ignore tonights weather it should have gone, but the trails will be wet
Can't say you didn't warn us!
As always though it was taken in true retro style, with grit, determination and good humour.
So when after an hour or so it had eased off and blue was visible on the horizon ... off we set! And it was least a mile before the first apparently catastrophic mechanical of the ride, as Charlieboy's commuter - no doubt shocked by the gradient after a life on the towpaths of Brummigham - promptly ate his rear mech. With a snapped hanger, a twisted mech with a snapped back plate and a spoke nipple ripped clean through the rim, you'd be forgiven for expecting a short walk back to the car and a vaguely soured 90mile return leg, but nay my friends: mrlee only went and produced from his bag, like a rabbit from a hat, an emergency hanger! Miraculously this actually fitted and with much nervewracking twisting and tweaking and many a helpful comment
we were soon on our merry wade again.
Best bodge I've been privy to in a long while!
After that it was a piece of cake really, four and half crashes on one twenty yard slither (three from an especially game mr.ship), no rear brake for mrlee, permanent rear brake for Charlieboy, an axle-crown of 360mm for mr.ship and a minor blood letting for me notwithstanding.
All good fun!
The quantity of phenomenal riding in these parts is just fantastic, so much more to discover and enjoy
Big thanks to mrlee for the knowledge and bodging skills and to everyone for the great company!