Posted 18 April 2011 - 12:03 AM
Posted 11 June 2011 - 03:53 AM
But yeah, definitely want a bike to get out and have fun on in winter.
Posted 14 June 2011 - 02:37 AM
If any Chch dudes or ladies want to go for a cruise up the hills, bottle lake or wherever though, just let me know
Posted 17 June 2011 - 09:35 PM
I've done a couple of night rides (fun) and been trying to get some long rides under my belt during the day on my days off. I'm wanting to do some long multi-day rides once summer comes around so need to build my base fitness. Did a 70km (mostly flat) ride the other day and looking to do a few more around that distance before breaking into triple digits.
huttriver by Wozza_NZ, on Flickr
Posted 18 June 2011 - 12:15 AM
My bike's a marin mount vision 5.7 exp. - very XC, so it's quite a change from my other bike, which was more... heavy and weird.
I'll post a real pic sometime.
Edited by emetic, 18 June 2011 - 01:13 PM.
Posted 03 July 2011 - 08:00 PM
It looked like plenty of other riders were taking advantage of the sunny weekend though, as I saw about 15 other people up and down through vic park there. I thought that was quite a few for a winter's day.
Posted 13 July 2011 - 10:38 PM
I've taken a week off riding because of breakages, weather and being slack. But have been doing a few longer rides - didn't quite crack 70km on the computer as I didn't remember to reset it for a few minutes. Done a few more between 50-70km but been doing it all on the fully, XC bike is getting a tune up at the moment so plan to break that milestone soon then work towards triple digits.
Part of that is because of wanting to enter the 80km Taupo MTB race later this year and part of it is because I have become obsessed with this website.
I love the exploration part of the sport so that appeals to me a heap.
That said I'm hanging to thrash some single track soon, I haven't ridden anything techy in ages. Probably because I'm using the Stumpy's seatpost on the Giant and it doesn't go lower than the maximum height I can ride with lol. Need to buy a dropper post...
Did I mention I hate winter?
rode by Wozza_NZ, on Flickr
Posted 14 July 2011 - 12:00 AM
So 70km on that though? I'd say a dropper post would be essential for long riding. I do like how my Marin has an unbroken downtube so I have a decent amount of post travel.
Zoom zoom... wow, you have a drink bottle holder. Old schooling.
Posted 04 August 2011 - 12:31 AM
I'll try to get a few pics next time.
Oh... I was gonna say, a friend and I went out on Sunday for a ride, but we (on his advice) took a wrong turn on the way up and ended up on this stupid out-of-the-way walking track which snaked up and around the wrong side of the valley, so we ended up exhaused and sore, walking our bikes up 90% of the climb and ending up going far higher than we'd intended, also taking an extra 30 mins or so so we got caught by sunset once we started making it downhill. It was really not all that enjoyable... though the mud was fun and I got to ride through a few residual patches of snow.
Here's a couple of pics of my bike, anyway.
Edited by emetic, 04 August 2011 - 12:44 AM.
Posted 11 August 2011 - 08:26 PM
There used to be a group of guys that would ride Bottle lake every Thursday night, I tagged on the back of them one night, it's bloody freaky but I would definitely reccommend it!
Anyway I've just signed up for the Lees valley challenge with a mate, it's 10 weeks away which isn't a lot of time but it should be fun all the same.
Edited by Electric_Cow, 11 August 2011 - 08:26 PM.
Posted 12 August 2011 - 12:10 AM
I've only been out to bottle lake once... it was fairly casual, but more importantly all rideable so it was good. Spent half an hour assing around on a jump there, which was fun. That was back on my old "death trap" bike so it was a bit scary, actually.
I do prefer the hills in general, but now I've got more of a cross country bike maybe I should try out the bottle lake... if it's open? I heard it was closed but I'm not actually sure.
Edited by emetic, 12 August 2011 - 12:11 AM.
Posted 27 December 2011 - 04:16 PM
man, it's good to get out on the bike in the summer - you know it's getting warm when your tyres are getting that "snap, crackle, pop" on the melting tar seal. I did a quick blast up rapaki, traverse, down victoria park and back home, in just over 2 hours... That must be some sort of record time for me. Feels awesome now.. gotta do that more often.
Posted 31 January 2012 - 10:33 AM
I haven't biked at all over the past couple months, I had a crash and lost all motivation to get back out on the bike. In retrospect I'm kicking myself for stopping as I'm back at square one now.
I biked Bottlelake Sunday and again yesterday. I doubt I could make it up to Victoria Park at the moment
It's going to be a long hard slog over the next couple months to get back to where I was, but I'm actually looking forward to it
Posted 31 January 2012 - 07:41 PM
Funny thing is. since getting back on the bike I have been focussing on riding downhill. Can't say I have been hitting huge hucks, but have been riding steeper more technical stuff faster than before and having a lot of fun. I need to put some k's in though as I feel I have lost a lot in terms of distance and uphill riding. Each time I go out on the bike though, I seem to take the bigger bike and head somewhere with some good DH.
Would love to do a few more events like Rainbow Rage and Karapoti. Awesome stuff Cow doins that Lees Challenge!
Couple of shots of a mate from recent rides:
matt491_2 by Wozza_NZ, on Flickr
berm3 by Wozza_NZ, on Flickr
Posted 01 February 2012 - 07:22 PM
Looks cool! Smooth trails there.
I went up and down half of Crocodile (Kennedy's Bush) last week; that was fun. It was an epic bike day for me though: 7.5km to work --> after work 6km to friend's --> 20km to, up, down and home from the track. We didn't even go to the top of the hill though, due to it getting late in the day and him being horrifically unfit.
Hey so what's Bottle Lake like these days? I've been meaning to head out there but haven't bothered yet.
Posted 02 February 2012 - 07:20 AM
I'm keen to enter a couple events next year too, somehow I need to find a way to train over winter...
Posted 02 February 2012 - 05:43 PM
Posted 04 February 2012 - 03:54 PM
The dirt jump scene is alive and well down here, I notice; there's a little jump park (I think it's privately owned and maintained) at the base of the Bowenvale track and there were a good 40 people there just hanging round, doing stunts, got the video camera set up and the dubstep on the PA and everything.
Posted 06 February 2012 - 03:11 PM
Hey Emetic, what tracks do you ride up on the Port Hills?
Edit: Haha no silt piles
Edited by Electric_Cow, 06 February 2012 - 03:12 PM.
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