Breakdowns or accidents
If your bike breaks down, we will do our best to help you fix it. If it cannot be fixed, we will normally be able to arrange pick up of bike and rider. If you have booked more than one day and your bike can’t be repaired, you may be able to hire one of our bikes. Price will be proportional to our usual rate, less the fee you have already paid. Likewise, if you have an accident and cannot ride any further, but do not require emergency services, if possible, we will pick you and your bike up, and take you to hospital or to your accommodation. Please note that this service is not always available if both Colin and Marianne are out riding.
Sustainability of green roads
We promote a positive image of trail riders, and many of the local people we encounter frequently are friendly to us. Trail riding has become considerably more popular during recent years; just at the same time as new laws have substantially reduced the green road network in many parts of the country. We are lucky here in Mid Wales that most of the green lanes we ride are unclassified council roads and have not been affected (yet). We are concerned to maintain a future for trail riding and it is important that you ride with courtesy and consideration.
Please be aware that your leader is most likely to be riding a trail bike. If you are an experienced rider on an enduro bike, please do not book with us if you are not happy about the possibilty of riding behind a leader who is slower than you. This does not mean that we creep along, and Colin can be very quick on a CRF250L! It is more about your attitude to trail riding – if you want it all challenging and you don’t enjoy the road riding, then what we offer is not for you.
Winter trail riding
If you book during December, January, February and March, you can cancel or postpone if the weather forecast is bad (which it is more often than not!) If you decide to trail ride in winter, it can be really cold!
Consider that if a problem occurred at the farthest away point, you may find yourself riding 50 miles along main roads. You can never get it right in winter, as you will be cold on the tarmac road and hot on the technical going. But if you take a rucksack, you can carry an extra sweater and warm winter roadriding gloves, so that if there is a long stretch on tarmac, you can be a bit more comfortable. It is also worth having an enduro or adventure riding suit with trousers which go outside your boots because there will be puddles and stream crossings. If you wear motocross trousers which tuck in your boots, then the water runs down inside, although if you have waterproof socks that might not matter. Goggles can be a real pain in winter, as they tend to mist up. (We wear adventure helmets with visors.)
There is nothing more miserable than being frozen to the bone, and every mile seems an eternity. In fact, it is dangerous as there is a real risk of hypothermia if you are wearing insufficient warm clothing.
TRAIL RIDERS FELLOWSHIP
The TRF is the National, voluntary and non-competitive body formed in 1970 by people who enjoyed exploring ’green lanes’ by motorcycle. Our aim is to conserve our heritage of green lanes for everyone to enjoy. Trail riding is an ’active recreation’.
Visit www.trf.org.uk for more information.
"I didn’t think it would be that deep!"
In wet weather and winter, the routes we do have deep puddles with rough bottoms and some fierce river crossings. We advise riding these sitting down, because if you are standing up and the bike hits a dip or rock or slips on algae, you can’t get a foot down quick enough to save it. If the bike’s air filter gets water in it, either because the puddle is too deep or because the bike leans or is submerged, water will nearly always pass into the combustion chamber. If your bike is a fourstroke and you try to start your bike with water in it, you are likely to bend the conrod, or you may damage a valve. Either way, your day is finished and you have a costly engine rebuild. Before starting, check for water. Pull off the drain plug from the bottom of the airbox. If water comes out, check the air filter is dry. If not, take the spark plug out and see if water comes out when the engine is turned over. If it does, drain the carb, and repeat the steps until no more water comes through. Fit new plug. You may need several people to hold the bike vertical to drain the exhaust system. Please bring a plug spanner and spare plug for your bike.