:: Date: Saturday 25th February 2012
:: Distance/time: 18 - 22 miles / 5-6 hours riding (depending on pace and various route options)
:: Meeting at: The Bluebird Cafe. Car park on Lake Road just to the south of Coniston at 10:00am for 10:30am start.
:: Directions: Grid Ref: SD308970 ~ Postcode: Cumbria LA21 8AN
:: Terrain: Rocky and natural Lake District singletrack and trails with some climbs and great descents. It also uses sections of the North Face Trail in Grizedale Forest.
This route avoids the really big lakeland mountains and, while challenging in places, is very suitable for riding on an a retro machine. Be prepared for the usual changeable Lake District weather. There are some short road sections but the route is mostly...
The 2011 Retrobike National Event Series was a resounding success, with rides regularly attracting over 40 like minded retro enthusiasts, having a great time on some quality trails.
2012 promises to be another amazing year for Retrobike riding. Not only are your regional area groups in great shape with rides regularly being organised, but we’ve also put together another cracking National Series to entice you.
The National Series is the cream of the Retrobike rides squeezed into a seven round series. We’ve done our very best to spread them around the United Kingdom, offer some of the very best trails and also make the series completely free to enter.
Full details can be found here.
With Retrobike rides proving ever more popular we...
Friday 21st October 2011 was the 35th Anniversary of the first ever Repack Race - an event which is widely considered to be the genesis of the sport of mountain biking.To celebrate the event some of the forefathers of the sport (Kelly, Breeze, Bonds to name a few) and others took to Mt Tam to run the Repack once again. Full aftermath and pictures of the 35th Anniversary Repack ride up here.
2011 saw the Retrobike National Ride Series return to the South East. The Leith Hill meet was part of the Retrobike 2011 National Events series and was kindly supported by Bikefood. The ride saw forty seven retrobikers taken on the dusty conditions, the full Retrobike Leith Hill Ride aftermath thread can be found here.
Another glorious month of RetroBike riding in September saw over 50 RetroBikers find a break in the weather to complete Mr. K's Day in The Peaks ride. It turned into a perfect and memorable day for all those who dusted off their old steeds and braved the demanding Peaks trails.
October 23rd will see the climax to our little series at Leigh Hill in the North Downs. The event is being hosted by our South East group and from reading the recce threads it promises to be a great days riding. Full details can be found here.
Retrobike Rides have now been going strong for many years. They have evolved from a couple of dodgy looking characters meeting in the woods to ride their retro pride and joys to groups of up to 40 enthusiasts meeting up...
Date :: 23rd of October
Start Time:: 10.30am
Where:: STARVEAL CORNER CAR PARK, Leith Hill Road, Nr Ockley, Surrey (make sure you get the right car park there is a sign as you enter & height barriers)
Grid Ref: : TQ 13038 43297
Nearest Train Station:: Gomshall, Surrey
What to ride:: As this is the day after the 35th anniversary of the Repack, it would be nice to see bikes of pre 1990 vintage. However anything old school goes.
For more details and to sign up please click here.
Another year, another excellent Peaks meet. For 2011 the meet was part of the Retrobike 2011 National Events series and was kindly supported by Bikefood. Once again the meet proved to be one of the most well attended of the season with over fifty riders out - all bar two on old school machinery. Ride organiser, lumberjack and ice road trucker Drystonepaul has an official ride report up which can be found here and here. The full Retrobike Peaks Ride aftermath thread can be found here
So August draws to a close after a superb month of riding. The weather perhaps hasn’t been ideal for most of use but the local and national RetroBike rides scene has been in full flow. The national series crossed the border into Scotland for a memorable ride around Drumlanrig. The hospitality was amasing and with the Tunnocks weighing heavy we took on the slippery roots and rocks with smiles from ear to ear. A full aftermath more pictures than you shake a stick at, can be found here.
September is as always a Peaks month. On Saturday September 10th we will once more be tackling the stunning Peak District, starting out from Hope. Full details can found here. As always RetroRides are free to attend, leisurely paced and great banter is...
:: Date: Saturday 10th September 2011
:: Distance/time: 20 miles approx spread out over a full day's riding with plenty of fuel stops and banter.
:: Meeting at: Woodbine Cafe, Hope at 10:30am for 11:00am start.
[Restricted on road parking and a Pay and Display car park ~ Regular trains from Manchester and Sheffield]
:: Directions: Grid Ref: SK170835 ~ Postcode: S33 6RD
:: Accommodation: Plenty of options in and around the Hope Valley, including a campsite about half a mile from the start point, and the infamous Woodbine B&B.
:: Terrain: Rocky and natural Peak District tracks and trails with long climbs and longer descents. Can be a bit exposed on the moors so be prepared if the weather is inclement. Some short road sections but...
Sunday saw Retrobike take on Drumlanrig, Scotland with support from Bikefood in the fourth round of the National Event Series. Twenty five riders from all over the UK took on the excellent Drumlanrig trails on a smorgasbord of retro machinery - rocks, roots, drops, plasticine clay and all. The ride was ably led and organised by the MacRetro lads and included more Tunnocks tea cakes than those from south of the border had ever seen. Click here for the Retrobike Drumlanrig aftermath thread, possibly the biggest event to hit the Dumfries area since Chipmunk played.
:: Date: Sunday 14th August 2011 @10 for 10:30!
:: Distance/time: Probably a couple of rides dependant on level/fitness though most is doable for all, part of the reason for Drumlanrig is its retro friendly. Ususal swap shop and best bike compie!
:: Extra: Possible ride on the Saturday for those wishing to make the most of the trip. Please show any interest!
:: Meeting at: Drumlanrig, further details to follow.
:: Directions: Here
:: Tyre Choice: Doesn't really matter as long as amber walled!
:: Flea Market: There was a really good, impromptu one at both Cannock and the FoD with top quality items at knock down prices plus tons of karma. Feel free to bring stuff along for pre-ride bartering.
:: No helmet, no ride!
We've had over 40...
June was frantic to say the least for RetroBike Riders. Mountain Mayhem being the focal point of the month with 50 RetroBikers taking to the track and 50 more fighting for the loud hailer trackside in the heckling tent. A full aftermath write up of the event can be found here, eleven pages of aftermath goes to show the fun that was had.
As far as the National Rides Series goes, we now have the next round details posted. You may already have seen the MacRetro lads advertising their Drumlanrig ride in their signatures, but please sign up here if interested in attending.
Click here to read full retrobike rides July 2011 newsletter.
It's a year on and due to popular demand (ok, two people but to me that's the height of popularity), the Herefordshire Road Ride returns for 2011. So get your classic steel frames gleaming polished up, shave your legs and don your fluro Bolles for Edition II on Saturday 23rd July 2011.
What does it involve, I hear you cry?
A stunning, scenic and undulating Sportive style 80 km ride on very quiet country roads with the option of a country pub lunch/stop. There's plenty of climbing but nothing super steep so with a compact and a bit of fitness all should be fine. As a flavour, here's last years Aftermath thread.
Where is it happening?
The ride will start and finish in Hampton Bishop, just outside of the cathedral city of Hereford...
Summer is here and RetroBike Rides are occurring all over the British Isles. May was a particularly active month with the Forest of Dean witnessing one of RB’s finest events to date as it hosted Round 3 of our National Ride Series. June promises to be even more eventful with Mountain Mayhem highlighting the calendar. This year with have in the region of 50 riders taking part in the race, but also a Flea Market and concours event on the Friday night all in conjunction with the usual BBQ, beers and bizarrely the institution that is Jenga! So even if your not riding please come along and enjoy the party.
Click here to read full retrobike rides June 2011 newsletter.
Retrobike member breezerfatty is completing the Lands End to John O'Groats ride for a good cause, Great Ormond Street Hospital. Here is what breezerfatty has to say (or read more in the forum).
We are three cyclists (Graham Reeve, Graham Jackson, and Shane Taylor) taking on a huge challenge for a great cause.
Four years ago the surgeons at Great Ormond Street removed a tumour the size of a tennis ball from the heart of Graham Reeve's daughter Beth. It was clear that if untreated Beth only had days to live. Now that she is well again, it's time to repay them by raising money to help them with their work. There are people all over this country who know what it’s like to have their children returned to them by the work done at Great...
Saturday saw Retrobike take on the Forest of Dean with support from Bikefood. Forty five riders were out on their retro machinery and ably led around the FoD's sinuous singletrack by Pete. Click here for the Retrobike FoD aftermath thread, possibly the biggest event to hit the Forest since EMF's seminal "Rave in The Cave".