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OT Gallery / Re: Fungi
« Last post by Pingu on Yesterday at 11:08:04 pm »
It's that time of year again.

I thought exactly that when I looked at the drying green this evening  :)

Also, you're late this year:

Audax / Re: Island randonnées
« Last post by FifeingEejit on Yesterday at 11:06:51 pm »
The first Arran 200 falls foul of the "riding the same road in the same direction more than once" rule.

Believe it or not, no such rule exists. YACF folk-law.

I think it's an over-interpretation of Regulation 9.8.2 (b).

"A route may visit a control more than once, but routes consisting of repeated passes over the
same circuit will not normally be approved."

It's possible the wording of that regulation was different in the past, and the wording may have previously been more along the lines of the accepted lore, but has now been simplified / clarified to make the intention of the regulation more plain.

When I rode the Mull one I had a mini panic about the middle road and went the long way round to avoid double passing. when I mentioned it to the DIY orgaqnizer I got an e-mail back which included "You are allowed to ride the same road twice in the same direction, it’s continuous loops, ie. multiple laps, that’s banned.".

If you setup them up as "proper" perms, remember to create a badge for them as well - the whole world will want to ride then!

As IanDG pointed out when I wondered aloud about the lack of a perm on the Western Isles chain for his end to end, theres no where on Vatersay to control.
Some of these may be possible to define with real controls however in reality unless Perms are changed so that validation by GPS is available without it also having to be validatable by paper proof of passage... basically perms in much of Scotland are fucked,
What's more a significant portion of Teuchterland ATMs don't print the location on receipts either as Notemachine run the machines stationed in Scotmid Co-Ops.

However a badge is not a bad idea and one I've already been ponderiung
Provided I could get some form of computer based proof of what a DIY was and tie it up with the DIY on a riders result list it's doable.

This got me thinking about if this would be possible on a Dutch island.

Texel is the biggest of the Waden Islands, best I can come up with is a 100km:

I'm wondering if it would be possible to do it as a 200 by basically doing it in one direction, then doing it in the reverse...


You may notice on interrogating some of the routes above that I have essentially done a loop in one direction then used a bit more of the road network to reverse it.
On The Road / Re: DOTD
« Last post by Kim on Yesterday at 11:01:42 pm »
I was in a genuine bicycle traffic jam on the shared-use bollocks up to Mr Sainsbury's Emporium Of Toothy Comestibles earlier.  The cause of the hold-up was a FOREIGN PSO on a sensible[1] Ridgeback failing to keep up with her friend on some kind of electric-assist clown bike, particularly on the uphill bit.  I suspect this was because - either through ignorance or mechanical necessity - the gears were in small:small, but the handlebar danglebag certainly wasn't improving matters.

A pedestrian-free gap eventually opened up, and I passed her as she tacked across to the pedestrian side of the path.  This was a tactical error, as she startled and wobbled into me.  Fortunately I was able to avoid actual contact by speeding up[2] and moving right.  The cyclist behind me had dismounted as soon as the Z-axis came into play, so further conflict was avoided.

All in all, I consider this to be a good sign.  People using bikes!  In Birmingham!

[1] Mudguards, rear rack, etc.
[2] I may have reached 10mph.
OT Gallery / Re: Fungi
« Last post by Pingu on Yesterday at 10:59:59 pm »
It's that time of year again.

I thought exactly that when I looked at the drying green this evening  :)
Rides and Touring / Re: Mid-Essex Mid-Week Nocturnal Series
« Last post by tedshred on Yesterday at 10:59:17 pm »
Queens Head at the Hythe ?
On The Road / Re: On the commute today
« Last post by LittleWheelsandBig on Yesterday at 10:53:23 pm »
Some driver decided to pull a U-turn in a gap in peak-hour traffic. Unfortunately I was the gap.

A gentle roll onto the bonnet resulted, along with scuffed handlebar tape and a small bruise. I may be getting a bit too blasé or distracted about cycle-commuting, given the close calls I’ve experienced recently.
Rides and Touring / Re: Mid-Essex Mid-Week Nocturnal Series
« Last post by Grey Sheep on Yesterday at 10:52:22 pm »
How about a Witham night? Spoons have their beer festival on.
It might also help the curry night fund.
Plenty of good rides for the area and central for everyone.
And it has been a long while since the last Witham night.
If Andy brings Jane's fixed I might even have a go

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The Pub / Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Last post by ian on Yesterday at 10:51:20 pm »
Blimey Harvard Graphics, that’s a blast from the past. I recall Word 2 on the diddy Mac being awesomely WYSIWYG after years of colour-coded, function key-hammering WordPerfect.

Cantankerous lab equipment (hplc, capillary electrophoresis, and the giant first generation DNA sequencers that graced the age) always seemed to run on OS/2 Warp.
The Pub / Re: Tune Association
« Last post by Karla on Yesterday at 10:47:55 pm »
Hatesong - Porcupine Tree
The Knowledge / Re: Deore XT rear hub ball bearing question
« Last post by LittleWheelsandBig on Yesterday at 10:47:17 pm »
Loose balls are always my preference.
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