Social ride

Howdy all,

just a wee reminder about the Saturday social ride that is scheduled for the first Saturday in June.  (That will be the 4th)  So far there has been quite a bit of interest in this ride so it is looking good.

Currently there are no limitations on numbers, where you join the ride, where you leave the ride, how many coffee’s and scones you have, how many lunches you have or how much you may have to drink.

A reminder of the route.  Mostly off-road, leaving Milngavie at 10 heading to the Carbeth via various trails. From Carbeth to the Blane Valley Inn.  Then to Kincaid House Hotel Milton of Campsie from there to the Stables in Kirkie and finally finish off in the Torrance or Wheatsheaf Inn before returning, on a leasurly ride, on the back roads to Milngavie.


Rides This Week (w/c 4/4)

Here’s a note of the rides this week ………

Wednesday ride:  The Whangie (conditions permitting?) , meet at St Andrews Hall Car Park, Milngavie, 7:45pm

Thursday ride:  Road ride, meet at St Andrews Hall Car Park, Milngavie, 6:30pm prompt. Duration: 1.5 – 2hrs
NB: The Mugdock Maintenance day originally on the calendar for this Saturday (9th) has been moved to Sat 14th May.

Sunday ride – 2 options:

1. Bothy Weekend (Fri – Sun): Ardverikie Estate near Dalwhinnie.  Chris Johnstone and a few others are heading up I believe.  It’s bound to be a fantastic and memorable weekend.  If you’re interested then make yourself known!  More info here:

or, 2. Local Ride, meet at St Andrews Hall Car Park, Milngavie, 9am

Pedals for Swap or Sale

Hi. I have an unused pair of “Crank Brothers Smarty custom for Specialized” pedals which came with my 2008 Spesh Stumpjumper. As I have SPD’s they’ve never been used.

I snapped one of my SPD pedals, so am now in the market for replacement pair.

Please get in touch with me if you can either swap or would make a cash offer towards  new set.

Cheers, Keith 07855 808 964

Alpine bikes club night Tue 5/4/2011

Sorry for the short notice, but I only received notice of this myself 30 minutes ago:

We are holding our club night tomorrow evening from 6pm till 8pm we have good fantastic discounts on everything in store and discounts on new bikes. These apply only for this night.

This is being held at the alpine bikes store situated in the Tiso outdoor experience

50 Couper street, glasgow, G4 0DL
0141 559 5450

Please contact members of your club and attend the night to receive these discounts

Hope to see you tomorrow



WordPress help wanted

I’m impressed by the new GMBC site. Can anyone help me with a WordPress updrade to one of my websites please ( I’ll pay for your time and I’m thinking that half a day in our office (just north of Charing Cross) should do it – I’ve mapped out what I’m looking for, got the access codes to the site hosting and am WordPress registered. Please e me Thanks, Simon Haslam

Culra Bothy Weekend 8-10th April


Hi All,

This is a gentle reminder for the bothy trip next weekend, in case you missed it……….

It is out the Phil McKane book (see Bothy file link above) which is basically 2 loops; Ben Alder 30km and Ardverikie 35km from the bothy. There is a 10km ride in and out of Dalwhinnie about1.5hrs should do it with big pack and no punctures. The options are: to go in on Friday early evening remembering that the sunset will be around 8pm; or in on Saturday, dropping your gear and doing a loop or opening a bottle.

Here is a link to the Culra Bothy: for more information it accommodates up to 22 in 3 rooms

In terms of gear:

  1. Individual gear
    1. Sleeping bag
    2. Thermarest or similar
    3. Torch
    4. Food plates & utensils
    5. Water/chlorine tablets
    6. Dry/change of clothes
    7. Bottle of your choice
    8. Loo paper
    9. Bags to carry rubbish out
  1. Shared Gear around group
    1. Stove and fuel
    2. Matches and candles
    3. Dry firewood or coal
    4. Firelighters
    5. Pans/kettle
    6. Washing up stuff
    7. Bike spares/tools
    8. Route map

So packs will be bigger than usual. We can sort out the shared gear when numbers are known. So far we have: Rob Rankin, Al(no helmet)  myself and a few nibblers

I would suggest that we have a plan B in case the weather is piss poor.

Please let me know if you are interested or got any suggestions…………..

Cheers Chris

Summer Tuesday Ride – excellent night

Welll for the first evening ride of the summer that was cracker.  Biggish crowd out, with a good flowing pace and no real delays or mechanicals.  The bombhole was dry and dusty, and the singletrack out towards the Hole in the Wall from the start of Rocky Rooty was as good as it gets in the height of summer.  Claggy John’s wasn’t even claggy !  All the usuals, Voodoo, v-notch climb were all riding a treat and once we got up the park and into Narnia, again it was dry and dusty.  Me and Tim were remarking that exactly 3 weeks ago we rode, well actually pushed, up that trail, pushing ‘cos of the snow.

…and that very satisfying feeling driving home and the rain starts -)

…roll on more summer rides

Kilsyth Hills ride report

Kilsyth Hills 27/03/11 Ride Report

Three of us – Davie H, Gerry and myself – headed out from Colzium for the alternative Sunday ride, a tour of the Kilsyth Hills. Davie has put a lot of effort into linking up the best trails in the area, and we were keen to find out what they were like.

The first section started with a steep gravelly climb with some switchbacks thrown in for good measure, but once we had gained some height we were soon flying along a grassy ridge and admiring the views of the hills that we were due to head up. It wasn’t long before we reached the first ‘challenge’ climb of the day (these turned out to be a recurring theme…) alongside the Antonine Wall. I let Davie and Gerry lead the way on this one. After reaching the trig point we then headed up to the Roman Fort at Bar Hill and down some rooty singletrack through the trees to Twechar and Kilsyth. At around 2 hours, this would make a great Tuesday or Wednesday evening ride alternative.

Next, we headed across the main road and onto a long climb behind Queenzieburn to the Birkenburn reservoir. This was to be the second challenge climb of the day, taking us to around the same height as the Tak ma Doon road. When we reached the reservoir the sun came out and it was an ideal place to stop for lunch. After scooting down some singletrack through the forest, we were suddenly in Carron Valley. The option here was to either ride the Carron Valley cycle trails, or to climb up to the Tomtain cairn, which Davie assured us would be worth the climb.

So, we opted to head to the cairn (challenge climb 3 – by this time I was flagging), and the 360 degree views were fantastic! By this time the sky had cleared enough for us to see as far as the Forth road bridge. The singletrack descent took us back down the grass to the Tak ma Doon, so it was then a quick spin down to Kilsyth.

A fantastic day out with a good mix of climbing and fun singletrack descents, well done to Davie for organising, and definitely a route worth putting on the official calendar.

Trip stats:

Distance travelled: no idea

Total time: 5 hours approx.

Total ascent/descent: lots!