Edinburgh (UK)

I’m gonna be in Edinburgh this Sunday afternoon. I don’t need to be anywhere till Monday.

I’m bringing a unicycle, so I figure I’m going to ride somewhere Sunday afternoon

I’m getting there at 2pm, and staying right near the station. Looking at the map, the Pentlands looks like the obvious place.

Anyone from Edinburgh know anything about them? Is the good riding obvious from the map or do I need to find some local knowledge?

It looks like about 5 miles ride from the city centre to them, I can cope with that, and it’ll be nice to see the city, but it might make sense to get a bus for that bit at least in one direction so as to get a bit of riding in, has anyone done this, and did you have any problems? The 37 bus appears to go from the end of the road to the hostel I’m at to Penicuik, although it does take a long time about it. Would that be a good place to start riding?

I’m not sure how far this ride will be, probably 20 miles or so, but does anyone fancy coming riding, either this ride, or round Edinburgh some time on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday. I’m gonna be a bit erratic as to when I’m available, although Monday morning is pretty free, early morning (ie. 6ish) the other days is a good one, and I think Tuesday evening might be okay too.

Anyway, post up here before Saturday, or give me a call/text on 07905 696427

Joe

Anyone?

I’ve got the maps and stuff for the muni sorted so I’ll be riding for sure, but it’d be cool to go riding with other people anyway.

Joe

If you have a few spare minutes you could try the Arthurs Seat Challenge. It says on the site that someone has done it a before on a uni but that just means theres a time for you to aim for!

Hmmm. That might just be possible. Looks like the first person was on a 29er with a narrow tyre, but also looks like they weren’t very unicycley - so I might have a chance on the 26.

Joe

Pah, that challenge thing was easy.

5 min 49. On the muni with the tyre at 18 PSI. And I started too far back and finished too far forwards, I thought it was from the water to the water rather than just on the road and I didn’t have the web to check. Oh and I had a headwind.

Not really all that steep to be honest, nothing like as steep as the road at the start of Snowdon. On a muni you’re more limited by how fast you can spin rather than by running out of power. Someone should come and try it on a coker with 110s, I reckon you could get a quite decent time on it.

The muni was cool, I’m well jealous of people who live in Edinburgh, only 5 miles ride to some great big hills. Rode up Allermuir Hill and Castlelaw Hill. Both were super steep, and rather big (about 1600 feet), I think including riding from the centre of Edinburgh the ride had about 2000 feet of ascent, was about 2 hours uphill, 1 hour downhill plus half an hour of malt loaf time. Had some fantastic crashes on the downhill including one flying slide when my uni hit some sheep poo on a really steep bit, leaving my foot on the inside of the crank and me coasting down the hill for several metres, and some good ones on a bit of trail that has been ‘improved’ by dumping several tons of rocks and gravel on a super steep downhill. Ouch. The weather was fun, it was pretty windy, like really really turn you off your course windy, and never quite rained, but kept threatening it.

Made me ache this morning too, I haven’t done such a sustained up or downhill for ages, and when you do rides like this on your own, you do tend to keep going rather than stopping much.

Joe

Sounds like good fun Joe! I’m glad you told us about the crashes as if they were the best bits of the ride. As long as you’re not seriously hurt, it often seems like they are the most exciting things - probably when you’re going fastest too.

And with that as inspiration (and the small point of having a few sizable mountains in mind…) I shall retrieve my muni from my office and go and ride it. :slight_smile:

Sam

Well done Joe, I thought the challenge wouldn’t be too difficult for you, but still probably worth a go. Now you’ve set a higher standard for everyone else too!

The muni sounds good too, there’s a scary amount of contour lines on those maps!

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Joe

Arrrr, there be hills in them there hills.

Joe

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