This week's Friday Night Video will please both climbers and mountain bikers. It's a quirky fusion of both activities which will make you want to grab your bike, head to the hills and scramble up a rockface before speeding down the valleys.
Why does every shot in recent films have to be a panning / zooming shot? you don't get a chance to actually take in what's going on in the scene, and the close up slow motion stuff just disturbs the flow of the ride and suggests that the subject matter isn't actually that interesting so you need to do something flashy with the camera to disguise this.
Ooh. Bit negative there some people. There has to be lots of panning shots to justify the money spent on the drone I guess. Yea, maybe going for a scramble with your bike might seem a bit pointless to some, but then all climbing is utterly pointless when you get right down to it, isn't it? That's part of it's appeal, surely?
I thought it was a nice bit of fun myself and I quite like the slo-mo jumps n stuff, but then I'm old and easily amused.
Quite interesting for me thanks, as I was doing those exact same scrambles earlier in the year, arriving at ODG for dawn and then scrambling up a variety of routes with only the sheep for company, and then back to the valley for lunchtime or sooner. That bike looks a lot handier for walking with than the fully assembled ones I see folk lugging up hills in the Lakes.
Awesome video, Lots of hard work goes into making a video like this, and scrambling with a 15kg bike strapped to your back is never going to look easy!
i think everyone who is being negative about this is I'm assuming is just jealous as they are sat at home unable to ride and climb something like this but love being critical about other peoples adventures.
> Out of interest are those bridle ways in the video or footpaths?
I don't know, but did you see his back in one of the clips! He should have been using a mudguard, think of the environmental damage the extra washing will do!
"Out of interest," LOL!!! "I think he may have been doing something illegal, but I'm not sure? What is the youth coming to these days, never would have people trespassing on the hills in my day, we stayed at home and knitted tea cosies."
I wondered that so looked it up, and to be fair it is a bridleway. Also, I would think gaining height by a scramble a lot more fun than grinding up hill by foot or bike. I'm really not a fan of bikes on footpaths or unnecessary erosion, such as skidding the bike round some of the corners, but on the whole I was grumbling a lot less than I thought I would (I like grumbling, old before my time!) and mostly enjoyed the video ....
> I think everyone who is being negative about this is I'm assuming is just jealous as they are sat at home unable to ride and climb something like this but love being critical about other peoples adventures.
There's a bridleway nearby but don't think that was it. OK so one bike it won't do much damage but you have the LDNP putting a lot of effort into path restoration and building up a better bridleway network ( Go Lakes etc) and we're promoting a video of downhill trespass
I'm generally reluctant to criticise someone else work, but... I don't think I've ever seen such an uninspiring short film of this ilk. There whole thing seems very contrived and there are already too many mtb vids which makes this seem a bit pointless. It is quite nicely shot, I guess the music is each to their own (I found it annoying).
No, that descent is definitely a bridleway, it's Stakes pass. The first bit when he is riding amongst all the spoil heaps is the top section before it gets steep. What wasn't in the video was how he got from the top of Middlefell buttress to Stakes pass which isn't bridleway.
> That bike looks a lot handier for walking with than the fully assembled ones I see folk lugging up hills in the Lakes.
Interesting way of carrying a bike. On very unrideable climbs most mtn bikers push/carry/shoulder/throw/kick the bike.
I suppose we are optimists who expect short occasional sections of ride to not justify the time and effort of stripping the bike down.
Looking at the video, all the riding sections are on legal bridleways.
What is not being discussed there is how all the footpath work " fix the fells " etc is being carried out.
As far as I am aware, it is all being done to maintain the paths for fell walkers.
No consideration is made, in the case of bridleway's, for other legal users such as mountain bikers and horse riders.
Stake Pass used to be a very different style of descent for bikers, I don't think the GG's will like it either now.
In reply to UKC News:
I quite liked this video, short, snappily edited with an appropriate tune and kept my interest throughout. Some nice scenery too and an interesting combo, I think all the negativity is from climbers who don't mountain bike, it's more of a biking video to be honest....
Don't think the direct route, pike o stickle to stake is a bridle path
The video didn't actually showed that section so technically all on bridle, there is meant to be some stone axe archaeology along the direct route
Liked the video
> I think all the negativity is from climbers who don't mountain bike, it's more of a biking video to be honest....
Admittedly it was a bad move putting a biking video to which a naff climbing element seemed to have been added just as a contrived way of making up something "filmworthy", but the irritating style of editing would have been irritating in any context; there have been plenty of climbing videos spoiled by that sort of nonsense.
Like this. Didn't expect to from the still as it looks foolish to have a bike on your back but the climbing was not too hard. Like a dream idea made to happen and not hard biking though done with high skill.