Greetings from Northern Ireland

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Greetings from Northern Ireland

Postby screemin187 » Wed Sep 19, 2012 20:24 pm

Hello folks :)

Just a quick introduction before i start pickling everyones brains

I'm fairly new to mountainbiking, just a few months in. Bought a 20" Voodoo Hoodoo based completely on the Bikeradar recommendation (enjoying it very much) and a few friends since have bought a Cube, Carrera's and a Felt so we jumped in quite quickly as a group to riding at weekends. Interested to know if there are many other NI forum users. We head out most weekends and have enjoyed Garvagh & Randalstown Forests, Mountsandel, Downhill etc and heading to Tollymore this weekend

I actually helped to set up and run the UK's Kawasaki Z Owners club & forum but the motorbike hasn't been out as much as last two months as i'm enjoying the MTB so much. Coming from the background of modified motorcycles i'm wondering how long i can leave the voodoo alone

Will post a pic or two in coming days, cheers!

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Re: Greetings from Northern Ireland

Postby The Rookie » Wed Sep 19, 2012 21:04 pm

Welcome....

Upgrading bikes is a slippery slope....once you start you can't stop until you get to the end with a bump....

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Re: Greetings from Northern Ireland

Postby simey83 » Thu Sep 20, 2012 14:19 pm

Hi mate,

Welcome.

I am from Norn Iron too :) (Lisburn) Just got into MTB'ing there a month or so ago. Already put these guys heads away with questions. You're well looked after here.

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Re: Greetings from Northern Ireland

Postby roverthehill » Thu Sep 20, 2012 18:49 pm

Finaghy here. Been riding 9 months on a Sunn prim S2. Just be heading in and around Belvoir forest/Mary Peters. Not bad over the summer but soon to become a bog lol!!

Great site this. Check out the lights advice!! Winter darkness stopith no man!!

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Re: Greetings from Northern Ireland

Postby screemin187 » Thu Sep 20, 2012 18:59 pm

Alright guys

I'm based in Galgorm. Just in from a quick jaunt around the golf course and alongside the river and yeah was thinking the dark nights came in very fast. Had a good rumble around Amazon, Chain Reaction etc etc earlier for decent lights so i can get out a bit more at night over the winter. Looking out for a set i can clip on and off handy

Its easy to get carried away as a newbie, don't want to turn up like one of those all the gear no idea types so a few wee subtle changes to the bike and nothing major

Really looking forward to Tollymore on Saturday, the youtube vids look pretty cool, have any of you ever headed down to it? :)

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Re: Greetings from Northern Ireland

Postby simey83 » Fri Sep 21, 2012 08:23 am

Not yet mate. I am itching to get down there. Does look amazing!! Let us know how it is :)

I am round Belvoir/Mary Peters all the time :) gathering the courage to do some bigger jumps :P

Aye the light just drops these days. Seen myself near in the lagan a few times on the way home. Need to get lights myself.

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Re: Greetings from Northern Ireland

Postby Greer_ » Fri Sep 21, 2012 15:35 pm

Just moved to Belfast myself. I was usually out around Helens Tower in bangor/newtownards but I've gone to uni. I'm gonna bring my bike up soon and then attempt to find my way around belvoir etc. Simey83, are the trails easy enough to find?

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Re: Greetings from Northern Ireland

Postby screemin187 » Fri Sep 21, 2012 15:58 pm

simey83 wrote:Does look amazing!! Let us know how it is :)


Will do mate, heading off early in the morning. No Fri night beer for me then. Well maybe one. Or two

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Re: Greetings from Northern Ireland

Postby roverthehill » Fri Sep 21, 2012 20:11 pm

Hi Greer,

Aye the trails are easy enough to find. Head down the toe path as far as the lockkeepers inn then head left over the bridge and through a wee gate. Head up the fairly steep patch until you come to a wee junction of 3 walking paths. Head right and look for trails going off the main path. Start exploring from there....

Also you can head past the lockkeepers to Shaws bridge. Go through the car park, then take an immediate right up a little dirt track and again start exploring up round there.

If you find any fun stuff let us know!

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Postby screemin187 » Fri Sep 21, 2012 20:50 pm

@roverthehill this is also on our to do list but we'd be arriving in a van. Any idea the best base point for us would be to park etc. We would be coming from Antrim side up the motorway. Must get a look on trailbadger too

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Re: Greetings from Northern Ireland

Postby roverthehill » Fri Sep 21, 2012 20:57 pm

Cave hill would be handy for ya from the M2. never been there but meant to be good.

i guess get off at Stockman lane and head round the outer ring. You can either park at Shaws bridge which can be a bit busy at times with walkers etc. I'd park at Malone house which is a stately house owned by belfast city council - loads of parking. Just head down the path beside the house. Take left down the steep hill to shaws bridge and towards belvoir forest or take right towards lady dixon where there are some fun bits too. Nice central place to park but a steep hill to come back up ;)

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Postby screemin187 » Sat Sep 22, 2012 21:41 pm

Cheers rover! Ah did Tollymore today. Two of us with a seasoned mtb friend who offered, well, some coaching . To be honest i thought cycling 50 odd miles a week had me in good stead but today nearly literally killed me. Trails were awesome, pretty technical but learned a lot. Its the constant climbing in that place from the Outdoor centre, its hard work for newbies. I use a gym, play squash twice a week and ride as much as possible between work and motorcycling. Probably no question Tollymore is the next level and for mountain biking a level up from average fitness. Enjoyed it, don't get me wrong but we left like war wounded lol

The old voodoo hoodoo to its credit handled extremely well

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Postby roverthehill » Sun Sep 23, 2012 07:04 am

Sounds fab - what's the story with Tollymore? How much is it? Is it busy? Never been to be a proper trail centre.

Noticed a load of wee flags down by Lady Dixon yesterday - looks as though someone was marking out new trails. I had heard a rumour that some money had been set aside to open up some trails around there so not sure if this is the start of it....

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Postby screemin187 » Sun Sep 23, 2012 16:56 pm

Turn off just before Newcastle on the right for Bryansford and head to the National Outdoor Centre. There are a couple of skills courses to try out first which are pretty good. You pay £3 and sign in at the desk, thats it. Place is pretty busy with climbers hikers and other mountain bikers and i think the centre is also used as a sort of hostel.

The trails are all good but the climbing up constantly to the top is tough going. In fact unless you are really fit you will do a lot of pushing too as they can be a bit relentless. But the downhill trails are amongst the best i've seen so far. We were all shattered last night

Proper gear is a must, everyone fell off a time or two. One sore foot and one sore knee with the other two guys today. I think its something you need to experience although i need to up my fitness before the next visit for the climbs. Let me know if you give it a go. Think next weekend is Davagh, not 100% sure yet

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Postby roverthehill » Sun Sep 23, 2012 18:49 pm

cheers the screemer.

found this website for projects in NI. including Mary peters WOOP WOOP. That must have been what the flags were for yesterday. Due to open April.

http://www.outdoorrecreationni.com/proj ... ke-trails/

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Postby screemin187 » Sun Sep 23, 2012 21:54 pm

Ah thats fantastic, I have also heard rumours of one being planned for Castlewellan (i think it was) The guys were talking about it yesterday. Wicklow is supposed to be incredible and i have an invite to go down with a mate just not sure i'll manage it this year

Thats good news, must tell my mates

Threw the bikes in the van this afternoon and went up around the Lough Shore for a quick spin. The ole legs were straining a bit after yesterday but all in all a very good weekend

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Re: Greetings from Northern Ireland

Postby 97th choice » Mon Sep 24, 2012 14:50 pm

I live about 10 mins from Castlewellan and Tolly although Tolly would be my main stomping ground. Plenty of decent technical runs and I've always thought if you can ride tolly well you can ride just about anything.

Dedicated single track is being built and rostrevor (well in progress) and castlewellan (not yet started) but is due to completed march 2013. If you are new to MTB then the centre and tollymore runs beginners and advanced mountain biking sessions. There's also dedicated singletrack opened at blessingbourne nr. fermanagh.
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Re: Greetings from Northern Ireland

Postby simey83 » Mon Sep 24, 2012 15:50 pm

roverthehill wrote:cheers the screemer.

found this website for projects in NI. including Mary peters WOOP WOOP. That must have been what the flags were for yesterday. Due to open April.

http://www.outdoorrecreationni.com/proj ... ke-trails/



Yes, I saw those flags on Sat when i was hoking about :) Class!!

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Re: Greetings from Northern Ireland

Postby moltryn » Sat Oct 06, 2012 12:26 pm

More greetings from NI.. in the Coleraine area and regularly ride Downhill, Ballycarton, Garvagh, Davagh, Tardree, Cave Hill etc. And even Mountsandel from time-to-time too!!

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Re: Greetings from Northern Ireland

Postby screemin187 » Sat Oct 06, 2012 19:00 pm

Hello! Have enjoyed most of the places you have mentioned. Mountsandel isn't a place you'd normally highly recommend but i had a bloody enjoyable morning there too. Got chucked out of Davagh last weekend because of some car rallying. We ended up stopping at Drum Manor in Cookstown on the way home, like mountsandel, not high on the normal recommendation list but a fantastic afternoon finding jumps and overgrown trails


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