Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Fnaar, 13 Mar 2008.
What an absolute bunch of pricks. Giving mountain bikers a bad name and condoning breaking the law.
Actually it's Lee Collis aka Drac CHR apparently.
Well, while using footpaths is illegal, using them when no-one else is using them is hardly the crime of the century.
I have always found that if you are polite and slow down for walkers they don't mind.
At night there are rarely any walkers out in the country.
It's a question of conscience. No-one I know does it deliberately, and I certainly don't either. The walking fraternity are always looking to have a go at mtb'ers and this site just plays into their hands.
A well managed area/resort has cycle-only and walk-only trails and mixed trails where respect is necessary. if an alternative is provided then they are reprehensible. If not they are a little less so.
There is a difference between what SimonFBarnes does, take big groups across footpaths in the middle of a weekend and what some other people do, ride local trails at night when no-one is around.
Some of those pics are bridleways anyway - row 6 no 1 is in Gisburn Forest.
Simon (if it's him) has a point because most footpaths were once bridleways anyway, centuries-old packhorse routes. In the 60s local authorities reclassified most BWs as FPs so as to avoid the need for costly maintenence. Anything that can take a horse or a 4x4 is fair game in my book, even if it's classified as FP on the OS map.
However what is irritating about this site is that it will add fuel to the fire and moderate riders will suffer. How long before somebody posts a link on a Ramblers website?
He's a cock, whoever he is.
After 6pm every trail is available to bikers
Before 6pm caution is to be advised
Restraint is to be observed in sensitve areas eg. National Parks
Restraint is not to be observed in areas that no one else ever uses eg. ugly countryside
Skids are for kids
If the trail has no classification but walkers have been seen on it then it’s fair game
Mind the English daffodills and bluebells (only wreck the Spanish ones)
When encountering walkers behave like we are meant to do on bridleways (but seldom do) ie. stop and yield trail unless they’re the landowner in which case you flee asap
If you continue to encounter walkers reconsider the value of the said cheeky trail and when best to do it if at all
The closer the cheeky trails are to civilisation the more acceptable it is to ride them
The fewer the amount of bridleways an area has the more right we have to get cheeky wid it
Alarmingly garish clothing is to be discouraged
Squealing brakes are not allowed
Do not ride where and/or when your presence will be easily detected
At no time should the cheeky percentage of your total ride total more than 50%
Do not hang around on the cheeky trails
Do not race on cheeky trails, just pause and enjoy the cheek instead
Stop looking so guilty!
Ride with a confident smile knowing that what you are doing is not wrong
If someone says “bikes are not allowed on here” reply with “yes, I know, silly isn’t it?”
- I'd say they aren't too bad; the 1st ones responsible !
Who hasnt rode a foot path, I have = ive broke the law !
Its gonna happen...(riding paths)
Though its a big hot subject though...
how can they see with those blindfolds on?
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