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5 Gals and 2 Guys!

On Thursday September 27, we had the first Dark & Dirty ride since before the winter. Seems the riders are getting soft, there was no interest and finally I gave up inviting riders. Come September there were a few queries, but then I was away. Nobody else wanted to take the lead; claiming not to know the routes.
Two weeks ago I invited the riders, but only Heidi responded. To my surprise I had enough responses last week – all from ladies, but some offered to bring a friend along. The next surprise when I got to the Moo mall was that the friends were also ladies. Fortunately Rando also pitched and we could have a sweeper. I just don’t think it is right to have a lady sweeper and I hope the feminists won’t be unhappy about that sentiment. Unfortunately we missed Kristof’s message that he was on his way and he probably missed us by seconds.

Well, I gave the normal speech about a social ride, speed zones and the first rider performing an ungraceful dismount having to write a ride report and we were off to Xtacy Park. We encountered some new obstacles on the way, but got there without incident;at least that I know of. The drop-off int he park was especially enjoyed by one lady, I think it was Heidi, who said that she had never done one even in daylight.

From Xstacy Park we continued over the traffic circle and into the first bit of technical track. Trust me to land in a rut and earn the right to write the ride report. The track next to the railroad fence turned out to be very overgrown and we had to push our bikes. When we got to the railway line, we had the first flat for the evening. With Rando’s help and a CO2 bomb, it was quickly fixed. At Nellmapius Drive another lady got some practice in handling a CO2 bomb.

After Python single track and the cement factory we had the final flat of the evening. We then did a little detour on a rocky single track, then a bit of tar road, Bat tunnel, the bit of the forest remaining, the down-hill speed zone and the final climb along the Mielie-muur. As some riders were a bit tired by this time, I passed the turnoff and pretended to head up to the steep part, only to turn around to the relief of the ladies who were not amused. I even heard some not so ladylike language!

Back at the Moo mall after 26.5 km, most of the riders said they enjoyed it, although some thought that it was just a bit scary. Come and join us again or for the first time.

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Posted by on October 2, 2018 in ride report

 

Dark & Dirty rides for January 2018

Keeping up with technology, I want to retire the D&D email lists and move over to WhatsApp which we have been using for some time already. The D&D website at https://darkndirty.co.za remains active.

If you have not done so already, ask to join the "Dark & Dirty night rides" WhatsApp group @
0736891370; please give your name and surname.

For this month we have two rides left:
–>January 18: Mild-to-Wild ride 30 km.
January 25: Rock-‘n-Roll ride 30 km.

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Where: Irene Village shopping mall.We meet in the North-west corner of
the parking lot close to Spur.

25°51’41.46"S, 28°14’56.94"E ( 25° 51.691’S, 28° 14.949’E)

www.irenemall.co.za
When: Every Thursday night,
Starts 18h45 for 19h00
Website : www.darkndirty.co.za

No Charge,
Everyone Welcome, ride at own risk.
Bring: Helmets, lights, ride snax & juice, your buddies
and some ching for beers & pizza after the ride.
SOCIAL riding group with SAFETY a Key Factor.
No-One gets left behind,
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

 
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Posted by on January 17, 2018 in ride report

 

Dark & Dirty Xmas light ride

On Thursday we do the annual Xmas light ride to Lawley Street. This is an urban ride. Dress for the occasion and decorate your bike with lights and bling!

Please indicate that you are coming by replying to the list or send a
WhatsApp to 0736891370. There is a "Dark & Dirty night rides" WhatsApp group @
0736891370; ask if you want to be added to it; remember to give your
name as well.

–>December 7: Xmas light ride. 35 km.
December 14: Intro Ride. 25 km
December 21: Mild-to-Wild ride 30 km.
December 28: Rock-‘n-Roll ride 30 km.
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Where: Irene Village shopping mall.We meet in the North-west corner of
the parking lot close to Spur.

25°51’41.46"S, 28°14’56.94"E ( 25° 51.691’S, 28° 14.949’E)

www.irenemall.co.za
When: Every Thursday night,
Starts 18h45 for 19h00
Website : www.darkndirty.co.za

No Charge,
Everyone Welcome, ride at own risk.
Bring: Helmets, lights, ride snax & juice, your buddies
and some ching for beers & pizza after the ride.
SOCIAL riding group with SAFETY a Key Factor.
No-One gets left behind,
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

 
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Posted by on December 5, 2017 in ride report

 

Dark & Dirty rides for November 2017

Last month we did three rides and the last one was an urban bash because only three riders turned up. Let’s try and get D&D rolling again in November.
The Intro ride on Thursday is short and not technical; good for people who want to try night riding for the first time or again and also good fun for regulars.

Please indicate that you are coming by replying to the list or send a WhatsApp to 0736891370. There is a “Dark & Dirty night rides” WhatsApp group @ 0736891370; ask if you want to be added to it; remember to give your name as well.

–>November 2: Intro Ride. 25 km.
November 9: Dirt flirt ride 25 km.
November 16: Mild-to-Wild ride 30 km.
November 23: Rock-‘n-Roll ride 30 km.
November 30: Xtra ride 30 km.
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Where: Irene Village shopping mall.We meet in the North-west corner of the parking lot close to Spur.

25°51’41.46″S, 28°14’56.94″E ( 25° 51.691’S, 28° 14.949’E)

http://www.irenemall.co.za
When: Every Thursday night,
Starts 18h45 for 19h00
Website : http://www.darkndirty.co.za

No Charge,
Everyone Welcome, ride at own risk.
Bring: Helmets, lights, ride snax & juice, your buddies
and some ching for beers & pizza after the ride.
SOCIAL riding group with SAFETY a Key Factor.
No-One gets left behind,
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

 
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Posted by on November 1, 2017 in ride report

 

Ride report 2017-10-12

Seems I am the only one to write ride reports and I am certainly not the only one doing ungraceful dismounts. Well, I guess the one announcing the rules should stick to the rules 😦

Since we were all scared of the rain (which did not fall if I am not mistaken), we did not do the Intro ride on the first Thursday of October, so we decided to do the Intro ride instead of the more technical Dirt Flirt ride on the second Thursday.

Six riders left the Moo mall at 19h06 after confirming that Evan would not join us. Martie, who skipped the winter rides, volunteered to sweep and we set off to Xtacy Park where Martie first got a bit of a scare confronted with the drop-off, but then did it anyway on all three rounds.

After Xtacy Park there is a rocky sidewalk and I think that some new, bigger rocks must have been added recently. Whatever the case, I came a bit unstuck and earned the right to write this ride report. With my bruised ego and knee we continued, hopping over the circle, down next to the highway, next to the railway line, Python, speed zone to the tar road, up the false flat, Bat tunnel, the quite deforested forest, speed zone to the T, down to the Jukskei river, over the builders rubble (grrr!), up the Mieliemuur and home to the Moo mall.

Distance: 24.6 km, Average speed: 14.6 km/h, Elapsed time: 1:51:29, Average temperature: 12℃, Smiles: plenty!

Oupa Gert.

 
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Posted by on October 18, 2017 in ride report

 

Dark & Dirty rides for September 2017

The night rides have been better supported in September. Keep it up and join us for the Intro ride on Thursday. This one is intended for riders who want to try out night riding for the first time (or again), but it also caters for the fit and fast with speed zones and optional drop-offs.

Please indicate that you are coming by replying to the list or send a WhatsApp to
0736891370. There is a “Dark & Dirty night rides” WhatsApp group @ 0736891370; ask if you want to be added to it; remember to give your name as well.
–>October 5: Intro Ride. 25 km.
October 12: Dirt flirt ride 25 km.
October 19: Mild-to-Wild ride 30 km.
October 26: Rock-‘n-Roll ride 30 km.
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Where: Irene Village shopping mall.We meet in the North-west corner of the parking lot close to Spur.

25°51’41.46″S, 28°14’56.94″E ( 25° 51.691’S, 28° 14.949’E)

http://www.irenemall.co.za
When: Every Thursday night,
Starts 18h45 for 19h00
Website : http://www.darkndirty.co.za

No Charge,
Everyone Welcome, ride at own risk.
Bring: Helmets, lights, ride snax & juice, your buddies
and some ching for beers & pizza after the ride.
SOCIAL riding group with SAFETY a Key Factor.
No-One gets left behind,
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

 
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Posted by on October 4, 2017 in ride report

 

Dark & Dirty rides for September 2017

Spring is here and with it nice warm weather. So come and join us for the Intro ride on Thursday. This one is intended for riders who want to try out night riding or who need to get fit after the winter hibernation, but it also caters for the fit and fast with speed zones and optional drop-offs.

Please indicate that you are coming by replying to the list or send a
WhatsApp to
0736891370. There is a "Dark & Dirty night rides" WhatsApp group @
0736891370; ask if you want to be added to it; remember to give your
name as well.
–>September 7: Intro Ride. 25 km.
September 14: Dirt flirt ride 25 km.
September 21: Mild-to-Wild ride 30 km.
September 28: Rock-‘n-Roll ride 30 km.
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Where: Irene Village shopping mall.We meet in the North-west corner of
the parking lot close to Spur.

25°51’41.46"S, 28°14’56.94"E ( 25° 51.691’S, 28° 14.949’E)

www.irenemall.co.za
When: Every Thursday night,
Starts 18h45 for 19h00
Website : www.darkndirty.co.za

No Charge,
Everyone Welcome, ride at own risk.
Bring: Helmets, lights, ride snax & juice, your buddies
and some ching for beers & pizza after the ride.
SOCIAL riding group with SAFETY a Key Factor.
No-One gets left behind,
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

 
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Posted by on September 6, 2017 in ride report