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Title: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Kim on January 26, 2015, 12:10:11 am
From the department of random thoughts that occurred to me while I was riding my bike:  Why don't we have a gallery thread for this?

Just in case anyone isn't familiar with the term, comedy off-roading isn't what you set out to do on a mountain or cyclocross bike:  This is about extended pub runs along dark lanes with shark-infested puddles; NCN routes letting you down on tour in a spectacular manner; bridleway shortcuts that seemed like a good idea at the time; group rides where you misjudged the routing habits of the ride leader, towpaths with ridiculous slippery bricks, railway paths complete with railway ballast, and of course those moments where the the only honourable thing to do is blame the GPS for leading you astray.

Extra points awarded for Mildly Inappropriate Bikes™:  Mud plugging on a carbon road bike.  Sustrans slalom on fixed.  Descending scree slopes on recumbent tourers.  Brompton cyclocross.  Trikes on deeply rutted tracks.  Anything that involves pushing a lowracer through a hedge.  That sort of thing.

(Danny MacAskill need not apply.)

Unfortunately all my COR photos seem to involve me lying in mud or bleeding, so someone else will have to start us off... what've you got?
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (On Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Deano on January 26, 2015, 12:13:22 am
Quote
Descending scree slopes on recumbent tourers.

:D

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5116/5896962662_e04450cede_z.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/30024450@N04/5896962662/)
Kim offroading (https://www.flickr.com/photos/30024450@N04/5896962662/) by dean.clementson (https://www.flickr.com/people/30024450@N04/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (On Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Deano on January 26, 2015, 12:18:51 am
And Foxton Lane, of course.


(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2718/5713955695_e686530ac2_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/30024450@N04/5713955695/)
Foxton Lane (http://www.flickr.com/photos/30024450@N04/5713955695/) by dean.clementson (http://www.flickr.com/people/30024450@N04/), on Flickr

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5077/5913378009_f20f78f921_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/30024450@N04/5913378009/)
IMG_0640 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/30024450@N04/5913378009/) by dean.clementson (http://www.flickr.com/people/30024450@N04/), on Flickr

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5075/5913378033_34cc83e87b_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/30024450@N04/5913378033/)
IMG_0650 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/30024450@N04/5913378033/) by dean.clementson (http://www.flickr.com/people/30024450@N04/), on Flickr

"Slow"Coach on his Dahon was particularly impressive (it is a small-wheeled folding bike, though not obvious in that last photo). I thought I'd have the least appropriate bike, on my fixed Dave Yates with 23 mm tyres, but there's always one.
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (On Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Peter on January 26, 2015, 12:38:38 am
The border terrier wins the most appropriate bike prize.  That's a great one of Kim on Sleightholme.  I lovel the ghostly goods waggon - conjures up all sorts of odd scenarios.
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (On Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Deano on January 26, 2015, 12:47:06 am
There's another one of those on the road to Tan Hill - since Wowbagger was convinced that there was another pub between Langthwaite and Tan Hill (there isn't, but he didn't believe me), I christened that one the WB Inn.

Here you go, Peter - I think your fear had subsided a little by this point, but I'm afraid you don't get many inappropriate bike points.

(https://farm7.staticflickr.com/6036/5896963440_2956fd17bc_z.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/30024450@N04/5896963440/)
IMG_0628 (https://www.flickr.com/photos/30024450@N04/5896963440/) by dean.clementson (https://www.flickr.com/people/30024450@N04/), on Flickr

(This photo and the above one of Kim are on the gravel track across Sleightholme Moor, between Tan Hill and Bowes, and were taken on the 2011 Friday Night Ride to Tan Hill. It's a necessary bit as it makes an all downhill route to the most convenient train station at Darlington. It was resurfaced earlier that year, but no one believed me when I told them that)
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (On Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Peter on January 26, 2015, 12:51:58 am
That was a great ride, one of my all-time favourites.  Al is just about to give me the advice about the back brake, not the front.  I'm a bit more confident now - but not much!  The bike didn't enjoy it and got itself stolen eventually.
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (On Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Kim on January 26, 2015, 12:52:41 am
I believed you.  That much loose gravel doesn't appear from nowhere!

The photos don't do justice to quite how fast I went down there.  I'd taken rather a lot of painkillers for my knee, and achieved a sort of Ballmer Peak for off-roading - quick enough reactions to do the right thing with the bike, but thought processes too sluggish to achieve a proper level of fear until after I'd negotiated a hazard.  I don't think I could do it like that again if I tried.

It's also worth noting that, miraculously, that one didn't end with me covered in mud or bleeding.
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (On Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Peter on January 26, 2015, 12:58:50 am
You flew past me!  I can only add, in defence of my appalling showing, that I was ever so slightly drunk at the time, too!
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (On Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on January 26, 2015, 10:46:23 am
Lovely thread! Unfortunately I don't have any photos for it, mostly because I don't have photos but also because in my case it's usually not a mildly inappropriate bike (even the Spacehopper has 28mm tyres and would probably handle that gravel ok) but a very inappropriate rider.  :-[ So I'll just enjoy other people's pics.  :)
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (On Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Jurek on January 26, 2015, 01:40:21 pm
Voilets Lane, Furneaux Pelham.

Pippa and Andrij will remember this one.... and prolly not let me forget it.
We were on our way to Cambridge. On road bikes.
We'd had a prolonged dry spell.
I thought I'd add interest to the ride by detouring via the longest ford in Europe.
It had been a while since we'd had any rain.....
No photos from me, just some Youtube footage of the sort of conditions we encountered that day....
It took us around half an hour to clean the mud off the bikes, sufficiently to allow the wheels to turn again.
Did I mention that we'd not had much rain?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ilPTEy3YRJM
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (On Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Kim on January 26, 2015, 01:44:39 pm
"Bah, I can't be arsed building any more road, let's just use this river bed and go to the pub..."
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (On Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Andrij on January 26, 2015, 04:20:09 pm
Yes, Jurek, I remember.  It's been a few years, so the trauma is finally starting to fade. ;)
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (On Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Biggsy on January 26, 2015, 04:29:01 pm
I've neglected to photograph my road bike off road excursions.  They tend to be efforts to find a discrete place to take a leak, tackling some rough terrain that even some mountain bikers wouldn't.  It's about time I stopped worrying about passing motorists seeing my cock from a quarter of a mile away.  It's hardly worth risking buckled wheels and dog shit for.
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (On Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: tiermat on January 26, 2015, 04:36:19 pm
And Foxton Lane, of course.


(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2718/5713955695_e686530ac2_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/30024450@N04/5713955695/)
Foxton Lane (http://www.flickr.com/photos/30024450@N04/5713955695/) by dean.clementson (http://www.flickr.com/people/30024450@N04/), on Flickr

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5077/5913378009_f20f78f921_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/30024450@N04/5913378009/)
IMG_0640 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/30024450@N04/5913378009/) by dean.clementson (http://www.flickr.com/people/30024450@N04/), on Flickr

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5075/5913378033_34cc83e87b_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/30024450@N04/5913378033/)
IMG_0650 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/30024450@N04/5913378033/) by dean.clementson (http://www.flickr.com/people/30024450@N04/), on Flickr

"Slow"Coach on his Dahon was particularly impressive (it is a small-wheeled folding bike, though not obvious in that last photo). I thought I'd have the least appropriate bike, on my fixed Dave Yates with 23 mm tyres, but there's always one.

IIRC Foxton Lane has been done on just about every type of bike barring an Ordinary and a 'bent.

Though it is not obvious, the first pic has me on my Ridley, with 23mm tyres and far fewer spokes on both my wheels combined than most here have in one wheel.
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (On Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Jurek on January 26, 2015, 08:47:24 pm
"Bah, I can't be arsed building any more road, let's just use this river bed and go to the pub..."
I think you have the measure of it there....
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: matthew on January 26, 2015, 10:35:54 pm
no photos fortunately but in the summer of 2012 I left work one friday to ride the long way home having specially aken the Yukon in. My route included this (https://goo.gl/maps/rHYoc) ford from the other side. Well despite the dry summer I got less than half way across (walking) when the water was up to the hubs and I decided I would be better served walking back out and riding round via the next road bridge.

Fortunately the weather was good and my feet soon dried out.

100 km later I was home.
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (On Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Deano on January 27, 2015, 11:02:02 pm

The photos don't do justice to quite how fast I went down there.  I'd taken rather a lot of painkillers for my knee, and achieved a sort of Ballmer Peak for off-roading - quick enough reactions to do the right thing with the bike, but thought processes too sluggish to achieve a proper level of fear until after I'd negotiated a hazard.  I don't think I could do it like that again if I tried.



A beer or three has much the same effect - I haven't the data to back it up, but I'm convinced I went down there faster after a couple of pints than sober.
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (On Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Deano on January 27, 2015, 11:03:36 pm
IIRC Foxton Lane has been done on just about every type of bike barring an Ordinary and a 'bent.

Though it is not obvious, the first pic has me on my Ridley, with 23mm tyres and far fewer spokes on both my wheels combined than most here have in one wheel.

Yes, and you're holding my Orange with its tractor-type tyres.

Any photos of Shark Lane? I don't have any - I think it's always been dark by the time we got there.
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Gareth Rees on January 27, 2015, 11:17:07 pm
There's a tempting shortcut over the hill between Berkhamsted and Hawridge in the Chilterns. It's even marked as a cycle route with green dots on the O.S. 1:50,000 map. The road surface is good up the east side of the hill, but then as you go down the west side it turns into this steep mudslide:

(http://garethrees.org/2014/04/05/audax/IMG_1178.jpg)

Next time I'll go round!
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (On Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Gareth Rees on January 27, 2015, 11:26:20 pm
Violets Lane, Furneaux Pelham.

I once led the club ride down Violets Lane. It was the dry summer of 2010, and there was no more than a trickle of water in the ford, but it just went on and on, and gradually we and our bicycles were coated with liberal quantities of yellow viscous mud. Never again!
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (On Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: tiermat on January 28, 2015, 08:22:26 am
IIRC Foxton Lane has been done on just about every type of bike barring an Ordinary and a 'bent.

Though it is not obvious, the first pic has me on my Ridley, with 23mm tyres and far fewer spokes on both my wheels combined than most here have in one wheel.

Yes, and you're holding my Orange with its tractor-type tyres.

Any photos of Shark Lane? I don't have any - I think it's always been dark by the time we got there.

I must have at least one photo, shall have a look.  I know, for certain, that we have ridden down there in daylight, several times!
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Deano on January 28, 2015, 09:09:56 am
You're counting flashes of lightning, right?
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Torslanda on January 28, 2015, 10:25:30 am
I'll pinch one from Redshift's Coast to Coast in 2008.

(http://i242.photobucket.com/albums/ff128/shifty176/Coast%20to%20Coast/IMG_2264.jpg)
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Pingu on January 28, 2015, 10:49:22 am
NCN 7 between Boat of Garten and Carrbridge. There are two routes, one on-road and one off. We tried the off-road option.

(https://farm7.staticflickr.com/6213/6237882783_f04ff5f54b_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/avdMea)
IMG_5148 (https://flic.kr/p/avdMea) by The Pingus (https://www.flickr.com/people/36539950@N00/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: tiermat on January 28, 2015, 12:35:10 pm
You're counting flashes of lightning, right?

We should have really got a photo that day that we both said "NO WAY!"* and turned around to take the other route back...

*For those that weren't there, the track was covered, side to side and as far as we could see along it with ice.
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Peter on January 28, 2015, 01:53:10 pm
@ pingu

I think that would be considered on-road in much of Lancashire.
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Torslanda on January 28, 2015, 02:39:20 pm
You're counting flashes of lightning, right?

We should have really got a photo that day that we both said "NO WAY!"* and turned around to take the other route back...

*For those that weren't there, the track was covered, side to side and as far as we could see along it with ice.

Glad I wasn't there for that one!
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: clarion on January 29, 2015, 03:14:40 pm
You're counting flashes of lightning, right?

We should have really got a photo that day that we both said "NO WAY!"* and turned around to take the other route back...

*For those that weren't there, the track was covered, side to side and as far as we could see along it with ice.
Wimps!
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Basil on January 31, 2015, 11:09:25 am
Time for this one again, I guess.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v249/Bloke_on_a_bike/basil.gif) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Bloke_on_a_bike/media/basil.gif.html)

I think Jaded has a better version, I can only find this gif in my stuff.
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: matthew on January 31, 2015, 11:13:29 am
Fortunately I was on my own so no photos from this mornings attempt to ride the by-way here (https://goo.gl/maps/QE8HF) on my hewitt tourer with 28mm tyres.

Suffice to say the NOTHING HAPPENED  :-[ Ok, it was a muddy wet track with landrover wheel ruts full of water and tree roots. The rear wheel broke traction trying to climb out of a muddy hollow and the bike toppled right as I unclipped my left foot. 0mph clipless moment onto mud resulting in a bent mudguard stay as I tried to put my left knee through my front wheel.

Later in the ride I came to this ford (https://goo.gl/maps/1s5j1) and as the gauge board read almost 0.5m I saw sense and used the footbridge.
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on January 31, 2015, 11:49:10 am
Ah, yes. The only thing worse than landrover wheel ruts are tractor wheel ruts.

That ford looks pretty.
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: matthew on January 31, 2015, 03:35:14 pm
At least tractor wheel ruts are wide, Landrover wheel ruts were narrower than the width of my pedals so there were a couple of unplanned halts when a pedal dug in to the edge of the rut.
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on January 31, 2015, 05:55:37 pm
Oh, that's nasty. At least you weren't on fixed! I hope... But the annoying (to me) thing about tractor wheel ruts is the horrible corrugations imprinted by their huge ridged tyres. Perhaps not such a problem in wet mud but horrid in dry weather when when they've hardened, like riding over a giant's arran sweater set in concrete.
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Wobbly John on January 31, 2015, 08:25:53 pm
As I was on my own, the only picture I have is when I stopped to get the camera out...


When we did the 'Cycling Plus jersey relay', I had some time to kill in Brandon, Suffolk while waiting to meet my 'handover'. So, I decided to go a couple of miles out of town and ride the 'Beast of the East' section of Thetford Forrest's Black route.  :D

I was on the recumbent.  :facepalm:

(http://homepages.nildram.co.uk/~talizmar/xntrick/photos/beast.jpg)

The route looks like this: http://youtu.be/lefvSRp5dy4
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: andrewc on February 19, 2015, 08:21:51 pm

 "towpaths with ridiculous slippery bricks,  evul cambers"

Unfortunately all my COR photos seem to involve me lying in mud or bleeding, so someone else will have to start us off... what've you got?

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8364/8376489324_5710fedcc3_c.jpg)

Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Kim on February 19, 2015, 08:24:03 pm
Funny how often those "Are you okay?" "Think so" "Stay still while I get my camera..." conversations come up.
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: andrewc on February 19, 2015, 08:29:45 pm
Wasn't that the ride where we decided to ban davelodwig from ever choosing the route again  ?    ;D
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Kim on February 19, 2015, 09:31:53 pm
Wasn't that the ride where we decided to ban davelodwig from ever choosing the route again  ?    ;D

Yes.  Basil was put in charge of route planning after that.

Nice Dry Pragmatic road that A5127.
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Septimus Fitzwilliam Beauregard Partridge on March 17, 2015, 08:54:03 am
As I was on my own, the only picture I have is when I stopped to get the camera out...


When we did the 'Cycling Plus jersey relay', I had some time to kill in Brandon, Suffolk while waiting to meet my 'handover'. So, I decided to go a couple of miles out of town and ride the 'Beast of the East' section of Thetford Forrest's Black route.  :D

I was on the recumbent.  :facepalm:

(http://homepages.nildram.co.uk/~talizmar/xntrick/photos/beast.jpg)

The route looks like this: http://youtu.be/lefvSRp5dy4

Wobbly, can't you find the video of you in that ford when we did the Peddars Way?
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Torslanda on March 17, 2015, 10:26:45 am
Oh, I'm sure that 'nothing happened' . . .

Why would you want to see that?
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Septimus Fitzwilliam Beauregard Partridge on March 17, 2015, 08:06:19 pm
As I was on my own, the only picture I have is when I stopped to get the camera out...


When we did the 'Cycling Plus jersey relay', I had some time to kill in Brandon, Suffolk while waiting to meet my 'handover'. So, I decided to go a couple of miles out of town and ride the 'Beast of the East' section of Thetford Forrest's Black route.  :D

I was on the recumbent.  :facepalm:

(http://homepages.nildram.co.uk/~talizmar/xntrick/photos/beast.jpg)

The route looks like this: http://youtu.be/lefvSRp5dy4

Wobbly, can't you find the video of you in that ford when we did the Peddars Way?

Found it!  A few years back myself, Wobbly, Tomsk and Oaky ride the Peddars Way in a day. In fairness our bikes weren't mildly inappropriate for the terrain but Wobbly pushed the envelope! 

Quote from our hero "It's a bit deeper than I thought!"

Clicky (http://youtu.be/5jCDj9mwURs)
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (On Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Canardly on March 17, 2015, 08:17:58 pm
Quote
Descending scree slopes on recumbent tourers.

:D

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5116/5896962662_e04450cede_z.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/30024450@N04/5896962662/)
Kim offroading (https://www.flickr.com/photos/30024450@N04/5896962662/) by dean.clementson (https://www.flickr.com/people/30024450@N04/), on Flickr

I am assuming that this is somewhere on the way back from Tan Hill. What is a rail box car doing in the middle of nowhere?
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Mr Larrington on March 17, 2015, 09:59:30 pm
Found it!  A few years back myself, Wobbly, Tomsk and Oaky ride the Peddars Way in a day. In fairness our bikes weren't mildly inappropriate for the terrain but Wobbly pushed the envelope! 

Quote from our hero "It's a bit deeper than I thought!"

Clicky (http://youtu.be/5jCDj9mwURs)

"This video is private" :(
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Deano on March 17, 2015, 10:15:36 pm
I am assuming that this is somewhere on the way back from Tan Hill. What is a rail box car doing in the middle of nowhere?

Sheep shelter.

There's another one on the way up (https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=87796.msg1802312#msg1802312), but you mustn't have seen it.
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Septimus Fitzwilliam Beauregard Partridge on March 18, 2015, 04:53:15 pm
Found it!  A few years back myself, Wobbly, Tomsk and Oaky ride the Peddars Way in a day. In fairness our bikes weren't mildly inappropriate for the terrain but Wobbly pushed the envelope! 

Quote from our hero "It's a bit deeper than I thought!"

Clicky (http://youtu.be/5jCDj9mwURs)

"This video is private" :(

I think I've fixed it, please try again ...

Clicky (http://youtu.be/5jCDj9mwURs)
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Torslanda on March 18, 2015, 07:44:14 pm
Mmmm, crunchiness . . .
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: quixoticgeek on March 22, 2015, 10:35:50 pm

(http://photos.quixotic.eu/Microadventure-2015/03-21/vivitar%20310_sm.jpg)

Comedy off roading on a Brompton with Touring baggage...

Julia
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Kim on March 25, 2015, 10:30:58 pm
Comedy off-roading on a Brompton with commuting baggage:

(http://www.ductilebiscuit.net/gallery_albums/disley/20150325056_G.sized.jpg) (https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=10.msg1835595#msg1835595)

I had to give up and turn back soon after that, as although the Brommie climbs admirably well, it was incapable of descending that rutted rocky stuff (with sand traps) safely at any speed, and the path got seriously steep on the way down.
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on March 26, 2015, 09:38:36 pm
You got to a good place, anyhow.
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (On Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Deano on April 06, 2015, 07:24:23 pm
Quote
Descending scree slopes on recumbent tourers.

:D

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5116/5896962662_e04450cede_z.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/30024450@N04/5896962662/)
Kim offroading (https://www.flickr.com/photos/30024450@N04/5896962662/) by dean.clementson (https://www.flickr.com/people/30024450@N04/), on Flickr

I am assuming that this is somewhere on the way back from Tan Hill. What is a rail box car doing in the middle of nowhere?

It's gone! And the one on the Tan Hill road. I dunno if it's the farmer, or if someone's hauled them away for scrap. What a shame - there aren't so many landmarks around there that we can spare a couple :(
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Peter on April 07, 2015, 03:25:52 pm
That is a shame.  Any evidence of conflagration?
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: PaulF on April 08, 2015, 08:08:11 am
At least tractor wheel ruts are wide, Landrover wheel ruts were narrower than the width of my pedals so there were a couple of unplanned halts when a pedal dug in to the edge of the rut.

The ruts here defeated me

(http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h82/Paul_Fulford/A69541DF-F607-43AC-8545-792578CD3561_zpsl4whbkaq.jpg) (http://s62.photobucket.com/user/Paul_Fulford/media/A69541DF-F607-43AC-8545-792578CD3561_zpsl4whbkaq.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: fboab on April 08, 2015, 12:56:53 pm
deviation! That's an appropriate bike!

74" fixed is a mildly inappropriate bike:
(http://i952.photobucket.com/albums/ae7/fboab/10410270_10152857096174451_1502655584686603661_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Septimus Fitzwilliam Beauregard Partridge on April 16, 2015, 09:01:09 am
A video of the the Mid-Essex Mid-Week Nocturnal Series crew hooning down Pennsylvania Lane near Tiptree (of jam fame) CLICKY. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jeLCA1f4XaY)  All on road bikes, mostly on 23 or 25c tyres.
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on April 16, 2015, 09:27:57 am
Very impressive. But what we need to know is, was that before or after the pub?
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Septimus Fitzwilliam Beauregard Partridge on April 16, 2015, 09:37:33 am
Very impressive. But what we need to know is, was that before or after the pub?

Before!
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on April 16, 2015, 09:39:08 am
That's even more impressive!
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Septimus Fitzwilliam Beauregard Partridge on April 16, 2015, 09:42:50 am
It was the night (18th March) we went to The Compasses at Pattiswick via a circuitous route as usual - 46 mile ride.
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: PaulF on April 16, 2015, 12:11:48 pm
deviation! That's an appropriate bike!



Perhaps this is more acceptable?

(http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h82/Paul_Fulford/4780C14D-689F-4569-B8E5-62D2A39AA091_zpsshdjwzhg.jpg) (http://s62.photobucket.com/user/Paul_Fulford/media/4780C14D-689F-4569-B8E5-62D2A39AA091_zpsshdjwzhg.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Chris S on April 19, 2015, 08:53:40 pm
fboab, enjoying Comedy On-roading on a Mildly Inappropriate Bike (it was rather more appropriate for the unsurfaced sections):

(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8712/17176379736_b0c60c8470_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/saPrhd)20150419_134036 (https://flic.kr/p/saPrhd) by Pelotonhound (https://www.flickr.com/people/40735552@N05/), on Flickr

Having so much fun in fact, she failed to document me struggling round Rutland Water on a 73" Fixed gear Pompino wearing 25mm M+ Tyres at 100psi  :hand:.

She did buy us Pizza and Gelato at the massively over-priced Italian Restaurant, later though  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: nikki on April 19, 2015, 09:39:05 pm
Good smile!  :thumbsup:

~~~~~


I went on a perfectly sensible on-road ride today.

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7711/17015854560_ca0de25997.jpg)

Seems that a 20% YACF presence is adequate to tip the balance in favour of COR however, and the return journey after the refreshment stop got a bit more technical.

(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8720/17177442366_996701565b.jpg)

Once Kim had been freed from the gate, the first section of off-road was quite civilised:

(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8820/17203359915_4a6e80da85.jpg)

The next bit unleashed the full comedy value:

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5451/16580895164_bbaa9f10a1.jpg)

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7628/16583105203_b72438bac6.jpg)

So much so that Kim seems to have opted for a unicycle in favour of the recumbent if this photo is anything to go by
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7603/16583182693_365ed23a7b.jpg)

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5448/17017147569_9f0a772d3e.jpg)

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7698/17201630752_650c96901d.jpg)

Here's the perfectly good tarmac'd surface it turns out we could have used...  ::-)
(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5458/17015747820_a3d1d0c47c.jpg)

A bit of this:
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7611/17177320076_9a343caa7d.jpg)

And a gaggle of these, just to get our score up some more.
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7674/17177522716_16f7b26384.jpg)

Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Kim on April 20, 2015, 12:08:14 am
(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8720/17177442366_996701565b.jpg)

This one really ought to be a "What happens next?" question...

(click to show/hide)

And the one of me with the bike upside-down on my head in an attempt to negotiate the kissing gate is a contender for the "Photos you failed to take today" thread.

(I've no idea where that unicycle came from though.)
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Canardly on April 20, 2015, 10:05:58 pm
Someone been doing a BOGOF bollard sale or are they really Dolmens?
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: nikki on April 20, 2015, 10:41:16 pm
They're stalagmites - you should have seen what was just out of shot above  ;D
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on April 21, 2015, 12:56:45 pm
A concrete dragon?

To match the concrete cows of MK?

Though by that process they should be soup cows.
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on April 21, 2015, 12:59:54 pm
Having so much fun in fact, she failed to document me struggling round Rutland Water on a 73" Fixed gear Pompino wearing 25mm M+ Tyres at 100psi  :hand:.

She did buy us Pizza and Gelato at the massively over-priced Italian Restaurant, later though  :thumbsup:
My boggle is minding that such a thing exists. Spork to a Dackelschneider!
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on April 27, 2015, 11:41:29 am
A bridleway between Hungerford and Little Bedwyn, cutting off three sides of a square.
(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8731/17287748005_8555a442ce.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/skEebM)

It was steeper than it looks. You might note the bike is actually appropriate, would be if it weren't for the luggage (which actually wasn't a problem, it just rattled a lot).
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Chamford Sideplate on April 29, 2015, 03:27:26 pm
Those old railway wagons were sold to farmers during the Beeching cuts by companies like RB Farquar. I think farmers used them as shepherds' huts, lambing sheds and hen houses. Riders on the Merse and Moors, the Erit Lass, the Saltire and other rides go past one near Leithen Hopes.
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Jayjay on May 09, 2015, 09:52:38 am
Last year I avoided this section of NCN 66 by taking the A166 from Stamford bridge to York. Glad I did, it would have been interesting in last May's rain.

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5464/17261522109_60f5145127_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/sikP9a)

Even the more level sections had their textured parts through the fields. I didn't take a picture of the more teeth-rattling track. Or the deeper puddles.

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5345/16825228814_8c48c50096_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/rCMGkY)N66 not far from Dunnington, York (https://flic.kr/p/rCMGkY) by John Jackson (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29179705@N02/), on Flickr

Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Joe.B on June 01, 2015, 03:12:38 pm
Another comedy recumbent off roading event. This during this year’s National Tandem Rally, not the official route but a diversion we took after giving up with trying to get the bikes/trikes over the silly Sustrans barriers. 

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7732/18157401199_b1a5beb360_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/tEvqMn)P1030784 (https://flic.kr/p/tEvqMn) by Joe.Audax (https://www.flickr.com/photos/84858164@N02/), on Flickr

We got through the first gate by simply taking off its hinges.
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/355/18157387759_933a29a7b4_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/tEvmMD)P1030768 (https://flic.kr/p/tEvmMD) by Joe.Audax (https://www.flickr.com/photos/84858164@N02/), on Flickr

But all of the subsequent gates had bolted on hinges so we gave up.
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7731/18339580222_c497febf56_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/tWB9g1)P1030771 (https://flic.kr/p/tWB9g1) by Joe.Audax (https://www.flickr.com/photos/84858164@N02/), on Flickr

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8820/18345047371_287386c006_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/tX6asc)P1030775 (https://flic.kr/p/tX6asc) by Joe.Audax (https://www.flickr.com/photos/84858164@N02/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: clarion on June 01, 2015, 04:19:31 pm
I've done far too much of that sort of ridiculous shenanigans!
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Palinurus on June 01, 2015, 07:01:40 pm
(http://i.imgur.com/XtHX8Ky.jpg)

I had a gig in the woods. 23 mm tyres, a budget trailer and a '78 Fender P-bass in a floppy case lashed on with bungees. I know how to treat my stuff.

Later I rode the whole thing back through the woods at 2 a.m. after some beers, also pulling a wheeled sports bag containing a cajon.
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on June 02, 2015, 04:19:43 pm
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8820/18345047371_287386c006_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/tX6asc)P1030775 (https://flic.kr/p/tX6asc) by Joe.Audax (https://www.flickr.com/photos/84858164@N02/), on Flickr
Sustrans, Inclusive Cycling. For all cyclists on all cycles[1].



[1]Excluding tandems, recumbents, trailers, trikes, tagalongs, panniers, baby seats, non-knobbly tyres and any others we haven't quite thought of yet.
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Kim on June 17, 2015, 01:45:33 pm
https://twitter.com/History_Pics/status/608503664270000128/photo/1
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: LittleWheelsandBig on June 17, 2015, 11:10:46 pm
Saturday was the Origami ride, starting and finishing in Rugely. Mostly Bromptons, other than HK's MTB commuter with Big Apples and my Pomp fixed with Voyager Hypers. Only about 20 miles but quite a bit of dirt roads, some of it noticeably steep up and down and the rain doesn't help traction. Some swearing was involved but happily no falls...
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Deano on August 02, 2015, 10:41:30 pm
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/286/20230314425_ddba49975f_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/wPFDEz)

For the veterans of KTTR or night rides over the NY Moors, it's the track opposite the sheep shelter. (http://streetmap.co.uk/map.srf?x=470324&y=511320&z=120&sv=470324,511320&st=4&ar=y&mapp=map.srf&searchp=ids.srf&dn=647&ax=470324&ay=511320&lm=0) It's a shortcut which cuts out a lot of descending and climbing, too. You do have to make sure not to turn right instead of left when you return to tarmac, though :facepalm:
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Pingu on December 06, 2015, 11:46:45 pm
This was after a wet, grassy bank.

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5714/23565570945_0a84b56536_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/BUpHek)
IMG_6059 (https://flic.kr/p/BUpHek) by The Pingus (https://www.flickr.com/photos/the_pingus/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Pingu on February 28, 2016, 08:35:12 pm
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1631/25234922132_7a385fd165_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ErVzbm)
IMG_6382_02 (https://flic.kr/p/ErVzbm) by The Pingus (https://www.flickr.com/photos/the_pingus/), on Flickr

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1660/24985524799_0ea77c25a5_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/E4Tm3k)
IMG_6381_01 (https://flic.kr/p/E4Tm3k) by The Pingus (https://www.flickr.com/photos/the_pingus/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Septimus Fitzwilliam Beauregard Partridge on February 29, 2016, 10:18:40 am
The weekend before last I led two yacf chums on a little ride to Clacton taking in a much COR as I could find.  I was riding my Disc Trucker with mildly appropriate tyres, tippers of this parish was on 28c slicks  ;D

Anyhow it was muddy, I fell off and then nearly tumbled into a water filled ditch.  On one occasion we had to get off and walk ...

(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l160/stevenr_01/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_2554_zpsswfjdajj.jpg)

Twas fun  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Deano on May 22, 2016, 09:53:39 pm
Peter descending Holwick Scar:

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7017/26573613893_c8da580755_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/GudHAM)
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Peter on May 23, 2016, 10:19:34 am
Come on, Dean!  Show them what happens when I ride - I can take it!
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Deano on May 24, 2016, 12:33:58 am
Like this?

(https://c6.staticflickr.com/8/7661/27204001645_abde693721_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/HrVBV8)
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Peter on May 24, 2016, 12:37:24 am
I was thinking of something a little more non-vertical, though I dare say you're working up to it - warming up the audience, so to speak!
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Deano on May 24, 2016, 11:12:34 pm
Ah go on then.

Before:

(https://c5.staticflickr.com/8/7751/27193783756_b2473e3d46_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Hr2fuC)

During:

(https://c7.staticflickr.com/8/7658/26621080534_b0f852985a_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/GypZM9)

After:

(https://c7.staticflickr.com/8/7040/26621074054_22d590d043_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/GypXRq)

25 mm tyre on the front, no wonder...
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Deano on May 24, 2016, 11:31:20 pm
It was a tough old track...

(https://c7.staticflickr.com/8/7470/26621332094_3e1c1efd17_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Gyrhyo)
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Peter on May 25, 2016, 12:24:39 am
Excellent stuff!  And before nobody asks, I was completely unhurt (I have no pride) and did more damage with the chain-ring while we were having an ice-cream than I did here!
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: clarion on May 26, 2016, 04:24:53 pm
How was the bike? ;)
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Peter on May 26, 2016, 07:31:29 pm
Fine.  It's used to it as it was a cyclo-cross bike before I got it.  I think it keeps re-living the past!
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Pingu on June 12, 2016, 09:39:31 pm
(https://c6.staticflickr.com/8/7443/27629372965_78ee160318_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/J6vKZp)
IMG_6736_01 (https://flic.kr/p/J6vKZp) by The Pingus (https://www.flickr.com/photos/the_pingus/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: woollypigs on June 19, 2016, 09:14:04 pm
It was a tough old track...
That is not a way to talk about Peter :)
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Pingu on June 20, 2016, 12:25:30 am
It was a tough old track...

(https://c7.staticflickr.com/8/7470/26621332094_3e1c1efd17_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Gyrhyo)

Second place, NE Engalund  region semi finals, McNasty lookalike competition.
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Si S on June 20, 2016, 08:35:34 am
(https://c6.staticflickr.com/8/7289/27290549085_d02faf0db8_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Hzzcsn)
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Peter on June 29, 2016, 10:43:49 am
It was a tough old track...

(https://c7.staticflickr.com/8/7470/26621332094_3e1c1efd17_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Gyrhyo)

Second place, NE Engalund  region semi finals, McNasty lookalike competition.

Just seen this!  It's an honour, sir - but why only second?!

Peter
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Pingu on May 06, 2017, 09:25:29 pm
Formartine & Buchan Way

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4159/34361304051_31a2b579d8_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/UmoEyK)
IMG_8450_01 (https://flic.kr/p/UmoEyK) by The Pingus (https://www.flickr.com/photos/the_pingus/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Pingu on June 13, 2017, 04:08:44 pm
Track of sand in Belgium. This was closely followed by a cobbled section for extra value fun  :thumbsup:

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4235/34440696644_427c5eb816_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Utpzdy)
IMG_8838_01 (https://flic.kr/p/Utpzdy) by The Pingus (https://www.flickr.com/photos/the_pingus/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: mr ben on June 15, 2017, 09:24:38 pm
Definitely off-road; hard to be comedic due to sense of humour failure...Classic NCN; route 1, somewhere near Invershin on the way to John o' Groats. I'm not sure a bike exists that wouldn't be inappropriate.

(http://www.sloeburn.co.uk/html/images/DSC_6560_big.jpg)
(http://www.sloeburn.co.uk/html/images/DSC_6564_big.jpg)
(http://www.sloeburn.co.uk/html/images/DSC_6567_big.jpg)

(Sorry for massive images).
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on June 15, 2017, 10:34:07 pm
Possibly one of those mountain unicycles in the hands of a very skilled rider? But basically... Fuuuuuuck! No wonder you had a sense of humour failure carrying a laden tourer down (or was it up? I'm not sure down would be any easier) all those steps.
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Kim on June 15, 2017, 10:42:05 pm
I'm guessing down and then up...
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: sg37409 on June 15, 2017, 11:17:22 pm
One of Steve Carrolls excellent addaxes went over this a few years back.
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on June 26, 2017, 03:57:48 pm
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4290/34706448804_8fa75bfe23_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/USTC5m)
Not so much off-road as no road. It was technically a footpath, or at least had been one field ago. It was actually smoother than many roads! But didn't go anywhere.
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: woollypigs on June 26, 2017, 05:40:40 pm
Went out for a spin yesterday to join up two tarmacked bits I had to do about 1 mile on gravel road and about a mile on bridle way. I manged probably about 95% of it on the bike. Only time I walked was when I hit a ford with a gate next to it and when joining the bridle coming out from a farm strait up on to the fields.

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/8rGBRLPhWT9egc8BGxNcLYqD_tuVF2Pzv15Bkt4E-Z0ddRn_trxkwcgI745HdXDKC_zIU2Dydq7pKBUQpnn9b7RsTFWSKv6Mh_HB4ayExSH57DGkW62zVyWB0C9JOIzYhra8V_4)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/O7vkWRyWsVF_RYX_qOVFiIoGwYFlgNj3guOBy4MSnVMO7G-mquq5lsjtphhD4tC4gauK5Vd4aYDBtIdpNbzeOxbEl9gr8Fjy6vS5SPNuG7GxkqWTwGxM42baHJ9ymJUC8Gg_f-o)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/GVSNtQMqeT-lpUvStPgFtBVrXNFYLMQGNfcQzkgmQPhDuAgLjzaRLRtPK6HF3YTdn-nyBHzim6fD8dS_FdoIa-B0h70jCU5XqKS_W8hiueC8qPG2c7YE2zDKW5aHamfH0RQOmwg)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/zBMZtjryzwZ_yR1VYP2eVEKAzvNJooKdEsmGq2I69MNG3DH9DYa7zsrkKqzRzBR-jvoDp6SSFrrcYSpl8bprihQPtB3l-wydOQpU7sRdu3YVDZey7UL8_tNmEqxyf9fzXuSlDy4)

The biggest issue with going off road on a 'bent is that when I build up speed and hit a bump, you get thrown around a bit, early doing bunny hops. But if you go at a easy steady speed, it is remarkably stable and easy to ride rough bits. I only had to stop twice and both times was because I lost traction, hard pumped road tires even at 1.5", are not the best for comedy, well then again, kinda is :)

First time I saved the drop by putting a foot down, scooted forward past the rough and off I went again. Second time I had to step right off as it happened fast and I couldn't unclip in time to get a foot on the ground fast enough to stop the drop. Let the bike fall, caught the fall of my body with my arms and leg and manged not to roll or fall into the only nettles on that bit of bridle way.


Time to find more off road bits around here and get some cycle cross tyres for the bike :)
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Pingu on January 27, 2018, 10:23:05 pm
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4695/26057410538_ea0fe05aca_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/FGB3jW)
IMG_0381_01 (https://flic.kr/p/FGB3jW) by The Pingus (https://www.flickr.com/photos/the_pingus/), on Flickr

The other bike was an equally inappropriate Specialized Tarmac.
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Pingu on June 03, 2018, 10:13:50 pm
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1759/28670673328_6d1a1e5d4c_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/KFwGiW)
IMG_0869_01 (https://flic.kr/p/KFwGiW) by The Pingus (https://www.flickr.com/photos/the_pingus/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: woollypigs on June 11, 2018, 01:24:04 pm
A spot of fun on Isle of Lewis, still have to get some cycle cross rubber. So much fun riding off road on a bent.

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/I8GkWXe9N6tLRi8kOOKFJBIWOjxGMhD5UyYwLo9k6KuC2HqDjJ6TZe4LhQej_PVLk_CaPTYveF7JEsZB6x7UyLnfkrJSuuax1c_Fv5iuQJZ85YRau6lFTJqC3e7ZHINnk9CqaigcYCA=w2400)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/HefRAxhpxtAFRH5iKMGkoFr05_YpvZZREAzUMKRm2tqa3n3QDvR0PrOJdqg011BolKapHtueAH7YSH4PVoOVfE5SKiwXiX5YcrE5ZY0nrDEkYhk4wllQM3-qQlJs_oRwR6H9x7aOPWI=w2400)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/5XDPh1htuI4miEFu4RqblUH13UF2m3nVTuiSI0gl3MvSHDqgGRmvPJ8pFAYx9kcAK4EsDfFafEymgv_H7O2ReeDCYQr611n34js1PDMbcTVPdxAs1cIbZPd_aUN38wQteXTQJz0BSO8=w2400)

Funny enough the photos are when the track was at it's best, the photographer was too busy staying up right on the "good" bits, thanks Peli :)
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on June 16, 2018, 03:47:16 pm
Short but steep with a deep gully in the middle:
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/875/41934114015_60ebd70ed9_c.jpg)

View from the top:
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1790/42835081131_37da345251_c.jpg)

Coming down that on a fully laden bike with no suspension and a rider with minimal off-road skills would be quite demanding, not to say an invitation to injury, wouldn't it?
(click to show/hide)
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Jayjay on July 09, 2018, 10:07:09 pm
NCN1 south of Berwick, Easter BikeRite:

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/876/39402918840_b51de4cbea_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/232UfZE)P1070506 (https://flic.kr/p/232UfZE) by John Jackson (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29179705@N02/), on Flickr

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/815/39402919370_24d051abc6_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/232Ug9N)P1070507 (https://flic.kr/p/232Ug9N) by John Jackson (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29179705@N02/), on Flickr

Yes it was as boggy as it looks, and further down near Beal Barn, we had the hawthorns to contend with:

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/820/39402921180_431510113f_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/232UgG1)P1070511 (https://flic.kr/p/232UgG1) by John Jackson (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29179705@N02/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Peter on July 09, 2018, 11:43:32 pm
Some great stuff on here, thanks!

@ Pingus

Those would both be classified roads around Rochdale.
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on July 14, 2018, 08:20:30 pm
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/844/29537736838_9de585cc5b_c.jpg)

Cadbury Camp Lane. Good for the Romans Iron Age Celts but too stony for me (and a lot steeper than it looks).
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Pingu on August 21, 2018, 05:23:35 pm
Mrs P's been at it again  :)

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1859/42371038830_3b76cfcd35_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/27ybDEf)
IMG_1515_01 (https://flic.kr/p/27ybDEf) by The Pingus (https://www.flickr.com/photos/the_pingus/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Septimus Fitzwilliam Beauregard Partridge on August 22, 2018, 08:36:44 am
Where’s that?  Looks very like the track after Col de Solude.
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Pingu on August 25, 2018, 09:49:19 pm
Where’s that?  Looks very like the track after Col de Solude.

https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=10.msg2316343#msg2316343
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Septimus Fitzwilliam Beauregard Partridge on August 28, 2018, 09:46:11 am
Where’s that?  Looks very like the track after Col de Solude.

https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=10.msg2316343#msg2316343

Ah, I missed that, well done.  We did the route again in June and I had forgotten how good the descent from Villard Notre Dame to where the tunnels start was.  Not too steep but lovely and twisty, if you have a bike which handles well at speed (Fred is brilliant) you can really chuck it round the corners.  Disc brakes mean you can brake at the last minute too which adds to the fun.

I have some brilliant Go Pro footage which I must get round to editing.
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Pingu on August 28, 2018, 09:20:53 pm
Comedy off-roading with speed bumps  ???

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1846/29393273857_52f27ac104_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/LModgK)
IMG_1681_01 (https://flic.kr/p/LModgK) by The Pingus (https://www.flickr.com/photos/the_pingus/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Pingu on September 24, 2018, 12:12:57 am
Where’s that?  Looks very like the track after Col de Solude.

https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=10.msg2316343#msg2316343

Ah, I missed that, well done.  We did the route again in June and I had forgotten how good the descent from Villard Notre Dame to where the tunnels start was.  Not too steep but lovely and twisty, if you have a bike which handles well at speed (Fred is brilliant) you can really chuck it round the corners.  Disc brakes mean you can brake at the last minute too which adds to the fun.

I have some brilliant Go Pro footage which I must get round to editing.

We'd like to see the video :)
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Pingu on September 24, 2018, 12:15:28 am
Comedy CXing  :P

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1841/29928035527_0f7cd345c2_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/MAD1hx)
IMG_1916_01 (https://flic.kr/p/MAD1hx) by The Pingus (https://www.flickr.com/photos/the_pingus/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Septimus Fitzwilliam Beauregard Partridge on September 25, 2018, 10:55:16 am
Where’s that?  Looks very like the track after Col de Solude.

https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=10.msg2316343#msg2316343

Ah, I missed that, well done.  We did the route again in June and I had forgotten how good the descent from Villard Notre Dame to where the tunnels start was.  Not too steep but lovely and twisty, if you have a bike which handles well at speed (Fred is brilliant) you can really chuck it round the corners.  Disc brakes mean you can brake at the last minute too which adds to the fun.

I have some brilliant Go Pro footage which I must get round to editing.

We'd like to see the video :)

Well, HERE IT IS! (https://youtu.be/GgY9qV_ZOk4).  I haven't got the hang on editing yet so the early scenes of us faffing about might not be of too much interest.
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Pingu on September 25, 2018, 07:44:31 pm
Where’s that?  Looks very like the track after Col de Solude.

https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=10.msg2316343#msg2316343

Ah, I missed that, well done.  We did the route again in June and I had forgotten how good the descent from Villard Notre Dame to where the tunnels start was.  Not too steep but lovely and twisty, if you have a bike which handles well at speed (Fred is brilliant) you can really chuck it round the corners.  Disc brakes mean you can brake at the last minute too which adds to the fun.

I have some brilliant Go Pro footage which I must get round to editing.

We'd like to see the video :)

Well, HERE IT IS! (https://youtu.be/GgY9qV_ZOk4).  I haven't got the hang on editing yet so the early scenes of us faffing about might not be of too much interest.

Wheeee!  :thumbsup:

Is it the law that someone must wear a Cycology Day of the Living top on that col?
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Kim on September 25, 2018, 07:59:07 pm
IRTA "Cytology Day of the Living", which really ought to be a thing.
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Pingu on September 29, 2018, 07:41:20 pm
By the sand dunes at Balmedie.

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1959/31118295648_d6870f0ccc_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/PpPp9L)
IMG_1923_01 (https://flic.kr/p/PpPp9L) by The Pingus (https://www.flickr.com/photos/the_pingus/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on September 30, 2018, 07:15:19 pm
That^^ looks rather lovely.

There were at least two lanes on yesterday's Border Castles audax in Herefordshire and Monmouthshire which would qualify for COR except that they were technically roads and had remnants of tarmac visible between the jagged holes and gravel. Perhaps we need a new category, Comedy Off-Tarmacing.
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Pingu on December 26, 2018, 04:44:18 pm
Forest track, Durris.

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7886/45750486694_2381497f89_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2cGPcLJ)
IMG_2362_01 (https://flic.kr/p/2cGPcLJ) by The Pingus (https://www.flickr.com/photos/the_pingus/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Pingu on February 24, 2019, 06:40:25 pm
Kirkhill Forest, Dyce.

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7860/47147533092_ff7b524a70_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2eQgqZA)
IMG_2512_01 (https://flic.kr/p/2eQgqZA) by The Pingus (https://www.flickr.com/photos/the_pingus/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Jayjay on April 22, 2019, 08:06:59 pm
Splendid weekend near Berwick this Easter, including some adventurous bits. Follow the NCN towards Wooler, methinks, saves on map bending, in keeping with the relaxed ride attitude of the day. And then the earth disappeared from in front. Along with the proper civilised surfacing. After some consideration, and some crossing of rabbit's foot etc. that the other end wasn't the same:


(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/40703615713_fc006147ac_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/251QERP)Route 68 Etal (https://flic.kr/p/251QERP) by John Jackson (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29179705@N02/), on Flickr

And a bit further on, a couple of hairpins with added plummet:

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/46945869304_e552665a61_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2ewrRnJ)Route 68 Etal (https://flic.kr/p/2ewrRnJ) by John Jackson (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29179705@N02/), on Flickr

The riverside ride at the bottom was in fact very pleasant (river Till) - and finished in Etal next to the castle, without the hairy hairpin gradient. Saw a couple of goldeneye ducks for the first time; I had to look them up tonight to identify.

An added bonus was the Lavender Tearooms. I had some lavender cake, different and nice.
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Canardly on April 24, 2019, 08:58:32 pm
Etal is a lovely place. Tea rooms provide what seemed to me to be the largest tea cakes in the UK.
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Pingu on April 28, 2019, 10:55:45 pm
Near Stonehaven.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/47672854992_1127fccd5c_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2fCFQTJ)
IMG_2775_01 (https://flic.kr/p/2fCFQTJ) by The Pingus (https://www.flickr.com/photos/the_pingus/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Pingu on June 22, 2019, 06:58:16 pm
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48109337853_8ce594a03b_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2gifW3i)
IMG_3206_01 (https://flic.kr/p/2gifW3i) by The Pingus (https://www.flickr.com/photos/the_pingus/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Andrij on June 22, 2019, 07:51:27 pm
NCN ___?
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on June 22, 2019, 09:09:22 pm
Looks distinctly low on comedy.
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Kim on June 24, 2019, 03:51:39 pm
(http://www.ductilebiscuit.net/gallery_albums/york2019/2019_06_22_10_33_15.sized.jpg)

Routesheet Error on the Rally 50 (http://www.aukweb.net/events/detail/19-741/).  Observant readers will note:
a) grass that's higher than my...
b) ...not-a-mountain-bike with...
c) ...Look pedals and associated ridiculous shoes.
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on June 25, 2019, 02:05:06 pm
Lots of COR on Sunday. Mown grass (on top of the Severn estuary embankment), mud (track by Oldbury), gravel (Sharpness canal tow path), even some concrete slabs (another part of the embankment). And an incredibly overgrown path (taller weeds and much narrower than in Kim's photo above, along with sections of limbo under the tree branches) which, to my surprise, took my inside the fence of the defunct Berkeley nuclear power station.
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Kim on June 25, 2019, 02:14:10 pm
To be fair, that path got a lot worse.  That's just the bit where I fell off my bike and got the phone out to consult the OS map[1] between boabwords, before resorting to the 24" gear on Mildly Inappropriate Shoes.  The track had been thoroughly rutted by vehicle tyres before becoming overgrown, so there were surprise mud-traps under all the triffids.

When I reached tarmac gravel, the first job was to remove the Ventisit and bash it against a convenient post to shed a cloud of accumulated grass seeds.  At the next control I worked out that the mystery clicking sound from the front wheel was a stalk that had become wound round the hub inboard of the brake disc - unwinding it span the wheel in a remarkably satisfying manner.


[1] Which indicated that I was about halfway through, so obviously there was no point in turning back...
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on June 25, 2019, 02:18:50 pm
My overgrown path was rideable all the way, apart from a couple of yards where I had to bend too low. And it left me big long stalks in my shoes, wheels and cassette, which would have been useful evidence that I'd arrived innocently if Magnox Security had stopped me. There was another path though (an official byway) where I got overtaken by two horses, two walkers and one dog cos it was so bumpy.  ;D
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Kim on June 25, 2019, 02:22:37 pm
I suspect this one would have been mostly rideable (apart from one short section where the foliage really needed kicking flat) on an upright tourer or mountain bike, if you managed to avoid the ruts.  Low-racer, not so much.  At least I didn't have very far to fall.  No unclear power station, either.  Though the West Coast Mainline the branch that heads south-east from Trainspotter Bridge was lurking in there somewhere.
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Pingu on July 29, 2019, 12:08:49 am
Steeper and more slippery than it looks.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48399767472_810c5c8f4a_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2gJVsDw)
IMG_3469_01 (https://flic.kr/p/2gJVsDw) by The Pingus (https://www.flickr.com/photos/the_pingus/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Kim on July 29, 2019, 12:16:32 am
Someone really ought to invent a way of making photos of bastard hills look as steep as they feel when you're on/pushing a bike.  If it weren't for that fence, you might think it was flat.
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on July 29, 2019, 08:28:08 pm
Steeper and more slippery than it looks.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48399767472_810c5c8f4a_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2gJVsDw)
IMG_3469_01 (https://flic.kr/p/2gJVsDw) by The Pingus (https://www.flickr.com/photos/the_pingus/), on Flickr
Oi, you've got my cap on! The one that I was wearing yesterday!
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Wobbly John on July 29, 2019, 09:09:05 pm
I;ve got it today.  :P

(https://i.ibb.co/ZdVSgHJ/IMG-1540.jpg)
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on July 30, 2019, 09:08:53 pm
Is this like Bob's hat?  ;D
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Pingu on July 30, 2019, 10:06:59 pm
It's been about a bit:

(https://live.staticflickr.com/6171/6150768495_39673668c8_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/anwibF)
IMG_4886 (https://flic.kr/p/anwibF) by The Pingus (https://www.flickr.com/photos/the_pingus/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Mrs Pingu on August 02, 2019, 07:39:03 pm
It's purple, therefore it's mine, ner.

Also that was more a case of inappropriate shoes than an inappropriate bike.
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on August 02, 2019, 08:07:23 pm
Mine's dark blue rather than purple. Pretty close though. Never actually seen a purple one IRL.
Title: Re: Comedy Off-Roading (on Mildy Inappropriate Bikes)
Post by: Pingu on December 10, 2019, 12:34:04 am
OK, the bike was less inappropriate than usual for us.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49196280051_70630b2027_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2hXiN62)
IMG_4548_01 (https://flic.kr/p/2hXiN62) by The Pingus (https://www.flickr.com/photos/the_pingus/), on Flickr