De­spite get­ting lost and rained on, Jonny’s still lov­ing the Or­bea

Mountain Biking UK - - LONG-TERM RIDES -

I’ve been out on the Ral­lon a fair bit this month, in­clud­ing a great ride at the For­est of Dean. I’d planned to go with mates, but the fore­cast was for rain, wind and cold, so the ex­cuses came in thick and fast. I de­cided to ride any­way, be­cause the cafe and trails are al­ways busy and I was sure I’d see some­one I knew. Fail­ing that, if I had an is­sue while rid­ing solo, I knew some­one would be along soon who could give me a hand.

Af­ter the oblig­a­tory ba­con roll and cof­fee, I set up my bike in the rain­soaked car park and dis­cov­ered that, de­spite bleed­ing my Re­verb post dur­ing the week, it was stuck down. A quick trip to see Jake in the Sprung Sus­pen­sion work­shop for a bleed and I was all set, happy to be out in the rain and ready to get muddy – un­til I burped the rear tyre a few yards into the trail. That re­sulted in a pretty grumpy ride back to the car, on the rim, and much swear­ing. I de­cided I wasn’t go­ing to at­tempt to re-seat the tube­less setup and fit­ted an in­ner tube in­stead.

Once I fi­nally hit the trail, I had a re­ally good ride, chat­ting with other riders on the climbs and splash­ing through pud­dles. I ended up get­ting pretty lost out­side the trail cen­tre and hav­ing to loop back on my­self, which added five miles to my ride. But I had a good sup­ply of flap­jacks, plenty of wa­ter and was in no rush, so it was just an added ad­ven­ture! www.or­

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