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  • 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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CAMMTB-ing in the time of New Coronavirus

Hi All,

Now that Tony has opened The Skinny Arms and solved the pub-closing problem, I thought that it was a good time to start a debate on what we should plan to do riding-wise while the new coronavirus epidemic is continuing, especially when it's spreading and accelerating.

I do not mean that we stop riding (unless told to by law) because of the benefits it gives. I think that it is perfectly possible to practice social distancing (keeping apart by 2m minimum) between riders and other people we may encounter. (see the British Cycling Guidance just here).

But going out in large groups seems highly inadvisable. And if four or more riders turn up, should we break into pairs, perhaps?

And it goes without saying that a rider should not show up if they either have symptoms of they have recently come into contact with someone who has or may have the virus.

Lastly, assuming we do go out, as the pubs are closed perhaps we should bring our own beer with us, as Barry and I trialled last Thursday night. It would make attending the Skinny Arms that much more enjoyable, especially with the evenings getting lighter.

I do this for the fitness and the social side so I am keen to navigate a safe way through this while still enjoying mountain biking.

What do you think?


Re: CAMMTB-ing in the time of New Coronavirus

Well, the new rules announced tonight prevent us from going out unless we are alone or with our family members.

Maybe a virtual ride? Have a conference call with others while riding alone?


Re: CAMMTB-ing in the time of New Coronavirus

I will probably be setting up the new turbo trainer in the garden before the virtual pub session. It is surprisingly hilly in my garden, so I may do quite a lot of downhilling and save my legs.