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A Trip to Scotland with a Montague X50 Folding Bike

A guest post from Sarah Boyle, who recently took her Montague X50 folding bike on a trip to Scotland. Enjoy!

Day One. 100 mile drive to Fort Augustus in the Scottish highlands. Glad to get out of the car and have a ride along the towpath on my X50 to watch the boats descend through a series of locks from the Caledonian canal to Loch Ness on their way from coast to coast.

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Day 2 at the Nevis Range – Aonach Mor, where the Downhill biking World Cup challenge takes place.

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This has been voted best event in the world for the past three years. It’s the only World Cup venue in the UK and the only course with gondola access. The downhill is also very long and testing, with a vertical drop of 525m and a length of 2.66km, fast riders take four to five minutes. Big Rocky straights, Bus stops, tight bermed corners, rock gardens, exposed hillside, slab rock, forest single track, tight gullies and big jumps all feature before riders drop down the wall and into the finish.

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This is an expert level track, best tackled on a downhill bike, however it can provide a challenge to any rider with moderate skills on just about any mountain bike. I was tempted to bring the X50 up on the gondola for photos, but I would probably have had to bring it back down again! Think I’ll stick to the lower level tracks. We watched some riders from the gondola, the adrenalin rush must be amazing!

This image is of my nephew, Damien McCormick, biking in Knochshegowna Hill, Ireland

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Day 3 was to Urquahart castle along Loch Ness by road.

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After a head hurting downpour I was lucky enough to capture this shot of a low rainbow over the loch.

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Day 4 back to Perthshire, which has it’s own share of mountain, forest and lakeside tracks, then on to the Fife coast and Pittenweem Art Festival. This is a beautiful, picturesque village with lovely old cobbled streets to ride down. All the Exhibits are on display in local people’s houses, which is fun. Not all the artwork was indoors however, there were several bike sculptures on display.

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The Montague Swissbike X50 folding bike made it very easy to bring my bike along on this trip, since I could fold it whenever necessary. I really don’t want the summer to end. However I’m looking forward to doing a bike maintenance course during the winter months so I can keep my X50 in good order!

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  1. George T.
    Posted August 22, 2014 at 7:07 pm | Permalink

    What! No Haggis for lunch?

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Gravel Getaway on a Custom Montague FIT

This past weekend was another opportunity to take some long bike rides, get off the beaten path, and do some exploring. I was up on the North Shore of Massachusetts, and the area provided some great rides along the beach, through nature refuges, and over gravel roads.

Stopping to take in the views is a necessity. It was a bit cloudy, but my new friend the seagull approved.

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All along the coast were some interesting boardwalks. I guess the clouds scared away the beach-goers, as it was surprisingly empty out there as I rolled along the paths.

IMG_3789editThe various inlets in the nature refuge were a habitat for many waterfowl and seabirds. Ducks, geese, herons, and even swans were spotted during the ride.

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Into the woods for a bit before we get onto the gravel.

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Gravel roads; exactly what I built this bike for.  The gravel bike, or the “all-road” (whatever you want to call it), is made to perform and feel like a road bike with the ability to take you on any terrain you can throw at it. I built this Montague FIT folding bike frame with a SRAM Force groupset, drop bars, disc brakes, and 33c semi-knobby tires.

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This part of the day’s ride was incredibly fun. Some sections were pretty loose but for the most part it was flat and fast. The carbon fiber fork on the FIT, and the carbon Whisky 7 rims combined to do an excellent job of damping vibrations from the rough road. It was impossible not to smile while pedaling through this stuff, kicking up dirt and laying down a few skids just for fun.

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After a long day of riding, we needed a swim, some BBQ, and a bit of summer celebration. The next day, I headed back to Boston on the Commuter Rail train, with my FIT folded right next to me.IMG_3690crop

2 Comments

  1. John
    Posted August 13, 2014 at 12:28 am | Permalink

    This bike looks fantastic! It is exactly the type I am after :D

  2. Rod
    Posted August 19, 2014 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

    I am drooling over the components you have on your bike. Gum wall tires are the best! Looking forward to getting a FIT frame and building it up just the way I want. No cheap stuff.

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A Chance to Win a Montague T-shirt on Twitter

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It’s as easy as that:

1. Follow us on Twitter at @MontagueBikes

2. Tweet using the hashtag #WinMontagueTee and tell us where you like to ride your bike most. Why?

On Tuesday, August 12th at 12:00 pm (Noon EST), we will choose a winner to receive one of our Montague Silhouette T-shirts. 100% Cotton, Made in the USA, American Apparel Tee. Screen printed front and back with a 2 color logo on the sleeve. Good Luck!

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Terms and Conditions:

1. The promoter is Montague Corporation, 1035 Cambridge St. Cambridge, Massachusetts 02141 USA
2. Entry is open worldwide. If the winner of the prize is under 18, the prize will be awarded to their parents/guardians.
3. Employees of Montague Corporation, immediate families and companies involved in this promotion are ineligible to enter.
4. Acceptable forms of entry are as follows: Follow @MontagueBikes on Twitter. Tweet where you like to ride your bike most and why using the hashtag #WinMontagueTee
5. Competition commences on 08/05/2014 at 12:00 pm and closes  EST 08/12/2014 at 12:00 pm.
6. Prize: The prize includes the following: (1) Montague Silhouette T-shirt in your choice of size (S, M, L, XL).
7. The winner will be randomly chosen by Montague Corporation and contacted by Twitter direct message. If the person doesn’t respond in the next 48 hours, he/she will lose the prize and another person will be chosen.
8. No extension of the validity date of this prize will be permitted. The promoter reserves the right to refuse to allow a winner to take part in any or all aspects of the prize, if the promoter determines, in their absolute discretion, that a winner is not in the mental or physical condition necessary to be able to safely participate in the prize.
9. In the event that for any reason whatsoever a winner does not take an element of the prize at the time stipulated by the Promoter then that element of the prize will be forfeited by the winner and cash will not be awarded in lieu of that element of the prize.
10. In consideration for the Promoter awarding the prize to the winner, the winner hereby assigns to the Promoter all right, title and interest in and to all copyright in any material created pursuant to the winner’s participation in any aspect of the prize (Works). The winner acknowledges that the Promoter is free to use the Works and to exercise its rights in relation thereto and the winner will not be entitled to any fee for such use.
11. Should an entrant’s contact details change during the promotional period, it is the entrant’s responsibility to notify the Promoter. A request to access or modify any information provided in an entry should be directed to Promoter.
12. The Promoter is not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, either caused by the entrant or for any technical error, or any combination thereof that may occur in the course of the administration of this competition including any omission, interruption, deletion, defect, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to or alteration of entries.

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  1. Posted August 6, 2014 at 7:08 am | Permalink

    I love riding my Montague all over the Hamptons. I find fresh ocean air very healing. My dream would be to ride a Montague all over France.

  2. evans robinson
    Posted August 8, 2014 at 11:44 pm | Permalink

    largest size please

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