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Sunday Swinley 29 March Ride 2 years 8 months ago #1274

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Met Hawkeye and JohnE at the carpark, and with the news that everyone else had either dropped out or was running late, we headed to Swinley through the lashing wind and rain, wondering why on earth we had elected to get out of bed this morning.

After getting our gear together, remembering to pay for parking, buying a bit of food, a bit more fettling, we did a couple of laps of the car park hoping to see Javi who was going to meet us there. With no Javi in sight we set off up the Blue; John and I on our new bikes, and Hawkeye on his inconspicuous pink Cove G-Spot (which John had insisted he ride in an attempt to slow him down).

With the first half of the blue, the Stickler ridden, and Tank Traps closed, we ride some bridleway before meeting up with the red, by this time it was raining pretty heavily but spirits were still high.

Eventually the weather dried up and we we came to the downhill area where, after the climb up the hill took stock of the options before us. We did a couple of runs down the Babymaker (I think) which has a bunch of tables which can be rolled, or jumped at high enough speed. I think John cleared one successfully. Then we found a really nice run with loads of jumps and drops which came out at the bottom of the Labyrinth and was the best trail of the day. Our final downhill was the old red run, which may, or may not be called Deerstalker, but it was tons of fun, and we all agreed it was well worth spending more time there getting to know those trails in future.

With sand grinding our gears and squeaky rubbing brake pads we rode the rest of the red and then the nice sweepy burmy bit of blue a couple of times, didn't bother with the gully, and got back to the Lookout without incident and home in time for tea to receive news that Javi had cycled from Stratford to Swinley, ridden both trails and then ridden back - all in the wind and rain. Amazing.
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Sunday Swinley 29 March Ride 2 years 8 months ago #1277

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Great day out.

The run from the top which has the initial 2 drops was the best bit. Definitely doing that next time, well worth the walk back up.

The bike is going to need to be stripped down and cleaned thoroughly though.
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Sunday Swinley 29 March Ride 2 years 8 months ago #1278

Stratford to Swinley :cheer:

What sort of route do you take for that?
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Sunday Swinley 29 March Ride 2 years 8 months ago #1279

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Hi!!Sorry Marc for being too late. A pity I couldn't ride with you guys.Glad you enjoyed.

My day was packed full of incidents.

My plan was to ride from Stratford to Swinley, via Richmond park, (around 75km) and back via same way or a more straightforward boring 68km route via Heathrow airport. Some years ago I did the same thing via Heathrow but way back by train. .

As I was leaving late I decided to take the short one via Heathrow.

Rear tyre was loosing air all the time due to worn side wall, becoming very porous. After 6 times in 2 hours that I stopped to pump it up I decided to put an inner tube. This normally takes me some time, as running single speed with sliders, re-tension chain...all in bad weather...yes, lost a lot of time. Once fitted it II couldn't pump tyre; there was a huge thorn piercing the whole wheel. I forgot to check for more. Triyng to fix the puncture was near impossible, the glue of the puncture repair kit was expired/didn't work and the self adhesive patches were very old. There was another puncture I failed to see as well

I'd asumed I mighn't even get to Swinley but found a Halfords 3 min on foot, good! Bought and repaired everything neatly and decided to carry on after all these problems. I was 30 something km away, Once there, at 2 or 3 pm I rode around the car park to see if I could find you. Then I had some fun doing blue-red-blue. It was 5pm and took my way back via Bagshot (north of the trails) to Richmond and Stratford. Then, as it happened the weekend before in another long ride, garmin edge froze to death, did a factory reset and lost all data. Then I launched turn by turn navigation option and got eventually home.

A lot to learn for these adventures :) :)
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Sunday Swinley 29 March Ride 2 years 8 months ago #1280

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Lucas Trao wrote:
Hi!!Sorry Marc for being too late. A pity I couldn't ride with you guys.Glad you enjoyed.

My day was packed full of incidents.

My plan was to ride from Stratford to Swinley, via Richmond park, (around 75km) and back via same way or a more straightforward boring 68km route via Heathrow airport. Some years ago I did the same thing via Heathrow but way back by train. .

As I was leaving late I decided to take the short one via Heathrow.

Rear tyre was loosing air all the time due to worn side wall, becoming very porous. After 6 times in 2 hours that I stopped to pump it up I decided to put an inner tube. This normally takes me some time, as running single speed with sliders, re-tension chain...all in bad weather...yes, lost a lot of time. Once fitted it II couldn't pump tyre; there was a huge thorn piercing the whole wheel. I forgot to check for more. Triyng to fix the puncture was near impossible, the glue of the puncture repair kit was expired/didn't work and the self adhesive patches were very old. There was another puncture I failed to see as well

I'd asumed I mighn't even get to Swinley but found a Halfords 3 min on foot, good! Bought and repaired everything neatly and decided to carry on after all these problems. I was 30 something km away, Once there, at 2 or 3 pm I rode around the car park to see if I could find you. Then I had some fun doing blue-red-blue. It was 5pm and took my way back via Bagshot (north of the trails) to Richmond and Stratford. Then, as it happened the weekend before in another long ride, garmin edge froze to death, did a factory reset and lost all data. Then I launched turn by turn navigation option and got eventually home.

A lot to learn for these adventures :) :)

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