Saturday Ride- Another option- Arrochar


With the weather forecast looking great for Saturday, me and John are heading up to Arrochar to try a new route- well, new to us! Its called Coire Grogain from Kenny Wilson’s book.

Description is 18km from Arrochar off into the hills. Looks good, with some forest track and single track descents. Book suggests more decents than climbs, but that can’t be right!!

We have a map and the ability to navigate should anyone else want t come along.

Meet at 11am at the main car park in Arrochar- first one you come to as you head through the village. Don’t know how long it’ll take-maybe 3 hours? Graham and Neil did it last year, and can perhaps shed some light.

Let me know if anyone fancies it. Mobile is 07792605021.



Southside roadride – 7th April 2011

The GMBC peloton moved south into rural renfrewshire tonight, with a pretty good turnout… Ross, Mark, Alan, Elizabeth, Barry and me (Stephen). Ross, Alan and I left from Crookston and picked up riders on the way, by Paisley the peloton was complete. It was a mixed bunch of bikes as usual, (but no flat bars – what is this MTB club coming too!)…2 crossers, and 4 roadbikes with ‘team cannondale’ showing force. We hit the cycle path – good move, it was a nice social ride out to Kilmacolm, no neds, devil dogs and minimal glass, its always sunny on the southside! The original plan for a Greenock loop was a little ambitious so we planned a wee short loop back round the airport, however the bunch succumbed to the delights of a long descent back to Paisley and were unstoppable. Without Simon, our roadie mentor (a lycra’d Mr Myagi?) the bunch opened up with a few hero moments (Al must have a turbo button!), the pace hotted up, our average became 20mph+ but it was all good, we kept up the chat and the peloton was complete all way back to Crookston. A great ride by all accounts, and with some not so subtle bike/kit matching with a few of us I reckon we looked good too 🙂 us MTBers can easily disguise as a roadie bunch which might be worrying? Here are the stats. according to cateye (on my bike anyway) ride time: 1hr 51min, distance: 27.75 miles, average: 14.9mph, max: 25.5mph, and mechanicals: none! Consensus is that we do it again and get a few routes planned south of the river, I have hundreds of ideas, but then I am a dirt-shy closet roadie!

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