Ride Sheffield Winter Social and 5th Birthday

This coming Monday the 30th of November we will be gathering together in the back room of the Lescar for our annual social. This time it will be that little bit more special as we are celibrating five years of Ride Sheffield and thanks to the Adventure Cafe in Hope we will even have a cake to celebrate with!

There are a couple of changes to previous years, firstly it will include the formalities of our AGM that used to happen in the summer (don’t worry we are hoping that this bit should only take about five minutes).

Perhaps more excitingly; as we are celebrating five years of Ride Sheffield. It seems like a good chance to reflect on what we have achieved in the past five years. But we dont want to indulge ourselves too much; More importantly is that we want you to shape what we will do over the next five years. Continue reading

Shorelines Trail Day Incentive Scheme

shorelines-logo-smallFor a while we have looked into the idea of doing some kind of incentive scheme for people who come along to our trail day, but it was something that we could never quite get right, up until now. Sure its nice to be altruistic, not to mention making the trails that you (and others) ride that bit sweeter, but it’s also nice to get a little back in return.

Purveyors of Canadian bicycle goodness Shorelines Distribution have stepped in this year to help out with trail days. They are already making sure that we are fed, watered and looked after on our trail days, they have also come up with an incentive scheme too. Continue reading

Lady Cannings Trail Closed

image1The felling work to put in the forest access track has been a little quicker and more substantial than we had been informed and sadly because of the nature of some of the work we are going to have to temporarily close the trail.

While a temporary entrance had been cut in by the contractors to allow access to the trail, it if far below the standard we would expect and it is this temporary access that is causing us some problems. There have been large quantities of the dark organic mud pulled onto the trail as riders have ridden through the temporary access trail, this may not seem like a big problem, but the dark organic soil holds a lot of moisture on the trail, softening it and making it more susceptible to erosion, it also makes the surface more slippery and unpredictable (it is also why it’s not great if you are pushing up through the edge of the trail) Continue reading

Lady Cannings Felling Work

RideSheffieldHeaderLadyCanningsWhile Lady Cannings is a fantastic place to ride you bike, it is also still a working woodland. There have been several phases of logging over the past few years, some of it for ecological reasons to increase the biodiversity, some to get ride of unstable timber and some of it for comercial use (funds from which go to supporting ancient woodland in other parts of the city)

The next couple of phases of trail work in the woods will be completed once the next phase of felling is done. There are also other plans for the woods, including a circuit for horse riders. But the first phase of the felling is about to start in the next week. Continue reading

Pennine Bridleway Works around Charlesworth, Derbyshire

After getting involved with consultation on the work Derbyshire County Council were doing a couple of years ago on Roych Clough as part of the Pennine Bridleway, we made contact with Karen Turnbull who is the Pennine Bridleway Officer for DCC and a very enthusiastic and helpful contact for us. Although this isn’t really ‘our’ patch, Karen sent us the following email today:

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November Trail Day

P1000023Our next trail day will be taking place on Sunday the 8th of November on Blacka Moor. We will be working on the Devils Elbow to make sure it can cope with the rigors of winter.

We will be meeting at 10 am near the stables on Shorts Lane and will be working on the trail until approximately 2 pm. Lunch will be provided for all that attend thanks to Shore Lines. Please let us know if you plan to attend via the Facebook Event or by email at info@ridesheffield.org.uk 
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Exploring the impact of Public Rights of Way surface management on mountain biker experiences

Nick Copestake on the old packhorse route Stanage

Local rider, racer and all round good sort Emma Peasland is currently writing her dissertation for the MSc Environmental Management course at Sheffield Hallam University. She is keen to get as many responses to her survey as possible. This is good for the quality of the research, but it is also provide an interesting bit of research that will be of use to all of us. Continue reading

UK Premiere: Cam Zink’s Reach For The Sky

p4pb12747397A few years ago one of the treats of the MTB calendar in Sheffield was the (usually annual) trip down to the showroom to see the latest MTB blockbuster. This usually provided the opportunity to see the big films several months before they came out on DVD (remember those?).  But the best thing was the collective experience, 300 people’s gasps because of a bone crunching slam or an audacious line choice really added to the experience.

But as media has changed, with the influx of shorter edits, our choice has never been greater and out attention spans now demand much more from the longer edits. Along with a few big productions that have failed to meet the hype and free premiers on some of the bigger websites has pretty much ended the MTB film night out! (we are still fortunate enough to have SHAFF and Cycle to the Cinema)

Fortunately, local importers Hookit Products are trying to bring it back; so more on the latest film night here…. Continue reading

Polaris Pit Stops in the Peaks

pitstop1It’s not often that we post up press releases from the bike industry, but when we see things that are not only beneficial to riders, but also a great idea and a good fundraising opportunity we can always make an exception. The Polaris pits stops sound like a novel idea and will be appearing in a cafe near you very soon. More from Polaris on the idea…

Polaris Bikewear are proud to launch its Polaris Pit Stop cafe scheme this winter in the Peak District to celebrate 25 years of business . Continue reading

Shore-Lines Supports Ride Sheffield

shorelines-logo-smallWe are pleased to announce that Shore-Lines, the Sheffield based independent rider owned distribution company specialising in Canadian mountain bikes, components and accessories. Is our newest supporter. Shore-Lines has been a supporter of the scene in Sheffield for a number of years now and has always been on hand to provide us with prizes and goodies for various events since we started. But they have been keen to do more for a while Continue reading