Re: Where Did You Ride Today?

Postby thelongwalk on Sun 21/Aug/11 7:43pm

properzel wrote:After taking the commuter into pieces, greasing it through and putting it back together (It really suffered after the snowy week).. had a nosey around with the dude, what condition Barking Emu might be in.. Wasn't too much fun as still plenty of mudpuddlesss, so return on the road and down transient what was nice to ride after the maintenance it received yesterday :)

Here some details: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/108117192


I'm confused, the Garmin summary did not contain a "fell off while riding up switchback" in the menu.
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Re: Where Did You Ride Today?

Postby thelongwalk on Sun 21/Aug/11 7:44pm

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znomit wrote:Reasonably epic ride on saturday.

Headed out at 3:30 for a late afternoon ride up K-loop. Nice run over greens road and up the back track to the forest.
Been two years since I've been up there and the top is being logged so not really any idea where to go, so I just followed the bike tracks. Found a familiar looking fence line and followed a track along that( there were a few bike tyre marks). It was going down which was the right direction, and plenty of tape on trees marking the trail. The track slowly dwindled and turned into a narrow steep tramping track, which abruptly ended about 2m from the stream. Whoops. It was a trapping track that went nowhere. Was getting dark, and my front light runs off the dynamo so heading back up the dense track wasn't an option so I pushed through the bush and dropped down into the water, figuring I would be pretty close to the start of the track.

Hmm, didn't look too familiar. No sign of the tramping track on the other side of the either. Was now around 6 and getting dark so I headed downstream as fast as I could. Clambering over boulders and wading through knee deep water, made good progress. Suddenly found myself in a pool deeper than me. Dived under to grab the rear light off the bike, when I came up I found the bike wasn't sinking so swam with it for a few kicks and then found I could touch the bottom again. Parked the bike at the next bank and marked the location on my garmin. Checked my seat bag and cursed not having a small flashlight in there.

Took off again using my rear light to show the way (barely). After a few more swims the cold was getting to me so I decided to stay out of the deep water. I found a grassy spot and wrung out my clothes, ate something put on my jacket, and started to shiver. Wondered how long before the Mrs started to miss me, and how long would search and rescue take to find me. Too long. :(
Suddenly realized I could save my track on the garmin 500 and then pull it back up as a course, which would give me a map. This took a while with my hands violently shaking, but eventually found I was only about 800m from the carpark, and I knew there was a picnic area closer. The moon was just rising over the hill so I could make my way over the rocks easily and there were no deep pools. Before long I saw the picnic table, and soon I was back at the carpark. 2 min up the road I was picked up by a couple of guys driving up for a night ride and they took me home. Champs!

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/106056277

The Mrs thought I was having a sneaky long ride and avoiding the bed/bath chaos with the kids :)

Went back on sunday to scope out the bike recovery, saw I had gone past 3 or 4 easy entry spots to the track, and one picnic table. Unfortunately I had parked the bike a long way from anywhere so would require a few swims to get it out.
Felt up to the job today so went out armed with a wetsuit, lots of polypro, a thermos of coffee and a keen sense of adventure.
Got in about 200m upstream and managed to avoid getting in more than waist deep. Pretty bloody cold with the snow melt. Bike was just as I left it!. Took out the spare tube, inflated and cable tied it to the frame. Amazed my pump still worked.
Decided to haul it back upstream and found a nearby bank I could clamber up. Wheels were easy but the frame was a bit tricky to climb with.
Big ring a bit bashed up and my headlight is a little damp (still running) but otherwise bike in good nick. :thumbsup:


AWESOME! :thumbsup:


Epic Epic story. :crazy:
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Re: Where Did You Ride Today?

Postby pushbikerider on Sun 21/Aug/11 7:58pm

Went for a play in the forrest today, longest ride in quite some time

Rode from home to the forest

couple of corners / jumps to warm up with Helen riding, which was good to see her back on her bike after a few wet weekends that weren't really that much fun to ride in

then a billy-T , Snuffy, etc, then up to roller coaster road into roller coaster and moonshine

Then T-A, it was running super super nice, heaps of grip, very little mud or water on the surface, then into Hatupatu, which was again running super sweet, although it reminds me every time I ride it that my old school / jungle skill set is very very rusty (ie I've become a "Vegas rider") then up to Snuffy again, down through the jumps this time (yeah boi!) and finished off to the left of the jumps down the steepish / almost chute line

back up to the top of the jumps then across to the river and up to hot cross, then into new be rude (braaaaaaap!) mad if you don't then down to see ed at planet bike's new location for a much needed short black

then rolled home
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Re: Where Did You Ride Today?

Postby wachtourak on Sun 21/Aug/11 9:29pm

Rode up Hawkins hill, Barking Emu is a pretty decent climb, bit muddy in spots got some of the old two wheel drifteez on the way back down, digging the singletrack all the way from Hawkins Hill summit to Aro Valley pretty much all the way, 20+ min mostly descent ftw
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Re: Where Did You Ride Today?

Postby sunYnelson on Tue 23/Aug/11 12:23pm

I've been lurking for too long and figured it's time to share :)
I've been on some pretty good rides here in Nelson of late, the new DH track from the Fringe hill carpark is highly recommended as are the new Turners and IV line off Fireball road. The dogs has also seen some work and is shaping up to be another great resurrected trail that has been out of action for awhile.
A big thumbs up to all who've been involved getting this network of tracks up and riding. There's definitely alot of riders enjoying the flowing trails off Fireball.
More recently a small group of us had organised a hike a bike mission up to Ben Nevis. Leaving the cars on the skid site at the bottom of the DH tracks, then catching a lift in a 4 wheel drive (compulsory, as it's steep) to the start of the DH tracks. It's here the hike a bike starts. For the next couple of hours we pushed and carried through some beautiful NZ scenery. Native forests, open ridges with stunning views, snow and even a newish helipad thrown into the mix. We spied where the new MTB resort is being built and could make out some of the tracks that will attract international visitors and locals (hopefully). After some scouting ahead it was unanimously decided if we pushed on any further it would result in to much pain for very little reward so we parked up ate lunch threw some pads on and generally basked in the sun and scenery.
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Once we were rested it was time for some good old Nelson Single Track. steep, technical and ungroomed :love: and an hour later we were back at the ute. By far some of the tastiest ST riding in NSN.
Compulsory beer at the Sprig n Fern in Brightwater to reflect on a great day out. I'm still reflecting on that day out :D
Cheers.
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Re: Where Did You Ride Today?

Postby wachtourak on Wed 24/Aug/11 1:57pm

Up Mt Lowry and down Rata Ridge today, first time up thurr, pretty dry and awesome, got caught out on a couple of the switchbacks down Rata Ridge and one of the steep sections, will have to try clean it all next time, that climb up Mt Lowry is a bastard for sure and would make for a pretty hairy descent on the way back down, much less rideable in places I'd suspect
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Re: Where Did You Ride Today?

Postby Colin on Wed 24/Aug/11 3:42pm

First time :o

I expect it wont be the last - such a cool ride for how accessable it is

Must get back out there sometime soon
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Re: Where Did You Ride Today?

Postby shmoodiver on Mon 5/Sep/11 2:58pm

ok.... powerball, spag 1, outback, afterglow, tortellini, spag 6, uplands, lightning, enchanted forest, haggis 1, northern exposure, python, anaconda, road back to tree huggers, link/combo, hesky, cookie, raceface, lunch :D , powerball, big mama, cry baby, nudie run, cookie, thai massage, matrix.... fucked!
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Re: Where Did You Ride Today?

Postby DogsBollocks on Mon 5/Sep/11 4:25pm

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Finished it off with traverse, thompsons, nun, old dyers and
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Re: Where Did You Ride Today?

Postby Colin on Tue 6/Sep/11 11:23pm

Left the city via Transient and Highbury Fling on my way home tonight

Turns out that is not the way to my house, so had to ride back down. :thumbsup:
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Re: Where Did You Ride Today?

Postby Oli on Wed 7/Sep/11 12:12am

Nice! I often wish I had a commute longer than 20 metres. :huh:
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Re: Where Did You Ride Today?

Postby wachtourak on Wed 7/Sep/11 12:18pm

Quick smash up Polhill with Aidan, that boy drags me up the climbs much quicker than I'm used to. Urgh
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Re: Where Did You Ride Today?

Postby one_uknw on Wed 7/Sep/11 12:48pm

wachtourak wrote:Quick smash up Polhill with Aidan, that boy drags me up the climbs much quicker than I'm used to. Urgh


Perhaps, but you more than redeemed yourself on the downhill. Mean skillz

Cruised home via Mt Vic. Nothing untoward on the trail. Just dust and roots
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Re: Where Did You Ride Today?

Postby sifter on Wed 7/Sep/11 1:14pm

one_uknw wrote:
wachtourak wrote:Quick smash up Polhill with Aidan, that boy drags me up the climbs much quicker than I'm used to. Urgh


Perhaps, but you more than redeemed yourself on the downhill. Mean skillz

Cruised home via Mt Vic. Nothing untoward on the trail. Just dust and roots


glad to hear it bro!
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Re: Where Did You Ride Today?

Postby one_uknw on Wed 7/Sep/11 2:29pm

sifter wrote:
one_uknw wrote:
wachtourak wrote:Quick smash up Polhill with Aidan, that boy drags me up the climbs much quicker than I'm used to. Urgh


Perhaps, but you more than redeemed yourself on the downhill. Mean skillz

Cruised home via Mt Vic. Nothing untoward on the trail. Just dust and roots


glad to hear it bro!


Have to admit though, I did hit the sender at the top and the chute at the bottom with some caution
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