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Official Retrobike raid on Snowdon viability?
Interested 47%  47%  [ 17 ]
Not Interested 19%  19%  [ 7 ]
Open to persuasion 33%  33%  [ 12 ]
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2012 8:13 pm 
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Think it's pretty conclusive I'm not going to make it now!

Hope you've had a good time there, how was the riding? :D


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2012 9:48 pm 
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Snowdon was awesome! Quite a few people but none of the friction I expected, mostly compliments. The surface was very slippery and wet, absolutely zero traction on the rocks i.e. most of the mountain. I ended up carrying the bike pretty much the whole way, but comments like "you've got some serious balls", "hardcore" and "you're mental" kept me going and I was at the top via the Rhyd Ddu route within two hours.

Unfortunately on the way down the bike was, to be honest, totally out of it's depth. The forks (Sid XC's) didn't feel like they were doing much and the brake blocks just melted. I lost the front's within 5 or 10 minutes and the rears were on their last legs by the time I hit the tarmac so I opted to walk down the last bit.

Had a great day though and I reckon I could prepare the bike much better now I know what to expect. Would have gone up again the next day if the bike was in better shape.

Bit embarassing at one bit though, as I reached the summit, quite a few people looking at me, and I got the bike stuck on my head :oops: I was carrying it on my shoulders and the saddle somehow caught on my helmet, meaning I couldn't get it down.

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How I got the bike to the top.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2012 9:50 pm 
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Fantastic!

Makes me want to do it even more now.


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2012 10:34 pm 
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I'm up for this if it's still going to happen.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2012 11:05 pm 
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It's a stunning view from the top... :shock:


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 1:39 pm 
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Adding my name to the list.

It would be a huge, mammoth, enormous undertaking (thats just the drive) but who could resist playing in that environment :shock:

I loved the Peaks meet and won't* pass up on the opportunity to try this

Keep me posted and I'll put something up in the Anglia region to drum up some interest.

*All factors allowing :lol:


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 2:13 pm 
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I've done it a few times before and it's awesome. Particularly the Ranger Path.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 2:16 pm 
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andyhilton wrote:
I've done it a few times before and it's awesome. Particularly the Ranger Path.


A well justified use of the overused adjective 'awesome', it really is 8)


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 3:11 pm 
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Best descent I've done in the UK by a country mile.


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PostPosted: Thu May 10, 2012 5:25 pm 
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Great photos 8)

This article reports on what was probably the first ever mountain bike ascent of Snowdon in October 1981.

http://www.retrobike.co.uk/gallery2/d/1 ... 032e6e1366

Though I would not be at all to find a much earlier account of a road bike being pushed or carried to the summit.


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