London Calling

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Re: London Calling

Postby kinggareth » Tue Jan 08, 2013 07:29 am

Thanks, yeah I thought I'd bring some fog with me to add a bit of atmosphere to the shots :)

I was using the entry level Canon DSLR the 1100D, which I bought the missus for Christmas (well obviously it was for me really since she's not been allowed to touch it yet).

I have to admit I didn't attempt the drops or jumps, they seemed too big for a beginner like me, I really needed some practice on something smaller.
Do you know some trails with some more manageable drops to practice on?

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ThePriory1978
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Re: London Calling

Postby ThePriory1978 » Tue Jan 08, 2013 11:11 am

kinggareth wrote:Cheers Danny for the brief ride i managed, and showing me the slippiest trail on pitch hill! Sorry i couldn't stay longer, but it'd be good to ride again soon.

As promised BDJ, here's some of the pics i took:

The first drop

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Where is this?
I found it once, bottled it, and have never located it again since. Really really wanna give it a go.

Great shots, great riding.
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Re: London Calling

Postby deadkenny » Tue Jan 08, 2013 11:46 am

Along to the right from viewpoint on Pitch if you're looking south. Past Wedgie if you know that (big ass rooty drop near the top).

Practice drops, still looking for nice ones I can session though Surface 2 Air at Aston Hill looks suitable.

Otherwise I've just been messing about on smaller stuff where I can find them. The jump area on Newlands Corner had some nice basic stuff easy to session.

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Re: London Calling

Postby ThePriory1978 » Tue Jan 08, 2013 13:28 pm

Thanks for the directions but unfortunately they mean nothing to me. I dont even know where, or which hill Pitch hill is?! Surrey Hills is like Middle Earth to me, massive and mysterious and easy to get lost in.
One day on a group ride i will get my bearings. I can only locate BKB area myself without trouble.

Drops on S2A are so so easy. If you ignore Rampage Drop and The Stairs that is, they are both quite challenging. The rest flow like the whole trail is designed too. It dosent even feel like you are getting air on them. Its only when you look back up the trail do they look impressive (cos off the vert) other wise they 'feel' like riding off a kerb.
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arigold
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Re: London Calling

Postby arigold » Tue Jan 08, 2013 17:24 pm

Having just watched couple videos for aston...I'm mad for trying it out sometime...guessing its not fun getting there via train?

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Re: London Calling

Postby arigold » Tue Jan 08, 2013 17:29 pm

From Guildford 2h 2m with 1 change...screw that!

Might have to beg someone here or on fb to take next time

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Re: London Calling

Postby Blind Danny Johnson » Tue Jan 08, 2013 18:12 pm

kinggareth wrote:Cheers Danny for the brief ride i managed, and showing me the slippiest trail on pitch hill! Sorry i couldn't stay longer, but it'd be good to ride again soon.

As promised BDJ, here's some of the pics i took:

The first drop

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A nearby gap jump

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Although I was sadly useless at riding, and my seatpost had broken, i was at least useful for taking some action shots :)


Thanks so much Gareth! Great shots mate :) It's amazing how a good photographer can polish a turd... I almost look like I know what I'm doing! Good riding with you, sorry you didn't get to ride some of the other more mellow trails but I have to say you did well and next time maybe we'll start on something a bit more chilled out. Keep checking here though if you want to join rides because the group are all very friendly, good riders and have great knowledge of the trails around Surrey Hills and Swinley (and probably elsewhere but those are the main locations).

Ps these are going straight up on Facebook!

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Re: London Calling

Postby cooldad » Tue Jan 08, 2013 19:41 pm

Except those of us who are rude and grumpy.
If you come on a ride I'm on I'll show you the chilled ways, without heroics. Because I am also a big coward.
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Re: London Calling

Postby arigold » Wed Jan 09, 2013 15:00 pm

Anyone riding this weekend? I might try out holmbury and leith hill

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Re: London Calling

Postby milko9000 » Wed Jan 09, 2013 20:54 pm

Definitely hitting up Surrey Hills in some fashion, not sure where exactly yet. Saturday morning seems likely for a time though, so far.

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Re: London Calling

Postby Blind Danny Johnson » Wed Jan 09, 2013 21:22 pm

arigold wrote:Anyone riding this weekend? I might try out holmbury and leith hill


Aston Hill on Sunday.

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Re: London Calling

Postby cooldad » Fri Jan 18, 2013 16:26 pm

Anyone up for some snowy weekend rides?
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Re: London Calling

Postby milko9000 » Fri Jan 18, 2013 17:36 pm

almost certainly on Sunday, don't think I'll be able to tomorrow. Up for wherever, if it turns out to be a good idea to do these Minley/Caeser's Camp things I've been hearing about.

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Re: London Calling

Postby cooldad » Fri Jan 18, 2013 17:43 pm

I might be stuck with Swinley. I only just made it up my driveway earlier - I might be able to roll out, but no way am I getting back in again, so will need to be within riding distance.
Good thing I stopped off on the way home to stock up on bacons.
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Re: London Calling

Postby benpinnick » Fri Jan 18, 2013 17:45 pm

Yeah the roads were pretty jammed up today, probably going to stick local this weekend too. Have the snow tyres on and ready.
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Re: London Calling

Postby cooldad » Fri Jan 18, 2013 18:31 pm

Let me know, I've got no plans so should be able to fit in.
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Re: London Calling

Postby deadkenny » Sat Jan 19, 2013 10:13 am

Late notice, but looking at a wander around Leith or thereabouts. Meeting in Westcott at 11.30ish by the bus shelter opposite Nirvana Cycles (RH4 3NH), if you can find somewhere to park.

Tomorrow there may be another Surrey Hill ride, depending on what's accessible. Though could be up for Minley/Caesars/Tunnel Hill (the latter I can ride to if need be). Though the stuff is melting slightly in Woking and sure I saw drizzle. Main roads are all clear.

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Re: London Calling

Postby cooldad » Sat Jan 19, 2013 11:25 am

Probably heading up to Swinley around 12.30/1 ish. Unless I am overome by laziness.
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Re: London Calling

Postby cooldad » Fri Jan 25, 2013 21:02 pm

SandyHill doing a ride from Caesars Frencham Ponds. Start opposite Caltex? (red) garage at GU10 5AA. 10am. Saturday.
I have some bits to do but will try and make it.
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Re: London Calling

Postby agg25 » Fri Jan 25, 2013 23:29 pm

Is it still snowy out in Swinley Forest? Thought it would have cleared out by now but sounds like there's still a fair bit there going on the comments above...


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