North, walking a bearing and magnetic variation.

Getting Lost – Being prepared for the worst, enhancing your ability to navigate and knowing the techniques to navigate safely.

The course will run over 1 day and be split into two sections.  The first half will be theory in the classroom and the second will be roaming the hills putting what you have learned into practise.

The course will be held at Aberfoyle and start at approximately 9am on a Saturday or Sunday. Dates have yet to be confirmed and depend on interest. Provisional cost of the training is £35-£40, although this maybe subsidised by the club.

If you’re keen, please leave a comment and I’ll register your interest.

If I’ve missed anything or you have any questions that are not covered above, please get in touch and I’ll do my best to answer them.

Aviemore Weekend Away & Photos

Hi.  Well, what a weekend!  Thanks to all for making it another great trip.  Lots of great riding on all types of trail including flowy trail centres, epic Cairngorm loops and uber-techy natural trails.  The fun continued from the trails into the hostel with some great banter and the usual huge spread of food.  It was great to see so many of our newer riders getting a taste of what a GMBC trip away is all about.  If you missed it, or you were there and want to re-live the glory, then here’s a few photos:


Ordnance Survey photo competition

OS has announced a photography competition for their map covers. Follow the link to submit your own photos or vote for favourite ones:


Shall we try to get a few bikes onto the covers? If you upload anything, post a link in a comment so that everyone can give their vote. The deadline for the Outdoor Leisure series has gone already, but there are still plenty cover space for the remaining Explorer series (deadline April 19) and Landranger series (31 October).


Take Care of your Trails Weekend – Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th April 2015.

Take Care of your Trails Weekend – Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th April 2015.

A nationwide, coordinated weekend of volunteer-based trail maintenance events happening across Scotland.
Aim – to highlight the quality and quantity of trail repair work that is happening across Scottish mountain biking and to get more people involved in helping out with the maintenance of their local trails.

Find more info here on locations & how to sign up…http://www.dmbins.com/…/take-care-of-your-trails-weekend-11…

Ben Lomond is needing a push.