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Haldon aftermath for 20/03/11
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Author:  jonnyboy666 [ Sun Mar 20, 2011 7:16 pm ]
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get your pics and stuff posted up!! :D

i'll lock the organisation thread so we can just have the aftermath stuff here :)

i'll do mine shortly as i have some pics to sort first!! :D

Author:  ajantom [ Sun Mar 20, 2011 7:25 pm ]
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Nice ride today - as always on the retrobike rides very friendly and sociable :D

After I left you guys at the cafe I rode back down to Kennford via St. Andrews lane, took a tumble and cracked my carbon bars.....oops!
My knee is also a bit swollen - but of course that's less important than the bars :lol:

Author:  Gravy Monster [ Sun Mar 20, 2011 7:39 pm ]
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Was a great day, sunshine, jumble, great trails and was good to see some new faces and old bikes :lol:

Will get some pics up later

The Haldon cherry has now been popped , what a great place with some super trails and awesome views

Cheers

GM 8)

Author:  kirbdug [ Sun Mar 20, 2011 7:41 pm ]
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brilliant ride today
good to see a great selection of machines
great turn out (14 in total including my 12 year old son)
lovely and sunny
only one mechanical with jimbo's xtr :lol: rear mech
one major off let him tell what happened
good bike jumble with sales,swops and karma

thanks guys
kirbdug :D

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Author:  hydorah [ Sun Mar 20, 2011 7:46 pm ]
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Ha I n00bed out

I posted my aftermath comments in the organisation thread :oops:

I turned up late; so missed most of you guys

But I had an awesome time, first time off road for over four years

An I did it on an 18 year old bike

And took an off!

Waiting keenly for the next one!

Thanks to all involved it was great to put faces to the weird aliases!

Author:  kirbdug [ Sun Mar 20, 2011 7:46 pm ]
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more pics

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Author:  kirbdug [ Sun Mar 20, 2011 7:55 pm ]
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more pics
probably the best xtr rear mech in the world in jimbo's eyes :lol:

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Author:  kirbdug [ Sun Mar 20, 2011 8:00 pm ]
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last ones (these are for daj) your old zaskar is still being looked after with a few changes here and there

kirbdug :D

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Author:  Gravy Monster [ Sun Mar 20, 2011 8:13 pm ]
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Here are my pics as promised 8)


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Someone took a sneaky shortcut here :wink:
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AEC's at their very best :lol:
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A picture taken by me that looks good :shock:
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Author:  makster [ Sun Mar 20, 2011 9:14 pm ]
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You bugger GM! :lol:
Hopeless trying to upload pics on my laptop so will get mine up tomorrow.

A cracking day out and great to put more faces to names. This was my first ride at Haldon and I really enjoyed it. Some really nice flowing singletrack and great cafe (it got the AEC seal of approval, as GM's pics prove :lol: )
My mate Paul was really suffering with his war wounds on the way home. Fair play to him though as we did the loop again in the afternoon....and he came a cropper again! No inuries this time though :D

Roll on the FOD now!

Author:  makster [ Sun Mar 20, 2011 9:16 pm ]
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hydorah wrote:
Ha I n00bed out

I posted my aftermath comments in the organisation thread :oops:

I turned up late; so missed most of you guys

But I had an awesome time, first time off road for over four years

An I did it on an 18 year old bike

And took an off!

Waiting keenly for the next one!

Thanks to all involved it was great to put faces to the weird aliases!


Better late than never :lol: Lovely Saracen 8)

Author:  Daddy Pig [ Sun Mar 20, 2011 9:21 pm ]
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My first Retrobike meet. REALLY enjoyed the day. A friendly welcome, great singletrack, sun, cake, talking rubbish (plenty of...). Felt good to be doing some proper riding again - thank you all :D

A few glasses of wine now helping to ease sore legs :wink:

Author:  cyfa2809 [ Sun Mar 20, 2011 9:29 pm ]
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aww cant believe i missed it :cry:
looks awesome (ooo addict socks!)
oh and that effing huge hill :evil: :lol:

Author:  jimbo-xc [ Sun Mar 20, 2011 9:31 pm ]
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That was brilliant - what a great day out! 1st rigid mtb ride for 8 yrs & didn't even fall off. My XTR mech nearly did but the adjustable spanner sorted that.
The jumble was excellent too - cheers for the couple of little freebies guys.
FoD should be awesome! But what bike to bring??
Pics lok great too.

Author:  the_duke [ Sun Mar 20, 2011 9:42 pm ]
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My 1st Retrobike ride and my 1st time at Haldon. I had a great time and met some cool people. Only wish I could have stopped a bit longer!

Roll on the next meet.

Luke

Author:  jonnyboy666 [ Sun Mar 20, 2011 9:53 pm ]
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right then! my turn :D

dragged my bum out of bed at 615am :shock: painful on what is a day off!! :shock:

drove for 2 and a bit hours and turned up in the Haldon forests carpark, immediately spotted some of the usual suspects! :D

as usual there were the introductions and the what are you riding questions :D

after refitting a chainring on the big foot/smokestone as it was back to front we all headed for the Ridge Line trail, initially it follows a singletrack gravel track but then drops in to a nice little downhill section that just flows really nicely. it then pops out on another bit of fire road for about 50 metres then it drops into another piece of really nice flowing but pedalling singletrack between trees and roots that if you are giving it a bit of welly can really test you! 8)

eventually the trail heads upwards and then levels out, the group re-assembled itself just before another bit of trail that is like riding a rocky BMX pump track, initially you pedal a bit then just use the ups and downs to take you through the section, awesome! until paulie (maksters mate) launched himself over the bars :shock: turns out he only had a hurty knee and elbow, then came the comments of "you've got red on you" to much laughter (sean of the dead reference :lol: ) after a quick repair to paulie's bike and once Jimbo had fixed his "xtr" rear mech off we went again, straight into a really nice downhill at the bottom of which we stood around and talked rubbish for atleast half an hour!! :roll: :lol:

anyway on we carried up a hill that tom (ajantom) went up like it was flat leaving everyone else for dust :shock:

not long after this we hit the cafe at the visitor centre where the bikes caused quite a stir simply because most people didn't know what they were! :lol: graveymonster then spotted a retrobike raleigh, i tried to coax him into chasing the bloke and offering him money but he was having none of it! :lol:

we then decided to have the jumble as some were going to be leaving, i got more stuff than i should have bearing in mind i took stuff to sell/karma :roll: :lol:

after this makster, paulie and me carried on for another spin as did some of the others but we chose different trails, paulie had another 2 off during this ride though they weren't as bad as the the first one (luckily!! he likes hugging trees at speed!)

thanks to everyone you turned up, it was good to meet you all and i apologise but names have already drifted from my mind :oops: my memory really sucks sometimes!

any way here's some pics and a link to my facebook pics and also the whole lot on photobucket


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http://s929.photobucket.com/albums/ad13 ... %20200311/

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Author:  jonnyboy666 [ Sun Mar 20, 2011 9:55 pm ]
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and here's one of jimbo :D

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Author:  jonnyboy666 [ Sun Mar 20, 2011 10:17 pm ]
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a few more :D

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Author:  ajantom [ Sun Mar 20, 2011 10:19 pm ]
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Pity I had to run before the jumble :( But probably good as I have too many bits as it is :) Though I do need some new bars now :oops:

Author:  jonnyboy666 [ Sun Mar 20, 2011 10:23 pm ]
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how did you kill them? :shock: (meaning describe the "off" :D )

Author:  djoptix [ Sun Mar 20, 2011 10:32 pm ]
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Alas, I got there late and missed you leaving the car park.

Did the red and blue loops on my own, didn't see anyone, went home :(

Author:  jonnyboy666 [ Sun Mar 20, 2011 10:47 pm ]
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we didn't leave to ride till nearly 11, sorry to have missed you, bearing in mind how long our first loop took because of all the talking i'm surprised you didn't find us! :oops:

next time buddy :)

Author:  ajantom [ Sun Mar 20, 2011 10:53 pm ]
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Bombing down St Andrew's Lane - the top part is very rooty and rutted - hit an off camber, left-hander, and went down quite heavily. The bars went around and there was a very loud 'crack' sound.

Dusted my self off and realised that the left side of the bars were lower than the right - the carbon had cracked around where the centre-bulge joins the stem. Luckily they have aluminium reinforcement in that area, so they were still in one piece - sort of.

I did the rest of the downhill (about a mile) one-handed :lol: well, holding the left side very gingerly.

Author:  jonnyboy666 [ Sun Mar 20, 2011 10:57 pm ]
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:shock:

Author:  kirbdug [ Sun Mar 20, 2011 11:04 pm ]
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hope you got my old kona past the wife
should look good once built up
i now have space for another in the garage

kirbdug :D

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Author:  mattbrown [ Sun Mar 20, 2011 11:31 pm ]
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really good ride, good company, and lovely weather, couldnt have planned it better myself.

Author:  totti [ Mon Mar 21, 2011 7:28 am ]
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Well, I made it there - just without a bike. - Cheers for Jonnyboy666 (& someone else...can't remember who) for the offer of using their spare bike...
Could have knocked up a uni-cycle from maksters forks, a spare wheel & seat I suppose. :wink:

Good to meet everyone, a few familiar faces too... Proper gutted I missed out on the ride - but I'll have a working bike next time round, maybe even two! :D

Pics look great though, the weather was awesome too. Looking forward to the next one.

What did you guys think of Haldon Forest then??

Author:  brownpools [ Sun Mar 27, 2011 9:05 am ]
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Gutted I couldn't make to haldon , but any one now the next ride up there or a ride in devon?

Author:  djoptix [ Sun Mar 27, 2011 9:40 pm ]
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I was up there again today! This time checked out the whole of the red, blue and black trails, as well as some unmarked bits. It really is getting better up there - looking forward to the next ride...

Author:  makster [ Sun Mar 27, 2011 10:48 pm ]
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djoptix wrote:
I was up there again today! This time checked out the whole of the red, blue and black trails, as well as some unmarked bits. It really is getting better up there - looking forward to the next ride...

I may ask to recruit you as a guide next month as I'd love to go back and explore some more!
I'm sure my friends and I would see you right in goodies from the coffee shop :wink:

Author:  ajantom [ Sun Mar 27, 2011 11:37 pm ]
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I used to live next to Haldon, and still ride there most wednesday evenings.
As such I have a good knowledge of the........ahem.......more off piste trails :wink:

Anyone wanting a guide around the more off-the-beaten-track stuff is more than welcome to drop me a line. I'm always up for a ride on sundays :D

Author:  OCB [ Thu Mar 31, 2011 4:38 pm ]
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That would have been a great day for it too ...

I'd been looking forward to this one, even going as far as to get the bike/jumble ready the day before ...

... but went to bed feeling a bit flu'y / run-down unwell and woke up feeling 100x worse, so just moped about the house all day.
:?

Still, there's always next time!
:P

Author:  cyfa2809 [ Thu Mar 31, 2011 8:13 pm ]
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id be interested in the trails that dont involve that awful hill in any way

we never found the black run, we found a bit at the bottom of red :?

Author:  ajantom [ Thu Mar 31, 2011 8:29 pm ]
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The 'black' run doesn't really exist any more. There used to be some north-shore type stuff, but it's all been dismantled. There is some proper jump/gap stuff down the road, but nothing official.

Unfortunately though Haldon is on the top of a steep hill, so the all the good trails tend to be linked up by stretches of uphills! there is some lovely flowing singletrack on the far side, that can be linked together with bits of the blue and red runs. Lots of twisty in-and-out of the trees type trails 8)

Author:  cyfa2809 [ Thu Mar 31, 2011 8:56 pm ]
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oh well its shown on the tourist board thing, and we found parts of it labelled
was it too dangerous? we could see some of it where it was clearly black run

and we came across a few of those gaps :shock:

yeah to go down you must go up etc. :(

you routes sound good though :)

Author:  ajantom [ Thu Mar 31, 2011 9:17 pm ]
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Ah yes..........what they now label a black run, is in fact the bottom part of the old red run. Which was much more fun than the current red run, but they decided to dig most of it up when the new red run opened. Confusing eh?!

Bits and pieces of the old red & black runs still exist as parts of some cheeky trails, but you need to know where to look!

Author:  cyfa2809 [ Thu Mar 31, 2011 9:23 pm ]
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oh i see, i found the red run to be ok but was expecting some small jumps and stuff
little did i know it ends in black! :lol:
will have to meet up at some point so you can take us round :lol:

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