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PostPosted: Fri Jun 29, 2018 6:50 pm 
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Joined: Thu May 06, 2010 10:05 pm
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Location: Aberdeen
Fortunately a 20 minute ride and i can be in countryside.

In my "Yoof" I would ride around town, up/down steps, find man made features to ride.

PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2018 2:29 pm 
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Joined: Sat May 24, 2014 2:59 pm
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Location: Airstrip One
The History Man wrote:
Hampstead Heath.

In the 80s you needed to be able to ride very fast on certain parts.

Classic :D
Rules for riding Hampstead Heath
1. keep on the main trails.
2.. Head down arse up is a no no.
3...Don't stop to fix punctures keep going..

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2018 10:10 pm 
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Location: It's not easy being a dolphin.
A gravel grinder and two bottle cages can take you far to reach some good stuff and still be capable for mild XC.

Planning a route
to take advantage of tow paths and quiter streets helps.

PostPosted: Mon Jul 30, 2018 9:20 am 
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Location: The Royal Society of Insobriety
I used to live here:


Getting out to the trails took about 30 seconds, I was 4 minutes ride from Hebden Bridge, I worked between 60 and 90 hours a week so I didn't really take advantage.

I then moved to Leeds city centre, just off the top of Briggate, I could ride my MTB to Meanwood and be off-road in 15 minutes.

Now I'm in London, it's a faff, I don't drive so need to get the train out, usually to Peaslake and that area but in the last five years my MTB rides have tumbled and I've started riding the Touring and road bikes more. It would only really take an hour and a bit to ride out of London from mine, but it wouldn't be very good riding once I was there and I'd have to ride back obviously.

So, long story short: some cities are very open to green spaces and the MTBing is easy, London, IMHO, not so much.

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