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    Nicolais in Dorking: the pics

    That was one great day of riding in the hills of Surrey, and I've learned to it's better to wear pads when you go do stupid stuff . All good though, definitely something to do again (the riding that is, not the crashing). Here is a selection of my pics.

    Whafe doing a log ride


    5c0tty doing the log ride


    Whafe catching some air on a double


    Lornibear, toughing it out on his bad knee.


    Whafe doing a steep drop


    Karve doing the drop


    Chillin' out. Look at those bikes


    Karve doing the 'Bishop's seat' drop


    Some more chillin'. Some lovely weather we had.

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    And he beat me to it....
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    Loads of pictures coming............

    So after months of preparation form first mentioning it on the boards. "We should have a Nicolai meet in the UK" the weekend came to fruition...

    We all met in Dorking, hard to say that name with a straight face... A quaint little town in the English countryside... Where by you cannot get a coffer after 6 in the PM and shops close at 5.30 in the PM...

    5c0tty and his crew at put together a great ride plan, the trails are short here and a plent, so we ended up doing in excess of 33 miles, pretty much 95% off road. SO was a great day, the weather was primo.....

    Great to meet you all, had an awesome day riding on some great trails.....

    Let the pictures do the talking so to speak.....

    Head For The Hills - Very cool bike shop, thank you for storing our bikes.... This store had 4 fully built Nicolai's in stock and 2 frames.... Yeah baby....



    The Nicolai riders for the day..... Very cool to hang out....




    The whole crew, Nicolai's, a Jones, A SexoGrid MotoLite and 2 Specialized steads..



    The bikes up close and personal.............






    Ride shots............



















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    Some action shots........














    Some scenery and Single Track







    To Finish Off, Boozzz crashing at some severe speed.......

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    Good photos there Whafe. Great meeting all you guys. I second the thanks to HFTH: great storing our bikes overnight to keep our minds at ease .

    Now lets see some more pics guys

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    Awesome pics, guys!

    boy I'm jealous

    I am about to go out for a short spin.... maybe that way I can finally get rid of this persistent cold...

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    Thanks to all that turned up! what an awesome days riding. It was really good to meet you all and hang out. Pictures are fantasitc and many thanks to all that posted. We must all meet up again before the end of the year and have a blast at a trail centre. If it's UK, I am more than willing to organise. A special thanks to HFTH bike shop in Dorking for storing our bikes overnight, the fantastic flap jack and even better early morning coffee. If only the Homers could do this........

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    Legs are hurting a little this morning. A little more climbing than I'm used to. And as for those bl**dy rhodedendron bushes...!

    Hope the rest of you had a good session today before Whafe had to fly back

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    Great photo's brings it all flooding back like it was only yesterday...
    Its was great to have all everybody out for a ride.. Even better to turn up at Peaslake shop with not just one of the best bikes ever made but a whole fleet of them ;-)

    Been out today and done the missing hill's from Saturdays ride... Just over 20 miles in the great weather.. Now well f----d... Off for dinner and a nice cold beer.
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    it was excellant meeting up ... thanks to scotty for geting the route ... the ride was really really really good ... could not last the whole day ... after half the ride, I was holding the rest up ... cheers for waiting up ... kudos to you martin on your 29er single speed ... i think we should make this an annual thing eh!

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    Hell yes... Same time next week it is then !
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    Quote Originally Posted by 5c0tty
    Hell yes... Same time next week it is then !

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    Dorking.......

    Quote Originally Posted by 5c0tty
    Hell yes... Same time next week it is then !
    Hey you boys, perhaps not next week, but when the knee is done, anytime for the whole day. A great route with great guys! There is no reason why us local lads can't meet up every couple of weeks for a ride. I hope to be able to make the whole route round next time depending on the knee. A great weekend for all! and all those international riders

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5c0tty
    Great photo's brings it all flooding back like it was only yesterday...
    Its was great to have all everybody out for a ride.. Even better to turn up at Peaslake shop with not just one of the best bikes ever made but a whole fleet of them ;-)

    Been out today and done the missing hill from Saturdays ride... Just over 20 miles in the great weather.. Now well f----d... Off for dinner and a nice cold beer.

    I only saw one of the best bikes ever made and many very good German ones

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    i dont see why not ... hell, you guys go like the Kenyans in a marathon ... it will be good for me to lug this old ass round one more time ... but not next week eh! ... need about 1 month to get over the aches

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    Quote Originally Posted by martin_uk
    I only saw one of the best bikes ever made and many very good German ones
    However, the best riders were on the German ones.

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    Good stuff, just arrived to my hotel in Barcelona, loads of delays... All good though..

    Cool to hear everyone had as much fun as I did....

    Lorni - Hope the knee is getting better by the hour....

    Boozzz - Hope your battered wounds are on the mend also.....

    Till next time......
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    Great photos guys, looks like the weather was kind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yetiman71
    Great photos guys, looks like the weather was kind.
    Yep, the weather was indeed very kind, awesome day out in the countryside...

    Where we stopped for lunch has the best chicken samosa.... dam fine grub....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Whafe

    Great riding and report. That shop is so Mom & Poppish I just want to buy a bike from there. As for the guy with the white helmet and the two wheeled antique

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    Quote Originally Posted by homeslice
    Great riding and report. That shop is so Mom & Poppish I just want to buy a bike from there. As for the guy with the white helmet and the two wheeled antique
    Yeah, has a really nice feel to it as a shop..... I liked it, would use it for sure if I lived int hat neck of the woods....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Whafe
    Yeah, has a really nice feel to it as a shop..... I liked it, would use it for sure if I lived int hat neck of the woods....
    Nicolai, Dialled & Singular frames, lots of demo bikes, a good range of clothes and accessories and friendly staff. Everything an LBS should be. I felt guilty not buying anything.

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    Wow everyone's done such a good job on the pics!

    Great to meet you all and a fantastic turnout. The first of many I hope? Shame I couldn’t stay for a pint or too after. Really nice seeing everyone else's machines. 5c0tty and Hei hei cheers for showing me 20k of trails I never knew existed.. Despite riding dorking for a year or so.. Stellaaaa job. That descent down from pitch hill was just epic. Nice to see some full on balls out commitment on some of the sessioning spots too. That final climb to leith tower made me blow up....... Obviously hadn't eaten enough :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by Karve
    Wow everyone's done such a good job on the pics!

    Great to meet you all and a fantastic turnout. The first of many I hope? Shame I couldnt stay for a pint or too after. Really nice seeing everyone else's machines. 5c0tty and Hei hei cheers for showing me 20k of trails I never knew existed.. Despite riding dorking for a year or so.. Stellaaaa job. That descent down from pitch hill was just epic. Nice to see some full on balls out commitment on some of the sessioning spots too. That final climb to leith tower made me blow up....... Obviously hadn't eaten enough :P
    that final climb almost had me blowing chunks too, couldnt let that MotoLite get away from me, but fock I was gasping for that stuff called air......
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    Quote Originally Posted by Karve
    Wow everyone's done such a good job on the pics!

    Great to meet you all and a fantastic turnout. The first of many I hope? Shame I couldnt stay for a pint or too after. Really nice seeing everyone else's machines. 5c0tty and Hei hei cheers for showing me 20k of trails I never knew existed.. Despite riding dorking for a year or so.. Stellaaaa job. That descent down from pitch hill was just epic. Nice to see some full on balls out commitment on some of the sessioning spots too. That final climb to leith tower made me blow up....... Obviously hadn't eaten enough :P
    Leg and arm pads on the way And just got some lock-ons from the bmx shop too.

    I found the climb to Leith Tower pretty easy, but maybe it was the adrenalin

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    Other than having to limbo under a few too many bushes I too thought it was a fine climb. A good steady gradiant and not too much mud.

    But then again I am a masochist

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boozzz
    Leg and arm pads on the way And just got some lock-ons from the bmx shop too.

    I found the climb to Leith Tower pretty easy, but maybe it was the adrenalin
    Great to hear on the pads and the lock on grips.... Will help out am sure

    Glad you found that final climb up the muddy bank easy, wish I felt that way.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by martin_uk
    Other than having to limbo under a few too many bushes I too thought it was a fine climb. A good steady gradiant and not too much mud.

    But then again I am a masochist
    Your opinions dont count, Jones bikes go up hills almost on there own....
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    I off to order a Jones right now....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Whafe
    Glad you found that final climb up the muddy bank easy, wish I felt that way.....
    You were putting on more speed though

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    Climb up to Leith Hill easy? assuming you meant the bit up to the quarry! ... bl@@dy hell ... thought you guys were taking bets on how long it will take for me to catch up ...

    well next time I have to get in amongst the drops and steep runs ... will be going up Hunt Wood looking for those trails and that section just outside Dorking to get used to them.

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    Was the bit when we were up the side of the gully, the one with the stunning green moss on the side of the bank.... Was a slog for sure, hardest climb of the day for me, but was chasing Hei Hei up there on that SexoGrid MotoLite.......

    Body feels good now though, so all good. Nice to not have jetlag etc getting off a plane.....
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    Nice pics whafe and others, really like the 4th from the last with the riders in the forest canopy, would love to visit the UK sometime.

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    rroeder - might look nice but that tunnel of vegetation cut me to shreds... blood dripping off the inside of my arm. Moaning aside it was a fab part of the ride!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Karve
    rroeder - might look nice but that tunnel of vegetation cut me to shreds... blood dripping off the inside of my arm. Moaning aside it was a fab part of the ride!
    Yep, few war wounds from Dorking....

    From what I have picked up, the stinging nettle is nothing on the Poison Oak in the US of A.... Which surprisingly the last ride I did in San Diego area I am not effected by that evil sh!t....
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    I should have given both the drops ago !
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    Well we can hook up again 5c0tty as when the knee is good, I am going to nail those beauties!

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    OK thats a deal...

    Good luck with the scan results and hope all is better soon.
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    A cracking day out and great to ride with a bunch of like-minded riders from a range of backgrounds.
    I was definately impressed with Whafe keeping up with me all the way to Leith Tower after 8 hours riding and riding a bike that must be 25% heavier than the ML! Glad you "enjoyed" that climb - it's one of my favourites as it is just technical enough to keep your mind off the pain of climbing - well sort of!
    Despite 2 "offs" and trashing the rebound on the Pace forks, all-in-all a great day.
    Thanks also to Boozz & 5cotty for allowing me a quick spin on their FR's - my sizing quandary continues. Perhaps a custom AM is the answer - maybe in lornibear cammo!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5c0tty
    I should have given both the drops ago !
    That one in the pic is a nice soft pillow landing.. lovely drop!

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    One taste of a Nicolai and you will never go back..... Mwah ha ha ha..... Of course am biased, BUT, have the joy of having many great bikes, this rates best hands down for me.
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    HeiHei, the cammo is a nice colour! You won't be dissapointed!

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    Many Camo Colours. In f<act many many colours
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    How about the ivory white or the slightly less brown pearl white with gold glitter? That would be some serious pimpin'

    On another note, seems my FSA Gravity carbon handlebar is out of spec; the lock on grips won't stay put even if I tighten them way down (and they do stay put on my FSA XC carbon bar)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boozzz
    On another note, seems my FSA Gravity carbon handlebar is out of spec; the lock on grips won't stay put even if I tighten them way down (and they do stay put on my FSA XC carbon bar)
    Yep, that would suck......

    Be careful not to over tighten them, of which you will not am sure, but easy to do on tightening the grips on carbon bars.....
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    Well now just over a week later 5c0tty get out on his bike and just over 1 hour in and every thing going great a slight mis-judgement on my part I now have a smashed 2D helmet a lump on my head and a stage 2 separated shoulder ! No bike riding for 4-6 weeks !!

    Not good i must say.

    Before you all ask the FR in unmarked and shows no signs or the slight mishap.
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    Damn...heal fast, 5c0tty!

    how was the fall? big hit? or nasty rolling down the mountain?

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    Just ran a little wide on a corner I know O so well. I new i was going wrong so just rode out of the corner over the berm and all was well until I hit a tree log in the under growth that through me off in to a big heap on the floor. Got up felt OK till my shoulder moved and then was right back down again in major pain !
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    Sheesh 5c0tty, sorry to hear that news, dam that sucks. Healing vibes to you.... Know shoulder injuries all too well...... Heal up strong and well.....
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