Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Tyninghame Links Wood; Evening cycle...


Making the most of the late woodland growth on the ground and dry sandy trails i headed down to Tyninghame and an hour spin around Links Wood.  The Winter series Hare and Hound Motorcycle Enduro series track is being flattened, passed the lad levelling the track and ruts in a small excavator and the flattened surface is good for Fatbikes!...


Signs of spring, Primrose...



I like this old gate latch,




Back onto one of the paths and through the blocks...




Last burst of energy before heading to the van and home from a busy day...




Pics are all stills from the Go Pro, here is the film i edited up,
Song is `Servo` by The brian Jonestown Massacre


Surly Pugsley; Tyninghame Woods Cycle;  April 24 2018 from coastkid71 on Vimeo.


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Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Woods Cycle to the Coast...



On with the week at work and after finishing time i parked up at Aberlady and went a ride in the woods where i played as a kid growing up here at Craigielaw.
The woods are late this spring opening leaves and growth on the ground is minimum, so still ideal for cycling being dry here with the sandy loam soil...



Burst of energy!...


Onto Shell Bay at Greencraigs and no one around, that 5 o'clock magic time...



Low tide was two hours ago, although windy the sand had not dried out enough to start blowing as i peddled out to the Crab Isle...



It`s (local?) name as these rocks submerged at high tides is where we used to catch crabs as kids...


Back across the sand and over the rocks to Greencraigs to get back into the woods as spots of rain started from the dark clouds that had been looming south of Edinburgh had been getting nearer all afternoon...



Through the woods and onto the JMW and back to the van just in time as the rain came on!...



An hour cycle and film in the bag and off home for 6pm, last pic is of the farm road to Craigielaw,
Used to sit on the white stone waiting on the school bus, but have happier memories learning to wheelie my Haro BMX on the farm road, with a slight rise perfect to get the rear wheel balance then more level but always slightly rising allowing the rear brake to be slightly dragged was where i honed my skills, today`s riders learn with no brakes and so can manual, something i struggle to do!,
But happy with my old school wheelies which always make me feel like a big kid...


The stills from the ride are taken from the film shot on the Go Pro camera,
Here is a wee film,
Song is `Daft Punk  Is Playing In My house` by LCD Soundsystem

Surly Pugsley; evening woods ride to the coast, from coastkid71 on Vimeo.


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Sunday, 22 April 2018

Plus Bike Cycle in the sunshine...


This is my 5th year riding with plus wheels, what are plus wheels?,
29+ came first starting with 29" wheel rims that were 50mm wide with a tyre 3" wide, a kind of half way/mid fat set up,  a bit too floaty for serious fast berm bashing mountain biking, but ideal for comfortable off road cycling, favoured  as a 2nd wheel set for a Fatbike to make it lighter, faster and easier work away from the real soft stuff. A lot of folks like them on ridged bikes to add a bit more comfort while maintaining a low maintenance bike without the hassle of suspension needing serviced etc...
Some Fatbikes will not fit this 29+ size wheel and tyre, that problem was answered when 27.5"  (the now standard MTB wheel diameter) came out in + width with again 3" tyres,

Brian's On One Fatty has this size. Craig and i run 29+, Mark had a dedicated 29+ Niner,
I have already owned both the Surly Krampus and ECR 29+ frame sets but prefer my Surly Wednesday Fatbike with the + wheel option - two bikes in one...

I also have a 27.5+ wheel set for the Wednesday but prefer the larger 29" cartwheels for xc riding, not sure what i will do with them yet, but that's another story...

On with today's ride and it was a stunning third day of warm sunshine, crack open the sunblock!...

First off road was around Seacliff and along to Schoughall farm...



Flat calm you could hear boats miles out in the Forth Estuary...




Fields everywhere are being cultivated and sown the last few days as farmers get busy catching up,
Potato's here...









At Willowbrae Point i spied this line over the rocks, previously unridden, Mark had a go, then i, it would take 3 attempts to clean it!, bit tricky riding this clipped in!...


Craig filmed it with my Go Pro, looks flat in the film as always, but it was real tricky...


Surly Wednesday 29  Rock Crawling from coastkid71 on Vimeo.


Along the secret trail, prob be the last ride here with sunlight  through the trees before the tree canopy darkens the wood in the next week or so as everything is starting to open out and blossom...



Tyninghame cafe and sat in the warm sun and refreshing rolls...






Here is film shot of the ride with friends,
Song is `Cello Man` by Nick Drake


+Bike Trailride; April 21st 2018 from coastkid71 on Vimeo.


I split to ride back to NB via the JMW to the van as i was heading up for a flight in the Bi Plane again,
And what a day for it! perfect blue skies with light clouds...




Back in NB and it was now mobbed being a glorious hot day, if you were here an hour later around 5pm and saw a Bi plane fly round the harbour and the Law  then on to Tantallon i was in it!
Totally amazing experience vintage flying, there is nothing quite like it!...


More soon...