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what to take to chicksands

PaulkingkPaulkingk Posts: 689
edited April 2009 in MTB general
Off to chicksands on sunday hopefully. i.m thinking of taking my mongoose ritual which has 24" wheels and is ss. this will obviously be good for the dirt jumps but do peeps ride the chick shore and 4x track with this sort of s set up. what ya think?


  • Sir HCSir HC Posts: 20,148
    Will be fine.

    Make sure you take a helmet and and padding you think you might need.
    Intense Socom
  • PaulkingkPaulkingk Posts: 689
    Cool bud. Nice inbred i just replaced my blue frame with the pimp white one after i broke the last one . Awsome hardtail!
  • pilsburypiepilsburypie Posts: 891
    Just come back form chicksands today! I was there with my Trek EX8 and was in the minority with a full susser and 27 gears..... a fair few BMX riders, plenty of dirt jump bikes - most of which rode better than me.

    It is a hoot there though - watched some of the vids and it doesn't look too bad. When you are there it looks 10 times bigger. I can just about clear the doubles on the dual slalom, but the 4x course is another matter - hell, you need to clear 10ft to land on the down slope!

    The ladder drop and coffin is something else I'd guess a 15ft drop!.... full downhill 7"+ and balls the size of water melons. Didn't see anyone do it but it was pretty quiet today.

    Some of the dirt jumps are immense - 15ft ramps that would catapolt you into space. How on earth people do it I don't know.

    Pad up and have a ball.....
  • Chaka PingChaka Ping Posts: 1,451
    Don't forget to take a packed lunch.

    There's no café.
  • nonnac85nonnac85 Posts: 1,608
    yep you'll be fine on the 4x and shore etc with ss. Im building up a 24" wheel, ss bike at the mo for use mainly at chicksands
    My Website - Trail Centre info for the UK: MTB Trail Time
  • nonnac85nonnac85 Posts: 1,608
    There's no café.

    Although there is quite often a burger / snack van at one of the car parks. I usually see one in the carpark the opposite end of the wood to the 4X track
    My Website - Trail Centre info for the UK: MTB Trail Time
  • Figured I'd bump an old thread rather than start a new one...

    I'm planning to head up to Chicksands in the next week or so.
    I'm a bit of a newb, but I really like the look of the dual slalom course and definately want to give it a try as a change to my usual XC style rides.
    Are people gonna get shirty with me for holding them up as I pootle round it or, as is more likely, fall off at every jump?
    Less internal organs, same supertwisted great taste.
  • pilsburypiepilsburypie Posts: 891
    Not at all - firstly it is a bike park for all. The dual slalom for instance only takes a minute to get down so they are daft if they start right after you. I'm no expert but there was a couple of riders there who looked as if they were on their first ever ride on their first ever bike! But, they were having fun.....

    I went on a week day and there must have been 15 people there max, so no issues. Not sure how busy it gets on a weekend.
  • Cheers, that's good to know.
    I'll probably take a day off work and go during the week (nothing better than being out on the bike while everyone else is at work!) so hopefully there won't be to many people to see me crash.
    Less internal organs, same supertwisted great taste.
  • nonnac85nonnac85 Posts: 1,608
    Pilsburypie - yes it does get much busier at the weekends, especially when it is sunny!!

    Saying that, i went over there as a beginner on weekends and never felt like I was holding anyone up. Most people are friendly and will give you hints if you get talking to them.

    The dual slalom is good fun (and the 4X track is rollable if you fancy mroe of a challenge).
    My Website - Trail Centre info for the UK: MTB Trail Time
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