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Title: Have you been out today?
Post by: Wowbagger on March 27, 2008, 11:37:48 pm
Just a short errand-running trip. Banananananas to my aged aunt and Waitrose for a saddlebag full of wine and milk.
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Post by: clifftaylor on March 27, 2008, 11:43:50 pm
40 miles at a moderate blistering pace, regardless of the terrain.
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Post by: Cyclops on March 27, 2008, 11:54:24 pm
Today was the first day since November I managed to commute without my woolly hat. Maybe spring is here after all or I've just lost the feeling in my head.
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Post by: mukkinese on March 28, 2008, 12:44:10 am
commuting, then a quick 20 miles in 'lunch' to Croydon to buy a spoke.

tee hee.
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Post by: Arthur on March 28, 2008, 01:13:36 am
About 10 miles in all, going up and down the same hill lots of times, trying to improve my technique for spinning a fast descent on fixed. I've still got a lot of work to do before I completely eliminate saddle-bounce.  :-\
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Post by: clarion on March 28, 2008, 09:03:18 am
No riding planned today  :(

But I will dust off the tandem for tomorrow, after the boys have left...
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Post by: urban_biker on March 28, 2008, 10:11:48 am
I did my standard 22k long commute from Havant to Denmead this morning. Fairly uneventful but wet and windy. Traffic nice and light for a Friday - I guess lots of people are still off work.

One day I will start taking my camera so I can add some nice pics to this thread.
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Post by: Greenbank on March 28, 2008, 11:23:16 am
Commute with 10kg extra stuff in panniers. Didn't have that much of an effect on the speed given the wind.
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Post by: Wowbagger on March 28, 2008, 01:58:35 pm
A short commute which was rather wetter and windier than I would have liked.
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Post by: steveB on March 28, 2008, 02:31:15 pm
No, I can't bear the bloody wind.  I have been digging for victory though ;)
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Post by: FatBloke on March 28, 2008, 04:04:55 pm
No! I'm still ill!  :(
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Post by: mike on March 28, 2008, 04:27:17 pm
not yet..   off out into the rain shortly.
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Post by: matthew on March 28, 2008, 04:46:11 pm
Just the comute home, (the longer route).

At 11 am I was looking out the window thinking I would be using the train home. However by 2pm the sun was out and the wind behind me so a nice steady 25 miles home. ;D

Matthew
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: fungus on March 28, 2008, 06:23:19 pm
I'll get out tomorrow for a gentle 20miles or so dependant on my poorly knees.
I should be doing 2 audax rides this weekend but have had to cancel :(
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Post by: Dave on March 28, 2008, 07:53:41 pm
The usual commute is all.

4 miles into a headwind and freezing rain this morning. The pain in my forehead by the time I got to work was unreal.

4 miles home in the dry at least.

And it's going to be raining again all weekend  :(
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Post by: GruB on March 28, 2008, 08:48:36 pm
Yep.  This morning my legs were dead.  My head was only awake as it was raining and the water kept hitting my face.  When the alarm went off at 5 am I seriously thought about crawling back into bed and perhaps working from the local station.
But then I felt guilty so I dragged my sorry arse out of bed and got to it.

On the way home though I had a ball.  The wind was right behind me and it was ace ace ace.
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Post by: nutkin on March 28, 2008, 09:12:15 pm
Hmmm... this looks familiar! ;D

I tried today, I really did try, but someone kept making it rain...
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: GruB on March 28, 2008, 09:18:01 pm
Nutkin,
I feel sad that you didn't start this thread........ I quite often thought to myself that some threads are inspired and this thread was one of them.  But if you had to hand over to anyone, Wow is a good choice.  ;D
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Wowbagger on March 28, 2008, 09:19:49 pm
If, for the sake of posterity, Nutkin's name should appear at the top of this thread instead of mine, I don't mind a bit. I'm sure it must be technically possible.
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Post by: nutkin on March 28, 2008, 09:23:52 pm
Don't be silly!

It's just nice to know that there is still a thread where small pootles are as welcome as epic treks.

Now, how many more intrepid deluge-cyclists are going to admit to it today?  ;)
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Post by: Adam on March 28, 2008, 09:27:02 pm
No deluge for me, just glorious sunshine (that's the power of positive thinking).

The odd thing was though, no matter if I was heading north, west or east, I still had a headwind.

Still, it's "character building" I guess.  Now, just off to ease my aching thighs.
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Post by: GruB on March 28, 2008, 09:32:42 pm
I have several large houses within two metres of the edge of the road when I turn south close to home.  When the wind is blowing hard from the west / south west like today the wind is right over my right shoulder.  I am buffeted as I crawl along.  When I get to these houses the wind obviously hits the walls and bounces back.  I think of it as my wind rapids.  Damn annoying as I am all over the shop.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Wowbagger on March 28, 2008, 09:39:45 pm
I have several large houses within two metres of the edge of the road when I turn south close to home.  When the wind is blowing hard from the west / south west like today the wind is right over my right shoulder.  I am buffeted as I crawl along.  When I get to these houses the wind obviously hits the walls and bounces back.  I think of it as my wind rapids.  Damn annoying as I am all over the shop.

Do you cycle along upside down and then use your standard issue truncheon to right yourself? ;)
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Post by: GruB on March 28, 2008, 09:41:05 pm
It felt like I was wearing all the gear this morning, but alas, no, just lycra. 
My truncheon is safely tucked away thank you very much.

Do you remember the America's Cup when the Aussies had the winged keel?  ;D
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Post by: Frenchie on March 28, 2008, 11:00:34 pm
I was lent a SS yesterday and today, one of those American-style cruiser! I didn´t venture outside the compound though as traffic is a bit dangerous over here... I still had fun.

<--- My new avatar is a picture of me taken yesterday!
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: steveB on March 29, 2008, 07:21:56 am
I'm just going, sun's shining and the wind hasn't got up yet so I'll enjoy the best part of the day before it starts blowing a gale and raining.
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Post by: steveB on March 29, 2008, 09:18:56 am
Wrong about the wind and the sun.  Just a fifteen mile out and back.  Down to 10mph against the wind, cruised along at 22mph with it on the return leg (briefly).
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Post by: Pedaldog on March 29, 2008, 11:20:52 am
Managed 12 miles on a pretty much flat, off road, cycleway this morning at a ridiculously slow pace.
That takes the total mileage for March up to a whopping great 21 miles :(
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Post by: JohnP on March 29, 2008, 03:27:28 pm
just 23k this morning hoping that new spds on new shoes were in the right place. A tad hard in to the wind but wind behind uphill has good.
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Post by: MSeries on March 29, 2008, 03:41:39 pm
Ride 4. Another 60 km.
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Post by: PeterM on March 29, 2008, 09:19:39 pm
Woke, before the alarm, at 4:20.  Turned alarm off.  Fell asleep.  Prodded in ribs by wife at 5:15 and asked what I was still doing there, wasn't I supposed to be in Oxford by 6:00 for The Dean?

Oh b*gger...

By way of penance, tried to find my old route to the Watts Gallery teashop.  Made it there and back (but it shouldn't be a 140k round trip, and I saw more of Farnham town centre than strictly necessary).

It rained.

Feeling better now...
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Post by: Butterfly on March 29, 2008, 10:23:40 pm
Went on the tandem to the Lambeth Cyclist's Architecture ride. Looking at decommissioned cinemas, starting at the amazing bingo hall in Tooting. It was all very interesting and we finished with a trip to my sister's to collect a child trailer and a trip to Little Miss Mac to deliver same. It was our longest tandem ride yet and great fun. :D
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Post by: Butterfly on March 29, 2008, 10:26:01 pm
Managed 12 miles on a pretty much flat, off road, cycleway this morning at a ridiculously slow pace.
That takes the total mileage for March up to a whopping great 21 miles :(

Glad you made it out PD.  :D
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Post by: GruB on March 29, 2008, 10:28:21 pm
Yep, just tested my new light and Son3 hub.  Mega brill.
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Post by: clarion on March 29, 2008, 10:28:27 pm
Out with Lambeth Cyclists for their architecture ride - a fascinating trundle, starting with the astonishing and unexpectedly magnificent Tooting Gala Bingo, which was a monster (3100 seat!  :o ) cinema, styled internally like a gothic cathedral.

Fourteen cyclists riding around the boroughs of Wandsworth and Lambeth, with good conversation and the joy of gobsmacked motorists' faces to entertain us.

Butterfly & I were on our tandem, and enjoyed pootling around, especially when people called out or waved their approval.  We even spotted another tandem in Streatham, and waved (they waved back  :) ).

After tea & cake at the Ritzy in Brixton (the last cinema, and, sadly, the last still a cinema), we picked up a trailer & cycled on to deliver it to the person borrowing.

So a great day's pedalling.  Maybe not the longest ride in the world, and not very fast, but it was wonderful fun.
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Post by: steveB on March 30, 2008, 03:25:59 pm
I used my bike as sustainable transport today and I'm feeling rather green.  Went to watch grandson number three play rugby and then accross the moor to the M-I-L's to see how she was.

Lovely day for a ride.  Weather forcast said rain and happily they couldn't have been more wrong.  Did have to laugh to myself after being overtaken by three roadies, I thought I was going quite well, speedo showing eighteen mph, but they pissed past me and I realised just how old and slow I really am, still, they were about 35 years younger than me and half the weight.

30 miles in total, which makes my weeks total about 120 miles - I'm pleased anyway.
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Post by: GruB on March 30, 2008, 03:30:54 pm
Yep, altered my Sunday route and took in the Marlborough Tri Club 10 mile TT course.  I didn't have the legs to treat it as a TT but the 5 miles out was into a headwind and the 5 miles back was ace with the lovely tail wind.
I like this new version of my Sunday Ride and will plan to do that all year now.
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Post by: Wowbagger on March 30, 2008, 04:58:27 pm
I had intended to stay at home, being under the weather and all, but when the sun threatened to break through, and I was fed up with my knees seizing up every time I stood up because I'd been sitting still for too long, the Mercian kept on telling me it wanted to go to the sea front. We armed ourselves with a small batch of yesterday's Welsh cakes to drop off at Aunty Phyllis's and off we went.

Phyllis appreciated the Welsh cakes, but I declined the offered cup of tea, not wishing to give her my cold, and then it was down Lifstan Way, not quite reaching 30 mph, and on to the cycle path. The promenade was fairly crowded with both pedestrians and cyclists, and I adopted a leisurely Sunday afternoon speed, but even so I found myself catching up with other cyclists who, when they realised I was there, invited me to overtake. I wound my way round Gunners Park, hoping to catch a glimpse of the swallow which was allegedly there a couple of days ago, but it had gone and taken summer with it.

The wind turbines were clearly visible from East Beach, white fingers against a leaden sky, but this time I avoided Wakering Stairs, making straight for the Co-op where a bottle of white was selected to accompany this evening's lamb. Not the ideal combination, but my younger daughter won't drink red.

I had scarcely left the Co-op when a cyclist, looking very serious on his Scott road bike and sporting his Discovery Channel top, went past far too close for comfort and, having established a gap of about 30 yards, seemed to slow down. I've read many a report about "I wound up a roadie last night" or some such, and I had the feeling that his burst of speed to get past me was for mere bravado, so I pushed the pedals a little harder.

My friend did not get away. Indeed, I gained the impression that his physique was such that the lycra was bulging in the wrong places for a true athete, and for the next two or three miles I kept comfortably a few seconds behind him, despite being weighed down by my saddle bag of purchases in the form of wine, grapes, bananas and a toothbrush, and each time he looked over his shoulder, there I was.

As we reached Mucking Hall Road and the headwind, so he gradually dropped me, but I had another trick which I thought amusing: I would take the bridleway, which, although inevitably slower than the road, was about a mile shorter. My plan was to come out ahead of him, let him overtake me again, and then follow him back to Southend.

The plan was about half-way towards its execution when two dog-walkers came in view. I slowed down and then spotted that one of the pooches was a red setter.

"Snap!", said I, and then it dawned on me that the dog was none other than Freddie, whom I had met only the previous morning whilst walking Morphy in the park. Freddie's owner and I chatted for a while and then we parted company. When I reached the road, my Discovery Channel man was long gone but I timed my homecoming to perfection, just as Jan was pouring the boiling water on the teabags.
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Post by: vince on March 30, 2008, 05:22:56 pm
A gentle pootle with Mr McMahon - 23 steady miles with a pub stop.

Another few weeks and I might survive trying to tag along with Dr. F :)
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Post by: Frenchie on March 30, 2008, 05:53:33 pm
Another few weeks and I might survive trying to tag along with Dr. F :)

Try me...  ;D I'm ready! So let's set a date for your appt, patient Vince.
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Post by: Jules on March 30, 2008, 06:30:08 pm
Yes - with all the family, Mrs Julesh, D:14, S:10 & S:3 for the first trip in his new trailer. Nothing exciting, just over the bridge, up the hill and round Richmond Park. Stopped at three distinct slideyparks (as the avatar calls them) and had a nice cup by the river. A mere 13 miles.
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Post by: Dave on March 30, 2008, 07:24:30 pm
What a gorgeous day  ;D - someone remind me of this in a week's time when it's raining and freezing cold again...

No rain (despite what all the online weather forcasts were predicting)

So, out for a quick 20-ish miles into the country lanes between Luton and Hitchin. Not bad, drivers much better behaved than they are on my commute out of Luton. Saw more cyclists than in the last three months of commuting.

Just need the weather to stay dry for a while and I can get the mountain bike out  :D
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Post by: nutkin on March 30, 2008, 07:40:37 pm
A nice 10.5 mile ride, having persuaded my father to come out with me (he hasn't been on a bike for around 15 years) in about an hour. As he said, not bad for an 82 year old!
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Post by: orienteer on March 30, 2008, 07:46:44 pm
First CTC section ride for a few weeks. From Ruislip out to the Deep Mill Diner at Little Missenden for coffee, then on to the Goat Centre near Stoke Mandeville for lunch in the Naughty Nanny Cafe - good value BTW.

Back to Butlers Cross (near Chequers) then the climb up to Combe Hill, through Dunsmore and on to Chesham for tea. Did exactly 100km door to door, and don't even feel knackered, thanks to the moderate pace - average speed on the computer 11.9mph.

Lovely weather all the way, in contrast to the forecast.
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Post by: Fixedwheelnut on March 30, 2008, 07:56:02 pm
 Busy, busy today, up at 6.30 and out at seven rode to the Catford CC 9 mile time trial.

 Suffered abismally and managed a 29.37 I had too big a gear really as the course starts two thirds up Cudham Lane [a hill] ride up and left at the lodge then along through Knockholt and down Rushmore Hill, left along the valley road then suffer up the first two thirds of Cudham Lane :-X

 Only five of us turned up and I was second fastest, nearly caught my minute and two minute man I could see them but just couldn't climb any faster.

 Rode home and took half of our conservatory down, emptied and moved a shed to other side of the garden, emptied the other shed and managed to squash everything in the other one.

 A bit of car fettling put a cambelt on as it has stood not used for three years and three months and got it running ready to go to my mate who is having it :thumbsup:

Tidied up and sat down with a beer  :thumbsup: :-D
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Post by: Cyclops on March 30, 2008, 08:03:14 pm
The weather forecast was for sunny spells with possibly a little bit of drizzle. I should know by now that I'd end up with the exact opposite - yup, five hours of torrential downpours. I did see some sunny bits but they always seemed to be about 10 miles away and I never seemed to reach any.

To add to the fun a dog decided to bite me. A sheepdog took exception to my presence and decided to try and take a chunk out my foot, fortunately I had thick neoprene overshoes on so its teeth couldn't get a good purchase and it ended up with its jaws clamped round the buckle on the side of my shoe. It proved somewhat tricky to pedal at this point with a dog attached to my left foot. The woman was most apologetic and told me her dog had bitten another cyclist only two weeks previously yet here she was walking it off the lead on a signposted cycle route >:(
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on March 30, 2008, 08:33:30 pm
I only went as far as the bike shop by bike today, left the bike there, got the bus into town, shopped, then walked home. Part of my leaving present from work was Monsoon vouchers so I spent those (and a big wodge of my own cash) on several pairs of cropped trousers for work, so I can cycle off to see clients and get there with oil on my legs rather than my trousers. I'd quite like some funky http://www.velorution.biz/?page_id=1088 panniers too but I'm not sure I can justify spending the cash at the moment. But they're so pretty!
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Post by: nutkin on March 30, 2008, 08:52:51 pm
I'd quite like some funky http://www.velorution.biz/?page_id=1088 panniers too but I'm not sure I can justify spending the cash at the moment. But they're so pretty!

Muchly pretty!
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Post by: bobmick on March 31, 2008, 10:14:34 am
Already made the most of this mornings sunshine with 22 miles of pootling before coming home for espresso and cake.  Its gorgeous out there.  Will go out again later when I've got my jobs for the day finished.  Good old daylight saving time!!

Still a bit nippy out though.  Toes a bit numb.
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Post by: andygates on March 31, 2008, 10:37:49 am
A forty-mile pootle across the Somerset Levels, featuring their two main wonders: the headwind (as expected on level ground) and the hills (always a surprise).  :)
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Post by: Wowbagger on March 31, 2008, 11:03:48 am
Just a couple of errands: the docs to pick up some prescriptions and to the army surplus store for a couple of pair of trousers.
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Post by: steveB on March 31, 2008, 05:14:43 pm
I've been so busy today, all available land on my allotment is now down to a fine tilth, that I was going to give cycling a miss.  Then I read  this thread  (http://www.anothercyclingforum.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=295.0) by wowbagger and I just had to go out.

Only a fourteen mile pootle, the Bristol Channel almost looked blue (well almost), instead of chocolate brown.  The people walking along the prom looked happy for a change, with kids skipping home from school in the sunshine.

It's such a shame that more people don't cycle.  Meandering down country lanes in the sunshine has got to be one of life's pleasures, it's so easy too. 
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Post by: steveB on March 31, 2008, 05:29:11 pm
and the hills (always a surprise).  :)

Especially that nasty little one that rises just before Wedmore, annoying rather than steep.
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Post by: Wowbagger on March 31, 2008, 06:02:21 pm
A trip to Two Tree Island, about 11 miles.

It was very pleasant.
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on April 01, 2008, 06:37:12 pm
I went back to pick the bike up and came home. It's very windy with intermittent rain and I'm not feeling 100% today so that was it. The bike has had

wheels removed, bearings cleaned and greased
bottom bracket removed, frame threads cleaned and copper greased
headset bearings cleaned and greased
bar and stem bolts tightened
new chain and freewheel fitted
crank bolts tightened
gears checked and adjusted, new inner cables fitted, outer ones lubed (and it seems to be changing better, thank god)
brakes checked and adjusted, new pads fitted, cables lubed (adjusted to be way too tight, I nearly went head over bars)
tyre pressure check, rear wheel trued


and then it says at the bottom of the invoice "all is good" which I think is perhaps a bit optimistic, but maybe it just refers to the bike rather than the whole world.
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Post by: Arthur on April 01, 2008, 07:26:23 pm
Crikey, that was a brilliant ride; totally unplanned, but then the best ones often are. It was sunny and mild this lunchtime, so I jumped on the Langster and took off down the A2.

I'd originally intended to do a 20 mile loop, but by the time I got to Keycol Hill I was having so much fun with a nice tailwind and the sun warming my back that I carried on along the A2, which is pretty much arrow-straight, apart from the ugly kink that took me through Shittingbourne. Through Teynham and Faversham, and then down onto the old coastal road that follows the south shoreline of the Thames Estuary.

Graveney marshes were quiet and peaceful, with just the gentle purring of my tyres to keep me company. Through Whitstable, and the horrible speed-humps of Herne Bay, before dropping down into Reculver and along the Thanet coastal path, a concrete and tarmac-topped sea wall which seems to be getting increasingly popular with cyclists.

Of course no ride can be totally perfect, and the faeries whose name must never be spoken were lurking in the shadows, waiting for me. They failed to ruin my cheery mood, however, and I soon had the pinch-flat sorted and I was on my way again.
Hoorah, the local council have put tarmac over what used to be a gravel and stone track leading from the eastern end of the coastal path. It's lovely and fast now.

A short while later, and after 44 miles of continual tailwinds I was in Margate station (bugger riding all the way back into that wind), a cup of coffee in one hand, a Cornish pasty in the other.

Flipping marvellous.
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on April 02, 2008, 06:35:44 pm
Got the train to Linlithgow and cycled back, about 23 miles. Took about two and a half hours plus half an hour refreshment stops. Mmm cheese and onion pasties.

ETA: it was quite muddy in places

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v379/Flossiesdoll/Bike%20pics/2008_0402muddylegs0001.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v379/Flossiesdoll/Bike%20pics/2008_0402muddylegs0004.jpg)
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Post by: CathH on April 02, 2008, 08:42:20 pm
This evening I went out for the first time since the bronchitis episode.  (I have received the worrying news that a chest weakness is genetic - apparently my great-grandfather used to suffer from bronchitis every Winter.  :()

It was simply wonderful.  I was only out for half an hour, but the sense of relief was incredible.  I can't wait for the shower re-furb at work to be completed, then back to the commutes.  I can't wait.
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Post by: mike on April 02, 2008, 08:45:24 pm
huge will-point scoring run tonight - it's mums birthday tomorrow and she thought I'd forgotten, but I appeard on her doorstep with a box of chocs and a b'day card.   O:-)

40 miles on the pompino, home in time for tea :)

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Post by: Martin on April 02, 2008, 08:46:09 pm
40km round trip to Mum's to drop off birthday present; of course she couldn't let me leave unfed and I now feel like a goose that's destined for Fois gras.

I became invisible on the way home at 1700  >:(
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Post by: mike on April 02, 2008, 08:47:15 pm
martin - are we brothers? 
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Post by: Martin on April 02, 2008, 09:11:40 pm
martin - are we brothers? 

dunno; does you Mum shop anywhere but Lidl?
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Post by: peliroja on April 02, 2008, 09:15:46 pm
I've done a lap of Richmond Park every evening so far this week.  O:-)

Let's see how long it lasts...  :-[
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Post by: David Martin on April 03, 2008, 10:37:20 am
Yes (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=531.msg6133) Only five miles though.. Just about got my breath back.
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Post by: Wowbagger on April 03, 2008, 10:39:43 am
I've just been to the opticians where my prescription has changed slightly but not enough to warrant new glasses, the doctor's to pick up a prescription, and WH Smith's for a map of the New Forest. Annoyingly, it takes 4 Landranger maps to cover the area, so I bought the OL22 map (1:25000) which is lots better. I will also tear a page out of the Philips Navigator atlas.

Only about 3 miles, but enough to see a really annoying woman in a red BMW estate undertake and cut me up when I was in the right turn lane and then have the temerity to hoot at a van which got in her way on the roundabout. May her piles turn to razor blades.
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Post by: steveB on April 03, 2008, 03:50:52 pm
Yep, forty seven miles today, this (http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a314/stevic/100_0898.jpg) was the weather at the start of the ride.

Stopped off at Cheddar for coffee and cake, took this (http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a314/stevic/100_0902.jpg) pic of a very sloping church tower at Puxton and finished off in a pub for a couple of pints of Blackthorn (no scrump on sale unfortunately).  But I did see a very iridescent beetle (http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a314/stevic/100_0903.jpg).
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Post by: Wowbagger on April 03, 2008, 04:54:50 pm
Mrs. Wow and I took the tandem with trailer for a big shop at Waitrose.

It was actually rather fun!
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Post by: nutkin on April 03, 2008, 07:25:35 pm
35 miles via a tea stop (with a great chocolate cake). Lovely and warm and everywhere we went seemed to be covered in primroses. Taking a photo of some nearly pitched me headfirst into a ditch when a pheasant took off unexpectedly....  :-\
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Post by: gordon taylor on April 03, 2008, 07:39:41 pm
Forty miles today, into work and back. It's usually only 24 miles but I did a bit of meandering on lanes I'd never used before. Lovely.
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Post by: clarion on April 03, 2008, 08:05:58 pm
I've done a lap of Richmond Park every evening so far this week.  O:-)

Let's see how long it lasts...  :-[

Good habit to get into.  May be more difficult next time you go overseas on a business trip
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Post by: diapsaon0 on April 03, 2008, 08:17:00 pm
Yep, forty seven miles today, this (http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a314/stevic/100_0898.jpg) was the weather at the start of the ride.

Stopped off at Cheddar for coffee and cake, took this (http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a314/stevic/100_0902.jpg) pic of a very sloping church tower at Puxton and finished off in a pub for a couple of pints of Blackthorn (no scrump on sale unfortunately).  But I did see a very iridescent beetle (http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a314/stevic/100_0903.jpg).

That looks suspiciously like Weston-super-Mud ;)  I played the organ  harmonium in Puxton Church many years ago.  Good to see the tower still standing!

N
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Post by: cornelius on April 03, 2008, 10:39:01 pm
A morning tricycle run in the sun; A teatime fixie frolic around the lanes; and an after dark pootle to a village meeting - great :)
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Post by: marna on April 04, 2008, 03:29:56 pm
I forgot my laptop charger and so had to head home for it. Work -> home -> work is not nearly far enough on such a sunny day.
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Post by: bobmick on April 04, 2008, 03:47:05 pm
35 miles on the 'fast' bike (an old 531c Wilson) at 17 mph average which is quite quick for me.  First time I've ridden it this year and it felt so much quicker and more fun than the touring bike that has been my workhorse for the last few months.  Managed 49.3 mph top speed down one hill into Chesterfield.  Think thats my highest speed on a bike!   Weeeeeeeee
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Post by: Wowbagger on April 04, 2008, 06:41:31 pm
Mrs. Wow and I on the tandem, Dez on his old Dawes 501, the usual pootle of about 17 miles but pretty slowly even by our standards. Knees, you know.

Very nice weather. Shame winter's coming back for the weekend.
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Post by: epa611 on April 04, 2008, 06:46:50 pm
Just a wee 3 mile pootle on the B to the garage to pick up my car from the garage.  Lovely afternoon ;D
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Post by: CathH on April 04, 2008, 09:06:14 pm
Heavenly little 10 mile jaunt into the hills in the sunshine.  Stopped for a muse and a brownie sitting on the grass, it was so warm it felt like June.  Hubby went past me on the bus on the way home and waved.   Looking at my route on Memory Map - what fun.
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Post by: Fi on April 04, 2008, 09:24:50 pm
To work and back, and on my day off too.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: gordon taylor on April 04, 2008, 09:26:49 pm
To work and back, and on my day off too.


Ditto!
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Post by: Fi on April 04, 2008, 09:32:11 pm
'Snot fair is it?
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: peliroja on April 04, 2008, 11:39:08 pm
Round Richmond Park again, but was feeling utterly slow and rubbish so had a paddy and threw the bike on the grass at one point. Why oh why am I not getting my fitness back? I really don't enjoy cycling anymore. I just feel like I should.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: epa611 on April 04, 2008, 11:43:15 pm
Round Richmond Park again, but was feeling utterly slow and rubbish so had a paddy and threw the bike on the grass at one point. Why oh why am I not getting my fitness back? I really don't enjoy cycling anymore. I just feel like I should.

Nothing wrong with being slow - just enjoy being out on the bike ;)

The fitness will come back slowly  :-*
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Noodley on April 05, 2008, 12:01:09 am
Round Richmond Park again, but was feeling utterly slow and rubbish so had a paddy and threw the bike on the grass at one point. Why oh why am I not getting my fitness back? I really don't enjoy cycling anymore. I just feel like I should.

Oooh get you!!!  :o ;D
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: IanDG on April 05, 2008, 10:09:59 am
I set off about 8.30 in sunshine. within 5mins I got hit by a 'blizzard' (2 deg C, 40mph wind and driving snow) I lasted a few kilometres and headed home (5km total), I was freezing and legs feet were dripping, so I stripped to shorts and vest and did a 20km mammoth roller session

The suns now shining and there's no sign of snow

edit: in the time its taken to have a shower, another snowy squall has hit us and it's 'white' outside. Not a day for the bike, don't feel so bad for turning back off my ride now
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Fi on April 05, 2008, 02:37:54 pm
Round Richmond Park again, but was feeling utterly slow and rubbish so had a paddy and threw the bike on the grass at one point. Why oh why am I not getting my fitness back? I really don't enjoy cycling anymore. I just feel like I should.

Perhaps you're trying too hard?  If you relax and just accept you're going to be slower than you were so you get into a rhythm, you'll enjoy it a bit and your strength t will return gradually. 
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Polar Bear on April 05, 2008, 02:46:33 pm
Round Richmond Park again, but was feeling utterly slow and rubbish so had a paddy and threw the bike on the grass at one point. Why oh why am I not getting my fitness back? I really don't enjoy cycling anymore. I just feel like I should.

Try to take smaller bites at the fitness apple then you'll find you get there and feel happier.

I well remember the frustrations I went through after a few months lay off from running after tearing my knee ligaments in the 1989 London Marathon.   A good friend and fellow club runner took me aside and told me to take my head out of my a**e and put some proper rehabillitation work in to regain my fitness.   Harsh but true words.   

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Post by: peliroja on April 05, 2008, 03:09:44 pm
Fi and PB: thanks. I know I am expecting too much of myself, but I used to recover very quickly after time off the bike. I've been putting in regular miles for 6 weeks now and am not any faster or leaner, and - more importantly - don't feel any fitter or more comfy on the bike. I just don't enjoy turning the pedals at the moment.  ???

I forced myself out today on a thirty miler down to Walton Bridge, and didn't enjoy any of it. It was painful, and I was only out because I felt guilty for not going out earlier.

I want to get fit again but cycling isn't doing it for me.

OK, end of thread hijack, carry on, carry on.   ;)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Polar Bear on April 05, 2008, 03:15:36 pm
Try something different then.   Swimming and dancing is doing it for me  8)   
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: peliroja on April 05, 2008, 03:19:30 pm
Yes, maybe I should. Now, where can I buy some motivation...
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: hairyhippy on April 05, 2008, 03:29:58 pm
<Reverse psychology mode>

I forbid you from doing any exercise. You must stay in doors and be misgogs. >:( >:( >:(

</Reverse psychology mode>
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: peliroja on April 05, 2008, 03:56:36 pm
<Reverse psychology mode>

I forbid you from doing any exercise. You must stay in doors and be misgogs. >:( >:( >:(

</Reverse psychology mode>
Hmm. I am wrapped up on the sofa with a mug of tea and a biscuit. I am following your orders correctly, sir?  ???  :evil:
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Wowbagger on April 05, 2008, 04:20:24 pm
Peli, what about thinking of summer and considering some pub tours? Get the riders together, do some miles and have some fun. Fitness takes second place, but it will follow.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: peliroja on April 05, 2008, 04:23:40 pm
Yes, sounds like a good idea, Wow. The problem is that when I'm unfit I don't like riding with other people as I compare myself to them. Silly, isn't it?

It's mental as well as physical. I feel unfit, which makes me not want to ride my bike, which makes me even less fit. Ho hum.  ::-)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Wowbagger on April 05, 2008, 04:29:02 pm
But a "ride at the pace of the slowest" will always be "ride at the Baggers' pace"! Pick a pub - any pub - I'm yours! :D
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: peliroja on April 05, 2008, 04:29:56 pm
But a "ride at the pace of the slowest" will always be "ride at the Baggers' pace"! Pick a pub - any pub - I'm yours! :D
;D thank you, Wow.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Martin on April 05, 2008, 04:39:55 pm
after football duty this am was called upon to give Left Back a lift over to Tilgate (http://www.streetmap.co.uk/newmap.srf?x=528625&y=133710&z=3&sv=528625,133710&st=4&ar=Y&mapp=newmap.srf&searchp=newsearch.srf) for jumps as he didn't want to ride on his own; I rode over with him to show him the nice technical downhill off the Balcombe Rd; wasn't allowed to come up to where his mates were (and ruin his cred) but had a quick go on the big singletrack slalom the bigger boys had built round the corner. It's nice to see these unofficial facilities spontaneously appearing all over the place.
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Post by: GillP on April 05, 2008, 06:10:59 pm
We have been out along the prom today. Thought we'd do a pootle from St Annes along Blackpool way and see how far we got. Boy, was it windy going out, but the sun was shining and it was great cycling along the prom out of the traffic.  :)

Seemed to be incredibly slow going due to the wind but we managed to get as far as Fleetwood, stopped for tea and scones and turned for home. We got the benefit of the wind that caused us to struggle going out and we flew back in half the time. It was fantastic and we got a real buzz from it.  :D What we thought would be a pootle turned into 30 miles of reasonable exercise, and on top of all that Alan will be pleased to know that our dlwg hasn't deserted us since our move to Lancashire, we had a few spots of rain on the way out and that was it, but when we got back the heavens opened and the hail came down, fortunately we were in the local shop buying milk at the time  ;D
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: GruB on April 06, 2008, 05:02:16 am
No, and I keep seeing roadies flash by or struggle by in this glorious weather - bright blue sky not a cloud in sight and 22c of warmth.
I have just addmitted to Mrs G and my mum that I miss my bike.
I think they think I am crazy.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: PaulF on April 06, 2008, 07:37:00 am
Does getting halfway to the shed before deciding that cycling in the snow might be considered a little obsessive and turning back count?
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Post by: clifftaylor on April 06, 2008, 03:12:00 pm
About 35 miles, usual loop. Actually very enjoyable - a few snow flurries, nothing serious, and not that cold (so long as you kept moving :D).
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Post by: Aidan on April 06, 2008, 04:00:08 pm
Had a nice ride out this morning until I hit the patch of black ice.  Got a loverly war wound now ;D

Still glad I went though
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Post by: melw1 on April 06, 2008, 04:19:47 pm
Had a lovely ride with our local CTC group - hail was a bit painful at times though.  Really April weather - hot (well kind of!) sunny one min then howling hail storm the next :) Good fun though.
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Post by: longers on April 06, 2008, 06:45:14 pm
I put off posting a letter yesterday on purpose so I was forced to deliver it by bike today.
This gave me a very nice 35 mile round trip in thick falling snow.  :thumbsup:


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Post by: Crumbling Nick on April 06, 2008, 10:44:27 pm
CTC ride today, in the most amazing weather - sun, clear blue skies, superb visibility, zero temperatures and lots of overnight snow, all mixed up with spring flowers and lush greenery. Arrived at the lunchtime pub in Ilmington (S Warks) to find the place full of Morris dancers, who decamped after lunch to dance around the village streets in the sun. Motor traffic just had to wait until the dancers moved on to the next part of the village.

Return trip was against a headwind & with a couple of brief snow showers, but still mostly sunny with a dramatic skyscape. Was very hot-and-cold.

Total 70 miles & I'm well & truly knackered - an excellent day ;D.
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Post by: mike on April 07, 2008, 09:45:47 pm
How's the hip bearing up, Nick?

Mrs Mike's gone out so I managed a cold, dark 15 mile lap round the block. I thought it was all a bit harder than normal,  then when I got back I found the back wheel had slipped and was rubbing hard on the chainstay. Ho hum......
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Post by: Crumbling Nick on April 08, 2008, 10:58:19 pm
How's the hip bearing up, Nick?
The bearing's fine thanks ;), but muscles & general fitness are taking more time to recover. 190 rpm has become a goal rather than a norm.
Quote
 

Mrs Mike's gone out so I managed a cold, dark 15 mile lap round the block. I thought it was all a bit harder than normal,  then when I got back I found the back wheel had slipped and was rubbing hard on the chainstay. Ho hum......

You need one of  these (http://sheldonbrown.com/tork-grip.html) for your track nuts. Unless you needed the extra exercise... :-X
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: clarion on April 08, 2008, 11:00:29 pm
Been for a couple of short trundles on the tandem.  First round the corner to pick up Butterfly & swoop back home; then up to Wandsworth for the WCC meeting (and back, getting up a head of steam and overtaking solo cyclists with nonchalance  :thumbsup: )
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: steveB on April 08, 2008, 11:18:57 pm
Went out this afternoon for a 15 mile pootle/loop.  Didn't enjoy it as there were too many people about.  The trouble living in a run down, decrepit shithole seaside town is that the place gets so crowded when the kids are off school.  Ban school holidays - it interferes with my quiet time! 

I might go out very early tomorrow.
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Post by: FatBloke on April 09, 2008, 03:35:30 pm
50 miles this morning! South Woodham, Bicknacre, The Hanningfields, Stock, Hockley, Westcliff, Saarfend sea front, and home!  8)
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Post by: nicknack on April 09, 2008, 04:51:56 pm
36 miles this morning (I bet it was slower than Fatbloke's 50  :) ). Down to Whitstable and back on the new shopper. Lovely it was.
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Post by: JohnP on April 10, 2008, 05:11:14 pm
Lovely pootle today. Picked up Lea navigation towpath at Hertford, through Ware and on to Dobbs Weir then retrace to home. 24 miles.
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Post by: pdm on April 10, 2008, 05:16:23 pm
Went for a pootle in the Peaks with my son.
58km, 869m climbing
Sheffield-Hathersage-Bradwell-Eyam-Grindleford-Home.

I love the White Peak. Wide open spaces, very little traffic and so much scenery and activity. Sheep and occasional wildlife. Paracenders off the ridge west of Eyam. Several gliders doing the rounds from the gliding club. Very few tourists at this time of year - bliss.

Cool (8 degrees) with a brisk westerly breeze. Partly cloudy.
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Post by: Wowbagger on April 12, 2008, 09:34:29 am
A bright, brisk and breezy morning and 16.62 miles of rather pedestrian cycling on the Mercian. Averaged 13.5 mph on the way out, and that had dropped to 12.2 by the time I got home. My right had was so numb with cold when I got to the front door that I couldn't feel the keys in my pocket - even though I could hear them.
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Post by: JohnP on April 12, 2008, 01:51:24 pm
10km turn around town before breakfastt @ 18.64kmh avg but an uphill, top gear, wind assisted 43.40kmh max.. 
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: peliroja on April 12, 2008, 02:18:16 pm
Bonked in Richmond Park after 7 miles and had to retreat on foot.  :-[ I do not like cycling at the moment. I really don't.  :'(
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Post by: Maladict on April 12, 2008, 02:19:26 pm
Went out to meet mike at Duxford and cycled a 60km hilly "loop" (random walk to take all the hills in) then back home - 97km in all.
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Post by: nmcgann on April 12, 2008, 02:34:05 pm
Does a turbo session count  ::-)

Hit a new max HR of 181 though on a 1min interval. Didn't know for sure the old ticker would go over 178....now I do  :o

Neil
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Post by: Arthur on April 13, 2008, 04:29:26 pm
After the near-perfect ride I had last week, the cosmic scales have set themselves well-and-truly back in balance today.

Ten minutes after leaving home I had a bit of a tickle in my throat. Tried coughing to clear it. Spent the rest of the ride, and the afternoon so far, coughing.

It seemed like I was having to put twice the normal effort in to maintain any sort of headway. Got off twice to check that that the wheel and bottom bracket bearings were moving freely. They were - I wasn't.

My front brake developed a loud grinding noise, even though the pads were clean and have plenty of wear left.

I'd left my glasses at home, so naturally I got some grit in my left eye.

It rained, and I wasn't in the frame of mid to think 'Oh well', and carry on with a smile.

I turned around and came home with a miserable 12 miles on the computer.

Bah  :( :(

Edit...it appears my initial assessment was wrong. I'm getting ready for work, and guess what the bloody weather has just started doing. >:(
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Post by: Wowbagger on April 13, 2008, 05:17:28 pm
104.96 miles in 8h 33m 21s including the Witham 100k audax, which was my first ever sub 6-hour 100k. My riding time was only just over 5 hours. Chris S was excellent company on a very good day, and I only needed the waterproof for about 3 miles on the ride home.

I had a drive train incident in which suddenly my pedalling became very jerky. At first I thought I had managed the allegedly impossible and buggered the internal workings of the Rohloff, but then discovered that the bottom bracket had become very eccentric indeed as it was hanging out of the right hand side of the shell. I straightened it and tightened the nuts, but I have a feeling that the bearing is partially seized. Must investigate in the morning.
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Post by: toekneep on April 13, 2008, 05:19:39 pm
Very impressive Wow. I hope you aren't too tired for crossword puzzles, you have been missed.  ;)
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Post by: Frenchie on April 13, 2008, 05:21:29 pm
Wow, Wow! (Ouah! Wow in French)

I am still in PJs and badly jet-lagged...
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Post by: chris n on April 13, 2008, 05:25:18 pm
Two laps of the Follow the Dog (http://www.chasetrails.co.uk/xc.php) singletrack at Cannock Chase, fixed.  Hard, hard work on 63" and knobblies, including a 44 mile round trip to get to the start on the road.  I'm as knackered now as I am after a 200km audax, and in only half the time. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: CathH on April 13, 2008, 05:39:28 pm
10 miles in torrential rain, hail and thunder & lightning.  It was great.  I took refuge in a bus shelter whilst the worst of the fireworks went on.
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Post by: toontra on April 13, 2008, 05:50:32 pm
A landmark for me today.  I occasionally go out on a group run on Sunday mornings.  There used to be 2 groups (fast & slow) and I'd go with the slow.  Then the slow group gradually disappeared over the months so just the fast group left.  I tried 3 times to keep up but got dropped every time about 25 miles in, usually on hilly sections.

Today, after doing a few audaxes and starting power training in the gym 3 times a week, not only did I keep up but I was near the front for the whole 80km, didn't get out of breath on the hills and was involved in leading a 15k stretch doing 25mph average on the way home.  Average for the 80k was 17.8mph.

Completely exhilarating and so chuffed.  I can now confidently go out on group runs without feeling a twerp and getting left in the back-end of Essex without a clue as to where I am, and my solo 7-day LEJoG in May now seems far less daunting.

And it's largely thanks to the guys here and the "old" forum who introduced me to the concept of audaxing, and posting links to other sites dealing with power training.

So thanks all  ;D
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: velocitizen on April 13, 2008, 07:44:50 pm
Today I had a pootle with my daughters, one on the tagalong, one independent, around the Attenborough nature reserve
Recovering from a ride around Nottingham yesterday.
I took a route out through Long Eaton-Kegworth-East  Leake-Costock-Wysall-Widmerpool-Cropwell Bishop-Langar-Scarrington-Gunthorpe Bridge-Lowdham-Oxton-Haywood Oaks-Blidworth-Ravenshead-Newstead Abbey-Annesley-Underwood-Eastwood-Ikea-Awsworth-Cossall-Trowell-Stapleford-Bramcote and home.
A great, if not lengthy way to get around Nottingham, it is a ride I had been planning for a while and links up a lot of areas that I have ridden at different times previously.
Out at 6.30, took me 6 hours all in, got home just before the rain.
Not too sure how far i went, probably about 70 miles or so, but no computer on my recently fixed Mercian.
Anyone fancy riding this one, or a variant of it in the summer?

Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Frenchie on April 13, 2008, 07:48:02 pm
Anyone fancy riding this one, or a variant of it in the summer?

Yes please!
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: MSeries on April 13, 2008, 07:52:17 pm

Anyone fancy riding this one, or a variant of it in the summer?


I may come down for this if I can get transport sorted out. I want to go to Newstead Abbey. Not too fussed about IKEA though. Did you get free coffee and cake. The one hear offers it to those arriving by bike I think, though I haven't tried it yet.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: PaulF on April 13, 2008, 07:56:40 pm


Today, after doing a few audaxes and starting power training in the gym 3 times a week, not only did I keep up but I was near the front for the whole 80km, didn't get out of breath on the hills and was involved in leading a 15k stretch doing 25mph average on the way home. Average for the 80k was 17.8mph.

Completely exhilarating and so chuffed.  I can now confidently go out on group runs without feeling a twerp and getting left in the back-end of Essex without a clue as to where I am, and my solo 7-day LEJoG in May now seems far less daunting.

And it's largely thanks to the guys here and the "old" forum who introduced me to the concept of audaxing, and posting links to other sites dealing with power training.

So thanks all  ;D

And there was me being pleased with myself for doing 3 laps of Richmond Park at an average of 18mph. Work for me to do yet
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Hummers on April 13, 2008, 08:01:08 pm
A landmark for me today.  I occasionally go out on a group run on Sunday mornings.  There used to be 2 groups (fast & slow) and I'd go with the slow.  Then the slow group gradually disappeared over the months so just the fast group left.  I tried 3 times to keep up but got dropped every time about 25 miles in, usually on hilly sections.

Today, after doing a few audaxes and starting power training in the gym 3 times a week, not only did I keep up but I was near the front for the whole 80km, didn't get out of breath on the hills and was involved in leading a 15k stretch doing 25mph average on the way home.  Average for the 80k was 17.8mph.

Completely exhilarating and so chuffed.  I can now confidently go out on group runs without feeling a twerp and getting left in the back-end of Essex without a clue as to where I am, and my solo 7-day LEJoG in May now seems far less daunting.

And it's largely thanks to the guys here and the "old" forum who introduced me to the concept of audaxing, and posting links to other sites dealing with power training.

So thanks all  ;D

Well done toontra.

It makes a massive difference training with cyclists who are just that bit faster than you.

Good luck with LeJog.

H
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Aidan on April 13, 2008, 08:04:31 pm

Anyone fancy riding this one, or a variant of it in the summer?



I would be. depending on date being available
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Tim Hall on April 13, 2008, 08:06:12 pm
40 miles with The Lad on the Tandem on a Tandem Club run. (Mrs. Hall saw the weather forecast and opted for her scratcher).  Start and finish at Shoreham, lunch at Littleworth, tea outside a beach hut, train home.

Lunchtime conversation included Mark and Liz saying they'd met a chap in a pub who'd broken two Rolhoffs on his tandem.  Further questioning found that he looked like Father Christmas. 

Wowbagger, j'accuse.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: velocitizen on April 13, 2008, 08:23:56 pm
Frenchie, MSeries, Aidan
Thanks for the expressions of interest in the Nottingham ride, I will have a play on Bikely, plot a route, then start a new thread for it.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Wowbagger on April 13, 2008, 08:25:04 pm
40 miles with The Lad on the Tandem on a Tandem Club run. (Mrs. Hall saw the weather forecast and opted for her scratcher).  Start and finish at Shoreham, lunch at Littleworth, tea outside a beach hut, train home.

Lunchtime conversation included Mark and Liz saying they'd met a chap in a pub who'd broken two Rolhoffs on his tandem.  Further questioning found that he looked like Father Christmas. 

Wowbagger, j'accuse.

Me?

In a pub?
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Frenchie on April 13, 2008, 08:25:53 pm
40 miles with The Lad on the Tandem on a Tandem Club run. (Mrs. Hall saw the weather forecast and opted for her scratcher).  Start and finish at Shoreham, lunch at Littleworth, tea outside a beach hut, train home.

Lunchtime conversation included Mark and Liz saying they'd met a chap in a pub who'd broken two Rolhoffs on his tandem.  Further questioning found that he looked like Father Christmas. 

Wowbagger, j'accuse.

Me?

In a pub?

Santa should ride with deers; 'tis well known!!  ::-)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Deano on April 13, 2008, 10:27:32 pm
Well, today I went out on my Claud Butler fixed, up the A68 from Darlington, lots of little climbs around here...  I felt quite strong, so I thought I'd go up Harthope Head - reputedly the joint highest road in England.  I've not been up here on fixed before, funnily enough...

A-roads all the way, then from the village of St John's Chapel in Weardale it's a two and a half mile climb to the top.  I did nearly all of it (on a 68" gear) until I had to walk the last couple of hundred yards.  At that point I was pedalling scarcely quicker than walking pace anyway  ::-)

At the top it was clear and sparkling - a hail shower had just passed, and the road glittered.  The views are special - to the west Cross Fell was still covered in snow, and a thick cloud was obscuring its flank, to the south lay the grand panorama of Teesdale, where the river flows out of Cow Green Reservoir and curves around craggy Cronkley Scar, with snow-speckled Mickle Fell behind it.

Then there was the drop down the pass - that was interesting.  I overtook a car, and then had to stop because my right hand was beginning to cramp (must fit a rear brake...).  I rode the brake all the way down until the last dip before the Langdon Beck, when the road rises again.  There, I let it go and span the cranks like a good un  ;D

And I saw about half a dozen ring ouzels - spring must be here!

It was my longest ride of the year - about 80 miles.  Absolutely fabulous.


Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: domesticated ape on April 13, 2008, 11:13:59 pm
After faffing around with other stuff all day I managed to get a ride in this evening, from Aldershot out to Farnham, then to Elstead and back home via a long stretch of completely deserted country lane, making 17.5 miles in total.

It was the first time I've ridden my new Dawes Horizon without some kind of luggage, and I averaged just over 15 mph which is a first for me (when I've been counting anyway).  :)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Rapples on April 13, 2008, 11:20:25 pm
Wnt on the club run today, just over 60 miles.  Oh how I laughed as the hail and rain came down :(

All in it was a lovely day, but for 15 mins of hell
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: groucho on April 14, 2008, 08:31:01 am
A long, slow windy outward ride into the Vale of Glamorgan, getting soaked 15 mins into the ride, followed with short, fast return. 50 miles in all! Longest ride in ages.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Notsototalnewbie on April 14, 2008, 11:13:41 am
I didn't get out all weekend on account of being too zonked from hen night stuff.

Nice commute this morning though. Cycled behind a bloke with a Scottie dog in his rear basket for some of it, it was very well behaved.  I wouldn't trust my dog to do that!
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: annie on April 14, 2008, 12:07:54 pm
Yes finally.  It wasn't that easy or pleasant.  I only managed 14 miles.  Well at mile 7 I thought I was going to be sick or pass out but stopped for a drink and contemplated carrying on, my sensible head on I realised I should turn around and head for home, which I did.  By mile 10 I was starting to feel a little more relaxed as an articulated lorry cut me up.  My average wasn't great at 13.5mph but it was better than I had hoped for given my recent illness.  I feel pretty pathetic.  I had a moment when my foot slipped on the new pedals and I landed on the saddle with rather more force than was  fair for a lady.  Will I be able to ride 70 miles this weekend, I don't think so.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: RogerT on April 14, 2008, 12:17:00 pm
Annie

Don't you listen to anyone ??

TAKE IT EASY untill you are fully recovered.  The you can start doing these silly long distance rides again.

PS , missed you yesterday, had to make my own Marmite Sarnies, not the same  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: annie on April 14, 2008, 12:53:22 pm
Annie

Don't you listen to anyone ??

TAKE IT EASY untill you are fully recovered.  The you can start doing these silly long distance rides again.

PS , missed you yesterday, had to make my own Marmite Sarnies, not the same  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

I am listening, I know I should have stayed at home but I didn't.  One day at a time.

I can't believe anyone missed my silliness but thank you.  Well done by the way :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Martin109 on April 14, 2008, 01:22:12 pm
Well done, Annie!  Keep it up! :thumbsup:

Just put a new (sprung) stoker saddle on the tandem, and a superior front brake.  It's ready for the road again.  I just need several weeks' notice to organise work and stuff to make way for a ride sometime.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: TheLurker on April 14, 2008, 01:25:30 pm
Aye. Commute in this morning, lovely if a bit frosty in places, and just back in from a short lunchtime social (Cirencester, Sapperton, Daglingworth & back). Route nice, weather not so pleasant,  the occasional hailstone here and there.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: annie on April 14, 2008, 01:35:34 pm
Well done, Annie!  Keep it up! :thumbsup:

Just put a new (sprung) stoker saddle on the tandem, and a superior front brake.  It's ready for the road again.  I just need several weeks' notice to organise work and stuff to make way for a ride sometime.

Is that saddle my size?
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Martin109 on April 14, 2008, 02:16:41 pm
It's similar to one of  these (http://www.spacycles.co.uk/products.php?plid=m2b0s144p690), just black and not specially aged.  It's also not, I must point out, specifically for aged ladies... that wouldn't be at all appropriate... just a nice comfy sprung Brooks saddle!  But like last time, you could swap for your own, but that still didn't solve every problem, did it? :)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: mike morley on April 14, 2008, 03:13:28 pm
Yes finally.  It wasn't that easy or pleasant.  I only managed 14 miles.  Well at mile 7 I thought I was going to be sick or pass out but stopped for a drink and contemplated carrying on, my sensible head on I realised I should turn around and head for home, which I did.  By mile 10 I was starting to feel a little more relaxed as an articulated lorry cut me up.  My average wasn't great at 13.5mph but it was better than I had hoped for given my recent illness.  I feel pretty pathetic.  I had a moment when my foot slipped on the new pedals and I landed on the saddle with rather more force than was  fair for a lady.  Will I be able to ride 70 miles this weekend, I don't think so.
Annie, glad to see you have surfaced again on your bike. I would just like to reinforce the advice from Clark Gable (RogerT) that you take it easy. I did 123mls last week. Still considering if I should ride L3 first FNttC Southend but forecast not good for a FWC like me.
 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Wowbagger on April 15, 2008, 09:32:54 am
An absolutely gorgeous 16 miles - the usual ones - but not the usual ones if you get my drift. There was little wind, a beautiful crispness in the air as the frost lifted, not a cloud in the sky. I cranked the Thorn up to 34 mph on the descent to the sea front. The tide was in, the birds were singing, the rape was in flower and I had a good look at a green woodpecker. On the busy stretch a Morris Minor got stuck behind me for half a mile or so and didn't have the power to overtake in the short gaps that were available, so I led a rather impatient procession back into Southend. Then I had breakfast! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Gus on April 15, 2008, 11:32:28 am
Just done 37 km on my steamroller  :D :D

Oh the fun and joy riding a fixed, it feels like starting all over learning
to ride again, but then after the first couple of km it was smooth riding.

 :D :D :D :D

G
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: andygates on April 15, 2008, 11:35:52 am
It's officially a bit nippy to be out in a tri suit.  Brrr!
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: annie on April 15, 2008, 04:23:47 pm
It's officially a bit nippy to be out in a tri suit.  Brrr!

Mmmmm tri suits.  I am not sure I would dare to ride out on mine, I have worn it in the gym and it is so very comfortable.  I think it may cause an accident out on the road or whilst running.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: clarion on April 15, 2008, 05:37:21 pm
Out to the Post Office on the fixie to send a parcel.

May as well keep going.  Just pottered off.  Good fun in the sunshine :)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: mike morley on April 15, 2008, 07:28:43 pm
It's officially a bit nippy to be out in a tri suit.  Brrr!

Mmmmm tri suits.  I am not sure I would dare to ride out on mine, I have worn it in the gym and it is so very comfortable.  I think it may cause an accident out on the road or whilst running.
Don't worry Annie what ever you feel comfortable in. 39mls 2day part offroad on touring bike but mainly in the Surrey Hills. Went out with Bob brother of Brian who has just had his second hip (right) replaced 4 weeks ago and he is doing fine. He is more manure than me (i.e. older) and is a credit to our cycling fraternity whatever our bias and is aiming to go on the CTC ride to Ethiopia in October. His first hip op (left) was on 17 Dec 2007. What a man.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Notsototalnewbie on April 15, 2008, 08:37:54 pm
Just got back from Richmond Park.

Some teenagers did that 'pretending to jump in front of you' thing on the way there so I'm afraid I called them a rude word which they thought was very funny.

And I got wet on the way back so I'm currently bundled in my dressing gown.

But I think Sawyer's Hill is getting a tiny bit easier. Or maybe it's just my new ergo bar ends helping out.

There was an intermittent squeaking coming from either the pedals or the BB which was slightly worrying...couldn't figure out where it was coming from.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: David Martin on April 15, 2008, 10:15:30 pm
Dire. Absolute s***e.

Off for the evening club run. It rained.
I felt like crap. Went off anyway.

Met everyone else at various points coming back in cos they all went out earlier.

Went out with the wind. Slowly. Felt very wek- no energy.

Coming back was dire. Took me 1 hour 30 to do what is usually done in 1hr5.

Crawled home just wishing it would end. Hot bath and cup of tea.

It makes you appreciate the good days more. But at least I did a Goya.


..d
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: clarion on April 16, 2008, 06:42:47 pm
I went out on the fixie.  Up to Clapham.  Well, once i'd managed to get up Balham Hill, I thought I'd keep going.  I ended up on the South Bank, where I met Butterfly and a few others for lunch, then cruised up to Covent Garden before returning to the Hayward Gallery, and a ride home, including the mighty ascent of Cedars Road (one of my personal betes noirs). :)

Home via the supermarket.  Nice afternoon out.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: David Martin on April 17, 2008, 08:22:13 am
Better, but still didn't feel great. Local evening 10, first of the year. Cold. Felt crap. Posted a better time than expected (still very slow though).

ache like crazy now.

..d
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Wowbagger on April 17, 2008, 09:42:14 am
Cycled to my 8.30 rheumatology appointment. Was home by 8.50.  :D
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Notsototalnewbie on April 17, 2008, 10:04:59 am
I cycled to work and back and on the way stopped at the supermarket to buy ingredients for cake for the FNRttC.

For the first time EVER, I left the lights on my bike by mistake! Now they're not that fancy but it's still £35 quid's worth of lights for some toerag to nick. Thankfully in the 20 mins I was in there no toerags must have passed by as they were still there. Otherwise they would have been expensive cakes.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: David Martin on April 17, 2008, 01:59:01 pm
I cycled to work and back and on the way stopped at the supermarket to buy ingredients for cake for the FNRttC.

For the first time EVER, I left the lights on my bike by mistake! Now they're not that fancy but it's still £35 quid's worth of lights for some toerag to nick. Thankfully in the 20 mins I was in there no toerags must have passed by as they were still there. Otherwise they would have been expensive cakes.

I have to be careful with mine. They are very small, and very expensive, easy to remove and pocket.

..d

Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Andrew Br on April 17, 2008, 02:30:51 pm
Just done a 20 mile circuit along the Fallowfield loop then along the canal around Sportcity and into MCR town centre. I hadn't been along most of this route before and I was pleased to see some of the legacy infrastructure from the Commonwealth Games- the canal towpaths are really well done.
After tea in the Palace Hotel we pootled back to Chorlton and I carried on down to Snow and Rock to look at their new bike shop. Then back on the TPT to Chorlton again.
Nice weather too.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: steveB on April 17, 2008, 02:54:39 pm
A twenty three mile loop, gawd it was windy.  I haven't cycled for about a week, managed an average of just over 13 mph.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: bobmick on April 17, 2008, 03:03:30 pm
No cycling for me today  :(  Can't hold bars comfortably (see here (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=1453.0)) and my arm is feckin killing me now.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: FatBloke on April 17, 2008, 03:25:32 pm
A 20 mile off-road pootle on the mtb as I couldn't face struggling with the wind on the road. Lovely and sunny but a bit nippy!!

When is it going to warm up??  >:(
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: jane on April 17, 2008, 06:27:17 pm
About 30 miles just trolling around the city on various errands. zooming round the backstreets and then mixing it up with the traffic on the Elephant. Lovely day and really enjoyed it. Bit worried about the FNRttC as I headed back through Burgess Park where there was enough space around for the easterly headwind to get enough force going to make me push a bit even on the flat. I had been planning to take this bike (my little old Holdsworth which now has only one gear) to Southend but methinks I will want gears if the headwind stays around.
   Jane
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Dinamo on April 17, 2008, 06:57:13 pm
gawd it was windy. 

20 km commute home from SW Bristol to NE Bristol into a strong easterly wind was hard work  :-\
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Wowbagger on April 17, 2008, 10:28:39 pm
Two miles to my rheumatology appointment and then another 5 or so commuting. Unusually, I rode up the hill going west about 5mph faster than I came down it on the way home. 'Orrible east wind!

Edit: bugger! Already mentioned the rheumatology appointment. Did I mention the alzheimer's one as well?  ???
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: IanDG on April 17, 2008, 11:04:28 pm
Club training ride of 20 miles yesterday evening, glorious sunshine, first ride of the year in shorts and now that I am no longer registered with ACF I got to ride in my new ACF jersey for the first time.

Got word that the Hebridean CC kit is on its way next week
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: FatBloke on April 18, 2008, 08:28:38 am
It's bloody horrible out there today!  I don't think I'll be going much further than the local pub for a lunchtime beer with Nutty!
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: groucho on April 18, 2008, 08:43:03 am
Struggled to keep control of the bike last night on the hill from Penarth Esplanade. The wind was blowing from the right and bouncing back from the high walls creating lots of turbulence.

Sea breaking over the seawall by the pier. Spray everywhere. It was so much fun I cycled the very hilly loop three times ;D

Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Wowbagger on April 19, 2008, 06:17:48 pm
A very cold 25 miles from Ripon towards Pateley Bridge. We had a very acceptable pub lunch at the Henry Jenkins in Kirkby Malzeal. HJ was renowned apparently as the oldest man who ever lived. He allegedly reached 169 years some time in the 16th century. Wearing my Wowbagger hat, I mocked his puny achievements.

We were running short of time so we didn't make it to Pateley Bridge, sadly.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: clarion on April 19, 2008, 06:20:20 pm
Good riding (in good weather).  Shame you didn't make it all the way to Pateley, but glad you enjoyed it anyway. :)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: peliroja on April 19, 2008, 07:21:38 pm
Nope. Today has consisted of recovering from skiing by lying on the sofa like Lady Muck, reading, drinking tea, and posting on Yacf.  :)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Maladict on April 20, 2008, 12:00:12 am
Ex-colleague's birthday do in town.  Given I DNSd today's DIY 200k I felt really bad at the thought of driving in so I detached the Galaxy from the trailer, found the Solidlight and pumped the tyres up, and off I went.  Had a nice evening catching up with lots of people I've not seen in ages.  One managed to make me spray my drink all over the table with his innuendo as well.  The bar we were in used to be a gay/Elvis bar, but is now a trendy place with really nice food.  I even had alcohol (3xPeroni).  16km round trip.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Ivo on April 20, 2008, 08:32:58 am
200km BRB in Tournai yesterday. It felt good to ride again with the guys I've spent many miles with. Lovely ride into northern France, surprisingly hilly at the far end. As usual it rained and the wind blew in the wrong direction. But that couldn't spoil my enjoyment, especially as it was my first event after my injury.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: PaulF on April 20, 2008, 11:11:20 am
Down to Box Hill and back, a pleasant change from laps of Richmond Park, 42 miles in all
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Naggers on April 20, 2008, 11:38:26 am
Couple of miles to the station through the fog.
Few more miles to work.

Same the other way to come later.

Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Frenchie on April 20, 2008, 02:05:55 pm
Some 40 Mi with Julian; we did okay, but I have the feeling HE could have gone a lot faster.  :-[ Glad to be on the bike out again though, and in good company, even if the weather on the way back was miserable again.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: nutkin on April 20, 2008, 02:55:42 pm
As I didn't bring the bike to Annie's, on account of all the forecast rain yesterday, it was another walk with her dogs instead.
Ah well, there's always tomorrow after work!
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: peliroja on April 20, 2008, 03:18:00 pm
Nope, I've been lazy again, sofa-surfing and reading. But I might force myself out for a quick spin now the sun's out.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: mike on April 20, 2008, 04:46:47 pm
nope, and I blame the small glass of port at the end of the meal last night for how rubbish I've been feeling all day today.  It was either that or the 8 bottles of wine that 5 of us seem to have got through..

off for a lie down now.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Ivo on April 20, 2008, 05:08:24 pm
A short spin only today, just to watch the pro's passing nearly in front of my door and various other spots in the area.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: rower40 on April 20, 2008, 05:56:15 pm
No idea how far it was.  Sat Nav packed in and I didn't have spare batteries with me.
But someone from Derby CTC will reduce the sum total of ignorance in the world by letting me know how far we went today.  Somewhere over 50 miles.

10 of us sat down to a splendid lunch at the Ramblers Retreat in Dimmingsdale.
I'm sore now.  I normally ride recumbent, but was on conventional today.

Weather could have been worse; occasional drizzle, bit of a headwind on the way back, but I think everyone enjoyed themselves.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: LEE on April 20, 2008, 06:25:16 pm
Yes, I wore shorts and just a thin base layer.  I'd forgotten how nice it is cycling in warm weather without the need for fleece everything.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Notsototalnewbie on April 20, 2008, 06:40:51 pm
No, I've had a remarkably similar day to Peli except I've been wearing the outfit my boyfriend says makes me look insane.

I feel yesterdays exertions demand it, it's ever so comfy and comforting. I'll spare you a description but it involves pink fleece. With monkeys on. It does not go outside. Ever.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: delthebike on April 20, 2008, 06:43:49 pm
No, I've had a remarkably similar day to Peli except I've been wearing the outfit my boyfriend says makes me look insane.

I feel yesterdays exertions demand it, it's ever so comfy and comforting. I'll spare you a description but it involves pink fleece. With monkeys on. It does not go outside. Ever.
Keep catching the long sleeves and multitude of buckles on things I bet?  ;)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Notsototalnewbie on April 20, 2008, 06:53:52 pm
Yep, and I can't run away from the men in white coats fast enough in it either.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Jurek on April 20, 2008, 07:07:24 pm
Yep.
Following 12 hrs of unbroken kip on Saturday night, today I headed east to Woolwich, crossed the river by pipe as the ferry men had decided to close for lunch, back along the north side to Tower bridge in the sunshine, over the river and retraced the FNRttC route down to Greenwich and then home.
I'd gone out with a hat, buff and legwarmers, by the time I returned all these items were consigned to pockets.  :)
Bought my weekend's mileage up to just over 101.  :)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: jane on April 20, 2008, 07:24:24 pm
Popped out early this morning with ny daughter for a pootle into Greenwich and then around Deptford, new Cross, Brockley Forest Hill on visits to friends and shopping.  Only about  20 easy miles in all but I was especially pleased as on the way back I was heading for the flat route home as I was on the Holdsworth which has one gear (72") and on this always avoid the hill up to Forest Hill from the west side of Peckham Rye.  (Actually, i usually avoid any hill on this bike!} My daughter said she wanted to come down the hill though and I could always walk up anyway.  Amazingly, I made it on the one gear- (just)  See what one FNRttC has done for me!
   Jane
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: annie on April 20, 2008, 07:26:06 pm
As I didn't bring the bike to Annie's, on account of all the forecast rain yesterday, it was another walk with her dogs instead.
Ah well, there's always tomorrow after work!

I think you may have to cycle 200 miles to work off all that chocolate cake, rhubarb and apple crumble and apple pie, plus roast dinner and lots of other goodies.

You are not allowed to stay too often, I feel like the Marshmallow man. ;)

Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: alan on April 20, 2008, 09:41:59 pm
Yes.Rode one of the Shenstone Audax's.The 100k Staffordshire Lanes.That's the longest ride I've done for a very long time & I suffered at various points for various reasons but the comaraderie of excellent company made the difference betwen DNF & finishing with the most time-to-spare ever for me on an audax :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: MSeries on April 20, 2008, 09:44:29 pm
yes did 70km to Hebden Bridge and back. Twas OK, not spectacular, I know the roads well, not overly inspiring, mostly urban, hilly, windy, cold, damp.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Hummers on April 20, 2008, 10:09:17 pm
Managed a re-run of the Denmead-Whitchurch 100k.

T'was lovelly and I think I may have caught the sun  8)

H
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Jurek on April 20, 2008, 10:20:14 pm
Amazingly, I made it on the one gear- (just)  See what one FNRttC has done for me!
   Jane
:o :o :o
Unsure as to whether I should be impressed, ashamed or scared?
I think it's a bit of all three.
 ;D ;D ;D


Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Crumbling Nick on April 20, 2008, 10:43:58 pm
yes did 70km to Hebden Bridge and back. Twas OK, not spectacular, I know the roads well, not overly inspiring, mostly urban, hilly, windy, cold, damp.

Bloody good show. Pleased to see your recovery continues ;D

My CTC ride was not spectacular, I know {most of} the roads well, partly urban, not very hilly, windy, cold, damp.

And the carefully planned route past the local flora was rewarded with lots of flowers that had shut up shop until spring arrives.

I need to ride there again, before spring has run away.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: peliroja on April 20, 2008, 10:54:42 pm
Good one, Mseries.Glad the recovery's plodding on.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Rob C. on April 21, 2008, 12:16:25 am
16 miles in and around the lanes between Norwich and Blofield.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: groucho on April 21, 2008, 08:44:26 am
58 miles to Magor and back to Penarth. Dead flat with two railway bridges as hills. Easterly winds and clouds of midges. Just going to check the mirror to see if I have a blue tongue.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: LEE on April 21, 2008, 11:25:13 am
Yes, I wore shorts and just a thin base layer.  I'd forgotten how nice it is cycling in warm weather without the need for fleece everything.

And less than 24 hours later I'm back in waterproof jacket, overshoes and fleece everything. 

This morning I got hit by what can only be described as a tidal wave.

I arrived at the bottom of a hill quite quickly as did a truck coming the other way.  As we passed though the flooded section at the bottom I was hit by the bow-wave, shoes, legs, groin, chest, face and head with an ungodly amount of water.  It actually slowed me down. I was pretty soaked before this but it's the only time I've ever felt water through my bib-longs.

I was just glad I'd zipped up my jacket before the descent.

Sometimes you get so wet that it becomes funny.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Notsototalnewbie on April 21, 2008, 12:04:01 pm
Trundled to work still feeling FNRTTC in my legs. Resisted urge to kick the cyclist who undertook me to jump the lights when I was stopped at a ped crossing. The ped shouted at him anyway.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: peliroja on April 21, 2008, 12:13:57 pm
4 miles to work, and my legs still hurt. Badly.  :-[
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: cornelius on April 21, 2008, 09:45:56 pm
Yes, and I got up that bloomin' hill on 68" fixed for the first time ever. Hooooraaah! :)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Regulator on April 21, 2008, 09:54:14 pm
Nope.  Ting Tong needs fettling (thanks to the baggage handlers at Heathrow yesterday - the bastards) and I couldn't be arsed to lug Sheldon downstairs.

I shall lug Sheldon down tomorrow...
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: clarion on April 21, 2008, 09:59:53 pm
Pottered over to Brixton against the wind to see my sister.  Fortunately, the wind hadn't changed when I returned, so I got a gentle push all the way home :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Chris S on April 22, 2008, 10:31:22 am
I took the sporty fixed out for a quick 35km. Mixed it up with the psycho 4x4s on the school run in East Dereham, and really bashed out the climb over Bradenham Hill  :thumbsup:.

Bloody lovely morning - and although I wore longs (temp was only 5c when I left) I probably didn't need them.

Fastest ride of the year so far - 25.5km/hr average; sure, I won't win any medals, but that's quick for me  ;).
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: mike on April 22, 2008, 10:53:01 am

Fastest ride of the year so far - 25.5km/hr average; sure, I won't win any medals, but that's quick for me  ;).

must be something in the air - I had a quick run last night too!
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Wowbagger on April 22, 2008, 11:51:20 am
The adiposity and arthritis are demanding stern treatment. Mrs Wow and I were out on the tandem this morning before 8 a.m. We did a gentle 12 miles along oil seed rape free roads, visited the Co-op and took some shopping to Aunt Phyllis. We are hoping to have a small morning outing every day.

Let's see how long it lasts.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: peliroja on April 22, 2008, 01:52:42 pm
Yes, 4 horrible miles to work. My legs killed me again.  :-[
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Notsototalnewbie on April 22, 2008, 03:15:25 pm
My legs complained going over the mere incline of Vauxhall Bridge, how wimpy is that?! Methinks they haven't forgiven me.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Chipster on April 22, 2008, 03:44:37 pm
I have for the first proper ride in 14 years......

Mix of forest paths a main roads...

9.3 Mile in 56 Minutes
9.8 Mph average.....

My legs hurt at points and my lungs burned.. (that will be the punishment for smoking for the last 16 years)...

Damn I love being back on a bike......  Think I need to dig my old timetrial bike out of the loft..... 

 :) :) :) :) :)
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Post by: steveB on April 22, 2008, 03:57:10 pm
Yep, a tad over 50 miles and 'cos of what phsycler said in another thread I didn't stop once. I was testing myself.  Averaged 13.6mph which is no great shakes around the Somerset levels, although there were a couple of nasty little hills and my bike weighs a ton.

By the end I started to feel tired, I think it was probably having one piece of toast for breakfat, my excess blubber reserves should keep me going for miles though.

I'm not as fit as I like to kid myself I am - but then at 60 I should be happy just to wake up I guess.
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Post by: токамак on April 22, 2008, 04:01:27 pm
Started riding to work again daily just recently - 11 miles each way from Chelmsford to Braintree, using some scenic back roads (beats getting on a bus full of excitable school kids any day). Got a p*nct*re this morning, on the front; wearing Marathon Plus! It happened about a mile from work and I managed to limp in without having to effect a roadside repair. On inspection I dug out an arrowhead like flint about half a centimetre long - a real tyre slayer. Put a new tube in at lunchtime and pedalled to the Co-op for a sandwich - the sun was out and it was warm! Now I'm looking forward to the journey home...
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: annie on April 22, 2008, 04:20:13 pm
I have for the first proper ride in 14 years......

Mix of forest paths a main roads...

9.3 Mile in 56 Minutes
9.8 Mph average.....

My legs hurt at points and my lungs burned.. (that will be the punishment for smoking for the last 16 years)...

Damn I love being back on a bike......  Think I need to dig my old timetrial bike out of the loft..... 

 :) :) :) :) :)


Well done that's excellent news.

I haven't been out today.  Nursing injuries from yesterday's ride.  Tomorrow is a hectic day but am hoping to cycle back from school in Ipswich and then to return by bike, however there appears to be a bit of damage to the right hood, it is facing the wrong way, try as I might I can't straighten the thing up.  If I am going to ride at all I need to pop my Shimano sandals on as I am never using the Look Keos again, so much for nice fancy carbon pedals and Sidi shoes.
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Post by: Chipster on April 22, 2008, 05:00:18 pm


Well done that's excellent news.

I haven't been out today.  Nursing injuries from yesterday's ride.  Tomorrow is a hectic day but am hoping to cycle back from school in Ipswich and then to return by bike, however there appears to be a bit of damage to the right hood, it is facing the wrong way, try as I might I can't straighten the thing up.  If I am going to ride at all I need to pop my Shimano sandals on as I am never using the Look Keos again, so much for nice fancy carbon pedals and Sidi shoes.
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Cheers Annie,

What happend yesterday ??
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: numbnuts on April 22, 2008, 05:10:57 pm
I went out for a12 miles ride in my shorts for the first time this year,
now where did I put the fake suntan cream ;D
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Post by: annie on April 22, 2008, 05:13:15 pm


Well done that's excellent news.

I haven't been out today.  Nursing injuries from yesterday's ride.  Tomorrow is a hectic day but am hoping to cycle back from school in Ipswich and then to return by bike, however there appears to be a bit of damage to the right hood, it is facing the wrong way, try as I might I can't straighten the thing up.  If I am going to ride at all I need to pop my Shimano sandals on as I am never using the Look Keos again, so much for nice fancy carbon pedals and Sidi shoes.
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Cheers Annie,

What happend yesterday ??

I fell off the bike at the top of a hill whilst taking my friend out on her bike, it was only her second time out on the road since I taught her to ride and she had a major problem and wobble and so stopped suddenly, I then tried to continue cycling up the hill, it was a bit of sharp one, and slipped on the nasty pedals coming down really hard on the saddle (better not say much more on that subject).  When I got to the top of the hill I waited for her, she was walking, I turned to the right whilst still clipped in and somehow caught my foot on the front wheel and just went over and had a bit of a slip slidey incident down the hill.  I am used to riding with SPD's.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Domestique on April 22, 2008, 05:15:45 pm
I had the Steve Goff out for a spin round the town. A measly 18 miles + my commute to work and back home.
I really have forgotten just how much I like riding that bike  8)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Jurek on April 22, 2008, 08:33:26 pm
Yes.
Just squeezed in a cheeky 20 after work and before supper.
Average speed of 14 mph could be improved upon.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: bobajobrob on April 22, 2008, 08:35:52 pm
Went out for a pootle this afternoon. The weather was fantastic.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Maladict on April 23, 2008, 02:55:15 pm
Collected N+1 from LBS.  Rode it home.   ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D  8)
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Post by: Greenbank on April 23, 2008, 03:00:32 pm
Collected N+1 from LBS.  Rode it home.   ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D  8)

Madone?
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Maladict on April 23, 2008, 03:02:32 pm
Collected N+1 from LBS.  Rode it home.   ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D  8)

Madone?

Yep.  It's loverly.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: LEE on April 23, 2008, 03:22:09 pm
I rode 17 miles home after dropping car off for service in central Winchester this morning at 8am.  It was bloody horrible.  I haven't commuted by bike, in a city, for 20 years and this was a reminder why I don't miss it. 

Even the country lanes I used, once I escaped the centre, were rat-runs.

I distinctly remember enjoying the 'battle' with traffic across South Manchester, as I commuted to various BT Telephone Exchanges, but it seems I have turned into a Country Bumpkin.

PS.  Winchester is hillier than I remember.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: numbnuts on April 23, 2008, 05:23:46 pm
I did a hilly 31.2 miles, it was nice in the sun shine 8)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Wowbagger on April 23, 2008, 08:52:33 pm
Just over 8 miles of commuting. The rain stopped just in time.
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Post by: CathH on April 23, 2008, 08:58:54 pm
Lovely lazy hilly 11 in the sunshine.  Took footage of lambs and scenery.  Saw the bats zipping over the fields on the way home.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Salvatore on April 24, 2008, 01:05:32 am
The normal 13 km to work, then 84 km home, including about 15km with Reading CTC on their Wednesday evening ride to a pub. Then about 35 km home under a lovely clear sky.  Got home half an hour ago.

So I haven't been out today (yet). I went out yesterday, and came home today.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Wowbagger on April 24, 2008, 11:07:16 am
13.6 miles of pootling along the sea front, around Gunners Park and back through the delights of Thorpe Bay and Southchurch.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: clarion on April 24, 2008, 11:24:37 am
Struggled to the doctors and back in the siling rain. :(
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: annie on April 24, 2008, 01:22:30 pm
Struggled to the doctors and back in the siling rain. :(

Hope you aren't poorly sick?
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Post by: Dinamo on April 24, 2008, 03:14:31 pm
Just returned from short tour, based at Minehead Youth Hostel.

Monday - train to Bridgewater then cycle to Minehead via Bishops Lydeard, Elworthy, Watchet and Blue Anchor.
Tuesday - Followed local route 51 out of Minehead up North Hill, via off-road section to Selworthy, Allerford, Bossington and lunch at Porlock Weir. Back via Horner, Luccombe and tea at Dunster
Wednesday - Shorter ride to Luxborough, long climb out of Timberscombe. Excellent pub lunch and good real ale, back thro' Roadwater and Carhampton.

....and today back to Bristol via steam train on the West Somerset Railway as far as Bishops Lydeard and short cycle to Taunton station for fast train back.

I can thoroughly recommend the Minehead YH for a stay, with excellent food on offer, in a fabulous location.

If anyone would like more detailed information on routes used, please contact me.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: clarion on April 24, 2008, 03:46:54 pm
Struggled to the doctors and back in the siling rain. :(

Hope you aren't poorly sick?

Am indeed, I'm afraid.  I've been to bed for a bit to recover enough to go to the pharmacy.  Better be off soon, but I feel terrible wobbly :(
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Maladict on April 24, 2008, 08:45:36 pm
Rode out to Bottisham and did the E3/10 course in 30'20s (or so).  34km done in all including getting there and back.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: cycleman on April 24, 2008, 09:22:53 pm
get well soon clarion :)
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Post by: andrew_s on April 25, 2008, 12:33:14 am
62km to the pub (Pitchfork), then to the other pub (Fallen Angel) and home, 77.5km total.
No wildlife (apart from rabbits), a couple of new bits of road for OSM (http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/index.php/Main_Page)
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Post by: Gus on April 25, 2008, 08:22:26 am
32 km this morning on the steamroller.
My legs doesn't hurt as much now as when I started riding fixed.

Great weather 12oC and no wind.
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Post by: tiermat on April 25, 2008, 08:34:17 am
Went of a bit of off-road last night, on my road bike.  Went along the Blackwater Valley Path from Ash up to Frimley, then I got a bit lost so turned back.

All good, filthy fun (bike needs a good clean now) but reminded me that I haven't lost the bike handling skills.  It was also fun to do that kind of distance without been bothered by any traffic.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: steveB on April 25, 2008, 12:12:18 pm
Just a fifteen mile loop, it's nice that the wind has dropped.  Dug out and wore the Shimano vented touring shoes which is a sure sign that the warmer weather is has arrived.
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Post by: Moondog on April 26, 2008, 09:59:19 am
Dumped the dog on Daughter 2 and had a foray into Suffolk yesterday.

Along the Stour to Dedham then followed the Stort upto Hadleigh on one side and then down the other side on an unused metalled track

Bagged two new and unlocked :) churches.

40 Miles according to Sigma.This time last year i would have struggled with 4 miles.

Think i will change Sigma to Kms sound further.

N
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Novice on April 26, 2008, 07:40:49 pm
I ventured out across London to do a few laps of Richmond Park and and I am now sunburnt. Can't way for summer proper to arrive it's glorious (not the sunburn just the sunshine).
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Post by: Jurek on April 26, 2008, 08:06:25 pm
Yezzum!

Just shy of 50 miles on Kentish orchard lanes, led by Liz of Greenwich Cyclists.
Fine pub lunch at the Alma in Painters Forstal.
The first signs of sunburn starting to show.
Summer?
Bring it on!  :D
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Crumbling Nick on April 26, 2008, 10:23:47 pm
An excellent day's ride, to Tewkesbury, struggling against an ever-freshening headwind, but blown speedily homewards up the Avon valley. It's the first time this year I've needed to use the suncream :). Spring is well under way - lots of May blossom going north from Tewkesbury to Bredon; many swallows over ther low-lying fields and skylarks in full song.

First century ride (105 miles) with the new hip. I was well pleased with a riding average of 14.3 mph - much better than I had planned. 186 rpm is also the fastest so far this year. Guess I'll be rather stiff tomorrow.
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Post by: Chris S on April 26, 2008, 11:39:00 pm
Lovely 200km DIY audax round NW Norfolk, in the company of bazzerp.

Massively fast from Wymondham to Sheringham with a developing tailwind. Most pleasant lunch at the Hoste Arms, Burnham (up)Market, then got our cards stamped in the really friendly atmosphere of Fat Birds, Hunstanton, followed by a grovelling 50km stint against the breeze coming off the fens.

Enjoyed some live jazz in the Market Place in Downham before turning our backs to the wind for the last stretch. Really fast section followed - I probably averaged evens from Downham to RAF Marham where we turned onto the Beachamwell road.

Collected a receipt at the Necton Co-Op and bimbled the last km home. Brief rest for bazzerp before he set off for his last stint back to Wymondham.

I am sunburnt.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Domestique on April 27, 2008, 10:41:10 am
The normal 23mile ride around the town and up to Leigh on Sea.
I havent seen as many cyclists out for a long time.  :)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: clifftaylor on April 27, 2008, 10:44:05 am
Yes. Well yesterday actually, about 40 hilly miles, wearing shorts!!
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Elleigh on April 27, 2008, 01:53:47 pm
I did my second ride since my stroke, yesterday.  It took me twice as long as it should have been, but wasn't as wobbly at my first ride was.  I did 35 miles which is no great distance, but it is a step towards better times.

I cycled from home to a nice little garden centre in Shipley and had a nice cup of tea and a cake, then cycled back.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: alchemy on April 27, 2008, 01:54:45 pm
I did my second ride since my stroke, yesterday.  It took me twice as long as it should have been, but wasn't as wobbly at my first ride was.  I did 35 miles which is no great distance, but it is a step towards better times.

I cycled from home to a nice little garden centre in Shipley and had a nice cup of tea and a cake, then cycled back.


 :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Post by: mike on April 27, 2008, 01:56:42 pm
yep, 30 miles with the quick boys of the local tri club.  I hung on grimly for the last 25, but they dropped me with about a mile to go when I made the fatal error of eating something, then almost threw it back up again.

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Post by: peliroja on April 27, 2008, 02:07:40 pm
Go Elleigh!  :D

And go Mike!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: IanDG on April 27, 2008, 02:15:32 pm
60km, shorts weather here too,  :) but strong wind blowing (34mph gusts)  :(

First ride in new Hebridean Cycle Club kit which arrived on Thursday  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: IanDG on April 27, 2008, 02:16:12 pm
I did my second ride since my stroke, yesterday.  It took me twice as long as it should have been, but wasn't as wobbly at my first ride was.  I did 35 miles which is no great distance, but it is a step towards better times.

I cycled from home to a nice little garden centre in Shipley and had a nice cup of tea and a cake, then cycled back.

well done Elliegh, good news  :thumbsup:

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Post by: toekneep on April 27, 2008, 02:31:01 pm
That is great news Elleigh, well done.
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Post by: numbnuts on April 27, 2008, 02:33:01 pm
Elleigh, now thing can only get better well done :thumbsup:
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Post by: annie on April 27, 2008, 04:46:59 pm
Well done Elleigh.

I did go out on my bike for a nice pootle in the most superb company (thank you Jezza) :-*

Distance and speed, no idea and don't really care.  Tea and cake consumed, lots.  Lunch at Dunwich was wonderful.  Saw lots of cyclists and people out walking.  My nose is a little bit red.  I wore my Shimano sandals for the first time, yes I wore socks, yes they probably looked stupid, I don't care.

Is good to have you back Jezza, look forward to more rides.

The only problem now is that I need to wash and the boiler isn't working so we don't have any hot water. 
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Post by: bobajobrob on April 27, 2008, 07:17:50 pm
Glad to hear you're back on the bike Elleigh :thumbsup:

I went camping in Somerset with some friends from the local CTC. Yesterday we had a leisurely 80 mile ride that took in the Mendips, Cheddar Gorge, and the area south of there. We had the most wonderful fish and chips in Cheddar and stopped for tea in Glastonbury. Curry and beer at night and then a walk by coast this morning.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: MSeries on April 27, 2008, 07:21:27 pm
Well done Elleigh. Shipley ? In West Yorks. ? I went through there on the train today on my way to Skipton. From there I pedalled to Gargrave to meet onb and NickWill. This trio then went up Wharfedale in the drizzle to Buckden then came back. With the rides to and from the stations I did 57 miles today. It was really really nice riding with those guys. I thank you.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Aidan on April 27, 2008, 07:30:17 pm
I did the White Peak challenge near Matlock today, drizzled or rained all the way round and there were some bloomin big hills.   Still , I thoroughly enjoyed it and raised £280 so far for BHF.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: annie on April 27, 2008, 07:43:21 pm
Well done Elleigh. Shipley ? In West Yorks. ? I went through there on the train today on my way to Skipton. From there I pedalled to Gargrave to meet onb and NickWill. This trio then went up Wharfedale in the drizzle to Buckden then came back. With the rides to and from the stations I did 57 miles today. It was really really nice riding with those guys. I thank you.

Well done Martin, that's great news.  I bet you have a smile on your face? :)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Elleigh on April 27, 2008, 08:24:50 pm
Well done Elleigh. Shipley ? In West Yorks. ? I went through there on the train today on my way to Skipton.

Shipley, West Midlands - possibly not at pretty as West Yorkshire.

Glad to hear that you are back on your bike too.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Pete on April 27, 2008, 08:29:02 pm
We managed a modest 23m loop this morning (my wife and I are now fairly well matched  :-[).  But it's something.  Barcombe and back.  Cowslips and bluebells in abundance.  Having set out without waterproofs, soaked for the last couple of miles though.

And 'well done', from me too Elleigh.  I'd heard only a passing mention, of your recent health issues, but I do know this: getting back from stroke is all about rehab and making yourself do things.  Seems like you're going the right way!
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: MSeries on April 27, 2008, 08:29:26 pm
Well done Elleigh. Shipley ? In West Yorks. ? I went through there on the train today on my way to Skipton.

Shipley, West Midlands - possibly not at pretty as West Yorkshire.

Glad to hear that you are back on your bike too.


I wouldn't go so far as saying Shipley, West Yorks, is pretty. I was going to suggest, when I ride to Shipley to visit Ellis Briggs, and Saltaire (World Heritage Site) to visit All Terrain that you might let me buy you a cappuccino but West Midlands is a bit far for an afternoon on my bike.  ;)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: clarion on April 27, 2008, 08:35:07 pm
Well done, Elleigh!

We completed a 100 mile tandemming weekend with 43 miles in the sun/siling rain to and on the Lambeth Cyclists architecture ride.

Steam was up at the Cross Ness (shit) pumping house in Woolwich, so we rode out, partly along the river.  It was about 18 miles to the cycle path past the site, and another three tricky miles avoiding blockages on cycle paths to actually get in the gate.  Why they can't have an entrance from the riverside, I dunno... :-\

Then a train ride (with a tandem, oh yes! :thumbsup: ) to Lewisham, and a meandering and rather variable path up river, stopping at various places, to the Brunel Tunnel museum - very interesting, if you're popping by ;) and the massively overpriced Design Museum cafe for tea. 

Then home.  And tea. :)

Cake at Crossness:  30p
Cake at Design Museum: £2+
Tea at Crossness: 80p
Tea at DM:  Painfully more...
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: clarion on April 27, 2008, 08:36:10 pm
Well done Elleigh. Shipley ? In West Yorks. ? I went through there on the train today on my way to Skipton.

Shipley, West Midlands - possibly not at pretty as West Yorkshire.

Glad to hear that you are back on your bike too.


Saltaire is pretty, Shipley Glen is pretty, but even I couldn't claim that Shipley, WR is pretty ;D
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: agagisgroovy on April 27, 2008, 08:38:55 pm
26 miles to Salsea Forest and back, to test the triplet for Blaxhall tandem weekend next week.  ;D
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Pete on April 27, 2008, 08:41:13 pm
I used to live just on the Bradford side of Shipley.  Saltaire was interesting.  Parts of Bradford had their - charm.  Baildon was pretty (but a b***er of a climb to get to!).  Otley, Burley, Menston: good places to ride out to.  As for - er - Shipley...
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Polar Bear on April 27, 2008, 08:43:27 pm
26 miles to Salsea Forest and back, to test the triplet for Blaxhall tandem weekend next week.  ;D

Tsk!  Call yourself a local.  It's Salcey  ;D

Did you ride heart attack hill between Brackmills and Hardingstone?   It gets it's name because I used to be part of a lunch time running club and we used to sprint it.  Well, liberal interpretation of sprint anyway :P
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Maladict on April 27, 2008, 08:54:49 pm
 ;D

Set off for an evening ride on the new bike, first longish ride, just when where my fancy took me.  It was nice and warm so shorts, short-sleeve top and a short base layer.  Went out to the east of Cambridge, then headed south to Six Mile Bottom, up the A1304 a bit to turn right down a dirt track (hmm, shiny shiny bike), across the manually operated level crossing, up the hill, and over to Carlton etc.  Down to Balsham, woman in car coming the other way beep beeped me - must be the bike?  ???  Continued through Balsham at about 40kph - did I mention the bike is lovely - down to Abington, up the A1307 to cross the A11, down through Sawston and back over Lime Kiln Hill, round the bypass, did 53.6kph on the bypass (on the flat with a tailwind).  55km at 27.2kph rolling average (that's 17mph in real money).

Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: onb on April 27, 2008, 08:57:24 pm
Well done Elleigh. Shipley ? In West Yorks. ? I went through there on the train today on my way to Skipton. From there I pedalled to Gargrave to meet onb and NickWill. This trio then went up Wharfedale in the drizzle to Buckden then came back. With the rides to and from the stations I did 57 miles today. It was really really nice riding with those guys. I thank you.

The feeling is completely mutual.Wharfedale is such a nice place to ride .I think we should have called it the orthapedic recovery ride.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: annie on April 27, 2008, 09:05:32 pm
26 miles to Salsea Forest and back, to test the triplet for Blaxhall tandem weekend next week.  ;D

Ooohhh I know Blaxhall well.  What day will you be there?
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: epa611 on April 27, 2008, 09:08:48 pm
6 mile pootle this evening on our Bromptons ;D

Lovely evening here just outside Glasgow.  ;D ;D
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Post by: Rob C. on April 27, 2008, 09:50:32 pm
40 Mile loop from Norwich to Potter Heigham and back again.
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Post by: JohnP on April 27, 2008, 10:02:10 pm
I did my second ride since my stroke, yesterday.  It took me twice as long as it should have been, but wasn't as wobbly at my first ride was.  I did 35 miles which is no great distance, but it is a step towards better times.

I cycled from home to a nice little garden centre in Shipley and had a nice cup of tea and a cake, then cycled back.

You make me feel totally useless.  I failed to sit on a bike all weekend.  On Saturday I dropped the car hood and DROVE to LBS for a chat and a rear rack. Then home to fit the rack before meeting friends for an Italian supper. On Sunday we set out for a walk around the local lakes but rain stopped play. Instead we went and bought SWMBO a new car for collection next week.

Tried for some exercise with 90 mins of WII 10-pin bowling and 20 mins of WII tennis.
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Post by: Wowbagger on April 27, 2008, 10:07:27 pm
A Waitrose pootle this morning.

Mrs. Wow and I enjoyed a lovely evening pootle on the tandem involving cycling the entire length of Southend sea front from the west end of Two Tree Island as far as Shoebury coastguard station. Total distance just over 17 miles at a pretty leisurely pace. We arrived home around 9.10 pm and it still wasn't properly dark.

I'm really hoping for a warm, sunny summer because rides out on balmy summer's evenings are probably the best cycling of all - especially if there's a pub involved! :D
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Frenchie on April 27, 2008, 10:24:59 pm
A nice first long-ish ride after a while off. Rode ca. 70 Mi in 4 hours, two of which were ridden at pace and 1h30 was run more casually. I left home and headed for Whatton first, then did a loop around the Vale of Belvoir before heading for a village south of Southwell and meet the girls and some friends for a pub lunch (that's a great idea BTW!). We enjoyed great food, sat outside watching some cricket, chatted with friends and played with Baby G who wanted to umpire. I then rode the short leg home, only catching a bit of rain towards the end. First ride on gears in while, but it was nice and fast at times.

Yesterday, in between gardening and shopping, Baby G and I managed 1h to the local nature reserve. Baby G was testing her new helmet. She is very proud of it. Excellent WE; many things done and lots of time spent outdoor thanks to nice weather.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Crumbling Nick on April 27, 2008, 10:32:17 pm
I did my second ride since my stroke, yesterday.  It took me twice as long as it should have been, but wasn't as wobbly at my first ride was.  I did 35 miles which is no great distance, but it is a step towards better times.

I cycled from home to a nice little garden centre in Shipley and had a nice cup of tea and a cake, then cycled back.

Well done :thumbsup: :thumbsup: My second recovery ride was a mere 8 miles.

[quick google for Shipley] That's not very far from The Pigot Arms, where I spent a few minutes awaiting the arrival of (soon to be) Mrs N at the church which was conveniently located across the road [/reminiscing].
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Wowbagger on April 28, 2008, 04:10:50 pm
A very pleasing commute involving minor roads, rape fields and a footbridge over a tidal marsh.

Breezy and mild with some sunshine, the total was 11.27 miles in 1 hour and 1 second. Not surprisingly, the computer gave an average moving speed of 11.27 mph.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Elleigh on April 28, 2008, 07:48:58 pm
I did my second ride since my stroke, yesterday.  It took me twice as long as it should have been, but wasn't as wobbly at my first ride was.  I did 35 miles which is no great distance, but it is a step towards better times.

I cycled from home to a nice little garden centre in Shipley and had a nice cup of tea and a cake, then cycled back.

Well done :thumbsup: :thumbsup: My second recovery ride was a mere 8 miles.

[quick google for Shipley] That's not very far from The Pigot Arms, where I spent a few minutes awaiting the arrival of (soon to be) Mrs N at the church which was conveniently located across the road [/reminiscing].

I've paid for it today! Ho Hum!
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Wowbagger on April 28, 2008, 07:51:20 pm
I did my second ride since my stroke, yesterday.  It took me twice as long as it should have been, but wasn't as wobbly at my first ride was.  I did 35 miles which is no great distance, but it is a step towards better times.

I cycled from home to a nice little garden centre in Shipley and had a nice cup of tea and a cake, then cycled back.

Well done :thumbsup: :thumbsup: My second recovery ride was a mere 8 miles.

[quick google for Shipley] That's not very far from The Pigot Arms, where I spent a few minutes awaiting the arrival of (soon to be) Mrs N at the church which was conveniently located across the road [/reminiscing].

I've paid for it today! Ho Hum!

Hope you are OK, Elleigh?
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: rower40 on April 28, 2008, 08:15:59 pm
While at work today, I got a phone call from the LBS telling me that the replacement smaller chainring for the Brommie had arrived.  So a sprint home, fit the trailer tow-hitch, strap the Brompton into the trailer, and potter down to LBS's workshop to deliver the patient to their tender care.
Yes I could fit a chainring myself, but there was this broken spoke that needed replacing!
Rush-hour commuting with a trailer attached is great - I get given lots of room.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: alan on April 28, 2008, 08:33:28 pm
Just done approx 20km in 1hr 40mins.The computer died about 10 mins in so I spent the whole ride at 120HR which puts me in the fat-burning zone :)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: peliroja on April 28, 2008, 08:41:52 pm
I did my second ride since my stroke, yesterday.  It took me twice as long as it should have been, but wasn't as wobbly at my first ride was.  I did 35 miles which is no great distance, but it is a step towards better times.

I cycled from home to a nice little garden centre in Shipley and had a nice cup of tea and a cake, then cycled back.

Well done :thumbsup: :thumbsup: My second recovery ride was a mere 8 miles.

[quick google for Shipley] That's not very far from The Pigot Arms, where I spent a few minutes awaiting the arrival of (soon to be) Mrs N at the church which was conveniently located across the road [/reminiscing].

I've paid for it today! Ho Hum!
Is everything OK Elleigh?  :-\
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: clarion on April 28, 2008, 10:10:23 pm
Been out in the rain laughing on the tandem.  We went shopping, but we went to Sainsbury's instead of the Coop, as I was concentrating on some traffic shenanigans and forgot to turn left, despite Butterfly's indicating :-[

It's amazing how much you can get into one pannier.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Sergeant Pluck on April 28, 2008, 10:11:35 pm
I'm just back from a few miles - rainy, but nice rain.  :)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Jezza on April 28, 2008, 10:31:06 pm
26 miles to Salsea Forest and back, to test the triplet for Blaxhall tandem weekend next week.  ;D

Ooohhh I know Blaxhall well.  What day will you be there?

I used to live in Blaxhall. Nice little place. 
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: peliroja on April 28, 2008, 10:35:18 pm
Lap of Richmond Park in the rain, and saw a stunning double rainbow!
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Greenbank on April 28, 2008, 10:46:35 pm
Lap of Richmond Park in the rain, and saw a stunning double rainbow!

This one? (Sorry, only a couple of crappy camera phone pics that don't do it justice, it was very very vibrant and bright.)

(http://www.greenbank.org/misc/rp_rainbow1.jpg)

There's also: (http://www.greenbank.org/misc/rp_rainbow2.jpg)

Two laps for me this evening although the second was interrupted by a visitation on the flat bit coming up to Roehampton Gate. Big bit o' flint so I sulked off home without putting in the third lap.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: mike on April 29, 2008, 08:44:40 am
the 'not drinking during the week' didnt go so well last night after the team meeting in London, so it was a taxi home at midnight and 10 hungover miles on the folder this morning to pick up the car from the station.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Wowbagger on April 29, 2008, 09:44:47 am
If you ar hung over, aren't you still likely to be over the limit?

I'm not "having a go", just curious.

I've been out for a slow painful walk with the dog. It was also wet. The early morning tandem ride was put on hold: although bright and sunny at 7 when we got up, but 8 the rain had started.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Maladict on April 29, 2008, 10:48:07 am
Commuted to work for the first time in ages.  :-[

5.6 miles cos I had to go to the doc's to drop off my repeat 'scrip.  In fact that's probably why I woke up early enough to cycle - out of stomach acid pills.  ::-)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Greenbank on April 29, 2008, 11:05:43 am
If you ar hung over, aren't you still likely to be over the limit?

I'm not "having a go", just curious.

Hangovers are a symptom of dehydration, they aren't indicative of sobriety or drunkenness, only dehydration.

The body processes one unit of alcohol per hour (so say the govt so it must be true). 3 units is enough to put you over the drink-drive limit.

If you start at 6pm and drink pints of beer worth 2.2 units each then at 8am the next morning (which is 14 hours later):-

6 pints = 13.2 units. After 14 hours = 0 units
7 pints = 15.4 units. After 14 hours = 1.4 units
8 pints = 17.6 units. After 14 hours = 3.6 units (awooga)

However I've often had a hangover after 5 pints, and I've got away with some unbelievably booze ridden days well into double figures.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Chris S on April 29, 2008, 11:09:29 am
The body processes one unit of alcohol per hour (so say the govt so it must be true).

I think this is the dodgy bit. I've read in more than one place on the interweb (so that must be true too) that the 1 unit/hour is only good for the first unit - after that. it takes longer and longer the more you put into the system. Something to do with the liver and rates of removal of stuff. Or something.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: microphonie on April 29, 2008, 03:04:20 pm
Just did my first non-commuting ride in 6 months (pure laziness, no excuses!).

Foolishly I intended to do my  65 mile loop  (http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/100k-South-of-Norwich), but at a reduced pace. Pretty soon I realised that that was a less than ideal plan as I found out: it wasn't as warm as it looked; the headwind was freshening and rain clouds were darkening in the distance, directly above my turn-round point.

An  alternative route  (http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/40-mile-loop-south-of-Norwich) was formulated, arm warmers (and later showerproof jacket) were donned and it appears that I got lucky and managed to skirt around the worst of the rain - evidenced by the huge amount of rain washing down the homeward roads.  I ended up doing just shy of 40 miles at not too far off my normal average pace so I'm rather pleased (if aching a bit).  :thumbsup:

Also got a good view of a roe deer which is something I wouldn't have seen had I been sat on my arse watching the snooker!

Hopefully I'll get back into the habit again from now on...
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: tiermat on April 29, 2008, 03:15:24 pm
Went out last night, dropped the car at work, got the bike out of the back, put the wheels on, donned helemt etc, just about to get on the bike and FLASH BANG.  thunder and lightning (or to be more precise, vice versa), closely followed by hailstones.....

Buggrit I thought, I've sorted everything out now, I may as well ride back to the digs.  Once I was wet I figured I may as well enjoy the ride so I extended it by detouring via the Blackwater Valley Way then a spin down the road to a RB and back again, a total of 8 miles.  I was dripping by the time I got back to the digs :(

This morning was brighter though so the 3 miles into work went much quicker and easier, apart from security had given me the wrong key for the bike shed so she had to go back in the car until I could get the key changed...
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: alan on April 30, 2008, 04:02:40 pm
Went to the bank & back this morning & rode to the Dick Turpin Highway Robbery Franchise Stratstone Volvo dealership this afternoon to collect the gas-guzzler.

That's approx 27km.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Naggers on April 30, 2008, 04:57:35 pm
Not been out today. Just vegging around recovering from last 3 days C2C.

report to come soon.

Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: peliroja on April 30, 2008, 05:05:13 pm
Lap of Richmond Park in the rain, and saw a stunning double rainbow!

This one? (Sorry, only a couple of crappy camera phone pics that don't do it justice, it was very very vibrant and bright.)

(http://www.greenbank.org/misc/rp_rainbow1.jpg)

There's also: (http://www.greenbank.org/misc/rp_rainbow2.jpg)

Two laps for me this evening although the second was interrupted by a visitation on the flat bit coming up to Roehampton Gate. Big bit o' flint so I sulked off home without putting in the third lap.
Yes, that one! I took a couple of crappy phone camera pics too, but they turned out worse than these. Lovely, weren't they?  :D
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: peliroja on April 30, 2008, 05:07:00 pm
Not been out today. Just vegging around recovering from last 3 days C2C.

report to come soon.


Ooh, looking forward to that!
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: токамак on May 01, 2008, 11:32:39 am
Second p*nct*re in as many weeks this morning on my ride to work. Again, the villain was a spear shaped flint. I was riding along feeling quite smug about how I'd dodged the rain all week - that'll learn me. Worse luck; my spare tube was a dud, it looked like a new one when I packed it but it's possible that it was one from last year that needed patching up, doh! So I had to get my boss to come out and pick me up!
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: tiermat on May 01, 2008, 11:40:15 am
Went out last night, it was fine and dry when I set off, only for the skies to open when I was 1/2 way round, so as far out as I could get.

Another sodden return to the digs.... :(

Maybe, just maybe it won't rain tonight?
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: CathH on May 01, 2008, 12:35:14 pm
My first commute since mid-February!  The showers are now working, I have a new locker actually in the shower room, I am feeling fit and no trace of bronchial ills.  I am one very, very happy camper.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: peliroja on May 01, 2008, 12:37:26 pm
My first commute since mid-February!  The showers are now working, I have a new locker actually in the shower room, I am feeling fit and no trace of bronchial ills.  I am one very, very happy camper.
That's great to hear, Cath.  :thumbsup:

We have just had new showers opened at work. Plus fresh towels provided every day! :D
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: CathH on May 01, 2008, 01:04:52 pm
fresh towels provided every day!
Wow, what luxury!  Get a load of this statement today:

2. Changing Facilities, HQ
The refurbishment of the changing rooms at xxxxxx is now complete.  To support green travel to work, both changing rooms have lockers available to staff who regularly cycle or walk/run to work. Please contact the Estates office, HQ if you wish to make use of these. Once all cyclists have been allocated a locker, any remaining lockers will be available on a first come, first served basis.


Things are moving in the right direction!
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: peliroja on May 01, 2008, 02:59:56 pm
That is good news, Cath.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Frenchie on May 01, 2008, 08:41:51 pm
Yes.

25 odd Mi on to come back home. 2/3 of it was hard in the wind (I was on my folder); I was flying on the last leg though. It was good to a be out early too. I could have maybe done the club TT.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: clarion on May 01, 2008, 08:43:12 pm
25 miles on the tandem along the Wandle Trail, then across Croydon with it's sillilly long hills. 

To go to Aldi ;D

But we fitted in Geoffrey Butler's en route.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: annie on May 02, 2008, 09:42:01 pm
Finally yes.  I took JC and his friend to their club, the bike was in the car and I had just over an hour to spare.  I managed to cycle 10miles in about 40 minutes and still have time to sit and have a drink and rest before they came out.  I was hot and sticky.

There was an incident with a taxi driver, I must have been invisible as he came out of a pub car park diagonally  towards me, I was in my hi vis jacket cycling alongside a field of rape.  Fortunately his window was down as I screamed and he heard me and swerved into the oncoming traffic before again swerving back towards me.  I  had already managed to unclip and no harm was done as I went into the verge.  The taxi driver looked terrified,   he didn't apologise.  All's well that ends well I guess.

I think this might be one of the first days I have run, gone to the gym and then cycled.  I think my recovery is going well.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: border-rider on May 02, 2008, 09:44:23 pm
10 miles on the trike this evening :)

I've never ridden it that far before, but I was feeling brave after going to the market on it this morning.  A lovely sunny evening ride from home up the Lambourn Valley to the Ridgeway above Ashbury, then back.

Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Frenchie on May 02, 2008, 09:45:04 pm
10 miles on the trike this evening :)

I've never ridden it that far before, but I was feeling brave after going to the market on it this morning.  A lovely sunny evening ride from home up the Lambourn Valley to the Ridgeway above Ashbury, then back.



You didn't end up in a hedge then?!

PS Are you giving up on fixed? It would seem so.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: border-rider on May 02, 2008, 09:49:25 pm
no hedges

I haven't given up on fixed.  One day i might fix the trike...

No, just a change of machine. 
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: revrob on May 02, 2008, 10:50:50 pm
105k around Snowdon with a group from Bolsover Wheelers and friends (Yes they do have some!)

Smashing weather, good company, what cycling is all about really.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: bobmick on May 02, 2008, 11:39:36 pm
A 14 mile pootle along the Chesterfield canal and back in warm sunshine.  Lots of walkers and photo opportunities to slow me down to the point where I probably could have walked it almost as quickly.  Did I care?  No, it was lovely.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Wascally Weasel on May 03, 2008, 01:29:03 pm
I did a fast three laps of Richmond Park this morning (I was wearing my purple Etape 2007 jersey if anyone else was out).  Was faster than I have been for a while, lapping at just over 21 minutes per lap.  I have been quicker than that but a while ago and in a group.

Hoping to break the hour barrier for the three laps this year  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: mike on May 03, 2008, 06:35:31 pm
after a week of work & builder-related nonsense, I managed 45 miles today.  Surprisingly windy :)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Aidan on May 03, 2008, 06:38:02 pm
I did the Wiggy 100, my first Audax,  and I met Mr Mseries.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Jezza on May 03, 2008, 06:40:51 pm
24 miles, Southwold to Beccles. Very nice ride - easy pace. But the wind's a bit fresh.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Wowbagger on May 03, 2008, 07:01:40 pm
A trip to Waitrose, and back with a trailer full of shopping.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Sergeant Pluck on May 03, 2008, 07:23:11 pm
I did a fast three laps of Richmond Park this morning (I was wearing my purple Etape 2007 jersey if anyone else was out).  Was faster than I have been for a while, lapping at just over 21 minutes per lap.  I have been quicker than that but a while ago and in a group.

Hoping to break the hour barrier for the three laps this year  :thumbsup:

That's good going. I just haven't been lapping the park as much as I'd like lately so my times are rubbish.  :(
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: annie on May 03, 2008, 09:00:26 pm
No but I did spend the day in Cambridge and saw hundreds of cyclists, does that count?
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: gordon taylor on May 03, 2008, 09:14:15 pm
I rode the hack up to Hanley this morning for my Biobank medical check thingy. My plans for an afternoon pootle were scuppered when I fell asleep on the sofa.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: geraldc on May 03, 2008, 09:22:09 pm
A gentle ride to Hertford and back, an afternoon in the sun, and my absurd cycling tan has kicked in already.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: peliroja on May 03, 2008, 09:34:49 pm
Yes, to my first ever skating lesson in Hyde Park with the wonderful BentMikey! Thanks, Mike, for a great experience: I loved it, and you were very patient with this newbie. :)

Lovely afternoon pootle too with Woolly via a picnic in Brompton Cemetary. Great day.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Basil on May 03, 2008, 09:37:39 pm


Lovely afternoon pootle too with Woolly via a picnic in Brompton Cemetary. Great day.

They bury bromtons?  ???
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Luke on May 03, 2008, 10:28:25 pm
A short ride from Long eaton to Nottingham train station on my new bike. (http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Raleigh-Twenty-Cycle_W0QQitemZ140227942093QQcmdZViewItem)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: peliroja on May 03, 2008, 11:44:25 pm
Basil: no Bromptons buried, but a few alive and kicking on the bike path (not to be confused with the 'dog path').

And, of course, I should have said 'cemetery' ;)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Elleigh on May 04, 2008, 08:02:49 am
I cycled to the supermarket and back!
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Soaplady on May 04, 2008, 09:11:59 am
An early ride to Blakeney to meet my OH who had left even earlier to get there on his boat. He was there moored up on Blakeney Quay when I arrived at 7.05am! We agreed we were being slightly irresponsible parents - we'd left the kids asleep while we both went out to play!

I cycled home and am now sitting waiting for a phone call from Max to go and get him so that he can spend the day at home and then go back to Blakeney this evening to bring the boat back.

What fun!

Sara
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Wowbagger on May 04, 2008, 11:12:02 am
Just over 20 miles in lovely sunshine and lots of rape in flower.

I hoped to hear a cuckoo and went to the places I'd expect him to be, but no luck. I explored a "development area" near Gunners Park, saw some turnstones on the beach, found myself on the wrong side of a fence and had to be let out by a security guard, with whom I had a pleasant chat. He admired my beard ( :thumbsup:) and opined that it must "cost a lot of money" to grow a beard like that. I said that I thought it was probably cheaper than the alternative.

I very nearly had a clipless moment when going down a kerb, having unclipped on the left but not on the right, and that was the way the bike chose to go. I just extricated my right foot in time.

There were quite a lot of other cyclists about, including a rather untidy peloton from the Essex Roads club, who were belting along Shopland Road. A few of them had time to exchange a hurried "Good morning!"

There was a green woodpecker at one point, and lots of whitethroats and skylarks doing their stuff.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: GillP on May 04, 2008, 11:14:52 am
Sounds lovely Wow, I'm looking forward to being able to get out on the bikes instead of all this packing malarkey  :)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: woollypigs on May 04, 2008, 11:27:01 am
I cycled to the supermarket and back!
And others how the heck do you get up and out that early on a weekend !!! We just got up and are having breakfast before our ride to Box Hill and back. You lot are mad I tell you ;)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on May 04, 2008, 02:57:48 pm
30 miles today as preparation for my Edinburgh-St Andrews. The last time I did 30 miles, I was so tired for the last 5 I could have cried, but I was ok today, could have kept going. Will try for 40 next weekend.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: annie on May 04, 2008, 03:02:40 pm
No, had to go the LBS to pick up a new wheel.  Saw loads of cyclists but there were lots of idiots in cars who were belting along on tiny country roads.

I am spending the day gardening, cycling will have to wait.

Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: clarion on May 04, 2008, 03:05:34 pm
Yesterday, we went to Battersea Park with Superstoker and a bunch of other kids.  Grand.

Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: numbnuts on May 04, 2008, 03:43:16 pm
went to Lepe beach and on to the New Forest did 43.6 miles
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: mike on May 04, 2008, 04:20:56 pm
another early morning run with the tri club, not quite as mentally fast as last time so a lot more comfortable.  I got a lot of stick for being on a steel bike with a leather saddle but as I pointed out, their carbon frames will probably revert to dust within the next 40 years, where mine will be nicely run in.  :)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: annie on May 04, 2008, 04:49:08 pm
another early morning run with the tri club, not quite as mentally fast as last time so a lot more comfortable.  I got a lot of stick for being on a steel bike with a leather saddle but as I pointed out, their carbon frames will probably revert to dust within the next 40 years, where mine will be nicely run in.  :)

 :)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: vince on May 04, 2008, 04:52:32 pm
25 miles around the Elan dams yesterday - in sunshine  8)

I have to be doing 2 x 30 mile rides a week now as a minimum to prepare for the DunRun. I'm not sure how this is gonna work out though with work  :(
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: GruB on May 04, 2008, 05:29:32 pm
I haven't been out for 4 flamming weeks ( or more).  Tomorrow I plan to rectify that.  Both bikes have slightly deflated tyres but apart from that are ready to let my legs lose on them.  Have no fear I will let you know.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: eck on May 04, 2008, 05:48:01 pm
I haven't been out for 4 flamming weeks ( or more).  Tomorrow I plan to rectify that.  Both bikes have slightly deflated tyres but apart from that are ready to let my legs lose on them.  Have no fear I will let you know.

Welcome back, Mr GruB.
I think.  :-[ ;)

Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: GruB on May 04, 2008, 05:49:26 pm
I am not brave enough to log onto Bikejournal yet to see the damage.  Put me out of my misery please.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Wowbagger on May 04, 2008, 05:56:09 pm
I am not brave enough to log onto Bikejournal yet to see the damage.  Put me out of my misery please.

It's been taken over by someone with the initials "BD". You've been deleted... ::-)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: orienteer on May 04, 2008, 06:03:05 pm
I led a CTC group ride (nine of us) from Uxbridge out to West Wycombe for coffee. Looking at the pubs marked on the Ordnance Explorer map, the first was closed today, the second demolished! Ended up at one in Hughenden Valley for lunch. Back through the Chalfonts to Denham Church for tea and cake: £1.50 for a cup of tea and large wodge of home made Victoria sponge with jam and real cream!

About 50 miles (my computer didn't work as the sensor battery had run out).
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: woollypigs on May 04, 2008, 06:28:37 pm
51.62miles down to Box Hill in 3h42m with an adv. speed of 13.9mph and max of 31.2mph :)

Grand day out, both of us well tired now.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: eck on May 04, 2008, 06:33:57 pm
I am not brave enough to log onto Bikejournal yet to see the damage.  Put me out of my misery please.

 ;D

Nah, I don't think you'll have much to worry about, not for long anyway.
I'm due a poor June - Mrs Eck is being bridesmaid at her best pal's wedding, which appears to involve two bike-free weekends for me  ???, plus I'm organising my first audax at the end of June. (You don't fancy it do you, 300k plus scenery points. )

So, get out and pump up those tyres. All the best, mate.  :thumbsup:


Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Moondog on May 04, 2008, 06:41:33 pm
Gave the new shorts a trip to Suffolk.

Manningtree to Shotley,Pin Mill then back along the Alton Resevoir.

About 35 miles.Shorts seemed a little loose around the waist so i have just eaten a plate of chips to try and rectify the situation.

Nice.Chips and ride.

N
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: delthebike on May 04, 2008, 06:44:26 pm
Like orienteer I also led a CTC group, only four including me. The "proper" leaders are either away in foreign climes or attending the DA ride starting from Mountnessing. We saw a few of them as we headed from Billericay to Stondon Massey. And when I left them to go to the Viper at Mill Green, I thought I'd join bobb and TOKaMaK (but didn't see them there).
Nice day with plenty of sun, plenty of clouds and a spit or two of rain. I also turned over mile 5000 today.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: border-rider on May 04, 2008, 07:28:20 pm
17 miles on the trike just now.  A record !

Finally I think I'm beginning to get it.  Only two hairy moments: one fast downhill corner when I just lost confidence and hit the brakes, once when I was not concentrating and realised as I went into a tight corner on a lane that I wasn't quite sure what direction I'd be coming out of it :)

But we were flying back into Lambourn.  A big barrel of fun  :)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Notsototalnewbie on May 04, 2008, 08:12:02 pm
I'm spending the weekend in Aldwick, near Bognor Regis. I wanted to bring my Globe here for longer rides but that idea was met with disgust as it would mean my mum being alone in the car with her mum, which she did not want.

However, my old bike lives here as she is very much a pootle by the seaside type bike. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v395/bartonlaura/bike/43400572.jpg (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v395/bartonlaura/bike/43400572.jpg) that I keep here for such times, though she is obviously not good for long rides. If you think my Globe is upright, you should see me on her... (NB: she has had new tyres since that picture was taken!)

So I suggested Mum and I cycle the 1.5 miles to the town centre (she has an old MTB she was given last year) rather than taking the car.

Mum hasn't cycled on the roads before  ::-) They are very quiet roads, specially compared to London.

But much shrieking ensued, she couldn't bear the few cars anywhere near her, was convinced she was going to fall off under their wheels etc, so we ended up walking the bikes half the way before she had a nervous breakdown.
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Post by: andygates on May 04, 2008, 08:18:29 pm
Raced a triathlon.  Overcooked the bike by getting chase-blind and going after other riders like a hound after a conveyor of foxes.  PB by a couple of minutes. :thumbsup:
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Post by: clarion on May 04, 2008, 08:22:05 pm
But she got there (and back, presumably).

I hate being away from my bikes.... :(

Oh - and well done, Andy!
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Post by: Wowbagger on May 04, 2008, 09:14:53 pm
That's great, NSTN! When Mrs. Wow returned to cycling after a very long lay-off she found it extremely hard, just the sort of stuff you are talking about. Now she's a lot better, but still prefers riding on the back of the tandem to being in charge of a machine.

Get her on a FNRttC. She'll love it. ;)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: delthebike on May 05, 2008, 09:14:59 am
I've just got my Mum cycling again. She's nicked borrowed my rescued Rayleigh 20 to do it and pootles to the shops, college and the allotment.

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Post by: Notsototalnewbie on May 05, 2008, 10:10:20 am
She's having a good whinge today about how her sit bones hurt. 'I feel like I've been kicked by a horse' etc.

I might try her on my sit up and beg Peugeot next time, she'd find the hub gears simpler. Only thing is I can't really ride her MTB, it's tiny, I'd look like Coco the Clown with my knees out to the side!

Somehow I think FNRttC is a way off, she looked at me like she was considering getting me sectioned when I told her what I'd done  ;D

I pointed out how nice it had been not to have the parking space hassles etc, and she agreed and said she might practise a bit more in the quiet back roads.
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Post by: delthebike on May 05, 2008, 11:07:55 am
I might try her on my sit up and beg Peugeot next time, she'd find the hub gears simpler. Only thing is I can't really ride her MTB, it's tiny, I'd look like Coco the Clown with my knees out to the side!
We want pictures NSTCoco! Have a look around for a Rayleigh 20 or Shopper. Invented for Mums, honestly.  :thumbsup:

Edit: I've had a busy day so far. 28 miles before 0900, nice it was too, cool and sunny. That was on the pompino. Then I took the Brompton out shopping for another 9 miles, warm and sunny by then. Got bitten by the Brompton, on the ankles, by the wheels at the front of the rack. I think I'll have to invest in the front luggage as hoiking a rucksack around this time of year and in this sort of weather is no fun. I'll take the Galaxy and the Rayleigh 20 out for a spin later on, mid afternoon - early evening sounds about right.
Laters,
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Post by: Chris S on May 05, 2008, 12:51:01 pm
5km round trip to the bottle bank to drop off some empties. My legs were very cross with the rest of me, as their post audax rest was interrupted.

Also a chance to try out my new Shimano sandals. Ugly as hell, but surprisingly comfortable. Oh, and cycling in sandals is strangely liberating, in a similar way to not wearing underwear. Not that I would know...
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: delthebike on May 05, 2008, 01:37:29 pm
Also a chance to try out my new Shimano sandals. Ugly as hell, but surprisingly comfortable. Oh, and cycling in sandals is strangely liberating, in a similar way to not wearing underwear. Not that I would know...
I always thought that the Shimano sandals were overkill on the straps. Lakes give a better tan shape and they're cheaper (if you can find them).
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Dave on May 05, 2008, 03:30:07 pm
After preregistering for the IoW Randonee and prebooking ferry tickets, driving from Luton to Portsmouth then, without stopping, turning round and driving straight back (no, no real idea why either...), I decided I had to go out today.

So, I found a circuit starting from Audley End station that someone (Wowbagger?) posted on ACF a while ago. A smidge over 65k through some beautiful villages, in gorgeous weather. Fantastic :thumbsup:

(And that IoW thing is now unfinished business. I am damn well going to do it before the end of the summer).
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Post by: gordon taylor on May 05, 2008, 03:37:31 pm
50km on the trike today, out and about on the Staffordshire/Shropshire border. I even got lost and found some new lanes I'd never ridden before, it's a maze out there!
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Thor on May 05, 2008, 03:38:42 pm
It's a warm and sunny Bank Holiday in Hertfordshire.  You can't not go out for a ride!  First time this year in shorts and short sleeves. I did a 2 hour loop which was delightful, except for a disproportionate degree of insect strike  >:(. 
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Maladict on May 05, 2008, 03:43:17 pm
No cycling for me today!  Recovering from Saturday still, and rather dehydrated.
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Post by: border-rider on May 05, 2008, 03:47:46 pm
It was raining quite hard first thing, so my trike circuit was postponed until lunchtime. I might go for a run later though.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: FatBloke on May 05, 2008, 03:58:20 pm
Just been out for 10 miles with Mrs. FB on t'tandem along the seafront and back along the delightful NCN16.

She said: "Riding on this cycle path is too bloody stressful!" after we'd just avoided the fourth family of suicidal Ghanians.  >:(
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: TimO on May 05, 2008, 04:40:36 pm
I had a nice little 13 mile bimble around Croydon, as much as anything else to test out a new cycle computer.  Whilst I've got used to no hills in London, according to Bikely, this included 1000 foot of climb, including 400 foot in one short stretch going up Purley Downs Road.  Not too much fun on the singlespeed!
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Paulapops on May 05, 2008, 04:54:38 pm
Saturday: Great ride out on number one tandem from Llanberis to Barmouth via Trawsfynydd straight into a headwind, coming back via Harlech with a great tailwind and fantastic views of the southern side of the Lleyn peninsula, over the Llanberis pass out and back.
Today a shorter circuit of Snowdonia
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Post by: GruB on May 05, 2008, 04:59:00 pm
Yes, yes, yes, I have finally been out.  22.36 glorious miles on the TCR.
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Post by: Moondog on May 05, 2008, 04:59:38 pm
Strapped the old dog into the shopping trailer and did a tour of the promenade.He had a couple of swims and checked many of his lady friends' beach huts to ensure sufficient biscuits were in place for the summer months.Very pleasant couple of hours.Two local bye-laws broken.

N
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Post by: Quisling on May 05, 2008, 05:02:26 pm
Pottered up to Cowleaze Wood on Christmas Common on the tandem with MiniQ and entertained her with a 44mph descent of Kingston Hill on the way home.  This was the highlight of the afternoon, since she bitched and moaned all the way up the Chilterns ::-)
About an 8 mile round trip I think.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: eck on May 05, 2008, 05:11:40 pm
Yes, yes, yes, I have finally been out.

 :thumbsup: See, told you. You're narrowing the gap already*.

I was planning to get out today, gorgeous weather up here, but I feel quite wrecked. Did a 400k perm Friday/Saturday and an easy 100k club run yesterday, which was fine. I thought I had recovered, but I clearly haven't.  :(

*GIT.   ;D
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: LEE on May 05, 2008, 06:26:42 pm
Yes, a leisurely 30 miles and let me just say that the weather is 100%, absolutely, totally perfect.

20C, hardly any wind and traffic-free lanes.

Perfect and effortless cycling (swapping bib tights and waterproof for shorts and short-sleeves seems to be worth an extra 20%)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Adam on May 05, 2008, 06:40:08 pm
Phew - 101 very hard miles slogging up and down the Chilterns in just under 7 hours, roughly following the Chiltern 100 route.

Bison Hill, Ivinghoe Beacon, Aston Hill, Bledlow Ridge, Christmas Common to name a few - it's all just a blur of never ending slow wobbly ascents and scary descents. 

I need a drink......


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Post by: clifftaylor on May 05, 2008, 06:48:39 pm
Bledlow Ridge, Christmas Common to name a few - it's all just a blur of never ending slow wobbly ascents and scary descents. 

Oooh, I used to go training round there!! Thoroughly incline-tastic  :P :P
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Post by: bobmick on May 05, 2008, 07:00:48 pm
First time out on my geared Vernon Barker bike for ages.  65km at 25kph in beautiful weather.  Thoroughly enjoyable.  Wanted to keep going but have loads of work to get finished before tomorrow  :(
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: microphonie on May 05, 2008, 07:13:39 pm
Yes - an almost 60 mile loop in lovely weather, although the return half had a stronger head wind then expected (and rather explains the rather quick-for-me 18mph average on the outward half!).

The breeze meant I wasn't drenched in sweat when I returned - but I'm just being reminded that a breeze also hides the fact that the sun can be burning you. Forgot the sun screen and my arms & legs are all red and tingling  :'(

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Post by: Chris S on May 05, 2008, 07:57:44 pm
Forgot the sun screen and my arms & legs are all red and tingling  :'(

I made that mistake when out for a 200 audax with bazzerp 10 days ago. Just finishing peeling now  :sick:.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: vince on May 05, 2008, 08:07:17 pm
Didn't get out today, but did 25 miles around the Elan Valley reservoirs on Saturday. It was my first warm sunny ride of the season - but I forgot my new camera  ::-)
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Post by: Sergeant Pluck on May 05, 2008, 08:31:43 pm
Yep, second spin of the day. 26.0 miles at an average of 17.02, including Kings Road etc to Richmond Park.

Two 21 minute laps of Richmond Park - one of them almost in the 20's  :). This involved overtaking several cars, including one car going down Bastard Hill.

For about a lap and a half I had someone tucked in right behind me, having recognised my attributes as a windbreak. He didn't get past me, despite his tri-bars and his relative youth, and said "that was fun" as I peeled off, knackered.

Lovely evening in the park, one of those rides when the bike just runs absolutely perfectly.  8)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Regulator on May 05, 2008, 08:33:37 pm
I cycled from Clare and Verns to Portsmouth Harbour Station and from Waterloo to home.  That was enough for me, particularly as my sunburn from yesterday was being treated to another roasting today...  :-X
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Post by: Nuncio on May 05, 2008, 08:55:48 pm
100 glorious hilly sunny miles.  Black Mountain, Llanddeusant, Glas Fynydd, Crai 'bwlch' and Heol Senni, then lovely descent (47mph) to Sennybridge.  Met up with the family and in-laws for pub lunch, so therefore managed also to satisfy family bank holiday duties, and continued celebrations of Mrs N's becoming a county councillor.  Back via the Devil's Elbow, Ystradfellte, Penderyn, Hirwaun.  Looked wistfully up the road to the Rhigos, but my legs had already decided that they fancied the descent of the Glynneath Bank so it was too late to turn back.  A bit of an unnecessary loop up to Crynant and back to the Swansea Valley to turn it in to a 100-miler.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Wowbagger on May 05, 2008, 09:41:39 pm
Yessssss! (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=1619.30)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: JohnP on May 05, 2008, 10:00:43 pm
No riding today;
Wowbagger, that's a rather entertaining writeup from you - almost makes up for spending large parts of the day in SWMBO's Focus.
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Post by: peliroja on May 05, 2008, 10:09:32 pm
Sgt Pluck: you're a speed demon! There's no way I'm joining you for Park laps. ;) I thought you said you were staying in your low HOUR training zones?!
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Sergeant Pluck on May 05, 2008, 10:17:04 pm
It was a rare burst of speed, Peli  :)

Heart rate went out the window even before I got to the park. Average HR was over 140; max HR 169.

I doubt I'd keep my HR within my desired zones even if I walked around the park.  :( Not sure what the answer is there.
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Post by: rower40 on May 05, 2008, 10:31:01 pm
Derby to Banbury to Princes Risborough to Aylesbury to Quainton Road to Aylesbury to London to Derby.

By train. :-[ :-[ :-[
Only bit by bike was from home to the station and back.

I can thoroughly recommend the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre at Quainton Road.  Minature railway with full signalling etc, also lots of exhibits and railway antiquities and ephemera.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Maladict on May 05, 2008, 11:57:39 pm
It was a rare burst of speed, Peli  :)

Heart rate went out the window even before I got to the park. Average HR was over 140; max HR 169.

I doubt I'd keep my HR within my desired zones even if I walked around the park.  :( Not sure what the answer is there.

What zone do you want it to be in?  I tend to run an average in the 150s on Audax rides.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Sergeant Pluck on May 06, 2008, 12:03:54 am
Well, ideally I'd like to try to spend time between 60% and 70% of predicted max, that is 106 to 123 in my case.

I'm at about 100 by the time I turn the corner at the end of the street...  ::-)

I'd like to 1) burn a little fat and 2) develop a bit of sorely lacking endurance.

Probably best to stick to LSD, which I am currently not getting enough of. 
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Frenchie on May 06, 2008, 08:47:16 am
A wonderful easy-peasy 60 miler on Sunday with Paul along some stretches of road I hadn't done (in a while). It was covered and warm, but we didn't have any rain. Made it on time home to get the BBQ going before the rain. A perfect day out for the pannier-equipped Pompino.

Yesterday I played all day with Gabrielle but managed to escape during her nap for a hard hour workout on the university campus next to home. With the commute I may have been out 1h15ish. Great effort followed by a 1h30 walk pushing the trike and singing with Baby G later on in the day.

Today I am on the child-mobile, our Raven, and should pick Gabrielle up at school later on, before riding and singing home. Great stuff!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: peliroja on May 06, 2008, 12:47:36 pm
It was a rare burst of speed, Peli  :)

Yeah, yeah.  ::-)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: alan on May 06, 2008, 01:35:30 pm
Back now from a long weekend in the pub Wales.Did a 12 mile circuit of Lake Vyrnwy on the folder on Saturday afternoon in glorious sunshine,'twas a very enjoyable pootle.
Next time I'm going to take the fixie,that lap of Vyrnwy is ideal for intervals & such like.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Wowbagger on May 06, 2008, 07:32:26 pm
A couple of short commutes but enough to send me over 2000 miles for the year.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: annie on May 06, 2008, 07:40:55 pm
Not today but yesterday, a few miles to the coast and back.  There should be a ride report at some stage with a few pics.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Jezza on May 06, 2008, 10:07:30 pm
Not today but yesterday, a few miles to the coast and back.  There should be a ride report at some stage with a few pics.

There's a ride report here:

http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=2395.0 (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=2395.0)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Wowbagger on May 06, 2008, 10:13:24 pm
It was a superb report, Jezza, and it sounds like a great ride.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Sergeant Pluck on May 07, 2008, 07:48:46 am
Fantastic RR, Jezza, thanks for that. And well done Annie  :)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: tiermat on May 07, 2008, 08:00:16 am
Fantastic RR Jezza, felt like I was there with you
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Post by: Chris S on May 07, 2008, 08:16:26 am
Thanks Jezza - what a great read to start another day with. Good to have you back in blighty ;).
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: bobmick on May 07, 2008, 08:41:47 am
Brill ride report.  Brought back memories of when I lived in Debenham and used to cycle around East Suffolk.  Lovely Stuff.  Not my words but those of Shakin' Stevens.  </Partridge>
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: rogerzilla on May 07, 2008, 08:59:11 am
A proper ride last night!  Only 25 miles, but after months of basic commuting, it made a change.  A couple of us did the "Snap Hill Loop", which has a mixture of short steep hills and long grinding ones.  I got 54.7mph down Snap, and we averaged 16mph (I've done 18mph round there at peak fitness; it is rather hilly).
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: tiermat on May 07, 2008, 09:01:28 am
Went out last night, to make sure I have the cyclists suntan :)

Also this morning I decided to increase my commute, so it is now 7.5 miles, as opposed to 2.7!!!
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: annie on May 07, 2008, 01:20:12 pm
Yes on Monday went for a

 A little trip to the coast and home again (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=2421.0)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: JohnP on May 07, 2008, 02:31:45 pm
Yes on Monday went for a

 A little trip to the coast and home again (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=2421.0)

Annie, your RR leads admirably in to Jezza's.

Well done the pair of you.

Any piccies of the protuberances from your shorts?
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Domestique on May 07, 2008, 04:50:41 pm
nice 25 miles around the town, along the seafront and up through the Leigh hills.
I met a 72 year old on route riding his retro Peugot carbon fibre bike  :D had a nice chat as we rode a few miles together untill he stopped at the duck pond  :)
Its lovely out there, I didnt want to stop.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: annie on May 07, 2008, 05:09:36 pm
Yes on Monday went for a

 A little trip to the coast and home again (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=2421.0)

Annie, your RR leads admirably in to Jezza's.

Well done the pair of you.

Any piccies of the protuberances from your shorts?

Thank you John.  I did indeed take a pic of the protuberances :)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Wowbagger on May 07, 2008, 08:06:43 pm
Commuting. 8.58 miles. Lovely day.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: vince on May 07, 2008, 09:57:05 pm
22 miles this evening. I drove to Derby to take my car in for a service and then rode back through Little Eaton, Ripley, Alfreton and Clay Cross. Quite hilly and a headwind, but good to be out on a warm sunny evening 8)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: David Martin on May 07, 2008, 10:55:57 pm
Nice ride last night.

Racing tonight. Seasons best time  ;D

lovely night. Very light wind, blue sky and warm ..  we ern't freezing our wotsits off waiting for the times.

Record turnout - 47 competitors. Over 79 have participated this season in the first 6 events.

..d
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Chris S on May 07, 2008, 10:58:28 pm
112km this evening up to Mum's in Sheringham to cut her grass as her gardener has gone AWOL.

Lots of suicidal wildlife in the lanes on the way home. More deer and rabbits than I could count, three barn owls, a bat which brushed past my ear, and a huge toad that I helped across the road before it became a flat toad.

Lovely moon after the sun went - lots of earthshine.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Wowbagger on May 07, 2008, 11:30:09 pm
My first nocturnal pootle for a long time (discounting last Friday's Pickled Egg Affair) and also my first since becoming cliplessless. I have returned to good old rat-traps without toe-clips because the act of unclipping hurts my arthritic ankles.

It was indeed a gorgeous night - shirt-sleeve order (I cannot be bothered to change into lycra these days for under 20 miles): mild, gentle breeze, few clouds, a sliver of new moon and the one and only creature I noticed on the way round was a diminutive fox cub which bounced across the road in front of me.

16.75 miles at 11.3 mph.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Frenchie on May 07, 2008, 11:32:35 pm
22 miles this evening. I drove to Derby to take my car in for a service and then rode back through Little Eaton, Ripley, Alfreton and Clay Cross. Quite hilly and a headwind, but good to be out on a warm sunny evening 8)

Yeah! You're still alive!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: CathH on May 08, 2008, 08:34:48 am
Will anyone join me in saying that this was the best morning so far this year? Gentle cool breeze, sunshine, clear sky and simply deafening dawn chorus!
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Wowbagger on May 08, 2008, 08:36:13 am
Will anyone join me in saying that this was the best morning so far this year? Gentle cool breeze, sunshine, clear sky and simply deafening dawn chorus!

I would but I've only just got out of bed! :D
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Greenbank on May 08, 2008, 09:32:46 am
I've seen two dawns in the last week, that's more than enough for May. Should only see one in June (somewhere near Penrith probably) and one in July (along the south coast near Rye, which will hopefully not be obscured by sodding rain clouds).

(Enough ladies names...)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: clarion on May 08, 2008, 09:49:48 am
Tuesday and Wednesday were mostly spent driving to North Wales & back.  But it was worth it, cause the new tandem feels so right (and we've barely started fettling yet! :o
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: JohnP on May 08, 2008, 12:30:07 pm
Will anyone join me in saying that this was the best morning so far this year? Gentle cool breeze, sunshine, clear sky and simply deafening dawn chorus!

I will, Cath.  I woke (noises outside) at 05:45; every thing was rosy.  Had coffee and managed a short (8km) toddle around before returning to make tea & brekkies for SWMBO.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: peliroja on May 08, 2008, 12:35:10 pm
Will anyone join me in saying that this was the best morning so far this year? Gentle cool breeze, sunshine, clear sky and simply deafening dawn chorus!
It was a lovely morning, but marred by the idiot woman in the Range Rover who deliberately rammed into the rear wheel of a cyclist on Peterborough Road. He turned off, and I chased her. She refused to even look at me when I knocked on her window to complain.  >:(
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: bobajobrob on May 08, 2008, 12:44:05 pm
I'm off work with a migraine. I'm going out for a couple of hours in the Cotswolds in the glorious May sunshine. *sigh*
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: cc93 on May 08, 2008, 01:01:44 pm
Usual 15k commute to work

Raced a small deer the length of a field (I came second)

Took lunch into the park and watched a heron cool off in the middle of the pond

(Not quite David Bellamy yet)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: numbnuts on May 08, 2008, 03:00:42 pm
44 miles in the New Forest very warm 28 degrees
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Paul on May 08, 2008, 03:45:43 pm
Will anyone join me in saying that this was the best morning so far this year? Gentle cool breeze, sunshine, clear sky and simply deafening dawn chorus!

Yep - near perfect. I can't wait for the ride home - I'll take the riverside path out of Derby for a pleasant change to the A52.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: border-rider on May 08, 2008, 03:49:49 pm
Will anyone join me in saying that this was the best morning so far this year? Gentle cool breeze, sunshine, clear sky and simply deafening dawn chorus!

It's been like that all week here, and I've been out every day before breakfast :)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Wowbagger on May 08, 2008, 04:03:14 pm
A commute evolved into a pub pootle and by sheer coincidence a certain Fatbloke of this parish was at the same pub. Well I never!

Lovely beer, lunch, tide in, etc. Perfect!
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: FatBloke on May 08, 2008, 04:05:53 pm

A 40 mile ride out to Hanningfield Reservoir (which, incidently, is brimming to overflowing),  evolved into a pub pootle and by sheer coincidence a certain Wowbagger of this parish was at the same pub. Well I never!

Lovely beer, lunch, tide in, etc. Perfect! :thumbsup:

Bloody Easterly headwind on the way home though! >:(
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Dinamo on May 08, 2008, 05:01:33 pm
Good ride from Bristol to Magor via Severn Bridge, Chepstow and Caldicot,
to meet the Bristol Thursday Old Time Cyclists. Pub lunch at the Golden Lion - excellent beer from the Wye Valley brewery.

(http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee253/ianrsparrow/DSC00241.jpg)

Some of the 30 riders leaving the pub for the return to Bristol.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: clarion on May 09, 2008, 02:04:25 am
That looks like fun.

We went out for a spin on the new tandem.  Getting better all the time.  It's hard not to ride it hard - it just wills you on.  Fantastic fun - even with two tents on the back! ;D
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: alan on May 09, 2008, 10:53:13 am
That looks like fun.

We went out for a spin on the new tandem.  Getting better all the time.  It's hard not to ride it hard - it just wills you on.  Fantastic fun - even with two tents on the back! ;D

TWO tents? :o

His 'n Hers? ;D

Mind you I should not be suprised having witnessed Butterfly's modus operandi relating to cycle panniers.
She carries more stuff than own ;)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: clarion on May 09, 2008, 10:54:52 am
Two different tents for different purposes.

I believe and hope that, in both cases, Butterfly & I will be sharing the same inner tent. :D
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: annie on May 09, 2008, 01:14:31 pm
Not yet, hope to later on this evening.  Went for a 5 mile run, looked like a beetroot on my return to the gym.  Have been shifting heavy stone planters for the last hour and then have a curtain pole to put up, better dash.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: richie on May 09, 2008, 01:47:47 pm
A lovely commute (apart from first 5-6k)from Bristol to Taunton at about 3.00-ish this afternoon!  Weather's lovely!
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Moondog on May 09, 2008, 06:00:55 pm
D1 had a couple of cranesbill (geraniums) in her garden that had faded away from my patch.So it was off with a trowl to bring back samples and collect some eggs from the hippy,wood carver's small holding. 

Turned it in to 25 glorious miles.Bald head now fully tanned.Arms not too bad.Legs are always slow to catch the sun but 'tis only May.

N

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Post by: Wowbagger on May 09, 2008, 06:10:35 pm
A lovely commute (apart from first 5-6k)from Bristol to Taunton at about 3.00-ish this afternoon!  Weather's lovely!

Did you go down Cheddar Gorge?

Mrs. Wow and I took the tandem out for the first time for a couple of weeks. Ice lolly on the sea front then round the usual loop to the butcher's in Wakering (I used to teach one of the old blokes in there :o) and along a bit of bridleway. The rape was out but Jan had swallowed a clarytin before we set off and wasn't too badly affected.

15.95 miles in 1h 32m 1s.
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Post by: peliroja on May 09, 2008, 06:17:09 pm
Sounds lovely, wow. I wish I were retired! ;)
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Post by: Wowbagger on May 09, 2008, 06:52:46 pm
Sounds lovely, wow. I wish I were retired! ;)

So do I...  ;)
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Post by: TimO on May 09, 2008, 06:58:10 pm
A lovely commute (apart from first 5-6k)from Bristol to Taunton at about 3.00-ish this afternoon!  Weather's lovely!

Boggle. :o

You commute from Bristol to Taunton ?! It throws my 12 mile commute into perspective.

I quite liked the dull weather today.  I found it was easier to spot the potholes than when you've got bright sunshine and sharp shadows of trees etc on the roads.  Another couple of weeks and I'll probably have learnt most of the potholes, but at the moment...<fx:bang, crunch, ouch...>
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Post by: GruB on May 09, 2008, 07:07:18 pm
I'd been trawling the domestic violence database, correcting issues and I was losing the will to live by 2pm so I went to the boss and suggested time off for good behaviour.
Left at 3pm and did and extra 11 miles on the way home  :thumbsup:
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Post by: eck on May 09, 2008, 07:24:46 pm

Left at 3pm and did and extra 11 miles on the way home  :thumbsup:
Oh, bugger.  ::-)

 ;)

Am I right in thinking you're glad to be back on the bike? :thumbsup:
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Post by: GruB on May 09, 2008, 07:35:56 pm
Glad is an understatement  ;D
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Post by: mike on May 09, 2008, 08:27:44 pm
havng just bought a bike from Clarion of this parish, I got off the train about half way home and had a lovely 2 hour pootle home.  Nice bike, now i've changed the saddle for a brooks ;)
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Post by: Chris S on May 09, 2008, 08:35:05 pm
havng just bought a bike from Clarion of this parish, I got off the train about half way home and had a lovely 2 hour pootle home.  Nice bike, now i've changed the saddle for a brooks ;)

Getting busy filling up the new house with bikes... good man  :thumbsup:!
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Post by: clarion on May 09, 2008, 09:36:40 pm
I haven't had a pootle today, but I done lotsa fettling today :)
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Post by: CathH on May 09, 2008, 09:44:50 pm
Commuting and fettling today - humungous CDE* requiring a new tyre and tube - luckily I'm the anal type who keeps a spare folding tyre in the bottom of her locker, and never goes even to the end of the garden without a spare tube...  :D




*Catastrophic Deflation Event
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Post by: Wowbagger on May 09, 2008, 10:30:34 pm
Commuting and fettling today - humungous CDE* requiring a new tyre and tube - luckily I'm the anal type who keeps a spare folding tyre in the bottom of her locker, and never goes even to the end of the garden without a spare tube...  :D




*Catastrophic Deflation Event

I take a spare tyre with me wherever I go... :-\
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Post by: JohnP on May 09, 2008, 10:36:02 pm
I take a spare tyre with me wherever I go... :-\

+1 for me.


No bike riding today but just back from local Evening Track meeting. First time grandson has seen track racig and he was amazed at the idea of bikes without brakes.  Good mixed entry - about 15 youths, some on minute bikes through to a pro in full team kit.  Flood lights on for the last Devil and final 10 mile chase.
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Post by: TimO on May 09, 2008, 10:43:24 pm
I take a spare tyre with me wherever I go... :-\

I was just thinking... "who would have a spare tyre at work, that's just paranoid", and then realised I do have a spare tyre sat next to me. :-\

...of course, it's a 26" tyre and my commuter is 700C...
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Post by: cycleman on May 10, 2008, 09:46:23 am
a nice ride on the new recumbent to woking from slough useing parts of ncn4 . i even did a extra climb and prove i need a lower grandad gear  :)
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Post by: annie on May 10, 2008, 10:39:22 am
No but my little sis will be arriving any time now, haven't seen her for a couple of years
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Post by: Arthur on May 10, 2008, 12:38:16 pm
I've just got back from 19 flattish miles on the fixie in slightly under an hour. Now sitting at the PC waiting for the shower to become available, with sweat dripping into my eyes, a very dry throat and calfs which feel like they've been beaten with iron bars. Damn, it's hot out there.  :)
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Post by: Chris S on May 10, 2008, 01:05:14 pm
Much fetching and carrying with this:

(http://www.ivy-house.org.uk/images/falcon.jpg)

this morning. Hiding in the shade with a Cold One now, before offering myself as slave to the Gardening Goddess.
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Post by: numbnuts on May 10, 2008, 01:24:03 pm
24.6 miles around the lanes
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Post by: vince on May 10, 2008, 01:42:20 pm
Return to Derby last night to collect my car. Not as sunny, but no headwind this time. I've saved £13 in rail fare, got two rides in and all in all it probably took no more time than using the train.

There might be something in this cycling lark  ;)
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Post by: alan on May 10, 2008, 03:23:52 pm
Return to Derby last night to collect my car. Not as sunny, but no headwind this time. I've saved £13 in rail fare, got two rides in and all in all it probably took no more time than using the train.

There might be something in this cycling lark  ;)

I collected my car from the dealership.The snobby folk at Stratstone  are perhaps unacustomed to having lycra,cleats & helmets in the showroom ;D
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Post by: Rob C. on May 10, 2008, 03:33:01 pm
35 mile ish pootle from Norwich to Loddon and back via Stoke Holy Cross, Brooke,Mundham, Claxton, Surlingham passing through stretches of NCN 1. Back into Norwich via Trowse and the obligatory climb up Gas Hill (puff,pant..) to home.

Best ride I've had so far on the new bike, after 200 miles on it things are really starting to come together on it . Don't you just love those days when you just feel real good on the bike and you feel like you could just keep going? :thumbsup:

Rob
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Post by: Aidan on May 10, 2008, 05:06:03 pm
87km of bumpy Yorkshire wolds. It was a bit 'ot for it, but im not complaining. I've got tan lines now! :thumbsup:
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Post by: matthew on May 10, 2008, 05:12:50 pm
Just a gentle 20ks to Windsor and back through Windsor Great Park. However the cadence did reach 165 (48 x 19 with 32mm tyres), a record for me, on the way back.  :thumbsup:

Matthew
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Post by: Jezza on May 10, 2008, 05:26:14 pm
About 30 miles, down to Dunwich then round Minsmere and back inland. Beautiful day for it. 
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Post by: Wowbagger on May 10, 2008, 05:55:40 pm
After having fitted a new front mech, I tried the Mercian out on a trip to the LBS. Just as the lights changed, a young chap on a mountain bike went blasting past me so I gave chase. That Mercian can shift! I think he thought he'd left me for dead, but I hurtled past him on the bend before screaming up in front of the bike shop.

It turned out that he was going there too. An exchange of smiles and "After you!" he said. ;D
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Post by: Jaded on May 10, 2008, 06:07:55 pm
I took Mrs Jaded out on a trip this morning, to breakfast by the canal near Slimbridge. Glorious. Watching people messing about on boats.

It was hot and there's been a lot of rehydration going on.

32 miles.
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Post by: peliroja on May 10, 2008, 06:20:12 pm
Yes, a short pootle to Nunhead Cemetery. What an incredible place! 

Ice cream on the way back. Woolly had a blue one.  ::-)
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Post by: RichForrest on May 10, 2008, 06:49:34 pm
Not today but hope to get out early and do a quick 100k before the kids come round at 10 for a slower ride to the Stoke Goldington steam rally.

Rich.

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Post by: FatBloke on May 10, 2008, 07:09:27 pm
30 hot sweltering miles for me.  First 18+mph average of the year.   8) 8) 8) 8)

I love the summer!   :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Mind you, some of those bloody insects don't half hurt when they smack into your forehead!  :-\
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Post by: toekneep on May 10, 2008, 07:11:28 pm
Yes, our first utility cycle ride in our new location. 1.5 miles each way to visit my mum. But it doesn't stop there, oh no. We shall soon be cycling along the seafront to visit friends and go to the pub. I could get to like this new life style.
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Post by: alan on May 10, 2008, 07:35:17 pm
I took Mrs Jaded out on a trip this morning, to breakfast by the canal near Slimbridge.

Would that be at the Chandlery by the Tudor pub/caravan site?
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Post by: clarion on May 10, 2008, 07:38:04 pm
I have been out! :thumbsup:

Not breaking any distance records, but Superstoker & I rode down the Wandle Trail to Earlsfield to get some bits for the new tandem.  Big event for Ss, because he's still very nervous of riding a solo.  Well done, that man! *proud dad*

Later, we went to Earlsfield again via quiet roads to do a bit of shopping.  This time on the tandem.  Superstoker took to the new machine really well. 

Whilst at the shops, i discovered why the rear brake was misbehaving - a badly fitted cable :(  I bodged, but didn't want to be on the roads too much, so we did the Wandle Trail again.  Superstoker was a bit concerned about the bits through (past - hah!) traffic, but he did great.  :D :D :D

Butterfly wants us to use a slower machine if she's to have a chance of keeping up ;D
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Post by: Jaded on May 10, 2008, 07:48:16 pm
I took Mrs Jaded out on a trip this morning, to breakfast by the canal near Slimbridge.

Would that be at the Chandlery by the Tudor pub/caravan site?

Indeed! The Chandlery stuff has moved next door to the cafe, which has been tarted up*.



* If you've never been there before, you probably wouldn't notice.  ;D
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Post by: JohnP on May 10, 2008, 08:00:54 pm
Really slow enjoyable pootle on Lea Navigation Tow Path with grandson #1.  I think he enjoyed it - cetainly he didn't stop talking all the time we were out.  I think it was a bit warm for both of us.
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Post by: woollypigs on May 10, 2008, 08:01:31 pm
Yes, a short pootle to Nunhead Cemetery. What an incredible place! 

Ice cream on the way back. Woolly had a blue one.  ::-)
yum yum yum, bubblegum and tutti-frutti :)

(http://lh3.ggpht.com/woollypigs/SCXwbXr8b0I/AAAAAAAACA8/ElembSdwbyw/dsc02836.jpg?imgmax=640)
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Post by: eck on May 10, 2008, 08:07:37 pm
Yes, a short pootle to Nunhead Cemetery. What an incredible place! 

Ice cream on the way back. Woolly had a blue one.  ::-)
yum yum yum, bubblegum and tutti-frutti :)
I live in Kirriemuir, birthplace of JM Barrie, author of Peter Pan. Our local ice cream parlour does "Peter Pan Special" flavour.
Go on, guess.


Pineapple and marshmallow.  ??? :sick:

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Post by: Frenchie on May 10, 2008, 09:44:33 pm
Oh yes!

75 miles (80+ for Julian I'd say) with the club; about 4 to 4.5 hours. I had a bad patch 2 hours in the ride which slowed us down a bit (I was flying before and may well have overdone it!  :-\ Sorry Julian et al.), but after a difficult 45 minutes I did recover somewhat and managed to go back into some rhythm. By the fourth hour though both Julian and I, who were heading home, were feeling quite cooked I think! It is not that we were slow by then; just a little bit slower.  ;D

A nice, warm ride!  8)

A gentle recovery is on order tomorrow I think.
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Post by: andygates on May 10, 2008, 10:03:57 pm
125km in the lovely sunny warm!  I have started on my tan lines with some real beauties, pink stockings of the finest spring order.  Fixed, on the flat from Wells to Taunton, up to Weston for an ice cream and back to Wells, buddying up with a tri friend who is getting the miles in for Iron in a month. 
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Post by: Wowbagger on May 10, 2008, 10:24:02 pm
My normal loop in 1h 7m 9s! :o

I must drink 4 pints of beer before every ride... ;)

A lovely evening.
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Post by: Ivo on May 10, 2008, 11:48:15 pm
Originally planned a 3-days ride along youthhostels in the Ardennes. Problempoint was that the Namur hostel was full when I wanted to make a reservation. Noone had cancelled when I checked this evening, so I returned by train and will go back to Namur to continue tomorrow morning. Nice 116k though to Namur.
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Post by: velocitizen on May 11, 2008, 09:44:31 am
Oh yes!

75 miles (80+ for Julian I'd say) with the club;


A gentle recovery is on order tomorrow I think.

Frenchie
Which club do you ride with? is it the Clarion? I went out with the Beeston road club for a nice 32 mile loop out to Wyemswold on Thursday evening, nice bunch.
Yesterday out through Kegworth, Gotham, Clifton and home before breakfast: then got the girls out on the tag-along down the canal to the 'Raleigh exhibition' at the university.
This mornings ride was a reaquaintance with my P7 and a quick pootle up the Trent, Erewash, and through Toton sidings. (An old off-road commuting route of mine which would make a nice gentle recovery ride for tired limbs.)
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Post by: gordon taylor on May 11, 2008, 09:56:10 am
Eight miles - out to get the paper, plus an extra loop. That's taken me to exactly 2500 miles on Bikejournal since 1st January. I get really excited about these distance milestones!
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Post by: rogerzilla on May 11, 2008, 11:51:58 am
About 25 hot miles on the Fuji track bike, including two 1:6 hills.  It hurt.
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Post by: Aidan on May 11, 2008, 11:57:22 am
A nice and easy 65k before it got too hot and I'm going walking on the Wolds and in the woods this afty. 

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Post by: Si on May 11, 2008, 12:25:56 pm
First ride of over 10miles since the start of April (indeed only second ride of any sort since then)!

Everything has gone green, not to mention a bit warm.

Felt great to be back out on the bike if only around 20miles and averaging around 11mph, plus am very tired now, spending rest of day sitting in garden and happily aching.

Fingers crossed that I don't have a reaction to the ride in the next couple of days and that I can start doing a bit more now.
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Post by: Regulator on May 11, 2008, 01:37:17 pm
A nice pootle from Jon's parents in Ashtead (Surrey) back to Pimlico - Jon is being lazy and will be taking the train later.  Route was Ashtead to Leatherhead, up the A234 and then on the cycle route to Kingston upon Thames and along the Thames Path to Pimlico. 

Luckily I was going against the flow of cyclists doing the London Bridges ride but the Thames Path was absolutely heaving.  As well as the London Bridges ride, there was a womens' sponsored walk going the other way and large numbers of kids on bikes.

All in all a pleasant 25 miles - the weather is glorious!   :thumbsup:
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Post by: nuttycyclist on May 11, 2008, 01:51:48 pm
I'm not going out today.  I'm melting at home.

Yesterday we did a gentle 50 miles on the tandem, but that was hot and horrible.  (The tarmac in Edwins Hall Road had melted!  Really slowed us down while the tyres were pulling through that glue)

How on earth do you lot cope in this heat?  I'm just waiting for October >:(
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Post by: GruB on May 11, 2008, 02:01:58 pm
Yep my SundayGruBrun of 50 miles today.  Twas lovely.
Just mowed the lawn - that was hot going.
Mrs G has entered the Race for Life and wants to go out this arvo.
Walk/run to the warf at Pewsey so the boys and I will ride the MTBs.  ;D
Then BBQ for tea.
What a life.
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Post by: annie on May 11, 2008, 02:43:50 pm
Not today, my little sis is heading back to Cheltenham, had a wonderful weekend with her and her husband.  I am pottering in the garden in my bikini.  I can't believe it is only early May.
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Post by: andyoxon on May 11, 2008, 03:13:33 pm
~31 mile around south Oxfordshire (Classic Oxfordshire ride)  :)

see route - http://www.mapmyride.com/ride/united-kingdom/didcot/931269840452
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Post by: peliroja on May 11, 2008, 03:13:45 pm
Regulator: I too was dodging the Bridges riders on today's expedition to Weybridge. The marshalls kept clapping me on with their huge orange foam hands. :) I wasn't complaining.

A lovely, fast, hot 30 odd miles. I got home and Woolly presented me with a huge plate of bubble and squeak. Can't beat it!
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Post by: TimO on May 11, 2008, 03:27:03 pm
1½ miles, to Sainsburys and back with Bob the trailer.  I think that's probably the shortest cycle I've ever done, it's generally faster to walk that sort of distance, but I was intending to shift some heavyish stuff.

It was made a bit more interesting trying to get across three lanes of traffic on the Purley Way to turn right into the shops.
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Post by: Dave on May 11, 2008, 03:53:17 pm
Dragged a mate down from Bolton to do the '20 bridges' ride from here (http://www.fridaynightride.com/).

Got off the train at St Pancras to see loads of people in orange t-shirts wheeling bikes out of the station. "You here for the ride?", said one. "Er, what ride?" "The sponsored ride over the bridges from Tower Bridge to Kew." "Ah." Turns out there were 2000-odd riders out.

So we rode it from Kew to Tower :D

And loads of fun was had by all.
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Post by: numbnuts on May 11, 2008, 03:55:06 pm
47.2 miles bloody hot 31 degrees.....why do I do it
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Post by: delthebike on May 11, 2008, 04:03:31 pm
A damn good day out with the SEG, Essex DA. Elevenses at the Cafe on the wall, Heybridge, and lunch at the Cricketers, Danbury.
(I won't mention the dark green fiesta that seemed to want the WBs' and me on the cyclepath by the side of the A1245. I don't know what signal Wowbagger gave but I saved some resources and used only one finger)  ;D
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Post by: Wowbagger on May 11, 2008, 04:56:08 pm
A wonderful day out. A bit on the hot side - I even avoided the beer when there were 5 beautiful Shepherd Neame hand pumps on offer in the Cricketers, choosing orange juice and lemonade with ice. Quite sun-burned now.

There were a few motorised arseholes around, the Fiesta driver that Del mentioned being one of the most noteworthy. It was most satisfying overtaking the entire queue, in which he was third, and whizzing around the roundabout at 20mph and then down the next hill at 30.

59.81 miles at 10.6 mph. Cos we were on the tandem, Mrs. Wow did the same. :D
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Post by: Tourist Tony on May 11, 2008, 05:18:55 pm
35 miles around Newmarket and Cambridge today. Popped up for a bbq with friends last night, and set off this morning in serious heat for a spin out towards Bury, round to the North and then back in to Cambridge from the North East by way of Swaffham. Glorious, gently undulating roads giving just that chance for a change of pace that you don't get on the real flat stuff further North; lovely village churches, corn buntings singing....as Hummers would say, "Marvellous".
I was going to swing down past Annie's to Ipswich and get the train back from there, but it's all engineering works dammit; and also at St Pancras.
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Post by: diapsaon0 on May 11, 2008, 05:33:28 pm
Just a gentle walk of a few miles on the Quantocks with Jude (reluctant refusenik  cyclist) and a very hot border collie.

N
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Post by: Moondog on May 11, 2008, 05:51:55 pm
I put the dog in his trailer and we went for a walk along the shore near Harwich.

Saw 4 cyclists who had ridden from Kings Lynn along the Suffolk Coastal Way.They were just having tuna baguettes and were in good humour as they only had an hour and a halfs ride to Colchester to catch the train back home.

To tell them there was no train service would have spoilt their reverie.They looked tough enough though to force their way on to the decrepit old double decker that was the replacement train.

N
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Post by: IanDG on May 11, 2008, 05:58:27 pm
A 50 miler from Stornoway - Barvas - Callanish - Leurbost - Stornoway (and en extra little loop around town to get the extra distance in to break 50 miles). dry and cool (11C), with a 10mph head wind for the last 15-ish miles
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Post by: David Martin on May 11, 2008, 06:55:24 pm
Rode out to Montros Basin (where the wild things are). Towads Tealing, Kellas, Newbigging, Friockheim, then the Brechin road and finally into Montrose. A pelasantly rolling Mearns ride, into the teeth of an Easterly. Ouch. I was meant to get there to meet the family at 4. I pushed like crazy to not be too late and was on the last bit when they passed me (the only bit on the same road as they came a different way).

My legs hurt... but it was a good ride. Somewhere between 30-35 miles, and just about 2 hours.

..d
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Post by: vince on May 11, 2008, 07:43:42 pm
34 miles today, out from Long Eaton to Breedon church on the hill, then pootling around the rolling countryside of North Leics & South Derbyshire. Glorious sunshine, the forst time this year I felt the need to use sun screen.

Another couple of weeks and I'm hoping that I might survive riding with a certain Frenchman of this parish.
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Post by: annie on May 11, 2008, 07:44:49 pm
35 miles around Newmarket and Cambridge today. Popped up for a bbq with friends last night, and set off this morning in serious heat for a spin out towards Bury, round to the North and then back in to Cambridge from the North East by way of Swaffham. Glorious, gently undulating roads giving just that chance for a change of pace that you don't get on the real flat stuff further North; lovely village churches, corn buntings singing....as Hummers would say, "Marvellous".
I was going to swing down past Annie's to Ipswich and get the train back from there, but it's all engineering works dammit; and also at St Pancras.

Was sorry not to have seen you today.  I would gladly have given you a lift to the next convenient station.
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Post by: Notsototalnewbie on May 11, 2008, 07:46:10 pm
My friend (who hasn't cycled for a while) and I went out for a pootle and picnic in Richmond Park, courtesy of Butterfly's kind loan of a bike.

We had a lovely time, it was all very relaxed and I found a way of going round that wasn't too hilly, as I wanted to encourage her back to cycling rather than make her drag up Sawyer's Hill! Bit busy cos of that bridges ride, but very nice all the same. She said she had a great time and is now considering getting her bike down from her parent's where it is currently residing. And I think lashings of sun cream may have saved us from the dreaded sunburn this time.

Now I should really tackle the housework that has been playing second fiddle to cycling all weekend  >:(  Flat looking very dubious indeed.
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Post by: Ian H on May 11, 2008, 07:53:03 pm
I headed out to the Chalfonts on fixed and got lost in Chiltern lanes. Lots of other cyclists about, including a family riding in slow motion on the wrong side of the road. It was a warm day and I suffered a bit in the heat.

Coming home past Ruislip on a horrible surface my rear light jumped off. I swore as it bounced into the path of following traffic, but the car behind stopped and waited for me to pick it up. What a pleasant chap!
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Post by: orienteer on May 11, 2008, 07:54:38 pm
Another CTC ride from Ruislip to Chipperfield for coffee (and chocolate cake), then along the beautiful lanes to Tring for lunch (BLT). Then across to Great Missenden church for a cream tea, before returning along the top of the ridge through Amersham to Denham.

Unfortunately one of our members had a handlebar retaining bolt break as he descended past Denham Station, right on a bend, with offish consequences. I sped home to Uxbridge to get my wagon to return and take him and bike home to Hanwell.

62 miles at 11.7mph average in perfect weather - hot but with an easterly breeze.
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Post by: Sergeant Pluck on May 11, 2008, 07:56:23 pm
Bit busy cos of that bridges ride

I was there most of the afternoon. It was like Piccadilly Circus  ::-)

Very hot indeed. I reckon I am burnt despite factor 30.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v138/Chickenhawk66/DSCF0019.jpg)
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Post by: mike on May 11, 2008, 08:08:31 pm
god yes, and what a beautiful evening it is.  The violent yellow of the fields of Rape, the green of the hedges, the amazing white candelabra of the horse chestnuts and the elusive blue carpet of the bluebells. 

An amazing ride. Reminded me why I love being on a bike :D



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Post by: peliroja on May 11, 2008, 08:21:53 pm
Ooh, Mike's gone all poetic on us! :D
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Post by: bobajobrob on May 11, 2008, 08:32:00 pm
Not today, but I day an 85k hilly ride yesterday and the same on Friday. I have a little sunburn as I forgot to put sun cream on ::-) The weather has been fantastic and it's lovely to see the trees and fields so green.
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Post by: clarion on May 11, 2008, 08:53:21 pm
My friend (who hasn't cycled for a while) and I went out for a pootle and picnic in Richmond Park, courtesy of Butterfly's kind loan of a bike.


Sorry about the saddle! :-[

I noticed after I got home that it was at an interesting angle.

'fraid it's not a very good seatpost, and I'd not been able to tighten the saddle enough because of, well, no excuses, really... :( :-[

I hope it didn't adversely affect the ride.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Notsototalnewbie on May 11, 2008, 08:59:53 pm
Hehe, I thought it was at a bit of an interesting angle too, but didn't like to mess with it being as it wasn't mine to mess with!

Don't think it affected her too much, we did as much sitting down and eating as we did riding, she just couldn't believe that there were people around as nice as yourselves willing to lend a total stranger a nice bike (and accompanying accessories!), and was just quite grateful really.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: teethgrinder on May 11, 2008, 09:29:39 pm
Wahey!
Scrochio weather, my favourite.
Took the mountain bike into the Northants bridleways and byways.
Ended up in the midst of a charity horse ride, among horses dyed pink.
Then cycled through a funfair in the middle of the countryside, which turned out to be the Stoke Goldington steam rally. Then onwards to Salcey Forest for a cuppa at the cafe.
More exploring of some byways brought me to the outskirts of Northampton, where I stopped for some refreshment at Billing Aquadrome, then made my way home. mostly on the lanes, then on Sustrans route 6, which has now been strewn with deep, loose gravel and is bad enough on my mountain bike. I could barely keep a straight line as my wheels sunk into the fine gravel. It is most likely unridable on a road bike.
Nice easy weekend and just over 100km logged.
I hope the weather holds up.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Nuncio on May 11, 2008, 09:31:20 pm
But maybe not quite as hot as today.

85 scenic, hot, hilly miles with friend, in preparation for the Bryan Chapman Memorial Audax. Cimla, Bwlch, Rhigos, Ystradfellte, Devil's Elbow, Trecastle, Lladdeusant, Black Mountain.  Around 2500 meters of ascending.  I don't know how accurate my bike computer thermometer is but when it showed 310 I must admit it didn't feel far off it.  I thought my head was going to explode on the Black Mountain climb but the slightest of breezes helped keep it intact, just, and the Strawberry Split from the ice cream reduced the body temperature a little further.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: mike on May 12, 2008, 08:56:51 am
I had to take the car to the garage so put the folder in the boot and rode home (startlingly quickly :D)

The builders were standing in the drive drinking tea as I got home.  They havent seen me in lycra before, I think I may be getting stick about that for a while...
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Frenchie on May 12, 2008, 08:57:05 am
Oh yes!

75 miles (80+ for Julian I'd say) with the club;


A gentle recovery is on order tomorrow I think.

Frenchie
Which club do you ride with? is it the Clarion? I went out with the Beeston road club for a nice 32 mile loop out to Wyemswold on Thursday evening, nice bunch.

Yes, I joined the Clarions; very welcoming. On Thu they run TT races and I may well do that this week. On Saturday we did about 75 pacy miles.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Frenchie on May 12, 2008, 08:58:08 am
We went for 1hr15 yesterday with Baby G. On the road section we used we even caught the CTC ride up it seems...  ::-)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: David Martin on May 12, 2008, 08:59:52 am
Wahey!
Scrochio weather, my favourite.
Took the mountain bike into the Northants bridleways and byways.
Ended up in the midst of a charity horse ride, among horses dyed pink.
Then cycled through a funfair in the middle of the countryside, which turned out to be the Stoke Goldington steam rally.

Sounds like you were suffering from heatstroke. Pink horses, funfairs turning into steam rallies? What were you eating?

..d
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Frenchie on May 12, 2008, 09:03:36 am
Another couple of weeks and I'm hoping that I might survive riding with a certain Frenchman of this parish.

Arghhh... You came to LE and you didn't even stop by to say hello!  :o
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Tourist Tony on May 12, 2008, 09:09:51 am
I headed out to the Chalfonts on fixed and got lost in Chiltern lanes. Lots of other cyclists about, including a family riding in slow motion on the wrong side of the road. It was a warm day and I suffered a bit in the heat.

Coming home past Ruislip on a horrible surface my rear light jumped off. I swore as it bounced into the path of following traffic, but the car behind stopped and waited for me to pick it up. What a pleasant chap!
Is what it is all about!
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Greenbank on May 12, 2008, 09:25:42 am
First extended commute of 28.75km. Lovely in the park. Good to see the plod pulling over trade vehicles at the top of Broomfield Hill. Gave them a hearty "Good Morning!" as I went past.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Regulator on May 12, 2008, 09:29:14 am
First extended commute of 28.75km. Lovely in the park. Good to see the plod pulling over trade vehicles at the top of Broomfield Hill. Gave them a hearty "Good Morning!" as I went past.


Anmd plod were doing speed checks on the Mall this morning...  I got a big smile from the female traffic officer as I speeded up when she spun the camera towards me...  ;D

But the highlight was seeing the number of cabs that were pulled over and tickets being written  :demon:
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: groucho on May 12, 2008, 12:14:07 pm
Just 8 miles to Barry swabbed in Factor 30, then marshalling at the Ty Hafan charity 5k run, then 10 miles back home via the rugby club to tidy up after a 7s tournament the day before.(when I should have had the Factor 30 on!)

So a lazy, tiring, merry weekend. Roll on the next one ...when it's off to Wembley and another bike free weekend.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Jaded on May 12, 2008, 01:02:45 pm
A 21 miles sweat'n drag skirting around Charlie's place.

Luckily  Special Branch didn't come out to see what I was doing .2 miles from the place with a suspicious recording device on a road bike in a field.*


*I was reccing a 50 miles sponsored relay run, gov. Yes, 8 yummy mummies from school will be running and I'll be following them on me bike. Honest!
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: alan on May 12, 2008, 01:38:23 pm
8 yummy mummies 

I'll be following them on me bike.

you get all the good jobs(fails to find a smilie representing jealousy) ;)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Wowbagger on May 12, 2008, 05:30:05 pm
An 11 mile commute, which included significant factors:-

1. I passed 300 miles for the month
2. I passed 10000 miles since enrolling on Bikejournal
3. I stopped off at the B52 club between Rochford and Southend where Fatters was serving Brewer's Gold.

I liked it; it was good.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: diapsaon0 on May 12, 2008, 05:35:41 pm

 8 yummy mummies from school will be running and I'll be following them on me bike.

Photos please  :P
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: clarion on May 12, 2008, 05:52:41 pm
Yes, I joined the Clarions; very welcoming.

Good man! :thumbsup:

Sadly, Heanor Clarion (for I think it will be they ;) ) are the least political of the lot, but they have some very good riders.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: bobmick on May 12, 2008, 07:19:45 pm
Continuing to make the most of this lovely weather.  Only had a couple of hours spare at the weekend so managed to squeeze in 58k in gloriously hot sun yesterday and then a bit of an extended commute today totalling 70.5k.  Tan lines on my arms coming along nicely but legs still very white!
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: alan on May 12, 2008, 07:53:30 pm

 8 yummy mummies from school will be running and I'll be following them on me bike.

Photos please  :P

That's yummymummy pics Jaded,not you on the bike.I've seen the latter ;D
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Wowbagger on May 13, 2008, 10:58:48 am
15 miles of slightly different loop today, culminating in bringing 24kg shopping home from Waitrose.

We were within the final mile of tranquil rurality when we mentioned that the dearth of cuckoos seems to be quite serious: we would have expected to have heard one on the route we took.

On cue, (or, on cook-cue) there he was! I cuckoo'd back at him and within seconds he was with us, looking for his foe. They don't like getting close to humans, and every time he flew over the hedge we were hiding behind and caught sight of us, he zoomed off again, occasionally settling in a nearby willow tree to make that delightful throat-clearing sound which cuckoos make when riled.

15 miles at 10.2 mph.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: David Martin on May 13, 2008, 11:07:53 am
No. Today will be the first day of many weeks that I haven't ridden a bike. I took the car in for its annual "open your wallet and say after me, help yourself" jambouree, and as the garage is pretty much just over the road I walked the last 100m.

Hopefully I will be driving home.

..d
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: andygates on May 13, 2008, 12:35:42 pm
Lovely day for a sweaty fixie assault on the commute!  And last night was Lesson 1 on the pennyfarthing - scooting and gliding.  Was going to go for a mount, but the saddle fell off. :-[
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: annie on May 13, 2008, 04:30:29 pm
No but had several inches taken from my locks :-\ so should be a little lighter on the bike.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Wowbagger on May 13, 2008, 06:15:17 pm
No but had several inches taken from my locks :-\ so should be a little lighter on the bike.

Will you still be able to get them through both wheels and round a Sheffield stand? ::-)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: annie on May 13, 2008, 08:05:41 pm
No but had several inches taken from my locks :-\ so should be a little lighter on the bike.

Will you still be able to get them through both wheels and round a Sheffield stand? ::-)

With difficulty. :P
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: GruB on May 13, 2008, 08:27:17 pm
Another 46 miles on the TCR.  My legs ache like hell !!  :demon:  I find it really hard to ride slowly on that beast  ;D
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: David Martin on May 13, 2008, 10:25:12 pm
I tella lie. I thought I was going climbing tonight but my climbing partner G spent all afternoon tryingto get hold of me. "I'm ridingthe Etape [Caledonia] on Sunday and want to get a few more miles in - fancy a ride?"

The only riding we have done together before is on laden bikes on our way into bothies. He is the antithesis of me - very slightly built, but with little road bike experience. But he does have a shiny new boardman road bike  :thumbsup:

So I did a quick change, got Fred ready to go (the Pro2 Grip are starting to look a little tired after the winter), bottles filled and planned a quick route in my head.

G arrived and off we went. As I had anticipated he was much faster than me on the uphills - something to do with a 30kg weight difference. We cruised out through Birkhill and Tinky's Brae, waved at the welcoming committee for the club APR and then passed the various groups as they approached the finish (they were going the other way). F was still hanging on to the front group despite his first club weekender - 250 miles in two days for a 16yo.

We took a left and were on a road I had never ridden before. It was an absolute gem. Single track rising gently past a farm, then dropping into a hanging valley. Skirting the sides of the loch. Evening sun lit up the golden grass and gorse in that magical way that only a Scottish sun can. If you could bottle it you'd be a millionaire. Dead quiet apart from the bleating of lambs and gunting of tupping rams and ewes.

The road swings round and drops into Lundie. Only 500m away is the main road, but it is as good as 500 miles. We follow the road to the end of the village, a swng to the left on a steep hairpin and the climb starts to the top of Tullybaccart. My left calf is cramping, but my riding style is better than G's and we're not really pushing it so I can shift the effort and eventually manage to work the cramp around the mucsle and out.

Main road. It is eerily deserted as we ride side by side into Perth and Kinross. Yellow gorse by the side of the road in a pastoral idyl.

Before the road drops away down the hill we swing left for a short climb to the stunning descent through Littleton. The first part is open, fast and clear. Then the road follows the river as it twists down the gorge, steep banks of verdant green on one side, trees obscuring the water on the other. I know the road and let the bike run faster than is probably prudent, braking hard for the one tighter corner as the midges die hard across my face. And then run out, open countryside, and another little hanging dell. The road to the right is Jock's Brae, a steep climb, and a very entertainign descent if you have the bottle. Slightly lumpy and a bit of a curve at the top but otherwise dead straight and oh so fast.

But htat is not our route. We swing left, past the saw mill and through the clouds of insects. Jink left and cross the stream rising out of the saddle to blast the wee rise the other side, then drop through the village.   

Count the left turns. 3rd left and we are on the home run. Rise and fall throguh Flocklones and past the Cat's Hotel. Only three more climbs to go and they are all short. It is into the wind now as we reach the junction and turn left to rise up again. Dundee sits clear on teh horizon,not so very far away in miles but a different continent in demeanour. Up we go, tired legs straining a bit. I'm starting to get the better of G. Fat and unfit I may be but I know how to ride a bike. 

We turn towards Liff. My favourite road sign - road unsuitable for HGVs. A twist to cross the bridge, best not taken at speed till you know what is there, then immedieatelyout of the saddle up the step. Respite. Second step. Spin and Liff.

The old hospital is now luxury apartments. We greet a group of teenagers out on MTB's - there are so many people out on bikes this year - and roll on to Gourdie Brae. A bit of assertive traffic management is needed to gain access to the park. Mostly deserted at this time of the evening  the ducks are resting. Admiral Duncan's house is a fitting backdrop - the sandstone a fine complement in the evening light to the rich greens and vibrant blossom of the trees.

All that is left is a short stint of city riding, just a mile more and back to my place. An absolutely fabulous evening. I wish I could have shared the colours and scenery with you. Pick the best Scottish calendar you can - it won't go far enough. A beautiful evenings ride, 24 miles in just under 90 mins. Hilly but not excessively so. And an unexpected bonus with which to finish the day.
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Post by: Jaded on May 13, 2008, 10:31:19 pm
Three trips to school today. 11 miles each.

The last one was best as it was a Parent's Committee meeting and I was not encumbered by children and wife! Loaded up with three Dinottes and the new helmet camera I had a whale of a time. 17.mph avergae, which is good for me.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: tiermat on May 14, 2008, 01:35:04 pm
Been for a little pootle around the green, trouble is the green is 10 miles away! :)

Then have just got back from a 5 mile shakedown of my bike, after it's service, all is well it actually goes and stops now (apart from squeeling like a stuck pig when using the back brake!)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: annie on May 14, 2008, 01:53:27 pm
Went for my usual run and then the gym, also a quick session on the new turbo, went too fast and hard and only managed 20 minutes on some course in Majorca, couldn't go outside as was waiting in for a delivery.

Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: mike on May 14, 2008, 07:13:37 pm
no, because my ruddy clients wanted a conference call at 7.00.  Hopefully tomorrow...
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: clarion on May 14, 2008, 07:40:42 pm
I've been out in the sunshine.  One of my cleat bolts came out, which meant I couldn't get my left foot out (exciting turning right on a busy road).

Later took off over to Clapham Junction - just ten minutes, and I think I'm getting over the psychological barrier of a small hill nearby.  Swift zoom home past the traffic with Butterfly. :)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Wowbagger on May 14, 2008, 08:06:27 pm
Ten miles of commuting. Quite pleasant today.

Twice I was overtaken by other cyclists, which is quite unusual: not because I'm fast but because there are not so many of them.

The first of these overtook on the inside for no good reason at all and I caught him at the lights. I scrutinised his Trek frame carefully. "Just checking to see if your bike was made by BMW," said I. He saw the funny side and apologised.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Maladict on May 14, 2008, 10:03:09 pm
Returning from the Lake District.

Realised I'd managed to catch the rush hour bike ban from London to Cambridge so went and sat in a park (something or other square gardens, near KX) for a couple of hours in the sun, and read yacf and upgraded the version of google mail on my phone.  :)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: peliroja on May 14, 2008, 10:40:15 pm
  I was out today with 16 others from South Bucks CTC on a wonderful ride in the scenic countryside of the Chiltern Hills and the Vale of Oxford with glorious sunshine and a cooling breeze. It was a fantastic day.

  Difficult as it may seem, something else really made my day - at the lunch stop. On such a glorious day it was quite natural for everyone to choose to sit outside. I spotted Peter and his wife sitting inside so I decided to sit with them as they looked left out and I had met them but once before, last year. Peter is about 70 and is in a wheelchair. Exactly why I can't remember but he will never ride again, making life a tad difficult. Something in me hurt for Peter.

  The conversation included an Austrian cyclist Peter has helped. They bumped into him while on holiday in Somerset where he asked for directions. Peter described his bike as like a baker's bike with a massive front basket, in which sat a fully-laden rucksack. For directions all he had was a map of the UK torn out of an atlas! Peter explained that he was a cyclist and ended up spending many days cycling with him while he was over here. The chap had later been in contact and invited them over to his place (in Austria) to be his guests for a holiday, which they enjoyed immensely.

  What made my day was to see how Peter's face lit up as he recounted those glorious days on his bike, going out of his way to help this foreigner. To see this wheelchair-confined (ex?)-cyclist for a short time happy and reliving wonderful and exciting memories was even more thrilling that the rest of the day.

Thanks for reading this far.
Lovely story, RR.

Btw, did I see you on Sunday early afternoon near Walton Bridge, you in a US Postal jersey?
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Notsototalnewbie on May 14, 2008, 10:51:25 pm
That is a nice story road-runner, it obviously did him good to recount those stories.

And good one wowbagger. There are lots of cyclists around now that the weather is good, and there is some undertaking going on that riles me...that's a good line you have there.

I cycled to my mum's this evening through Maida Vale, drivers were quite pleasant but then I've cut out the very narrow streets lined with parked cars as I always had 'incidents' on them.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Jaded on May 14, 2008, 11:06:59 pm
5  miles on the school run and then 66 miles to go see a game of rounders, which we lost. I nearly beat the minibus back, over 30 miles.  :thumbsup: *

* It got caught up in the M5 closure.

My first metric 100 since November. In effect my December, 12th month one that I never did.

So that's 100 miles in two days.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: CathH on May 15, 2008, 08:20:08 am
What is it about cycling in rain that I enjoy so much?  Gave the Rainlegs a good workout - they are an excellent bit of kit.  The main thing I like about them is that they keep the tops of my thighs warm.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: vince on May 15, 2008, 08:21:23 am
I rode 23 miles home after dropping my car off with friends. A lovely summer evening, on some of my favourite roads in the Peak. It was also my last ride before the Friday night ride.

A long road up to Longcliffe, which I usually do the other way around:

(http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b108/VinceBeckworth/Ride%20Home%2014%20May%2008/Picture008.jpg)

This is absolutely one of my favourite descents, long and sweeping before tightening up at the bottom with a series of sharp turns into a steep limestone dale. It's not as much fun to climb it!

After this it was a fast shallow descent to Grangemill and a steady climb to Winster, a largeish village high up in the White Peak:

(http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b108/VinceBeckworth/Ride%20Home%2014%20May%2008/Picture011.jpg)

From this point there is a lovely fast descent into Darley Dale, through Wensley on almost traffic free roads. At weekends these roads can be heavy with traffic, but in the evening and early morning they are usually very quiet and tourist free.

At Darley Dale I began the long climb up to Beeley Moor:

(http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b108/VinceBeckworth/Ride%20Home%2014%20May%2008/Picture013.jpg)

I'm hoping that if I made it up this I should manage Ditchling early Saturday morning. This went on for half a mile, plus another mile of climbing at a lower rate through Peak Forest before reaching the straight road over the top of the Moor and then dropping down into Chesterfield to the chippy and home 8)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: tiermat on May 15, 2008, 11:48:13 am
What a glorious day, set off with the intention of riding the top loop of Tiermat's Tyke Ride, in preparation for June 14th.  Got 10 miles in, on a long drag up hill, needed to drop down into the granny ring and BAM! Chain suck, brought the chain up round the chainstay and there it did stay...

Had to undo the chainring bolts, remove outer and middle ring to free the chain, and then it now looks like I need a new middle ring :(

Oh well, off to the LBS with me then (only got it back from there yesterday after a service)

Anyways got a nice 17 miles in the sunshine and I am feeling good...
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: clarion on May 15, 2008, 01:40:58 pm
:(  Oh that sucks! ;)

*runs*
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Dinamo on May 15, 2008, 02:01:27 pm
What is it about cycling in rain that I enjoy so much? 

After days of cycling in lovely weather, it was quite refreshing cycling in the rain this morning !
Luckily I had my Goretex  ;D
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: toekneep on May 15, 2008, 03:20:25 pm
I've just been shopping. Exploring our new surroundings and searching out independent greengrocers. Not very successful unfortunately, I ended up having to give in and go to Sainsburys to get fresh Corriander. Bugger. (The potted Corriander that I grew from seed isn't quite up to being harvested yet.)

Cycling around the Fylde is very pleasant, it being entirely flat apart from the odd railway bridge. I'm a bit worried I am going to lose my Welsh hill legs very quickly.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: clarion on May 15, 2008, 04:55:02 pm
Finally got the Woodrup out on the road again.  What joy!

I'll never be the fastest rider on the road, but I can get up there a bit.  And a gently rolling 10k was a good shake-down ride. :)

Spinning out just over 40kph down Earlsfield Road means it goes up just as fast as I want it to - any faster, I'll freewheel, thanks ;)  And it's light enough to climb OK too (well, better than me ;D )
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: GruB on May 15, 2008, 09:19:55 pm
Don't know if it was just my wettish roads, but boy oh boy was it slippery out today.
I had a cracking rear wheel slide at one stage and the old gent walking his dog nearly spat his teeth out, and he was only watching from the other side of the road  ;D
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Butterfly on May 15, 2008, 10:25:38 pm
We took the new tandem to Wandsworth's mayor-making ceremony. Not a long ride, but fun swooping past the queueing traffic and worth it for the looks when people realised that we had cycled and that I had cycle shorts under the red silk dress. ;D

Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: clarion on May 15, 2008, 10:31:05 pm
Got to speak to several councillors & two MPs (well, one very briefly...).  Great networking, with one keen Tory* councillor wheeling her friends across regularly to speak to us :thumbsup:

Several people had their eyes opened (not just when Butterfly flashed her shorts ;D )





Well, it is Wandsworth, and I did wash my hands afterwards... ;)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: LEE on May 15, 2008, 10:56:24 pm
30 miles and got visited by the P-fairy for first time since August and 3500 miles.

The clue that my tyre had gone was the sphincter-clenching broadside as I rounded a fast bend near home.  "Rear-Wheel Steering" always looks great when Valentino Rossi does it in MotoGP but less impressive when my bike decides to do it without warning me.

I've forgotten how to fix them it's been such a long time.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on May 15, 2008, 11:03:46 pm
Only to work and back, but my and Anth's paths finally crossed. Given that we commute the same route but in opposite directions, you'd think we'd have already in the 6 weeks I've been going that way. But I'm a lazy mare who hates mornings and has flexitime so I'm usually in later ...
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Wowbagger on May 16, 2008, 12:11:21 am
Cycling around the Fylde is very pleasant, it being entirely flat apart from the odd railway bridge. I'm a bit worried I am going to lose my Welsh hill legs very quickly.

You could always get a train to Burnley once a week and cycle up and down the Nick of Pendle just for the hell of it. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: clarion on May 16, 2008, 05:14:57 pm
Had a nice swoop through the back roads of south london - Putney & N Wimbledon as well as Wandsworth/Tooting.  There's some sleepy leafiness about - and some madly grandiose houses too!

Got annoyed with a galaxy rider ignoring a red light when some schoolchildren were crossing (somehow I feel those riding tourers should have a higher level of manners - irrational, I know), and with a WVM who crowded me on a railway bridge.  I reached up & pushed his door mirror, then felt guilty that he probably wouldn't be able to see whoever was on the inside.  But he'd have hit me with it if I hadn't, so I hope he had the good sense to sort it out when he was stopped in the traffic.  I thought about staying back from him so he couldn't retaliate, but the traffic was so laughably stuck that I just went past car after car after car, a broad smile across my lips, until I was into the back streets near home, and feeling safe and untouchable.

I heart my bike :)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: FatBloke on May 16, 2008, 05:23:50 pm
I popped into work on the mtb about lunchtime to do some cellar work. Only 5 miles to work, but I must have got lost on the way back because when I got home I was very muddy and had clocked up 25 miles!   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on May 18, 2008, 04:35:18 pm
40 miles today along the canal path. Had to stop for a pee in some bushes. First to guess where I got nettle rash wins - absolutely nothing but the satisfaction of being right.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: PaulF on May 18, 2008, 04:44:14 pm
Nice gentle 30 miles through Kingston-upon-Thames, Sunbury, Walton and Hampton back through Kingston and Richmond Park.

Headwind both ways ??? Great to see so many cyclists out although the family wobbling their way along the road three abreast (with space to pass comfortably between them, not that I did that  :demon:) could have shown a little more awareness of their surroundings.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: orienteer on May 18, 2008, 05:45:26 pm
CTC section ride from Uxbridge to Fairoaks aerodrome (near Chobham) for coffee. Fortunately we arrived before a couple of dozen leatherjackets. Then back through Windsor to Eton for a pub lunch.

My daughter is over from Cape Town for a couple of months, so I persuaded her to come along on my Moulton ATB, not the lightest of bikes. She hadn't cycled for over two years, but managed the 45 miles -  well done!
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: MSeries on May 18, 2008, 05:46:05 pm
75.5 miles to York and back. I am disappointed it wasn't further.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: andygates on May 18, 2008, 05:56:44 pm
Car park.  Penny farthing.   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: PaulF on May 18, 2008, 06:08:32 pm
75.5 miles to York and back. I am disappointed it wasn't further.

Why? Don't you like York?
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Post by: annie on May 18, 2008, 06:21:11 pm
75.5 miles to York and back. I am disappointed it wasn't further.

Blimey, given that a few months ago you weren't even walking I think you ought to be very proud of yourself.  I for one think that is a great distance. :-*
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Post by: MSeries on May 18, 2008, 06:26:47 pm
75.5 miles to York and back. I am disappointed it wasn't further.

Why? Don't you like York?

Yes, I like York, that's why I went there. I estimated the ride would be 80-85, I don't use a computer, my estimate was based on it being 37 miles as I used to drive on the motorway to work there. The back roads are clearly shorter. I wanted to extend my range, two weeks ago I did 85 miles but I had more stops and company that time.
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Post by: MSeries on May 18, 2008, 07:10:06 pm
75.5 miles to York and back. I am disappointed it wasn't further.

Blimey, given that a few months ago you weren't even walking I think you ought to be very proud of yourself.  I for one think that is a great distance. :-*

I have only been on the road for 2 months since I started this comeback. I need to keep reminding myself of that.
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Post by: toekneep on May 18, 2008, 07:40:20 pm
We had a nice ride yesterday. Through leafy Lytham and then north via quaint villages to Pilling. We were enjoying a pint in the pub when five blokes arrived. They had been to look at a van somewhere and were on a kind of crazy zig zagging pub crawl back to Blackburn. (By car that is). They were a bit drunk but they were fascinated by how far we were cycling, why we did it and eventually they had to see the bikes before we left. It was all quite refreshing really.

A bit of a miserable ride back in the drizzle but on the whole a nice 'first proper ride' in our new surroundings.

Today we volunteered to marshall at the St. Annes Triathlon so no proper riding but lots of bike p*rn.
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Post by: vince on May 18, 2008, 07:56:44 pm
Yes, courtesy of East Midlands Trains  ::-)

I was trying to get back from Cambridge after the fnrttc, but the train stopped at Derby for engineering works so I had an extra 25 miles to ride back to chesterfield. At least I realised this last night, so I was able to wash my cycling kit from Friday night to wear today.
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Post by: clarion on May 18, 2008, 07:58:16 pm
40 miles today along the canal path. Had to stop for a pee in some bushes. First to guess where I got nettle rash wins - absolutely nothing but the satisfaction of being right.

This thread is useless without pictures ;)
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Post by: clarion on May 18, 2008, 08:01:32 pm
We went out to Richmond Park along the river (picnic in Wandsworth Park), and did a circuit - partly on the track, partly on the road.  Not very fast, but a lot of fun.  We took a friend who hasn't been on a bike in a while, and she managed to do the whole round trip of 24 miles at a respectable pace. :thumbsup:

We did nearly get killed by a classic left hook at Earlsfield >:(

Aren't cantilever brakes wonderful things? :D
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Post by: alecstilleyedye on May 18, 2008, 08:01:51 pm
13 miles in over 2 hours - accompanying my 9 year old daughter and her friend on a charity bikeathon.

yesterday's 46 miler in the peaks with the club was slightly more challenging…
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Post by: PaulF on May 18, 2008, 08:03:27 pm
75.5 miles to York and back. I am disappointed it wasn't further.

Why? Don't you like York?

Yes, I like York, that's why I went there. I estimated the ride would be 80-85, I don't use a computer, my estimate was based on it being 37 miles as I used to drive on the motorway to work there. The back roads are clearly shorter. I wanted to extend my range, two weeks ago I did 85 miles but I had more stops and company that time.

Sorry missed a :)! I like York too, just don't get there often enough :(
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Post by: Frenchie on May 18, 2008, 08:22:03 pm
Yes; about 60 Mi at 16.5 Mi/h average. Left Nottingham and headed for Derby, up the A6, then onto B road at Duffield and later off to climb to Kirk Ireton, Wirksworth, down to Cromford via the Via Gellia, across and up to Crich again before a bit of A6 and some lumpy  ::-) secondary roads back into to Spondon, then Long Eaton and Nottingham. It was hilly! It was bit cool in some areas, and windy too. But it was good...  :thumbsup: No stop naturally. ;) Good, capable impressive company: Cheers guys. The BBQ was much better after that!
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Post by: gordon taylor on May 18, 2008, 08:31:55 pm
Fifty-seven miles in eight hours with some nice people from the Tricycle Association around Sherwood Forest. Half the route was off road and we had lots of food stops and puncture stops. I'm whacked, that's the hardest fifty-seven miles I've ever done!

 
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Post by: Gandalf on May 19, 2008, 06:13:15 am
Got back half an hour ago after only 35 mins in the saddle :'(. 

Gormless here thought he would get away with fingerless gloves.  Maybe the frost on the windscreens should have given me a clue.  ::-)
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Post by: TimO on May 19, 2008, 06:43:03 am
Got back half an hour ago after only 35 mins in the saddle :'(. 

Gormless here thought he would get away with fingerless gloves.  Maybe the frost on the windscreens should have given me a clue.  ::-)

Yikes, I'm just impressed that you've been out, and posted about it, at this time! (assuming you're in the UK)

It looks like it's about 5ºC outside in London, which is colder than it has been for a while, but probably not cold enough to stop me wearing my shorts and mitts for my commute.  It's sunny out, so it'll soon warm up!
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Post by: border-rider on May 19, 2008, 06:43:42 am
Ow.  But well done on lasting 35 minutes

It's warmer here, in the sunny south, but I remember doing a ride in October a couple of years ago with Martin Lucas.  I rode from home to met him near Marlborough and luckily I turned back at the end of our road to get long gloves.   Martin rode from Hungerford without, and was not at all happy.  We had to share gloves - taking turns - until it warmed up :)
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Post by: alan on May 19, 2008, 06:14:41 pm
Yes
A round trip on the Manifold Trail, Waterhouse-Hulme End-Waterhouses.
28km on the fixie.Uphill on the fixie is a weird experience as it develops an inertia not available on a geared bike.On the way back I was doing 20kmh uphills on which I only did 17kmh dowhill from the start ???
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Post by: toekneep on May 19, 2008, 06:44:59 pm
Yes
A round trip on the Manifold Trail, Waterhouse-Hulme End-Waterhouses.
28km on the fixie.Uphill on the fixie is a weird experience as it develops an inertia not available on a geared bike.On the way back I was doing 20kmh uphills on which I only did 17kmh dowhill from the start ???
You haven't mounted your computer upside down again have you Alan?  ;D
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Post by: Dinamo on May 19, 2008, 07:00:36 pm
Just got home from commute - 41 km there and back in 1 hour 42 minutes - well pleased with that, not the flattest of rides crossing Bristol !
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Post by: Wowbagger on May 19, 2008, 08:16:58 pm
An 11 mile commute. Not too bad!
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Post by: Gandalf on May 20, 2008, 06:52:11 am
Oh well, just had a nice litte canter over Epsom downs & Tadworth etc.  Very nice too but a bit chilly. 26.7 miles.

It's a nice feeling getting up hills which I previously thought insurmountable.  My heart rate still felt like 220 plus age though.

Then again a year ago I used to call railway bridges 'hills'  :o
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Post by: vince on May 20, 2008, 07:37:40 am
Last night I went up to Beeley Moor, through the Peak Forest into Darley Dale, up through Wensley into Winster and dropped down into Grangemill, up to Longliffe, before a fast run down to Tissington ford and then Fenny Bentley to Ashbourne. 23 miles and really rather hilly.

All good practice I guess and quite scenic.

My Bike Journal tally is about 240 miles this month. Not much for some I know, but it feels like I'm getting my groove back 8)
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Post by: clarion on May 20, 2008, 03:03:27 pm
To new workplace & back on the Woodrup; up to Wandsworth Common with a picnic on the Orbit; later, Clapham Junction shopping.

Ain't bicycles wonderful things! :)
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Post by: delthebike on May 20, 2008, 05:38:38 pm
A bit chilly today with some sun and 105km to the Compasses, Littley Green, via Paper Mill Lock, at Lt/Gt. Baddow. One of my favourite rides.
The Compasses appears to have a new owner/landlord, unless it's just a change of bar staff. No more HH Olde Trippe! But a rather nice Adnams IPA, out of the pumps at the back, and a very dark brew. Still doing huffers. Woohoo!  :thumbsup:

Edit: I have been having problems with seventh on the rear block. LBS said to work it so I did and have been changing up to it when possible. Positively flew down North Hill, fastest I've been down it, 56.8kmh.  ;D I had to brake as I caught up the bike in front.
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Post by: Notsototalnewbie on May 21, 2008, 09:36:35 am
I've managed a clipless commute, there and back.

It is slightly less fun than the longer rides, because there are lots of iffy situations where I have to clip out just in case (ie crossing from New Bond St/Old Bond st on the little bit of path that lets cyclists go straight ahead, pedestrians like to jump on there in front of you) but I think I will get used to it.
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Post by: clarion on May 21, 2008, 09:46:17 am
I've managed a clipless commute, there and back.

Yay you! :D

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It is slightly less fun than the longer rides, because there are lots of iffy situations where I have to clip out just in case (ie crossing from New Bond St/Old Bond st on the little bit of path that lets cyclists go straight ahead, pedestrians like to jump on there in front of you) but I think I will get used to it.

It'll become a natural twitch before too long.  I've flicked my heel out when I've been riding with toe clips (and, in a distracted moment, when I've been getting ready to get off a tube :-[ )
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Post by: TimO on May 21, 2008, 10:19:43 am
I've managed a clipless commute, there and back.

Very good. :thumbsup:

You may have worked this out yourself, but when you're approaching a point where you may need to stop, you can just twist your foot out of the pedal, but leave it poised almost in the pedal (if that makes sense).  If you need to stop, you can put you foot down, if you don't, then a little force on the pedal will re-engage the cleat in the pedal, and you're off without having to try and find the pedal/cleat engagement position again.

It does amuse me on rides like the FNRttCs, where everyone pushes off with a mass of clicks of SPDs !
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Post by: peliroja on May 21, 2008, 10:30:07 am
Yesterday Woolly and I did a lovely (and hard!) 47 miles up hill and down dale from Buckfastleigh to the coast at Slapton, and back via the delightfully named Rattery. "What goes down, must come up" was the theme of the day ;)
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Post by: Wowbagger on May 21, 2008, 10:34:35 am
I've managed a clipless commute, there and back.
It does amuse me on rides like the FNRttCs, where everyone pushes off with a mass of clicks of SPDs !

Well done, NSTN.

I remember on my first FNRttC (Aug 2006), the point at which we left HPC was the first time I had ridden in a group for about 20 years and the first time I had come across SPDs. I likened the noise to 100 Coke cans being simultaneously crushed.

FWIW, I have just removed the SPDs from my Thorn and replaced them with old-fashioned "rat-traps" because I am getting a lot of arthritic pain in my left ankle atm and frequent unclipping is painful.

I've still got them on the Mercian, and this morning I had a gorgeous blast, covering 18+ miles in less than 80 minutes, which is very quick for me. My ankle's not too bad today, which helped a lot.
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Post by: annie on May 21, 2008, 12:31:52 pm
Yes, went up to school for a meeting.  I was an interesting sight in my lycra, hands covered in oil after the chain came off.  I told everyone that it wouldn't affect my ability to discuss funding.

I think I cycled about 15 miles in total, haven't replaced my computer so no idea of speed etc and to be honest not sure I now want to replace it at all.  The only problem with that is that I think I pushed myself too hard and ended up exhausted, I also had a headache that came on about a mile down the road.

All in all the journey was uneventful but for one lady who tried to squidge me as she attempted to get her vehicle between me and a bollard and then at the next junction said "I don't think that was very clever", the HGV's and buses were for the most part quite polite.  I had an interesting time waiting for the train barriers to go back up, there was a moped behind me, revving his engine..... he caught me up eventually.

But.....the great news is that my bottom is ok.  I lowered the saddle, and tilted the nose slightly.  I think this has worked for my bottom but it made it harder on my legs :-\
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Post by: clarion on May 21, 2008, 06:27:42 pm
Oh yes.  Trundle up to town; potter round; spin to Hyde Park; trundle home :thumbsup:
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Post by: Jaded on May 21, 2008, 06:34:10 pm
...the first time I had come across SPDs. I likened the noise to 100 Coke cans being simultaneously crushed.

I thought they were polystyrene cups being ridden over when I first heard the noise - on the Tunnels Ride in 2005.  ;D
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Post by: CathH on May 21, 2008, 07:03:42 pm
the great news is that my bottom is ok.

Hurrah!  Bet that's a relief.
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Post by: keepontriking on May 21, 2008, 07:05:36 pm
I've just come back from a few days cycling on Jersey.
Wonderful roads with 15mph limits  ;D

Today was a bash on the Brompton across scenic Aldershot and Basingstoke  :(

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Post by: alan on May 21, 2008, 07:14:48 pm

the great news is that my bottom is ok. 

Yes it is ;)
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Post by: Wowbagger on May 21, 2008, 07:28:51 pm
At the risk of repeating myself, it is a veritable queen amongst bottoms. An absolute peach. ::-)
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Post by: Notsototalnewbie on May 21, 2008, 07:39:22 pm
Thank you for all the clipless encouragement  :thumbsup:

I am currently recognisable by the fact that I am so paranoid that I unclip about 10 metres before every junction unless there's a green light (and there are a LOT of junctions on my commute). Any closer and I panic which seems to magically lose me the ability to unclip.

The FNRttC was my first experience of mass clipless, I did wonder what all the clicking was at first. Then the next month I was contributing to it!

Glad to hear about the bottom news Annie :)
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Post by: vince on May 21, 2008, 09:30:05 pm
Mass clipping in is a wonderfully evocative sound. This is mainly down to the fact that I associate it with forum rides, of which I have never had a bad one.

I had a rough ride today. My first ride on my summer bike, which is always a sweet moment, it is like getting into a sports car after spending the winter driving a family saloon. I felt tired though, since last Wednesday I have done 140 miles, which is a lot for me. Today I felt slow and achey. Still, I'm on call now until Tuesday so plenty of recovery time.

Nice ride though: Chesterfield, Calow, Poolsbrook, Mastin Moor, Renishaw, Killamarsh, Eckington, Whittington, Chesterfield. About 22 miles of rolling hills.
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Post by: annie on May 21, 2008, 09:50:42 pm
I've just come back from a few days cycling on Jersey.
Wonderful roads with 15mph limits  ;D

Today was a bash on the Brompton across scenic Aldershot and Basingstoke  :(



Ohhh my home town :)
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Post by: annie on May 21, 2008, 09:51:54 pm
At the risk of repeating myself, it is a veritable queen amongst bottoms. An absolute peach. ::-)

Gosh folks, so glad you like my bottom, it serves a purpose, it is without a doubt a bonus to me and it goes with me wherever I go.  It has been a good companion for the most part.

Just back from the local time trial :o
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Post by: David Martin on May 21, 2008, 09:59:59 pm

Just back from the local time trial :o

So am I (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=229.90). Found guilty and sentenced to ten miles hard labour.

Bet you went faster than I did.

..d
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Post by: annie on May 22, 2008, 12:42:45 am

Just back from the local time trial :o

So am I (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=229.90). Found guilty and sentenced to ten miles hard labour.

Bet you went faster than I did.

..d


Might be difficult as I only went to watch.  I did however find myself being rather drawn.  Mmmmm
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Post by: Wowbagger on May 22, 2008, 01:24:53 am
I've been out 3 times today - a little over 40 miles.
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Post by: annie on May 22, 2008, 10:04:15 am
Went out for our run, longest so far this year. :thumbsup:  6.5-7 miles, really pleased, really hot and glowing and feeling wonderful.  Mostly off road, so wet feet and amazing weather. :)

Happy bunny
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Post by: Ian H on May 22, 2008, 10:22:08 am
A varying number of us meet on Wednesday evenings at one of several village pubs between here and Exeter. Yesterday it was the smallest village, a place off the beaten track. The pub is a thatched white building at the roadside. The garden is a rough mown field with some benches and a clothesline. I was a bit late and S was sitting outside. My pint was ready waiting. Only the two of us tonight. The pub was quiet because most folk were at home watching the football.

After a while it got cold and we went inside. Craig, the owner of the disabled buggy, greeted us. He's a regular, has his own marked parking space. He can only manage single words, and those not always clearly. He's sometimes obviously frustrated trying to communicate. He will pat his head and repeat "Head, head..." then "Car, car..." Which is the abbreviated story of how he was knocked off his bike and left with serious head injuries and mobility problems.

Two men, one young, one old, are the only other occupants of the bar. The young fellow is in heavy boots and an old jacket. He's a farm worker having a break before going back to work. The old chap is so weather-beaten he appears at first glance not to have washed for months. The combination of an accent stronger than I've heard for a while, and a complete lack of teeth, makes it hard to understand him at first.

Craig calls "Wah?" repeatedly until he's told it's one-one. The Landlord and his wife are rushing about and looking harassed because there's a family having a meal at the far end.

The old man questions us about where we've come from and wants details of our routes. Each time we mention a place he repeats the name as if reflecting on memories.

"So you comes out ere of an evenin an meets up, eh?" This with a broad grin and a filthy laugh.

I said S and I were only cycling friends, at which he cackled loudly and twisted round on his stool. His hand made a fist, and just momentarily, thumb and little finger lifted.

"You stirrin it?" Said the young man to him.

"No, no. I woont do at." He was still laughing.

After a while they depart. We drink up and leave. At the crossroads by the cowsheds we part company.

I encounter several large tractors in the lanes, arrayed with lights  for night-time harvest. There's a freshly killed fox lying on the white line on the main road. Owls twit - but no answering to-woo - in the trees. Something runs across ahead, possibly a fox, though it looks darker and appears to have longer back legs.

And so up the hill and home.
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Post by: alan on May 22, 2008, 12:49:40 pm
I cut a couple of large cardboard boxes into strips & filled two large panniers to take them to the recycle place.
Deliberately chose the longer very hilly route outbound 'cause I need the practice.
When I got there the place is closed today :(
Chose a slightly shorter less hilly route back.
The wireless computer on the Longstaff is about as usefull as t*ts on a fish & when I go back with the cardboard the computer will go in the skip also.
I reckon about 16 km ,defineatley(sp) 55 mins & really enjoyed the ride in this lovely weather.
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Post by: GillP on May 22, 2008, 01:01:44 pm
I cut a couple of large cardboard boxes into strips & filled two large panniers to take them to the recycle place.
Deliberately chose the longer very hilly route outbound 'cause I need the practice.
When I got there the place is closed today :(
Chose a slightly shorter less hilly route back.
The wireless computer on the Longstaff is about as usefull as t*ts on a fish & when I go back with the cardboard the computer will go in the skip also.
I reckon about 16 km ,defineatley(sp) 55 mins & really enjoyed the ride in this lovely weather.

Excellent news  :thumbsup:
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Post by: tiermat on May 22, 2008, 01:07:04 pm
Yet another run out today, the tan lines are coming on great guns...

24 miles in the glorious sun shine, with views to die for, just reminds me nicely why we moved back up here...

God I love North Yorkshire :)
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Post by: Wowbagger on May 22, 2008, 03:43:56 pm
A very fine commute with pub & Fatters.

What else does one require?
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Post by: cometworm on May 22, 2008, 03:52:25 pm

A long pootle around London Town, including an abortive trip to the climbing centre (not open) and some bike fettling for a budding cycle-commuter friend. I'm storing up cycle-karma and hoping this will magically fix the drivetrain issues my road bike is suffering from.
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Post by: numbnuts on May 22, 2008, 03:59:33 pm
bike no, kayak yes had a nice paddle in the solent
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Post by: clarion on May 22, 2008, 04:26:23 pm
A potter up to Balham for a coffee, then Wandsworth Common for a pot of tea*, then home & put the kettle on...** :)



*  There's a theme emerging, I think
** Told ya! ;)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Dave on May 22, 2008, 09:37:14 pm
Someone at work said 'Do you ride a mountain bike as well as that bike you ride to work on, you weirdo? (they didn't actually say the 'weirdo' bit, but I could tell they were thinking it) You should try the bridleways around Barton Hills...'

So, a very enjoyable 30k, mostly off-road ride this evening. Even found a halfway decent pub half-way round (and just before a b'stard steep, gravelly climb, which I didn't manage to do. Grr. Next time...)
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Post by: Frenchie on May 22, 2008, 10:02:49 pm
Yes.

Went to a meeting on Moor Lane in Derby. Rode there easy from Notts in about 1h. Had a long meeting there, then rode back first to Sawley then along the river from Sawley's marina. Flying along the gravel tracks on the laden Pompino (I had to take some files you see) at 18:30 was just great; it reminded me of rides I used to do on my cyclo-x. A great day at work!
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Post by: julianbramley on May 22, 2008, 10:05:53 pm
Breaston chaingang again, 25 miles at 22mph ave, nice through and off, absolutely loved it.
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Post by: Frenchie on May 22, 2008, 10:08:57 pm
Breaston chaingang again, 25 miles at 22mph ave, nice through and off, absolutely loved it.

 :thumbsup: I think I was bit slower at the same time...  ;D

Takes note: Must find the time. Really must.
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Post by: velocitizen on May 23, 2008, 09:03:12 pm

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Breaston chaingang again, 25 miles at 22mph ave, nice through and off, absolutely loved it.

 :thumbsup: I think I was bit slower at the same time...  ;D

Takes note: Must find the time. Really must.
At that speed you should only need to find an hour and five minutes.... I ought to as well, although the Beeston road club ride is rather more relaxed, I went to ride their 10TT on Tuesday night, 6 riders there, none from the club, and no timekeeper, nice 2 hours out around the back of Keyworth, today I rode around Stanton Dale 16 miles before breakfast, tomorrow off to Scotland for a camping holiday.
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Post by: Frenchie on May 24, 2008, 01:06:41 pm
The problem for me is getting there at 18:30... At that time I am often just about leaving the office.  :-[
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Post by: MSeries on May 24, 2008, 06:44:41 pm
Yes. Another 90 miles.
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Post by: FatBloke on May 24, 2008, 06:46:44 pm
No! Too bloody windy!!  :(
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Post by: border-rider on May 24, 2008, 06:49:42 pm
First ride of the trike in the wind.  That was interesting :)

It's lost its near-fatal tank-slapper tendencies now I've tightened up the drive-side back axle bearings, which makes descents a whole lot more fun.
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Post by: Martin on May 24, 2008, 07:08:59 pm
My brother's 50th so mo big rides but rode 114km inc Pebble Hill and through West London to his house; quite hard. And of course he wanted to go for a 25 mile pre-pub hilly spin when we got there.

Barbie is smelling good  :P
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Post by: PaulF on May 24, 2008, 07:12:20 pm
A  quick 30 miles through North Surrey, coming home wasn't so much fun being blown about by the gusty wind.
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Post by: rower40 on May 24, 2008, 07:34:00 pm
I cheated.  Huge tailwind on the way out.  Then train home.

Only one near-death experience, when a car overtook on a very blind bend/summit just south of Newton Solney.  (That was on the bike bit, not the train.)

Obvious really; there's never been a railway in Newton Solney. ::-)
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Post by: toekneep on May 24, 2008, 08:25:54 pm
Twas a tad breezy out there. 90km circuit which was basically 40k into the wind and then 50 km gradually turning our backs on it so the last 25km was a fantastic. Took in a brief spell of spectating at the British climbing championships at South Blackpool, a nice tea stop at Scorton and then a great pint of Blonde Witch at the Windmill pub at Clifton before wizzing down the promenade through Lytham and St. Annes. Lots of food has now been consumed and the wine is going down a treat. Could be in bed by 9pm at this rate.  ;D
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Post by: David Martin on May 24, 2008, 10:08:55 pm
Not on bikes but watching them. This weekend is the only fully amateur stage race in Scotland organised by the Dundee Thistle.

The mornign was a prologue up the Law, and the afternoon was a mostly flat stage (4.5 laps of a flattish circuit) in gorgeous countryside and weather, with an uphill finish.

Piccies here (http://www.aaaphoto.co.uk/gallery.php?gallery=13&page=0) and here (http://www.aaaphoto.co.uk/gallery.php?gallery=14&page=0)

Tomorrow is the second stage and it is much hillier (http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/Dundee-2-day-prologue)

..d
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Post by: cycleman on May 24, 2008, 10:40:20 pm
50 miles on the anthrotech trike from slough to leatherhead and back  :). the ride down the towpath from staines to chertsey bridge was idyllic  :thumbsup:. hard work into the wind though.
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Post by: Maladict on May 24, 2008, 10:53:27 pm
210km audax in the wind.  Despite the conditions, my fastest 200k by some margin (about 50 mins faster per 200km).
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Post by: mr magnolia on May 25, 2008, 07:50:25 am
107k yesterday around the 'Tour of East Lothian' route generally experienced on a bitter February day.

Yesterday was colder by far than the unofficial run staged in Feb this year.  This easterly wind has been blowing here in Embra for the last month and is making me feel a bit odd.  I'm expecting at least a flight of Mary Poppins' to arrive any time now.

Still, a grovel up to the top of Redstone Rigg with the last gasp of mortality seemingly clasped to my bosum was followed by lunch in sunny Dunbar and a wind-assisted blast home.
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Post by: Dinamo on May 25, 2008, 11:05:39 am
150 km yesterday on the Tour of Wessex stage 1 - Great ride despite strong NE wind -
Castle Cary, Alfreds Tower, Bruton, Wells, Burrington Combe, down Cheddar Gorge,
Wedmore ,Glastonbury and back to Castle Cary.
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Post by: IanDG on May 25, 2008, 11:19:44 am
52km. Out to the road end at Tolsta and back. Its one of the few routes that would give me a tail wind home. Fed up of 4 weeks of slogging into a headwind on the return leg on my most common routes.

One scary moment when I was descending to Gress at 71kph and got hit by a gust of wind from the side  :o
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Post by: Domestique on May 25, 2008, 05:09:31 pm
My usual run around the town, completely spoiled with the seafront diversion in operation and some asswipe is a souped up canary yellow Renault  :(
At least the rain held off  :)
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Post by: David Martin on May 25, 2008, 05:19:29 pm
Final stage today. Windy but blue sky, green fields and trees, yellow gorse and bluebells.

Thje lap is brutal and there were a number of snapped chains. Many competitors got to watch the finish from the sidelines.

A fast sprint for a small bunch. Same winner as yesterday, but a different runner up.

And then pootle up Balgay hill with the kids on their bikes. A stiff climb for those not used to it.

..d
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Post by: Notsototalnewbie on May 25, 2008, 07:15:45 pm
I've wanted to get out with Pollards Hill cyclists for a while. Today they were meeting at Dorking station for a ride around some hillyish bits of Surrey, so I took the opportunity to get some hill practice. I took the optimistic view that it would clear up later, as it was peeing it down as I cycled to Clapham Junction in my overshoes etc feeling like a nutter.

It was dull in Dorking, but the sun started to come out as we set off. Almost instantly we hit a gravelly/rocky bit of track. I knew there would be some off road, but it had said on the website that it would be a 'good surface'. I knew right then that we had differing ideas of what constituted a good surface. Personally I am quite a fan of tarmac...(it's in my London veins..my mum had a thing for sniffing fresh tarmac when she was pregnant with me!)

This continued for a while and I am not sure what I found worse, the uphill offroading or the downhill offroading. I was bloody terrified of coming off, as I know my slick tyres, fat as they are, don't like that surface and they were skidding about. There were cattle grids which I was having none of, got off for them although no one else did. As I passed within inches of him, a bull started doing things to a cow that, as a city girl, I have never had the dubious privilege of witnessing.

Then we hit a road and it was announced we were going to do some serious climbing. I did not find it too serious, maybe it was the FNRttCs, but I managed it no trouble. The pub appeared, and very nice it was too. The sun had come out in earnest by then.

After lunch there was a bit more up and down, the down bothering me more than the up (I am a nervous descender). We visited an absolutely beautiful waterfall hidden somewhere in Surrey (someone took photos so I will link to Flickr once they are up), it was gorgeous. Like some kind of fairytale grotto. Then we cycled on back up the steep hill from whence we had came (think someone said 1 in 8?) , and I liked going up it better than I had liked going down, because I was not rigid with terror...in fact I was first to the top. But only because my lowest gear is higher than it should really be.

We cycled up Leith Hill, that I thought would be bad from what I have heard, but it really wasn't. The rough track bothered me a lot more than the gradient, and my bike slipped at one point but I magically clipped out and managed to stay upright even when the bike was sprawled on the floor. Went to the top of the tower and looked at the view (there had been breathtaking views on this ride, absolutely amazing). On hearing that the way down involved a 'very rough track' (and considering the others were supposed to have been good surfaces!), my sense of self preservation overcame my reserve and I said I wasn't happy and asked to be shown an alternative where I could meet them at the bottom. Two others came with me on the road alternative, whether because they wanted to or because they felt sorry me I don't know.

It was downhill almost all the way to Dorking, and I was dropped as they made the most of the downhill and went hell for leather while I just whimpered to myself and hung on for dear life, braking for much it it. They did wait though, they were very nice. Really, the downhills made me feel worse than the uphills, I am just so scared of going so fast, especially on bendy roads with cars around.

A very pleasurable day despite the scary parts. Either those hills weren't that bad (it was billed as a hilly ride but then PHC pace is supposed to be very gentle) or I am getting better at them. I am reliably informed that that ride was unusual in including so much bumpy off-road and usually their rides were mostly on proper roads. I know for next time eh. Around 20 miles I think, usually they do 30 but had cut it to allow for the hills.
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on May 25, 2008, 08:35:52 pm
Today I got the train to Falkirk with a couple of friends (actually we were thrown off the train at Polmont, but that's by the by), cycled from Polmont to the Falkirk Wheel, visited the Wheel, then cycled back to Edinburgh. I'll put some pics in the gallery once I get time to upload them. It'll be later in the week. The Wheel is fantastic.
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Post by: Jurek on May 25, 2008, 09:17:03 pm
Hats off Laura.
A mixed day  - but it sounds like a good one  :)
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Post by: Frenchie on May 25, 2008, 09:32:26 pm
Baby G and I took the Limo-seat equipped Raven for a trip to the local supermarket followed by a 1h40 ride through the park and along the River. Made it own on time, and at speed!, just before the rain. It was fun. It was windy and cool though.
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Post by: ronstrutt on May 25, 2008, 09:44:42 pm
No, I haven't, and that's a sore point.

Weather forecast last night was for torrential rain, flooding, and gale force winds today. When I first woke at 4.30, true enough, it was pouring and blowing. When I finally arose at 8.00 it was simply grey and drizzly. By the time I'd had breakfast it was dry and the sun was beginning to break through. By lunchtime it was positively balmy. And I was cursing the Met Office.

So I am going tomorrow. To the Isle of Wight. Only the forecast for tomorrow is for much of the same.

The last time I cycled to the Island on a bank holiday they had more rain than on any other bank holiday in living memory. Am I about to get a reputation as a Jonah?
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Post by: Notsototalnewbie on May 25, 2008, 09:48:25 pm
Thanks Jurek. I'm glad I went. And even gladder to be back in one piece  ;D I'm leaving off-roading to the MTBers...

ronstrutt, the forecast was plain wrong for today, I would have been cross if I'd believed it and stayed in. As it was I was wearing too much. All the best for IoW.
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Post by: ronstrutt on May 25, 2008, 09:54:04 pm
I would have been cross if I'd believed it and stayed in.

I was - believe me, I was very, very cross. The only consolation was that I was able to go out and spend nearly £100 on walking gear. Before any of you next complain about the cost of cycling gear, go and have a look at the prices they charge for walking stuff!
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Post by: ronstrutt on May 25, 2008, 10:28:16 pm
Today they were meeting at Dorking station for a ride around some hillyish bits of Surrey, so I took the opportunity to get some hill practice.

Ah, you've been riding round my home patch. There are some hills in Surrey and there are some slopes. Look like they took you round the slopes!

We visited an absolutely beautiful waterfall hidden somewhere in Surrey (someone took photos so I will link to Flickr once they are up), it was gorgeous. Like some kind of fairytale grotto.

That'll be the Tillingbourne Falls, very picturesque but entirely artificial, as you may have surmised.

We cycled up Leith Hill, that I thought would be bad from what I have heard, but it really wasn't. ... Either those hills weren't that bad (it was billed as a hilly ride but then PHC pace is supposed to be very gentle) or I am getting better at them.

Leith Hill is high (the highest point in the south of England) but the slope up to it is quite gentle. For some real climbs, try Horseblock Hollow or White Down Road if you want to stretch your muscles. Neither is particularly long but they're testing.

Incidentally, I hope that when you climbed the tower on Leith Hill you paid due respects to Richard Hull who built it in 1766 and who is buried beneath it. The top of the roof is exactly 1000 feet above sea level.
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Post by: Sergeant Pluck on May 25, 2008, 10:56:20 pm
No.

But I was out yesterday (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=3253.msg52180;boardseen#new)   :)

Sorry about the duplicate posts  ::-)
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Post by: Notsototalnewbie on May 26, 2008, 11:49:38 am
Great RR Sergeant Pluck. Thanks for posting here, I often forget to check out the gallery, I keep forgetting I have broadband now  ::-)

ronstrutt, someone said something about the beauty of Mother Nature at the waterfall, and I did wonder how much Mother Nature had contributed, but kept my mouth shut!

I'll have to run screaming from seek out the real hills another day. As it was, it was a very novel experience to be the one waiting for others at the top of a hill.

The leader did mention that the top of the tower was officially the height of a mountain, but I didn't know about Richard Hull (probably it was written about him somewhere, but the place was packed so I didn't linger).
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on May 26, 2008, 12:12:13 pm
Today I got the train to Falkirk with a couple of friends (actually we were thrown off the train at Polmont, but that's by the by), cycled from Polmont to the Falkirk Wheel, visited the Wheel, then cycled back to Edinburgh. I'll put some pics in the gallery once I get time to upload them. It'll be later in the week. The Wheel is fantastic.

I think I should rewrite this to say that yesterday I cycled the entire length of the Union Canal. It sounds better that way.
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Post by: David Martin on May 26, 2008, 02:21:18 pm
The falkirk wheel is great - went there on my longest ever ride (at the time) from Dundee-Glasgow. And claimed mileage for it too ;-)

Out today with the kids to ride to Broughty Ferry. Took the reailway path down to Invergowrie then into the wind along Riverside Drive. Stopped by the bridge to refuel with som chips, then carried on to meet the rest of the family at the castle. A good meander even if I was having to give them a helping hand (it was quite a stiff headwind).
..d
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Post by: Frenchie on May 26, 2008, 03:00:49 pm
No. Very windy here.
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Post by: Jurek on May 26, 2008, 03:04:43 pm
No.
Well, yes.
But it was togged up in full Goretex & body armour (on the Honda) an' it wasn't very nice.  :(
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Post by: Jezza on May 26, 2008, 03:16:06 pm
No. It's vile out there. I have:

Put on my warmest jumper
Fallen asleep three times
Read bits of three different books
Watched John McCain's wife dressed as a dominatrix (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=3275.0)
Drunk at least 15 mugs of tea
Watched 30 minutes of shite Lost World movie on TV
Eaten an entire jar of gherkins <urp>

I'm starting to dread what possible levels of depravity I may achieve by this evening.

 
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Post by: alecstilleyedye on May 26, 2008, 03:22:03 pm
nope. an unwelcome dose of the diddlies has put paid to any plans for cycling or running, other than to the khazi that is ::-)
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Post by: vince on May 26, 2008, 03:26:00 pm
Nope  :'(

I've been on call this weekend. I managed half an hour's run early this morning before the cellblock beckoned.
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Post by: peliroja on May 26, 2008, 05:07:58 pm
Out for a quick run with my sister in the park this morning (we keep each other going, which is fun), then a pootle with Woolly to (the Devil wears) Primark, Hammersmith, to buy him some new (clean) shorts for his big day tomorrow :)
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Post by: Maladict on May 26, 2008, 05:58:07 pm
Me neither.  Busy psyching myself up for an evening of doing nothing.

I did manage to drive to Waitrose.  I spent £131!

I am very full of a prawn & avocado (and everything else I could think of) salad I made when I got home.  I've had my cappuccino, thinking about making another, and am catching up on Sky+ recordings whilst trying to declutter the living room.

Later I will be writing some code to sail a robotic boat across the Atlantic.
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Post by: Paul on May 26, 2008, 06:49:42 pm
I cheated.  Huge tailwind on the way out.  Then train home.

Only one near-death experience, when a car overtook on a very blind bend/summit just south of Newton Solney.  (That was on the bike bit, not the train.)

Obvious really; there's never been a railway in Newton Solney. ::-)

That was on my commute when I lived in Allenton (later Findern) and worked in BoT. I've got a very nice commute now, but that was probably the prettiest.
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Post by: mike morley on May 26, 2008, 06:58:10 pm
Hi Jezza, I don't think that we have met but I am very impressed to read about all your world wide travel especially around South East Asia. I used to live in Australia with Barbara my wife and two girls Vanessa, then 5 and Natalie 10months. Vanessa started school in Sydney and then Perth before my contract finished and we all came back to the UK. I used to work for GEC then as Sales Manager South East Asia so spent much time in Indonesia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malasi, Thailand, Taiwan, Philipines, New Zealand and other very memorable places, all peoples being so different in many ways according to their nationality.
What prompts me to write is to say how I enjoyed reading your account of your Suffolk ride arround Warbleswick etc. Sounds like you and Annie had a good time but a very long ride! I liked the photo of you on the beach with the skeletons small top along side you (gone for a p..).
Are you planning to do the ride that Annie plans on 15 June? if so we may meet then as I plan to do the ride, staying in Southwold at the time. (Mrs M has her reservations about this, it's supposed to be a non cycling holiday!). I have yet to agree a rondevouz at maybe some halfway point? Best regards, Mike M.
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Post by: IanDG on May 26, 2008, 07:37:20 pm
201km from Stornoway 50km into the wind to the Butt of Lewis then a long tail wind stretch down the west side to Valtos and then back to Stornoway (last 40km into a head wind). According to the metoffice site the wind picked up from 20mph to 33mph just as I hit the last 15km  :(
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Post by: Jezza on May 26, 2008, 08:58:54 pm

What prompts me to write is to say how I enjoyed reading your account of your Suffolk ride

Glad you liked it. It's a nice part of the world here for cycling.

I'm not sure yet about the June 15 ride, but I'll be there if I can. Might see you there. 
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Post by: annie on May 26, 2008, 09:24:40 pm
Not today as family here and I was busy playing with cars, reading stories and generally being silly.  I am also a little sore after yesterday's mammoth session in the gym, I haven't been sore like this for months.

Time to go to bed.
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Post by: delthebike on May 27, 2008, 01:58:27 pm
Just back from a 50 mile with the club. For those who know Buttsbruy Ford it was well flooded to 20 metres either side of the normal water course. The normal depth of the ford is 6-8 inches. Today it was upto about 5 feet. Saw three kids on bikes, a BMX and a pair of BSO, full sus, MTBs. They used the footpath that runs over the ford after getting soaked up to their waists on the far side. The BMX was saddle deep in water where the path meets the road/verge and the MTBs where submerged above the wheels. All the kids had the biggest grins ever!  ;D  :thumbsup:
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Post by: vince on May 27, 2008, 05:52:30 pm
It has rained all sodding day here. The only day of the bank holiday that I'm not on call. Very grumpy.

Yes, I know that I ought to just get out and ride, but I can't face a soggy bike and kit in the flat at the moment.
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Post by: annie on May 27, 2008, 05:57:41 pm
Yes sort of, well just a little pootle (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=2096.15)
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Post by: mike on May 27, 2008, 07:15:49 pm
yes, but cut short after 10 miles when my ruddy (cheap) seatpost kept giving up it's feeble grip on the saddle and pivoting nose-to-skywards.  Really very dull of it when I've been chained to my desk all day.

Am now Wiggling for a new one :D
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Post by: gordon taylor on May 27, 2008, 07:41:04 pm
I've done a Clyde coastal 65 miles today from my mother-in-law's in Renfrew via Yoker, Helensburgh, Faslane, Garelochead, Kilcreggan, Coulport, Arrocher, Tarbet and to Luss on Loch Lomond. It was a fabulous ride, despite the high winds, on surprisingly quiet roads.

I met the family at Luss where we scattered my father-in-law's ashes to the wind and the waves. We all feel good about that, for various reasons.
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Post by: annie on May 27, 2008, 08:01:04 pm
I've done a Clyde coastal 65 miles today from my mother-in-law's in Renfrew via Yoker, Helensburgh, Faslane, Garelochead, Kilcreggan, Coulport, Arrocher, Tarbet and to Luss on Loch Lomond. It was a fabulous ride, despite the high winds, on surprisingly quiet roads.

I met the family at Luss where we scattered my father-in-law's ashes to the wind and the waves. We all feel good about that, for various reasons.

 :)
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Post by: David Martin on May 28, 2008, 11:07:57 pm
'Tis a wee bit dreich richt noo.. I'm wanting to get out and take some rather specific photos of a certain place so I spent some time with an OS  1:25000 map and plotted sightlines, made good use of contours etc. and identified four potential locations. As several were off down paths and dirt roads I set off with the mountain bike to get a bit of a ride in - the ride encompassed a few wee braes.

It was middling warm - I wasn't quite boil inna bag in my waterproof but it was touch and go as to whether I was wetter inside or out. Definitely warm and toastie.

Blasting my way out - wind behind, knobbly tyres thrubbing on tarmac. First location. A bit of traipsing. A few nettle stings. A bit of a rethink due to a line of trees and eventually a passable viewpoint with a few leccy cables that should clone out OK with photoshop if necessary.

Take 2. I've done a bit of a loop so now I'm heading to a location to which I have never been  - the old pier at Invergowrie. Well, not just an old pier but the rest of the harbour too. It isn't a good location for gallicanting at night. It has been abandoned for some considerable time - the harbour is silted up and large cracks are appearing between the old stones - big enough to take a foot or two. A perfectly cut round hole about 30 inches across and plummeting to water level bears testament to a  long lost crane or derrick. Anyhow, this proved to be an ideal viewpoint and worthy of a visit in it's own right. I'll be back.

Back onto the roads I know well, the level crossing was down on the first  Longforgan Road so I carried on to pass the prison and climb to the roundabout the back way. Breezed the first bit and was feeling good till I realised how much more there was to go - a deceptive climb.

Dron farm was the next point - a steep climb of which the first part was good and the second part just turning th epedals in the twiddly gears after my enthusiasm for putting effort in failed to accompany me upwards. That spot was no good - too many trees - even if I could have seen Dundee through the mists and rain. Rolling downhill, the daylight fading, then the step climbs through Fowlis and into Liff. Rolling into thewind now, feeling the drag of the knobblies.. Camperdown park - still at night with just a couple of dog walkers and the straying geese from the pond to worry about.

And home. It wasn't fast but it was fun. The weather was bad but not foul, and I feel tired but not exhausted. A good night out.
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Post by: Dinamo on May 29, 2008, 01:10:15 pm
A very pleasant 95 km morning ride from Bristol to Cheddar and back, to meet the
'Bristol Thursday Old Time Cyclists' for breakfast, before their ride into the Somerset Levels.

Left Bristol and went via Chew Magna and past Chew Valley Lake, climbed up West Harptree hill onto the Mendips and then dropped down Cheddar Gorge for breakfast at the excellent Fortes Ice Cream Parlour.

(http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee253/ianrsparrow/DSC00250.jpg)

(http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee253/ianrsparrow/DSC00251.jpg)

A couple of photos of the BTOTC leaving the cafe.

I then retraced my route back up the Gorge, and going through Bishops Sutton, Stanton Drew and the regally named Queen Charlton before joining the Bristol-Bath cycle track.
A lovely ride in good weather on peaceful country lanes  :)
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Post by: numbnuts on May 29, 2008, 03:06:55 pm
Just got in from a 47.3 hilly ride ....why do I do it
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Post by: ronstrutt on May 29, 2008, 03:17:33 pm
Tuesday evening, after work, a 100km ride from Guildford down to Portsmouth via the scenic route (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=3366.new#new), postponed from the rather wet bank holiday Monday - when I went for a damp hike through the Surrey Hills instead.
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Post by: tiermat on May 29, 2008, 03:18:58 pm
Went to my mums to drop off a cat blanket, Lazy Leo is coming to live with us from Sunday so we wanted something that smelt of his mum so he doesn't feel so alone once he gets here.

Weather gorgeous, topped up my cyclists tan...

18 miles all in all, will add another 6 onto that when I go and collect TLD from Pre-school
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Post by: Chris S on May 29, 2008, 10:02:13 pm
After being tied to a compiler since 6:30 this morning, I was desperate for some fresh air come this evening. Of course, by then it was raining  ::-).

Never mind - a chance to dip a toe (sic) into the strange murky world of riding in the rain with sandals. You'd think at 13'c, moderate rain and lots of puddles, I'd get cold feet - but I didn't. It was a whole new experience, and one I must transfer to an audax soon.

Anyway, 35 soggy km. I need a new waterproof top - my Altura Nevis doesn't really keep much rain out these days.
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Post by: Andrew Br on May 29, 2008, 11:54:48 pm
Managed 30 miles from Chorlton to Mobberley Station and back.
Got caught in a downpour on the way back although, coming back into S. Manchester, it seemed that it hadn't rained there at all.
It started throwing down just as I opened the front door.
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Post by: Frenchie on May 29, 2008, 11:57:45 pm
Just about 1.5 hours in the rain... Loved it though as I am not riding much these days. It was a bit dark too. Came back along the river trail, then path; we were flying on the trail (well...)!
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Post by: Notsototalnewbie on May 30, 2008, 09:40:38 am
I've been out all right.

Sitting at traffic lights in a slightly hungover fashion (who has leaving drinks on a thurs?!),  I feel a bit hot and yank the zip down on my gilet.

It wasn't my gilet. And my jersey has a very deep zip.
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Post by: Regulator on May 30, 2008, 09:44:19 am
I've been out all right.

Sitting at traffic lights in a slightly hungover fashion (who has leaving drinks on a thurs?!),  I feel a bit hot and yank the zip down on my gilet.

It wasn't my gilet. And my jersey has a very deep zip.


 ;D


No cycling, but a pleasant hour or so was passed yesterday evening in the company of Zanda and Daniel Cadden.

Cheers chaps!
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Post by: David Martin on May 30, 2008, 10:28:07 am
I've been out all right.

Sitting at traffic lights in a slightly hungover fashion (who has leaving drinks on a thurs?!),  I feel a bit hot and yank the zip down on my gilet.

It wasn't my gilet. And my jersey has a very deep zip.

And the local motorists think you really are that sort of girl after a night on the tiles  ::-)

..d
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Post by: Andrew Br on May 30, 2008, 05:39:54 pm
Dinting-Penistone-Hadfield via the TPT- about 44m including to/from Manchester Piccadilly.
Got wet again going over the Woodhead tunnels when IT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE SUNNY TODAY.
Also got chatted up by a drunk woman in the pub in Penistone. She had a black eye and a very scary looking boy-friend. I fear that these two facts may be related.............

I swallowed a couple of flies on the way back, one of which is still rather retchtastic.
Any tips for breathing heavily and not ingesting ?
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Post by: JohnP on May 31, 2008, 09:16:05 am
YESSSSSSS 1st time for nearly 3 weeks.

Only 7km but at least I averaged 21.6 km/h.

Now waiting for lungs to leave chest cavity so that I might manage a small breakfast.
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Post by: alan on May 31, 2008, 09:52:45 am
Took the fixie to the village,the long way round involving an uphill start in the wrong direction, & think doing the Pie Run on fixed may be too much to be enjoyable :-\
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Post by: Regulator on May 31, 2008, 10:08:01 am
I'm taking Sheldon up to Epping Forest for a spin, camping overnight and then having another spin before toddling home.
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Post by: annie on May 31, 2008, 10:41:53 am
Yes, 35kms, bit lumpy in places.  Hard work, tired and ready for some food.  My bottom is just wonderful but my other bits are most certainly not :(

There was a little incident at the top of a hill, a hill that I crawled up at a snail's pace and whilst gathering myself together at the top and changing gear I hear a woman shouting out what I thought was the name of a child, it was a tad breezy and what I didn't realise is that the child was not a child but a dog, a terrier, a terrier that could run very fast.  Only when I turned round and saw it closing in on me did I stop and prayed that it wasn't of a kind that liked to snack on ankles and lycra.  I told the dog to go home in a very stern voice, it looked somewhat shocked and turned round to head home after letting out a pathetic whine.  The owner pulled up in a car that she had flagged down and thanked me for stopping.

Ave:  22.6kph, not too bad considering I stopped at the LBS to consume 4 biscuits and drool over a new frame. 
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Post by: jezhiggins on May 31, 2008, 11:01:07 am
Yes, first time this morning!

Last Thursday, I nipped out first thing to pick up my new specs. On the way back, I stopped in at Birmingham City Cycles to buy a new bike pump. While I was pumping away, another bloke (possibly the owner?) arrived. He brought out a big floor pump, inflated my tyres (which makes me think I've never ridden on properly inflated tyres before in my life), suggested my bike was too small for me, measured it in several different ways, decided it was, ordered me back into the shop to buy some chain lube, then as a kind of by the way, mentioned that he ran a 30 mile ride at 7 on Saturday morning and I could come along if I fancied.

I couldn't quite decide if he was being oddly friendly or mildly challenging, but after a brief consult with my wife, she decided I should go :) Thursday was also my birthday, and I'd been given some new cycling shorts and a top, so clearly I had to use them. I spent Friday fretting mildly, nipping out to get a spare inner tube, one of those little saddle packs to carry it in, and so on.

I was worrying about nothing really, although I would guess that my bike was at the cheaper end of the 30 or so on display this morning. I don't wear a helmet, putting me in a minority of two, and I don't have clip-in pedals, putting me in a minority of one. Every time the group stopped, there was this little round of click-click-clicking as everyone unclipped, and then another round as they slotted their cleats back in again. I was slightly overdressed too, and so finished up with my shell jacket stuffed down the back of my shorts.

It was odd riding in the group initially. I've never ridden at speed with more than one other person, and that was years ago. In the city, you're very aware of your space and anything encroaching on it usually represents a danger, so it was strange to begin with. Once I'd relaxed a bit and got into the swing of things, I really began to enjoy myself  I was suffering a bit about two thirds of the way through, but we had an enforced stop when my neighbour in the pack's derailler broke off, snapping his chain. Good news for me (and the two blokes who nipped into the bushes), but pretty bad and expensive for him. It was a lot of fun, especially when the pace picked up running down the A38 from Sutton Coldfield back into the city centre.

My kids are back at gymnastics training next week, so the Saturday timetable will be a bit different, but I'll go again if I can.
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Post by: mike on May 31, 2008, 12:21:41 pm
:)  Good work, Jez - be careful, it's addictive...

Quick run into cambridge this morning to get a new seatpost.  Found a nice thompson micro-adjust jobbie in MikesBikes [no relation] and the slightly odd bloke at the till discounted it by 50% without me asking - so I bought two!  Now Mrs Mike and I have new shiny seatposts.

absolutely lovely out there.
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Post by: Naggers on May 31, 2008, 02:41:16 pm
Nice read, Jez  8)

I don't have clip-in pedals, putting me in a minority of one. Every time the group stopped, there was this little round of click-click-clicking as everyone unclipped, and then another round as they slotted their cleats back in again.

That's great, isn't it  ;D

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Post by: Naggers on May 31, 2008, 02:46:39 pm
After a pityfull 90 miles for the week commuting went out to make up the 100.
Still a rubbish week but better than most recently  :-[

Great to have to slap suncream on the head and to ride without the courier bag.

Was really enjoying the lanes and could have stayed out for at least a couple of hours but had a deadline of only about 45 mins  :'(

Managed to knock out a tad over 15 miles.



 
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Post by: FatBloke on May 31, 2008, 03:55:57 pm
50 odd miles out to Maldon and back. No idea what the real mileage was as I turned the Flightdeck off at some point whilst riding on the hoods.  >:( >:(

Then a few miles from home I was suddenly visited by a world of pain in my right eye. Something had got through the defences. I was only a couple of miles from work, so I went there, irrigated my eye with copious amounts of water and myself with a couple of pints of Stella (medicinal!!!!).

Now at home. Eye hurts, but there's nothing in it that I can see  ::-). No idea as to the cause. All I know is that it fecking well hurt!! In fact it was almost swollen shut by the time I got to work.  ;) ;) ;) ;)

It's a bit better now.
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Post by: toekneep on May 31, 2008, 07:23:05 pm
Ouch, that sounds most unpleasant FB. Perhaps something stung you and buggered off again.

I had an interesting little ride today. Went up the prom to Fleetwood and then across to Knott End on the ferry. Met a nice chap on the crossing who was riding a fixed and we pedalled a few miles together until our routes diverged. I rode across the flatlands towards the Trough of Bowland and after a lovely pint of Black Sheep turned south towards home. Mrs. TKP rode out from home and met me at Wrea Green for another pint and then home for lots of food. Feeling tired, satisfied and just a tad sunburned now.
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Post by: rogerzilla on May 31, 2008, 07:25:30 pm
52 miles with the CTC.  Also an embarrassing litany of mechanical failures including a classic snakebite puncture (at 145psi - it was some pothole!), upon which I realised I had brought a 26" tube with me, the difference between "Race 26" and "Race 28" being illegibly printed on some Conti tubes  :-[  I impressed a few people by demonstrating how QRs can be used as tyre levers, though.

My new Dura-Ace chain showed an uncanny ability to spontaneously develop stiff links.  Free one off, and 10 miles later another one started clicking.  I've come to the conclusion that the factory lube Shimano use is, in fact, not a lube (SRAM's is, and quite a good one).  I had to stop four times and spread the offending link - a different one each time - with a chain tool.

Still, 4 hours in the saddle and I feel OK.


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Post by: Notsototalnewbie on May 31, 2008, 08:09:17 pm
No. Frustratingly I've just been sitting in all day while the plumber finishes putting in a boiler and central heating. I've just said goodbye and done an online transfer for a rather large sum of money.  ::-)

Am now mostly penniless, but at least I'll be able to have a shower when I get in from a ride rather than mess about waiting for an elderly, leaking immersion heater to heat enough water. And I won't be able to see my breath in winter. Also, getting rid of the huge old cylinder means I have room to put away my ever growing box of bike bits  ;D

I think tomorrow I'll cycle to the Camden Green Fair and Bikefest in Regent's Park.
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Post by: peliroja on May 31, 2008, 08:26:54 pm
Ouch to FB's poorly eye, and ouch to NSTN's injured bank account :(

Not been out today. Woolly transferred my chainset to Stella today, so let's see how he gets on spinning to the coast tomorrow on my shorty 165 cranks ;)
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Post by: Maladict on June 01, 2008, 12:50:23 am
5 mile round trip to a party some friends were having.

Another mutual friend who was there decided to embarrass me in front of everyone for his own amusement.  >:(

Perhaps friend is the wrong word.
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Post by: Deano on June 01, 2008, 01:07:05 am
Tonight was marvellous:  I didn't get out until after 8 o'clock, but by then the humidity of the afternoon had faded, leaving a cool and clear evening, perfect for cycling.  The suggestion of a breeze refreshed me as I cruised along - in fact, zoomed along is more like it.

30 miles on the A-roads around the northern end of the Tees Valley, at a (for me) astonishing 18.1 mph :thumbsup:

Highlights included: the hundred-strong herd of red deer grazing in Raby Castle grounds, including about half a dozen with milky white hides and some very impressively-antlered bucks; trying to draft a tractor and trailer and giving up when I realised I'd accelerated to 30 mph and was still 50 yards behind it; the long stretches without traffic on trunk roads; and finally, chasing the sunset home a la Hammer horror movies.
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Post by: Maladict on June 01, 2008, 04:19:58 pm
7.5 mile round trip.  Went on the Galaxy which felt slow.  I was going to take it easy, but the legs had other ideas.  Cycled into town to the recycling centre at Tesco, then visited a few shoppes.  Came away with a headset for Skype, and some packing materials to send that rack top bag I sold off to Blade.

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Post by: mike on June 01, 2008, 04:37:59 pm
longest ride of the year for me, 103 miles.  The plan was to take it steady the whole way round just to get the miles in, but about 20 miles from home I did the mental sums and realised I was on for seven hours if I worked a bit harder - so I did, and made it in 6.59, nearly expiring at the top of the last hill about a mile from home.

It was colder and wetter than i was expecting, and I'd stupidly dressed for yesterdays sunshine so I popped into 'king cycles' in Bury to see if they could sell me some sleeves or a warm top, when i asked the bloke behind the till where the kit was, I wasnt expecting him to say 'sorry mate, we only sell shit bikes' :D  [he didnt appear to be wrong]

beautiful ride though, especially the bottom half from saffron walden across through claire and long melford to Bury st eds.


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Post by: annie on June 01, 2008, 04:44:17 pm
Not today as being mum all day.

Mr A is away at the Waitrose Farm in Hampshire doing a spot of fishing, how splendid.
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Post by: woollypigs on June 01, 2008, 05:44:01 pm
52miles in the Surrey hills, pint of Spitfire and shared a baked Camembert in East Clandon at the Queens Arms. Top ride though had to walk one or two of the feckers.
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Post by: Notsototalnewbie on June 01, 2008, 07:33:53 pm
Yep. Cycled to the Green Fair and Bikefest in Regent's Park, leading another woman who I met a while ago at another cycling-related event who didn't know the way (I did as it was mostly my commute).

Got an LCC map I'd been after (wilds of North London), some cheap herbs from the herb stall, some soap and numerous free reusable bags (hate carrier bags). Supporting small businesses which I like to do. Also had an interesting acupressure massage that was quite painful at times, they reckon I had 'blockages' in my stomach  ::-) That'd explain why I always get sick on FNRttC!  ;D

Also had a go at the roller racing at the Rollapaluza stand, on a Condor fixie type thing. Good fun. There may be a photo appearing on their website shortly  ::-)
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Post by: domesticated ape on June 01, 2008, 08:02:48 pm
I just got back from a test-ride on the tandem that my wife and I have borrowed from my Dad. We did the London to Cambridge charity ride on it last year, and that was our only tandemming experience, so today was a bit shaky! The saddles both needed adjusting en-route, and I forgot to check before we set off which gear lever was which, and which way was up and down, so changing gear was interesting at first! We made it back alive though, and hopefully we'll be out on it a lot more in the next few weeks ;D

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Post by: andrew w on June 01, 2008, 09:11:28 pm
No ride today, but went out all day yesterday.  I wanted to do a long ride before next weekend's White Rose Classic, so I rode from home (in Leeds) to Hutton le Hole on the North York Moors and back.  Went out via Sherrif Hutton and Castle Howard, and back through Nunnington, Hovingham and Yearsley.  Did 126 miles all told, my longest ride of the year so far.  A lovely day too, the only slight problem being a nagging headwind at times on the outward journey.  Still, it made the return journey easier!

Andrew
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Post by: MSeries on June 01, 2008, 09:25:14 pm
105 miles, mostly in the rain.
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Post by: Polar Bear on June 01, 2008, 09:28:47 pm
First pootle since October.   Not far, not fast but very very happy  ;D
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Post by: peliroja on June 01, 2008, 09:39:55 pm
52miles in the Surrey hills, pint of Spitfire and shared a baked Camembert in East Clandon at the Queens Arms. Top ride though had to walk one or two of the feckers.
And lovely it was, too. The Surrey Hills are such great cycling country  :D
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Post by: velocitizen on June 01, 2008, 09:49:01 pm
Nottingham to Lincoln, taking a slightly longer route for a 4.5 hour ride, damp but avioded most of the rain today, had to go as it was my first ride in a week after a week's holiday on Arran.
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Post by: Ian H on June 01, 2008, 10:26:26 pm
Out from Ealing towards Osterley Park, not too much traffic. Chat to a man on an old Kirk frame, fixed with a drop-down tensioner, at traffic lights. Down a few side streets following my nose and cross the A316 towards Twickers.

There's a match on and the police are on point duty. Once through the crowds I find myself at Teddington Locks, so dismount to cross the bridge, then along the Thames path towards Richmond. Lots of walkers, dogs, mud, wobbly cyclists, and a tree across the path. I'm grateful to hit smooth tarmac again.

Finding myself at Ham Gate I continue into the Park. Lots of cyclists including po-faced would-be roadies who avoid eye-contact. Out again into the real world and dice with the traffic through Richmond and over the bridge.

I follow the signs for Isleworth and eventually recognise the road to the Gillette Tower, right at the lights on to the A40 and left to pass Boston Manor and home.

A brief outing, but sufficiently fast to clear the cobwebs.
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Post by: Quisling on June 01, 2008, 10:29:42 pm
17.5 miles with MiniQ on the tandem, mostly on the Phoenix trail Route 57 in Oxon.  A nice time was had by all.
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Post by: ronstrutt on June 02, 2008, 12:36:21 am
Well, it was actually yesterday now.

Rode back from Newport (South Wales) to Woking, 129.1 miles. Not a particularly inspiring route - the A48 up to the Severn Bridge, then cut round the north of Bristol and Bath via Yate and Chipping Sodbury to Chippenham and then the A4 through to Reading. Did take a pleasant diversion between Marlborough and Hungerford on the original London to Bristol road via Ramsbury, though.
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Post by: cycleman on June 02, 2008, 08:41:21 am
slough windsor cookham henley and back, 31 miles .i was rideing with a friend who has ms and rides a trice s well . we had a nice lunch stop in henley before grinding up winter hill on the way back ;D
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Post by: alchemy on June 02, 2008, 09:51:34 am
Beautiful second day of (official) winter, 20+ degrees, blue skies  8), so I rode out towards the hills, rode up Greenmount Hill and rode back down, rode around a bit more and came home.

Just under two and a half hours for 60km, which is about as many km as I've managed in the last fortnight  :-[ :-\
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Post by: alan on June 02, 2008, 05:14:47 pm
Just nipped down to the village on the fixie.The issue worthy of note is that I can now get back up the hill without standing on the pedals.It's not a lot but it is progress :)
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Post by: orienteer on June 02, 2008, 06:43:38 pm
slough windsor cookham henley and back, 31 miles .i was rideing with a friend who has ms and rides a trice s well . we had a nice lunch stop in henley before grinding up winter hill on the way back ;D

Yesterday we took the train from West Ruislip to Princes Risborough, by which time ((9.00) it was pouring with rain. Set off towards Thame along the (now muddy) Phoenix trail, then turned south to Riverside Cafe at Benson for coffee. Luckily  the rain had ceased. Up the Chiltern escarpment to Cookley Green and Russells Water, then a long drop into Henley and on to The Flowerpot at Aston for lunch. On to Knowle Hill, Sustrans 4 into Maidenhead and Burnham Beeches for tea. 65 miles back to Uxbridge, at an average of 13.2mph. Usually only manage about 12!
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Post by: Andrew Br on June 02, 2008, 06:58:46 pm
Bromley Cross to Southport today, about 50m in total.
The sky was black all day but the rain stayed off.
Going through the moors around Bolton/Chorley was really nice- it's amazing what is on the doorstep of Manchester.
At one stage I was cruising along at 20mph (must have been downhill) and I could see the front tyre turning away and the chain slipping along and I thought what a lovely, effortless way it was to travel. The thought stayed with me for a long time, even going uphill  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Chris S on June 02, 2008, 07:30:33 pm
A quick 30km loop to loosen the legs after a weekend of garden slavery.

Shut the garage door, and walked to the house just as the first cloudburst of this evenings weather started. Timing  :thumbsup:.
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Post by: bazzerp on June 02, 2008, 08:36:23 pm
Chris, Chris CHRIS - have you remembered  to go & untie the dear lady & let her out of the garage ? Or perhaps you secretly enjoyed it  :o
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Post by: toekneep on June 02, 2008, 08:58:55 pm
Tonight was a new experience for Mrs. TKP and I. The outer promenade at St. Annes offers several miles of uninterrupted cycling and it is wide and fairly quiet. We decided to turn it into a training ground for keeping fit of an evening. The idea was to pootle along it and back tonight and set a slow time as a measure. It turns out to be six miles round trip. Considering we normally cycle at about 11mph we were suprised to average 16.3. So the gauntlet is down now, next target 17mph. We came back through St. Annes Square where the usual Monday biker gathering takes place. Several hundred motorbikes do make an impressive scene. We got several smiles as we wheeled our steeds through the melee.
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Post by: chris on June 02, 2008, 09:01:53 pm
yellow-ceitidh had a teacher training day, and I was working from home, so we went out for a lunch-time pootle. Only 8 miles instead of the usual lunch-hour 16, but very pleasant.
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Post by: onb on June 04, 2008, 04:17:40 pm
Been out for a "lunchbreak" ride to Malham ,I told myself if I felt ok  I would ride up past the tarn as it is one of my fittness barometers.The sign at the bottom ominously bodes 20% ,I could feel Captain paranoi leaping onto my shoulder but carried on .I hate getting off ,so plugged away I was nearly up my lungs bursting legs burning sometimes almost by reflex I click down for another gear despite the fact I know there isnt one only this time there was!!I didnt know whether to laugh or cry.Its fantastic limestone country and the return is pretty much a blast,and the weather was glorious


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Post by: clarion on June 04, 2008, 08:49:28 pm
*sigh*
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Post by: David Martin on June 04, 2008, 09:04:05 pm
Supposed to be going out tonight for a ten but have been feeling poorly all week. Fortunately the chap I was goingto give a lift to went with his dad. There was no way IO could have done more than just ride round, with a probable toilet stop en route. No chance of doing anything like a decent time.

..d
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Post by: toekneep on June 04, 2008, 09:13:27 pm
Just had a nice little sixteen mile circuit with a pub stop three miles from home. It was chillier than I expected and shouldn't really have stopped for a pint. I think that particular route, St. Annes, Lytham, Westby, Wrea Green, Warton, Moss Side, Lytham, St. Annes, may become a summertime evening regular. Very nice indeed.
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Post by: annie on June 04, 2008, 09:40:45 pm
Not on the bike no but ran this morning.  Swam for an hour tonight, the first time for years, since I had my shoulder operated on, am so pleased and had such a wonderful time.  I think my speed hasn't suffered much at all.  Am ravenous and have eaten as much as is humanly possible.
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Post by: vince on June 04, 2008, 09:46:34 pm
A beautiful evening. Monday I was on call, yesterday I felt guilty about not going out as it was drizzly - but it was worth saving myself  8)

28 miles: Chesterfield - Barlow - Owler Bar - Longshaw Estate - Frogatt - Curbar - Beeley Moor - Chesterfield.

The pictures aren't up to much as I took them as I rode along. This couple are as I struggled up the hill out of Curbar itself:

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The balloon seemed like a much more sensible idea at this point.

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People ask why I live in Chesterfield. Part of the answer is that this is a short ride away after work :)

[edit] Nice to hear about the swim Annie. Are you recalling muscles you had forgotten?
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Post by: annie on June 05, 2008, 06:34:12 am
Lovely photos Vince, looks like a hot air balloon in the background.

As for forgotten muscles, erm yes just a little bit.  I have a huge bruise on one of my biceps, I had to heave myself out of the pool when I suffered with cramp in my big toe and caught my arm on the side.  Woke up in the night very thirsty and hungry :)
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Post by: CathH on June 05, 2008, 08:23:03 am
Just The Best morning for cycling here. Sunny, cool, still and full of birdsong. Having two new episodes of The News Quiz on the iPod just topped it off, really. Saw a magpie family teaching Junior where to find grubs at the base of hedgerows. They were rootling around under leaves like blackbirds!
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Post by: delthebike on June 05, 2008, 05:39:43 pm
A spiffing day with long short cuts, proper tea in pots, the last pint of London Pride in the pub and just the right amount of sunshine and shade.
But now I'm home I'll have to go out after dinner to do the last 16Km to round up to a statute century.
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Post by: Frenchie on June 05, 2008, 05:41:52 pm
I'm going now... Bye!
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Post by: Chris S on June 05, 2008, 07:56:52 pm
Internet connection was pants today, and today's work required a lot of downloading of stuff. So I set off the download (est time: 2 hours  ::-)) and...

Rode with #1 Son back up to Holkham Hall (he's a chef at the Victoria Hotel, and had popped home for the night). Lovely ride - tried a new route which ended up passing Sculthorpe Mill, a lovely pub on the Wensum, just West of Fakenham. Must go back there for a pint sometime.

Had a pint with the lad at the Vic, before leaving him there (the staff are live-in there) and riding home. Needless to say, it rained. It didn't matter - it was a lovely ride.

Another 85km clocked up on the Pompino.

Sadly, all my stuff has downloaded, so must get cracking with work now.
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Post by: Wowbagger on June 05, 2008, 08:03:45 pm
Commute-cum-pubootle with F. Bloke Esq. to Crooked Billet in Leigh.

I wasn't on form and have been feeling distinctly queasy since: I think my guts were a bit squiffy anyway and the anchovies, olives and cockles exacerbated the situation.

Shortly before we left a young man on a brand new Pompino rode past and we tried to give chase because he was about to ride the "cinder path" and the tide was high. We felt that perhaps he was an inexperienced fixer and there might be an amusing immersion event, but we didn't see him again. Perhaps he drowned...
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Post by: andygates on June 05, 2008, 08:08:49 pm
Second commutle on the re-roadified Cannondale, picked up the trailer for next week's shenanigans, then nearly bonked in a headwind!  Aiee!
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Post by: Analog Kid on June 05, 2008, 08:16:06 pm
A glorious 12 miles in our corner of North Worcestershire this morning before going to work. Sunshine at 7am and I have to smile everytime I see the sign for Timberhonger Lane, such a great name.

 :)
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Post by: delthebike on June 05, 2008, 08:41:02 pm
Well I went out again to top up, see up thread, and now end the day with 176Km.
And I did a good turn when a lady dropped her chain off the front rings on the seafront. When I got to her she had just got her fingers oily on the chain. So I lifted the bike, turned the pedals and asked her to select the large chainring. After a bit it was on and she was happy as Larry (I still don't know who he is, but he is a happy chappy) and I had clean hands still.  ;)
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Post by: FatBloke on June 05, 2008, 08:49:51 pm
I wasn't on form and have been feeling distinctly queasy since: I think my guts were a bit squiffy anyway and the anchovies, olives and cockles exacerbated the situation.
No adverse reaction here!
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Post by: Wowbagger on June 05, 2008, 09:46:33 pm
I wasn't on form and have been feeling distinctly queasy since: I think my guts were a bit squiffy anyway and the anchovies, olives and cockles exacerbated the situation.
No adverse reaction here!

No, I think I may have already been a tad on the queasy side. Feeling better now though.
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Post by: clarion on June 05, 2008, 11:24:12 pm
Commute to work.  Cars are pretty irrelevant on the route because so much of it is in bus lanes :thumbsup:

Down to North Peckham for a meeting - lovely little ride.  Couldn't believe I was working while gently (so as not to get sweaty) pootling along quiet roads.

After work, three minutes up to London Bridge, and a sit down with the paper & a coffee to wait for Southwark Cyclists to appear for their after work ride.  They seemed to congregate around me quite by chance.  Couple of faces I recognised out of the peloton of about thirteen, off over Tower Bridge and along teh riverside, then up the canal to Victoria Park in Hackney to see the two stone shelters which used to be on London Bridge.  Back down to the Docklands Museum to see the model of the bridge, then in to London to St Magnus Martyr church (Wren), now hidden among modern buildings, but once a magnificent landmark of the entrance to the City of London at the north end of the old bridge.  There are a few pieces of stone in the churchyard from the old bridge.

Over London Bridge at last, then winding through the back streets to a pub which bears the coat of arms from the main gateway on London Bridge, and finally, to another of the niches in the middle of a garden at Guy's Hospital, with a statue of John Keats seated inside.

A rewarding ride - great fun, even if the pace was a bit much for some of the more leisurely riders.

Then home along my commuting route, through the long summer twilight, watching & listening to the birds of the evening.
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Post by: MSeries on June 05, 2008, 11:26:10 pm
Commute to work.  Cars are pretty irrelevant on the route because so much of it is in bus lanes :thumbsup:

Down to North Peckham for a meeting - lovely little ride.  Couldn't believe I was working while gently (so as not to get sweaty) pootling along quiet roads.

After work, three minutes up to London Bridge, and a sit down with the paper & a coffee to wait for Southwark Cyclists to appear for their after work ride.  They seemed to congregate around me quite by chance.  Couple of faces I recognised out of the peloton of about thirteen, off over Tower Bridge and along teh riverside, then up the canal to Victoria Park in Hackney to see the two stone shelters which used to be on London Bridge.  Back down to the Docklands Museum to see the model of the bridge, then in to London to St Magnus Martyr church (Wren), now hidden among modern buildings, but once a magnificent landmark of the entrance to the City of London at the north end of the old bridge.  There are a few pieces of stone in the churchyard from the old bridge.

Over London Bridge at last, then winding through the back streets to a pub which bears the coat of arms from the main gateway on London Bridge, and finally, to another of the niches in the middle of a garden at Guy's Hospital, with a statue of John Keats seated inside.

A rewarding ride - great fun, even if the pace was a bit much for some of the more leisurely riders.

Then home along my commuting route, through the long summer twilight, watching & listening to the birds of the evening.

I was in the City of London today at a meeting in Cornhill. I was envious of the people blatting around in the sunshine.
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Post by: Jurek on June 05, 2008, 11:41:31 pm
Commute to work.  Cars are pretty irrelevant on the route because so much of it is in bus lanes :thumbsup:

Down to North Peckham for a meeting - lovely little ride.  Couldn't believe I was working while gently (so as not to get sweaty) pootling along quiet roads.

After work, three minutes up to London Bridge, and a sit down with the paper & a coffee to wait for Southwark Cyclists to appear for their after work ride.  They seemed to congregate around me quite by chance.  Couple of faces I recognised out of the peloton of about thirteen, off over Tower Bridge and along teh riverside, then up the canal to Victoria Park in Hackney to see the two stone shelters which used to be on London Bridge.  Back down to the Docklands Museum to see the model of the bridge, then in to London to St Magnus Martyr church (Wren), now hidden among modern buildings, but once a magnificent landmark of the entrance to the City of London at the north end of the old bridge.  There are a few pieces of stone in the churchyard from the old bridge.

Over London Bridge at last, then winding through the back streets to a pub which bears the coat of arms from the main gateway on London Bridge, and finally, to another of the niches in the middle of a garden at Guy's Hospital, with a statue of John Keats seated inside.

A rewarding ride - great fun, even if the pace was a bit much for some of the more leisurely riders.

Then home along my commuting route, through the long summer twilight, watching & listening to the birds of the evening.


I used to be a regular on Southwarks's Afterworkers - then, for some reason I found it really tricky to co-ordinate these once I had a job - more  a reflection of me, rather than Southwark Cyclists.
However, tonight was a welcome return to the fold.
Meeting up with faces I've not seen in a while. Meeting up with faces I'd not expected (Clarion).
Alan's intermittent banter on the history of London Bridge was more than engaging.
Although I had to escape the ride prior to completion, it was a thoroughly enjoyable early evening jaunt, which Alan had clearly gone to some considerable effort, to make as interesting and informative as could be.

A midweek balm for the soul - to nick a phrase from an esteemed another ;-)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: clarion on June 05, 2008, 11:51:14 pm
A great joy to see you, Jurek.  For once, it wasn't me in the ACF gear! ;)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Jurek on June 05, 2008, 11:58:55 pm
A great joy to see you, Jurek.  For once, it wasn't me in the ACF gear! ;)
;D ;D ;D
It makes a change from the @$$0$ uniform - don't quite know what made me do it  :D

Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Notsototalnewbie on June 06, 2008, 12:53:50 pm
I keep meaning to make it to one of the Afterworkers, but have trouble organising myself, and keep arranging stuff for Thursdays forgetting they are on.

Instead I cycled from work to my nan's, where I was meeting my dad before we went for a curry, and me arriving at the door was greeted with 'I see you're on that bloody bike again' (family are convinced I will meet certain death this way) and then 'oh at least you look human now' when I changed back into work clothes for the restaurant.

By their reasoning I must have looked inhuman when I had to get the tube to Clarion's in my cycling gear the day before, but people are used to that as no one batted an eyelid.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Frenchie on June 07, 2008, 11:58:36 am
Well yesterday.

Rode for 1h45 taking a longer route from work. It was great and a good exercice as I was carrying my work clothes, some books and my locks back from work on the Pompino. We met with a mysterious Enigma rider who must have taken offence at our pace as he tried hard to catch up with us, overtake without a word, accelerate for 400 m before dying; having omitted the fact that we were still on his wheel. I bet you he was sweaty in his Assos.  ;D The rest of the ride was uneventful, although the last stretch on the path along the river was quite windy. I am out of shape!

Looking forward to tomorrow!
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Jezza on June 07, 2008, 05:21:24 pm
Eleven rainy miles round the lanes to post a letter. I've only recently started wearing contact lenses while riding and they make a huge difference in the rain - you can actually see where you are going.

Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Frenchie on June 07, 2008, 05:58:19 pm
One hour outing with Baby G as co-pilot. Great stuff!
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: rogerzilla on June 07, 2008, 06:11:25 pm
About 40 miles on the Frankendale fixie, including climbing two of those hills with little chevrons.  Very sore bottom.
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Post by: mike on June 07, 2008, 06:56:32 pm
:D

a slightly hungover interval session - 2 x 20 mins with 5 mins recovery between.  Despite the 7 pints of Adnams last night it was the first time ever with both intervals > 20mph, so am chuffed to bits and now feel absolutely awful - a mix of adrenalin, stale beer and chocolate hobnobs.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: vince on June 07, 2008, 07:30:57 pm
48 miles from the parents' house: St Harmon - Rhayader - Mountain Road - Cwmystwyth - Devil's Bridge - A44 to Llangruig - NCN 81 along the Wye - Marteg Bridge - St Harmon.

(http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b108/VinceBeckworth/Devils%20Bridge%20ride%207%20Jun%2008/BILD0055.jpg)

(http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b108/VinceBeckworth/Devils%20Bridge%20ride%207%20Jun%2008/BILD0061.jpg)

A very hilly route, I'm not sure of the total elevation, the weather (bar a shifting headwind) was perfect and the roads very quiet.  8)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Wowbagger on June 07, 2008, 07:34:44 pm
That's a real heavy-duty day's cycling, Vince. Chapeau!
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: vince on June 07, 2008, 08:59:29 pm
Coming from an old Wales hand such as yourself sir, I'm touched  :) 
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Crumbling Nick on June 07, 2008, 11:06:36 pm
About 40 miles on the Frankendale fixie, including climbing two of those hills with little chevrons.  Very sore bottom.

I always thought the chevrons pointed the correct direction for cyclists ;).

Today I led our youngest daughter in such a style to lunch at the Coach & Horses at the bottom of Weatheroak Hill, which was her fastest downhill yet (a nice round 180 rpm for me :)). The brewery is currently producing a very nice pale summer beer, which we tested carefully :thumbsup:.

However the route home meant climbing back up, which lead to a real sense of achievement and some extremely tired legs.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Basil on June 08, 2008, 12:08:32 am
A couple of mates and I used to play 'last one into the car park buys the round' at the Coach & Horses.  This meant absolutely hammering it down Weatheroak Hill and leaving the braking as late as possible for the sharp right at the bottom into the car park.
They must have wondered why the guy who bought the beer was always the one who was limping.  :-D
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: vince on June 08, 2008, 03:40:47 pm
No ride today. I went out for a run for half an hour, got lost and finally returned some 8 sunburnt miles later  :sick:
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: chris n on June 08, 2008, 03:46:23 pm
48 miles from the parents' house: St Harmon - Rhayader - Mountain Road - Cwmystwyth - Devil's Bridge - A44 to Llangruig - NCN 81 along the Wye - Marteg Bridge - St Harmon.

...

A very hilly route, I'm not sure of the total elevation, the weather (bar a shifting headwind) was perfect and the roads very quiet.  8)

Oh man, that sounds great.  Must get back to Rhayader for a ride soon.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: cc93 on June 08, 2008, 04:08:45 pm
Charity ride for British Wheelchair sport from Stoke Mandeville Stadium with many many others

Was greeted at the start by 'are you wellard?' by a quiet forummer on a trice (whose name I totally failed to get, sorry) - that's what you get for wearing your avatar on your shirt.
Was awarded the best shirt of the day by the lady scout leader on Brill Hill, obviously a Sesame Street fan!

Great day out in perfect weather - too perfect as the upper arms were exposed for the first time this year, and are now busy doing lobster impersonations  :(

126k for the day.



Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: alan on June 08, 2008, 04:09:42 pm
Bit of a mixture today

two trips to the village this morning (used Marj's Trice :-X)

a leisurely walk on the footpaths through the fields around the village late morning with daughter & grand daughter

an hour on the fixie this afternoon.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: vince on June 08, 2008, 04:16:51 pm

Oh man, that sounds great.  Must get back to Rhayader for a ride soon.

Let me tell you, it was considerably better than my run. That entailed a long slog along a back road to Rhayader, including a 100m PB when I was chased by three aggressive farm dogs.

We must do Rhayader again - I've promised Herve a return trip to the hills! Maybe September rather than August Bank this year?
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: GillP on June 08, 2008, 04:57:11 pm
Up the coast to Fleetwood, no ferry to Knott End til 12 cos of the tide and it was still only 10 o'clock, so we detoured to Thornton and crossed the river there, meandering back through the lanes and one horrible stretch of main road, through St Michaels, Elswick (where we had a lovely strawberry milk shake at the Bonds Ice Cream parlour) Weeton (too early after Elswick for a pint) and then on to Wrea Green where the timing was perfect for a stop at the Grapes to replenish liquid and salt and then a short ride to home. Lovely  :D

No computer on this ride so no idea exactly how far but TKP reckons 35-40 miles. As we are cycling to York this year we need to get our distances up and we don't have long left  :o
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Wowbagger on June 08, 2008, 05:19:38 pm
First time for a few days, what with gut-rot and all. Essential supplies trip to Waitrose. Felt decidedly queasy as going round shop, but it had the advantage that Waitrose after 4 p.m. on a Sunday has lots of perishables on a discount. Good bread rolls at 10p each, hot cooked chicken at £1.99.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Pete on June 08, 2008, 05:44:30 pm
Nothing much to boast of, but wife, son and self completed the local annual charity+funride cycle-fest (http://www.burgesshillbikeride.co.uk/) this morning - along with hundreds and hundreds of others: it was a huge turnout in glorious weather.

As I said, no boasting, except to say it comforts me that I still can do a leisurely forty-mile without prostrating myself, off-form and out-of-condition notwithstanding (my wife opted for the 24).  And the lad - bless him - sprinted off and completed the forty in 2h30 (drinks stops included) - fifth quickest on the day - which is no mean timing considering the heat and the fair number of undulations on the 40 route.  I tell him, he ought to think of doing more serious stuff but he resists that (not the cycling, but the making something competitive of it, I mean).

Of course, this wasn't meant to be a race...  ;)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: IanDG on June 08, 2008, 05:47:46 pm
50km this morning. Out at 7am so that I was back home before my on-call started. The south westerley wind is back, after 7 dry weeks the weather looks like it could become wetter soon  :(
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: GruB on June 08, 2008, 05:50:08 pm
Yep, 129 miles in 7hours and 7 mins.  Well chuffed with that.
Highclere 200 k event - but it was not a race.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: rogerzilla on June 08, 2008, 06:17:50 pm
I went round the block on Mrs Z's bike after cleaning it.  Does that count?
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: andygates on June 08, 2008, 06:24:35 pm
As surely as my abortive pennyfarthing ride does.  Ow.  :)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Clare on June 08, 2008, 06:28:34 pm
Just the usual veg shop for me, with a slightly unusual approach by a Salvationist on the way home, why he couldn't stay behind me for all of less than a second at the PCC designed waste of paint and road user unifying point I don't know. I do know however that the bloody icthys symbol does not give the owner the right to overtake with less than 6 inches to spare...

AND NO, I DON'T WANT A BLOODY WARCRY  >:(
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Andrew Br on June 08, 2008, 06:32:55 pm
I went round the block on Mrs Z's bike after cleaning it.  Does that count?

It all counts in my opinion  :thumbsup:

Did 48m today with Chorlton Wanderers to Swettenham and back. Glorious sunshine all day and a new record for us- 6 offs, 4 of us in the ford at Swettenham with 3 down in one comedy wipe-out. I was one of these 3 fallers and I initially thought that I'd popped my shoulder out. Luckily no-one suffered any major damage so no ambulances were required (not always the case with the Wanderers rides unfortunately).
The people in the Swettenham Arms weren't overjoyed when 28 hungry cyclists arrived all at once and several of us squelched around the bar and the garden.
Shoulder is a bit sore now but seems OK- no treatment required except, maybe, a cool refreshing drink in the sun.

"Doctor it hurts if I do this with my arm."
"Well don't do it then."
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Domestique on June 08, 2008, 06:41:32 pm
We rode the Orchid charity ride around Billericay.
Really nice morning out, about 45 miles in total.
Going ot, Danny Crates, Essex based World and Paralympic Champion is a top gadgy  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: annie on June 08, 2008, 07:01:51 pm
Yes, BHF ride from Norwich.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: diapsaon0 on June 08, 2008, 07:26:21 pm
Yes, BHF ride from Norwich.

Chapeau  :thumbsup:

N
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Post by: mike on June 08, 2008, 07:47:36 pm
yep, a lovely 90 minutes in the sunshine this morning.  Just lovely.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Luke on June 08, 2008, 07:52:11 pm
Did a quick 10 mile loop this morning to test a few changes I've made to the kaffenback.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: FatBloke on June 08, 2008, 08:08:47 pm
No! Working!  :(
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Wowbagger on June 08, 2008, 08:11:01 pm
You've got time for a pootle now, haven't you? ;)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: woollypigs on June 08, 2008, 08:12:10 pm
30min ride to work, 2 hours standing around in the sun, then 30min ride home.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: FatBloke on June 08, 2008, 08:14:27 pm
You've got time for a pootle now, haven't you? ;)
CBA!
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Basil on June 08, 2008, 10:34:35 pm
Nope.  No bike. :-(
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: peliroja on June 08, 2008, 11:00:13 pm
Yes, fifty fast and furious miles (phew) with Emilio in the Surrey Hills. I is knackered.  :-[
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Jurek on June 08, 2008, 11:24:10 pm
Yes, fifty fast and furious miles (phew) with Emilio in the Surrey Hills. I is knackered.  :-[

You looked fine to me, first thing this morning. :-*
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: cycleman on June 09, 2008, 12:00:39 am
41 gentle miles slough windsor henley windsor slough  :).
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Frenchie on June 09, 2008, 08:40:19 am
Yesterday.

And it was an epic. I first raced out of Nottingham heading for Ambergate, taking a couple of short but steep hills to get warmed up. Just before Ambergate we headed North on the B6013 for Oakerthorpe. We started a game of ups and downs, the ups lasting slightly longer than the downs, taking us progressively above the valley and offering a first glimpse of the Woolley Moor to the West. Having reached the A61, we turned left for Ashover on the B6036. The climbs were starting to be a bit more challenging; not very long but rather brutal on twisted road. In the absence of wind riding in narrow lanes through the banked streets of the villages made us feel rather warm then. The A632 was finally reached; the A632 is busy at this location; but it also rewards the brave cyclist with about half a mile of a climb at 14%. Oh boy, my 39x25 was a bit short for the climb and I was slipping on the gravel but we made it to the top. We bailed out of the busy road to cut back across the fields through beautiful narrow lanes (Wheatcroft lane, Potters lane), and resumed a game of ups and downs, although this time we really enjoyed long, fast downhills. then we climbed to Crich, by which stage we were getting tired. The way home was offered to us as we reached the A6. We raced to Derby, playing with the few other fast cyclists out yesterday, and then back home along the Derby-LE cycling route before getting back on the A6005.

5 hours in the saddle in total, around 80 mi I reckon, some tough climbs rewarded by gorgeous sceneries as well as some fast downhill and some solid motoring on the flat. I am a bit unfit (and fat!) and still lack power on the climbs at the end of long rides, but I went around without much problem this WE and I enjoyed the ride during which I actually felt rather good on all but the longest ascent.

The Peak District can really reward the adventurous cyclist with its beautiful lanes and climbs as well as sumptuous views. A great day for a ride too.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Frenchie on June 09, 2008, 08:42:39 am
That's a real heavy-duty day's cycling, Vince. Chapeau!

Vince, you're getting all my attention... Well done. Are we doing this in August/September then?!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: peliroja on June 09, 2008, 09:32:34 am
Yes, fifty fast and furious miles (phew) with Emilio in the Surrey Hills. I is knackered.  :-[

You looked fine to me, first thing this morning. :-*
I was fine first thing. Almost four almost non-stop hours in Emilio's company, and anyone is bound to be knackered.  ;D

Oh, and she made it up, on fixed, that b*st*rd of a lump - Crocknorth Road - leading to Ranmore Common. Chapeau, Em!
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: vince on June 09, 2008, 10:19:55 am
A recovery ride this morning before I go home at lunch time. Yesterday's run knocked the stuffing out of my legs, I'm just not used to it  :sick:

13.5 miles: St Harmon - Abbey-Cwm-Hir - Blwch-y-Sarnau - along the Marteg - Pant-y-Dwr - St Harmon. Beautiful sunshine and hot already at 8.30  8)

Unfortunately I did not take my camera, so here are the best shots I could take of the Tee-pee I saw camped alongside the Marteg:

(http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b108/VinceBeckworth/Bwlch%20ride%20090608/TeePee090608.jpg)

Here's a close-up, unfortunately the digital zoom knocked out the detail and colour:

(http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b108/VinceBeckworth/Bwlch%20ride%20090608/TeePeezoom090608.jpg)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: alan on June 09, 2008, 11:53:15 am
[
You looked fine to me, first thing this morning. :-*

   :o
was this supposed to be secret :-X  ::-)  ;)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: alan on June 09, 2008, 11:57:36 am

I was fine first thing. Almost four almost non-stop hours in Emilio's company, and anyone is bound to be knackered.  ;D


[/quote]

is there something we should know :D
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: annie on June 09, 2008, 11:59:01 am
[
You looked fine to me, first thing this morning. :-*

   :o
was this supposed to be secret :-X  ::-)  ;)

I thought this as well :-\
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: groucho on June 09, 2008, 12:06:22 pm
Yesterday Penarth to Merthyr and back via Pentrych, Church Village, Cilfynedd (where I resisted the temptation to latch onto the Cardiff Ajax/Jif peloton) A465 hill, Dowlais. Back to Cardiff I finished off with a grind up Leckwith Hill before descending into Penarth. 64 miles or so.

Will it be enough to get me round the Dragonride next weekend ?????????
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Notsototalnewbie on June 09, 2008, 12:18:27 pm
I think you need to read the tandem ride thread to understand Jurek's innocent comment!  ;D

There are gazillions of cyclists out on my commute now the sun is out. Which is, on the whole, great, but I really wish they wouldn't push past me to jump the lights and keep lining up down the left of HGVs at big junctions like the one with Buckingham Palace road, where trucks often turn left.*

*Yes, I was a newbie cyclist once. I was very slow, and I was wobbly...but I never did the things that are annoying me now!
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: chris n on June 09, 2008, 12:22:02 pm
Unfortunately I did not take my camera, so here are the best shots I could take of the Tee-pee I saw camped alongside the Marteg:

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Here's a close-up, unfortunately the digital zoom knocked out the detail and colour:

[img]

That's been there (or has been and come back again) since late last summer.  Looks like a great place for a campsite.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: alan on June 09, 2008, 12:31:11 pm
[
You looked fine to me, first thing this morning. :-*

   :o
was this supposed to be secret :-X  ::-)  ;)

I thought this as well :-\

is this a case of great minds think alike or fools seldom differ :-\
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: alan on June 09, 2008, 12:34:06 pm
innocent comment!  ;D

what's one of them :demon:
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: peliroja on June 09, 2008, 01:25:09 pm
[
You looked fine to me, first thing this morning. :-*

   :o
was this supposed to be secret :-X  ::-)  ;)

I thought this as well :-\
Shhh!  ;)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Wowbagger on June 09, 2008, 01:28:40 pm
Yes, I was a newbie once. I was very slow, and I was wobbly...but I never did the things that are annoying me now!

It comes to all of us in time, dear... ::-)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: onb on June 09, 2008, 01:45:04 pm
I had a first on saturday a 32 mile domestic en velo :-X There is no way I would ever get a tandem my ears would drop off.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: alan on June 09, 2008, 02:59:15 pm
I had a first on saturday a 32 mile domestic en velo :-X There is no way I would ever get a tandem my ears would drop off.

So if you had a tandem & she fell off,you'd think you had gone deaf ;D
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Frenchie on June 09, 2008, 04:16:53 pm
I had a first on saturday a 32 mile domestic en velo :-X There is no way I would ever get a tandem my ears would drop off.

Ride harder; it'd be difficult to have a chat, let alone a domestic!
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: nicknack on June 09, 2008, 04:43:17 pm
Bootiful it was today. 62 miles to Minnis Bay and back on the shopper. Just to prove I can do it. Not exactly fast but it means I should cope with the FNRTTC next week. Fingers crossed.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Basil on June 09, 2008, 07:32:56 pm
I've finally arrived home after many hours at the tender mercies of a company that appear to be called "Arriva Trains Wales Are sorry To Anounce"  >:(

Deffinately riding to the pub quiz tonight.  It's only a mile, but every little bit of enjoyment will be wrung from the journey, I assure you.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Maladict on June 09, 2008, 09:40:41 pm
YES!!!

2 weeks of no cycling due to being run down by that post-BCM stomach trouble ends!

Only 11 miles but it was on the nice bike, weather was perfect, 0kts wind shown on the local weather station, 22 deg C.  I was going to take it easy, but you know what happens, so I averaged 28kph in the end.

Good job I can still ride a bike, since I've a 400 this weekend.  8)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: steveB on June 09, 2008, 09:53:46 pm
Only an eight mile commute to an allotment meeting at the town council offices.  

Unfortunately I mistimed the ride and headwind. I arrived hot and sweaty in cycling gear, sitting around the table in a warm room the sweat really started pumping out of me.  It was the first meeting that I have been able to attend, due to shift work commitments, since being allotment site rep.  I have always been 'apology for absence'

I wonder what they all made of the sixty year old cyclist that they had all met for the first time?

I know what I made of the local Tory councillor - Twat!  Why do people want to always make mountains out of molehills? ???
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Quisling on June 09, 2008, 10:00:29 pm
Yes, did the school run with MiniQ on the tandem in the morning and afternoon.  Total about 6.8 miles. In the sunshine :)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Wowbagger on June 09, 2008, 10:01:54 pm
Our first tandem pootle since returning from Wales and our mutual gutrot. Lovely warm evening initially, but a bit cooler after sunset. Just under 17 miles at 10.6 mph.

Had a good view of a fox and a barn owl, which we first spotted coming in high from our right with its undercarriage down - there was something in its talons. Then it swept low over the corn fields for another quarter of a mile or so and was gone.

Had a sea wall walk this morning which was really quite knackering - about 5 miles in the heat. The dog has learned to drink from a bidon. I just squirt the water into his mouth. He was led a merry dance by a pair of oystercatchers, who led him away from their nest and out onto  the mud.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: David Martin on June 09, 2008, 11:10:50 pm
Commute on Loki.
Then did a trial run on the tractor with Rachel to her new school - she wants to ride there on her own tomorrow for the after school club. I am really not quite sure. (bit concerned about a lack of awareness and road positioning - needs work).
Then finally got out on Fred. Beautiful day, touch breezy. Went to the first gate on Craigowl Hill, then finished the usual circuit through Auchterhouse, Dronley and up into Templeton Woods before a fast run down to home. I am so unfit. Race on Wednesday (10 tt), meeting on Friday in St Andrews to which I shall ride. No chance of beating the clubs unofficial St Andrews to the bridge commuting record (33 mins - has to be done with at least one pannier) as there is a boozy buffet afterwards. And all this winds up to the club 10 next Tuesday.

So it was good to get out tonight but I really need more miles.

..d
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: nutkin on June 09, 2008, 11:43:34 pm
Yes!

For the first time in ages, but the weather was so fantastic I had to go out. Only 10 miles, but as it was still boiling hot at 7, it was enough.

Marking? What marking?
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: annie on June 10, 2008, 10:50:00 am
No.  Ran yesterday and did a cross country route today, just under 7.5 miles, yippee.  Legs completely covered in nettle stings and tingling like billyo.

Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: vince on June 10, 2008, 10:40:16 pm
16.6 miles. I really nice ride this evening with a friend who I've not rode with before, although we've talked about it for a while. I really should have been working but instead we took a back road to Farnah Green outside Belper and then up to Alport heights, before a fast ride to Shottle and back down to Milford. Lovely sunshine and great views (no camera tonight, sorry).

I might be over doing it at the moment. Combined with running a few miles this morning, I feel it in my legs right now. Why do I always try to pick up where I left off the previous autumn?  :-\
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Wowbagger on June 10, 2008, 10:54:41 pm
Because you stop in the winter? Keep up your 600 miles per month all the year round and you'll have no problem.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: vince on June 11, 2008, 06:12:11 am
Wise words, that I try to follow every year. I actually did one year and it made a huge difference, for whatever reason I haven't managed it for the last three though  :(
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Wowbagger on June 11, 2008, 10:28:18 am
15 painful miles round the usual route. Arthritis playing up in my hands, particularly the base of my right thumb. Very painful to change gear. :(
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: annie on June 11, 2008, 12:03:59 pm
Sorry to hear about your aches Wow, have you been doing too much with your hand :-\ :o  No, not that kind of thing before you ask.

I have been out :)  confidence is returning, I just threw on my cycling things, grabbed a bottle and went, I didn't have long to get to school for an appt and the weather wasn't particularly nice but I went anyway, this is a huge step for me.  11kms in 20 mins, takes me about 10-12 minutes by car down the A14.  Very main roady and lots of respect from motorists :D

Coming back was a different pot of marmite altogether, 27 minutes into a life sapping wind, grinding away, gasping like a fish as the wind sucked the breath straight out of my mouth.  Hot and happy and very pleased with myself.  It wasn't far but this is a huge improvement in my mental strength for just getting on and going.

As always the kids were delighted to see me on the bike and JC was proud to see him mum cycling in yet again.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Frenchie on June 11, 2008, 09:18:20 pm
Yes and no.

Rode to a sports equipt manufacturer I advise. Had meetings in my area of expertise. Then jumped on the bike in a trial room to test some kit riding on a turbo ;D. Trialled several options. It was hot. Then rode home; fast! Not a very long ride, but a nice effort nonetheless. I liked it!
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: David Martin on June 11, 2008, 09:48:17 pm
Yes. Took R to school on the Tandem. Well, to the end of the road 200m away so she could walk the last part without a parent around.

Raced tonight - 10 mile TT and GOT A NEW PB!!! YAYYYYY!

..d
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: annie on June 11, 2008, 10:04:40 pm
Yes. Took R to school on the Tandem. Well, to the end of the road 200m away so she could walk the last part without a parent around.

Raced tonight - 10 mile TT and GOT A NEW PB!!! YAYYYYY!

..d

Excellent, well done.

I am still tempted.  Need to work on my times first though I think.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Wowbagger on June 11, 2008, 10:06:58 pm
Sorry to hear about your aches Wow, have you been doing too much with your hand :-\ :o  No, not that kind of thing before you ask.

I have been out :)  confidence is returning, I just threw on my cycling things, grabbed a bottle and went, I didn't have long to get to school for an appt and the weather wasn't particularly nice but I went anyway, this is a huge step for me.  11kms in 20 mins, takes me about 10-12 minutes by car down the A14.  Very main roady and lots of respect from motorists :D

Coming back was a different pot of marmite altogether, 27 minutes into a life sapping wind, grinding away, gasping like a fish as the wind sucked the breath straight out of my mouth.  Hot and happy and very pleased with myself.  It wasn't far but this is a huge improvement in my mental strength for just getting on and going.

As always the kids were delighted to see me on the bike and JC was proud to see him mum cycling in yet again.

Well done on your efforts, Annie.

Regarding my hand, what do you have in mind? ::-)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: annie on June 11, 2008, 10:10:20 pm
Sorry to hear about your aches Wow, have you been doing too much with your hand :-\ :o  No, not that kind of thing before you ask.

I have been out :)  confidence is returning, I just threw on my cycling things, grabbed a bottle and went, I didn't have long to get to school for an appt and the weather wasn't particularly nice but I went anyway, this is a huge step for me.  11kms in 20 mins, takes me about 10-12 minutes by car down the A14.  Very main roady and lots of respect from motorists :D

Coming back was a different pot of marmite altogether, 27 minutes into a life sapping wind, grinding away, gasping like a fish as the wind sucked the breath straight out of my mouth.  Hot and happy and very pleased with myself.  It wasn't far but this is a huge improvement in my mental strength for just getting on and going.

As always the kids were delighted to see me on the bike and JC was proud to see him mum cycling in yet again.

Well done on your efforts, Annie.

Regarding my hand, what do you have in mind? ::-)

Ok, I have given this some serious thought :o smear with marmite, wrap in cling film and place in the fridge overnight.  Remove at 4.47am and observe changes.  If you still feel the pain then cover in peanut butter as well and pop back in the chill section for exactly 39 minutes.  If nothing else it will take your mind off the problem.  I hope this has helped you?  Now do you have anything else that needs sorting out? O:-)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Wowbagger on June 11, 2008, 10:16:32 pm
Yes. Some virgins who like licking a mixture of Marmite and peanut butter.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: annie on June 11, 2008, 10:20:26 pm
Yes. Some virgins who like licking a mixture of Marmite and peanut butter.

We are talking about your hand here aren't we Wow? 

Take a couple of Bob Martin's and retire for the evening.  I have just gobbled down a very late dinner after my swim and now can't go to bed until it has travelled a little further on its journey down south.

Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Jezza on June 12, 2008, 05:25:01 pm
My ride yesterday was interrupted by a flat, which I fixed by sticking in my spare tube. Went out today for a 10 mile circuit and it happened again.

One guy walking his dog stopped to watch as I was fixing it. Then another cyclist came past and asked if I was OK. Finally a girl with a pushchair went by and said 'That's a bugger, in't it.'     

Upon closer inspection there was a small sliver of metal, like a staple, sticking into the tyre which had punctured the tube again. All fixed now.   
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Wowbagger on June 12, 2008, 05:55:52 pm
Yes. Some virgins who like licking a mixture of Marmite and peanut butter.

We are talking about your hand here aren't we Wow? 


Of course! What else? I hope you aren't being in any way lewd or suggestive?

I had a shower-dodging commute at lunch time.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: annie on June 12, 2008, 06:19:56 pm
Yes. Some virgins who like licking a mixture of Marmite and peanut butter.

We are talking about your hand here aren't we Wow? 


Of course! What else? I hope you aren't being in any way lewd or suggestive?

I had a shower-dodging commute at lunch time.

That's a relief then ;)

Every time I see the word 'dodge' I think of Jammie Dodgers, yum yum.  I once played a game, we had to see how many we could fit into our mouth at once :sick:
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: alan on June 12, 2008, 06:31:39 pm


Every time I see the word 'dodge' I think of Jammie Dodgers, yum yum.  I once played a game, we had to see how many we could fit into our mouth at once :sick:

Who won:how many?
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: annie on June 12, 2008, 06:48:04 pm


Every time I see the word 'dodge' I think of Jammie Dodgers, yum yum.  I once played a game, we had to see how many we could fit into our mouth at once :sick:

Who won:how many?

I can't tell you that :o I didn't win but came a close second, I don't recommend doing this whilst wearing your best bib and tucker, better to be in some old togs or a bikini :)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: toekneep on June 12, 2008, 07:06:59 pm
I've just pictured Alan in a bikini with a mouthful of Jammie Dodgers. I need to go and lie down.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: alan on June 12, 2008, 07:33:02 pm
That bikini was supposed to be a secret :-[
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: annie on June 12, 2008, 07:40:21 pm
I've just pictured Alan in a bikini with a mouthful of Jammie Dodgers. I need to go and lie down.
Whoops, I hadn't quite thought about what he might be wearing, whatever takes his fancy I guess :o

One tiny weeny ickle thing that I forgot to mention, you aren't allowed to use your hands.... that doesn't mean you can't use the hands of another.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Hummers on June 13, 2008, 07:52:03 am
I did the CTC club night 'Hill climb' and Freewheel.

THe hill climb was a modest drag and the idea was to guess the time it would take you to get the top. I went for 2 minutes 30 and managed it in 2 minutes 12 seconds. The freewheel entailed having your cranks tied up with one scoot and seeing how far you coasted before falling off. A bit of sillyness but good clean fun.

Officially, I won the freewheel. Yorkie went a lot further but because he got all huffy about tying his cranks up, lost on a technicality.  ;D

It was good to meet other local CTC chaps and have a few beers at The Castle (even at £3.00 a pint for London Pride  :o)

H
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: PaulF on June 13, 2008, 09:52:48 am


Officially, I won the freewheel. Yorkie went a lot further but because he got all huffy about tying his cranks up, lost on a technicality.  ;D



You weren't on fixed I take it :)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: clarion on June 13, 2008, 10:26:28 pm
Went out on another Southwark Cyclists afterworker, and we had great fun.

Over Tower Bridge, and noodling along the river to the Limehouse Basin.  Why were we there again?

Why, for a birthday!

Yes, on 12 June 1908, the Rotherhithe Tunnel was born :D

So we went to sing Happy Birthday at the entrance.

Then rode through it, and sang Happy Birthday at the other end. ;D

And adjourned to a nearby house to watch a scene from the film 'Pool of London', which features the Tunnel quite extensively.

I left the ride at that point as my rear brake cable was pinging a few strands each time I applied it. :(

I went off with a Lambeth Cyclist, heading roughly in the direction of London Bridge, then down to Camberwell, up the amusing hill of the Grove, and pootling through the back way until reaching Streatham station, from where I could roughly find my way back.

I turned into the road where Butterfly works just as she was setting off home.  Perfect timing :)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: CathH on June 14, 2008, 08:48:35 am
Lovely, lovely commutes.  For the first time ever, I took a nice detour that didn't really bump my mileage up at all, but took in a couple of (for me) fairly fierce hills featuring almost-single track roads which I have not done before.  Took the opportunity to do the "yacf bottle in location" thang:

(http://www.catherinehumes.co.uk/blog/blogimages/yacfbottle.jpg)

Those bottles are really nice to use - much better than my Spesh ones.  Thanks Gonzo!
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: andrew_s on June 14, 2008, 12:38:47 pm
Duly inspired by the Zombocalypse, I decided to have a go at this S24O lark, but in a lightweight manner with everything packed in the saddlebag. That there was a local beer festival on that I could camp at helped too  ;D.

It was a tight squeeze getting everything into the Super C saddlebag (http://www.carradice.co.uk/saddlebags/super-c-saddlebag.shtml), but it all went in (just). My packing list was :-
Tent (Hilleberg Akto), Sleeping bag (300g down), 3/4 Thermarest, silk sleeping bag liner, long sleeved top, longs, eVent jacket, waterproof hat,  MSR ti kettle containing pepsi can stove, teabags, powdered milk, spork, lighter, windshield. The bottle of meths and the potstand went in the side pocket with the spare tubes etc. The other side pocket had the touring toolkit in it.

What I'd have liked to take but couldn't fit in was the Thermarest chair kit, some warmer evening clothing, and some food for breakfast. Possibly a mug too, rather than just using the kettle. The chair kit could go with the tent poles and be attached to the outside D-rings (poles were under lid), I could rationalise the toolkit and free up side pocket space for breakfast muesli. Real milk could go in the spare bottle cage. Maybe I'll have to borrow a Camper Longflap and see if that packs any better. Officially it's 24l rather than 23l for the Super C.

As it is, it worked fine so long as I can camp reasonably close to a pub, for evening meal and warmth if the weather isn't too warm. I feel some more S24O rides coming on...
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: IanDG on June 14, 2008, 01:22:15 pm
A stinking head cold - so no, I haven't - I'm going to stay in and recover, I don't want to risk things getting worse with the Snow roads a few weeks away
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: alan on June 14, 2008, 02:14:31 pm
Andrew_s,
that's exactly my take on S240.
I have a Camper Longflap which wont accommodate my stuff becauseI use a whisperlite stove & won't compromise on the warm clothes.
I also carry some food,at least porridge or muesli to avoid starvation.
I carry my tent on top of the rear pannier rack & then partially fill each of two Ortlieb small panniers.
I need to rethink my equipment strategy to get everything into  the 24l saddlebag.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: rogerzilla on June 14, 2008, 02:54:53 pm
Mrs Z has gone shopping in Bath with the harridans mothers from the village, so I'm looking after the Little Misses.  I have fitted some new V-brake pads, noodle and cable to the Frankendale, as a token cycling activity.  Result: Aztecs don't squeal like KoolStop salmons.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: annie on June 14, 2008, 02:56:45 pm
No, getting dinner ready for some hungry cyclists.  Drilling holes in the wooden slats for the renovated garden chairs and being generally silly.

Mr A has taken JC to the school fete and then shopping. 
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: David Martin on June 14, 2008, 03:29:32 pm
Out to St Andrews yesterday. 18 miles there in a shade under the hour, then 10 minutes trying to find the place. Legs very tired, and then sitting in an overly warm lecture theatre didn't do me any favours.

Came back 30 scenic miles via Kemback, Cupar, Rathillet, Gauldry and Wormit. Legs definitely found the scenicness interesting.

..d
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Jaded on June 14, 2008, 06:23:36 pm
I went to see my daughter play rounders. 37 miles at an average of 15.9mph. I impressed myself!


Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: TimO on June 14, 2008, 07:48:25 pm
Twenty five miles or so to return from the Zombocalypse Bugout (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=2180.0), which took me a couple of hours.  It turned out that even though on average it was downhill, one of the downhills which hadn't seemed so step last night was steep enough as an uphill to totally defeat me.   To be fair, I saw some club cyclists struggling to get up it shortly behind me, and they weren't towing a trailer full of camping kit with a singlespeed!  Not a bad trip, although it was a lot busier than it had been on Friday evening, and I didn't have the same pleasant company that I had on the way out, since most took different routes, or left much earlier.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Maladict on June 14, 2008, 09:03:06 pm
Yes, eventually - 53km circuit out to Newmarket and back via the E3/10 course (return leg).  I went out on the Yukon as rain looked possible (and as I crossed the A14 on the return I could see rain was falling over to the west) but I stayed dry.  As it was loaded up for a 400 (DNSd) it was fairly heavy compared to the Madone but I still averaged 26kph.

I should try to be out on the bike tomorrow as well.  Maybe the club run, or I could gatecrash the suffolk ride.  :)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Jurek on June 14, 2008, 09:16:58 pm
Yep.
An 11 mile sprint down to my sister's to pick up a m*t*r c@r which will allow me to participate in the Suffolk ride tomorrow (in the absence of a railway service >:()
Followed by 20 or so leisurely miles in the company of my (not accustomed to cycling) cousin from LA, along the Thames Path including our return, using the Thames Clipper service (avec velo),
which is  :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Two and a half English pounds, very well spent.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: LEE on June 14, 2008, 10:04:20 pm
Yes, I went out with my son who has never been into cycling at all in his 20 years.  However, since he got back from University we went out for 33 miles last week and 30 miles today.  He used my converted Saracen MTB both times and did amazingly well.

This photo is of him at the top of Walbury Hill near Combe Gibbet.  The fact he managed to get up there on his 2nd ride of any distance impressed me no end.  More experienced riders than him have called it quits on Walbury Hill I bet.  In fact we pretty much did 50% of the Faccombe Haul. a lumpy Audax if ever there was one.

I guess youth and being skinny helps a lot, even when wearing trainers and football shorts.

He did tell me that his legs and lungs weren't the problem but that his arse "probably looked like a Naan Bread"

(http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u249/freddered/DSC00109.jpg?t=1213476886)

I don't think he'll be sitting on a bike for a few days now.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Naggers on June 14, 2008, 11:08:43 pm
Had to go to work this morning, but at Harrow-on-the-Hill rather than my usual site at Aldgate.

So, a couple of miles down to the Station for the 07:01 train to Mill Hill Bdwy and then about 6 miles through Edgware, Canons Pk and Wealdstone.
Very close to where my Dad grew up and where I was born but an area I hardly know, especially by bike. Must make an effort to explore it a little more.

A pleasent morning at work. Really!!

Rode back to Stanmore and up to the Common. Past the Hospital and over to Elstree. Then down possibly the worst surfaced bit of road in the SE, the A5183 to Radlett and over a sharper than expected climb to Shenley and on to London Colney.
Had a look around Napsbury Estate which I'd been planning to do for a while, ever since I found it on a map after it seemed to appear overnite from the window of my daily train commute.
Finally on to Sopwell and the back roads into St Albans where the weight of my bag and the lure of the Station proved to much.

About 33 miles in total.

Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: rogerzilla on June 15, 2008, 10:02:04 am
Just over 30 miles on the fixed Frankendale.  New Aztec brake pads don't squeal at all, and have the stopping power of a pump in the spokes  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: GruB on June 15, 2008, 10:22:58 am
No.  The usual Sunday Club Run was banned as we had a really really late night last night and Mrs G had swimming training to take and she thought the boys should have a rest day - sleep defecit and all that as they have a big party this afternoon. 
Damn damn damn.  We went out for tea last night and will do so again this afternoon.  I was hoping to get the chance to work off some of those lovely meals.  :(
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: vince on June 15, 2008, 10:41:38 am
It's a frustrating weekend. I've been on call since Thursday, so no cycling other than to the police station since then. I managed to go for a run this morning - but it's not the same.

Roll on Monday evening. Hope it stays dry for the rest of you.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Frenchie on June 15, 2008, 06:29:25 pm
2h15 of fast riding East of Nottingham, so on flat land, on my fast TT fixed bike. A great deal of the ride was done on the tri-bars and I was motoring well. I found a nice comfortable set of postions that I shall exploit in my next 10. I enjoyed the effort.

Unfortunately a lot of the silly-driver brigade members seemed to have been out this morning. I reported one attempt at "happy-slapping", of which I was the victim, and dangerous driving to the police; I couldn't believe how close the driver came to me after, I suspect, sneaking behind me, nor how irresponsible his co-driver was leaning so much out of the car. I am interviewed further tomorrow , which I didn't expect to be, so will keep you posted then.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: mike on June 15, 2008, 06:31:34 pm
Yes.  Couldnt make the Suffolk ride cos of work this morning, but just back from my first < 3 hour fifty miler (2'50").  After nearly borking myself on a hilly 50 miles yesterday am quite Chuffed :D 

& a much quieter ride than you seem to have had, Frenchie!!

Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Hummers on June 15, 2008, 06:37:05 pm
Rode from Pompey to see my mate Rob finish the London to Brighton.

We set off at 6 as I didn't want to miss him finish plus I wanted to enjoy the ride out.

The first part was enjoyable but some of the the roads, particularly the A29, A283 and the B road through Amberley were really busy and a bit grim.

We were going over Devil's Dyke but by then, my chum Steve was suffering a bit so we (unsucessfully) tried to pick up the cycle path down to Shoreham and ended up on the A283 again.  :(

Nice brekkie in Steyning though and it was good to see my mate at the finish of his ride.

H
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Dave on June 15, 2008, 06:42:02 pm
150k round Warwickshire (Cotswold Audax). Lovely. Seven hours, which is about as fast as I can go.

Except I forgot my cap/Buff, so I now have a sunburnt head (so when I go for my job interview tomorrow I'm going to look like a tomato in a suit ::-)) And my GPS is continuing to play up >:(
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: JohnP on June 15, 2008, 08:14:15 pm
I don't often get the chance to post in here so ...


YES. 27km @ 17kph today after about 9km shopping and visiting MIL yesterday. Only the second and third rides this month.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Martin on June 15, 2008, 08:28:13 pm
an odd but enjoyable 70km; started by heading out towards Horsham in search of wood for lifestyle vegetable bed which I've just been swearing a lot trying and failing to put together. Crossed the L2B at Turners Hill in full 10.30 swing. Met some returning L2Bers near Lower Beeding who had done it in 2.51 and were heading back (via a route that was discussed last year IIRC; and one of them is doing L'Ardechoise too , small world). Timber clocked and noted I rode back to Mum's for some rehydration meeting a road race coming the other way. Then rode home having to follow about 1km of the L2B in Ardingly still in full swing and go up through Highbrook as the normal way home was still one way. An hour later on the way to buy said timber there was almost nobody left at Crawley Down. Saw lots of bikes resembling Adrian's but I suspect they were coming back form Brighton.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: gordon taylor on June 15, 2008, 08:50:19 pm
Yes, I rode the Cheshire Circuit 110km Audax, starting near Macclesfield. It was a lovely day out, not least because I started chatting to a guy and we discovered we only live two miles apart! We had a good ride together and swapped emails with a view to sharing lifts on some of the Audax rides later in the year.  :thumbsup:

Mind you, we were beaten (by an hour) by an eleven year old girl, riding a solo, drafting her Dad. That's a wonderful thing to see on a bike ride.


And... hell's teeth, there are some big houses in Cheshire.
Where does all the money come from?
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: alan on June 15, 2008, 08:55:17 pm
The money comes from Manchester & Chester Gordy.

I had a yen to do this ride a while ago but realised that it would clash with Marj's R&R so decided to pass. :(
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Jaded on June 16, 2008, 12:40:27 am
Yes, I went out with my son who has never been into cycling at all in his 20 years.  However, since he got back from University we went out for 33 miles last week and 30 miles today.  He used my converted Saracen MTB both times and did amazingly well.

This photo is of him at the top of Walbury Hill near Combe Gibbet.  The fact he managed to get up there on his 2nd ride of any distance impressed me no end.  More experienced riders than him have called it quits on Walbury Hill I bet.  In fact we pretty much did 50% of the Faccombe Haul. a lumpy Audax if ever there was one.

I guess youth and being skinny helps a lot, even when wearing trainers and football shorts.

He did tell me that his legs and lungs weren't the problem but that his arse "probably looked like a Naan Bread"

(http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u249/freddered/DSC00109.jpg?t=1213476886)

I don't think he'll be sitting on a bike for a few days now.

It's an interesting skirt.

Is it an Emin?

 ;)

Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: agagisgroovy on June 16, 2008, 08:37:07 am
On Saturday I had Go-Ride and came third (first girl) in a 10 minute 'endurance' race. Then yesterday I rode 81 miles and did ask to go and do another 19 miles but my parents were too tired and busy to come with me.  :)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: annie on June 16, 2008, 09:09:54 am
On Saturday I had Go-Ride and came third (first girl) in a 10 minute 'endurance' race. Then yesterday I rode 81 miles and did ask to go and do another 19 miles but my parents were too tired and busy to come with me.  :)

Way to go :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Dinamo on June 16, 2008, 10:55:35 am
Just returned from 2 weeks in Sardinia.
First time I've taken road bike on holiday, had heard horror stories of damage, but I incurred no problems  :)
Final ride on Saturday, was an early morning ride leaving our villa in the village of Cala Sinzias at 0630 and riding along the coast road to Villasimius.
This stretch of road is one of the best I have ever ridden, well graded, wide and with excellent views. Approx a 5 km climb to the viewing point, then a 7 km descent into the tourist town of Villasimius.
Even at 0715 the local cafe was busy with customers, mainly discussing Italys' football match the previous evening. A quick expresso and the out through the town passing olive groves, vineyards and plenty of goats !
A climb over Mte Macioni before dropping down into Santu Perdu and returning to the villa for breakfast with Mrs Dinamo !

(http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee253/ianrsparrow/DSC04948.jpg)

View from Mte Macioni looking towards Costa Rei.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: alan on June 16, 2008, 12:57:00 pm
Just done a hilly 23k on the geared bike.Loverly in the sun with sleeveless base layer 7 shorts.
The new-cut hay smells terrific.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: chris on June 16, 2008, 05:15:36 pm
On Saturday I had Go-Ride and came third (first girl) in a 10 minute 'endurance' race. Then yesterday I rode 81 miles and did ask to go and do another 19 miles but my parents were too tired and busy to come with me.  :)

Just to clarify -

     Mrs Chris was too tired, I was too busy!
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Wowbagger on June 16, 2008, 05:20:31 pm
On Saturday I had Go-Ride and came third (first girl) in a 10 minute 'endurance' race. Then yesterday I rode 81 miles and did ask to go and do another 19 miles but my parents were too tired and busy to come with me.  :)

Just to clarify -

     Mrs Chris was to tired, I was too busy!

Sounds like an euphemism to me. ;)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: vince on June 16, 2008, 10:09:14 pm
19.5 miles this evening. I really should have stayed at work, but the weather was good and I need the miles in my legs. Nice loop, to Owler Bar and close to Curbar.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: annie on June 16, 2008, 10:43:15 pm
No, spent the day sorting and tidying, gardening, sleeping and making a cord using a Lucette in the company of a good friend who takes part in the re-enactment at Kentwell Hall, much fun.  JC has been asleep all day, ill and not at school at the moment.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: tonyh on June 17, 2008, 07:57:31 am

Day 5 of cataract op reccovery... pleased to manage 12 flat miles in an hour. And hoping I haven't overdone it!
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: mike on June 17, 2008, 08:10:45 am
a run into Cambridge and back last night to pick up a battery charger from Maladict(a).  Glorious run in and half way home, then my legs remembered the hill repeats and intervals from the weekend and *completely* died. 

I think I averaged about 8mph on the second half of the run home, not helped by my next door neighbour overtaking me very slowly in his car and shouting 'are you alright??'  Git. I may have sworn.
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Post by: Wowbagger on June 17, 2008, 11:40:46 am
Yes!

Post-antibiotic recovery pootle and it was really great!
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Post by: JohnP on June 17, 2008, 12:40:55 pm
so, antibiotic out of system and pain reduced ?  Sounds a good result.  Congrats.
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Post by: nicknack on June 17, 2008, 04:31:30 pm
66 miles today. Trying to convince myself I can do the FNRttC in a few days time.
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Post by: annie on June 17, 2008, 05:00:53 pm
Yes, up to Ipswich for a Governor's meeting.  Really hard work on the way there, thought I was going to collapse just before I got to Ipswich, felt absolutely dreadful.  Cycled down into Ipswich and poured a bag of salt and vinegar crisps down my throat, much to the amusement of the shopkeeper.  Scoffed a handful of biscuits in the meeting and amused everyone there when I took my bike inside and squelched on the chair :-\

Coming back was a different kettle of marmite altogether, my average was just over 17mph, getting better every time.

Now got to peel off my shorts and locate the shower.

I am however surprised at the number of cyclists I saw coming the other way, only one acknowledged me but that doesn't surprise me as the look on my face wasn't exactly welcoming.
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Post by: Notsototalnewbie on June 17, 2008, 05:02:16 pm
66 miles today. Trying to convince myself I can do the FNRttC in a few days time.

Well of course you can. I'd only done 30 in one go when I attempted it in April.
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Post by: Wowbagger on June 17, 2008, 05:04:12 pm
Now got to peel off my shorts and locate the shower.

It must be in there somewhere... :-*

A 5.9 mile commute today.
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Post by: Chris S on June 17, 2008, 05:18:13 pm
Now got to peel off my shorts and locate the shower.

It must be in there somewhere... :-*

A 5.9 mile commute today.

Tummy more settled then WB?
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Post by: nicknack on June 17, 2008, 05:28:25 pm
66 miles today. Trying to convince myself I can do the FNRttC in a few days time.

Well of course you can. I'd only done 30 in one go when I attempted it in April.

Thanks for the encouragement.  :)

I'm probably more bothered by the prospect of riding with other people. Only done it once in the last 40 years or so (Great Notts Bike Ride about 20 years ago).
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Post by: Wowbagger on June 17, 2008, 05:31:02 pm
Now got to peel off my shorts and locate the shower.

It must be in there somewhere... :-*

A 5.9 mile commute today.

Tummy more settled then WB?

Yes thanks. I reckon it was definitely the dreaded giardiasis lamblia - my god that critter makes you shit! I've finished the horse pills and feel fine.
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Post by: annie on June 17, 2008, 05:31:46 pm
66 miles today. Trying to convince myself I can do the FNRttC in a few days time.

Well of course you can. I'd only done 30 in one go when I attempted it in April.

Thanks for the encouragement.  :)

I'm probably more bothered by the prospect of riding with other people. Only done it once in the last 40 years or so (Great Notts Bike Ride about 20 years ago).

Nicknack, you will be absolutely fine.  We will look after you, you will have a great time.
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Post by: nicknack on June 17, 2008, 06:32:50 pm
Ta  :)
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Post by: Wowbagger on June 17, 2008, 06:41:37 pm
Ta  :)
I can do it. I reckon that with that as a yardstick, there are few people on this forum who can't.
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Post by: Notsototalnewbie on June 17, 2008, 09:40:13 pm
Yes Nicknack, I can confirm newbies are well looked after on this.  :thumbsup:
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Post by: toekneep on June 17, 2008, 09:44:29 pm
Well I have just ridden about one and a half miles from our flat to my Mums. Not a significant ride you might think except for one small detail. It was the very first time I have ridden my Dave Yates tourer fully loaded. I was very very impressed with the handling, even in such a short ride I had time to forget about the panniers and tent on the back.  :) Can't wait for tomorrow now to get going on our trip to York.
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Post by: Maladict on June 17, 2008, 10:38:25 pm
Cycled down to the village centre after having agreed to play 5-a-side.  Only a 2 mile round trip, but ran around like a mad thing for an hour and even pulled off the most outrageous piece of skill/luck (took a pass, flicked off the inside of my foot behind me to nutmeg the defender who I then ran around to leave me 1:1 with the goalie).  Then I totally fluffed the shot  ;D

Knee held up really well, and it was a good work-out and fitness wasn't a problem despite not having played for months (since I borked my knee back in Feb).  Shows the effect of all the miles I guess.
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Post by: annie on June 18, 2008, 08:40:58 pm
No but did a turbo session (intervals).  Went swimming and the pool was closed >:(  I had looked forward to it all week.  Still, something good comes of everything.  I came home and went for a run and then an hour and a bit in the gym.  Now starving hungry and on the look out for something edible, anything will do.

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Post by: MSeries on June 18, 2008, 08:43:22 pm
Yes did 49.8 wet and windy miles from Northallerton to home. Not the most pleasant ride I have ever done.
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Post by: Wowbagger on June 19, 2008, 12:13:19 am
Commuting, just over 8 miles in total.
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Post by: Andrew Br on June 19, 2008, 12:26:35 am
Yesterday now but 4 miles to play football in the park and then to the pub to discuss "tactics".
During the game I managed to stay up-right most of the time despite playing in astro-turf trainers on wet grass.
Cycling to the game-to/from the pub seemed much easier physically.
A year ago, I wouldn't have said that.
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Post by: Wowbagger on June 19, 2008, 10:51:51 am
Just a dog-walk so far, but I greeted consecutive cyclists within a minute of one another on the return: firstly, Shaun Qureshi, environmental campaigner extraordinaire and founder of Camp Bling; and secondly, Chris Dandridge, former Lab councillor and mayor, now retired, out on his ancient Raleigh. Good chaps both.
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Post by: tiermat on June 19, 2008, 11:11:15 am
Yes did 49.8 wet and windy miles from Northallerton to home. Not the most pleasant ride I have ever done.

That'll teach you to come to Northallerton :)
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Post by: clarion on June 19, 2008, 04:38:17 pm
Not exactly today, but last thursday, I went for a ride to sing 'Happy Birthday' to the Rotherhithe Tunnel on the occasion of it's 100th.

Saturday we went to Battersea Park to see the Victorian cyclists.  Sunday a ride to Greenfest along the riverside.  Commuting all week, then last night a ride to the Roebuck for a notional sunset.  Tonight, I'm off out (on the part-unfettled Woodrup again :-\ ) for a ride with Southwark Cyclists, then tomorrow, we're off up to Kings Cross for York.

Saturday may include NRM and a ride to The Ship.  Sunday the Parade then home.

Monday fall exhausted in a heap back to work commuting :thumbsup:
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Post by: Andrew Br on June 19, 2008, 10:03:41 pm
First day in the new job, sadly. I was really enjoying the garden leave.

I had a headache from last night's trip to the pub and very stiff legs from the football that preceded it but I decided to go out anyway. Again no-one else showed so I went on my own.
Did about 20 miles along the Fallowfield Loop then the Yellow Brick road (at least that's what we call it) past Sport City and down the canal into MCR centre. Homeward leg was from Castlefield basin along the canal past Old Trafford into Stretford and home.
There were several scary moments- some geese who tried to intimidate me (they succeeded), crunched a huge piece of glass with the front wheel and, scariest of all, a huge sideways moment that had the bike heading straight for the water. An emergency, reflex unclip was called for as images of sitting in the saddle at the bottom of the canal flashed through my mind. In the end I didn't even need to put my foot down. The new shorts survived unscathed, if you see what I mean  :hand:

It's the Manchester Bike Week pub ride tomorrow evening. Based on last year's experience, I doubt that I will be posting after the ride.............
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Post by: Johnny Thin on June 20, 2008, 11:19:20 pm
Clocked an average of 17.9mph for my ride from Redditch to East Mids airport via Dorridge, Shustoke and Ashby - my fastest yet.  Plus it was quite windy as well, which was puzzling - my average on the first flat bit was only 20.5 instead of 23, average to Hampton-in-Arden was only 18.3 instead of at least 19, then I had crosswinds all the way except the last bit after Ashby but still made better speed.  IMO there's no such thing as a tailwind - any wind slows you down.

I just look forward to a non-existent chance to do it in completely calm conditions ... maybe in 3 hours flat (would be 19mph)
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Post by: mike on June 21, 2008, 01:39:47 pm
a very wet, cold and hungry 50 miles this morning in steady drizzle.  Got back here at 12,00 and have been asleep on the sofa since...
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Post by: nic on June 21, 2008, 01:57:34 pm
I went to the Go-Ride club with my daughter. 3.5miles each way. Did a some coaching of the younger ones in the rain. 30 kids split in three groups on a rainy day. Very good attendance.

One way back, my daughter cycled up a seriously big hill (East road / Quernmore road in Lancaster). She is over the moon and I am very proud of her. I was not doing even half as much as she does when I was her age.
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Post by: Andrew Br on June 21, 2008, 04:35:27 pm
Just got back from a very soggy ride around Kirkham. About 32m in total including the ride to/from Oxford Road Station. The weather in MCR looks like it has been relatively dry while it was tipping down on us.
Ho hum- should have gone to Cheshire.
Some of the spokes in the back-wheel have gone slack so I'll need to sort that before the next ride.
Thinking about it, I won't be back on the bike for some time 'cos I'm in the US most of next week.
It's good to be back at work  :(
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Post by: annie on June 21, 2008, 05:07:24 pm
Yes I have, about 80 miles, the first part in the rain, the middle bit with the most wonderful of company, Oscar's Dad, the Current Mrs R and Twinkle Toes.  RR to follow with pics.

I am exhausted, really pushed myself when on my own, my legs need a vacation.
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Post by: tonyh on June 21, 2008, 06:08:28 pm
Yes... another twenty-something convalescent miles... it didn't rain much, unlike what it's probably doing on "Wrekin to Sea".

my daughter cycled up a seriously big hill (East road / Quernmore road in Lancaster). She is over the moon

So she should be!
I used to live there, and walk up and down it to work. It's steep!
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Post by: rogerzilla on June 21, 2008, 06:14:44 pm
An embarrassingly short 36 miles with the CTC in the wind and drizzle.  Went to the Tutti Pole in Hungerford, which thankfully is still there (it's next week's tea stop).
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Post by: Sergeant Pluck on June 21, 2008, 06:18:32 pm
Was there for (I think) the Marlborough Connection. Hope there is some semblance of summer for next week  ::-)
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Post by: Jaded on June 21, 2008, 06:47:36 pm
I went to Tewkesbury to see my lad row. It were rather windy!

I have another 5 miles to do to collect him, which will make it 66 miles at about 15mph.
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Post by: rogerzilla on June 21, 2008, 09:33:59 pm
Was there for (I think) the Marlborough Connection. Hope there is some semblance of summer for next week  ::-)

I saw two roadies sitting outside a pub on the other side of the canal bridge, who then rode off up the hill, but there were no other serious cyclists in the Tutti Pole - just a family.
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Post by: keepontriking on June 21, 2008, 09:46:00 pm
Spent the morning training two St John Ambulance Cycle Responders to deal with heavy-ish traffic and crossing multiple traffic lanes.

The afternoon was with a 48-year old lady complete beginner.

Quite a satisfactory day.
 
The last trip was down the local takeaway to collect a curry  ;D
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Post by: Pete on June 22, 2008, 01:03:48 pm
Just finished a comfortable 41* this morning.  Nothing special, no hills to speak of, no particular destination, nothing to claim re time.  But the main thing was, the bits of me that usually hurt on such occasions, weren't hurting so much today.

Makes me think, almost, almost, could I work up to another L2B?.... :-\

Irony, that.

(*slaps wrist* "don't even think about it Pete")

*Miles.  I don't cycle in these Km thingies!  ;D
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Post by: nic on June 22, 2008, 01:29:05 pm
I am back from a very windy club run to Cokerham Sands, Great Eccleston, Scorton, Quernmore valley and back home. Only four of us. Hard work and not fully recovered after a cold :-(
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Post by: Rapples on June 22, 2008, 02:24:14 pm
Well I was leading a road race today for about 5 minutes!!!!!

On my way home from the club run (in Hitchin Nomads Kit)started to cycle through various marshals, one even applauded  :D

Then the lead car sped past and overtook me, marshals started stopping the traffic.  I followed the car for about half a mile before 2 riders overtook me, then 1 other.

I didn't let the peleton catch me though 8) 8) 8) I turned off
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Post by: Wowbagger on June 22, 2008, 04:43:54 pm
Well, I went out yesterday and came back today.

59 mile round trip to Ratsborough Farm, Southminster.

It's a good camp site and the Essex Boys could do worse than to take tents there on a Friday evening, do the Southminster pubs (there's quite a few) and then bugger off to the Roundbush for a 10 a.m. breakfast of pickled egg & bacon.
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Post by: Luke on June 22, 2008, 04:54:52 pm
Enjoyed a very windy ride out to Clumber park this morning.  :D
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Post by: Jezza on June 22, 2008, 05:48:39 pm
I can't even get the garage door open to get the bike out, it's that windy. Stupid electrofuckingnomic doors that halt the moment they feel the slightest breeze. If it was my house I'd take an axe to it.   
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Post by: Deano on June 22, 2008, 06:09:50 pm
25 miles around Middleton Tyas, Melsonby and Aldbrough St John.  I'm glad I didn't go anywhere more exposed - it's seriously windy out there, and there's a lot of debris on the roads.
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Post by: agagisgroovy on June 22, 2008, 07:02:49 pm
About 12 miles aout and round the resevoir. Across the causway I got spray on me and around one side barely any of the cyclists could actually go in a straight line, me included.  :)
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Post by: keepontriking on June 22, 2008, 07:06:01 pm
Two more complete beginners are now off and pedalling, and a group of youngsters were trained in riding with other traffic.
Again, very satisfying...

...until two miles from home my cassette gave up the ghost and decided to freewheel both ways  >:(
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Post by: Steve GT on June 22, 2008, 08:12:06 pm
92 miles of seriously windy and tough North Yorkshire Moors hills with Andrew W!!
Only mad dogs and Englishman :o
Very scary in places with the wind being as strong as it was.
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Post by: fruitcake on June 22, 2008, 09:16:51 pm
Yes, round the block on a 1950s Percy Stellard having just fitted a 39/52 chainset.  And now it is fun.  
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Post by: MSeries on June 22, 2008, 09:18:55 pm
about 37 miles home from York, in the wind, with a friend from Leeds CTC. Slow but easy and sociable, until we parted company and I headed due south into the teeth of the gale.
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Post by: Frenchie on June 23, 2008, 08:38:00 am
About 50 windy miles yesterday... Going out on the Pompino to meet up with a friend was a real power exercise. Thank goodness we took small lanes after that. The ride back home was nearly a TT though. Last night I felt quite tired for what should have been for me a rather mild exercise; my face was burning too. It could have been a wonderful day without the strong gusts of wind; we certainly exoperienced the background sun goodness when we were sheltered; in the wind however it could be cool and even a bit dangerous.
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Post by: annie on June 24, 2008, 06:31:22 pm
Yes I have. 84 n a bit miles at 15.5mph average, I am not sure if I am getting better or worse?  A lovely day in many ways.  I saw a family of stoats or they might have been weasels, they looked like Meerkats all stood up in the middle of the road, it made me smile.  Someone else told me they were probably tigers so I will stick with that one. 

I had an incident with a woman in a 4 x 4 who pulled out on me, this resulted in a bruised shin and me reeling off a whole load of expletives in front of a packed playground full of teenagers.  The woman was suitably ashamed and went off with her tail between her legs.

A couple of miles from home I had a bee in my buff moment and had to stop to release the devil, could have  been much worse, I did however use that stop to munch on a nana.

Marmite sandwiches consumed = 0
 :)
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Post by: Wowbagger on June 24, 2008, 07:09:56 pm
6.1 miles of commute. Not  very inspiring. My total for June is a miserable 200 miles so far, the feebleness of this total being mostly down to a combination of gut-rot and arthritis.
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Post by: Sergeant Pluck on June 24, 2008, 07:54:57 pm
Yes I have. 84 n a bit miles at 15.5mph average, I am not sure if I am getting better or worse?

That's very good going, especially if you only had a banana!

I think it means you are getting better not worse.
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Post by: annie on June 24, 2008, 07:56:42 pm
Yes I have. 84 n a bit miles at 15.5mph average, I am not sure if I am getting better or worse?

That's very good going, especially if you only had a banana!

I think it means you are getting better not worse.

 :-*
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Post by: mike on June 24, 2008, 07:58:12 pm
good work annie!!

I'm just back from my weekly 2 x 20 minute session - both over 21mph which I was v. chuffed with. 
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Post by: Dinamo on June 24, 2008, 08:02:12 pm
Ride to Thornbury and back, 50 kms.
Good weather, plenty of morning sunshine.
Excellent cafe called Ronnies for coffee and flapjack  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Wowbagger on June 24, 2008, 10:42:22 pm
Just done a Barling Loop on the tandem in under 1h 30m! 10.98 mph - certainly the fastest this year and maybe the fastest ever! :D
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Post by: microphonie on June 25, 2008, 03:25:16 pm
Yep - first ride for a few weeks.  :D

Great weather but a stronger breeze than expected. Just did a 28 mile loop, so nothing special, but that is following a week where I had a rather nasty cold.
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Post by: Wowbagger on June 25, 2008, 11:05:57 pm
8 miles of commuting. Windy!
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Post by: bobajobrob on June 27, 2008, 01:38:01 pm
A hilly 60k last night with the CTC from Cheltenham to Oakridge (near Stroud) and back. It was spitting when we started, raining when we got to the pub and chucking it down when we left. I got rather wet. Was wearing my montane featherlite velo jacket on the way back with an endura gilet over the top, which kept me nice and warm.

24k of commuting today. I had a westerly headwind on the way to work and was struggling to reach 30kmph.
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Post by: onb on June 27, 2008, 03:43:29 pm
20 miles or so in my lunchbreak around Gargrave ,West Marton Bar'lick and Thornton.I wore full gloves it was so cool.
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Post by: keepontriking on June 27, 2008, 06:01:44 pm
Sat on a train most of the day from Hampshire up to Edinburgh with the Brommie.

Brommied two hours around the city and now off for a pint or two or three  ;D

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Post by: Frenchie on June 28, 2008, 12:34:41 pm
A ride along the river with Gabrielle with me on the Thorn and E on the Dahon. Lovely.
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Post by: nic on June 28, 2008, 02:19:33 pm
Go-Ride club with Daughter1. 7miles. Coached the younger ones.
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Post by: vince on June 28, 2008, 04:10:26 pm
60 miles pootling about Norfolk this week whilst my friends were boating. Respect to those of you who regularly deal with those headwinds.

I forgot my camera again, but here are a couple I took with my phone on the Reedham Ferry:

(http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b108/VinceBeckworth/Norfolk%20June%2008/24062008.jpg)

(http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b108/VinceBeckworth/Norfolk%20June%2008/24062008001.jpg)

Beautiful weather, the rides only marred by trashing my gear cable by putting it inside the seat stay when I refitted my gear hanger  ::-)
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Post by: TimO on June 28, 2008, 04:53:34 pm
Just a gentle 20 or so miles, cycling around Croydon and Wimbledon collecting parcels from DHL and the Post Office, both in opposite directions to each other of course!  That was followed by popping the trailer on so I could collect some food from Sainburys, and have the makings for lunch and coffee.
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Post by: gordon taylor on June 28, 2008, 05:44:23 pm
74 miles on the Longstaff WITH GEARS!!!Woosh! Don't they go fast with all those jaggy clicky things on the rear wheel?

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Post by: MSeries on June 28, 2008, 10:14:02 pm
36 miles to Holmfirth and back to man the control on the Midlands Super Grimpeur 300
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Post by: Jurek on June 28, 2008, 10:24:00 pm
Yep.
75+ miles or so, Greenwich to Whitstable with a brace of compadres, including a bit of d*ck*ng about in Rainham whilst one of our company sought a replacement tyre vendor.
Well done Victory Cycles, Rainham (http://www.victorycycles.co.uk/).
Arrived for refreshment at the Sportsman in Seasalter  (http://www.thesportsmanseasalter.co.uk/)after around 6 hours.
The remainder of the ride was, ahem, relaxed.  ;)
Probably a little too much sun, but saveloy, chips and a gherkin on Whitstable beach were sublime before the train home.
My thanks to Alan and Ray for their company.
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Post by: Wowbagger on June 29, 2008, 07:47:48 am
I shall be setting off shortly for a CTC Sunday ride, which will involve a café, a pub and, hopefully, about 60 gently sunny miles.
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Post by: tonyh on June 29, 2008, 08:05:40 am

A flat Mesh 200 to rescue my RRTY. Glad to get round, but sorry to be missing the multitude of fine Audaxes this weekend, and the YACF Swindon Ride (again).
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Post by: Frenchie on June 29, 2008, 12:48:50 pm
A rather solid 3-hr ride with Julian et al. We worked well as a small group (of 4) although our German colleagues couldn't take their turns at the front on the flat on the first part of the ride as we were maintaining a healthy 23+Mi/h, in spite of some wind in some sections. To be fair, one of them had run for 3 hours the day before; the other 3 of us had just been eating too much There were hills too: Two servings in Ticknall as we looped it twice, one in Calke Abbey and before that we had taken the hill through Castle Donnington. I did well on the latter, okay on the first round of Ticknall but struggled the second time around -- I like hills but in a strange way, as I am not very good on them. I was happy when we returned to the flat land; I am a rouleur of sort.

A great time out; a lot of play and as much fun. The bonus point was that we were all back home for 11:30ish and our respective partners and spouses must have been happy for once!
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Post by: nic on June 29, 2008, 06:02:26 pm
Out with the club. About 70Miles worth. Nice ride despite being a bit windy and wet at times.

Route: Lancaster, Carnforth, Silverdale, Storth, Levens, Lindale, Ayside, Cartmel, Grange-Over-Sands, Meathop, Heversham, Milnthorpe, Beetham, Holme, Hale, Priest Hutton, Over Kellet, Nether Kellet and Lancaster. 
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: alan on June 29, 2008, 06:36:52 pm
Emily wanted to go out on the tandem so we did :thumbsup:
About 10 miles fuelled by ice cream,laughing & singing. I think the singing brought on the rain just as we were literally two minutes from home.

A delightfull 90 mins with my grand-daughter 8)
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Post by: ronstrutt on June 29, 2008, 07:14:49 pm
Took part in the Guildford Bikeathon. I like to support these events, not only because they raise money for good causes but also because they encourage people to get out and get cycling.

In the event I did the course once (23 miles) then did it again with variations to bring the total 'mileage' up to 100km.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Wowbagger on June 29, 2008, 07:21:55 pm
I shall be setting off shortly for a CTC Sunday ride, which will involve a café, a pub and, hopefully, about 60 gently sunny miles.

I'm back after wonderful ride in which we visited a café where I sat under the biggest fig tree I've ever seen - it was at least 40 feet high and the trunk must have been 18 inches in diameter at ground level. It was also dropping figs on people! We visited a pub on the banks of the River Blackwater which, for an Essex river, was very clear and swift, and had ducks and ducklings and a pair of swans with 8 cygnets. Then at Maldon the ride split and two of us headed for Burnham and the ferry, where we were obliged to wait and that meant drinking 2 more pints of beer. Shortly before reaching Southend we were reunited with the rest of the group who had probably ridden 15 miles more but spent £11 less.

Just over 70 miles at 12 mph.
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Post by: MSeries on June 29, 2008, 09:10:13 pm
About 74 miles including Mother Shiptons 100 from Easingwold
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Post by: RogerT on June 29, 2008, 09:38:36 pm
Mepal to Sandringham for a picnic with Mrs T.  Tail wind all the way which probaly accounts for the 3 hour time !

Lovely ride.
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Post by: Hummers on June 30, 2008, 12:20:52 am
Popped down  to meet my brother and ride with him on a circular route from Brockenhurst.

I managed to get the ferry over from Hythe as I thought this would avoid the headwind. Nice as it was, I was wrong.

Still a lovely ride, fine beer and some lovely countryside.

THe route back went astray and I ended up diverting off the Cabnam road through Bartley.

A good night to be out nonetheless.

H
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Post by: groucho on June 30, 2008, 08:18:10 am
Saturday I sailed on a friend's racing yacht from Swansea to Cardiff Bay with a following breeze  :thumbsup:

Sunday, a 50 miler around the Vale mainly into the breeze that, the day before was only a help, turned the ride into a grind. The short route back was mostly 20+mph.

Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Ian H on June 30, 2008, 09:17:28 am
Around forty miles yesterday with E. We went out along back roads through Greenford, Northolt and Ruislip to Harefield. Then down into the Colne Valley to West Hyde and The Oaks pub. On the way we had to weave through a queue of traffic waiting behind two police cars with blue lights flashing. The coppers were kicking rubbish into the gutter. It was mostly magazines and paper, but there was a lot of gravel and muck, as if something had hit the verge and bounced off.

A sign of the times, the pub had a sign up saying it couldn't take any credit cards. The food was edible, but no more. Still, the alternative would have been the Coy Carp — the name says it all.

It threatened to rain as we continued south along the old road and through Denham Green, then looped back to Harefield and through Ruislip. At Northolt village we doubled back and got on to the canal towpath. Under the A40 we turned on to a patch of open space covered in vetches flowering in blues and yellows. It is criss-crossed by a network of gravel paths.

We continued through Greenford, Dormer's Wells and back to Ealing, then past Northfields to visit E's mother at the Care Centre. The sight of us in lycra seemed to shock some of the care workers. The residents took it in their stride.

Then back home.



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Post by: clarion on June 30, 2008, 11:15:19 am
Not a long ride yesterday, but i feel a significant one.  A triangle on top of the back of Skipton Moor above Silsden out & back from the campsite.  It seems we may have solved the issue of Butterfly's position on the back of the Super Galaxy*, and we went really well, the circuit finished all too early. 

We only didn't go further because, once you start to drop into either Airedale or Wharfedale, there's grunty climbing back, and, besides, we needed to get going to get home. 



*  More reports on that later, but I was shocked to find that the stoker cockpit on the Dawes is about 3" shorter than on a Santana! :o
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Post by: Ian H on June 30, 2008, 11:55:18 am

*  More reports on that later, but I was shocked to find that the stoker cockpit on the Dawes is about 3" shorter than on a Santana! :o

It's the Americans started the trend for very long tandems. Personally I think there are more disadvantages than advantages.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: alan on June 30, 2008, 01:40:52 pm
*  More reports on that later, but I was shocked to find that the stoker cockpit on the Dawes is about 3" shorter than on a Santana! :o

We bought our Dawes tandem specifically because the rear top tube is shorter than all the other machines available to us at the time:excepting for custom built which was dismissed given the high cost & reservations that we would be long term/regular tandemists
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: clarion on June 30, 2008, 02:37:56 pm
Fair comment, and I think that a lot of rear cockpits are too long, but Butterfly was cramped, poor love. :-*
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Dinamo on June 30, 2008, 02:41:18 pm
View this morning 0600 from the Avon Bridge with the river at high tide, 
looking towards  the village of Pill on the right and Bristol in the far distance.

(http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee253/ianrsparrow/DSC00254.jpg)
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Post by: annie on June 30, 2008, 03:28:19 pm
Yes, to Lavenham for lunch with a friend - 33 miles out, the long and hilly way round and 18 very fast miles on the way back, well in 55 minutes so quick for me, now about to collapse in a small heap.

Edit: Had a little incident where I ended up on the verge after 3 large HGV's came past far too close and far too fast, the effect on my small frame was quite spectacular, bloody barstewards.

Another incident involved a numpty guy on a MTB on the cycle lane going up into Needham Market, I had come down the hill and was riding at about 25mph when he casually came off the cycle lane and straight out in front of me, without looking I hasten to add.  I had anticipated this and so was able to perform a quick in and outie whilst calling him a stupid ........
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Wowbagger on June 30, 2008, 04:43:48 pm
11 sweaty miles of commuting.

On my return, a little later than normal, a large queue of traffic had built up going in the opposite direction. This being a narrow road, and with me in the secondary position, the motorist immediately behind me quite rightly didn't want to overtake so I had about half a mile of peaceful cycling where normally I am overtaken a fair bit. I quite enjoyed that.
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Post by: Quisling on June 30, 2008, 11:31:07 pm
3.4 miles school run with the tandem and trailer to collect my daughter this afternoon in the sunshine.  It never ceases to cheer us up seeing the admiring glances from all the nice people cooking in their parked 4x4's as I stand in the breeze.

Did a hilly 25 into a headwind on Saturday (a rare "long" ride for me) on the Pinarello.  It felt great to do some miles but clearly 3.4m commutes don't make good base training...
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Wowbagger on July 01, 2008, 11:00:11 am
Our normal loop in another personal best on the tandem - 16.59 miles in 1h 21m 29s - 12.2mph! A lovely warm sunny day. I wish I had taken my cossie because the tide was coming in.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: clarion on July 01, 2008, 11:02:22 am
Well done, the Wows! :)
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Post by: annie on July 01, 2008, 08:32:40 pm
20 miles, easy on the way out but far too fast on the way home, busy dual carriageways with numpty drivers with candyfloss for brains.

The bike is poorly, I will be stripping it down tomorrow. 
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: MSeries on July 01, 2008, 08:34:01 pm
Just work, 9.5 miles but the first time on Fixed since before my crash in October
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Wowbagger on July 02, 2008, 10:05:24 am
The normal loop, but an abnormal time: 16.49 miles in 58m 53s! :o

I decided to have a crack on the Mercian this morning. It was a mild, calm day, both sets of traffic lights were in my favour and I pushed as hard as I could all the way round. I think that's got to be my fastest ride ever.

This losing weight mallarkey has a lot to recommend it. I should have done it years ago. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: JohnP on July 02, 2008, 10:10:39 am
I haven't been out at all so far this month.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Jasper the surreal cyclist on July 02, 2008, 08:32:20 pm
Yes, and it rained......
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: mike on July 02, 2008, 08:51:58 pm
no, i didnt get back from work in time.

well I did, but I got back and checked my email and then had to spend the next 2 hours sorting out muppets.

bah.   >:(
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Quisling on July 02, 2008, 09:44:57 pm
Yes this evening for about 8-10 hills cross country on the mountainbike.  Hilarious descent off the Chilterns, and rather too many nettles for comfort.

I utterly rediscovered why I love this so much.  Any if was sunny.

Fantastic ;D
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: peliroja on July 02, 2008, 09:45:08 pm
No, as I'm in Zurich and worked from 0800 up until half an hour ago... Meh :(
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Dinamo on July 03, 2008, 03:43:29 pm
70 km ride with the Bristol Thursday Old Time Cyclists, over the Severn Bridge to the Carpenters Arms in Shirenewton, only rain whilst we were in the pub  ;D
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Wowbagger on July 03, 2008, 03:47:02 pm
A short ride involving a school a pub and a Fatters. 8 miles or so at a low speed.
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Post by: FatBloke on July 03, 2008, 03:53:53 pm
A short ride involving a school a pub and a Fatters. 8 miles or so at a low speed.
And he beat me home!
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Post by: CathH on July 04, 2008, 06:09:06 am
The usual commute yesterday.  Dodged the rain in the morning but BOY, did I catch it on the way home!  It was just fantastic, the rain was pouring down and the road turned into a river!  People were driving very slowly and giving me a very wide berth.  I was giggling when it got to the point where I had to shake my head lots to get the water out of my eyes.  I could have done with my swimming goggles.  Only had about 3 miles to go when the rain struck so didn't get too cold which was good. 

My panniers are great, everything in them was bone dry even after all that (they are Altura).
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Jasper the surreal cyclist on July 04, 2008, 04:44:07 pm
Mrs. J. and myself ventured over and through the Downs today. Hampshire was visited as was Rowlands Castle where sarnies and coffee were quaffed. Sussex looking very nice, seeing as you asked...
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Post by: border-rider on July 04, 2008, 05:05:12 pm
Yesterday my mate Andy and I went over the Gospel Pass to Hay for lunch, and then back down over a parallel  - but still hilly - road to drop down to the top of the Monnow Valley.  Then home via tiny, lumpy lanes :)

We got a bit damp in the mountains. 

The whole ride wasn't much over 50 miles, but it was quite demanding.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: jane on July 04, 2008, 06:05:41 pm
Mrs. J. and myself ventured over and through the Downs today. Hampshire was visited as was Rowlands Castle where sarnies and coffee were quaffed. Sussex looking very nice, seeing as you asked...
Oh you lucky thing- I am jealous- my trip to work through the delights of Forest Hill and Sydenham  past the gasworks and Sainsburys Superstore doesn't have quite the same poetic ring to it.  I did take a ride up to Shaftesbury Avenue after work to pick up some cranks and stuff from Jakob and took a spin round regents Park afterwards before flying home over Waterloo Bridge and the Elephant after.  That was a bit good.
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Post by: mike on July 04, 2008, 06:31:20 pm
a lovely ride down to west London (60 miles), very tasty cheescake with Charlotte, admired new Tandem and amazing new garage, then a sprint to Kings x, train to cambridge, gentle pootle home.  Quite sunburnt now :D
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: onb on July 04, 2008, 07:26:34 pm
A grand and hilly ride from Bentham over to Slaidburn then around the Trough of Bowland past Jubilee Towers and Quernmore .I managed again to fail to find the tea rooms at Scorton ,in fact I failed to find Scorton.I was out with a friend of mine who  is a keen MTBr but I have managed to convince at least partly of the joys of the road ,although Im not sure he was convinced  as we rode up to the Tatham fells ;)


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Post by: toekneep on July 04, 2008, 08:53:41 pm
We had a three o'clock appointment to view a bungalow in the village of Freckleton this afternoon so we thought we might as well build the viewing into a bike ride. From Lytham we pootled through Wrea Green and Wesham, found a rough road closed to cars to by-pass Kirkham and stopped by the Lancaster Canal at the Hand and Dagger for a pint. We then made our way via quiet country lanes towards Preston and exchanged cornfields and birdsong for city traffic. Passing Ribble Cycles without stopping was probably the achievment of the day and then a quick comfort stop at Morrisons (aren't supermakets convenient) and we were meandering throught the old docklands. A fast buzz down the A583/4 and we arrived at the viewing at five to three. The viewing agent did the usual "you cycled how far?" stuff but the bungalow turned out to be ideal, so fingers crossed there. Back to Lytham via crappy cycle paths, a quick cuppa with my Mum in Ansdell and then home to St. Annes. All in all a nice mixture of leisure and utility cycling.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Jasper the surreal cyclist on July 05, 2008, 10:18:05 am
Mrs. J. and myself ventured over and through the Downs today. Hampshire was visited as was Rowlands Castle where sarnies and coffee were quaffed. Sussex looking very nice, seeing as you asked...
Oh you lucky thing- I am jealous- my trip to work through the delights of Forest Hill and Sydenham  past the gasworks and Sainsburys Superstore doesn't have quite the same poetic ring to it.  I did take a ride up to Shaftesbury Avenue after work to pick up some cranks and stuff from Jakob and took a spin round regents Park afterwards before flying home over Waterloo Bridge and the Elephant after.  That was a bit good.

Ending on a high note, always a good thing. Actually during our ride I discussed Mrs. Js next bike and a Roberts similar to yours appears to have become a favourite goal.......last year I bought her a thoroughbred Colnago and she could never get on with it, the Roberts would suit her riding style more.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: nic on July 05, 2008, 12:40:26 pm
Family ride to the Salt Ayre track for its grand opening. A complete washout. Worst weather on a Saturday morning for about 2 years.
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Post by: rogerzilla on July 05, 2008, 06:16:29 pm
A mere 26 miles.  Rode to the cafe with the CTC, looked at the sky, felt the wind and decided to head the shortest way back with a couple of others.  We stayed dry, but watching the clouds that passed to the west of us, I think hoppy1848 and the main bunch got drenched  ;)

It was amazingly windy for summer, and wouldn't have shamed a winter's day.  Passing gaps in the hedge meant gripping the bars tightly, or suddenly my front wheel developed a mind of its own.

Oh...and an encounter with WVM on the way out (see On The Road).
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Post by: Wowbagger on July 05, 2008, 06:41:19 pm
A trip to Waitrose.

I'll be going back later: I overheard one of the chaps on the hot chickens counter commenting along hte lines that "We'll never get rid of this lot!" They shut at 8, so around 7 p.m. I'll go and buy a chicken or two and, if they've got any bread rolls reduced.
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Post by: clarion on July 05, 2008, 10:52:28 pm
Up to Bankside to join a London Festival of Architecture ride around various public spaces.  From Tower Bridge round the City, up to Shoreditch, Haggerston Park, Newington Green, Emirates Stadium, Paradise Park, and through to a former cemetery in St Pancras, where we saw the tomb of Sir John Soan.  About 12 miles in all, in a group of about twenty or so, of various abilities.  Respect to the tour leaders & TEC who kept us all together.

We rode our tandem, which was much improved after the changes we'd made following last weekend. :thumbsup:

Even in the two places where we needed to carry it down steps, it was a great bike.

Taking it up to Cambridgeshire tomorrow. :)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: jane on July 06, 2008, 10:20:55 am

Ending on a high note, always a good thing. Actually during our ride I discussed Mrs. Js next bike and a Roberts similar to yours appears to have become a favourite goal.......last year I bought her a thoroughbred Colnago and she could never get on with it, the Roberts would suit her riding style more.

Mrs J is a very lucky woman-  Mr Jane is constantly trying to persuade me to empty the shed of bikes rather than add to our collection.  And it looks like I'll have to buy him a bike to get him out on the road with me. 

More thread relevant- popped out this morning very early for a riveride trip- Greenich to Woolwich and back.  Not very far but needed a rest from the 60 mile ridei in E.Sussex yesterday led by a friend of mine which seemed to consist of hills, hills and more hills although very beautiful ones with gorgeous views passing through lovely villages like Rotherfield, Chiddingly Langton Green (too many more to mention.)  All the hills meant some lovely descents, though, clear and safe enough to really let rip.  And a few easy miles iin the middle along the Cuckoo trail to get our breath back before hills hills and more hills.  (Any of you who know Paul Taylor's rides will understand!)  Then, near the end of the ride, one of our party seemed to have dropped off the back, we waited and waited at the top of the hill, then realised that even walking he was being a bit slow- so back down the hill we reluctantly went to find him trying to wheel a bike with a hideously mangled rear wheel and derailleur up to us.  We eventually managed to salvage enough chain to attempt to get him going on one gear the couple of miles to the station but even then the wheel was so wrecked and something nasty seemed to have occurred within the bottom bracket - he couldn't ride it- so we chilled out at the nearby pub and waited for a cab to get him to the station.
  I really enjoyed the day- it makes it more interesting when things don't quite go to plan- and it wasn't my bike!
       Jane
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Jasper the surreal cyclist on July 06, 2008, 12:37:24 pm
Looked out pitifully at the wind and rain, went back to bed.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: GruB on July 06, 2008, 01:39:02 pm
Yes, of course.  It was wet, of course.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: nic on July 06, 2008, 02:30:25 pm
Nice short but hilly 50 miler around Quernmore, Through of Bowland, Slaidburn, Lowgill, Wray, Littledale.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: onb on July 06, 2008, 04:13:53 pm
Nice short but hilly 50 miler around Quernmore, Through of Bowland, Slaidburn, Lowgill, Wray, Littledale.




Bloody hell you must have got wet. :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
I went round there on friday twas nice and sunny.
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Post by: alan on July 06, 2008, 04:14:59 pm
A first for me.I actually started a ride while it was raining & windy :o
Rode over to Don Amott's to look at motorhomes(on the advice of GillP I left my wallet & all methods of making any payments at home).
The route :-
Tean-Uttoxeter-Doveridge-Sudbury-Scropton-Hatton-Hilton  & reversed coming home.
66km
3hrs 25 mins
on the fixie :thumbsup:
The new jacket was tested in anger :thumbsup: & I used Shimano sandals with Sealskin socks :thumbsup:.
I used a Brooks saddle & a Carradice Barley but couldn't do a beard so had to settle for a 36 hour shadow ;D
Crossed the path of 8 other cyclists & they all exchanged greetings. 8)
The longest ride I've done for a little while(a couple of months) & certainly the longest on the fixie.I really enjoyed that despite the very wet & windy weather &  have that warm glow of satisfaction.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: LEE on July 06, 2008, 04:26:40 pm
No.

It was blowing the potted plants all over the garden yesterday and now it's raining all Biblical like.

Staying in.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: nic on July 06, 2008, 04:29:29 pm
Nice short but hilly 50 miler around Quernmore, Through of Bowland, Slaidburn, Lowgill, Wray, Littledale.




Bloody hell you must have got wet. :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
I went round there on friday twas nice and sunny.
I have to say we were rather lucky with our timing.

Some drizzle on the way. Cafe stop at Wray: Heavens open. Chris notices a puncture on his back wheel, changes the inner tube, inflates the tyre. The rain stops. Back home: heavens open again  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Quisling on July 06, 2008, 04:33:26 pm
flattish, reasonably quick (for me) 14 miles on the tandem with MiniQ.  Set off in the dry....arrived back soaked so MiniQ retired to the bath with a cup of tea and a Mars Delight, which she had the decency to share.  The Mars, not the bath...

Went from Kingston Blount off round Postcombe, through edge of Thame and back along the Phoenix Trail to Henton, Chinnor and home.  We even did a bit of rough-stuff, albeit not hilly.

Jolly good fun. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: domesticated ape on July 06, 2008, 04:35:18 pm
I went out for about an hour and a half this morning and did some exploring of an off-road riverside trail not too far from the house. It turned out to be very twisty and narrow, meaning I had to keep my speed down in case someone came the other way, but it looks like perfect territory for a pootle with my wife on a nicer day, especially since it's flat! Don't know the distance but probably between 12 and 15 miles.

Also today was the first time I've used SPDs:)
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Post by: Aidan on July 06, 2008, 04:57:40 pm
A circuit of Rutland Water in aid of the BHF with Mrs A. Rained alot, but was nice scenery and a good cause and remarkably good fun :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: annie on July 06, 2008, 05:16:48 pm
Yes, with Nutkin and Andrij, in the wind and gales.  Andrij and I did a couple of mini TT's.  I had an almost over the handlebar moment coming down the Col de Barking, Andrij had a foot of the pedal, almost using it to brake on reaching the bend at the bottom, twas the scariest moment I have ever had on my bike.

We enjoyed a pub lunch, not sure what the locals thought, the guys had their tongues out and their eyes on stalks, not sure if this was for Andrij or Nutkin and myself!

We got back to the farm to find it was closing so no tea and cakes for the girls.

Andrij is on his way back on the train.

The lasagne is cooking nicely.

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Post by: MSeries on July 06, 2008, 05:27:45 pm
Yup. 96 miles including the Wetherby 100. Quite wet, reasonably fast and all rather easy.
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Post by: mike on July 06, 2008, 05:28:45 pm
yep, 30 miles with my mate Loz, putting the world to rights. Dry but breezy.
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Post by: RogerT on July 06, 2008, 05:49:35 pm
Yes, with Nutkin and Andrij, in the wind and gales.  Andrij and I did a couple of mini TT's.  I had an almost over the handlebar moment coming down the Col de Barking, Andrij had a foot of the pedal, almost using it to brake on reaching the bend at the bottom, twas the scariest moment I have ever had on my bike.

We enjoyed a pub lunch, not sure what the locals thought, the guys had their tongues out and their eyes on stalks, not sure if this was for Andrij or Nutkin and myself!

We got back to the farm to find it was closing so no tea and cakes for the girls.

Andrij is on his way back on the train.

The lasagne is cooking nicely.



TT ing does not normally involve braking with the feet, unless of course you are on a fixie.

Glad to hear your training is going well for the Tuesday night TT  ;)
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Post by: peliroja on July 06, 2008, 07:21:59 pm
Yes. Hills, hills, hills, and my word my thighs are complaining now!   :o

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Post by: annie on July 06, 2008, 07:23:21 pm
Yes, with Nutkin and Andrij, in the wind and gales.  Andrij and I did a couple of mini TT's.  I had an almost over the handlebar moment coming down the Col de Barking, Andrij had a foot of the pedal, almost using it to brake on reaching the bend at the bottom, twas the scariest moment I have ever had on my bike.

We enjoyed a pub lunch, not sure what the locals thought, the guys had their tongues out and their eyes on stalks, not sure if this was for Andrij or Nutkin and myself!

We got back to the farm to find it was closing so no tea and cakes for the girls.

Andrij is on his way back on the train.

The lasagne is cooking nicely.



TT ing does not normally involve braking with the feet, unless of course you are on a fixie.

Glad to hear your training is going well for the Tuesday night TT  ;)

Oh erm yes well.

It was only a very tiny spurt of enerygy you realise, couldn't get faster than 26mph on the flat, my legs then told me to stop but my lungs seemed to be ok'ish.

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Post by: RichForrest on July 06, 2008, 07:32:10 pm
Was out on my 'first sunday of the month rides' only 2 others turned up today probably due to bad weather. Did a 20 mile ride out to the top off MK and back, with a pub stop of course.
Tried to set the local speed camera off, managed to do 61kph past it but no flash, perhaps I need a tinfoil hat  :-\

Rich.
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Post by: Jurek on July 06, 2008, 07:53:24 pm
Yep.
Wet hills.
About to buy Salmon Koolstops and probably other stuff from Wiggle  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Maladict on July 06, 2008, 07:55:37 pm
Attempted to cycle to the gym.  It was closed.  Damnit.  >:(

Still got nearly 9 miles in I guess.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Tim Hall on July 06, 2008, 08:20:22 pm
Well not today, but I was camping over the weekend at Comberton, near Cambridge, with two other families. This is an annual event, which for many is their annual bike fettle, carried out by yours truly, and their annual bike ride. 

Fettling passed off OK, only one classic chain ring puncture in hand as I changed a pedal. And my front tyre has odd cuts in the sidewall.

Then off towards Coton and the US War Cemetery. Very moving.  Maddingly, Dry Drayton, Oakington, all on quiet lanes.  Lunch called so we decided to head to Long Stanton.  Blimey, The Black Bull.  One word: Don't.  So a pint in the garden and back to Oakington for pies from the Co-op, then home via Hardwick and a very bumpy bridleway.  No idea how far.  Great day.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Wowbagger on July 06, 2008, 08:28:17 pm
Not 'arf! (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=4830.msg86721#msg86721)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: vince on July 06, 2008, 08:28:34 pm
Bugger all - I'm on call again. And for some reason I've pulled two weekends of call-outs this month  :(

I'm hoping to get out tomorrow night, but I know I've got a couple of big files to prep for Tuesday. Dozing right now with the sun streaming through my window. I'm starting to wonder if I should get a turbo-trainer, although I'm not sure what my landlord would make of it!
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: clarion on July 06, 2008, 09:48:51 pm
Lovely little pootle in the Cambs/Herts borders with Superstoker on the back of the tandem, and Butterfly on her Galaxy.  The 'hills' were very manageable, but the wind is a bit fierce on the plains. :(

We took planned refuge during the rain in a pub for lunch :)
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Post by: Chris S on July 06, 2008, 10:30:29 pm
no


 :'(
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Post by: annie on July 06, 2008, 10:34:08 pm
no


 :'(

What a good boy.  No punishment for you today :thumbsup:
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Post by: agagisgroovy on July 07, 2008, 08:34:22 am
160k audax swim* in 10 hours 20 minutes yesterday. This was the first event I've ever attempted at 15kph, the last 100km I did took me 7 hours 25 minutes.

Somehow we got lost adding an extra 5 miles, plus a three mile commute before 8:30 (audax start time), I've done 108 miles in the last 24 hours.  :o

*it felt like it at times
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Post by: Jasper the surreal cyclist on July 07, 2008, 08:35:11 am
To the gym and back this morning. Very windy down here.....
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Post by: Frenchie on July 07, 2008, 08:45:18 am
For once I am going to tell of a slow and relatively short ride; but what fun it was!

On Saturday I had various bits of shopping to do; the weather wasn't great, but Baby Gabrielle had been cooked up inside for too long and was in need of some outdoor activity. We therefore equipped ourselves for the weather and off we went. We cycled along the canal into Nottingham waving "Hiya" to everyone who wanted to hear it, including the ducks. In town we meddled with some traffic and said hello too to everyone who was looking at us; it was raining only a little and what fun it was! We went to Evans' first where Baby G, the rider, became the centre of attention, commanding respect for her bike taste as she was pointing at Cannondale and Bianchi racing machines. Having collected the jersey we needed, off we went again. We "parked" on Marquet Sq. in central Nottingham and the sun started to peak; running after the pigeons on the square proved great fun. A long stop at Waterstone's resulted in the purchase of four books, 1 for daddy ("Blazing Saddles" -- very much of actuality) and 3 for the young one. This "selection", I should stress G's choice, was the result of much reading, sat on the floor in the Children's section, and discussion (a minimum of 45 min.). We run further doing some minor purchase before riding back home. Riding through traffic in town resulted in much waving again, waving at the rugby coach which overtook us and at the little girl who seemed to look with envy at us from the rear seat of her daddy's SUV. We then took the canal path again and rode for a bit. We made it home dry in time for lunch and for the F1 qualifier which we both like. When this concluded both riders took a well deserved nap in front of the TdF coverage.
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Post by: vince on July 07, 2008, 08:49:35 am
Nice post Dr F, sounds like an excellent way to spend a Saturday morning  :)
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Post by: RichForrest on July 07, 2008, 09:10:44 am
160k audax swim* in 10 hours 20 minutes yesterday. This was the first event I've ever attempted at 15kph, the last 100km I did took me 7 hours 25 minutes.

Somehow we got lost adding an extra 5 miles, plus a three mile commute before 8:30 (audax start time), I've done 108 miles in the last 24 hours.  :o

*it felt like it at times


 :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
When's your dad got you booked on a 200km ride then.

Rich.
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Post by: chris on July 07, 2008, 09:40:38 am
When's your dad got you booked on a 200km ride then.

Half way round the ride yesterday YC asked 'Dad, if I manage to finish with time to spare, can I try a two hundred?'.

On the way home yesterday she said 'Dad, I don't think I'm ready for a two hundred yet.'.

Katie realises she is not ready for a 200 yet. I think she needs to do a few more 150s first, and maybe a 200 without the pressure of a time limit. Yesterday was the furthest she has ever ridden, and the fastest pace she has maintained on any ride she has done over 40 miles (her longest ride before this was 80 miles in about 11 hours). She had a bad spell between 80 and 90 miles, and had to dig deep, but came back strong again for the last 10 miles, flying down the road between Meriden and Hampton-in-Arden at about 20mph.

Well done Katie.

Well done to Mrs Chris too. It was her first 100 mile ride (she's gone to work this morining and asked if there are any jobs she can do sitting down).
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Post by: Jasper the surreal cyclist on July 07, 2008, 09:50:09 am
I would just like to point out that I do have a week off this week, and what is the weather doing? I'll tell you what, the weather is taking the p**s that is what the weather is doing.

I'm going to put a new chain on the hack and go out anyway, so there!!!!!
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Post by: annie on July 07, 2008, 10:28:04 am
When's your dad got you booked on a 200km ride then.

Half way round the ride yesterday YC asked 'Dad, if I manage to finish with time to spare, can I try a two hundred?'.

On the way home yesterday she said 'Dad, I don't think I'm ready for a two hundred yet.'.

Katie realises she is not ready for a 200 yet. I think she needs to do a few more 150s first, and maybe a 200 without the pressure of a time limit. Yesterday was the furthest she has ever ridden, and the fastest pace she has maintained on any ride she has done over 40 miles (her longest ride before this was 80 miles in about 11 hours). She had a bad spell between 80 and 90 miles, and had to dig deep, but came back strong again for the last 10 miles, flying down the road between Meriden and Hampton-in-Arden at about 20mph.

Well done Katie.

Well done to Mrs Chris too. It was her first 100 mile ride (she's gone to work this morining and asked if there are any jobs she can do sitting down).
Congratulations to them both, fantastic news.  You must be very proud?


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Post by: annie on July 07, 2008, 10:29:18 am
I would just like to point out that I do have a week off this week, and what is the weather doing? I'll tell you what, the weather is taking the p**s that is what the weather is doing.

I'm going to put a new chain on the hack and go out anyway, so there!!!!!

I agree.  I have ridden most days in the last two weeks and this weekend has been absolutely horrendous in terms of the weather, rain, bloody rain and far too much soddin wind.  It was however very refreshing and dare I use the term 'character building', didn't think so?
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Post by: Jasper the surreal cyclist on July 07, 2008, 10:40:07 am
I've got enough character...............it is not the getting wet I mind so much these days as the cleaning of the bike everytime I go out.....now to find that new chain...
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Post by: annie on July 07, 2008, 10:43:55 am
I've got enough character...............it is not the getting wet I mind so much these days as the cleaning of the bike everytime I go out.....now to find that new chain...

I can't argue with that.

Nutkin is still fast asleep ::-)  I think she may not want to go out in the rain and wind again 8)  We could just enjoy a tea stop in Bury St Edmunds, I had planned a fair few miles and then a nice pub lunch but it will be lunch time soon.  Shall I wake her now or let her sleep?
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Post by: Jasper the surreal cyclist on July 07, 2008, 10:52:52 am
WAKE HER UP!!!! I'm awake, you are awake she should be awake....
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Post by: Deano on July 07, 2008, 11:31:32 am
The usual 12 miles to work.  Rather wet.  Actually, very wet.  An interesting addendum to yesterday's wet 100 miles from Beverley to Darlington.
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Post by: Jasper the surreal cyclist on July 07, 2008, 11:34:35 am
Chain now fitted, waterproofs dug out.....I have not ridden this bike since the FNRTTC to Southend. See you later..
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Post by: chris on July 07, 2008, 12:10:20 pm
Well done Katie.

Well done to Mrs Chris too. It was her first 100 mile ride (she's gone to work this morining and asked if there are any jobs she can do sitting down).

Congratulations to them both, fantastic news.  You must be very proud?


Proud, and knackered. I packed on the Oundle 200 on Saturday, just over half way round after riding 30 miles to the start. I was going really well, but started to feel ill about 80 miles into the ride (the back of my neck was sore, all my joints started to ache, and I felt like I'd started to bonk even thought I'd drank about 5 litres and eaten plenty by then). The ride passed about 5 miles from home, so I peeled off and went home, had a shower and slumped in the arm chair. I woke up about half an hour later with severe cramp in my legs. I probably shouldn;t have ridden yesterday, but Katie had been looking forward to it for weeks and I didn't want to let her down (Mrs Chris would happily had stayed at home after she saw the weather forecast). I didn't feel too bad yesterday, but I feel like I've ridden more than 210 miles (a bit like I did after my first 100km audax).
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Post by: Deano on July 07, 2008, 08:31:10 pm
The usual 12 miles to work.  Rather wet.  Actually, very wet.  An interesting addendum to yesterday's wet 100 miles from Beverley to Darlington.

I spoke too soon.  After drying out, the rain started again at about 4.15, just in time for my leaving at 4.30.  I took the longer route, as my usual route is a swine for flooding.  Much difference it made:

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3265/2634782330_3489bf38bc.jpg)

The rain was so intense that I had to stop, as I couldn't see anything.  I tried to take refuge in the pub - not exactly expecting a warm welcome and a pint and a pie, but I was a bit upset that the miserable git wouldn't let me in because I'd "spoil his carpet".  He let me stand in the porch, though, and after the rain had eased off a bit, I set off again.

It was great fun - though I was shocked at some of the driving on show.  One woman sat a yard behind me until the road, ahead was clear, then accelerated past, straight into a puddle which spanned the road.  The car hit it with a wonderful, percussive ker-splash.  Later investigation showed that it was over a foot deep.

Anyway, I rode the whole way home with a big grin on my face, soaking wet.  A few drivers peeped their horns and gave me a thumbs-up - I even saw a couple of nutters out on their bikes :thumbsup:
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Post by: mike on July 07, 2008, 08:44:54 pm
I managed to avoid most of the rain but it was quite breezy for my 2 x 20 interval session.  Endorphintastic now though :D :D :D
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Post by: Yoyo on July 07, 2008, 09:06:53 pm
Thirty miles of utility cycling today in the wind and rain. Twenty two mile round trip to naturopath appointment and then 8ish mile round trip to local market town for shopping.
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Post by: Wowbagger on July 07, 2008, 09:14:25 pm
A wet walk on Two Tree Island this morning. Baby avocets, oystercatchers and common terns, and a wader we couldn't identify. A type of plover, I think, but we couldn't recognise the markings. It seemed to have a slightly yellowish tinge to the breast feathers where they disappear under the wings, but otherwise white breast feathers. No speckles.

I commuted in the car because I just didn't trust the weather - quite rightly as it turned out.
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Post by: vince on July 07, 2008, 10:15:22 pm
I got out 8)

34 miles this evening: Chesterfield - Barlow - Owler Bar - Fox House - Hathersage - Grindlow - Calver - Baslow - Beeley Moor - Chesterfield

A bit hilly, light rain at the end, but the views were smashing.
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Post by: onb on July 08, 2008, 10:52:43 am
A 25 miler last night around Benthem ,Wray ,wennington Burton,Ingleton Newby then over to Clapham and home via Keasden .I managed not to get rained on which considering the regular nature of the heavy showers we have had around here lateley was quite pleasing.
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Post by: GruB on July 08, 2008, 08:58:03 pm
Yep, went to Salisbury - then came back.  Went to the bike shop.  Spent money on Assos and other kit.  I like Assos.  Very very very well designed kit.  Just wish I could afford more.
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Post by: Jasper the surreal cyclist on July 08, 2008, 09:51:12 pm
Went off up to the Downs first thing this morning. Back for food then off to meet Mrs. J. for a whizz around the triathlon route she will be riding on the 20th. Caught the odd shower but otherwise a fine ride until I punctured.

Then two miles from home something slashed the side of my tyre. Limped home. Changed tyre then realised brakes needed doing, new blocks needed spacers but got them to fit in the end.

All good fun. Oh, also stabbed myself betwixt thumb and nail with Mrs. j's chainring, hurts like cr*p. Mrs. J. thinks that bicycles can only be cleaned and lubed by qualified engineers......lucky Mrs. J.
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Post by: annie on July 08, 2008, 11:20:32 pm
No, just a run and the gym :(

Went to the theatre tonight to see 'Working' a wonderful production.
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Post by: mike on July 09, 2008, 08:20:42 am
yes, and I got absolutely soaked.   :thumbsup:

I love cycling in the rain when it's only an hour till I'm in the shower getting lovely and warm :D
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Post by: MSeries on July 09, 2008, 09:28:08 am
Came to work on my bike, my Fixed actually, does that count ?
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Post by: Jasper the surreal cyclist on July 09, 2008, 09:59:19 am
Yes...
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Post by: annie on July 09, 2008, 12:48:14 pm
Yes :)  out in the pouring rain (something I wouldn't do normally, unless I was already out) so a first.  The roads were awash with water.  I have never encountered so many dare devils drivers of 4 x 4's, WVM and HGV's in all my life, neither have I sworn so much in all my life, I was not invisible.  At one stage I thought my number was up but managed to ride into a driveway at the last minute.  My 20 mile outing turned into ten, 37 minutes of terrror.  My bike is going to be cleaned and put away.
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Post by: Jasper the surreal cyclist on July 09, 2008, 12:56:34 pm
Deep breaths Annie, and relax..............
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Post by: annie on July 09, 2008, 01:12:26 pm
Deep breaths Annie, and relax..............

Thank you.  I went out into the garden in my wet cycling gear and flip flops and got even wetter, now feel much better.  Hot shower and hot coffee  will soon sort things out.  Still aghast at the behaviour though, even when a muppet reversed out of a space as i was cycling along the High Street and another guy overtook a vehicle and headed straight towards me.  I waved my hand in the air and looked at the two coppers sat in their parked vehicle, they just smiled.  It was their vehicle that was parked in front of the zebra crossing.
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Post by: LEE on July 09, 2008, 01:19:33 pm
Yep, went to Salisbury - then came back.  Went to the bike shop.  Spent money on Assos and other kit.  I like Assos.  Very very very well designed kit.  Just wish I could afford more.

Stonehenge Cycles?  I'd like to at least try an Assos Intermediate Evo Jacket.  Expensive but would seem to suit October-April riding pretty well.
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Post by: MattH on July 09, 2008, 03:30:06 pm
I've just been out for my first ride since doing the Bridge Too Far 600k at the weekend.
The weather is glorious so I grabbed a pool bike and wandered off around the area.

(http://haigh.org/singlespeed.jpg)

Riding without lycra or cycling shoes on a single speed bike with no brake levers (back pedal only) and the squashy gel saddle mounted at a jaunty angle, wind in the hair, freewheeling downhill with feet off the pedals in "Five go mad in Dorset" mode, stopping at one of our outlying offices to grab some water and a banana (there is free fruit at our offices over in Sweden!), pottering back via nice dedicated cycle routes. Lovely  :)

I really, really must get myself a half decent bike to use here.
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Post by: Andrew Br on July 09, 2008, 10:22:53 pm
Only about 4 miles today- too and from football in the park.
It proved to be good practise for Dunwich since it poured down.
Three French English language students joined us for the game and they did seem a little surprised that we carried on playing as the rain got steadily harder. We explained that if we didn't do things in Manchester when it rained, then we probably wouldn't do anything at all.
On the way back through the park a huge heron landed near me. For a non-twitcher it was a fabulous sight.
When I got home I was wetter than a wet thing stood in water.
Fingers crossed for tomorrow night's ride.
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Post by: Quisling on July 09, 2008, 10:59:52 pm
Did about 18 miles or so, fairly flat and quick - and very wet indeed.  I took the Pinarello and not even the rain could remove my big stupid grin.  However, some tart in a car soon fixed this after overtaking me and immediately turning left.  Much gesticulating followed, you know "Thank you for cutting me up." ::-)
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Post by: keepontriking on July 09, 2008, 11:02:52 pm
I ran out to the shed and back.
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Post by: Hummers on July 10, 2008, 07:05:54 am
I was out last night on the CTC Wednesday night run.

Came back with moistness.

H
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Post by: GruB on July 10, 2008, 08:14:10 am
Yesterday was horrendously wet.
The drying room at work was not drying anything as the heater was on the blink.
There is not much worse than having to put on wet lycra after a day at work to cycle home in the rain.
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Post by: toekneep on July 10, 2008, 08:29:14 am
I just went to meet a friend for pint, only a couple of miles away and the rain stopped just before I set off so I arrived dry. We spent a very pleasant hours sitting under a large umbrella designed for the smokers (it was too hot in the pub). During the course of the hour it went from light rain to torrential by the time we left. The ride home was just brilliant, rain bouncing off the road, light fading and a tailwind. I was beaming from ear to ear by the time I got home.  :)
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Post by: vince on July 10, 2008, 09:00:16 pm
Second time this week  :thumbsup:

20 miles of fairly steady spinning tonight after Monday's hilly ride and before the pastry encrusted delights of Saturday. Chesterfield - Tupton - Holmewood - Stainsby Mill - Ault Hucknall - Palterton - Heath - Chesterfield. The rain held off too :)
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Post by: nic on July 10, 2008, 09:10:55 pm
2nd chaingang ever. To Kirkby Lonsdale and back to Lancaster on the A683. I am rather pleased to have lasted much longer than on my first ride. 24mph average.
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Post by: Jasper the surreal cyclist on July 10, 2008, 09:51:30 pm
Long ride out, over the downs at Arundel and onto the wilds of Sussex. Saddle started creaking so stopped at South Down Cycles in Storrington. Martin who runs it is as mad as a barrel of monkeys, but quite affable. Sorted, across country to Steyning for lunch. Climbed Bostal Hill with a cream soda float inside me (mmmmm). Down into Worthing and then into the wind all the way home (should have gone into Hampshire). First day this week without mudguards, hooray...
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Post by: Dinamo on July 11, 2008, 09:39:43 am
Cycled into Bristol last night to meet friend for Curry Club at Wetherspoons - heavy rain all the way there, thankfully GoreTex kept top half dry but Rainlegs let in water, dry for the ride home though.
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Post by: clarion on July 11, 2008, 10:44:08 am
Pleasant London Festival of Architecture ride shepherded by Southwark Cyclists last night.  Started approx 100m from my work, so I had to, really.  Visited various interesting buildings, and learned a lot about the regeneration of Waterloo/Southwark.  Got an opportunity to go inside a few places.  Well worth the trip, even if concrete is boring, and a bit crap as a material.
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Post by: rogerzilla on July 12, 2008, 07:42:14 pm
I went as far as the garage and the turbo.  10 mins' warm-up at 52 x 21, 20 minutes at 52 x 18 and 10 minutes' warm-down going through the gears.

Better than nothing, I suppose, and I sweated buckets.
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Post by: Martin on July 12, 2008, 08:23:42 pm
100k up Los Tres Bastardos (Cob Lane Ditchling Beacon and a new bastardo up to Patcham windmill; now feel completely wasted. Lots of riders in Ditchling something big goin' down; also did Devil's Dyke which is shut tomorrow for a ride (Capital to Coast?)
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Post by: Quisling on July 12, 2008, 10:21:29 pm
Two short runs today - both about 4 miles.  One on the tandem with MiniQ to go and get a cooked breakfast at The Village Centre in Chinnor, and the other a quick sprint on the Pinarello to drop off a rucksack of stuff for MiniQ so she could have a sleepover at her mate's place.

Well, that's 8 miles car use avoided  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Adam on July 12, 2008, 10:36:45 pm
I went off to Duxford for the airshow & back.  90 miles in just over 5½ hours.  I'd got a jacket in my back pocket, and didn't have to put it on, as there was only a light shower heading through Stevenage. 

In fact it was raining there on the way back as well, but I guess that's not surprising as it's a bit of a hell hole (apologies to anyone who lives there).  I ended up doing about 5 miles more than I needed to, due to the daft road layouts and lack of proper signs.

Still, it was a very nice, gently undulating ride with quite a bit of sunshine in places, and lots of very picturesque villages.
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Post by: Jasper the surreal cyclist on July 13, 2008, 09:08:46 am
Was going out today but an old shoulder injury is playing up. I know from experience not to risk it. When I tweaked it climbing in the Alps I then went on a four hour mtb ride. I was in extreme pain for two days afterwards.

Of course now the sun has come out, it is taunting me. Plus I was meant to be leading a ride today.

Would wine with my breakfast be bad?
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Post by: Pete on July 13, 2008, 02:25:37 pm
100k up Los Tres Bastardos (Cob Lane Ditchling Beacon and a new bastardo up to Patcham windmill; now feel completely wasted. Lots of riders in Ditchling something big goin' down; also did Devil's Dyke which is shut tomorrow for a ride (Capital to Coast?)
Do you mean Mill Road (ex A27 - taken on its own, not all that steep - even I can do it - just a mile-long drag) or one of the more 'challenging' routes up further south e.g. Windmill Drive (http://www.streetmap.co.uk/newmap.srf?x=529723&y=108653&z=1&sv=529723,108653&st=4&ar=Y&mapp=newmap.srf&searchp=newsearch.srf) (used to go up that one as well in my younger days ::-))?  But I suppose, after the Cob and DB, anything is going to seem 'challenging'....
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Post by: Pete on July 13, 2008, 02:37:43 pm
No great shakes, but at least I managed to fit in 40 modest miles this morning, so it wasn't a wasted Sunday ... made High Cross my end-point, that somewhat under-publicized Sussex landmark (it's a mile or two west of where Peli & co (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=5086.0) passed by yesterday).  Landmark, did I say?  A bit of poetic licence, though you can get a prominent view of this bit of tacky ersatz kitsch from a point just off the A22 (http://www.streetmap.co.uk/newmap.srf?x=548805&y=118050&z=3&sv=548805,118050&st=4&ar=Y&mapp=newmap.srf&searchp=newsearch.srf).  Go any nearer and you're liable to get shot.  Shot, that is, at the behest of one of Sussex's most conspicuous intermittent residents (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Van_Hoogstraten) - 'intermittent' seeing as he (http://www.guardian.co.uk/g2/story/0,,365743,00.html) spends much of the rest of the time 'resident' courtesy of Her Majesty's ....  but it's good cycling country around there.   I did not meet up with the aforementioned landlord  ;D.
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Post by: nic on July 13, 2008, 02:38:50 pm
Another good club run. Lancaster, Wray, Bentham, Clapham, Austwick, Settle (cafe stop), Wray, Brookhouse, Littledale, Lancaster.
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Post by: Salvatore on July 13, 2008, 06:53:50 pm
115 miles or so with Reading CTC to the Royal Oak at Wooton Rivers via the Tutti Pole at Hungerford.
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Post by: goatpebble on July 13, 2008, 09:40:09 pm
Sunday morning was a success, of sorts. I had to break into my flat two days ago, and in the process of launching myself through a small gap above my front door, in a smooth athletic sort of leap, I discovered that I had probably broken a rib.

Two nights of sleepless pain, and this morning I decide to attack the steepest hill out of town. It starts just 100 meters from my flat, and is an unforgiving 5km climb, that gets steeper and steeper as you progress. Halfway, the serious gradients start, with no chance of a sensible warm up. I took the easy option of the mountain bike, because I was feeling crap.

It was a wee bit painful, but despite it's reputation, it really was a kitten of a ride. The worst section meant just ten minutes of panting, and possible loss of dignity.

This really made me think of how I prepare myself, and why I become afraid of things when I don't do them enough.

So opening a beer is painful, but a big hill just feels like a big hill.

Interesting.

PS  the 5km hill was just the start of the ride. There were more hills to follow...
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Post by: Andrew Br on July 13, 2008, 10:03:27 pm
About 55m today- 8-9m into and back from MCR with GF to the start of MCR-Blackpool. Waved her off and then went home (back to bed for a while).
Later, a ride with Chorlton Wanderers on the "Tour de Macc".
Everyone else said that this ride was 52m so maybe the computer on the MTB under reads.
Great weather all day though GF had developed a more startling biker tan than I have. *

MTB rolls surprisingly well compared to the Super G.
Didn't use the Super G 'cos "New Super G" has arrived and LBS is changing over the "special" bits from the old SG to the new one.

* She's just come out of the bath. Startling is an understatement.
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Post by: rogerzilla on July 13, 2008, 10:23:51 pm
About 9 miles "round the block" to test the lighting rig for Dunwich.  I'd forgotten how draggy a dynamo hub is when active; switching the light on and off is quite noticeable*.  I'm going to use a crappy little battery minilight until I really need to see where I'm going, which should give me an hour-and-a-half of easier pedalling at either end.

*a SON pulls about 7W at my usual speed of 17mph, which is 5% of total output.  It's only 65% efficient (the normally quoted figure) at around 10mph.

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Post by: border-rider on July 13, 2008, 10:26:12 pm
No, but a nice hilly hour's run (of the running kind) up through woods onto the Offa's Dyke long-distance path and back along an obscure footpath through fields.  Lovely :)

I paced it well, trotted round and felt good the whole way.   Could have gone longer, and it's been a while since I felt that way on a run. 

A good day.
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Post by: RichForrest on July 13, 2008, 10:28:09 pm
Bloody cyclists riding on footpaths  ::-)
 ;)

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Post by: TimO on July 13, 2008, 11:05:54 pm
I did a fairly easy 45 miles, 26 of which was the London Bikeathon Scenic route, from the Royal Hospital Chelsea out to Richmond Park and back, and 19 of which was cycling to and from the start!

If I'd been doing it by myself, I guess I would have done the 52 miles option, but I was doing it with some friends from work, and I think 26 miles was enough for them!
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Post by: Deano on July 14, 2008, 08:42:21 am
I rode 100 miles over the North York Moors yesterday, including tackling this for the first time:

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3005/2664707727_ae7d6c3cce.jpg)

It really is very very steep.
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Post by: tiermat on July 14, 2008, 08:43:08 am
I rode 100 miles over the North York Moors yesterday, including tackling this for the first time:

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3005/2664707727_ae7d6c3cce.jpg)

It really is very very steep.

chapeau, did you make it up there in one?
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Post by: TimO on July 14, 2008, 09:08:07 am
I rode 100 miles over the North York Moors yesterday, including tackling this for the first time:

..

It really is very very steep.

1.3 what?  I though gradients were always either 1 in X or X%.
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Post by: Deano on July 14, 2008, 12:47:25 pm
It is 1 in 3 - I'm pretty sure it says 1 in 3 on the other signs.  I assume they ran out of space on that one...

I did get up it in one go, discounting when I stopped to take that photo.  There was a dodgy moment when I was riding at <3 mph and I thought I would topple over sideways :-\
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Post by: Frenchie on July 14, 2008, 12:48:32 pm
65 pleasant miles on Saturday. The lats bit was even fast.  :thumbsup:
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Post by: fiendish on July 14, 2008, 01:50:57 pm
This morning - longest ever ride on mtb with child seat and small child.  To chiropractor, jobs in town then fun ride.  Only about 9 miles in total, but the furthest we've been together.
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Post by: Jasper the surreal cyclist on July 15, 2008, 08:49:06 am
Sounds cool. I am going out today because my shoulder, although still a bit tight, feels much better. I will get a couple of hours in then take Mrs. J-tsc out for a training ride. She has a triathlon on Sunday....
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Post by: Notsototalnewbie on July 15, 2008, 09:41:53 am
Sorry to hear about your shoulder Jasper. I hope the younger J's shoulder is healing ok?

Best of luck to Mrs J in the triathlon, have lots of respect for people who do those kind of shenanigans.

Am back to commuting today; Sundays extra mileage kept me off yesterday, my legs felt like lead, but better now.
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Post by: Jasper the surreal cyclist on July 15, 2008, 10:07:54 am
Thankyou Laura. Tis an old injury that plays up now and again. I first crocked it charging down a heavy door some years ago.....well, you have got to have a hobby.

Sorry to here that your Sunday ride was so grim......in some ways I suppose it can only get better.
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Post by: Notsototalnewbie on July 15, 2008, 10:16:16 am
I suppose you were working at the time? I think my uber-solid front door might be a special one that the London Fire Brigade can open, there is a message from them on it telling me not to change the locks?!

Ah it could have been much worse, it did have good bits and the riders I was with were a nice bunch. I just won't be visiting that particular stretch of the NCN L2B route any time soon...
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Post by: Jasper the surreal cyclist on July 15, 2008, 10:22:11 am
Yes, it was work. Leaving message like that is a new one on me. Some of these doors can be a sod to get through, we end up using the kit for cutting cars up on them. Makes a real mess....
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Post by: Notsototalnewbie on July 15, 2008, 10:30:23 am
It's engraved on the lock. All the flats in my block have the same doors, I wonder if it's something the council arranged with the fire brigade (flat is ex-council).
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Post by: Jasper the surreal cyclist on July 15, 2008, 10:38:02 am
They may have a master key I suppose.....
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Post by: De Sisti on July 15, 2008, 10:44:30 am
I've not been since 1st June due to the 1st metatarsophalangeal joint fusion
operation on both feet the following day. My feet have been in casts since, but
hopefully they'll be removed today this week 30 July  :-\  when the
consultant who performed the operation returns. (The private health company
won't fund anyone else to remove them).  >:(

Weight to be lost and form to be regained will be a slow process.   :-[
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Post by: bobajobrob on July 15, 2008, 10:46:33 am
Take care Mike. Hope to see you out with the CTC soon :thumbsup:
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Post by: Jasper the surreal cyclist on July 15, 2008, 10:50:12 am
I've not been since 1st June due to the 1st metatarsophalangeal joint fusion
operation on both feet the following day. My feet have been in casts since, but
hopefully they'll be removed today.

Weight to be lost, form to be regained will be a slow process.   :-[

Sounds nasty, hope it goes OK. Could you screw cleats into the casts?
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Post by: Frenchie on July 15, 2008, 11:56:10 am
A nice short and fast ride: 28 Mi in about 1h30 this morning. It was a bit windy in parts, but reasonably warm. I fell great.  :)
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Post by: De Sisti on July 15, 2008, 12:33:35 pm
I've not been since 1st June due to the 1st metatarsophalangeal joint fusion
operation on both feet the following day. My feet have been in casts since, but
hopefully they'll be removed today.

Weight to be lost, form to be regained will be a slow process.   :-[

Sounds nasty, hope it goes OK. Could you screw cleats into the casts?

Actually, that's not a bad idea.  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Jasper the surreal cyclist on July 15, 2008, 08:38:22 pm
Just got back. Went out solo around the Goodwood Hills for a couple of hours then into Chichester to meet up with Mrs. J-tsc. Off on her triathlon route for the last time before Sunday. It is very hilly for a time trial. Too much traffic around for a good ride but she paced herself well. Only problem was at the bottom of Harting Hill where the cars got in the way. After a stop, bit of a walk we got going again. Missed out the last bit and finished off around some lanes and back down to Chichester. Picked up a slow puncture on the cycle path to Bognor but got enough air in it to get home. Mrs. J-tsc has pronounced herself pleased with her progress, and if she is pleased so am I.
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Post by: mike on July 15, 2008, 09:11:09 pm
no, but I have mown the lawn which earned me more brownie points than going for a ride would have done.  Tomorrow.
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Post by: alan on July 15, 2008, 10:08:19 pm
The centre of the universe,a.k.a. known as Emily,rode stoker on the tandem & we did 8 hilly miles around Dilhorne,Draycott Cross,Cheadle & Tean
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Post by: Yoyo on July 15, 2008, 11:08:12 pm
I cycled the clockwise round the island route on Isle of Wight today. Chain came off at Alveston but sorted that. Hills got a bit much towards the end (from Cowes to Ryde) as I had run out of energy. Lovely weather and a great way to spend a day.
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Post by: Jasper the surreal cyclist on July 16, 2008, 12:51:42 pm
Did my usual 23 mile commute. Strange as I only live 1.2 miles from work. The phrase hopelessly lost comes to mind.

Not feeling brilliant but had a bit too much out of a bottle of Calvados last night, this followed my youinger brother getting in touch after over ten years.
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Post by: mike on July 16, 2008, 08:04:43 pm
yep, cambridge and back the long way.  30 miles, average bloody close to 20.   :thumbsup:
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Post by: GruB on July 16, 2008, 09:02:48 pm
Yep, a lovely ride of 30 miles to the riot training venue and then I get a phone call - get myself to Divisional HQ quick smart - I'm needed for a strategic meeting.  So I rode to work.  Then I get to ride home.
All up a 60 mile day !!
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Post by: Wowbagger on July 17, 2008, 11:35:24 pm
ten mile round trip to the dentist's with Mrs. & Little Miss Wow, then a pleasant jaunt to a pub in Leigh to celebrate My Mate Mel's 60th birthday (actually on Sunday), a surprise organised by his daughter. Chatted to chaps with whom, as a group, I have not conversed since 1981.
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Post by: Jasper the surreal cyclist on July 18, 2008, 11:45:11 am
Out around the Witterings today. It is windy....
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Post by: TimO on July 18, 2008, 04:16:20 pm
A fairly gentle ten miles bimble around Croydon picking up a parcel from the Post Office, dropping into BikePlus for some bits, and some shopping from Sainsburys.  Not a sunny day, but quite pleasant to cycle around, and only an occasional slight light drizzle.
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Post by: CathH on July 18, 2008, 10:50:13 pm
Nice commute in this morning - very still and warm.  I surprised myself though - decided to cycle into town after work for a few drinks with the rest of the department, then cycled home.  Have only just arrived back.  It's only a 20 mile round trip, but it's something that a year ago I would not have even considered doing after a hard week's work.  It was easy, too.
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Post by: Frenchie on July 18, 2008, 10:51:27 pm
A nice tempo ride with Julian for 1h45 . Thoroughly enjoyable, bar a close encounter with a bus; although Mr Bramley is getting way too fit!
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Post by: MSeries on July 19, 2008, 09:07:50 pm
I did 214km today, my longest ride since my crash. I am feeling very very proud of myself this evening. I did the route that I crashed on with Warburton who was with me the day I crashed. It seemed fitting to take up where I left of with the person whom I was with at the time. We did it as  DIY Perm, afterall our entries are still pending from October.  I was quite emotional going round 'that corner'. I still am as I think about the day and the last time we did the route.

MSeries is still happy :)
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Post by: Maladict on July 19, 2008, 11:28:28 pm
I did 214km today, my longest ride since my crash. I am feeling very very proud of myself this evening. I did the route that I crashed on with Warburton who was with me the day I crashed. It seemed fitting to take up where I left of with the person whom I was with at the time. We did it as  DIY Perm, afterall our entries are still pending from October.  I was quite emotional going round 'that corner'. I still am as I think about the day and the last time we did the route.

MSeries is still happy :)

Fantastic news.  You're back!  :thumbsup:

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Post by: MSeries on July 19, 2008, 11:29:13 pm
Too f*****g right. I is back. 214km in ten and a half hours and 70km of fierce headwind.
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Post by: dkahn400 on July 20, 2008, 08:42:16 am
I did 214km today, my longest ride since my crash. I am feeling very very proud of myself this evening. I did the route that I crashed on with Warburton who was with me the day I crashed. It seemed fitting to take up where I left of with the person whom I was with at the time. We did it as  DIY Perm, afterall our entries are still pending from October.  I was quite emotional going round 'that corner'. I still am as I think about the day and the last time we did the route.

MSeries is still happy :)

Well done, mate. Glad it's behind you now.
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Post by: toekneep on July 20, 2008, 02:27:51 pm
Well done MSeries, you've worked hard to get back and achieved it in an incredible short space of time.

We had too much wine last night and stupidly agreed to get up at some ridiculous hour for a ride. I woke at 4am to the sound of the wind rattling the windows and initially I decided to go back to sleep. However fifteen minutes later I was still awake so I dragged myself downstairs and put the kettle on. We were out by 5.30am on deserted roads but fighting a blustery north westerly. We battled north through Kirkham, Singleton and Thornton to Fleetwood where they were setting up a fair, scattered through the streets for 'Tram Sunday', whatever that is. (Go Google it if you really want to know). We then turned south down the coast and were blown along the prom through Bispham and Blackpool stopping in St. Annes for a lovely breakfast. Home in Freckleton for 10am after a very satisfying forty miles or so. Our first ride from out new location and a jolly good start it was.
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Post by: MSeries on July 20, 2008, 03:37:53 pm
Well done MSeries, you've worked hard to get back and achieved it in an incredible short space of time.

We had too much wine last night and stupidly agreed to get up at some ridiculous hour for a ride. I woke at 4am to the sound of the wind rattling the windows and initially I decided to go back to sleep. However fifteen minutes later I was still awake so I dragged myself downstairs and put the kettle on. We were out by 5.30am on deserted roads but fighting a blustery north westerly. We battled north through Kirkham, Singleton and Thornton to Fleetwood where they were setting up a fair, scattered through the streets for 'Tram Sunday', whatever that is. (Go Google it if you really want to know). We then turned south down the coast and were blown along the prom through Bispham and Blackpool stopping in St. Annes for a lovely breakfast. Home in Freckleton for 10am after a very satisfying forty miles or so. Our first ride from out new location and a jolly good start it was.

Thanks toekeep, I used to live in Blackpool and know those places quite well.
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Post by: TimO on July 20, 2008, 03:53:01 pm
I've just done a very mild 4 miles with the trailer, to pick up various bits of shopping.  It was surprisingly windy, but easier on the way back, which is always the right way around. ;D  It was also enough for me after 75 miles of FNRttCing, although that does admittedly pale into insignificance compared to the efforts of the likes of MSeries.  Well done on getting back onto the road. :thumbsup:
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Post by: domesticated ape on July 20, 2008, 05:18:53 pm
Nice one MSeries :)

I decided to make up for the fact that I still haven't done a FNRTTC by doing my longest  ever solo ride today. I did 50 miles, going from home (Aldershot) to Haslemere and then down the A286 to Midhurst, then across to Petworth and back from there via Milford and Elstead. I wanted to do the ride in 4 hours, because I wanted to get other things done today too and also because it's a nice round number! Had to cane it a bit for the last ten miles but I made it home with 3 minutes to spare:thumbsup:
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Post by: JohnP on July 20, 2008, 06:12:36 pm
Modest 14km before breakfast at 18kmh.  Doesn't sound much but 62 yo, 103kg, 150bpm enjoyed it.
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Post by: Jasper the surreal cyclist on July 20, 2008, 06:15:04 pm
Well done M series. Getting back after a knockback is always hard.

Shadowed Mrs. J-tsc on her triathlon relay. Meant doing a longer route than her, just to see her three times, and get back to the finish to cheer her on. She was brilliant......
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Post by: dkahn400 on July 20, 2008, 08:44:30 pm
Well done MSeries, you've worked hard to get back and achieved it in an incredible short space of time.

We had too much wine last night and stupidly agreed to get up at some ridiculous hour for a ride. I woke at 4am to the sound of the wind rattling the windows and initially I decided to go back to sleep. However fifteen minutes later I was still awake so I dragged myself downstairs and put the kettle on. We were out by 5.30am on deserted roads but fighting a blustery north westerly. We battled north through Kirkham, Singleton and Thornton to Fleetwood where they were setting up a fair, scattered through the streets for 'Tram Sunday', whatever that is. (Go Google it if you really want to know). We then turned south down the coast and were blown along the prom through Bispham and Blackpool stopping in St. Annes for a lovely breakfast. Home in Freckleton for 10am after a very satisfying forty miles or so. Our first ride from out new location and a jolly good start it was.

Thanks toekeep, I used to live in Blackpool and know those places quite well.

I know them well too. My grandparents lived in Fleetwood and I often stayed with them as a boy. In fact one of my first longish solo rides was from Shrewsbury to Fleetwood to stay with them after finishing a group youth hostelling tour of Wales when I was about 15.
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Post by: Chris S on July 20, 2008, 08:54:50 pm
Firstly, MSeries - you are an example to us all of how you can apply yourself, and bounce back from an injury. Bloody Well Done  :thumbsup:.

This weekend was also a turning point for me. It's five weeks since I injured my knee, and it's been feeling better day by day, over the last week/ten days.

Saturday, I decided it was make or break. I've put 3Kg of lard on since I stopped riding - I just had to get out! So I did a favourite 55km loop I have. The GPS claims about 600m of climbing for this loop, which seems surprising for mid-Norfolk, but there you go - it's certainly not flat like Fenland.
Anyway - somehow, despite a soaking halfway round from a cloudburst, I managed a respectable 26.7km/hr average. No pain, no discomfort - until the last couple of kicks up near Castle Acre, so I backed off a little on those climbs. I was on my geared bike - I've pretty much mothballed the fixies - probably for the rest of the year, or until I can get my weight right down.

Today - no discomfort again, so nipped out in a spare hour for a quick 30km. This was a flatter ride, and I put in a 28.1km/hr average. Again, no pain in the knee during, or after the ride.

Feeling pretty happy about progress. That didn't stop me giving the knee some RICE again this evening - juuuusst in case.
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Post by: gordon taylor on July 20, 2008, 08:56:09 pm
Congratulations, MSeries. It only seems like a few weeks since you posted to tell us about the crash. What an amazing recovery.  :thumbsup:
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Post by: clarion on July 20, 2008, 11:04:28 pm
Yesterday, we took the tandem for a bit of a Chiltern-ish ride.  First off, down to the pub in Watlington.  1km mainly downhill :thumbsup:

Then, on a whim, we set off and essayed a part of the Ridgeway.  Quite exciting on a road tandem, but much of it was quite doable.

Met a local who advised us of the best route, and that the Watercress Centre in Ewelme was having an Open Day, and serving tea & cakes.  Hard to resist, so off we went.

After great tea and delicious cakes beside the river, we set off to have a look at Benson Airfield.

It was boring.

So we went a different way, and found that we were going really fast (for us).  Quickly back to the campsite, and more tea.  Perfect. :D
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Post by: Chris S on July 21, 2008, 09:50:53 am
After great tea and delicious cakes beside the river, we set off to have a look at Benson Airfield.

It was boring.

Was it windy? A couple of audaxes go out that way (Anfractuous, possibly Upper Thames?) and it's always windy along there.
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Post by: clarion on July 21, 2008, 10:04:18 am
It wasn't windy down by Benson, but it was fair windy up at Watlington (until i got a kite out :-[ )
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Post by: peliroja on July 21, 2008, 10:07:42 am
Too f*****g right. I is back. 214km in ten and a half hours and 70km of fierce headwind.
You is 'ard as nails.   ;D
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Post by: Really Ancien on July 21, 2008, 10:23:21 am
A 70  odd mile ride round the hills starting from home.  Lunch at the Village Hall in Dunsop Bridge was a Summer Sunday in Seventy Two topped with Teak effect Formica. I was much taken with the profusion of St. Johns Wort, Ragwort and Meadowsweet and by the sussuration of the Aspen leaves just beyond the turning to Cow Ark.

Damon.

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Post by: Jasper the surreal cyclist on July 21, 2008, 02:34:41 pm
Out into Hamshire today. Crossed the border after climbing Littlegreen. Back lane out to Buriton (a lovely stretch of road), skirted Petersfield and along to East Meon via Weston. I use the Frogsmore Lane because it is pretty, especially when you get to the river. Cut back and then climbed the back of Butser Hill. Fantastic views both ways fron the top. All along the valley and over to the Isle of Wight. Descended and then went down Windmill Hill into Chalton. Cut up the hill to the top of Rowlands Castle, then down through the village. Through the woods and over to Westbourne. Across to West Ashling then uper Water Lane to Funtingdon so I could go along the West Stoke road before getting back through Chichester. Finished off with a spin along the seafront at Bognor then home. Bit tired, the wind was not friendly today....
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Post by: PaulF on July 21, 2008, 03:00:07 pm
Well Saturday! 82 miles into the wind from Wimbledon to Andover. Vicious headwind all the way - hills that I'd hoped to coast down and gain some speed/time I ended up pedalling down.  The A31 in particular was unrelenting. Nearly baled out at several points but changed my midset; just ten miles to x, then 5 miles to y. Found my second set of legs in Winchester about 15 miles from the end and made good speed from there. 15.5mph average speed - faster than some of my commutes!

Only problem was my numb hand - I couldn't use the gear shift normally and had to reach over the shifter and pull it inwards.

Still longest ride to date and I nearly went out this morning before driving home.
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Post by: GruB on July 21, 2008, 08:36:28 pm
Yes, was pootling into work, feeling a bit flat after a hilly 50 miles yesterday.  On the edge of Devizes I see a shadow approaching on the road behind me.  Next thing I know an MTBer is on the cycle path on the shared footpath and is overtaking me.   I watch.  His legs are going some, he is bobbing up and down on the bars.  He initially pulled away and then the full force of the head wind hit him and he just sort of stayed there.
I looked at my legs.  They were rolling around okay so I decided to pick up the pace and my mind a bit.  But, I had to do it without breaking into a sweat or looking uncool.
I started to put down some more power and gradually wound her up into a decent speed.  I then effortlessly floated by and kept it going all the way until he was out of sight.
Certainly broke me free of my melancholic mood.  :thumbsup:
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Post by: alan on July 21, 2008, 08:53:33 pm
Marj did a couple of miles on her Trice on the High Peak Trail.We parked at Parsley Hay after having a late breakfast/early lunch in Hartington.Grand-daughter Emily & I did a bit more(Emily on her mtb & I used a folder) mileage.The weather was glorious as were the views.
All three of us are well pleased:despite Emily having two visits from the p.fairy: with our efforts.Marj & I may do an action replay later in the week depending on weather,work & childcare circumstaces.
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Post by: Quisling on July 21, 2008, 10:29:47 pm
14 miles on the tandem with MiniQ.  She asked to go :D  And that was on top of doing about the same last night as well.

I'm getting her trained, he he he.
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Post by: mike on July 22, 2008, 07:45:29 am
17 mile loop with Mrs Mike last night, the mood of which improved significantly when we realised her back brake was rubbing on the wheel.  And she flew up her 'nightmare' hill :D
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Post by: pdm on July 22, 2008, 03:20:29 pm
56km short ride in the Peaks last afternoon - only 1000m climbing. Superb weather. Superb visibility. Could just make out the West Burton power station to the east and nice views of the High Peak to the west.
Met up with no fewer than 3 other cyclists with the same idea.  :)
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Post by: vince on July 22, 2008, 09:33:08 pm
27 miles in the Peak also: Chesterfield - Barlow - Owler Bar - {toward Fox House intending to drop into Sheffield for coffee with a friend, but she was called to the Police Station, so... } - Longshaw Estate - Frogatt - Curbar <b@$!@£d climb> - Cutthorpe - Chesterfield.

Quite a headwind going out through Barlow, but lovely evening sun  8)
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Post by: Quisling on July 22, 2008, 09:47:48 pm
14 miles on the tandem with MiniQ.  She asked to go :D  And that was on top of doing about the same last night as well.

I'm getting her trained, he he he.

Wonders will never cease.  MiniQ "dragged me out"again this evening.  Just got back from a gently undulating 20 miler in the vicinity around Thame and the Phoenix Trail.  Included a bit of gentle rough stuff to get her warmed up to the idea of doing the HONC on a tandem in '09...
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Post by: mike on July 22, 2008, 10:22:34 pm
yup, short & nasty interval session tonight, much fun.  Almost.
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Post by: Wowbagger on July 22, 2008, 10:26:56 pm
Just a couple of errands: to the station to buy the tickets for the DRFW and then to Waitrose to buy (mostly) beer.
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Post by: microphonie on July 23, 2008, 02:11:35 pm
Took the day off today to have a ride & take in the Alp d'Huez coverage on ITV4.

Did my first  100km ride  (http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/100k-South-of-Norwich) in almost exactly a year and only my 7th ride since then  :-[ (sheer laziness)

Did the same route as that last 100km ride and to my amazement have put in my fastest average ever:

63.64miles in 3.39.21 at 17.49 average  :D

It crossed my mind that I'd screwed up the 'wheel size' settings on my computer since replacing the battery last week but the distance covered is almost spot on the previous ride so it's a genuine improved average!

The weather was perfect, there were plenty of other cyclists out - including the first club ride I've ever seen (on a Wednesday morning!) - and with one exception the motorists were all on best behaviour. And to top it all there's a recorded delivery parcel waiting at the PO for me - and I haven't got a clue what it is (dreams that it's a cheque for £2k from itv's tour competition...)

Now where's that mint choc ice cream lolly...
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Post by: agagisgroovy on July 23, 2008, 02:54:12 pm
microphonie, that is seriously fast!  :thumbsup:

My friend is trying to 'get fit' and has taken up cycling with her mum. The route they always take is just under 15 miles up to the local cryptosporidium depot (Pitsford resevoir), round the track and back.

They did it on Friday when I was at school ... no trouble. On Monday I went with them, taking clobber like a P****** repair kit, some strange multitool thing of my Dad's, a Swiss Army Knife and a first aid kit.

So on Monday we rode up to the resevoir. 3/4 of the way round my friend's mum breaks her chain. I have never done a chain repair before, and try to fix it before phoning my Dad, who picks my friend's mum up and takes her home whilst me and my friend cycle home.

My friend's bike has very aggressive brakes, and doesn't like to use her back one for some reason. So today she went over the handlebars, twice. The first time, about 600m from my house, I used my Dad's multitool thing to take her rack off, which had bent so the wheel couldn't go round. Then her mum dropped it off at my house and we went on.

Halfway round my friend came off again, and grazed her hand (no mitts) and her knee pretty badly, knocking her chain off. A little first aid and a fiddle with the chain and we're off again, but pretty slowly. I asked her whether she wanted to take up cycling as a hobby, but she says she doesn't really like it and is just doing it to get fit.  :(
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Post by: Wowbagger on July 23, 2008, 06:01:51 pm
A fifty-four mile footle with Fatters in fine weather. There were three pubs and fish and chips.
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Post by: Jasper the surreal cyclist on July 23, 2008, 09:36:54 pm
Sounds like a good day....

Just went for a ride into the downs after work. Two days of first aid training to get out of the system. Couple of climbs and some great views then home for food and le tour.....
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Post by: Tim Hall on July 23, 2008, 10:23:44 pm
Up to Horley to meet Jan the Cheating Czech. Then picked up part of last Friday's FNRttC route, diverting off it to Felbridge, then back into Turners Hill for fluid replenishment therapy, back up the FNRttC route then home. 42km.
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Post by: vince on July 24, 2008, 11:12:08 pm
A good ride today. The chap I buy my lunch from is a cyclist and we had chatted about going for a ride one evening. I don't have any friends outside of work in Chesterfield so it was nice to ride with someone else for a change. I knew I was in trouble when he turned up on a bike that had been put together from various bits, all of which looked well maintained and fit for purpose.

I can hold my own on the flat in most company - but we ain't got a lot of flat around here. Every hill we climbed resulted in my extra 20 kilos dragging me way back. I've really got to do something about this  :(

Still, a good ride, some new roads and a new ruin  :D (no, not yours truly).

20 miles: Chesterfield - Sutton Scarsdale - Palterton - Bolsover - Oxcroft Lane - Shuttlewood - Arkwright - Calow - Hasland - Chesterfield

I'm starting to feel that I have my legs back at last. The Dun Run was nowhere near as tough as I thought it was going to be and I've had two short sharp hilly rides since  :thumbsup:

It'll be a while before I consider a ride with the Frenchman without a group to discipline the pace though!
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Post by: Maladict on July 24, 2008, 11:17:39 pm
25 miles: ride out to Club 10 mile TT, set a PB, ride home again.
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Post by: Andrew Br on July 24, 2008, 11:55:02 pm
A lovely 30 miles this evening to The Church Inn, Mobberley. A couple of rather nice beers- Black Sheep and Greene King- and a gentle ride back. The sunset was spectacular and we arrived back into Manchester as it was going dark.
Comedy value was included by trying to find a short-cut back to Withington through Southern Cemetry. We found an open gate to get in but couldn't get out except by the way we got in.
First outing after DD and CB II still rides like a dream  :thumbsup:
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Post by: CathH on July 25, 2008, 08:49:50 am
Beat my own personal best commute times this week, once yesterday, and best-ever time today.  Warmth, fruit juice and lack of headwind helps!
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Post by: Wowbagger on July 25, 2008, 05:59:21 pm
A very nice pootle down to the beach where I went for my first sea swim of the year.

Who should I meet on the front but Mr. F. Bloke Esq. with whom I passed a few minutes.

The water was lovely and I hope to repeat the exercise several times over the next month or two.

Just over 9 miles at about 10 mph.
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Post by: Maladict on July 25, 2008, 11:13:12 pm
Rode to work in the morning, via the NCN route.  5.5 miles.

After work cycled to Melbourn, about 16 miles, to see Mike Stapleton to talk about helping with the 100k ride in September, and to get documentation for running next year's event.

Cycled home afterwards, which was another 11 miles.

So a decent 34.5 mile day.
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Post by: Salvatore on July 26, 2008, 08:43:19 am
Rode to my Mum's yesterday.

Virtually all lanes through Hampshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire.

Cafe stops in Thame and Oundle and a picnic somewhere in east of Northampton.

320 km, mostly in sunshine, and with a constant tailwind. It would be nice if the wind turned round for the return trip on Monday.


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Post by: hellymedic on July 26, 2008, 08:52:44 am
Rode to my Mum's yesterday.

Virtually all lanes through Hampshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire.

Cafe stops in Thame and Oundle and a picnic somewhere in east of Northampton.

320 km, mostly in sunshine, and with a constant tailwind. It would be nice if the wind turned round for the return trip on Monday.


Did you wangle AUK points out of that?

I cycled to parents from Poole via Salisbury and it into a hostel dart once twice.


Hope the wind is behind you on Monday.
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Post by: Aidan on July 26, 2008, 11:51:35 am
A lovely little 65k pootle, I went out not knowing where, or how far I was going to go and ended up finding some roads I haven't been on before.  Glad I got back though as it was starting to get really hot and I reckon another hour and I'd have burnt. Gonna sit and watch the tour in a bit.
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Post by: Sergeant Pluck on July 26, 2008, 03:00:46 pm
Yes, slow and pleasant errand-running since 7:30, involving Richmond Park, the Thames, and then central London (and Condor  :P ).

63 not-fast km. 
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Post by: Gandalf on July 26, 2008, 06:01:23 pm
Feeling pitifully inadequate for not being fit enough to tackle the Surrey Hills ride tomorrow, I thought I'd have a pootle roughly  in that neck of the woods today.

In the end I did Epsom Downs, Tadworth, Walton On the Hill, Betchworth, Brockham, Leigh, Newdigate, then back home via Dorking, Leatherhead, Ashtead and Epsom.

To say I'm knackered is an understatement, I really struggled with the heat and humidity as well.

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Post by: Salvatore on July 26, 2008, 06:23:04 pm
Rode to my Mum's yesterday.

Virtually all lanes through Hampshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire.

Cafe stops in Thame and Oundle and a picnic somewhere in east of Northampton.

320 km, mostly in sunshine, and with a constant tailwind. It would be nice if the wind turned round for the return trip on Monday.


Did you wangle AUK points out of that?


I can't see the sense in complicating a nice straightforward day out on the bike.

Wasn't it Mark Twain who wrote something like:

Quote
Golf A solo DIY permanent is the best way of to ruin a good walk bike ride
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Post by: Andrew Br on July 26, 2008, 06:52:50 pm
More pootling here- 15 miles in total starting on the Fallowfield Loop then into town calling at Edinburgh Bike Coop and Harry Hall before a beer in the sun at Castlefield.
After that it was back along the canal to Stretford for a beer at Jackson's Boat followed by tea and cake at Sale Water Park then home.
All of it in lovely sunshine  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Jasper the surreal cyclist on July 26, 2008, 08:10:50 pm
Spent all day marking out the MTB course for the Chichester challenge. So no cycling and I do not get to ride it because of work. I have promised Mrs. J-tsc a cafe' ride tomorrow though.......
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Post by: Zoidburg on July 26, 2008, 08:24:20 pm
Spent all day marking out the MTB course for the Chichester challenge. So no cycling and I do not get to ride it because of work. I have promised Mrs. J-tsc a cafe' ride tomorrow though.......
Will that be taking in a climb of the trundles?

If it is you are an evil man :demon:
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Post by: Wowbagger on July 26, 2008, 08:30:11 pm
A 33 mile round trip to visit sis-in-law and celebrate her 60th birthday, which was actually yesterday. By a sheer coincidence it was her twin sister's birthday as well. Bloody good do and would have been a fine ride except some git made a fairly concerted effort to knock me off. Reported it to the police and will visit polisstation tomorrow to complete paperwork.
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Post by: Jurek on July 27, 2008, 10:50:32 am
Not today, but yesterday.
Train to Southend, east along the seafront to Shoeburyness, Great and Little Wakering, a loopy thing back to Rochford . Refreshments in Great Stambridge and on through Paglesham up to Wallasea Island.
Ferry across to Burnham-on-Crouch and into the flatlands of Dengie Marshes.
Lovely big sky atop golden cornfields scenery hardly any traffic, got as far as St Peter's church near Bradwell-on-Sea.
Back to Southminster, from whence a train home.
A smidge over 50 sunny miles.
Pics are here (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=6187.msg106863#msg106863)
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Post by: Wowbagger on July 27, 2008, 10:53:04 am
A fine ride, Jurek! Next time you fancy a bit of that, give us a shout.

Are you aware of the Stambridge Mills shortcut?

A short ride for me this morning - to the Cop Shop and back. It's too hot for much more at the moment, but there may well be a ride to the beach for an early evening swim.
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Post by: Jurek on July 27, 2008, 10:56:28 am
A fine ride, Jurek! Next time you fancy a bit of that, give us a shout.


Indeed it was - and I was keeping an eye out for you - but next time we plan that one, I'll certainly give you a call.
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Post by: Wowbagger on July 27, 2008, 11:07:33 am
A fine ride, Jurek! Next time you fancy a bit of that, give us a shout.


Indeed it was - and I was keeping an eye out for you - but next time we plan that one, I'll certainly give you a call.

Yesterday was no good for me as it happens - I cycled to sis-in-law's 60th party where I ate too much and consumed more red wine and cold lager than was good for me. The ride home was dehydrating in the extreme, but a damned good day!
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Post by: Naggers on July 27, 2008, 11:48:18 am
Got out of work at 8.00 this morning and rode down to Limehouse and had a relaxing spin along the Isle of Dogs Thames Path.

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Post by: mike on July 27, 2008, 12:16:15 pm
35 miles with Mrs Mike last night which was v. good - new record speed for her :)

then a 30 mile blast with the local tri club this morning during which I very nearly melted.  Am now at home rehydrating furiously.
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Post by: Pete on July 27, 2008, 02:55:17 pm
Well, I knocked back my first 50* of the year this morning, I suppose something to be chuffed about: it even had a decent bit of - er, let's call it "not-horizontal" - in it!  And at the moment my legs are telling me they don't love me for doing this to them, but my back, bum, etc. have kept quiet.  It was bl**dy hot, almost road-melting hotness in a few places.  Now that's something we haven't seen for a few years...!

And I had to get off and walk for about fifty yards.  I forgot that this (http://www.streetmap.co.uk/newmap.srf?x=509350&y=115435&z=3&sv=509350,115435&st=4&ar=Y&mapp=newmap.srf&searchp=newsearch.srf) little bit of road doesn't join up: obvious when you look closely at Streetmap, but easy to overlook when you're consulting a grubby OS 1:50,000 at the roadside.  The joining bit is a length of rough gravel, fine for MTBs but I didn't want to risk it.  I've been caught out at that self-same road before.  :-[

And another thing: how fast is a combine 'arvester meant to be able to go? (cue: "ooohhh aaarrrrrr"s everyone!).  There I was sweeping along a narrow country lane (helped by a gentle downslope) at a nice steady 21mph or so, and there was Farmer Giles up behind me and drafting me, making his intentions perfectly obvious.  FFS, he took up the entire width of the road, god only knows how he proposed to get past me! (or deal with anyone coming the other way).  I let him get past me after we'd both turned onto a wider main road and it was now slightly uphill for me.  Not without some trepidation as his steering was decidedly wobbly.  It's not all cement trucks and bendy-buses!

*miles of course!
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Post by: RogerT on July 27, 2008, 05:32:06 pm
Yep

Did the London to Cambridge charity ride...Bloody hot..poured an entire pint of water over my self when I got to Cambridge.  Felt seriously sorry for all the bods in non cycling gear doing it on BSO's.  I wonder how many packed ?

Extended ride by carrying on to home the long way round.  87 Miles for the day, and on Skip Bike as well  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Maladict on July 27, 2008, 06:04:42 pm
It is hot today.  Not quite as hot as 32 deg C when arriving at Ickleton, one year, when doing C->L->C.  I think a bunch of Cambridge Cycling Club types have done it today with a 9am start from Cambridge, which means they will have been out in the sun for a long time.
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Post by: toekneep on July 27, 2008, 07:29:06 pm
We went up to Morcambe and met up with Alan and Marj for some gentle pootling on the prom. It was great to see absolutely loads of cyclists out from family groups to serious roadies. Even better was seeing Marj back on the Trice and enjoying the pedalling after her knee replacement. Chips, ice cream, tea and scones were consumed but not all at the same time. Lots of fun, not many miles but a thoroughly nice way to spend a sunny Sunday.
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Post by: orienteer on July 27, 2008, 07:31:46 pm
65 miles today! From Uxbridge out via Chipperfield to the mystical Sanuk tea room at Potten End, with its Buddhist paraphanalia and the scent of incense, not to mention the wonderful range of exotically flavoured cakes. I had coconut and lime, with orange squash.

Then on to Harpenden, partly on the Nicky Line, a converted ex-railway line, for a pub lunch. Back via St Albans on another ex-railway path, where my three Japanese friends went to the station to take the train back to London. One was on his Airnimal which he uses to commute between Notting Hill and Euston; another on a new Bike Friday Pocket Rocket, claiming he hadn't cycled before; and a lass on a brand new Pashley Moulton TSR9 in fetching pink.

We continued on to the cafe at Batchworth Lock, Rickmansworth,  via the Ebury Way, for tea, before taking the GU canal path back to Uxbridge.

Average speed 12.1mph, not bad considering the number of rough tracks and heat today.
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Post by: Wowbagger on July 27, 2008, 09:09:58 pm
An evening pootle to the beach, where the water was lovely. I could wallow, shoulder deep in water and still see my feet!

Too hot to be out in the afternoon - our thermometer recorded 33°C.
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Post by: nic on July 27, 2008, 09:19:50 pm
Superb ride with the club in memory of the late president Edgar Phillips and taking the route of the first club run. 130 quality miles from Lancaster, Lyth Valley Ambleside, Grasmere, Dunmail Raise, Whinnlater, Buttermere, Honister,  Keswick, Ambleside, Lyth Valley, Lancaster.

Top top day.
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Post by: RichForrest on July 27, 2008, 09:26:58 pm
Diy 200 today
MK - Peterborough - Royston - MK
Good ride, heat was ok until you stopped then the sweat just poured out.
Drank loads eat hardly anything.
Nearly packed on the last 50k due to a blowout which after putting in a temp' tyre boot went down another 3 times.
Stopped in the pub at Clophill to fix it one last time whilst having a pint in the rain.
If it went again I'd have called out reinforcements and got a lift home.
Stayed up in the end and I got round in 12hrs.

Rich.
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Post by: Gattopardo on July 27, 2008, 09:30:51 pm
Yes about 10 miles on bike then 10 miles on foot, reminder to self do not lend my mountain bike to anyone again ever.
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Post by: Jasper the surreal cyclist on July 27, 2008, 09:33:54 pm
Spent all day marking out the MTB course for the Chichester challenge. So no cycling and I do not get to ride it because of work. I have promised Mrs. J-tsc a cafe' ride tomorrow though.......
Will that be taking in a climb of the trundles?

If it is you are an evil man :demon:

OK so I am a bit demonic, but she did get an ice cream in Littlehampton afterwards......
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Post by: Jasper the surreal cyclist on July 27, 2008, 09:35:19 pm
Superb ride with the club in memory of the late president Edgar Phillips and taking the route of the first club run. 130 quality miles from Lancaster, Lyth Valley Ambleside, Grasmere, Dunmail Raise, Whinnlater, Buttermere, Honister,  Keswick, Ambleside, Lyth Valley, Lancaster.

Top top day.

That sounds fantastic......
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Post by: keepontriking on July 27, 2008, 09:39:55 pm
Spent the morning teaching a 63 year old lady how to ride a bike, then pootled 15 miles home on the Brommie.
Went slow to avoid some decorating.

Boy, was it hot.
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Post by: Jasper the surreal cyclist on July 27, 2008, 10:01:11 pm
Avoiding decorating was why track-standing was invented....
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Post by: toekneep on July 27, 2008, 10:09:53 pm
Superb ride with the club in memory of the late president Edgar Phillips and taking the route of the first club run. 130 quality miles from Lancaster, Lyth Valley Ambleside, Grasmere, Dunmail Raise, Whinnlater, Buttermere, Honister,  Keswick, Ambleside, Lyth Valley, Lancaster.

Top top day.
That sounds hard.
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Post by: ronstrutt on July 28, 2008, 12:26:44 am
A 64-mile afternoon trip to Hayling Island for a swim and then the train back. Despite the heat and the hills it was very pleasant.
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Post by: Wowbagger on July 28, 2008, 07:00:58 pm
So far,my only "out" was for a blood test, which hurt and the plaster didn't stick 'cos I was sweaty, and on to the bank.

I'm about to pootle to the beach for my swimble!
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Post by: Martin on July 28, 2008, 10:20:01 pm
Yes; Cycling In Extremis and alone in the UK since end May owing to work life and friends round the last few weekends; mostly to / from work (55km each way) via a different but no less painful route over the N Downs each time, the last time today - both ways- and returned home just before the heavens opened. Oh for a proper Audax ride  :(
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Post by: vince on July 28, 2008, 10:41:47 pm
Lovely evening today. 24.5 miles up to Sheffield and back. I went to see a friend, we sat outside a cafe bar in the Peace Gardens. A pint when I got there to slake my thirst, followed by bread and olives and an espresso to give me enough zing for a fast ride back.

[squeamish parishioners may wish to read no further]

I'm now showered and sitting in a robe, unable to stop the sweat pouring off me in this heat  :-X
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Post by: Salvatore on July 28, 2008, 11:09:21 pm
280km home from my Mum's.

A misty start at 4:45, which lasted for a few hours,  then the sun burst out as I descended into Bourn. Coffee stop in Oundle, then it started to get hot. Should be good preparation for 1001 Miglia. The cobber (http://www.penrithsurvival.com/penrith_survival/55/mia/d/cobber+neck+wrap/pid/3808363) really does work. A lovely route, through countless limestone villages. Picnic of strawberries and peaches somewhere near MK, then pasta at the Little Chef near Thame. Diverted from my planned route of Goring-Pangbourne-Theale-home by heading for Watlington and climbing to Christmas Common (very loose gravel at the moment - I wouldn't like to descend it) and home via Henley and Twyford. A brief thunderstorm near Arborfield was over almost before it began.
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Post by: pdm on July 29, 2008, 06:22:50 pm
Short 52km jaunt in the mid White Peak with my son today. Home - Lodge Moor - Ringinglow - Stannage - Hope - Bradwell - Eyam - Grindleford - Fox House - Ringinglow - Lodge Moor - Home. 910m climbing. Took it nice and slow - 20kph average. One short cooling off thundershower: bliss!
Beautiful ride despite the TM Transport bus that tried (but failed) to run us off the road  >:(
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Post by: Greenbank on July 29, 2008, 07:46:38 pm
Slowest commute of the year into a reasonable westerly.

Now about to shoot off to play 5-a-side for an hour, thence The Pubbe for BEER.
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Post by: Chris S on July 29, 2008, 08:22:15 pm
A DIY 200 to keep my RRTY hopes alive.

If you are recovering from a knee injury - try a ride like this:

(http://www.ivy-house.org.uk/images/stamfordOAB.png)

217km and just 770m of climbing  :thumbsup:. Flat as.

Probably best not to do it with a permanent headwind (cross headwind on the way out, then a cruel shift in the wind to a cross headwind on the return) unless you have a yACF forumite's wheel to follow. Luckily I did - thanks again Fidgetbuzz - you made a tough day easier for me to manage.

Knee is OK(ish) - sore and in a bandage now - but not that bad considering. Off to Orthopedics soon.
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Post by: Maladict on July 29, 2008, 08:51:39 pm
Commute.  Ride home via two supermarket recycling centres to attempt to deposit a pannier-load of cardboard without any luck.

Could just chuck it in the green wheelie bin but that somehow seems wrong.
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Post by: RogerT on July 29, 2008, 09:36:12 pm
A DIY 200 to keep my RRTY hopes alive.

If you are recovering from a knee injury - try a ride like th

217km and just 770m of climbing  :thumbsup:. Flat as.

Probably best not to do it with a permanent headwind (cross headwind on the way out, then a cruel shift in the wind to a cross headwind on the return) unless you have a yACF forumite's wheel to follow. Luckily I did - thanks again Fidgetbuzz - you made a tough day easier for me to manage.

Knee is OK(ish) - sore and in a bandage now - but not that bad considering. Off to Orthopedics soon.

Well done, but was that a terribly good idea ??

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Post by: Frenchie on July 29, 2008, 09:51:57 pm
50 tempo miles yesterday on my own and in the sun; after several lovely rides in the Lake District it was difficult to be back in Notts! A further 10 Mi to B&Q before oiling the decking in the garden.

Tonight, chaingang: 25 Mi with the gang plus 12 Mi commute at 22.9 Mi/h average. I was dropped by the fast group but felt comfortable with the second group which collected me in the no man's land. Really enjoyed that and I hope that it will help with my TTing.
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Post by: rogerzilla on July 29, 2008, 10:20:42 pm
I did 1 yard forwards and 1 yard backwards on a pedal car at Easton Farm Park.
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Post by: Gandalf on July 30, 2008, 06:46:47 pm
Went out today with my local  mid week CTC Posse.  Against my better judgement when we split up after elevenses I went with the 'A' group.

I'm pleased to announce that today, for the first time ever I did over 100K.  I know it's nowt to the YACF ubermensch but I'm pleased I did it.  Next stop a proper century, I hope.

In the meantime,  if anyone needs a John Wayne impersonator.....
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Post by: pdm on July 30, 2008, 08:01:31 pm
Another gentle ride around the White Peak with my son today.
92km total from Sheffield to Ringinglow, Calver, Ashford in the Water, Sheldon, Monyash, Youlegreave, Two Dales and back along Beeley Moor, Wigley Moor, Owler Bar and Fox House including climbs up Mayfield Valley (1:6), Sheldon (1:5) and TwoDales (1:5). 1450m of climbing at a nice and gentle 20kph average.
We stopped for a snack at the excellent Old Smithy in Monyash (best milkshakes and butties in the whole White Peak!) where we bumped into a pile of cyclists on the tail end of the midweek White Peak Audax on its way back to Marple.
Weather was superb - only a little niggling headwind on the outbound leg which, of course, dropped to nothing on the way back!
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Post by: Wowbagger on July 30, 2008, 08:28:04 pm
A gentle sea-front and villages 23 miles this evening. No swim because the sea was still about a mile away from the beach. Lovely weather and not too much in the way of motons. Lots of people barbecueing stuff - very toothsome!

This leaves me 40 miles to do tomorrow to reach 600 for the month - if I can be arsed.

Oh, and as I was riding through Wakering for the first time, a very attractive young lady standing on a balcony blew a kiss to me. I, being a gentleman, returned the compliment.  :-*
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Post by: rogerzilla on July 30, 2008, 09:47:36 pm
Went to Sizewell Beach and did a bit of dune riding.
Mmmm...radiation.
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Post by: Andrew Br on July 31, 2008, 06:58:33 am
Went to Sizewell Beach and did a bit of dune riding.
Mmmm...radiation.

Topping up after Dunwich ?  ;D
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Post by: PaulF on July 31, 2008, 07:27:02 am
50 yards :( then I realised the faerie had struck, by the time I realised that it was the much patched tube that had failed I'd run out of time. Shame because that would have given me 600 miles for the month
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Post by: JohnP on July 31, 2008, 07:32:10 am
Just 16 km in 48 mins, partly on the road that Vincent Motorcycles used to test all new machines before delivery.
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Post by: delthebike on July 31, 2008, 05:43:45 pm
A lovely long loop to get over the 9000 mile hump.   ;D

Too my utter shame I was overtaken by an electrissy bike but in my defence I was 99 miles in, climbing, at 13 mph, and into a headwind.
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Post by: Maladict on July 31, 2008, 05:49:35 pm
Cycled to work, and to the pub at lunchtime for Thai food.  The consumption of a GCC and a prik didn't seem to stop me getting to about 27-28mph on the way back to work.  My colleagues drove and I was a little slower getting there (set off later and with a headwind) and beat them back comfortably (set off at the same time, with a tail wind).

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Post by: Greenbank on July 31, 2008, 08:09:54 pm
Mal: The Wrestlers?

Commute in and out, plus a trip to the park which guaranteed I beat last year's July kilometerage and therefore a new monthly record of ... 1106.22km (687.37miles).
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Post by: nic on July 31, 2008, 08:45:58 pm
Lancaster - Bolton-Le-Sands - Kirkby Londsdale - Caton - Lancaster as part of the club's Thursday chain gang. Only four of us tonight. It was very warm out there and humid. Legs felt like jelly. We hit 30mph+ on the flat in places when the chain gang was going well. Ouch.
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Post by: Maladict on July 31, 2008, 09:09:07 pm
Mal: The Wrestlers?

Yep.  Been a regular customer since 1994.

Our arch enemies from the cross the road were taking up half the pub too.  ;D
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Post by: Maladict on July 31, 2008, 09:10:51 pm
I also took a pannier load of cans and bottles to the recycling centre at the Newmarket Road Tesco, on the way home from work.

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Post by: Andrew Br on July 31, 2008, 10:36:22 pm
24 miles this evening. Out from Chorlton Water Park through Sale and past the Man Utd training ground at Carrington to a pub near Dunham Massey (Axe and Cleaver, I think- a Chef and Brewer but with good beer). After trying a couple of them we twiddled back past the big houses in Bowdon, through Wythenshawe to the Water Park.
No rain, which was a surprise. I took all the waterproofs but need didn't any of them. Result  :thumbsup:
Fingers crossed for the w/e.
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Post by: Frenchie on August 01, 2008, 01:38:43 pm
Having missed the club TT this week I went out early this morning for a 37-38 Mi ride on my fixed TT bike. It was hard work in the wind. The route had three sections: 2/5 on the flat where I worked hard on the tri bars; 2/5 undulating and lumpy where I suffered a bit on my 79'' gear but forced myself to work well either on the bars or en danseuse; and the last section was fast on the bars again. I averaged slightly above 21 Mi/h, which was not too bad though. Good work out.
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Post by: Dinamo on August 01, 2008, 02:08:52 pm
30km commute home this morning, from Portbury Dock to NE Bristol.

(http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee253/ianrsparrow/DSC00266.jpg)

Picture taken at Bristol Harbourside.

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Post by: mike on August 02, 2008, 08:45:05 pm
1 mile each way down to coniston for our first ride of the holiday a pie and some pints.  Lovely.
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Post by: Quisling on August 02, 2008, 09:41:36 pm
Yes, about 8 miles on the tandem.  Did a bit of rough stuff and was rewarded with a visit from the Pinch-P*n*t*r* Faeries which will teach me to try it on skinny Conti Sport Contacts and not enough air.  Grrr (only self to blame...).

Nearly dark when we got back so it was a good job I'd fettled the lighting the other day.

Still, it helped burn off the mother-of-all-curry's that I had in Brick Lane this afternoon. :thumbsup:
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Post by: fiendish on August 02, 2008, 09:43:00 pm
Today, I did my my longest ride since November 2006 (and that was on a tandem) - 31 miles with the club on my much neglected solo  ;D.  Very pleased with myself, but also wish I could do more.
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Post by: nic on August 02, 2008, 09:58:53 pm
Lovely family ride from Lancaster to the top of Littledale for a picnic and back.

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3069/2724612661_9d656273e1.jpg)
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Post by: Wowbagger on August 03, 2008, 01:22:35 pm
A quite mundane ride through the scruffy bits of Saarfend. I just wanted a half-hour pootle in order to free up the joints and it worked a bit, but has left me monumentally depressed about how awful lots of this town is.

The tide is high after lunch. A swimble beckons, I fear. I may be some time.
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Post by: andygates on August 03, 2008, 01:59:05 pm
A surprisingly tough training loop, 70km Crediton-Exeter-Moretonhampstead-Bow-Crediton.  Needed to get some grindy hill practice in before the Alps!  Knackered now.  :P
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Post by: Hummers on August 03, 2008, 03:05:39 pm
Out and around from my friend's house just south of Inverness.

Over the top of the big hill opposite their house and then around in a loop via Tomatin and Moy.

Beautiful countryside.

H
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Post by: Polar Bear on August 03, 2008, 04:43:33 pm
Loop from Rugby to Canons Ashby and lunch at the Abbey.   Met a family on a day trip form Oxford and talked cycling - seems they used to more than they do now.  :)

Missed all the rain which is now falling which is great.    :thumbsup:

Gears played up again, as usual.    >:(
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Post by: Wowbagger on August 03, 2008, 06:15:30 pm
A quite mundane ride through the scruffy bits of Saarfend. I just wanted a half-hour pootle in order to free up the joints and it worked a bit, but has left me monumentally depressed about how awful lots of this town is.

The tide is high after lunch. A swimble beckons, I fear. I may be some time.

Mrs. Wow and I ventured forth on the tandem and were hollered at by the foreshore attendant for cycling where we shouldn't - on a virtually deserted promenade. There was no-one in the water when I ventured in, there being a pretty strong southerly and, by Southend's standards, quite big waves. It was warm enough and I spent about half an hour sploshing about.

We then cycled home to find Christina, Graham's girlfriend, preparing a very tasty veg. stew.
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Post by: nmcgann on August 03, 2008, 07:17:27 pm
On holiday in the Dales in a cottage in Grassington so started the 2nd week with a ride out to bag Fleet Moss.

Grassington->Buckden->Aysgarth->Hawes->Fleet Moss->Oughtershaw and back down the dale to Grassington. Just over 50 miles in rather cool and showery conditions.

I'm getting quite blase about the 15-20% on just about every climb in the area, but I hadn't spotted the alarming section of 25% on the north side of Fleet Moss  :o It took me some straining to get up that bit  :P

Neil
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Post by: Martin on August 03, 2008, 07:45:05 pm
a nice few days camping in the New Forest riding almost all off road (and had to go all the way into work Sat   :() Lunch today overlooking The Needles

Tempted to put my entry for Pam's (Feb) 200 in already so keen to get back there.. very envious of the On/Offshorers but at least have had my IOW fix for this year
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Post by: Tim Hall on August 03, 2008, 07:48:23 pm
Down to Ardingly on the 'bent to Scout Camp.
 
"Have you a permit for that vehicle?" asked the amused and bemused young lad on gate duty.

Then back at the end of the day in the rain.  30mph max, roads a bit slippery.
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Post by: onb on August 03, 2008, 07:57:49 pm
Did the Pendle Pedal 100k of yvery hilly ride ,they have altered the route which means its very steep around Longridge fell as we as the normal stuff .Some gits doing the 160 k ride passed me about 5 miles from the end havin set off onlt 1/2 hour before us. :o
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Post by: Andrew Br on August 03, 2008, 08:38:14 pm
40 frustrating miles today. Helen and I had planned to cyle from Chorlton (cum Hardy) to Sheffield via the Fallowfield Loop and TPT. It didn't work   :(
Some muppetry with the maps (my fault) meant that we spent lots of time in the Reddish area trying to find the route and, when we eventually found it, the OS map was wrong near Woodley- it indicated that the route went straight on past the station. Unfortunately there was a huge fence in the way- some dispute over access apparently. More time lost.
Lunch at 14.00 in Hadfield and the decision was made to get to the Woodhead tunnels and then cycle back to Hadfield to get the train back to MCR.
Woodhead was duly reached but, on the way back, the fork mounted lamp bracket on my bike broke and nearly pitched the E3 into the wheel. After this was duly cable tied back on, the mounting for the front derailleur slipped so chain and cage started making contact. My attempts to fix it worked for a while but then things got worse leading to bits falling out of the retaining collar. The ride back from MCR centre to Chorlton was accomplished in the front granny ring and one of the higher gears on the back.
A pint of Ginger Marble back in Chorlton made things seem a little better.
Average speed for the day- 8.8mph.
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Post by: clarion on August 03, 2008, 09:57:32 pm
Not one, but three days out.

Friday night, we loaded up the tandem and set off...

Well, we would have done, if the sprockets weren't completely knackered :(

Fortunately, we take the precaution of having a spare tandem handy.  It's quite heavy, has straight bars, the front mech is indexed, so rubs in some gears, and it had no pedals or saddles on when we dug it out from under the tarp.

We swapped everything over, and set off, wobbly at first, up and over into Surrey.  It was hard work, and it was dark by the time we had completed the 23 miles to Horsley - just in time to check in before the gates were locked.

A late start, and a short trip, including a bridleway, to Ripley for brunch.  Good cafe*, interesting village, basically only there because of cycling.  More another time.

On to Pyrford, Old Woking and Woking itself.  Not very interesting, but it did have an Evans and a passable cafe** with unlikelyly good home-made cakes.  Back via Wisley, stopping to look at the tiny, but lovely, church.

Over the A3 via a footbridge - with steps :o  and a series of deteriorating lanes through a wood, destroyed by 4x4s.  A turn onto a  gated bridleway took us up onto a disused airfield, where the runway, complete with weeds growing through the gaps in the lines of tarmac, sits incongruously in the middle of a field of wheat.  Back in short time to the campsite, in time for a picnic with some friends who had come out from London for the day (looooong story ::-) ).  Twenty miles, though, of good and varied riding.  Well, it was twenty miles by the time we'd ridden twice round the campsite.

This morning, another late start, and a complete repack to take some weight out of the front panniers.  Everything packed up easily, and we set off on the three miles to Ripley again, breakfasting in the cafe* again, browsing the book of old photographs of the village.

Refreshed, we went up through Pyrford, West Byfleet (where we sheltered from the rain, laughing at the stupid proces in the estate agents).  Next, we crossed the M25, and went through Brooklands, past the magnificent banking on the right, and a Tescos on the left. Spurning the charms of the Brooklands Museum (back another day, I imagine), we climbed the only real hills of the day and down into Weybridge, where, as the rain restarted and I smelled food, and realised that it was approaching 2pm, after which pubs seem to find it impossible to serve food, I took an executive decision to stop, at, IIRC, The Crown.  Good tea, and tasty lunches, but we decided to forgo cake, and set off again. 

The riding got really fast (for us) now - up to Twickenham, where we had a very expensive tea & cakes on the green, watching cricket.

We met a couple with their baby who had just purchased a lovely Bob Jackson tandem with Alf Webb wheels, and a really fab spec (but only two chainrings :-\ ).  Hope they have many happy miles on it.

We considered calling C&L cause we were on their patch, but we thought they'd be zooming around, and not able to keep down to the speed of our loaded tractor :-[

Crossed the river into Richmond, and, after negotiating the sporadically signposted gyratory, we got moving quickly again.  On to the South Circular, which had been worrying me, but turned out to be not so bad, and very quickly we were at Wandsworth.  Crafty riding round the one ways got us on to our road and, despite flagging slightly, the thought of home, tea, and a bath cheered us immensely.

Ahhh.  Sitting down relaxing at last.  30 miles.  Not bad for a two average riders on a heavily loaded tandem, and at an average of 12or so mph.  Hands buzzing, @rses a bit uncomfortable, but we did it. :)

* Watson's, on the corner of the High Street
** Cafe Continental, opposite-ish Evans, under the railway.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Andrew Br on August 03, 2008, 10:05:28 pm
Should have said- despite the "issues" a good day was had. It's cycling innit ?
And we didn't get rained on  :thumbsup:
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Post by: nic on August 03, 2008, 10:08:27 pm
Yes. A good day out riding the Bowland 200 Audax.  :thumbsup:
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Post by: David Martin on August 03, 2008, 11:29:45 pm
An evening jaunt - a journey of exploration. I went out to ride up the local lump and went up and down three times. Impressively I managed to go up by three different routes, impressive as there is only one road.

Exploration? the hill has a load of footpaths. I know where the ones on the south and west are, but had a fun time picking paths at random and finding my way up off road. Wet logs do not make for great traction, and after the summer the nettles were encroaching on some of the single track. Never the less it was a grand night out, the Ay Up lights performing flawlessly and my legs feeling surprisingly un-tired after three ascents.

..d
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Post by: Frenchie on August 04, 2008, 08:53:47 am
Yesterday...

A late afternoon blast -- 40 odd miles just inside two hours; bar one hill and a short rolling section it was mainly flat and in spite of some wind I didn't suffer much from it. It was another enjoyable exercise, in the sun.

The morning had started well with a trip to the pool with the girls, where a lot of fun was had jumping and even going down some slides. The restaurant afterwards was nice too and we all had the time to enjoy a nap; before I set sail in the evening.
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Post by: Regulator on August 04, 2008, 09:20:13 am
Yesterday was a nice 30 mile pootle along the Thames Path to Dartford.  My departure was enhanced by bumping into (not literally) Simon & Mrs L3.

The downer on the day was the fact that a large chunk of the Thames Path was closed off for the Red Bull Air Race - so that the organisers could put up stands for paying spectators...  >:(  It annoys me when people think that it's appropriate to close off public access for commercial purposes - I bet the money won't be used to upgrade the foot or cycle paths on that stretch.

I'm afraid that by the time I reached Dartford the weather had changed for the worse, and I cheated and got the train back to Charing Cross.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Jasper the surreal cyclist on August 04, 2008, 09:37:39 am
It is not cheating Reg, it is adapting to the situation.....
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Post by: Wowbagger on August 05, 2008, 11:35:36 pm
A very pleasant but abbreviated ride with Annie.

We met at Manningtree station intending this route (http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=2134273), which involved two ferries and lots of deserted rurality, but after a pub lunch at The Bristol Arms (although I didn't notice any Bristols on display) we missed our first ferry by about 2 minutes. My fault - I misread the timetable.

The weather had closed in, we found another pub, we had a Council of War and decided that the best bet was to cycle to Ipswich, get the train to Stowmarket, where Annie's car was parked, and then high-tail it to her house until it was time to leave for my train home from Ipswich at eight minutes past 7. I drank some London Pride that Annie had carefully prepared ("Do you like London Pride?" she asked  :-*), had a luxurious shower, and then Annie kindly cut my hair and trimmed my beard for me. She informed me that normally when she cuts their hair, men are naked and, once the cutting is over, are introduced to the vacuum cleaner. For some reason I was excused this treatment. Shucks.

Although we reverted to Plan B, which was probably just as well given the poor weather, it was a lovely day made so by a lady who is invariably absolutely coruscating company. We'll go all the way some time. 8)
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Post by: Chris S on August 06, 2008, 05:27:29 pm
Yes - a warm humid 35km round trip to Dereham to give blood. Resisted the temptation to point and stare when some poor chap in the tea 'n biscuits room, keeled over - I thought he was looking a bit grey and shiny as we left the donating room.

I stopped by the supermarket on the way home and filled two panniers with groceries.

Half way home - started to feel a bit light-headed myself. Stopped for a Mars Bar and a beer some water. Sorted  :thumbsup:.
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Post by: annie on August 06, 2008, 07:43:26 pm
A very pleasant but abbreviated ride with Annie.

We met at Manningtree station intending this route (http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=2134273), which involved two ferries and lots of deserted rurality, but after a pub lunch at The Bristol Arms (although I didn't notice any Bristols on display) we missed our first ferry by about 2 minutes. My fault - I misread the timetable.

The weather had closed in, we found another pub, we had a Council of War and decided that the best bet was to cycle to Ipswich, get the train to Stowmarket, where Annie's car was parked, and then high-tail it to her house until it was time to leave for my train home from Ipswich at eight minutes past 7. I drank some London Pride that Annie had carefully prepared ("Do you like London Pride?" she asked  :-*), had a luxurious shower, and then Annie kindly cut my hair and trimmed my beard for me. She informed me that normally when she cuts their hair, men are naked and, once the cutting is over, are introduced to the vacuum cleaner. For some reason I was excused this treatment. Shucks.

Although we reverted to Plan B, which was probably just as well given the poor weather, it was a lovely day made so by a lady who is invariably absolutely coruscating company. We'll go all the way some time. 8)

Some pics from our ride of yesterday

We started from Manningtree station
(http://i162.photobucket.com/albums/t250/nettienoodles/DSC02501.jpg)

Outside The Royal Hospital School - Holbrook
(http://i162.photobucket.com/albums/t250/nettienoodles/DSC02502.jpg)

(http://i162.photobucket.com/albums/t250/nettienoodles/DSC02503.jpg)

Atop another hill, Suffolk is NOT flat
(http://i162.photobucket.com/albums/t250/nettienoodles/DSC02504.jpg)

We stopped to take pics of a church and erm some other interesting items
(http://i162.photobucket.com/albums/t250/nettienoodles/climbing.jpg)

(http://i162.photobucket.com/albums/t250/nettienoodles/DSC02506.jpg)

(http://i162.photobucket.com/albums/t250/nettienoodles/DSC02508.jpg)

(http://i162.photobucket.com/albums/t250/nettienoodles/DSC02510.jpg)

Lunch at this place
(http://i162.photobucket.com/albums/t250/nettienoodles/DSC02511.jpg)

Not a scrap was left
(http://i162.photobucket.com/albums/t250/nettienoodles/DSC02513.jpg)

Twas a bit misty out at sea
(http://i162.photobucket.com/albums/t250/nettienoodles/DSC02515.jpg)

Thanks for a lovely day Wow. :-*
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Post by: fiendish on August 06, 2008, 07:58:46 pm
Me and the littlun have had a pootling day today - tea and making sock puppets with friends this morning (a mile each way) and this afternoon we went to Aldi to buy European chocolate, cheap ice cream and pizza and to investigate the other strange things they have for sale.  Ladies' wetsuit, £29.99 anyone?
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: nic on August 07, 2008, 07:11:15 am
I went out yesterday for the Mid Peak Grimpeur audax. One the best/most enjoyable audax I have ever ridden. I enjoyed plodding along without any sense of urgency tremendously. 2 nice cafe stops, nice steady climbs, beautiful views and, most unexpectedly, great cycling weather.

It was also good to meet Noodley from this very forum. I have to say he looks different from his avatar.  ;)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: RogerT on August 07, 2008, 09:03:07 am
Not wishing to be in slightest bit rude, but Mr Wowbagger, unless I am very much mistaken, your figure is rapidly becoming unsuitable for your December job  ;) ;)

Please ensure that weight is put back on before 24.12.08.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: mike on August 07, 2008, 12:41:26 pm
yup, 30 miles of lakeland hills.  I was aiming to do honister but when i got to the bottom it was absolutely lashing it down and my brakes are dodgy enough in the dry, I didnt really fancy coming down the other side in the wet so I carried on to Langdale and then on to Elterwater, then back to Coniston.  Lovely, if a little soggy.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Frenchie on August 07, 2008, 02:00:41 pm
yup, 30 miles of lakeland hills.  I was aiming to do honister but when i got to the bottom it was absolutely lashing it down and my brakes are dodgy enough in the dry, I didnt really fancy coming down the other side in the wet so I carried on to Langdale and then on to Elterwater, then back to Coniston.  Lovely, if a little soggy.

So no proper hill climb yet then...  ;)  :P
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: clarion on August 07, 2008, 03:51:50 pm
I've just been off to one of my regular meetings :)

Six and a half kilometres round trip, though I must admit I added curlicues.

Sunshine on hte way down; heavy rainfall while I was in the meeting; sunshine on the way back. :)
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Post by: Dinamo on August 07, 2008, 04:57:24 pm
90 km ride with the 'Bristol Thursday Old Time Cyclists' to Priddy, on the Mendips.

Left Bitton station at 1015 and headed through Saltford, Stanton Drew, before the climb of East Harptree hill, where the only rain of the day fell on us. Then the usual sprint to the pub for lunch, arriving at 1220.
A good lunch  at the Queen Victoria, Priddy was washed down with a couple of pints of
the excellent Butcombe Blonde.

(http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee253/ianrsparrow/DSC00279.jpg)

# The capes and jackets were soon removed

The lunchtime shower whilst we were refuelling, had passed and gave a dry return to Bitton station
via Chew Stoke, Chew Magna, Norton Marlewood and Queen Charlton.

Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: CathH on August 07, 2008, 05:04:07 pm
No.  :(  I have had a painless migrane for the last 24 hours and we're off bowling and then for a meal tomorrow after work.  I'll all for cycling silly hours but the distances involved are too much.  I miss my bike.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Jane C on August 07, 2008, 06:13:02 pm
Out for a pootle about this afternoon on the lanes east of Oxford. Saw various individual cyclists out and about, plus red kites and a buzzard.

Dropped into Newington Nurseries for a cold drink and a cake at their cafe. Disappointed to find that they only had squash or fizzy water and a small selection of wrapped cakes, but I guess it is midweek. So I had a glass of orange squash and headed home for cake.

Nice ride on the lanes in the sunshine. Bit busy on the B road coming back.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Andrew Br on August 08, 2008, 12:25:51 am
A 23m ride out to the Swan With Two Nicks near Dunham Massey. Despite the forecast, the rain held off until we were at the pub and the shower was over by the time we were ready to leave.
My hastily cobbled together front light bracket kept forcing the mudguard onto the tyre over bumps so I've spent some time since I got back trying to fix it.
It seems OK now- a quick ride out into Chorlton Ees to set up the E3, the IQ and Fenix  8) suggested that it was fine.
I should be able to see where I'm going on the Skegness ride  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Chris S on August 08, 2008, 10:25:57 am
The 25km gym run this morning was tricky - last night's storms had washed a lot of gravel and junk into the roads. The ford just outside the village was flowing well too.

Got rained on coming home - but nothing like the monsoon last night.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: cometworm on August 08, 2008, 10:50:13 am
10km (plus extras for getting lost) to the pool, 30 mins swimming, then 10km back home, then 10km to the office. My new Friday routine :-)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Frenchie on August 08, 2008, 12:52:28 pm
Rode to the club TT course last night (15 Mi), then warmed up and did the club 10 before riding home again. I felt very well, although I had tired legs this morning. I am starting to perform on the TT and I am feeling it, esp. late in the week. Looking forward to the 25s I have lined up for the end of the season where my fast endurance will, I hope, pay.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: mike on August 08, 2008, 05:00:00 pm
yup, 30 miles of lakeland hills.  I was aiming to do honister but when i got to the bottom it was absolutely lashing it down and my brakes are dodgy enough in the dry, I didnt really fancy coming down the other side in the wet so I carried on to Langdale and then on to Elterwater, then back to Coniston.  Lovely, if a little soggy.

So no proper hill climb yet then...  ;)  :P


git!

Does kirkstone count?  a little jaunt up there and back from ambleside this morning.  **Amazing** run home :D

(quite a lot less fun on the way up)
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Post by: toekneep on August 08, 2008, 08:53:24 pm
A lovely ride to the Inn at Whitewell and back. Memories of a former ACF ride back in 2006. We were much more sensible today and did NOT climb the Trough of Bowland, but did partake of some scrummy food and beer (Hen Harrier from the Bowland brewery) A moments lapse of concentration on the way back resulted in a delightful detour through Chipping and as we approached Kirkham, some five miles from home I got the urge to extend the ride by visiting my Mum in St. Annes. This had two bonuses, a nice cup of tea with a chorely cake and a final tally of 105km. Very satisfying.
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Post by: Maladict on August 09, 2008, 12:16:59 am
yup, 30 miles of lakeland hills.  I was aiming to do honister but when i got to the bottom it was absolutely lashing it down and my brakes are dodgy enough in the dry, I didnt really fancy coming down the other side in the wet so I carried on to Langdale and then on to Elterwater, then back to Coniston.  Lovely, if a little soggy.

So no proper hill climb yet then...  ;)  :P


git!

Does kirkstone count?  a little jaunt up there and back from ambleside this morning.  **Amazing** run home :D

(quite a lot less fun on the way up)

Did you go up the hard way or the easy way?

(Fred Whitton goes the easy way)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Hummers on August 09, 2008, 01:43:55 am
I suppose this is yesterday now but....

Down to Inverness and along the lower road past Foyers (the man who owns the shop- what a knob) and then back on the upper road (B862), turning off on General Wades road and down to Dunlichity.

Lovely.

H
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: mike on August 09, 2008, 07:07:47 am

Did you go up the hard way or the easy way?

(Fred Whitton goes the easy way)


which way is which?  I turned right at the mini roundabout in Ambleside and it all went horridly up, then along a bit, then up some more.

Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: nic on August 09, 2008, 08:22:44 am
which way is which?  I turned right at the mini roundabout in Ambleside and it all went horridly up, then along a bit, then up some more.
Mike, you went up Kirkstone via "The Struggle" a.k.a. the hard way up.   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Chris S on August 09, 2008, 11:06:28 am
75km loop at 26.7km/hr average1  :thumbsup:.

followed by

A bowl of cereal and a pint of tea

shortly followed by

A bacon sarnie and a further pint of tea

That's enough fun for one day - off to cut the grass now before the rains come...

----------------------------------------------------------------
1 My knee is feeling much better.

Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: nic on August 09, 2008, 01:41:11 pm
Short ride to/from the Go-Ride club. The kids enjoyed today's cyclocross sessions. Miserable weather though  :(
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Frenchie on August 09, 2008, 01:47:56 pm
yup, 30 miles of lakeland hills.  I was aiming to do honister but when i got to the bottom it was absolutely lashing it down and my brakes are dodgy enough in the dry, I didnt really fancy coming down the other side in the wet so I carried on to Langdale and then on to Elterwater, then back to Coniston.  Lovely, if a little soggy.

So no proper hill climb yet then...  ;)  :P


git!

Does kirkstone count? 

That's a start! How many chevrons1?   O:-)

It is a beautiful region for cycling, isn't it? We should arrange an off-season yACF route or WE there. And pack some interesting hills.

1 My map indicates a few single chevrons up Kirkstone but I don't have the full climb I fear.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: David Martin on August 10, 2008, 12:13:25 am
Pootled out to marshal a 25. Got rained on.
Didn't fancy a ride back so scrounged a lift.
Ended up feeling very ill in bed all afternoon.
 :( :sick:
Maybe I wasn't just horribly unfit but unwell with it.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Maladict on August 10, 2008, 12:49:11 pm
Rode back from Up the Uts - with the wind.  Rather faster than riding out there yesterday against it.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: GruB on August 10, 2008, 01:03:26 pm
Yep, a lovely Sunday morning pootle to the cafe to meet family GruB for a cooked breakfast and in time to watch the last 6km of the Olympic road race to joyfully see Nicole Cooke triumph.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Elleigh on August 10, 2008, 01:13:39 pm
I'm planning on going out for a pootle at 4.  I am essay writing until then.

My pootle is helping me not feel hard done by for having to write essay on a Sunday.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Salvatore on August 10, 2008, 06:50:01 pm
90 km or so through Odiham, Herriard, then through the Candovers to Alresford, and back via Bentworth, Lasham, and Golden Pot. Legs very heavy.

Saw this little group just after I set out.

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3266/2750524004_17c777a6db_m.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnspooner/2750524004/)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: hugo15 on August 10, 2008, 07:41:56 pm
32 miles round the lanes. Meet a couple of guys from Stockton Wheelers so rode with them for a bit. Got wet again (twice). Nearly got blown off by a gust of wind as I passed a farm gate. Front wheel lifted clean off the road. No idea how I managed to stay on, thought I was in for a skin/tarmac interface for sure.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Tim Hall on August 10, 2008, 08:23:59 pm
Out with the Tandem Club today.  Mrs. Hall announced just a few miles before we arrived at the start that she'd forgotten her cycling shoes.  She was wearing her new sandals.

Fortunately there was a cycling shop right next to the start.

Unfortunately it doesn't open Sundays. Or Mondays.

56km in splendid company (inc. Russell of this parish),  roads, bridleways, coffee, sticky buns, Boxhill, BEER, more coffee, more buns.

No p*nct*r*rs, hardly any rain.

Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Jurek on August 10, 2008, 08:30:41 pm
Hooked up with Southwark Cyclist's Locks & Docks ride at Cutty Sark Gardens this morning.

Refreshments at Firepower in Woolwich, then across the river on The Ferry and on to Beckton where the SC’s carried on Locking and Docking,
whereas Sgt. Pluck, one other and myself headed out east to the RSPB place on Avelely Marshes at Purfleet, included in which were some exploratory forays onto Ford's property in Dagenham (sadly a non-starter) and a  very hairy half mile section of the A13  :o :o :o – not to be repeated, thank you very much.

Lunch at the RSPB and we then retraced our steps, bumping into Marna and Mr.Marna disembarking as we boarded the Woolwich Ferry.

Took shelter from persistent showers in the music college in Greenwich and 53 miles later I’m back home.
A good, pootling, exploratory day out.

Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Frenchie on August 11, 2008, 08:34:47 am
We decided to ride some hills in the Peak District. We were initially going for a 50 Miler... having only a rough idea for a possible circuit.

We went out to Derby with my good friend Julian. We were a bit a late and knew that our other buddy, Marc, would be waiting for us. We tried to ride reasonably strongly, but the wind kept playing against us. Finally we mae it at the rendz-vous point where Marc... wasn't. He had already cycled up the road to Duffield. Cued a second chase; but we finally found Marc. The group swerved left in Duffield along the B road to Wirksworth; only this time we had no plan to take the climb to Kirk Ireton as we've done a bit over the lat year or so. Today we were going to Climb to Crich from Wirksworth village, heading North East along the most direct route. As Marc and I were talking shop Julian took the front; we were maybe too comfortable chatting! We took our relays soon after and became quiet. the group was working well. Upon turning at Wirksworth the road appeared *nice* at first; then we hit the climb, a long, snaking ramp around the hill. The beginning was stepp but it soon became more acceptable; except that it lasted, longer than we had anticipated. This was followed by one of the most wonderful downhills again though and, if it hadn't been for some unwanted gravel in places, it could have been perfect. We crossed the A6 and left it seconds after to climb up to Crich, leaving the Derwent valley behind. Upon reaching the top we went back to the A6 to resume our early morning chaing gang activity. We left the A6 in Milford to climb around the hills to Makeney and cut Derby's outskirt. A couple of short climbs later we were on the A6005 starting to cruise home.

A great morning. 60 odd miles at 17.2Mi/h average. Nothing special, but a good work out in good company (getting too fast!) and the type of riding I like. Nice weather too, although a bit windy!!
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Elleigh on August 11, 2008, 08:52:58 am
Just a few sunny laps late yesterday afternoon.  Lovely on the way out, but into a headwind on the way back.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: alchemy on August 11, 2008, 09:07:53 am
I wanted to test ride my bike after re-building it so I rode over to my mums. I rode into a summer-like howling easterly all the way over there, but at least it was (mostly) a tailwind on the way home.

And nothing broke  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: peliroja on August 11, 2008, 11:03:00 am
Yesterday, oh yes! Just a couple of minor hills ;)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: clarion on August 11, 2008, 05:23:57 pm
Took a spin down the Wandle Trail with Superstoker to go shopping.  Not far, but an important ride :)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: mike on August 11, 2008, 07:41:51 pm
yup, intervals - I feel sick and my legs hurt, I think that means it was a good session.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Jasper the surreal cyclist on August 11, 2008, 08:37:19 pm
Finally got out on a mountain bike. First time in ages. Plus not feeling so good so what better option to take than my single speed with a rigid fork and summer tyres. That should make life easier. Out to Slindon Bottom and then up, up and more up. Bit of down, some more up a bit of road and more up (you get the picture). Out to the top of Bignor and what a view, the downs, the sea and the bits in between. Even better at the top of the Roman road. I could see right along the downs, Cissbury, Chanctonbury and beyond to Devils Dyke and Ditchling. This ride is mostly single tracky/fire road stuff so nothing too technical. Struggled on some of the climbs with wheel spin, on a single getting out of the saddle is not uncommon. And the scene across Slindon Forest to the sea is always a treat.....good stuff. Some more up and downy stuff and then some messing about in the woods near Whiteways (top of Bury Hill). Down again and some more techy stuff (including a smart drop off but I forgot the roots at the bottom so rattled my teeth a bit). Climb up the back of Bignor and through the woods to the top of the original climb for a zippy descent. Glad I did it, all good fun.....
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Pete on August 12, 2008, 11:27:06 am
Out to Slindon Bottom and then up, up and more up. Bit of down, some more up a bit of road and more up (you get the picture). Out to the top of Bignor and what a view, the downs, the sea and the bits in between. Even better at the top of the Roman road. I could see right along the downs, Cissbury, Chanctonbury and beyond to Devils Dyke and Ditchling.
I often walk in that area!

...and then some messing about in the woods near Whiteways (top of Bury Hill).....
Did you get as far as the big Whiteways car park?  (Best avoided I think, one or two motorbikes are fine, but hundreds of them...).

I did my 'eastern' loop on Sunday, very modest 35, taking in Barcombe, Ringmer, Bentley, Isfield, Piltdown, and Fletching.  But at least it's a ride.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: nuttycyclist on August 12, 2008, 02:13:04 pm
Popped home to collect lunch.

15.18 miles.  Very strong head/sidewind.  Just managed it in the hour in heavier traffic than expected.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Wowbagger on August 12, 2008, 02:14:50 pm
Popped home to collect lunch.

15.18 miles.  Very strong head/sidewind.  Just managed it in the hour in heavier traffic than expected.

You could have given us a ring and come round for some of ours, Nutty. 3 mile round trip I reckon.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Jasper the surreal cyclist on August 12, 2008, 05:31:13 pm

[/quote]Did you get as far as the big Whiteways car park?  (Best avoided I think, one or two motorbikes are fine, but hundreds of them...).

I did my 'eastern' loop on Sunday, very modest 35, taking in Barcombe, Ringmer, Bentley, Isfield, Piltdown, and Fletching.  But at least it's a ride.
[/quote]

I tend to leave the carpark to the noisy ones......
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: annie on August 12, 2008, 06:04:59 pm
No as being mum but did manage two heavy sessions on the turbo trainer and some weights thrown in for good measure.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: nuttycyclist on August 12, 2008, 08:48:54 pm
Popped home to collect lunch.

15.18 miles.  Very strong head/sidewind.  Just managed it in the hour in heavier traffic than expected.

You could have given us a ring and come round for some of ours, Nutty. 3 mile round trip I reckon.

Thank you.  But I had some fabulous sarnies etc that I'd made, and left, at home  ::-) :-[
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: domesticated ape on August 12, 2008, 09:14:25 pm
I did a quick (for me) 30 miles this afternoon, from Aldershot up the A323 and back. It's the first time I've done an out-and-back route, it seems a bit like cheating but I haven't ridden in that direction much since I've lived here and I wanted to ride some new roads without spending very long planning a route. It was good fun except for one numpty driver who passed with millimeters to spare, and will be good practice for the FNRTTC in a few days!
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Wowbagger on August 12, 2008, 10:28:48 pm
No as being mum but did manage two heavy sessions on the turbo trainer and some weights thrown in for good measure.

You're rock-'ard, you are. Next time you send me to the naughty step, I'll stay there. O:-)

For me, a few brief errands, one of which involved a trip to a pub to meet a young lady whose "court case" comes up next week. Her father was killed in January last year by a driver with defective brakes (failed MOT) but he's only being done for careless driving. We were helping her to write a press release / statement expressing her disgust at the lenient sentence we are expecting the killer to get.

What I didn't know was that in a case of Careless Driving, the jury are not told that the careless driving concerned resulted in the death of an innocent party, in this case a pedestrian, her father.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Sergeant Pluck on August 12, 2008, 10:32:54 pm
...in a case of Careless Driving, the jury are not told that the careless driving concerned resulted in the death of an innocent party

Really?  :o

So what information about the incident do they have before them then?

Yes, I am just out of the shower after an extended pootle back from the gym. Rarely for me, I timed the ride to Camden to perfection, enjoying bright sunshine until I was a few yards from my destination at which point there was a storm. Emerge from gym, rain all stopped, lovely ride home via Hyde Park  :)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Wowbagger on August 12, 2008, 10:36:07 pm
Dunno - presumably the fact that his vehicle failed an MOT in one garage, he went to another to get the brakes sorted, the first garage said "OK, we can see you've had the work done" and the fact that the brake pipes concerned were for the wrong sort of VW, and let air into the system, didn't concern them.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: annie on August 13, 2008, 08:56:47 pm
No as being mum but did manage two heavy sessions on the turbo trainer and some weights thrown in for good measure.

You're rock-'ard, you are. Next time you send me to the naughty step, I'll stay there. O:-)

For me, a few brief errands, one of which involved a trip to a pub to meet a young lady whose "court case" comes up next week. Her father was killed in January last year by a driver with defective brakes (failed MOT) but he's only being done for careless driving. We were helping her to write a press release / statement expressing her disgust at the lenient sentence we are expecting the killer to get.

What I didn't know was that in a case of Careless Driving, the jury are not told that the careless driving concerned resulted in the death of an innocent party, in this case a pedestrian, her father.

I don't remember saying you could move in the first place :demon:
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: onb on August 15, 2008, 02:52:02 pm
Out in the sun ,the first time en velo for 12 days ,for some reason I seem to have lost motivation .I rode the 2 miles or so over to Broughton from Gargrave with the idea of heading in an upwards direction at Elslack(I kid you not)However plans changed when a bloke on a Lemond went along the main road I was turning into .Traffic meant that he was 100 yds up the road before I turned in and so the chase began I eventually caught him and wheel sucked for about a mile by which time he must have had enough of me as he honked up a small hill and I couldnt be arsed giving chase .I took a left at Earby with the intention of riding on to the tops by way of a hill I had seen from afar .It was a brute but I managed to get up without resorting to walking .I then decided to follow the rode to Lothersdale the roads around hear are all undulating and I was suddenly overwhelmed by a feeling of Im not enjoying this ,so I decided to take a short cut to Carleton but ended up getting lost and arrived in Crosshills .From thereon all was straight forward and when I eventually got back to work I felt  better for the ride but somehow something was lacking  ???Whats up I dont know Ive been craving a nice warm sunny day .About 25 miles I reckon .
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Notsototalnewbie on August 15, 2008, 03:15:23 pm
Just cycled home early for the FNRttC so I can get some kip in, and was enjoying empty roads.

I signalled right on Lambeth Bridge and WVM let me over, gave him thumbs-up.

The lights went red and he sat behind me and called out 'Only because you've got a nice bottom!'  ;D :o
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Jasper the surreal cyclist on August 15, 2008, 04:17:46 pm
I get that all the time..... 8)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: TimO on August 15, 2008, 05:27:07 pm
Only a few miles today, five or six down to Bikeplus to get some fettling kit, and Sainsburys to stock up on munchies and cat munchies for he who must be fed.  No more until 11pm when I'll get in another 12 miles or so to the start of the FNRttC.  The remainder of that'll of course will be done tomorrow, maybe I should start a new thread "Have you been out tomorrow?" ;D
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: nuttycyclist on August 15, 2008, 11:59:33 pm
Just cycled home early for the FNRttC so I can get some kip in, and was enjoying empty roads.

I signalled right on Lambeth Bridge and WVM let me over, gave him thumbs-up.

The lights went red and he sat behind me and called out 'Only because you've got a nice bottom!'  ;D :o

Whereas I had the opposite on the way home from work.   >:( >:( >:( >:(

See in the mirror that there's a gap coming up from behind, so clearly signal right and pull out.  Keep an eye in the mirror.  The approaching car has slowed, is meandering in/out/in/out and I suspect is going for the overtake.  I stay assertive and hold my line (diagonally out towards the centre line).  By the time I'm at the centre line and still signalling for the turn the stupid bitch has gone for the overtake and is outside me on the wrong side of the road. 

I hit the brakes hard, so as to not overshoot the turning, she holds a hand up to apologise as she passes ??? ??? ??? so I return it with the well known gesture ( (http://www.entropiaforum.com/forums/images/smilies/handjob.gif) )  and then flick right.

Half a mile later when she passes me again  ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D  she gave me more room and the following car's passengers all looked at me and commented to themselves; I think the tone of the conversation was amusement and amazement at the fact her manoeuvre had been in vain and that my earlier signal had been appreciated.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: GruB on August 16, 2008, 06:40:51 am
Just off to work.  A riot policing role today as Swindon is holding a gay pride event and the National Front don't believe that gayness should be celebrated let alone publicised.

Come on Mother Nature, drip some PC Rain please.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Jaded on August 16, 2008, 06:45:14 am
Just off to work.  A riot policing role today as Swindon is holding a gay pride event and the National Front don't believe that gayness should be celebrated let alone publicised.

Come on Mother Nature, drip some PC Rain please.

Hopefully for your safety you'll be in Police gear, not your own.  ;D
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: GruB on August 16, 2008, 09:07:51 am
Mrs G did comment that the Gay Pride group may like to see some men in uniform.  But knowing the hairy arsed lot I'm with, I doubt it !! ;D
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Aidan on August 16, 2008, 10:04:38 am
I've been out  (and not of the closet, which seems to be todays theme ;D )  A nice little 25 er before the rain hits and Im now back and watching the trackies on telly :thumbsup:

Gonna do some fettling later and maybe go out again if it dries up a bit
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Maladict on August 16, 2008, 03:49:45 pm
I went down to Fourwentways to collect my Rainlegs and NSTN's RoadID band, and got abused for riding in secondary position on Lime Kiln rd cos a few cars had to wait for a bit.  I thought I'd video'd it but the SD card filled up about 3 seconds before the incident.

Mental note: if you have several hours of other incidents already recorded, delete 'em before trying to record more.

Also I think I need a rear-facing camera too to record the aggressive driving immediately before the abuse (you know the thing: with their front bumper right alongside your rear wheel as they wait for a passing opportunity).  I think it was me looking round and making eye contact with the driver that triggered the abuse.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Chris S on August 16, 2008, 05:02:37 pm
Yes - chalked up a new first today with 40km on a Tandem.

Many thanks go to the Forummer who has loaned us a lovely Thorn Explorer. My aim is to persuade Mrs S out and about more and, yes I even harbour fantasies of her riding an Audax or an ACF ride with me one day.

Today the job of stoking fell to #2 Son who, like me, had never ridden a tandem before. We did a few tentative loops round quiet, residential streets before daring to take on the ride home. Nobody fell off, and he is still talking to me  ;).

Riding tandem is going to take some getting used to - but our confidence was certainly growing by the end of the ride.

All in all - great fun  :thumbsup:.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: mike on August 16, 2008, 06:30:54 pm
I went down to Fourwentways to collect my Rainlegs and NSTN's RoadID band, and got abused for riding in secondary position on Lime Kiln rd cos a few cars had to wait for a bit.  I thought I'd video'd it but the SD card filled up about 3 seconds before the incident.

I hate that road, I'd rather go round to addenbrookes and out on the main road. 

I got the train to london, watched the rowing in trafalgar square, a couple of brisk laps of regents park on a potential new toy then a brisk, tailwind-assisted run home a longish way.  60 miles today :)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Chris S on August 16, 2008, 07:29:10 pm
I got the train to london, watched the rowing in trafalgar square...

Wow - are the fountains big enough for rowing? I'd never have thought it...
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Maladict on August 16, 2008, 07:51:13 pm
I went down to Fourwentways to collect my Rainlegs and NSTN's RoadID band, and got abused for riding in secondary position on Lime Kiln rd cos a few cars had to wait for a bit.  I thought I'd video'd it but the SD card filled up about 3 seconds before the incident.

I hate that road, I'd rather go round to addenbrookes and out on the main road. 

I got the train to london, watched the rowing in trafalgar square, a couple of brisk laps of regents park on a potential new toy then a brisk, tailwind-assisted run home a longish way.  60 miles today :)

First time, in living here for 7 years, that I've had actual abuse there, that I can recall.  The problem was there was a large packet of cars created by there being a /really/ slow 4-way stop lights at the roadworks at the junction of Cherry Hinton Road and Cherry Hinton High St.  The result was a lot of impatient drivers.  However of the approx 8 cars in this packet, only one saw fit to act like a complete tosser.

The reason for the delay wasn't my riding position or speed.  The first car in the queue was really hesitant about overtaking on the way up the hill and in my view could have overtaken easily, since it's pretty straight.  They hesitated til we rounded the corner at the top of the hill, and then overtook when a car was coming the other way (but made it).  They would have easily made it past on the climb.

I don't feel I should have to take long detours to avoid being hassled over a slight delay.  I had already avoided Cherry Hinton High St adding a mile to my journey, going via Addenbrooke's adds probably about the same.  And I am just as likely to be hassled going down Queen Edith's way because there is a shared use pavement.  I've been hassled there more times than on Lime Kiln Hill.

Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: nic on August 16, 2008, 07:55:27 pm
Not really. I cycled into town to pick up a parcel (a couple of merino base layers) and bought a few salamis at the market. 3 miles at most.

Must do better tomorrow.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: clarion on August 16, 2008, 08:01:43 pm
Been out on a short circuit with Superstoker to check the tandem fettling, contriving a course where I could reasonably try out every gear (not easy in S London ;D ).  All is (almost) well. Just a bit of tweaking and we're there :)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Wowbagger on August 16, 2008, 08:11:50 pm
Yes - chalked up a new first today with 40km on a Tandem.

Many thanks go to the Forummer who has loaned us a lovely Thorn Explorer. My aim is to persuade Mrs S out and about more and, yes I even harbour fantasies of her riding an Audax or an ACF ride with me one day.

Today the job of stoking fell to #2 Son who, like me, had never ridden a tandem before. We did a few tentative loops round quiet, residential streets before daring to take on the ride home. Nobody fell off, and he is still talking to me  ;).

Riding tandem is going to take some getting used to - but our confidence was certainly growing by the end of the ride.

All in all - great fun  :thumbsup:.

Well done Chris! It adds another dimension to cycling. You'll be saving up for one of your own very soon :thumbsup: .
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: MSeries on August 16, 2008, 08:37:26 pm
Yes, 50 odd miles with Tiermat and Deano. Some cracking views on the edge of the NY Moors.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: annie on August 16, 2008, 11:02:55 pm
About half a mile up the road to the pub.  I was on ToKaMaKs Raleigh, he was on my fixie and TomB was on his fixie.  I ran with the fixie on the way home so that doesn't count.

An indian was consumed and silliness was in abundance.  The naughty step was only used once and the computer went to heaven.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Wowbagger on August 17, 2008, 09:12:58 am
and the computer went to heaven.

Has the computer now returned? Or is reincarnation at work in Needham Market?
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: MSeries on August 17, 2008, 09:15:20 am
and the computer went to heaven.

Has the computer now returned? Or is reincarnation at work in Needham Market?
I was wondering if she meant the bike computer or the PC/lappy
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: peliroja on August 17, 2008, 12:38:17 pm
Yes, two laps of Richmond Park, and felt remarkably tired and unfit after two weeks in the Pyrenees.  Passed by pretty much everyone, including the skaters. My fitness is a law unto itself. Ho hum.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: GruB on August 17, 2008, 12:51:29 pm
Yep.  I'm trying to catch The Sheriff on bikejournal so no slacking on Sundays.  I promised myself a gentle ride today but somehow I found a nice rhythm and ended up zipping around on the MonstaThorn.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Wowbagger on August 17, 2008, 02:01:15 pm
Yep.  I'm trying to catch The Sheriff on bikejournal so no slacking on Sundays.  I promised myself a gentle ride today but somehow I found a nice rhythm and ended up zipping around on the MonstaThorn.

Good Cop Bad Cop?
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: annie on August 17, 2008, 02:36:42 pm
and the computer went to heaven.

Has the computer now returned? Or is reincarnation at work in Needham Market?
I was wondering if she meant the bike computer or the PC/lappy

JC's computer is in heaven and it has all of my turbo stuff on there so this morning I used one of the Spinnervals DVDs in the living room, woke the rest of the house and was not very popular.  Just returned from Bentwaters and about to upload some pics.

TomB is on his way to Cambridge.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Notsototalnewbie on August 17, 2008, 03:24:56 pm
Yes, two laps of Richmond Park, and felt remarkably tired and unfit after two weeks in the Pyrenees.  Passed by pretty much everyone, including the skaters. My fitness is a law unto itself. Ho hum.

If I'd been cycling up mountains in the Pyrenees, I think I'd be tired too!  :o

And it's all relative - there were probably loads who didn't pass you, but how would you know about them?
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: peliroja on August 17, 2008, 03:31:37 pm
Yes, you're right NSTN. Who cares, anyway? :)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Maladict on August 17, 2008, 03:37:34 pm
It's not surprising to be a little tired especially since you've had to travel back.

I had aching thighs from about day 6 into my 14 day southern france tour in 2006.  And I only did 3 days in the pyrenees, though I didn't realise that everywhere is hilly in the south of france.  :)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Elleigh on August 17, 2008, 03:45:22 pm
I'm sure you were nowhere near as slow as you thought you were.  And like the others have said, you may be a little slower after a fortnight of riding up massive mountains.  But then, your slow will be most people's normal speed.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Tim Hall on August 17, 2008, 04:13:30 pm
16km this morning, to go and pick up the motor, which was abandoned at a wedding.

Then 15km out on the tandem to a Pubbe, where the bride's father was in a jazz quartet (with 5 people in it). Mm. Nice.

Some BEER was consumed, took the bride for a spin round the car park, then back home, with what seemed like added scenery.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: токамак on August 17, 2008, 04:24:48 pm
JC's computer is in heaven and it has all of my turbo stuff on there
Ahem, wot happened there then - did you let some idiot loose on it? :-[

32 miles today, round some Essex countryside. Quite hard work in the wind. 1 pub stop for a couple of shandys. legs quite heavy after setting 2 consecutive PB's on Thursday and Saturday (and going for it on Annie's turbo trainer!).
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Maladict on August 17, 2008, 04:37:21 pm
Is it dead?  There are some good pages on fault-finding dead PCs on teh interwebs.

I have had to do this twice.  Once with a brand new PC.  The front panel power switch was connected to the cable by glue instead of solder in that case.  ::-)

Second case was the bios chip being loose in its socket.  I had removed just about everything before I tried just pressing down on the chip, lo and behold it worked.  Sockets are evil things.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: токамак on August 17, 2008, 04:46:01 pm
It's got Blue Screen Of Death syndrome. Before it totally died on me it looked to be heavily infected with virus'. I'm wondering if the Master Boot Record has been corrupted. I will fix it and Annie will get her turbo stuff back...
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: dkahn400 on August 17, 2008, 05:01:53 pm
I got the train to london, watched the rowing in trafalgar square...

Wow - are the fountains big enough for rowing? I'd never have thought it...

(http://www.tinmantintoys.com/images/bpandt/row_boat_man.jpg)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: nic on August 17, 2008, 05:43:55 pm
Yes. Lancaster - Jubilee Tower - Dolphinholme - Scorton to help with with marshalling the Dolphinholme road race, got soaked through, had a cup of tea and two pieces of fruit cake and headed beack home through Jubillee tower.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Aidan on August 17, 2008, 05:48:27 pm
No. Got tonsillitis  :-[
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: annie on August 17, 2008, 05:53:48 pm
It's got Blue Screen Of Death syndrome. Before it totally died on me it looked to be heavily infected with virus'. I'm wondering if the Master Boot Record has been corrupted. I will fix it and Annie will get her turbo stuff back...

You are very kind and sweet, thank you.

Don't worry too much.  All good things come to an end at some stage.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: orienteer on August 17, 2008, 06:15:32 pm
Another club ride, four of us from Ickenham out to Marlow (via the hilly route) for coffee, then on to Dinton Pastures south of Reading for lunch. After which I found a flat rear tyre...

Nice flattish ride back to Windsor for tea, with the SW wind behind us, bowling along at anything up to 25mph.

70 miles at an average of 13.6mph.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Wowbagger on August 17, 2008, 06:54:07 pm
A short round trip with Graham for the end-of-day discounts at Waitrose. 2 cooked chickens at 99p each and 8 granary rolls reduced from 32p to 9p.

Then off to GA Phyllis with some crumble made with her rhubarb and home again befre the rain started.

Just under 3½ miles.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: annie on August 17, 2008, 06:55:57 pm
A short round trip with Graham for the end-of-day discounts at Waitrose. 2 cooked chickens at 99p each and 8 granary rolls reduced from 32p to 9p.

Then off to GA Phyllis with some crumble made with her rhubarb and home again befre the rain started.

Just under 3½ miles.

I do hope that you minded the GAP? :-*
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Wowbagger on August 17, 2008, 07:17:11 pm
A short round trip with Graham for the end-of-day discounts at Waitrose. 2 cooked chickens at 99p each and 8 granary rolls reduced from 32p to 9p.

Then off to GA Phyllis with some crumble made with her rhubarb and home again befre the rain started.

Just under 3½ miles.

I do hope that you minded the GAP? :-*

We did. She was v. pleased with rhubarb crumble and we enjoyed a cup of tea and a welshcake with her.

I informed her that she has a new honorary great-niece, which she found bemusing until I told her the circumstances by which this came about, and then the be- became  a-. I have not yet informed her that this relationship makes her a GGGAP.  :o

Are you feeling better, m'dear?
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Chris S on August 17, 2008, 07:58:53 pm
I had a Bloody Lovely ride today - up to Holkham Hall for a cheeky beer at The Vic, then along the coast road to Wells (those Grockles - their driving was PANTS!1) and back through Hogsmeade Little Walsingham.

I had a brief exchange with a delightful young lady as I was waiting at some traffic lights - it went like this:

Young Lady: "Oi mate, can I 'ave a go?"
Me: "Sure, hop on. Oh - you mean, on the bike..."
Young Lady:"Ermmm...."
Other Young Lady: <whispers in ear of first young lady>
Young Lady: "Ooohh... you dirty bugger!"
... followed by much giggling...
 ;D

85km in all - not flat (it being North Norfolk) and lovely and sunny for a change.

------------------------------------
1 I've learned to speak like this from our children. It's true - insanity is hereditary - you get it from your kids.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: delthebike on August 17, 2008, 08:05:52 pm
(those Grockles - their driving was PANTS!1)1 I've learned to speak like this from our children. It's true - insanity is hereditary - you get it from your kids.

Your kids are Cornish?
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Chris S on August 17, 2008, 08:08:01 pm
(those Grockles - their driving was PANTS!1)1 I've learned to speak like this from our children. It's true - insanity is hereditary - you get it from your kids.

Your kids are Cornish?

I believe the term is universal. We've referred to non-locals as grockles since... well, as long as I can remember.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: geoff on August 17, 2008, 08:25:14 pm
I'm aiming for a FNRttC some month soon and realised that I haven't ridden over 20 miles in one go for ages. So with other half and kids elsewhere I took my old frame on my not so old Kaff to get a few miles in this afternoon. 42.2 miles actually, from Oxford(ish) towards Uffington. I didn't make it to White Horse Hill, just to the Vale and then back via Oxford. Twas a delightful route, including the loneliest kebab van in the world (up a lane off the A420) which was even open. One puzzle though - how to plot the route? (I tried Bikely, but it and I aren't getting on - is there anything better*?)

Now to soak my ass in an hot bath.

[*on edit: Bikejournal is better or at least it actually works for me. Oddly the route shows as just under 40 miles there vs 42 on my cycle computer. No doubt the difference is made up of little wiggly bits]
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: mike on August 17, 2008, 08:33:20 pm
Mrs Mike and I went for a 30 mile steady ride this evening, she struggled a bit thanks to not having eaten or slept enough this weekend but we made it home OK!  It's surprisingly windy. 
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Frenchie on August 18, 2008, 08:38:54 am
A series of hill reps in the saddle and on the tri-bars on Saturday; nearly made myself sick on the last one, but had good legs.

A 30 Mi *recovery* ride yesterday morning, a bit faster than it should have been, but pleasant. Low mileage this WE due to time constraints but surprisingly woolly legs this morning! Hopefully will pay off for my last two 25s of the season.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Jasper the surreal cyclist on August 18, 2008, 11:50:49 am
(those Grockles - their driving was PANTS!1)1 I've learned to speak like this from our children. It's true - insanity is hereditary - you get it from your kids.

Your kids are Cornish?

I believe the term is universal. We've referred to non-locals as grockles since... well, as long as I can remember.

They are grockles down hereabouts too (W. Sussex)..........
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Notsototalnewbie on August 18, 2008, 12:51:56 pm
Is that why the locals were so hostile when we once got lost in the back streets of Bognor... ;D

And when we rock up to Mum's cul-de-sac 'Ah here come them grockles again'...
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Jasper the surreal cyclist on August 18, 2008, 12:57:22 pm
The locals were hostile because of your obvious glamorous big city lifestyle. It is just envy for those who walk upright and have opposable thumbs...... :)




What back streets were these?
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Notsototalnewbie on August 18, 2008, 02:38:46 pm
Hehe...

Well I was there with two friends on 'holiday', one of whom insisted there must be a quicker way back into  Aldwick (we were in the town in Bognor). She insisted that we attempted to cut through some back streets between there and Aldwick even though I knew that the only way was to walk along the seafront and up Aldwick high st. She is one of those people who has to make her own mistakes before she will believe what you are saying is correct...

So what back streets they were I don't know, but owing to my lousy sense of direction we wandered for quite a bit until we hit the vets on Victoria st at which point I knew where we were. Various yoofs had accosted us  ::-) The girls much worse than the boys. The boys were really just trying to get us to go for a drink with them, in their own slightly aggressive way...
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Jasper the surreal cyclist on August 18, 2008, 02:44:29 pm
Nuff said, I will have them killed......
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Andrew Br on August 18, 2008, 11:37:53 pm
Just back from the supermarket, about a 9 mile round trip. The journey back was in the rain and across Chorlton Water Park. Good though the Supernova is, I couldn't avoid all the snails that had come out onto the road so lots of cracking and squelching ensued. The bike is currently dripping mud and snail innards onto the floor while a veggie chilli for tomorrow's dinner is simmering away in the kitchen.
Today's lesson:- don't try to bunny hop a speed bump on a heavily laden tourer- the subsequent wobbles can be very scary.

Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Andrew Br on August 18, 2008, 11:39:23 pm
The bike is currently dripping mud and snail innards onto the floor while a veggie chilli for tomorrow's dinner is simmering away in the kitchen.


These two facts are NOT related !
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Jasper the surreal cyclist on August 19, 2008, 11:39:44 am
Do not oversalt the snails....
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Jezza on August 19, 2008, 03:46:29 pm
(those Grockles - their driving was PANTS!1)1 I've learned to speak like this from our children. It's true - insanity is hereditary - you get it from your kids.

Your kids are Cornish?

I believe the term is universal. We've referred to non-locals as grockles since... well, as long as I can remember.

They are grockles down hereabouts too (W. Sussex)..........

Grockles here in Suffolk too. Loads of them about at the moment.

In Cornwall they tend to be known as Emmets (http://www.worldwidewords.org/weirdwords/ww-emm1.htm), until you cross the Tamar and they become Grockles again.   

I haven't been out on the bike for nearly a week  :(
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: pdm on August 19, 2008, 06:04:19 pm
Got leave to ride today....
Took son and son in law for a pootle around the White Peak in the wind and rain.
Up to Lodge moor and across to Ringinglow. Stannage edge, Harthersage and then Winnats. Winnats was especially difficult today with howling 25mph headwind and driving rain. Then took a left to Tideswell and over to Monsal Head and back via Hassop, Grindleford, Fox House and Ringinglow. Splendid views all the way.
75km, 1488m climbing, 3h30.
Did I mention it was windy and raining? At least that kept the Grockles at bay  :)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Wowbagger on August 19, 2008, 06:07:32 pm
Did I mention it was windy and raining? At least that kept the Grockles at bay  :)

You have people with handkerchiefs tied to their heads sunbathing in deck chairs on the White Peak? :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: LEE on August 19, 2008, 07:28:37 pm
After exactly 1 calendar month on holiday and/or away from the bike I went out on Sunday for 27 miles, same on Monday and then 14 miles tonight.

I can honestly say I am absolutely knackered.  I've felt better after a 300km Audax.

I completed an SR this year and now I'd struggle on a 100km ride I reckon.

Depressing loss of fitness
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: pdm on August 19, 2008, 08:10:50 pm
Did I mention it was windy and raining? At least that kept the Grockles at bay  :)

You have people with handkerchiefs tied to their heads sunbathing in deck chairs on the White Peak? :thumbsup:

All sorts, old boy, all sorts!!  ;D
When they get tired of the beach they migrate inland, clog the (main) roads (if it is sunny) and lounge around the local camp sites, sights and cafes....
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Chris S on August 19, 2008, 11:47:49 pm
28km in just over an hour. Due to a broken audax season, this was the first night riding I've done since (checks Bikejournal) my DNF'd ride home from Cornwall in June.

Up over Bradenham Hill - only a 60m or so gain, but it's a good climb for Norfolk. I'm puffing well by the time I get to the top. I'm getting my night vision back - and remembering just how good Solidlights are. I roll down "Hills and Holes" to the old A47 and turn left into Wendling. I wave towards chez Wafflycat as i pass through, then turn right and head North toward Longham. Crossing the (new) A47 over the bridge, I realise the cars passing below are the first moving vehicles I'm seen since leaving home almost 10km ago. Now I remember why I live round here!

The crickets are singing to me from the hedges as I roll along. It starts to rain, but not much. I can identify nearby towns by their orange glow against the clouds; Watton, Dereham, Fakenham, Swaffham...

I think this is Nutkin territory, I can't be sure, so I wave anyway, before turning left at Longham Hall towards Litcham. Here, the first car passes me since I left home - they slow to little more than 10mph faster than me, and leave loads of room. I cover my lights with my hand a couple of times to flash a thank you, and they dim their lights a couple of times in acknowledgment.

Two Muntjac deer are standing in the road near Litcham Common. They watch me pass, but don't seem that bothered by me. There's a dead adder in the road. The road climbs up here out of the Nar Valley, and it's a slog tonight against a stiff breeze. My dinner is knocking on the door at the back of my throat, so I ease off the pace so as not to leave my supper in the hedge - I've been pushing a 30km/hr average to this point, and I'm feeling it now.

Rolling through Lt Dunham, I bounce along one of the roughest roads I know round here, before reaching a much smoother section down to the A47 at Necton. A short hop and a skip, and I'm back home, ready for a cuppa and bed.

An excellent ride - beats the TV any night!
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Wowbagger on August 21, 2008, 02:41:41 pm
A fine pub lunch with Fattersreturnedfromacrossthepond. We went to hte Punch Bowl, Paglesham Church End. A new ale for me: Beijing Gold, from Ossett Ales (http://www.ossett-brewery.co.uk/ossettbrewerypubs.html). I had a ham ploughmans. Very tasty.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: onb on August 21, 2008, 03:24:49 pm
A fine pub lunch with Fattersreturnedfromacrossthepond. We went to hte Punch Bowl, Paglesham Church End. A new ale for me: Beijing Gold, from Ossett Ales (http://www.ossett-brewery.co.uk/ossettbrewerypubs.html). I had a ham ploughmans. Very tasty.

I have consumed many a pint of Ossett ales at the link below ,does it travel well  ?


 home (http://www.ossett-brewery.co.uk/blackbull.html)


Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Wowbagger on August 21, 2008, 03:26:27 pm
It was very acceptable. Hoppy, which is as I like it. My third pint, of some local brew (Brentwood something) was not in the same league as the first two.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Andrew Br on August 21, 2008, 11:40:19 pm
 I did a Billy No Mates ride this evening- none of the usual crew turned up. In the end I did about 36 miles involving a ride around Wythenshawe (not recommended for scenery) before I managed to hit the airport peripheral cycle way.
I can only assume that a domestic rabbit was let loose and that it has now bred because there were 3 black rabbits grazing away on the verge. Then it was under the runway tunnels and up past Cheshire Smokehouse en route to Knutsford.
After that, round Tatton Park to Hale and up and over to Burnage. There, a well-dressed pedestrian commented that my light was "Ridiculous". I assume that he thought that it was too bright  8) but I wasn't inclined to stop to discuss it.
Finally, back to Chorlton and home.

Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: tiermat on August 22, 2008, 10:49:53 am
I did a Billy No Mates ride this evening- none of the usual crew turned up. In the end I did about 36 miles involving a ride around Wythenshawe (not recommended for scenery)

But at least you have an incentive to keep your speed up :)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Andrew Br on August 22, 2008, 12:37:09 pm
I did a Billy No Mates ride this evening- none of the usual crew turned up. In the end I did about 36 miles involving a ride around Wythenshawe (not recommended for scenery)

But at least you have an incentive to keep your speed up :)

Yes, and I saw lots of Rottweilers and Staffie crosses.
Eye contact was studiously avoided.

Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: PaulF on August 22, 2008, 04:35:00 pm
Just a quick "figure of 8" in Richmond Park (in Roehampton Gate, over Spankers Hill, Up Bastard Hill back over Spankers and out through Roehampton Gate again). 20 miles average 17.4. Now in the right frame of mind to finish this proposal...
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Jezza on August 22, 2008, 06:55:05 pm
Spankers Hill, Up Bastard Hill

No way.  :D Are they real places ?
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: PaulF on August 22, 2008, 07:14:20 pm
Spankers Hill, Up Bastard Hill

No way.  :D Are they real places ?

Oh yes see here for a download (http://www.royalparks.org.uk/docs/park_maps/RichmondMAP.pdf), although B'stard hill was christened by one of the fair maidens of this parish :)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: TimO on August 22, 2008, 07:30:42 pm
Oh yes see here for a download (http://www.royalparks.org.uk/docs/park_maps/RichmondMAP.pdf), although B'stard hill was christened by one of the fair maidens of this parish :)

Rather bizarrely, since that map shows some roads which are marked as "Road open to motor traffic" & "Cycling permitted", whereas others are only marked as "Road open to motor traffic", this implies that there are certain roads which can't be cycled on. :o  I'm fairly sure this isn't the case, but that map seems a bit odd.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: PaulF on August 22, 2008, 07:39:10 pm

Rather bizarrely, since that map shows some roads which are marked as "Road open to motor traffic" & "Cycling permitted", whereas others are only marked as "Road open to motor traffic", this implies that there are certain roads which can't be cycled on. :o  I'm fairly sure this isn't the case, but that map seems a bit odd.

Well the police don't seem to mind :) they're usually more interested in catching speeders (There's a 20mph limit there) not  that I would  dream of going down Sawyers Hill without dragging my brakes O:-)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: border-rider on August 22, 2008, 07:52:02 pm
a very hilly 110 k, including the Gospel Pass.  I sloped off work and took advantage of the sunny weather :)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: PaulF on August 22, 2008, 08:06:39 pm
a very hill 110 k, including the Gospel Pass.  I sloped off work and took advantage of the sunny weather :)

a very hilly 110 k, including the Gospel Pass.  I sloped off work and took advantage of the sunny weather :)

Look, you may have sunny weather where you are but no need to rub it in :)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: peliroja on August 23, 2008, 11:18:38 am
Yes, forced myself out accompanying Woolly when he set off for work at 0830 and did a lovely 3.5 laps of the park. Feeling stronger today! :)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Tim Hall on August 23, 2008, 03:30:28 pm
Out to pick up the motor, which was abandoned at work lasst night as I was out for a drink in than Lunnon.

Horribly aware that I've done bugger all riding of note lately and that I'm down to do a 200k Audax on 7th September and I'm away on holiday tomorrow for a week, without bike, I took the pretty way. 

Great weather, sunny, not too hot, no wind to speak of, I felt good. Riding hard (for me), attacking the hills,  34km in an hour and a quarter.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: nic on August 23, 2008, 03:36:02 pm
no  :-[

The desire to ride has not been with me this week.  ???
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: JohnP on August 23, 2008, 03:56:24 pm
Just made the horrific discovery that, other than 3x 2mile each way commutes, I haven't ridden a bike in August.  Short holiday in Belgium, couple of nasty migraine attacks and excessive demands from work.

Coupled with a major lack of incentive at the moment - it's been easier to hope the weather would improve rather than just get out there in it.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: numbnuts on August 23, 2008, 04:16:42 pm
I've just got in from a 47.4 mile ride took me 4 hours :( I'm not getting any quicker
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: mike on August 23, 2008, 06:45:09 pm
100k audax from mildenhall with Mrs Mike - her longest and fastest ride evah!

(we went round with Liz and Charlotte, Liz's longest ever fixed ride and another fixed audax point for Ms. C)

Beautiful day, lovely company, pretty roads.  What more could we have wanted?  Beer?  Just the one, in the pub where me and mrs mike had our first date - ahhhhh...
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Jurek on August 23, 2008, 07:05:14 pm
the pub where me and mrs mike had our first date - ahhhhh...

MMMMmmmm loverly  :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Dinamo on August 24, 2008, 08:02:54 pm
Rode the Blackdown Grimpeur Permanent Audax ride,
120 km with 2.5 AAA points.

An excellent ride from Ilminster to Sidmouth and back via Hemyock, Blackborough, Tipton St. John, Otterton, Branscombe and Widworthy.

Some of Devons finest hills and lanes, and 4 fords !
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: De Sisti on August 24, 2008, 08:41:04 pm
I rode with the Cheltenham & County racing/sportive riders instead of the CTC group. I wanted to ride out of my comfort zone and by George, that was the case. Very briskand hilly ride to Tetbury. After 11s the speed was just has high and I had to back off and return at my own pace.

Next time I'll leave the Longstaff audax bike at home and use the xacd titanium.  It's a lot lighter and I might stand a better chance of being a bit closer to the riders on the climbs.   ;)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Andrew Br on August 24, 2008, 09:42:51 pm
A repeat of Thursday's ride but without the tour of Wythenshawe.
Bought some venison at Tatton Park for dinner but, instead, had duck and chilli sausages at Bar. The plan was to have a drink and then go back to BBQ. However, after two drinks, the temptation of the menu was too great.
About 32 miles in total and the weather was great all day.

Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: toekneep on August 25, 2008, 09:49:26 am
Not today but yesterday. Southport and back on the flattest roads imaginable. A bit of a headwind from Preston meant twenty odd miles of slogging and twenty odd miles of wizzing back again before turning south west for home. Not the prettiest of rides in places and lots of weaving about on cycle paths (one visit) but once out on the moss and looking over the Ribble estuary back to Lytham and St. Annes it is really pretty. We were fascinated by the massive salad growing enterprises out on the fertile plains, now we know where the  big supermarkets get all those lettuces from.

Some of the road names made me smile, Taylor's Meanygate and Ralph's Wife's Lane being two in particualar that caught my eye.

Couldn't quite make it 100k without adding a pointless loop and we couldn't be arsed so settled for a pint in the local instead. Buttcombe Gold, mmmmmmmmmmm.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Sergeant Pluck on August 25, 2008, 05:07:17 pm
No, but I did this yesterday:

http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/Lap-the-Lough-2008 (http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/Lap-the-Lough-2008)

I'll add a few pics later in the relevant thread in Audax & Cyclosportive.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: BlackSheep on August 25, 2008, 05:22:11 pm
Shame on me, my last ride was yesterday also.

I pottered around the Wild Wales Challenge - plenty of contour lines crossed, and time spent out of the saddle. Most of the day spent in the clouds.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: toekneep on August 25, 2008, 05:36:34 pm
Shame on me, my last ride was yesterday also.

I pottered around the Wild Wales Challenge - plenty of contour lines crossed, and time spent out of the saddle. Most of the day spent in the clouds.
Pottered!  :o
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: numbnuts on August 25, 2008, 05:52:31 pm
50 miles in the New Forest  3 hours 50 mins well pleased
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Sergeant Pluck on August 25, 2008, 06:22:11 pm
I pottered around the Wild Wales Challenge

 ;D

Well done! I'd like to give this one a go next year.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: border-rider on August 25, 2008, 06:44:43 pm
Not on the bike today, but a nice 20 k run:

(http://www.bosphorus.f2s.com/hayrun.jpg)

a tad hilly :) but just spectacular.  I've run in some magical places. and this one rates with the best.  Right along the ridge above the Gospel Pass, with one foot in England and the other in Wales.

And then down to Hay for lunch in the Granary with Mrs MV :)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: onb on August 25, 2008, 06:59:06 pm
I rode up Chapel le dale and then up Widdale before turning down towards Dent it was here I realised just how wind assisted by ride had been as it suddenley became an effort.Anyway onwards I went taking the Deepdale turn when it started to rain gently at first and then very hard and as I gained height very horizontal.I was soaked to the skin the climb up to Kingdale is 25% in parts and against a howling wind well nigh impossible .I did 95% and had to walk the rest :-[ The rest of the ride was both wet and windy but much less hilly. I did atone point take my glasses offas vivibility was poor however I soon put tem back on as the rain was hurting my eyeballs35 hard miles:)                                                                              (http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y252/onb/S3700163.jpg)


The view from the top of Deepdale looking towards Dentdale on a much nicer day.

Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Wowbagger on August 25, 2008, 07:53:20 pm
The standard pootle. 16.59 miles in 1h 28m 29s. The wind seemed to be unfavourable all the way round and my average speed dropped from about 12 on the way out to 11.2 by the time I got home.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: andygates on August 25, 2008, 08:31:41 pm
Down to Barnstaple and back via a caff, finishing with a 2k run (it's a triathlon thing).  Triple negative split, the first 33 miles at an easy pace, dropped the slower rider at the station, caned it back 33 miles somewhat, then sacrificed my ass to Baal to make that run.  Puff puff.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Hot Flatus on August 25, 2008, 08:43:25 pm
Yes, for 50 miles or so with Rollo down into the flatlands of the Severn estuary.  Stopped on the way to fill our panniers with apples 

(http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d43/MrPumpy/DSC00047.jpg)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: her_welshness on August 26, 2008, 10:03:55 am
On Saturday I cycled from Sarth east London (Hither Green) up to Stratford, met up with a couple of friends and we then pootled up the Lea Valley to Ware (lovely girly time - its great cycling with men but I sometimes feel as if the pace is being forced). The two friends were camping in Hertford so I headed back home - close to 70 miles. :)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: groucho on August 26, 2008, 01:53:11 pm
Two rides in two days on different bikes both cut short by mechanicals  :-\

A loose saddle (no 6mm allen key with me) and secondly a loose crank (no tools at all)

Not the best preparation for Cambrian Cyclosportive!

Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: toekneep on August 27, 2008, 10:24:44 am
Last night we went to ride the preview of the Blackpool illuminations with Alan and Marj and another friend. It was fantastic. The weather was a bit damp and drizzly but that didn't stop thousands of cyclists from enjoying five miles of closed main road through the lights. A really happy atmosphere with lots of children and family groups and quite a few bikes festooned with christmas lights. Alan, myself and another friend then had a blast back to Lytham down the prom whilst the ladies took the cars back. All in all a really great evening's entertainment. Can't wait for next year and maybe slightly kinder weather.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: MSeries on August 27, 2008, 10:26:56 am
Last night we went to ride the preview of the Blackpool illuminations with Alan and Marj and another friend. It was fantastic. The weather was a bit damp and drizzly but that didn't stop thousands of cyclists from enjoying five miles of closed main road through the lights. A really happy atmosphere with lots of children and family groups and quite a few bikes festooned with christmas lights. Alan, myself and another friend then had a blast back to Lytham down the prom whilst the ladies took the cars back. All in all a really great evening's entertainment. Can't wait for next year and maybe slightly kinder weather.
I like Blackpool, I like the lights, I wish I'd know about this sooner, I had the time this week and had I got my act together I could have come over for it, it's only 135km from here.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: toekneep on August 27, 2008, 10:44:16 am
That is a shame Martin, I did post earlier yesterday about it but maybe a bit more notice would have been helpful. A date for your diary next year maybe?
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: MSeries on August 27, 2008, 10:52:55 am
I saw your post yesterday afternoon by which time it would be too late to ride over, I suppose I could have got a train but would also have had to sort out accommodation or ride home alone in the dark across the hills which I didn't fancy. Ne'er mind. Remind us next year and perhaps we can sort something out.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: toekneep on August 27, 2008, 10:58:21 am
Consider it a date, we can always find a bed or at least floor space for another YACFr, the more the merrier.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: LEE on August 27, 2008, 01:28:36 pm
Yes, my 14.4 mile lunchtime loop.

I used the Orbit Road bike I just bought from Rogerzilla and obliterated my personal best time by minutes (tough to do over only 14 miles).  Very pleased indeed (although I realise it's the bike and not me).



Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Wowbagger on August 27, 2008, 02:39:34 pm
Yes, my 14.4 mile lunchtime loop.

I used the Orbit Road bike I just bought from Rogerzilla and obliterated my personal best time by minutes (tough to do over only 14 miles).  Very pleased indeed (although I realise it's the bike and not me).

On the other hand, your normal time on your normal bike could be the bike and not you!

I believe that you are blessed, as I am, with a Thorn Raven Sports Tour? My normal 16½ mile pootle takes me about 1h 20m on that, although the last attempt was 1h 28m (almost entirely unhelpful wind). I've done it in 58m on the Mercian. I was bloody knackered though.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: PaulF on August 27, 2008, 03:12:27 pm
Went out yesterday, 20 miles through the Hampshire countryside.

Unfortunately the nut holding my crank on worked loose and despite retightening every couple of miles made a final bid for freedom a couple of miles from home. So last few miles with one leg, 'spare' crank in my jersey pocket :-\
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: LEE on August 27, 2008, 03:32:33 pm
Yes, my 14.4 mile lunchtime loop.

I used the Orbit Road bike I just bought from Rogerzilla and obliterated my personal best time by minutes (tough to do over only 14 miles).  Very pleased indeed (although I realise it's the bike and not me).

On the other hand, your normal time on your normal bike could be the bike and not you!

I believe that you are blessed, as I am, with a Thorn Raven Sports Tour? My normal 16½ mile pootle takes me about 1h 20m on that, although the last attempt was 1h 28m (almost entirely unhelpful wind). I've done it in 58m on the Mercian. I was bloody knackered though.

It's a Raven Tour rather than the sport but yes, I suppose it's all relative to the bike you are riding. Originally (on my Mercian-a-like tourer) I posted 1h 2m (in 2004).  Over the years I managed to get it down to 51 mins last year and can consistently do it in 52m now (but 50m was painfully elusive).

I just went round in 48m on the Orbit and I'm far from 'match fit'.  I think 45m is possible if i get back down to a decent weight.  It's relentlessly lumpy around here so body weight plays a big part, there is a lot of time up for grabs on those little lumps.

If nothing else it shows that you can improve your fitness in a few years if you stick at it.

14 minutes over 14 miles/1hour is a significant improvement.  Certainly it's hard to imagine that I could give the 2004 me a 14 minute head-start.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: alan on August 27, 2008, 04:44:49 pm
Consider it a date, we can always find a bed or at least floor space for another YACFr, the more the merrier.

Allow me to recommend Chez TKP B&B.Marj & I were treated to tea in bed this morning.Most excellent :thumbsup:
Many thanks to Toekneep & GillP for their hospitality.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: MSeries on August 27, 2008, 07:03:03 pm
Consider it a date, we can always find a bed or at least floor space for another YACFr, the more the merrier.

That would be really nice, thank you so much, just the kind of thing I need to hear right now. I usually ride to Blackpool and back at least once a year.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: alan on August 27, 2008, 07:34:19 pm
I don't usually ride to Blackspotpool & back once a year but I could make an exception in your case & meet you there. 8)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: MSeries on August 27, 2008, 07:40:42 pm
I don't usually ride to Blackspotpool & back once a year but I could make an exception in your case & meet you there. 8)

Days are getting shorter now so there and back in a day will be a tougher ride for me unless we do it before the clocks change, even then it doesn't give me much time there. I usually do it in the spring as a bridge between a 200 and the first 300km ride. I'd consider an overnighter though.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: TimO on August 27, 2008, 10:04:11 pm
I've been showing my parents my new house, and the delights (!) of Croydon, so today has been a spectacularly low mileage day, with about 1.5 miles of cycling to Sainsburys with the trailer to get essential food.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: LEE on August 28, 2008, 10:56:02 pm
Yes, my 14.4 mile lunchtime loop.

I used the Orbit Road bike I just bought from Rogerzilla and obliterated my personal best time by minutes (tough to do over only 14 miles).  Very pleased indeed (although I realise it's the bike and not me).

Just obliterated my 27 mile route PB by 7 minutes on the Orbit.  Thanks again Rogerzilla, I'm really enjoying travelling so quickly.

I wasn't even trying too hard.  My neck hurt a bit at the end as the riding position is lower than I'm used to.

The most noticeable thing is that, although it is higher-geared than my tourers, the end of climbs appear so much more quickly that it's all over before my legs and lungs give out.

Can't imagine what a seriously high-end road bike must feel like.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: MattH on August 29, 2008, 12:05:48 am
That's it Lee - we aren't left behind on Denmead rides because we are middle aged and lardy, it's just that everyone else has faster bikes  ;)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Adam on August 29, 2008, 08:17:52 am
127 miles yesterday in very nice weather apart from the headwind.  I've got my cyclist's tan back.  :thumbsup:

I was supposed to be going from York, back home to Luton.

A combination of factors meant I had to bail out at Melton Mowbray at 4.30 pm and get the train back, as I still had another 80 miles to go.  First, I didn't leave until 8 am which was a bit too late bearing in mind I was allowing 12 hours including stops.  Then I ended up doing an extra 25 miles going round in circles due to the non existent and confusing road signs on the minor roads south of Snaith, and finally my bottom bracket had started to develop a funny clicking sound. 

In fact by the time I got home, it was producing about 3 clicks per revolution so I'll be busy in the garage today.........
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Wowbagger on August 29, 2008, 08:58:16 am
Not yet, but we're going shortly.

Train to Shenfield then a repeat of last summer's Christmas Ride. One difference: Mrs. Wow will be riding her Dawes Discovery 701!
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: LEE on August 29, 2008, 10:10:14 am
That's it Lee - we aren't left behind on Denmead rides because we are middle aged and lardy, it's just that everyone else has faster bikes  ;)

I honestly didn't think it would make such a difference.  I'd be even faster if I had STI levers because I'm a bit too lazy to change gear as much as I should using downtube levers. 

You have to remember though that I'd end up in traction if I attempted to ride a long Audax on it, it's definitely the quickest way to cycle to the Physiotherapist's treatment table.

I reckon I could put up with the posture for 100km though.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: GruB on August 29, 2008, 10:14:11 am
Yep, 41 miles before anyone was awake !
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Wowbagger on August 29, 2008, 06:26:12 pm
Yep, 41 miles before anyone was awake !

Nonsense, GruB. I rolled over in bed at about ten to five and Mrs. Wow murmured "Go back to sleep. Only that silly sod GruB gets up to go for a bike ride at this time in the morning!"

Almost 48 miles involving tea, cake, fish and chips and beer. And a great rarity: Mrs. Wow on a solo machine. Pics here. (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=7549.msg131055#msg131055)

Oh, and four absolutely beautiful fallow deer, brightly coloured and with pure white spots.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: alan on August 30, 2008, 05:40:21 pm
Did a few kilometres on the rollers on the patio.Shared the distance between the geared  Trek & fixed Langster.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Wowbagger on August 30, 2008, 06:16:38 pm
22 miles in the lovely sunshine and came home with a couple of pounds of blackberries.
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Post by: FatBloke on August 30, 2008, 06:20:08 pm
22 miles in the lovely sunshine on the Rockhopper and came home with a bulb of garlic and some organic ground cumin from Waitrose.

I also cycled a bit of Southend that I have never cycled before, from the Garrison, along the sea wall to the coastguard station. There're some impressive fortifications along there that I will explore in due course!
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: peliroja on August 30, 2008, 06:21:26 pm
Nope, I am ashamed to say that I am so knackered after my event in Zurich that I vegged about all day.  :-[

I really was knackered though. I must have been, as I didn't even manage to polish off the left-over Ben & Jerry's until an hour ago...
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: GillP on August 30, 2008, 06:22:36 pm
Approx 48 miles and achieved our aim to cycle round Beacon Fell, having cycled past it a couple of times, lovely cycling weather, a great cafe stop at Chipping and some undulations to keep the hills in our legs.

Fantastic day out  :D
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: MSeries on August 30, 2008, 06:25:02 pm
200km DIY Perm to make up for missing the Mildenhall 200 last week. Me and Warburton on our best bikes. Warm and humid. Flat route. 9h 4m
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: mike on August 30, 2008, 06:30:32 pm
god, I love riding a bike.  30 miles on fixed in the sunshine :D :D :D
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Jaded on August 30, 2008, 06:40:31 pm
Got dragged out by Mr P.

Thanks to him I had a glorious ride in the sun.

Bastard.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Wowbagger on August 30, 2008, 07:55:44 pm
And a trip to Waitrose. I just noticed that I have passed 6000 miles on the Thorn solo machine since I bought it on 22nd December 2006. I've changed one pair of brake blocks but am still running on the original chain.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Treewheeler on August 30, 2008, 08:19:56 pm
ARGH! West Marden, Sussex.
 I went out on me Tricross for a downland thrash when the Battle of Britain flight roared over head at low level and me without a camera too.
 Aside for having a huge welling of nostalgia and a massive erection caused by the throbbing of all those WW2 engines, I nearly joined up there and then to fight the Bosch ;)
 
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: velocitizen on August 30, 2008, 08:39:26 pm
22 miles in the lovely sunshine and came home with a couple of pounds of blackberries.
25 miles early on my own, then a nice ride along the Trent for a couple of miles with the family, and a couple of pounds of blackberries for us too.
A short sprint for custard,  and crumble(d)  on the patio, lovely.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Ian H on August 30, 2008, 09:27:36 pm
Chugged out on a getting lost ride. From Ealing out through Chiswick, then found myself heading towards Richmond. Got onto that horrible Thames path somehow — nervous looking persons on bikes wobbling at walking pace and dutifully wearing their helmets. Over the locks at Teddington, then Hampton Court and back past Feltham Young Offenders. Stopped for sustenance in a grim part of somewhere. Through Colnbrook, on to the A4 past the airport, then left to Norwood, past Osterley and home through Hanwell.

Hot and humid, it was.

Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: border-rider on August 30, 2008, 09:32:46 pm
I nearly joined up there and then to fight the Bosch ;)
 

Black & Decker strimmer man then ?
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Chris S on August 30, 2008, 09:38:47 pm
Twice  :thumbsup:.

First time - I did an 80km loop round the edge of the Stanford Battle Area. On Fixed! (Well, it was flatter than a recently ironed flat thing).

Second time - Mrs S and I did a short 8km ish loop on the Tandem - popping in on some friends in the next village on the way back. Came home in the dark which was another first for tandemming. Verdict - we are both enjoying it a lot.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: andrew w on August 30, 2008, 09:47:41 pm
86 miles from home in Leeds to Ampleforth and back.  Out via Boston Spa, Cattal, Aldwark and Easingwold, and back via Byland Abbey, Coxwold and Helperby to Aldwark and then more or less the outward journey in reverse.  Not much sun, but quite warm in spite of a fresh south easterly breeze.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Jurek on August 30, 2008, 10:57:01 pm
Hell, yeah!

Eighty something miles from Greenwich, circuiting the Hoo Peninsula, and back with Barry and the Southwark Cyclists Crew.
Embellished at chosen points with readings by Germanda Speedwell (performance artist).
Unusual, but most enjoyable and hugely informative.
A swift sprint home from Gravesend accompanied by Sgt. Pluck and one other.
A fantastic sunset to ride into when homeward bound.

Top day out.

Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Sergeant Pluck on August 30, 2008, 11:15:24 pm
circuiting the Hoo Peninsula, with readings by Germanda Speedwell (performance artist)

 ;D ;D  ;D   ...sorry! It could only happen on a Southwarks cyclists' ride.

Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Jurek on August 30, 2008, 11:19:46 pm
circuiting the Hoo Peninsula, with readings by Germanda Speedwell (performance artist)

 ;D ;D  ;D   ...sorry! It could only happen on a Southwarks cyclists' ride.



Of course  :)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Sergeant Pluck on August 30, 2008, 11:27:09 pm
I couldn't hear her very well, lost interest, and found that I had Things That Needed to be Adjusted.

Was that place we went to for lunch real?  :D

Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Jurek on August 31, 2008, 12:07:54 am
Nope.

Mostly fabricated from polycarbonate and acrylic sheet.
Neither of which are fit for human consumption.




As well you know......
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: jane on August 31, 2008, 07:11:10 am
I couldn't hear her very well, lost interest, and found that I had Things That Needed to be Adjusted.

Was that place we went to for lunch real?  :D


And the crazy golf- I'm sorry, it was so wrong. 
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: mike on August 31, 2008, 12:23:02 pm
a very sweaty 45 miles this morning,  I think I've lost about half my body weight in salt. 

There were loads of other bikes out, if the bloke who re-overtook me near the top of the hill heading up out of saffron walden is reading, the reason you caught me so quickly is cos my chain fell off.. Honest. 
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Polar Bear on August 31, 2008, 01:16:28 pm
Took Margaret Hilda Daisy out for a first 'proper' spin this morning.   Mostly fine but we did manage to literally rip a large chunk out of the granny ring.   

Only did a 20 but it was worth the effort to note the things that we need to do / change.  the rain has set in here now so our timing was perfect  8) 

Oh, she rides beautifully.  :)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: toekneep on August 31, 2008, 01:30:18 pm
Just pootled along the sea front to the LBS to get Mrs. TKP some arm warmers. Combined it with a bit of shopping and a visit to Mum. Twas very pleasant, even though we did get a bit damp. Lots of family groups out today, one particular chap of about four seemed to be having a very nice time, despite the rain. He gave us a very cheery Hiya! I love it when that happens.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: GruB on August 31, 2008, 01:46:17 pm
Yep, 42 dryish miles.  I got the TCR out, lighted her up and then went to the loo prior to getting changed.  In that time the fog / mist had changed to rain.
I put the TCR away and got the MonstaThorn out and lighted her up instead.  It stopped raining while I did this but the road was quite wet.
Rode the Thorn.  3 miles down the road I left the rain soaked road behind.  20 odd miles in dry conditions before coming back to wet roads.
At the cafe it rained again so I was chuffed that I'd ridden the Thorn.
I didn't get wet though.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: De Sisti on August 31, 2008, 02:37:31 pm
47 wet miles. Cheltenham, NE to A40, Whittington, Brockhampton, Hawling, Snowshill,
Broadway, B4632 to Winchcombe, Prestbury, home. Should have gone to Chipping Norton
but I wanted to get home early to take advantage of the FREE use of the sports centre
after its (re)opening today. Feel relaxed after the sauna.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: numbnuts on August 31, 2008, 04:13:01 pm
I did 47 as well, but at least 40 miles were in the dry :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: hugo15 on August 31, 2008, 04:46:36 pm
38 miles through the North York Moors. No rain until this afternoon up here, so got round in the dry.

Also managed to make it up Boltby Bank for the first time.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Wowbagger on August 31, 2008, 07:07:01 pm
I just had a brief sea-front pootle to bring my miles over 600 for the month. I couldn't be arsed to do the other 13 or so to complete 4000 for the year.

On the way home I passed a group of yoofs who were chucking crab apples at each other. I knew one or more were coming my way, but the only one which came near was neatly sliced by my front spokes.

What did surprise me was the remark. Not Santa, not Grandad, not even Radovan Karadžić, but... Harold Shipman! ???
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: peliroja on August 31, 2008, 07:14:55 pm
Just been out for a swift 25 miles on Seth with his shiny new matching Charge bartape and saddle. Oh, I love riding fixed!
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: TimO on August 31, 2008, 07:16:54 pm
Only about 8 miles, confusing the drivers of Croydon, who don't expect a bike to be towing a trailer. ;D
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Deano on August 31, 2008, 09:03:57 pm
Aye.  From Darlo, up to Toft Hill, Hag Howl, Hamsterley, Hoppyland, Wolsingham, Stanhope, Bollihope, Egglestone, Staindrop, home.

Took in one of my favourite local roads, over Bollihope Common from Stanhope to Eggleston.  Shame the cloud was so low, as the views are usually spectacular:

                             (http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3107/2815333340_3fbfc1789f.jpg)

60 miles, 1200 metres of climbing, 3hrs 52 minutes.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: jane on August 31, 2008, 09:15:28 pm
35 or so miles around the Kent lanes south of Otford, stopping for lunch at the lovely Golding Hop pub.  Great cider from the wood - (they do proper ale as well apparently but I don't understand that stuff) Made it a bit hard to get up the hill on the way back but once that's done it's a great glide along the Pilgrim's way.  Was tempted just to head back over the North downs and  ride back to SE London.  However, we did have at least one person in the group who was new to longer distances so we just gazed at the Downs which rise up aboeve the Way for about 3 or 4 miles. And headed for the train back.  The" ten days rain in one day" we were expecting never materialised- great cycling weather. great company, great pub, lovely hills,  beautiful descents, through orchards heavy with apples.  Love it.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: nic on August 31, 2008, 09:37:46 pm
I rode the Cumberland Challenge. Cracking ride even though it was very wet for about half of the ride.

I improved on last year's time by 1h30'. Well chuffed even though a lot of that can be accounted for by the much better riding conditions.

2009: A bit of sun and no rain for 50 miles? pleeeeaaase  :-[
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: gotr on September 01, 2008, 10:42:27 am
Rode the Tourmalet again, its the only way home......
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Tim Hall on September 01, 2008, 10:58:39 am
Back from a week of no cycling in Spain, I got up fairly sharpish and did 55km out and around the Ashdown Forest. Stopped in Forest Row to see Darth Ian, bought some new brake cables. Tried to buy a new cone too, but no luck. Back for coffee and tea cakes for brekko.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Adam on September 01, 2008, 05:10:57 pm
About 18 miles, just pottering around going to a few shops (including the LBS to get a new gear lever for my son's bike).

After popping into Tesco's to get some shirts for his school uniform (yes, I know I've left it to the last minute) I found they'd replaced the normal bike stands made out of the thick tubing similar to the enclosures holding the trollies, with a pathetic rectangle of light tubing.  It would only be able to fit 4 bikes and the thing wasn't even bolted to the ground, so anyone could have just turned up and lifted it all into a van. 

After locking my bike to the back of the trolley park, I made a swift complaint to Customer Services.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Wowbagger on September 01, 2008, 07:03:09 pm
Mrs. Wow and I, on tandem, normal pootle.

Very windy at times, but we averaged over 12 mph! 16.48 miles in 1h 22m 05s. We were belting along the sea front at about 22 mph for a couple of miles, much to the amusement of a number of motorists. One didn't find it so amusing: she decided, in the common manner, that we were only cyclists and could easily be overtaken and suddenly found herself with a bollard looming and nowhere to go but back behind us again.

The last couple of miles were a real slog, mostly uphill and into the wind. My aim at the half-way point was to keep our riding average over 11 mph, but we did rather better than that. The legs are feeling it now.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: border-rider on September 01, 2008, 07:06:30 pm
Only as far as the paper shop

It's been bucketing down all day - the moorhens have left the pond and are marauding round the garden cos it's wetter :)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Jasper the surreal cyclist on September 02, 2008, 09:21:14 am
Yesterday climbed over the downs at Arundel. Rode around the lanes before taking Duncton Hill. I did stop at the viewing platform, because the view is fantastic, especially with the shadows of clouds skittering around the valley. A couple more hills and then home, windy it twas but also stayed dry....
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Chris S on September 02, 2008, 09:24:55 am
A very wet 30km hill repeat session.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: mike on September 02, 2008, 09:32:22 am
sounds like my ride last night - 20k of short intervals (4 x 3 minutes, 3 minute gap between them), with one extra thrown in at the end because I was nearly home and it was starting to rain quite hard. 
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: andygates on September 02, 2008, 09:35:29 am
A beautiful sunny commute on the very-obviously First of Autumn here.   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: FatBloke on September 02, 2008, 09:39:11 am
No! 'Tis pishing down!  >:(

I also have to transport the loin fruit to school at 10:30.  :-\
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: delthebike on September 02, 2008, 01:25:04 pm
No! 'Tis pishing down!  >:(

It wasn't too bad, it actually stopped raining for about 10 mins just after noon. Two breakfasts at Roundbush and 40 odd miles.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Wowbagger on September 02, 2008, 07:32:46 pm
Once the rain stopped, Mrs. Wow and I did the same loop as yesterday but got our time down to 1h 15m 41s. 12.9mph! That's almost respectable!

I think we'll do a longer ride Friday and try to keep up >11 mph over 50 or so miles.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Dinamo on September 03, 2008, 10:58:51 am
A quick 8km ride to Fishponds to test my new addition to the stable !

Members' bikes (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=17.0)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: tiermat on September 03, 2008, 11:28:30 am
I went out last night, as it was threating with rain, and managed to get a personal best avearge speed over 20miles, of 17.3mph!!  Ok, it's in no-mans land speed wise, but give me another month or so and I'll have it up there with the best.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: border-rider on September 03, 2008, 11:30:29 am
Had a very, very nice 2 hour run (on legs not a bike :)) dodging the showers in the hills and forests yesterday.  I must take a camera...

Just getting soggy here now, so I may not get out again today (tho' I've been to the paper shop on the trike this morning)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Dinamo on September 03, 2008, 06:40:24 pm
A quick 8km ride to Fishponds to test my new addition to the stable !

Members' bikes (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=17.0)

Another 20km ride out to Chipping Sodbury - very windy !
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Notsototalnewbie on September 03, 2008, 06:52:23 pm
Is it me or is there some kind of wind tunnel thing going on in Londinium at the moment - felt like my wheels would be blown from under me at some points on the commute...

Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Tim Hall on September 03, 2008, 07:16:24 pm
Made myself go out last night on the fixer. "This Sceptred Isle" on the MP3 player, dry night, bit of wind, 35km.

A few errands today saw 20km on the 'bent.  Same stuff on the MP3. Windier today mind you.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: TimO on September 03, 2008, 07:30:13 pm
Is it me or is there some kind of wind tunnel thing going on in Londinium at the moment - felt like my wheels would be blown from under me at some points on the commute...

I don't think it's just you, I find whenever I go past any large buildings, you get all sorts of strong and odd wind directions.  I guess the buildings tend to funnel and concentrate the wind, sometimes in the opposite direction to the prevailing wind.  Luckily I only have a couple of places on my commute, like on Queenstown Road opposite Battersea Park, where there are big buildings that do this.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: alan on September 03, 2008, 07:30:59 pm
I was told that a local club was organising a 10 mile TT starting about a mile from home.
Despite persistent precipitation I went down to suss it out & there was no-one there.Bugger. :(
so I drove back home ;D
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: mike on September 03, 2008, 07:42:23 pm
buggery bollox, that was windier than I expected.  

Tonight was meant to be 90 minutes of hard work, with 15 minutes warm up and 15 minutes warm down.  The hard bit was 30 minutes tailwind (weeeeeeee :D) then an hour of headwind - v. poor route planning on my part!

Belting ride though, my thighs are on fire now....
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: toekneep on September 03, 2008, 08:33:16 pm
I was told that a local club was organising a 10 mile TT starting about a mile from home.
Despite persistent precipitation I went down to suss it out & there was no-one there.Bugger. :(
so I drove back home ;D
Did you ask who's home?  ;D ;D
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Jasper the surreal cyclist on September 03, 2008, 08:35:21 pm
Sodding windy down here too. Can still hear the roar in my lugholes....
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Andrew Br on September 03, 2008, 11:26:51 pm
First time on the bike for about a week and a half- I was beginning to get withdrawal symptoms.
Only about 9 miles- to and from football along the Fallowfield Loop and then to and from the pub.
I got a puncture just as I arrived at the football venue (Armitage Centre). That'll teach me for thinking "don't need to take the puncture kit- it's not far". The Fairy knows. Thankfully, a friend had his kit so I was spared the indignity of putting the bike in someone's car. Since the tyre had done ~2900 miles since it was fitted and this is the 1st time it has suffered, I can't complain. Big up for Pasela TG.

Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Arthur on September 04, 2008, 12:10:00 pm
I'm another one who picked up a pun**ure on this mornings ride. Luckily it was when I was only about 200 yards from home.

As I had to pull the back wheel off to fix it, I also got round to re-greasing the bearings and trueing out the very slight wobble in the wheel that's been niggling me for ages. And then I regreased the front wheel bearings and I've got the chain submerged in a tub of white spirit for a good clean.

If the fairies hadn't stuffed a shard of Stella bottle into my tyre, all of these jobs would have been ignored for at least another few months. Thanks ladies  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: clarion on September 04, 2008, 04:00:16 pm
I had to ride out to a meeting today.  It looked like it was going to rain as I started off, but it was fine.  On the way back, it did rain a bit - peerfect excuse for nipping to a cafe for a cup of tea before trundling home through the back roads of Southwark.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: domesticated ape on September 04, 2008, 05:07:05 pm
I had a great commute home today :)
I've been doing the commute for quite a while but I've never bothered to see how fast I could do it before, I've always been more concerned about not putting too much effort in, and I usually leave about an hour for the 12ish miles. I've been doing a bit more riding recently and it has started to feel a bit too easy if I just pootle along so today I thought I'd time myself and see how quickly I could get home. I didn't completely go for it as the roads were pretty wet at first, but I went as fast I thought was safe downhill and pretty much all out uphill. I was pretty lucky not to get held up too long at any of the traffic lights or junctions, and I made it home in 42 minutes. I'm pretty pleased with that, and also it gives me a time to aim for next time I'm feeling energetic after work!
Also as a bonus it had rained for most of the afternoon, stopped just before I left work, and then was peeing it down again five minutes after I got home ;D

Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Andrew Br on September 04, 2008, 11:16:23 pm
A lovely ride out into Cheshire this evening. The weather was great (yes, really), bike felt good and the engine seemed to be tuned nicely  :thumbsup:  Maybe the lack of cycling but the abundance of other exercise recently has had some benefit. In the end a total of 28 miles.
The only downside was nearly being taken out at the lights in Chorlton- an old Subaru Impreza (with a BIG exhaust judging by the sound of it) pulled up in the right turn only lane. I was in the ASL area and I figured that he was either turning right or going straight and hoping to burn off the cars on the inside- no problem, for me at least. Actually it was a problem since he was turning left (no indicators) and he nearly took my front wheel.
A pint of Ginger in the Marble rounded off the evening nicely, despite The Twat in the SubaruTM.
For those that don't know (so probably most of you !)- Ginger is a beer brewed by Marble Brewery, The Marble is one of their pubs in Chorlton (Cum Hardy). I can recommend both.



Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Wowbagger on September 05, 2008, 06:26:58 pm
A trip to the LBS to buy a new chain. 6 miles or so between rain spells.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Dinamo on September 05, 2008, 07:31:38 pm
20km commute this morning in pouring rain...
20km commute tonight in pouring rain...

Indian Summer.................must be Monsoon Season  ;)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Ian H on September 05, 2008, 07:35:45 pm
Out on the ancient mtb in the rain. Through puddles, over rivers swollen nearly to flood, up hills that have turned to rivers, with stones, leaves and other debris washed across them. A bit of muddy off-road, then back under the scarp and some seriously flooded lanes — the sensation of cold water washing over one's feet. Invigorating!
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Dinamo on September 05, 2008, 07:43:43 pm
— the sensation of cold water washing over one's feet. Invigorating!

 :-\
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: tonycollinet on September 05, 2008, 09:09:21 pm
NO! Its *****Y RAINING!
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Jurek on September 06, 2008, 04:53:14 pm
Yep, today, I went here
 (http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3242/2833507182_4a8dbd0c2e_b.jpg)

with Barry Mason and a small select band from Southwark Cyclists.
I'll post some more pics in the gallery once I've sorted through them
More pictures in the Gallery (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=7938.msg138390#msg138390)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Notsototalnewbie on September 06, 2008, 05:05:09 pm
That looked good Jurek, it was fully booked by the time I found out about it.

I'm going to try and get to the afterworker on Thurs though.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Karen Sutton on September 06, 2008, 06:04:54 pm
Yes. To the greengrocer's this morning to get two panniers full of shopping.
Then at lunchtime round the block several times testing recently repaired bikes.
Then off to the swimmming pool this afternoon with daughter number two and her friend.

Depending on the weather tomorrow we may do the first part of the CTC run.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: GillP on September 06, 2008, 08:50:58 pm
Yes, 70 miles with some members of the Garstang CTC (http://www.garstangcyclingclub.net/home.html) having encountered them at the cafe stop at Chipping last week and being invited to join them on a ride any time, we decided to join them for their windmills ride today. We had a fab time, were made very welcome, cycled through some deep water and returned home tired and happy  :D

Seems like we will very soon be signing up for membership  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Notsototalnewbie on September 07, 2008, 01:15:52 pm
Cycled to the wee Clapham Farmers Market to get some fruit and veg, eggs from happy chickens, and fruit leathers that I expect will be useful on longer cycle rides. All pretty reasonable.

Then on to Brixton Lidl for tinned stuff etc.

Trundled home with two full panniers.

Quite a juxtaposition there I know...
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: GruB on September 07, 2008, 02:37:19 pm
No, not on the bike.  No Sunday morning pootle for me today.
Went shopping in Swindon for son1's remaining present - a mobile phone.
Damn place is full of ugly people.  Rude people.  Clients most of them.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Wowbagger on September 07, 2008, 02:48:07 pm
A nice 50 miler with the SE Essex CTC. Delthebike led the charge. Only 6 of us: it was raining at about 8 a.m. and although there were a couple of drizzly showers along the way, it was a good ride. Elevensies (sic) at a golf club and a swift pint of Brewer's Gold at the East Hanningfield Windmill - just to check that it was OK for the Essex Boys' ride in a week or two.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Wowbagger on September 07, 2008, 02:48:54 pm
No, not on the bike.  No Sunday morning pootle for me today.
Went shopping in Swindon for son1's remaining present - a mobile phone.
Damn place is full of ugly people.  Rude people.  Clients most of them.

I hope you were nice to them GruB. No-one ever won an argument with a customer.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Jurek on September 07, 2008, 06:01:26 pm
Clients most of them.

Was the first word of that sentence a typo?  ;)

Is there no end to this miz weather?
Indoors pretty much all day today  :(
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: mike on September 07, 2008, 06:14:33 pm
I must have skirted round it all - I did 85 miles from north of stamford down to home with no rain at all :)

I spoke to brother when I was having a garage sandwich for lunch in Ramsey (mmm)  and he said there was torrential rain in cambridge, but by the time I got there the sun had come out  8)

so 85 miles, 4 1/2 hours.  Quite tired now...

Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: peliroja on September 07, 2008, 06:16:26 pm
Nope, stayed inside and rested all day. I am so whacked after all this travelling and working and working and travelling. The return journey on Friday took ten hours, and 30 minutes of that was waiting for a damned gate at Shatwick. My holiday fitness has been wiped out. Ho hum.  >:(
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: nobby on September 07, 2008, 07:34:42 pm
It was my 60th today and I did 30km on my 'bent. I suppose I could have done 60km but I'm glad I never. It was damp out and I'd have missed all my kids lining up to give me presents  ;D
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Butterfly on September 07, 2008, 08:18:26 pm
60 of them? ;)
Happy Birthday Nobby. :)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: nic on September 07, 2008, 08:27:36 pm
Did 202k riding the Nortern Dales Audax. Good news: Brilliant ride. Stunning scenery. One ride that will become an annual ride for me.  Bad news: Had to ride the last 15 miles on one leg. Left crank and bottom bracket completely f**ked. That makes it the most expensive ride of the year.  :'(
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Wowbagger on September 07, 2008, 08:50:39 pm
Did 202k riding the Nortern Dales Audax. Good news: Brilliant ride. Stunning scenery. One ride that will become an annual ride for me.  Bad news: Had to ride the last 15 miles on one leg. Left crank and bottom bracket completely f**ked. That makes it the most expensive ride of the year.  :'(

Console yourself that all the other rides contributed towards it.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Frenchie on September 07, 2008, 09:03:51 pm
No biking either. We were in the Lake Dsitrict. Pampering at the hotel, good food, re-lax... I managed a run along the Beck though on Saturday. It was wet, but so beautigul. I love this place.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Andrew Br on September 07, 2008, 09:09:56 pm
Did the Manchester 100- 109 miles in total if you count getting to the start, doing the ride, going to the pub then riding home. I acted as domestique for Helen on the return leg  O:-)- wind from NW, direction of travel- NW. I'll post elsewhere for tips on riding on wheels/having someone ride on your wheel.
I've decided that I don't like the MCR 100 route and I'm not sure that I'll do it again.
Bad accident on the way back- car on roof. The (elderly) driver was already being strapped in a body brace by paramedics. As far as I could see, no cyclists were involved directly but I wouldn't be surprised if there was some cyclist interaction- frustrated/impatient driver overtaking inappropriately. I'm speculating.
We passed by as quickly as we could- rubbernecking didn't appeal.
Not nice.

Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Psychler on September 07, 2008, 09:25:48 pm
Did my first ride since fracturing my elbow back in July. A very gentle 20 miles.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: her_welshness on September 08, 2008, 01:43:38 pm
Cycled on Saturday with 8 others around Canterbury and the Isle of Thanet...around 60 miles and hardly any rain  :)

Lewisham Cyclists -Canterbury to Ramsgate with Bromley Cyclists (http://www.lewishamcyclists.net/images/Gallery/Canterbury%20to%20Ramsgate/Canterbury%20to%20Ramsgate%20rep.html#report)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: nic on September 08, 2008, 02:49:23 pm
Did 202k riding the Nortern Dales Audax. Good news: Brilliant ride. Stunning scenery. One ride that will become an annual ride for me.  Bad news: Had to ride the last 15 miles on one leg. Left crank and bottom bracket completely f**ked. That makes it the most expensive ride of the year.  :'(

Console yourself that all the other rides contributed towards it.
True :-)
At least it happened near the end of the ride. I am consoling myself by upgrading the chainset to Ultegra SL instead 105. Good deals over at Ribble at the moment and cheap fitting. They can even fit it before Thursday's hill climb time trial.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: nobby on September 08, 2008, 05:26:12 pm
60 of them? ;)
Happy Birthday Nobby. :)

Thank you, Butterfly
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Jasper the surreal cyclist on September 08, 2008, 07:17:35 pm
Rode out with Mrs. J-tsc today. Out through Chichester to Woodmancote then down along to Compton where we went up over Littlegreen Hill. Then down over the border into Hampshire. Cut off along the Burriton road from Ideford, this is one of my favourite lanes which skirts Queen Elizabeth park. Over to Weston and along the lanes to East Meon before turning up the hill towards HMS Mercury. We then called in to the sustainability centre, although there was a woodland funeral going on while we were there. These are quite popular (people are dying etc.....). Back on the bikes we descended to Clanfield and up across the A3 then down Windmill Hill to Chalton. This is another fine lane for biking and goes along to Denlane End. We then climbed up to Forestside and along to Stansted House for scones and a rest.. Home through Funtingdon, West Stoke and down Centurion Way into Chichester thence to Bognor. One nasty puncture for Carole (will need new tyre) and several homicidal drivers, so a fairly normal ride then....exept that it did not rain.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: mike on September 09, 2008, 07:16:17 am
I was out with the Mrs too, except she was on the horse rather than bike.  Horse [rory] has been lame for a while and this was her first time riding him for about 3 months, she was worried about him freaking out and bouncing across the road or galloping off up a field. 

If someone rides a bike just in front, he's a lot calmer because he has something to follow.  So it was 3 miles round the block with a horse breathing down my neck!

(he was fine and still looked sound when we got back, thankfully)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Wowbagger on September 09, 2008, 04:08:39 pm
I was out with the Mrs too, except she was on the back of the tandem.  If she's on the back, she's a lot calmer because she has something to follow.  :thumbsup:

We persuaded my walking pal to come with us. We did 22 miles, he did about 13 (we rode to and from his house but he, living there, didn't). It was his first bike ride for years, and it was great! It was also his first time on a bike since breaking his leg and he thoroughly enjoyed it.

One more bike!
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Ian H on September 09, 2008, 04:19:41 pm
I went out last night to the club committee meeting. 20 miles there and 20miles — in the rain — back. Swerved to avoid a toad in a small lane, who looked over his shoulder as if to say, "Bloody cyclists."
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Wowbagger on September 09, 2008, 04:33:21 pm
I went out last night to the club committee meeting. 20 miles there and 20miles — in the rain — back. Swerved to avoid a toad in a small lane, who looked over his shoulder as if to say, "Bloody cyclists."

You weren't re-enacting "Wind in the Willows" by any chance?
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: FatBloke on September 09, 2008, 05:36:43 pm
40 odd miles with the Over 40's culminating with a rendez-vous with Delthebike.

Nice weather for a bike ride!  8)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: mike on September 09, 2008, 07:26:38 pm
Intervals in the pouring rain - and I love riding in the rain  :D :D :D
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: peliroja on September 09, 2008, 07:29:08 pm
Just to work and back. The junction where I join the Embankment has had no traffic lights depuis two days. Bloody dangerous!!!  >:(
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: David Martin on September 09, 2008, 09:50:07 pm
It was supposed to be the club hill climb tonight. I left a tad later than intended, and had to push a wee bit to get there. This included the first half (Longforgan and the Knapp) of the Thursday night hilly run.

I'd specially prepped the good bike and it was feeling good, except for the gears being a wee bit interesting (Bloody Campag, should have got something smooth and efficient from Japan instead).

Made it to the start 5 mins late. This is a confined club event so starts are approximate. I was dismayed to find nobody there.  'Must have just missed them' I thought so put some effort in to get to the top of the hill (without being able to dump jacket, water bottle, toolkit etc in the back of a car so lugged it up the hill). Nobody there either.
It wasn't even raining that much.

Down the other side to the main road. Low cloud so I didn't want to ride back that way, turn round in case I had got the time wrong. Back up to the top, down to the bridge. Nobody.

Back down through Knapp and Longforgan. Into the wind but no rain. Might just make it home for the ToB highlights. Up through Invergowrie and then Ninewells Brae. Hard going (as ever) on cooked legs. Got in at 20.10 after 30ish hilly miles.

I wish I was fit.

..d
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Dinamo on September 10, 2008, 08:42:23 am
Yesterday, ride to see stage finish of ToB - report here

Tour of Britain stage 3 (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=8029.0)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Regulator on September 10, 2008, 09:05:58 am
Just to work and back. The junction where I join the Embankment has had no traffic lights depuis two days. Bloody dangerous!!!  >:(


Interesting...

My personal experience is that I prefer junctions where the lights aren't working, as drivers seem to slow down and are forced to be more aware.  Perhaps it depends on the type of junction?
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: peliroja on September 10, 2008, 09:43:28 am
Just to work and back. The junction where I join the Embankment has had no traffic lights depuis two days. Bloody dangerous!!!  >:(


Interesting...

My personal experience is that I prefer junctions where the lights aren't working, as drivers seem to slow down and are forced to be more aware.  Perhaps it depends on the type of junction?
They weren't slowing down at all, that was the problem! Even when cars were edging right out of the junction onto the Embankment in an attempt to get out, the Embankment traffic kept HURTLING BY! It was carnage in the making...  :-\
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Regulator on September 10, 2008, 10:22:41 am
Maybe it is where a failure occurs that is the problem.

When the traffic lights next to the flat were out for about a week, following a broken water main, it was much nicer than when they were working.  Drivers were slowing down as they weren't sure who had priority and they were even giving way to cyclists and pedestrians.  This was a pleasant change to the usual 'race for the red light' and 'I'm bigger than you' scenario that is every day life.

I have ofen wondered what would happen if they simply switched off all the traffic lights.  Would we grind to a halt, or would drivers be forced to actually think about what they were doing?
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: clarion on September 10, 2008, 10:43:36 am
Last night, went out for a short ride down to Wandsworth and back.  Used it as a chance to try riding at a speed other than 'flat out', and tried maintaining a fairly constant speed.  That was fun, if a bit tricky.  Followed a friend on the way home, enjoying the ride and the turn of the pedals. :)
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: peliroja on September 10, 2008, 04:46:10 pm
Maybe it is where a failure occurs that is the problem.

When the traffic lights next to the flat were out for about a week, following a broken water main, it was much nicer than when they were working.  Drivers were slowing down as they weren't sure who had priority and they were even giving way to cyclists and pedestrians.  This was a pleasant change to the usual 'race for the red light' and 'I'm bigger than you' scenario that is every day life.

I have ofen wondered what would happen if they simply switched off all the traffic lights.  Would we grind to a halt, or would drivers be forced to actually think about what they were doing?
I think the problem is due to the type of junction in question. It's a relatively minor road (Royal Hospital Road) joining a fast stretch of the Embankment, and the Embankment traffic is blind to the fact there is even a junction there. Very dangerous.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Regulator on September 10, 2008, 04:55:35 pm
Is that the junction that's at a bit of a funny angle?
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: peliroja on September 10, 2008, 05:37:35 pm
The junction is indeed a bit bent.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Jasper the surreal cyclist on September 11, 2008, 07:13:34 am
Leave it......
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Jasper the surreal cyclist on September 11, 2008, 07:23:48 am
Went out yesterday. I thought a longer ride to guage how firt I am after being poorly for a while.
Off to Arundel to climb Bury Hill and then down the other side. Good views at the top across the valley, and quite hot and sweaty by the time I had climbed to the top. Picked up the back lanes to Fittleworth and meandered to Petworth. A272 towards Midhurst and then left at Halfway Bridge. I love the dark dank lanes around Grafham and Selham. They have this heady pine perfume when it has been raining. Through Heyshott Common for the turn south where the wind hits me full in the face, still only 18 miles to go, but I am getting slower. Climb Cocking Hill (Fnrttc/Wittering) and down to Singleton. Had to stop off and despatch a couple of mixied bunnies. Tea at The Studio Tea Rooms where a sausage sandwich may have been consumed. Choice of four climbs over Goodwood, I took East Dean then down Pilligreen into Halnacker and Boxgrove. The sun was out now. We do seem to have this micro-climate around here. Caused by the prevailing wind and the shelter given by the Isle of Wight which pushes weather stuff around us. The view from the top at Goodwood sculpture park was amazing with the sea looking like a cauldron of molten silver....Tangmere and then the lanes home after putting up a big old buzzard at Colworth.....now tired.
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: Ian H on September 11, 2008, 08:16:41 am
I went out last night to the club committee meeting. 20 miles there and 20miles — in the rain — back. Swerved to avoid a toad in a small lane, who looked over his shoulder as if to say, "Bloody cyclists."

You weren't re-enacting "Wind in the Willows" by any chance?

And another toad last night. Just missed it. Perhaps all this wet is confusing them. Parp, parp!
Title: Re: Have you been out today?
Post by: peliroja on September 11, 2008, 09:35:04 am