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A month of Wednesdays

We’ve done rides from Boat of Garten, Carrbridge, Kingussie, Glenmore and Glen Feshie. Each one has been splendid. Great weather,  super-dry trails. Good times.

Pre-descent Yoga

This is at the top of the Carn Lethendry descent, above Carrbridge. There’s so many nice trails in those woods kept in good fettle by the locals.

Group at Loch Gynack above Kingussie: just after this is a very unprobable looking climb, which is just about rideable (no-one did it this time)

Why worry, we're in no hurry...

Just past Loch Gynack, drainage ditch claims another tube. Phil needs a lie down.

Photo and montage by Jim

The reward for 700m of climbing – big grins all the way to Glenmore!

Jim silhouette

Rob on the scary steps

So that’s it, five amazing rides in some of the best weather you could hope for.

Andy, Phil, Rob and David were off in Knoydart last week. Some info (and more pics from Wednesday rides) at Backcountry Biking


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At last!! The snow has all but disappeared from the trails (at least the ones below the tree-line) and I got to ride my lovely new Santa Cruz Tallboy 29er.

I had the pleasure of using Santa Cruz’s own demo bike  at the Strathpuffer and by the time I was halfway up the first bit of  singletrack I was smitten. Everyone’s been telling me how much a 29er would suit me but nothing really clicked – until now… it’s fast, agile feeling, corners wonderfully and lets me get away with stuff – that’s what I want!

Santa Cruz Tallboy

So, that Monday an order was placed for an XL frame (I’m 6’3″ – have been riding a Large Blur LT which was a bit on the short side for me) and a build list was drawn up…

Fox forx – 15mm QR (100mm with option to be 120mm). Thought about running it as a 1-speed but I do like my gears for climbing so I’ve opted for a 2×6 set-up:  SLX 22/36 chainset with Sram 17 – 34 on the rear which fits the Hope Trials hub with no modification. This gives a very pleasing set of gears – low enough for silly climbs and high enough to zoom along the flat bits.

2x6 gear set up on the Tallboy

So… our first snow-free Wednesday night ride of the year (in March!!) – lots of fun twisty singletrack, rooty sections, steep wee climbs – oh I love this bike!!!

“It’s like riding on velvet!” was how my friend Andy described it after I let him have a minute or two (that was enough!).

I’d like to try the forks on 120mm, just to see how that goes.

Now I’ve just got to decide where to go for the first big ride of the year…

PS our Jabba the Hut snowometer disappeared very quickly… no time to take a pic… trails are pretty much clear of snow and todays wind has been drying them out very nicely…

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Snow Goes

Will the trails be clear of snow by Easter? We’ve had such a huge amount of snow recently it sometimes seems that it will never go… ideally we’d have the snowline just above the treeline, so we can have perfect biking down here and perfect snowsports up there…

Jabba the Hut March 4th 2010

We’ll keep updating the snow situation, in the meantime here’s our Jabba the Hut snowometer so you can see how things are progressing.

4 days later

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