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.  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)

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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Kirkintilloch Canal Festival 29/30 Aug – Freelance Active Travel work


Is anyone interested in being paid to promote cycling next weekend? See details below – its’s organised by Cycling Scotland. If you’re interested post up and I’ll put you in touch.



The work is for East Dunbartonshire Council Active Travel Department



·         enthusiastically engage the public

·         be able to discuss the  benefits of active travel with some degree of personal knowledge ( Katie can brief)

·         conduct a very simple survey about active travel

·         arrive by bike of possible (if not can provide bike)


Fee £10/hr and lunch


Hours 10.30am- 12pm briefing

12-5pm- speak to public

REMINDER: Peaks, 10-13th Sep

Just a cheeky reminder about the Peaks trip that’s going to happen 10-13th September


Those of you who haven’t sorted accommodation out yet had best start thinking soon!

Anybody’s welcome to come (see link for info), the list of folk is: Me, Wylie, Chris J, Alistair, Sam G, Will A, Graham, Ryszard, Elizabeth O’D.

Angus, Barry, Gary, Eilidh etc., you guys must be keen?

Arran end to end – sun 16th August.

This is a really good ride, I rode it 3 years ago with the Arran bike club guys.

It’s a long day in the saddle, not hugely technical but big miles and big smiles!. Details available on ABC Facebook page, but in short –

7am ferry, ride up over the Boguillie road to Lochranza for a 9.30 – 10 start, then it’s pretty much all off road to Kildonan and a pint of Arran blonde in the hotel!. Then it’s either a blast back to catch the last ferry (19.20) or there is a bunkhouse along by the lagg hotel. About 90km all in, maybe another 20 on top back to Brodick.

Unfortunately, I can’t make it but highly recommend it. The bike club guys sorted out the transit of our kit to the bunkhouse last time, I’m sure they would do the same this time.


Fort William Weekend: Change in Plan

Hi.  I couldn’t get accommodation in Fort William so the weekend away on 1/2 Aug is now in the Cairngorms.  The plan now looks a bit like this:

  • Friday afternoon: Laggan Wolftrax: red/black trails
  • Saturday: Possibly Glenlivet and then local Aviemore trails (natural, techy stuff)
  • Sunday: TBC – back to Laggan (enduro trails) or big natural loop in the Pitlochry area

The Friday & Saturday will be with some of my work colleagues and we’ve been offered exclusive use of the hostel in Glen Feshie on the Friday night.  At the moment we have about 7 spaces for the Friday night and plenty of space on the Saturday (non-exclusive use).  If you’re interested in one of these spaces please let me know ASAP.  The cost would be about £25 per night.


GPS Map Help!

Looking for advice and help using an Android mobile as my GPS. Currently have Endomondo as the Trail/Route app but they don’t use OS maps, so there is no detail, just white and green spaces.

Thanks to a GMBC post I signed up for the free, 3 month OS subscription! Installed the OS Mapfinder on my mobile. I can now see all the UK on my laptop, create routes and export them to mobile but I cant get the 1:25000 OS maps onto my mobile! I need maps on my mobile rather than constant uploading of data as most of the places I go have no mobile coverage!

Any ideas for easy OS map use on an Android so I can see where I am and plot the trail i’ve ridden? Forget OS and use Viewranger? Forget the mobile and buy a GPS?