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DISCLAIMER. MOUNTAIN BIKING CAN BE DANGEROUS. YOU JOIN US AT YOUR OWN RISK.

SAFETY BRIEFING.

  • Wear a helmet. Despite recent advances in medical science, brains still cannot be mended nor replaced.
  • Wear gloves or mitts. Hands often hit the ground first. Cuts and grazes invite infection and a hospital visit.
  • Wear eye protection, it only takes a twig or thorn to lose an eye. Crud catchers are a good idea in mucky weather.
  • When downhilling, for your own protection, allow plenty of space behind the rider in front.
  • Bring a bare minimum emergency tool kit and a spare inner tube.
  • Breakdowns are a bore. Plan not to have any by ensuring your bike is in perfect working order.
  • Punctures are also tedious. You can minimise them by fitting latex tubes, slime tubes or running tubeless tyres.

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Re: Newbie here - looking for routes

Hi James, 200 lumen is a bit on the weak side, especially when you have someone with 2000 lumens riding behind you and all you can see is your own shadow. You can get reasonable lights inexpensively online these days. If you can get 3 hours riding out of a light that would just about do any ride.

In terms of off-road riding, the Roman Road to the south gives several opportunities. It gets a bit lumpier around the Heydon area of you can stay on the flat by following the river or heading around Quy Fen and Anglesey Abbey. Take a map and explore.