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  1. A huge thanks to Dusty for putting on another outstanding ride. Dusty’s loops at Dissa are spot-on, for how I like to spend a day on a bike; lots of fun flowing trails, minimal transport, with the perfect mix of challenging stuff thrown in. I will certainly be looking out for more of your rides in the future! Thanks again for all the effort - can’t think of a better way to spend my Saturday. Cheers, Toby. 👍🏻👍🏻😁😁
  2. Thanks so much for a great ride. The loop flowed really well and was a perfect mix of terrain including several play hills that tested us all out. The weather was perfect, lots of grip, and despite a largish group of riders, we didn’t have any major hold-ups or issues. I wish every ride I went on was this good. Great bunch of riders too... lots of familiar faces and always nice to have a chat during rest stops. Cheers, Toby.
  3. A huge thanks to Murdoch for putting on an amazing ride today. I shudder at the thought of how much work went into creating these new tracks – there were A LOT of them. Massive effort, and the outcome did not disappoint. The day started off drizzly and wet, and every tight tree root and fallen log was like ice. And there were plenty of them. Lots of dragging the bike over obstacles too slippery to ride over. From memory, we travelled only a few kilometres in the first two hours of riding, so that gives you an idea about how extreme the conditions were. The most memorable part of today was going down into a deep gully and then finding the hill climb (that went for ages) was impossible to get up. Ben G gave it a good go, and well done for having the enthusiasm to do that. Then we (apart from Ben G) turned around to get back out, and all struggled getting up a very short but very tricky hill climb to escape the gully. Just when we thought things might get easier, they didn’t. The extreme enduro style tracks just kept coming one after the other; creek crossings, very steep drops, switch backs with loose soil, meant getting it right was very hard, and if you failed (which I did many times) – it meant you had to use a huge amount of energy to get the bike through certain parts. I spent quite a lot of time off my bike pushing and pulling and swearing and sweating – but at the end of it – I feel like I really got a lot out of the ride. Not something I’d like to do every weekend, but definitely nice to throw in the mix every now and then. It was lovely to get back to the cars and have some delicious roast lamb and roast chicken wings on the barbecue - Murdoch replacing his helmet with the chefs hat. It was an amazing way to finish the year, and it will certainly be one of the more memorable rides I’ve done in quite a long time. Thanks again Murdoch, and thanks again to everybody - for being great company! Cheers, Toby
  4. Seasons greetings everyone. A big thanks to Riles for letting me join the ride at such late notice. The ride flowed really nicely with a perfect mix of flowing trails, technical hills... even the transport sections are awesome - that’s the great thing about Cobaw. Riles has a fantastic loop; I had a huge amount of fun. The 9 o’clock start time was different to what I’m used to (normally I’m on the bikes at 7:30). It was nice to not have to rush (be up at sparrows fart) for a change. I had a slow leaking front (Tubebliss wasn’t so blissful). After pulling the tyre off today, I found the rim tape had been damaged by a lever during my recent tyre change, so leaking through one spoke. Tubebliss are great when they’re working, but frustrating when it goes wrong. There were some familiar faces on this ride, and it was lovely to chat with everyone during breaks on the ride, and at the cars afterwards. It was a good opportunity to test out my ‘new improved’ 2021 EXC300 TPI. I recently had Bolton’s fit an adjustable idle speed screw, and also fit a 10oz flywheel weight. The bike tractors so much better now in the slow technical stuff. It’s night and day difference. No more stalling. The flywheel weight is a really cost effective mod that transforms the way the bike performs. Gypsy - if you’re reading this... please forgive me. LOL. Thanks again to Riles, and a great bunch of blokes for bringing smiles and laughs and sharing a great day on the bikes. Cheers, Toby.
  5. Hey guys... Thanks for the pics and positive feedback... todays new tracks were pleasantly challenging, with traction being the Achilles heal for the whole group, especially earlier on when it was wet n slippery. I just wonder if I’d been running the golden tyre 232n rear (instead of the shinko) - would life have been easier today? It was a small group of riders, and everyone put on a great show, with some great riding skills witnessed - getting up and down (nearly) everything Tallarook has to offer. Willies track (AKA big red) was the trickiest track of the day, with Bubalu the only rider to get up unassisted. Well done mate! And thanks for the help in that horror section. The highlight for me was meeting our new little friend - Mr Koala - who chose to join us for our food break. He was so tame and was really enjoying that delicious puddle water. Next time I lead a ride at Tallarook, I will do the hill climbs at the beginning - because it’s often hard to face these after 8 hours of riding. Cheers, Toby
  6. Hi Cluffie... Thanks for the info mate. With me being relatively new to it all - and having done 99.9% of my riding on my 300, the rewards vs the trade-offs of the 150 just don’t stack up. For me - speed and lightness don’t trump the luggable nature of the 300. Sure... my balls wont grow any larger, but hey - at least I’ll get through rides and not be a total wreck - LOL. And from what you mention - there’s a reason we don’t see many small-bores out on the trails... especially blue ones! Cheers, Toby
  7. Thanks Mile! It was a pleasure riding with you all today. It was interesting riding your 150TPI and Nick300’s 300TPI. Even though it was a novelty riding the 150, it made me appreciate how easy the 300 makes riding hard enduro. I’ve been having many conversations with Gypsy lately about different engine sizes. Gypsy was spot-on when he told me my riding style wouldn’t really work with a smaller capacity engine. That 150 made everything twice as difficult... at least for the type of riding I do. Chewton is a lot of fun and a great mix of terrain... the trails go forever. So much grip! The roller coaster section is awesome. I really enjoy the pace - mostly 2nd and 3rd gear - but still challenging and you need to be focused the whole time. Will try to pick a cooler day for the next ride. Thanks again to you all for sharing bikes and making the day super fun. You’re all great company. Cheers, Toby.
  8. Toby_

    Cruisy Cobaw

    If my Tallarook loop is a 3+, then what we did on the weekend at Cobaw would have to be at least a full level higher. even though there were some parts that were reasonably flowing, it was gruelling and that Sallys hole section was at the upper end of my comfort level. I’m not complaining, and despite being exhausted – I loved the entire ride. I guess Buzz knew everybody that was coming on the ride, so that meant he wasn’t throwing anyone in the deep end without knowing their ability.
  9. Toby_

    Cruisy Cobaw

    So... Buzz puts this ride as a “3+“ - hmmm.... LOL
  10. Toby_

    Cruisy Cobaw

    Great pics BenG - love your work mate!
  11. Toby_

    Cruisy Cobaw

    Thanks to Buzz for putting on one of the most memorable rides I’ve been on - ever. And thanks to Gypsy, BenG, Buzz and others who helped me through the really tough parts - mainly “Sally’s hole” which was by far the hardest thing I’ve ever done on 2 wheels. My forearms are still feeling it today. FARK! it was great to ride with so many skilled riders and share the carnage and hard yakka with you all. cheers, Toby
  12. Murdoch, a huge THANK-YOU for putting on one of the most entertaining rides I’ve been on for a while. And a special mention for putting so much effort in to the food and hospitality as well. Your generosity made up for the Xmas ride lunch not going to plan. This was my second time riding at Dissa and your loop there is a perfect mix of slow technical, creeks, hill climbs and faster flowing stuff. It was 100% entertaining and mega fun. I’m still re-living some of the epic hill-climbs and grinning as I think about them. They were the highlight for me! So steep and so little traction... it made conquering them so much sweeter. And watching the huge clouds of dust being created by others as they scrambled and battled - ascending the dry, loose mountains was fantastic. Babalu’s stats on the ride were really interesting. I reckon calories burnt are directly proportional to the fun we had, and average heart rate is the same as average grin rate! LOL Thanks again Murdoch... I look forward to riding again with you soon. And thanks also to Buzz for his contributions to the ride on the day, and for the guys doing sweep duties. It was a perfect and very memorable day for me. Cheers, Toby.
  13. Yes... if you want to experience a near death experience, say ‘yes’ when kmatts asks “do you want to swap bikes?” That TX300 needs some major suspension tune changes done. On the flip-side - riding Matt’s bike made me appreciate how nicely mine is set up! Cheers :-)
  14. P.S. - a special thanks to Gypsy for suggesting I lead this ride and for being a great mentor and coach. Mate, I really appreciate your enthusiasm and passion for Dirtbike riding.
  15. G’day everyone, Thanks so much for joining the ride and being great company. With the group size being a bit larger than I’m accustomed to, I didn’t get a chance to properly socialise with everyone. With a lunch-time curfew, I was conscious of keeping it fast paced with minimal stops and minimal chat, so the day was more focused on getting through the ride and having fun on the bikes. The highlight for me was getting up “Willies” track (not the chicken run) for the first time ever. This has been my nemesis for a long time and 6 months ago I thought it was never going to be possible. The conditions were much MUCH better in the dry, and the shale and major obstacles were mostly cleared up the left rut, which made traction and a clear run so much better than I’ve experienced in the past. I got up with relative ease - WOW! This was a hill I intended bypassing (due to fear) on this ride. Then to my amazement, the entire group ended up getting up... some needed a few attempts, but hey - well done to everyone for giving it a crack and conquering ‘big Willy’ - haha. I’m sorry to hear a few people had injuries... hopefully nothing serious and you all mend quickly. I am very sore today... my neck, back, shoulders, and glutes... all feel like they’ve been beaten with a hammer. With 2 months off, I’m out of condition! But the pain is all worth it.... nothing beats hard enduro riding - it’s the ultimate way of bringing a smile to the face and a good old adrenaline rush. It brings me a great deal of happiness to know you guys enjoyed the ride... it’s nice that I can to give back to the riding community. I first experienced Tallarook about 3 years ago when ‘Bear’ kindly posted a level 2 ride there. This was where my love-affair with Tallarook began, and I since then, I’ve have spent a countless amount of time exploring, creating tracks, discovering more tracks and fine-tuning my loop. So a special thanks to Bear! it’s this kind of generosity that has a roll-on effect and brings joy to so many others - for years to come. Anyone out there that’s nervous about posting a ride should bite the bullet and do it... share the love! Cheers guys... have a great Xmas! Toby.
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