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by welshkev
Tue Mar 07, 2017 08:14 am
Forum: MTB General
Topic: MTBing down Snowden
Replies: 13
Views: 1630

Re: MTBing down Snowden

cougie wrote:Hard enough walking down. Your wife would hurt herself badly on a hard tail if shes not used to it.

On a good day its a glorious view from the Top.


It's easier riding a bike down, I've done both.

But only if you're competent enough on those type of descents
by welshkev
Mon Mar 06, 2017 22:01 pm
Forum: MTB General
Topic: MTBing down Snowden
Replies: 13
Views: 1630

Re: MTBing down Snowden

I've done snowdon a few times, the Rangers path is a superb descent.

I can't say it'd be fun on a hardtail though!
by welshkev
Mon Feb 27, 2017 19:05 pm
Forum: MTB General
Topic: Cannock Chase
Replies: 29
Views: 2938

Re: Cannock Chase

So I managed Sherwood Pines in Thursday night, very wet and not a great a,out of time available but better than nothing. Fair few trees down as well which didn't help. Stopped off at FoD on the way back Friday as well for a play and enjoyed it. Only had time to do the red route but worth the stop. ...
by welshkev
Fri Feb 24, 2017 20:12 pm
Forum: MTB General
Topic: Cannock Chase
Replies: 29
Views: 2938

Re: Cannock Chase

RockmonkeySC wrote:
welshkev wrote:Just to add another to the mix, have you thought of 417 bike park? That's only about 5 mins off the m5


Have you been? It's really not worth the effort.


No mate, but I drive past there quite often to visit a customer and have been tempted. But the price puts me off.
by welshkev
Thu Feb 23, 2017 14:07 pm
Forum: MTB General
Topic: Cannock Chase
Replies: 29
Views: 2938

Re: Cannock Chase

Just to add another to the mix, have you thought of 417 bike park? That's only about 5 mins off the m5
by welshkev
Wed Feb 22, 2017 17:49 pm
Forum: MTB General
Topic: Cannock Chase
Replies: 29
Views: 2938

Re: Cannock Chase

Crazyjenkins01 wrote:All good info thanks guys. Will have a look at the weather but tjink I'm leaning towards FoD...


If you're planning to ride there tomorrow mate check "pedalabikeaway" Facebook page. It says the trails will be closed tomorrow
by welshkev
Wed Feb 22, 2017 09:02 am
Forum: MTB General
Topic: Cannock Chase
Replies: 29
Views: 2938

Re: Cannock Chase

As above, it's got waymarkers and is kept in reasonable condition. At the end of the day it's your choice between compact trails or sprawling FOD. Sprawling FoD? That's all way marked and both trails are only about 10km long, plus you can push/ride to the top of the DH tails in about 15 mins. Not t...
by welshkev
Wed Feb 22, 2017 09:00 am
Forum: MTB General
Topic: Cannock Chase
Replies: 29
Views: 2938

Re: Cannock Chase

Try Cannock, unless your a pro you will find it really good. Not sure why there are a few saying it's pants. It's a really decent setup with everything an average rider will ever want. Because it is poo. I guess it depends what you're used to riding? Cannock in no way compares to any of the trails ...
by welshkev
Tue Feb 21, 2017 11:01 am
Forum: MTB General
Topic: Cannock Chase
Replies: 29
Views: 2938

Re: Cannock Chase

Thats cool, whats the parking prices like? Also, I assume from your tag you might know about a decent trail centre around Cardiff/Merthyr? Gonna be working in South wales in a few weeks and will be staying in the Village Hotel Cardiff, or Ty Newydd Country hotel so thinking of trying to slope off e...
by welshkev
Tue Feb 21, 2017 10:36 am
Forum: MTB General
Topic: Cannock Chase
Replies: 29
Views: 2938

Re: Cannock Chase

Crazyjenkins01 wrote:FoD is over the bridge though isnt it Kev?


not if you're coming from the north mate. you'll come off the m5 at jnc 11 IIRC at Gloucester/cheltenham

or even down the m50
by welshkev
Tue Feb 21, 2017 09:59 am
Forum: MTB General
Topic: Cannock Chase
Replies: 29
Views: 2938

Re: Cannock Chase

Thanks for all the input guys. I did think of going over to FoD but its a bit far out of my way considering the distance to get back home from Worksop! Having never been to CC i thought that would be a good place to try and not too far of my route. The other option was Haldon as I know most of the ...
by welshkev
Tue Feb 21, 2017 09:47 am
Forum: MTB General
Topic: Cannock Chase
Replies: 29
Views: 2938

Re: Cannock Chase

RockmonkeySC wrote:Cannock sucks. Haldon is nearly as boring unless you get off the official trails and on to the unofficial stuff. FoD is pretty similar as well.
The only good trail centres are in south wales.


FoD is better than Cannock though. Cannock is poo
by welshkev
Tue Feb 21, 2017 09:44 am
Forum: Cross-Country and Enduro
Topic: Biggest Charity off-Road Charity event in Europe! London to Brighton Off-Road 2017 - British Heart Foundation!
Replies: 16
Views: 2660

Re: Biggest Charity off-Road Charity event in Europe! London to Brighton Off-Road 2017 - British Heart Foundation!

I'm considering doing it. my cousin died of a heart attack aged just 46 last month!

I want to raise some money for this reason.
by welshkev
Tue Feb 21, 2017 07:44 am
Forum: Holidays
Topic: North Wales Trails
Replies: 4
Views: 803

Re: North Wales Trails

Thanks JBA, Got Zipworld planned for one of the days, will try head over to Antur Stiniog and give the trails a go! just FYI antur stiniog is uplift only and is very downhill orientated. you also have the marin trail in llanrwst you could try. i'd also recommend taking your bike up Snowdon 1 evenin...
by welshkev
Tue Feb 21, 2017 07:41 am
Forum: MTB General
Topic: Anyone ever jacked it in and moved to the Alps? (Long-term or seasonal)
Replies: 8
Views: 2412

Re: Anyone ever jacked it in and moved to the Alps? (Long-term or seasonal)

I lived in Tenerife for just over 3 years. I had a great time and the only reason I moved back was that I was 27 and I had life choices to make, stay there and just get by on basic wage and never be able to afford to buy a house etc, or move home and get a "proper" job. I chose the latter,...
by welshkev
Wed Feb 15, 2017 10:26 am
Forum: MTB General
Topic: Afan, Blue Scar
Replies: 4
Views: 1278

Re: Afan, Blue Scar

i'd say that yes. it's tougher than verderers, but I guess it depends on how fit your child is. the climb up isn't technical, but it is a fairly long drag compared to the main climb at FoD
by welshkev
Tue Feb 07, 2017 07:54 am
Forum: MTB General
Topic: The best groupset for climbing/downhill?
Replies: 23
Views: 3540

Re: The best groupset for climbing/downhill?

Shimano SLX all the way for me run 1x10 with a 11-36 cassette. Cheap enough and I've got it on all 3 of my bikes with superstar chainrings and no issues. But is the 11-36 cassette suitable for the extremely steep hills? sorry, only just seen this. i'm in no way the fittest rider and am at least a s...
by welshkev
Fri Feb 03, 2017 07:31 am
Forum: MTB General
Topic: The best groupset for climbing/downhill?
Replies: 23
Views: 3540

Re: The best groupset for climbing/downhill?

Shimano SLX all the way for me run 1x10 with a 11-36 cassette. Cheap enough and I've got it on all 3 of my bikes with superstar chainrings and no issues.
by welshkev
Mon Jan 23, 2017 13:03 pm
Forum: MTB General
Topic: Am I silly to spend £600 upgrading old bike?? Giant Terrago 2008
Replies: 11
Views: 2124

Re: Am I silly to spend £600 upgrading old bike?? Giant Terrago 2008

If you like the frame and want some decent kit on it, then sure, upgrade away. Is always worth comparing against new though (£750 plus the price of selling your Terrago) ie a Rockrider 920: http://www.decathlon.co.uk/rockrider-920-275-mountain-bike-id_8366869.html or https://www.paulscycles.co.uk/m...

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