Club Night September 2017
The September Club night meeting was attended by 26 members including 1 new member.
Mention was made of several members who have lost family members or who have health issues.
There was a reminder to enroll for the Clubs 40th Anniversary celebrations on the 28-29 October by emailing; firstname.lastname@example.org, or phoning Jane at 03 4346363.
The Wednesday Walkers had 3 new walks on North Otago farms and runs.
Roseneath Run near Waitaki Dam with its spectacular limestone tors and great views of the Waitaki Valley and St. Marys Range.
A farm walk at Katiki with views from Moeraki lighthouse to Shag Point guided by Anita, the farm owner.
Blairgowrie Run on Turnbulls Road with fantastic views over the North Otago downlands and Kakanui mountains.
The Club had 2 trips go, with one being cancelled.
Wet weather limited the Mount Studholme trip to a walk in Gunns Bush and Kelceys Bush, with exploration further up above the waterfall.
Last Sunday was an A2O bike ride to Rakis Tunnel and home via Victoria Hill. There were some incidents along the way including a broken chain, 2 groups going different ways on emerging from the tunnel, and having to endure a short sharp hailstorm on the way home.
Coming trips are Lindis Peak, Hinewai Reserve, East Otago Forests mountain bike ride and 1000 acre Plateau for Labour weekend. This NOTMC website has more details.
Our guest speaker was club member Maurice Gray who showed us how to maintain and ride our bikes.
Things like seat height, seat angle, handle bar height and distance from the seat all need to be set up for the individual rider.
Regular maintenance needs to include tyre pressures, brake pads, smooth wheel and pedal rotation, chain wearing, cleaning and lubrication and the packing of a spare tube and fixing tools.
We also learnt some riding tips such as having your foot right down on the outside when negotiating a corner and sliding your backside over the back of the seat when going down a steep hill!
Maurice finished by showing us photos of their hut and track caretaking of the Old Ghost Road, a new spectacular mountain biking and walking track on the West Coast.