• Welcome

    Welcome to the website of The Woollybacks Mountain Bike Club. We are an active club of around 150 male and female members and although the history of the club started in St Helens, we now draw our membership from all over the North West of England including, Wigan, Warrington, Manchester, Preston and Liverpool.

    The club rides every Thursday evening all year round for a local 2-3 hour blast, including Delamere, Rivington, Darwen and many other local routes. We have bigger full day rides every second Sunday all year round. We regularly ride routes throughout the North West; our most popular riding areas are the Peak district, North Wales, the Yorkshire Dales the Pennines, and the Lake District, all rides are guided by a ride leader, so you simply follow the lead and discover the beauty of natural trails riding. We also store and share route information through our website as we use GPS and memory map to plot and store routes so others can follow them. Unlike the magazines all our routes are bonafide and you can be sure that if we recommend them we have ridden and enjoyed them ourselves.

    Members regularly arrange other rides on an informal basis via the club forum. In fact if you wanted to you could ride pretty much all week every week!

    Also the forum is the hub of the club with media, pictures, and a weath of useful information available to members to advise on all aspects of mountain biking, lively discussion often ensues and all is good humoured.

    The club arranges many weekends and weeklong holidays in popular mountain bike destinations, including weekends to the Lakes, South Wales, the Scottish 7 Stanes, and also downhilling in the Alps.

    The club is a well humoured and relaxed environment to be in and member share a wealth of advice and expertise to help each other out. We are a sociable bunch and enjoy a nice crisp pint after a hard days riding. All we ask in return for membership to 'The Woollybacks' is 15 in the first year which includes an ICE (In Case of Emergency) sticker, and 10 a year after that to help cover running costs and club equipment. The club is not a business and is run by riders for riders. The committee give their time to run the club for free and all membership money generated supports the running of the club.

    • So do you want to ride with the best club in the North West?
    • Are you fed up of riding the same trails on your own, or trail centres week in and week out and want to broaden and improve your riding?
    • Do you have your own transport?
    • Do you want to ride up and down proper mountains on some of the best routes the country has to offer?
    • Then have a good look and explore some of our club news stories and ride reviews and if you like what you see get in touch with us by email or register on the forum and introduce yourself. It may just be the best move you and your bike make.

  • Recent Forum Posts


    Video from the lakes

    Great vid thanks for posting it on our site, nice to see you got my fall on that slippy rock, my arse was black and blue for a week or two, great shot

    Billy_bike Today, 02:50 Go to last post

    Hi. New member from skelmersdale area

    Hi all.
    I had a look up to bikerstaffe today for a couple of hours. It was good to get out again.its a good little track that for training etc....bumped

    Jimbo Yesterday, 20:40 Go to last post

    Hi. New member from skelmersdale area

    Welcome pal, I'm from Skem too. Agree with St. Viper, don't really ride locally anymore although there are plenty of trails around the beacon and parbold

    TaZ Yesterday, 20:07 Go to last post

    Hi. New member from skelmersdale area

    Welcome to the forum Jimbo

    Have a read of the info for new members re newbie rides etc

    Sent from my GT-I9295 using Tapatalk

    Disco_Stu Yesterday, 19:34 Go to last post

    26 or 27.5??

    Daws Yesterday, 15:29 Go to last post

    26 or 27.5??

    i can do a direct comparison here.

    when i got my Rune built earlier this year, it was on my existing 26" wheels (flow ex on hope).

    GeeBee Yesterday, 13:46 Go to last post

    26 or 27.5??

    The best rider I've ridden with didn't realize he had 26" wheels on his 27.5 bike for 6 months. It was only when he went to replace a tyre he discovered

    ants Yesterday, 13:39 Go to last post

    26 or 27.5??

    Bigger is better over rocks and because every company is going 27.5" by buying that size you will be more future proof when upgrading or looking

    Kiwi Yesterday, 13:34 Go to last post

    26 or 27.5??

    There's very little difference in the sizes, it's only about 12mm on either side of the wheel. Think the biggest difference people notice is down to the

    ants Yesterday, 13:31 Go to last post

    26 or 27.5??

    Hi guys, hope it's ok to post this here, I was wondering if anyone has had any experience on 27.5 inch wheels on a full suspension
    I'm looking

    Sh33py_83 Yesterday, 13:01 Go to last post