Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Bling up your bike and support Chase Trails

Are your grips looking scuffed and worn? Is your chain stay chipped and covered in oil? Fancy blinging your bike and doing your bit to support us? Swinnerton’s Cycle Centre at Birches Valley has a range of Chase Trails branded Lizard Skin lock-on grips and chainstay protectors.

The grips are hard wearing black rubber with “Chase Trails” engraved clamps available in a range of colours including red, blue and purple. The chainstay guards are black stretchy neoprene with either white “Follow the Dog” or “The Monkey Trail” lettering. For every one sold, we receive a one pound donation – so not only will your bike benefit, we will as well.


Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Membership Update - Public Service Announcement

 Your MP (Membership Pixie) has been busy - members should now have received their packs, delivered by the postman. That does assume Pixie maths is good enough to work out the right quantity of stamps, of the right variety. Of course if we were sending out trail material, we could do a far better job of estimating how much we needed. But as we don't have enough, we'd rather you sent some surfacing material to us instead - 20-40mm grade crushed stone please, or large lumps of gritstone would be really nice - Ta!

The photo shows the second batch of renewals dispatched just over a week ago. If anyone has renewed or applied to join up to 2 weeks ago, get back to us if your pack has not appeared ( Anything more recent, and your MP is doing what most MP's do - i,e. not a lot! Four hours last Sunday drinking coffee with our FC masters was hard work, but somebody has to do it! But fear not, the Chase Trails National & International Membership Distribution Hub will get its Compilation, Packaging & Dispatch Division back on the case, and tirelessly attending to the more recent renewals and applications.


Monday, 14 May 2012

No Trail Building - Sunday 20th May

There is no trail building this coming Sunday as we are having a meeting with the Forestry guys to plan out what we'll be doing over the coming months and what support the FC can give us.

Normal service will resume the following Sunday.


Sunday, 13 May 2012

Rock ramp rocks - Trail building

This Sunday saw us finish the rock ramp feature we started a couple of weeks ago. The two routes down the slope offer a drop-off to a rocky landing or an easier rock ramp - both look good. They also ride well - we do have to test ride our efforts just to make sure they work as expected.

Young Phil ("Crash Test") turned up just in time with a rather muddy Orange 5 .... obviously spends more time riding than cleaning his steed. After Dave brushed the rocks clear of loose stones, Phil sessioned the feature several times - typical, we go to all that trouble to pitch the rocks and he clears the lot!

The top launch pad gained a sump and drainage pipe to prevent the area flooding in poor weather – that’s five corners that we’ve improved drainage so no more swimming pools. We’ll be looking at applying this technique to other corners on our trails.

At the other end of the trail, the guys helped out by three new volunteers started resurfacing the trail after the Rollers. This section is very sandy and suffers during wet weather so a mixture of grit stone and quarry material was worked in and wackered flat. Further along, a “French drain” was dug along the inside edge of the second berm to drain water from the trail and into a sump hole. For the technically minded, a French drain is a shallow trench filled with fist sized stones to prevent the sides collapsing and snagging wayward wheels.

There’s not much more to do but the final touches always seem to take longer than expected .… Tackeroo may be open by the end of June – fingers crossed ….