All the gear, no (gears) idea…

So we finally did it…

DSC03145Arranged a full two day excursion from the hustle and bustle of our home town streets to the leafy green Peaks, to celebrate Aidan’s 23rd. He had somehow managed to bribe the weather so we could have a full day of riding in not-so-miserable conditions!

DSC03151As a crew we all started riding together through app courier work in Manchester city centre, but we have come far from being just a group of delivery riders. We have built a great set of friendships and memories together as friends and as a riding family. This will hopefully be the first of many bike packing trips, allowing us to see further than just the gritty backstreets or the loamy Trans-Pennine trail, headed south.

We all managed to pull through with enough packing gear, just in time. Some improvising in the best way, others ordering from Planet-X less than 24 hours before we set off! We met at one of our usual hangouts, fuelled up on caffeine and off we went.

We headed out up towards Audenshawe along the A57, which was a bit nerve-racking for some of the less traffic experienced riders of the group. Once we got towards Reddish Vale the off-road began… Did we mentioned 90% of us are riding fixed gear bikes?

Some of the first trails we met would have been tough on a mountain bike, never mind a tracklocross bike. After a few spills and laughs we reached the canal in Romley, and then the surprise of seeing/smelling the delicious Swizzles sweet factory in New Mills. Lots of locks and the odd/occasional steep climb up towards Whaley Bridge and further into the long roads of Chapel-en-le-Frith. We had reached Combe Valley, our destination, just in time.

We pitched up our tents, made a brew and enjoyed watching the sunset over Combe reservoir. A really lovely sunset to be shortly ruined by a truly Northern downpour on our walk to the Beehive Inn, our closest pub. Straight in and everyone ran to dry off by the wood fire. It must have been a funny sight to the bar staff as we were asked ‘Are you even having a drink?!’. Just as we finished eating, Sacha arrived, riding from Central Manchester to Combe Valley in less than an hour thirty – just in time for food and warmth. Full up on two (and some three!) course meals and plenty of pints, we wandered back to our camp site. May I say, just our luck, it didn’t rain again until after we left the pub to set off home!

Back at base, the stoves were lit for some warm drinks and whiskey to see off the nigh time cold. It was a bloody freezing night, but everyone survived, even including Ramon and Sacha, out in bivvy bags in the rain and freezing cold. We were up early the next morning as the rain had been pushed forward, unfortunately cutting the ride home short. Instead, we packed up and headed into Chapel for some coffee and breakfast. A short ride, one last hill up to the train station and we were on our way home. Happy to say everyone enjoyed it, we all officially have the packing bug and are already planning our next trip: Wild camping, more rough trails and everyone still on fixed!

DCIM100GOPROWords and pictures – Jack Makin

Working Kranks

Load Outs:

Mickey:

DSC03174Bombtrack arise two

From the back to the front
Saddle bag last min purchase from plant x sale had my whopping big sleeping bag and nothing else in forcing me to strap my warm layers wrapped in various bits of cycling related plastic I’ve been collecting for a while now .Restrap frame bag with tent poles pegs , bike repair bits on one side of the bag the other containing flapjacks and fruit pastels and Charing devices . 2x650ml bottles one for water one for lucozade . This is where it all gets a bit heavy my wald basket , with my tent strapped to my bars I threw what ever gubbings I thought I would need into my basket , roll Matt , stove pan , flask and my waterproof jacket which was taken off and on through out the ride to the campsite in combs . Much fun was had , let’s do it again in the warmer months and over a long weekend .

Libby:

DSC03168Revolution Track 52cm
Fixed 44/16
Cruiser Bars
Sram Apex Cranks
Restrap Pedal Straps
Onza Allegra 32c

Wald Medium Basket
Artach Skin Roll Mat
Vango Wilderness 250 Sleeping Bag
Patagonia Black Hole 25L Pack
Patagonia Black Hole Mini Pack

Aidan:

DSC03162
Pake Rum Runner 59cm
All City Drop Out Fork
Fixed 47/17
Rental Fat Bars
Thomson Stem
Thomson Seatpost
Selle Italia Flite
Sram Omnium Cranks
YNOT Pedal Straps
Schwalbe Kojak 35c

Carradice Top Tube Bag
Altura Vortex 12L Seat Pack
BTwin Frame Bag
BTwin Bottle Bag
Patagonia Black Hole 25L Pack
Cantgoslo Hip Pouch

Vango 2-Man Tent
Blacks Quasar 2 Sleeping Bag
Artach Skin Roll Mat
Camping Gaz Bleuet Stove
Aeropress + Coffee

Jack:

DSC03175Identiti Persona, Apidura Full kit :Handlebar bag, Frame bag, Seat pack, Top tube bag and Chrome Kadet

Fraser:

DSC03158Surly Steamroller – 48/17
35c Conti Sport Contacts
Planet X Podsacs Harness Handlebar bag
ILE Default backpack

Sam: OEX Phoxx 2 tent
Naturehike ultralight sleeping mat
Some old hi-gear sleeping bag (that was not up to snuff)

My bike is a 2018 all-city macho man disc

Ramon:

DSC03157• Pod bike-packing bags
• Sleeping bag
• Roll mat
• DPM Basha
• x2 Meah tins
• Hexamine cooker
• 24 hour ration pack
• First-aid kit
• Tools
• Spare clothes
• Knifes
• Fire starting kit
• Map and compass
• Head-torch
• Batteries
• Wash kit
• Bike

Si:

DSC031521 X PK Ripper
1 X Tent/Sleeping Bag

1 X Chrome Barrage Pro
2 X BinBags
1 X Roll DuctTape
Several X Cans of Chocomel

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