Tea and mountain-biking social

Exploration of the mountain bike trails in Ashton Court and possibly Leigh Woods, starting with tea/coffee (of course!).

Clothing-wise, expect to get wet and muddy so (for those going on the mountain bike trails) proper cycle clothing, and well-secured accessories are a must. Bags-wise, panniers may not fare so well and anything wearable should be packed so as not to injure you in a fall (eg small/slimline rucksacks that won't get caught on branches etc).

As the title suggests, off-road ready mountain bikes will get the most out of this social, but all welcome for tea and cake and to join us for the less bumpy bits (eg hybrid bikes with non-slick tyres should be good for a gentle woodland tour) - there are some nice places to cycle around in the vicinity.

Whatever route we take between times, meeting back at the café at the end, with a trip to the pub after if people are sticking around (last time we left locks chained up so they didn't interfere with the off-road riding and collected them at the end).

The tracks are designed for mountain bikers from beginners up, and those of you with more hard-core bikes/abilities/no fear can experiment with the 'red' routes (and Leigh Woods has a rather fine 'Skills Loop' too).

I'll be riding some of the main sections and sticking to more leisurely off-roading with those who are along for a more gentle introduction to the routes.

For anyone who doesn't know where the Ashton Court Courtyard café is, I'll be heading through town first, outside Arnolfini from 1:30pm (ish!), leaving for Ashton Court at 1:40pm (please let me know via the RSVP or subsequent message if you're meeting at Arnolfini).

Suggested equipment/supplies:

Being a partly off-road social, obviously any accessories will need to be securely attached!

  • Any Drinks/energy bars required
  • A lock
  • Spare inner tube for your wheel/tyre size (and preferably tyre levers, pump and repair kit, although we generally have these between us)
  • Lights
  • Suitable comfortable clothing (inc. waterproofs, and layers)

As ever, if the weather's awful, we can do an alternative shorter ride/café & pub tour around Bristol instead.

General Bike Info:

I've put together the odd bit of info/advice (including correct cycle adjustment) that might be useful at: http://ref.domstips.i...(some of my own tips plus links to useful cycling related websites, suggestions for additions always welcome...).


Adults (18+) only

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  • Peter

    I'm still hoping to make this but work wants me in so I may have to cancel or be late. Will get in touch if I will be late!

    November 17, 2012

    • Dom

      Cool, long queue for cafe, so week be here for a bit...

      November 18, 2012

    • Peter

      Dont think I can make it now. Could be stuck at work for a while yet so don't wait for me!

      November 18, 2012

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