The South Lakes Group
Your local off-
For cyclists who love off road leisure cycling in South Lakes and Yorkshire Dales
Part of the ‘Where the Brew Stop? The off-
The RSF was founded partly from fear that off-
The Rough Stuff Fellowship can be defined by who they aren’t as much as who they are. They see themselves as distinct from touring cyclists and mountain bikers, despite sharing characteristics with both. ‘Rough Stuff begins where the tarmac ends’, they say. So it’s easy to see what makes them different from today’s more tarmac-
How RSF riders are different from mountain bikers is not so easily defined. The key difference between rough stuffers and mountain bikers is rough stuffers don’t mind getting off their bikes and walking. ‘We are not obsessed with riding everything are quite happy to push the bike’, say RSF General Secretary Peter Kenner. ‘Rides are leisurely with time to enjoy the country and walk if we want or have to. Criteria for good day out is the scenery and company not the technical difficulty’.
As with other club runs, cafe stops are key feature of every ride. ‘The cafe stops are important part,’ say Simeon Orme of the South Lakes Group RSF. ‘I do get complaints on cycling forums when there no pictures of cakes in the photo reports.’
A lot of rough stuffers still ride touring bikes, but many ride mountain bikes. These mountain bikes tend to no-
Many rough stuffers don’t wear a helmet during rides as they don’t find themselves riding anything much beyond a social pace, and they don’t attempt to ride difficult trail sections. Arguably, the rough stuff rider’s closest cousin isn’t any other type of cyclist but rather the rambler. ‘I never go for a walk without my bike’ says RSF member Bob Harrison.
The Rough Stuff Fellowship ride in similar parts of the countryside to mountain bikers, often on similar looking bikes in their outlook, demeanour and fondness for cafes, they are closer to road touring clubs. Yet they are still most definitely -
This article was first published in April -