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Title: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Pancho on March 02, 2016, 11:05:54 am
I can no longer contribute to the "Commute" thread as I don't have a job to necessitate a commute and the school run is a bit over cycling distance (6000 miles according to Google - and a lot of ocean). But I haven't abandoned the bike. And I haven't lost the desire to share my tales of the road. However, I am reduced to reporting "utility" rides.

Today, I saw rain approaching and decided not to go shopping in town but to nip to the village and just buy milk instead. Wise choice as it started hammering down as I arrived home. Nothing of interest to report bar heavier traffic than one would expect at 1000. I suspect a main road is blocked/closed/slow somewhere and people are rat running.

Distance: 1 mile (total!)

Feel free to add utility ride reports. I'm not expecting many!
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: hatler on March 02, 2016, 11:29:07 am
After years of commuting I'm in the same boat. My rides are generally around Richmond Park just to keep myself in trim and the opportunity for auto-numptiness to be displayed is close to zero on my route there, back and around and around.

I do utility rides whenever I can though. Last one was Friday to Earlsfield to get some leccy bits. I'd forgotten what it's like to have cars randomly pull out in front of you, or pull alongside and then drift into your space with the full expectation that I will simply evaporate. I've sort of been missing that.

Total miles for that one - 10.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Pingu on March 02, 2016, 12:02:20 pm
Cycled to the Beach retail centre on Sunday to get some cat food. I was going to drive and pick up some cat litter (not urgent) at the same time but I'm glad I didn't - traffic mayhem  :hand: 6.3km  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: ian on March 02, 2016, 12:51:52 pm
I don't go to the mothership very often, so most of my cycling is utilitarian, either to meetings in Londontown, or on sundry errands or adventures. I often find it a bit sad that I'm in a minority amongst the cars for those sorts of journeys. But then I remember that I'm not the one stuck in a line of traffic with a frustrated scowl untidily plastered across my face.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Guy on March 02, 2016, 01:06:01 pm
Does the pub trip count as utility or commuting?
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: trekker12 on March 02, 2016, 01:39:16 pm
Depends which side of the bar you will be on arrival
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Guy on March 02, 2016, 01:48:56 pm
So pub journey related stories go in 'ere then :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Kim on March 02, 2016, 01:56:08 pm
Wait, does this mean we're going to have to come up with a new name for the geesey cut-through at the end of Raddlebarn Farm Drive?
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: BrianI on March 02, 2016, 02:10:37 pm
I may, in the spring, once my knee of gubbage is back to normal, cycle to my yoga class of an evening.  Just need to figure out stowage of the yoga mat!  My single wheel trailer would be a bit overkill though.....   ;D
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Kim on March 02, 2016, 02:17:34 pm
Roll it up and strap it horizontally across the rack?  Should get you loads of overtaking room (just watch out for anti-cyclist bollards).
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Si S on March 02, 2016, 02:39:33 pm
I may, in the spring, once my knee of gubbage is back to normal, cycle to my yoga class of an evening.  Just need to figure out stowage of the yoga mat!  My single wheel trailer would be a bit overkill though.....   ;D

Friend has just had a similar requirement, his solution was like this

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5252/5478892989_0e8da1f175.jpg)

Instructions here (http://singletrackworld.com/forum/topic/diy-tentsleeping-bag-handle-bar-attachment) It's an impressive use of drainpipe and bar bag mounts.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: matthew on March 02, 2016, 02:49:39 pm
Wait, does this mean we're going to have to come up with a new name for the geesey cut-through at the end of Raddlebarn Farm Drive?

You mean the one that used to be pretty much my drive?

(I used to live in one of the maisonettes at the very end of Raddlebarn Farm Drive and backed onto the canal.)
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Kim on March 02, 2016, 02:53:33 pm
Wait, does this mean we're going to have to come up with a new name for the geesey cut-through at the end of Raddlebarn Farm Drive?

You mean the one that used to be pretty much my drive?

(I used to live in one of the maisonettes at the very end of Raddlebarn Farm Drive and backed onto the canal.

That's the one.  Known in this house as "Basil's Commute", on account of being the shortest route between, well, you can probably guess...
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Dibdib on March 02, 2016, 03:28:49 pm
Roll it up and strap it horizontally across the rack?  Should get you loads of overtaking room (just watch out for anti-cyclist bollards).

That's what I do with mine, and I think I might have clipped a bollard with it once but didn't notice until I got to class and noticed it wasn't particularly horizontal any more.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Veloman on March 02, 2016, 03:39:57 pm
....... However, I am reduced to reporting "utility" rides.

Far too harsh on yourself and the very useful role that such rides perform, particularly as we should be encouraging more cycling of this nature.

Monday was a good example for me: shall I just jump in the car to go to the nearest bank (3 miles away) or shall I get the bike out etc etc.  Jumping in the car is so much easier and parking on a Monday is normally very easy.  I chose the bike and felt all the smugger as I tucked into my beans on toast with poached egg after doing the banking stuff, photocopying, getting a couple of copies of that new newspaper for the café I subsequently visited and also popping in to check on the health and wellbeing of someone.

Elevate yourself to utility!
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Pancho on March 02, 2016, 05:00:24 pm
I should add that today was the first time in a long while that I rode in 100% civvies. I never wore lycra for commuting but did have hi viz jacket and hood and cycling gloves. To the uninitiated observer, certainly more bikie than POB.

Today I was wearing Barbour jacket, flat cap, and non-bikie woolen gloves (cos I'd been gardening). Definitely a POB.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: matthew on March 02, 2016, 06:28:26 pm
Wait, does this mean we're going to have to come up with a new name for the geesey cut-through at the end of Raddlebarn Farm Drive?

You mean the one that used to be pretty much my drive?

(I used to live in one of the maisonettes at the very end of Raddlebarn Farm Drive and backed onto the canal.

That's the one.  Known in this house as "Basil's Commute", on account of being the shortest route between, well, you can probably guess...

The thought that Basil would use the shortest route between home and work is laughable, the shortest route to his preferred watering hole though ...
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: cycleman on March 02, 2016, 07:37:50 pm
I pottered into Slough to the doctors and then pottered back via the town centre . 2.6miles of flat cycling. But I missed the rain .the wind was winding a bit though ☺
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Basil on March 02, 2016, 07:43:10 pm
Due to annual leave and non working days I have only 11 more commutes before I join Pancho on the scrap heap.  I'll move over here at the end of March.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: tom_e on March 02, 2016, 08:13:36 pm
I quite like the idea of this thread.  Was even considering upgrading my commute to the grandiose title of a Utilitarian Adventure.  Echoes of a quote I read somewhere of a bike commute being like "a mini-holiday twice a day".

Though I might have to stay out if it's all retirees making me jealous!
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Pancho on March 03, 2016, 10:31:49 am
A quick run, via the docs to drop off a repeat request, to the garden centre to buy chilli pepper seeds (£2.99! Oh well, that's the cost of my preference for dealing with local business rather than the internet). A bit of light rain/sleet but not sufficient to drive me to don waterproofs. Roads were wonderfully peaceful and car-less. With that first sheen of wetness, it looked a bit slippery (particularly manhole covers and cobbled sections).

No bike parking at either destination but as I was being quick and it's hardly a high crime area, I just used the propstand and left it unlocked.

The mileage total for this week is looking a bit disappointing: 16 (town) + 1 (village) + 2 (garden centre) = 19 poxy miles and today is Thursday.

Usually, I'd be at 60ish on Thursday morning. Oh well, I shall go and dig the garden.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: hatler on March 03, 2016, 10:37:07 am
Managed a run to the Docs on the freebie Kona hybrid with mini yesterday.

Ooo yes. On Sunday we cycled to little miss's tennis session to cycle back with her through leafy Wimbledon. Mini punctured at the top of the hill on the way there and the householder was out front pumping his family's tyres up so lent us his track pump. I don't know what came over me but all I did was replace the tube, didn't even to think to check for whatever it was that caused the puncture. I don't know what came over me. Anyway, we got away with it. Large lump of glass removed from tyre when we got home.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: ian on March 03, 2016, 11:35:56 am
I think one of the sad things about utility cycling is that I have the entire place to myself. I've never in two years seen another cyclist who isn't dashing to and from the train station or fully lycra'd and heading over the Downs for the wilds beyond the M25 pale or struggling back afterwards. On the plus side, I don't have to fight for a bike rack.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Pancho on March 03, 2016, 11:45:34 am
Surprisingly, given that I live in the town with the highest per capita level of car ownership in the Kingdom, it seems better round here. OK, I've not done much weekday non-commuting from which to draw conclusions.

In my one mile round trip yesterday, I saw at least five people on bikes. They were, in the main a bit lycra-y but at least one was a POB doing utility stuff.

Today, I saw two old ladies on bikes in the village - with not a jot of lycra, helmets, or hi viz between them. Also, today I noticed the village square bike racks were full with rusty, utilitarian bikes and there was an MTB/tourer thing with mucho Altura parked up at the doc's.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: ian on March 03, 2016, 11:55:56 am
There is some excuse in that we, perched on the edge of the North Downs, have hills, but a good deal live on the valley bottom and could easily cycle from home to the shops (takes me about three minutes from front door to bike rack). It's a commuter town, so all the affluent people seem to evaporate during the day, and cycling seems to correlate with affluence. Someone even chains up a fancy recumbent in the station.

But it seems most people would rather drive and complain about parking spaces (there's actually no shortage, but they have to park right outside wherever they're going, not in the free supermarket carparks that bracket the town). I'll admit the roads are pretty horrible, the ones near me are very narrow, over-parked, with cars barreling down the middle. I can perfectly understand why people wouldn't want to cycle, to be honest, it takes a degree of devil-may-care enthusiasm.

I did complain at the health centre about a lack of bike parking the last time I was there (apparently I couldn't bring my bike inside because it would be health and safety hazard, which was odd considering the giant prams and buggies littering the place, but anyway). They seemed bemused by the very prospect that someone would cycle to the doctors.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Kim on March 03, 2016, 08:29:14 pm
I'll just leave this here: http://chasingmailboxes.com/2016/02/25/the-errandonnee-ride-or-run-and-get-stuff-done/
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Basil on March 03, 2016, 08:38:20 pm
Excellent.   :D

Of we go then.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Ruthie on March 03, 2016, 09:26:35 pm
I did a utility trip to Church and back wivva floot anna music Stan on Sunday.  Does that count?

Less than a mile in total, I should think.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Pancho on March 03, 2016, 09:28:11 pm
I'll just leave this here: http://chasingmailboxes.com/2016/02/25/the-errandonnee-ride-or-run-and-get-stuff-done/

I have a problem with the "controls" listed:
   
Quote
    Personal Care
    Personal Business
    You carried WHAT on your bike (or back)?! (Thanks to Rachel C. for this suggestion!)
    Arts and Entertainment
    Non-Store Errand
    Social Call (includes restaurants, coffee, and other social activities)
    Work or Volunteering
    Store (includes bike shop, running store, grocery store, etc. You know, a store.)
    Wild Card (surprise me!)

My life isn't that exciting!

"Personal care" - er, what's that? I certainly don't go out for it!
"Personal business" - ditto
"You carried WHAT!?" - OK, I can probably do this (I haz trailer)
"Arts and Entertainment" - I can probably  do this - we have a village theatre. Problem is, I'll be billy no-mates and going on my own. Maybe "library visit" will count.
"Non-store errand" - er, isn't that what the above are?
"Social call" - tricky
"Work or volunteering" - hah! lack thereof is why I'm here
"Store" - at last, an easy one
"Wildcard" - I'm sure I can come up with something.

OK, I'm nitpicking (sort of) - I love the concept!
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Kim on March 03, 2016, 09:32:06 pm
I'll just leave this here: http://chasingmailboxes.com/2016/02/25/the-errandonnee-ride-or-run-and-get-stuff-done/

I have a problem with the "controls" listed:
   
Quote
    Personal Care
    Personal Business
    You carried WHAT on your bike (or back)?! (Thanks to Rachel C. for this suggestion!)
    Arts and Entertainment
    Non-Store Errand
    Social Call (includes restaurants, coffee, and other social activities)
    Work or Volunteering
    Store (includes bike shop, running store, grocery store, etc. You know, a store.)
    Wild Card (surprise me!)

My life isn't that exciting!

My thoughts exactly.  Realistically I just don't do that much stuff.  Or at least, not regularly enough to do them all back to back.

I do have a moving target[1] of a dentist appointment that should qualify for "personal care", so that's one of the tricky ones covered.


[1] They keep having to cancel it.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Pancho on March 03, 2016, 09:37:56 pm
I did a utility trip to Church and back wivva floot anna music Stan on Sunday.  Does that count?

Less than a mile in total, I should think.

Definitely counts. These are the rides of legends.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: sg37409 on March 03, 2016, 09:41:05 pm
Helped my youngest last weekend on his paper round, Saturday and Sunday morning.   Used my carbon fibre bike for a paper round :-)
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Dibdib on March 03, 2016, 11:09:10 pm
I also never seem to have enough errands to do her Errandonee challenge but I did the Coffeeneuring one a couple of years ago, which was fun.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Kim on March 03, 2016, 11:26:05 pm
I don't drink coffee either.  I suppose I'll just have to do some audaxes.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: dave r on March 04, 2016, 08:48:04 am
My last utility ride was a couple of weeks ago, a trip to the barbers to get my thatch thinned, with a stop at the post office for an anniversary card, trip done in civies and mountain bike shoes, my car was parked round the back of the house and it was far easier than getting the car out.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: cycleman on March 04, 2016, 10:52:22 am
42miles to Farnborough and back  to my local cycle shop with a wheel rim and some SRAM dual drive parts. The longest utility I have done this year  :)

Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 04, 2016, 11:12:24 am
In January I bought a bike specifically for utility cycling, here is Penelope the Pashley Pronto (eBay - £135  :thumbsup:  ) ...

(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l160/stevenr_01/Mobile%20Uploads/2016-01/A238B632-3FA8-4795-AC05-4858141F37BA_zps2fabgnad.jpg)

Prior to getting Penelope I would often drive the mile into town as I considered it to be too much faff to take all the easily nickable bits off my nice bikes (pump, lights etc) and of course there is always the chance the whole bike will get pinched.

Now, I just jump on Penelope wearing whatever I happen to have on - easy!

I am logging all my rides on Strava, mainly for my own amusement.  I add all manner of detail, such as yesterday I rode into town for some shopping which largely comprised of various types of bin bag  ;D

Last week I got a friendly beep from a Braintree District Council bin lorry.  I know it was friendly as the beep was accompanied by a cab full of bin men grinning and waving.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 04, 2016, 11:20:36 am
The conference call I'm listening into is well dull so here are some photos from my recent utilitarian adventures ...

(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l160/stevenr_01/Mobile%20Uploads/FullSizeRender_zps5icj7vi0.jpg)
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l160/stevenr_01/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_2496_zps6g2xtksh.jpg)
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l160/stevenr_01/Mobile%20Uploads/FullSizeRender_zpsk104mmvm.jpg)
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l160/stevenr_01/Mobile%20Uploads/FullSizeRender_zpsshpbw55n.jpg)
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 04, 2016, 11:24:13 am
Oh, hang on, missed one (the free puppy is in my pannier ) ...

(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l160/stevenr_01/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_2547_zpsiyqhltyb.jpg)
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Deano on March 04, 2016, 12:44:57 pm
I can't match the Andrex, but I just went into town for an eye test and to pick up a cheap phone. Not much to report, except that everybody was Irish.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Pancho on March 04, 2016, 12:58:30 pm
No outing for me today.

@Oscar's Dad: cool bike, cool pics. Despite sticking mega-capacity panniers on my mirror toting tourer, you've way outgunned me on the utility stakes.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 04, 2016, 01:04:18 pm
@Oscar's Dad: cool bike, cool pics. Despite sticking mega-capacity panniers on my mirror toting tourer, you've way outgunned me on the utility stakes.

 ;D

It's not a competition!  Penelope started life as a works bike at the Atomic Weapons Establishment, Aldermaston but I bought her from a bloke in Goole.  Anyone wanting something similar should Google "Elephant Bikes" as they have all the old Royal Mail Mailstars, a Pronto by another name.

I do love utility cycling.  I've already been to the gym this morning (2 mile round trip) and was due to ride down to Tesco but The Current Mrs R is popping in on her way home - I feel cheated!
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: rr on March 05, 2016, 03:11:39 pm
A tandem utility trip with micro, hobbycraft and the music shop
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Ruthie on March 06, 2016, 09:11:51 am
Church and back.  The homeward journey involved transporting a little bunch of daffs and some homemade chocolates, as it is Mothering Sunday.  Which was nice.

Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: bumper on March 06, 2016, 09:20:27 am
Does going to the postbox count?

second ride of the morning, fatbike this time on 1" of snow :P
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Veloman on March 06, 2016, 10:55:27 am
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l160/stevenr_01/Mobile%20Uploads/FullSizeRender_zpsk104mmvm.jpg)

You need to contact fruitcake for some of those wonderful trouser straps.  Far better than clips IME.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: cycleman on March 06, 2016, 07:33:32 pm
Three trips to the local shop . 1.5 miles  :).
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 07, 2016, 12:11:03 pm
fruitcake will be getting some of my money, thanks for the tip off. The cycle clips shown in the photo have been largely abandoned in favour of those slap wrap things which are more comfortable but aren't ideal.

In terms of utilitarian cycling I can only report a 2 mile round trip to the gym this morning, nothing over the weekend, in fact no cycling at all  :(
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Datameister on March 07, 2016, 12:19:21 pm
The conference call I'm listening into is well dull so here are some photos from my recent utilitarian adventures ...

(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l160/stevenr_01/Mobile%20Uploads/FullSizeRender_zps5icj7vi0.jpg)
[img width=480

My first reaction (until I looked closer) was "How has he molished that Aldi trolley to use as a trailer?"
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 07, 2016, 12:22:50 pm
 ;D
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Pancho on March 07, 2016, 01:53:11 pm
Does going to the postbox count?

second ride of the morning, fatbike this time on 1" of snow :P

Snow! I'm so jealous. All I've had down here for several winters is brief morning ice to put the terror in my commute. Today, of course, I just waited for it to warm up before my adventure of the day.

Which was into town to visit the optician, buy some dollars, and pop into Aldi for two-panniers worth of groceries. Lovely sunny ride in at about 0930. Chilly headwind, though. Once again, benign and sparse traffic - I love this non-rush hour riding. No sign of ice, thankfully.

Counted other bikes approximately; at least 12 making way on the road and all the bike racks were full in town. Not bad for a cold day.

Did notice some rubbing, squeaking noises which I studiously ignored till I got home. Spin of the wheel shows a major rub somewhere - no wonder it was hard going! Will investigate more once feeling has returned to fingers and toes.

16 cold miles total (and wearing fruitcake's trouser clip things - well, one of them as I'm a no wasted effort, drive side only type of guy).
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Guy on March 07, 2016, 02:16:26 pm
My total, non-pub, utility miles this weekend was a staggering 0.37 (approx 600 metres) round trip to the Magic Money Machine at the uselessmarket. A whole 5 minutes, including waiting for the little man in the machine to print and dish out the cash, and for a sloow-moving moton to get his arras in gear so's I could come back out onto High Street.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: fruitcake on March 07, 2016, 02:44:30 pm
In January I bought a bike specifically for utility cycling, here is Penelope the Pashley Pronto (eBay - £135  :thumbsup:  ) ...

(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l160/stevenr_01/Mobile%20Uploads/2016-01/A238B632-3FA8-4795-AC05-4858141F37BA_zps2fabgnad.jpg)


I saw a red one of those at the local Sainsbury's and was impressed by the massive rack.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: fruitcake on March 07, 2016, 02:51:51 pm
Excellent thread, Pancho.

You need to contact fruitcake for some of those wonderful trouser straps.  Far better than clips IME.

Thanks for the tip. Oscar's Dad will soon be the owner of a pair of trouser straps.  :thumbsup:
 
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 07, 2016, 03:21:54 pm
Once I've measured my ankles and paid some money!
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 08, 2016, 02:17:07 pm
According to Strava  ;D Penelope and I have just enjoyed a 3.6 mile round trip which included popping into the doctor's surgery (as unsatisfactory as usual  >:(  , not entirely sure who to blame, let's not go there) and visit to Tesco ...

(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l160/stevenr_01/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_2602_zpsc4zhrbwd.jpg)

Much fun  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Jakob W on March 08, 2016, 04:25:13 pm
My usual Tuesday trip to twins club in the bakfiets - really felt my lack of miles in the legs, and had to stop for a breather at the top of a couple of climbs. Not helped by getting some groceries as well. Still beats the bus by a country mile.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: bumper on March 08, 2016, 04:28:10 pm
Does going to the postbox count?

second ride of the morning, fatbike this time on 1" of snow :P

Snow! I'm so jealous.

Don't be, it only lasted until lunchtime.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Pancho on March 08, 2016, 04:44:23 pm
My usual Tuesday trip to twins club in the bakfiets - really felt my lack of miles in the legs, and had to stop for a breather at the top of a couple of climbs.

Twins? As in a matching pair of offspring? Maybe they've got bigger. That's what ours (non-matching) did. I bought Mrs P an electric bike in the end so that she could still get up the hill and make it home. She loved it. So did sprogs.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Pancho on March 09, 2016, 12:50:08 pm
1 mile :( Week-to-date total: 17 miles :(

Quick run in to collect prescription, buy milk, and buy more dollars from village travel agent (surely a dying breed).

Tried long Barbour coat, flat cap, and Shimano SPD walking boots in lieu of bikie waterproof jacket and trousers. Worked well. Only downside was cap not quite brimmy enough to keep rain totally off specs. Overall, a good solution for riding in rain in civvies.

Back wheel definitely wrong. I think I need to get my trueing spanner out again and try and fix the bodge I obviously managed last time :( It's not wonky (ie pringley) or lumpy (ie fifty pence coin) but I think the rim is shifted left in it's entirety. I know how to fix this. In theory. Maybe a job for tomorrow. 
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: hatler on March 09, 2016, 01:05:18 pm
Accompanied little miss h to school for her academic mentoring session (10 minutes). Then to the local store to drop a returns package off. Down side to that was the twat in a tall dark blue Transit who passed so close to us on a downhill section (we were doing about 15mph) that little miss h swore like I've never heard her before, just before she crumpled into tears outside the store. (He was about 3" from my right elbow and doing about 40mph. I was riding behind, and about 6" further out than lmh.) She wants to get a GoPro so that people like that end up in prison. Alternatively, if they do that again she will scratch the side of the van with her fingernails to damage it. I've never seen her so angry.

Then up to the local school for a meeting with the Head and to deliver lmh for her day helping out.

About four miles total.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Jakob W on March 09, 2016, 10:14:41 pm
Yes, buy one get one free* offspring. I've thought about e-assist, but sweat is free, and I need the exercise! The solution to maintaining fitness may just have to be to use the bakfiets a bit more and the buggy a bit less.

*ha - if only...
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Pancho on March 10, 2016, 11:50:06 am
Back wheel definitely wrong. I think I need to get my trueing spanner out again and try and fix the bodge I obviously managed last time :( It's not wonky (ie pringley) or lumpy (ie fifty pence coin) but I think the rim is shifted left in it's entirety. I know how to fix this. In theory. Maybe a job for tomorrow. 

Bicycle Maintenance Tip: before you dismantle your bike and stared wielding spoke keys, check that the apparent misalignment isn't, in fact, due to a shifted mudguard probably knocked about by your Great Big Utility Cycling Panniers.  :thumbsup:

Everything works now.

Just need to remove bike, tools, dirt, and oily marks from the kitchen before anyone gets home  ;D
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: trekker12 on March 10, 2016, 12:20:21 pm
Bicycle Maintenance Tip: before you dismantle your bike and stared wielding spoke keys, check that the apparent misalignment isn't, in fact, due to a shifted mudguard probably knocked about by your Great Big Utility Cycling Panniers.  :thumbsup:

Everything works now.

Just need to remove bike, tools, dirt, and oily marks from the kitchen indoor heated workshop before anyone gets home  ;D

I've corrected it for you
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: CAMRAMan on March 11, 2016, 04:17:10 pm
After fitting a new pedal sensor to my Ridgeback ebike, I went for a test run on my normal on-/off-road loop of about 10 miles. The pedal assist mode now works a treat and is much more convenient than the throttle I've been using up to now. The bridlepath wasn't as muddy as I'd feared, but the canal towpath was strewn with lots of puddles after Wednesday's deluge.

The fettling was done outside in the sunshine. So warm did I get that I had to shed layers. Lovely day here in Warwick.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: slope on March 13, 2016, 05:42:56 pm
Having willingly brought on the ignomy of letting one's final car (all the previous ones for 30 years + went the same way) go to the scrap yard in the sky - J'adore UTILITARIAN ADVENTURES on a daily basis.

Much much prefer it to all those previous years driving miles and miles, every weekend to do soft Audax (max 200k) rides with mudguards, printed route sheets and a wired speedo ;D

Today was 36 miles almost in shorts weather, for 2 cans of Spar lager.

Anything less feels shy of purposeful pleasure ;D

Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: hatler on March 15, 2016, 12:07:55 pm
A run to Roehampton to drop a package off. Managed to include a lap of Richmond Park. It's nice out there, and no numpties.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on March 15, 2016, 09:02:00 pm
At last I've got something to report here! I've done absolutely no utility cycling in the past month or so – shops too near, weather too wet, brain too grey – until today. Just a trip to the stupormarket (that must be, oooh, over half a mile each way) and then later on to the station to pick up a prepaid ticket. This latter journey was truly living the PoB life: I rode on a pavement (for about ten metres, to avoid the cobbles, no one walking on it) got half way there in the dusk before I realised I'd turned my front light on but not my back one, and then on the return journey I
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Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: hatler on March 15, 2016, 09:04:38 pm
A run to Roehampton to drop a package off. Managed to include a lap of Richmond Park. It's nice out there, and no numpties.
Ooo yes. And this was preceded by a run to the dentist to accompany mini-h there.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: hatler on March 16, 2016, 09:05:33 pm
Into Wimbledon to buy a combination lock for the MiL. Then up the hill and along Parkside to head to the schools rugby 7s at Roehampton to meet some friends. Didn't manage to sneak in a lap of Richmond Park. All motorists impeccably behaved. (Including during the 36mph blast down the hill on the A3 from the junction with Roehampton Lane down to Robin Hood Gate. Great fun. And wind assisted.)
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Deano on March 16, 2016, 09:46:48 pm
Into Wimbledon to buy a combination lock for the MiL.

Nah, I'd get a decent shackle - she'll guess the combination eventually.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Pancho on March 16, 2016, 10:07:05 pm
Into Wimbledon to buy a combination lock for the MiL.

Nah, I'd get a decent shackle - she'll guess the combination eventually.

Nah. I think it's for the cellar door - just so no one accidentally lets her out.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: hatler on March 17, 2016, 07:17:06 am
:-)   That should read "Into Wimbledon to buy a combination lock for the MiL's side gate."

How I wish we had a cellar though.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 17, 2016, 08:59:40 am
Unfortunately we had to change our big car last year, the much loved C-Max started to show it's age  :'(  Since getting the new box on wheels we haven't done any camping so haven't needed to tow the trailer but that's changing this year  :thumbsup:  In recent weeks a tow bar has been fitted but I suddenly remembered we'll need a new number plate for the trailer.  Off down to GK's went Penelope and I yesterday.  GK's is our local independent motor factors and bike shop.  They are a splendid bunch of people who don't mind you parking your bike in their shop ...

(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l160/stevenr_01/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_2624_zpsxsh4q9lp.jpg)

Yesterday's jaunt also included a trip to Tesco and a ride through the park where I noticed some volunteers were planting trees.  The world ain't such a bad place sometimes.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on March 17, 2016, 09:02:15 am
Does it count as utility if you're going out to chatter, eat biscuits and drink tea/coffee/beer with cycling bods, but there's no actual social riding involved?
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 17, 2016, 09:07:36 am
Does it count as utility if you're going out to chatter, eat biscuits and drink tea/coffee/beer with cycling bods, but there's no actual social riding involved?

I think if you were dressed as a cyclist it doesn't count.  If you were in civvies it should be OK but I think you're pushing it.  To make sure you don't fall foul of the rulz I'd do a bit of shopping whilst you're out  ;D
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on March 17, 2016, 10:47:53 am
Buying beer counts as shopping, right? Wetherspoons is a supermarket chain, isn't it?  :)
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 17, 2016, 10:51:54 am
Buying beer counts as shopping, right? Wetherspoons is a supermarket chain, isn't it?  :)

That's it, you've crossed the line.  Buying beer in 'spoons is not shopping.  Buying beer in a container (no, not your tummy / bladder) and taking it home to consume is shopping.  Come along now, sort yourself out  ;D
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on March 17, 2016, 11:04:25 am
*cowers meekly*
*in a utilitarian fashion*
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 17, 2016, 11:05:48 am
*cowers meekly*
*in a utilitarian fashion*

You're forgiven  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: MikeFromLFE on March 17, 2016, 02:23:45 pm
(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160317/cbe9327770bede925789ddd01e3bbe76.jpg) Volunteer Lock Keeping - first day of the season.
The machine is carrying my life jacket, windlass, litter picker, lunch, leaflets, first aid kit. It's about 3.5 miles from home to here. Here is Kings Lock just outside Leicester.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: MikeFromLFE on March 17, 2016, 02:24:29 pm
And a camping chair!
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 17, 2016, 02:39:27 pm
 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 18, 2016, 04:29:59 pm
Today's trips to the gym and into town to buy food and booze for the weekend saw me and Penelope go over 100 miles ridden together  :thumbsup:  Because I so enjoy whizzing around town on my orange bike I now contrive trips but its safe to say most of the 100 miles would previously have been done in a car.

A Witham taxi driver, a sub-set of the human race not normally noted for their compassion towards cyclists, patiently sat behind me whilst I assumed the primary position to pass safe through a traffic calming installation - he was rewarded with a cheery wave of thanks.  I had a chat with the chaps finishing a new traffic light controlled pedestrian / cycle crossing on Spa Road, it should be working next week and they've done a nice job.  The new foot bridge over the River Brain looks to be nearing completion too.

We celebrated cresting over the 100 mile mark with a picture in the park on the way home:

(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l160/stevenr_01/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_2633_zpsw9hcbufd.jpg)

And we stopped by the river Gauging Station which has recently been painted by local school kids to commemorate those who fought in WW1:

(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l160/stevenr_01/Mobile%20Uploads/FullSizeRender_zpsqppt2lcs.jpg)
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Pancho on March 18, 2016, 04:37:53 pm
Man, those murals are good. And terribly sad. Schoolkids, eh? Amazing. Hope the local Mayor gives them a good star or something.

BTW, cycling to the pub or other social event defo qualifies IMO. It would only be non utility of you then went for a ride together. And wearing civvies is essential to remove any doubt.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 18, 2016, 04:43:03 pm
Man, those murals are good. And terribly sad. Schoolkids, eh? Amazing. Hope the local Mayor gives them a good star or something.

Yep, talented school kids (http://www.maldonandburnhamstandard.co.uk/news/north_essex_news/14122733.Pupils_create_striking_World_War_One_mural_with_street_artist/)

BTW, cycling to the pub or other social event defo qualifies IMO. It would only be non utility of you then went for a ride together. And wearing civvies is essential to remove any doubt.

A useful clarification!  Thank you.  It would appear I owe Cudzoziemiec an apology  ;D
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on March 18, 2016, 05:03:58 pm
It's okay, OD, I didn't take it too seriously anyway (in fact, I wasn't asking too seriously either!). Anyway, today I've got some real, genuine, 100% kosher, beyond all doubt utility riding to report: up Cranbrooke Road (a bit of a hill) to the school uniform shop to get a shirt and sweater for Jnr. Parked outside the MP's office (not my constituency) as those are the only railings available. Great fun coming back down, wooh!
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: hatler on March 18, 2016, 05:14:41 pm
To mini-h's school for Academic Mentoring Day (er, actually, Academic Mentoring 10 minutes). Him on his newish (ex-spesh) Specialized carbon rocket ship and me on the retrieved-from-dustbins Kona hybrid. Good blat. And I was def in civvies.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 18, 2016, 05:23:18 pm
... And I was def in civvies.

I will have to post a photo of my daft Utilitarin Adventures woolly hat.  At the moment its in the wash as it got a bit sweaty.  I fancy that soon it will be too warm to wear the aforementioned silly hat so I'm busy thinking about a warm weather alternative.  I was wondering about a proper cycling cap, worn with civvies obviously, but I'm concerned it might be against the rules.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on March 18, 2016, 07:03:38 pm
I was going to say I bet your daft woolly hat isn't as daft as mine, but then I remembered I was addressing the custodian of the Musky Reindeer Pelt of Destiny...  :D
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 18, 2016, 07:26:12 pm
I was going to say I bet your daft woolly hat isn't as daft as mine, but then I remembered I was addressing the custodian of the Musky Reindeer Pelt of Destiny...  :D

We'll need a "hat off"!
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: TheLurker on March 19, 2016, 06:49:13 pm
To Ciren & back to drop off a scrip for MrsLurker and to pick up some prints from the photie shop.

Lots and lots and _lots_ of eastbound cyclists on the Saltway as I was westbound.  Thought it was an Audax, but saw direction arrows being taken down on the return trip so must have been something else. Mebbe something for Sport Relief as there was a pretty wide age range.

Stopped to photograph* the cute baa lambs (hmmm Κλέφτικο) for MrsLurker on my way back and was also overtaken by a bloke on a soot bike.  His jersey said, "Rocket".  Not lying.

*Shock! TheLurker has a camera again. Only 43 years after giving up photography as too bloody expensive.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: sg37409 on March 19, 2016, 07:58:34 pm
To the local leeshure centre with youngest to play badminton. My wife asked me why I'm not driving...
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: rr on March 19, 2016, 10:22:20 pm
Couple of hundred metres to the petrol station to drop off a parcel.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Pancho on March 21, 2016, 09:27:37 pm
View from saddle on failed attempt to reach town. Defeated by heat, shoddy roads, and lack of prep (taking water would have been wise!)

(http://i.imgur.com/6uqAjpo.jpg)

Will try again tomorrow.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Kim on March 21, 2016, 10:36:53 pm
That's probably the most heroic utilitarian adventure we're going to see for a while   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Deano on March 21, 2016, 10:40:24 pm
Wow, that looks like Borneo or something. I thought you lived in Hampshire!
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 22, 2016, 05:27:49 am
The bit on the right looks fairly English. I think the bit on the left is probably hiding the odd Japanese soldier who doesn't realise WW2 has finished.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: hatler on March 22, 2016, 07:18:35 am
I'm still intrigued as to exactly where this is all happening.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on March 22, 2016, 08:31:20 am
The keys to riding in a sub-tropical climate are a shady hat, lots of water, a siesta, the right constitution and a week's acclimatisation. Also not riding a pile of rust and seized bearings. Hmmm, maybe a horse would be easier?
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: ian on March 22, 2016, 08:36:36 am
Wow, that looks like Borneo or something. I thought you lived in Hampshire!

I find that many people from the north don't fully understand what the south of the country is like. Hampshire is mostly subtropical jungle. I remember when I came to London and the shock of seeing all that exotic fruit. Oranges, melons, you name it. The only fruit I had as a child was coal.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 22, 2016, 08:39:23 am
What!!!  I'm going up north next week. You mean I have to take fruit with me?  I can't just pluck it from trees? 
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Mr Larrington on March 22, 2016, 10:20:07 am
What!!!  I'm going up north next week. You mean I have to take fruit with me?  I can't just pluck it from trees?

Depending on where you're going, be advised that some parts of the North, that they have now, worship the aubergine.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Pancho on March 22, 2016, 05:23:57 pm
I bloody did it! Successful utility ride (6 km e/w) into town to buy more sun cream. Will write more when I get keyboard.

(http://i.imgur.com/hN8JokF.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/FJntXOM.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/Zw1kChG.jpg)
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on March 22, 2016, 05:31:29 pm
So what you're telling us, Pancho, is that you saw the next Anthony Martial* riding along the pavement and stole his bike so you could haul your gringo arse into town?

*Footballing reference, m'lud.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 22, 2016, 05:33:31 pm
Does that bicycle has any brakes?
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on March 22, 2016, 05:39:46 pm
It has a back pedal brake, doesn't it? Looks like a reaction arm under the chain stay.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Kim on March 22, 2016, 06:09:01 pm
I thought the tertiary ablative braking system was de rigueur for that sort of thing...
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Pancho on March 22, 2016, 06:26:05 pm
Yup, back pedal brakes. What it doesn't have is any oil on the chain whatsoever. My attempt to jury rig a fix for this with coconut oil skin lotion was not a great success - and meet with disapproval from Mrs P, quartermaster of the diminishing stocks of the stuff.

Cycling in this heat requires a whole new set of strategies. Basically, stay at about fast walking pace and seek shade - whichever part of the road this means riding on. The roads outside of town are absolutely awful to ride a bike. Alternating between washboard ripples (awful to ride on), rocks and holes (awful to ride on), and invisible sand traps (impossible to ride on).

But mainly it was the heat that got me on the first attempt. I just set off at my normal utility pace and pretty soon felt seriously unwell. Thus time I prepared: hat, water, and early morning. I would have done evening but Miss P warned me of bandits.

I can assure you I won't be getting back on a bike until I'm home in Blighty. It's horribly unpleasant here. I was tricked by the large number of locals I'd seen riding around and reckoned a short utility ride would be just like home (but with a few more falling coconuts to dodge).
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: ian on March 23, 2016, 09:12:41 am
What!!!  I'm going up north next week. You mean I have to take fruit with me?  I can't just pluck it from trees?

Depending on where you're going, be advised that some parts of the North, that they have now, worship the aubergine.

In the deeper valleys, those older religions of turnip worship still persist.

I can assure you I won't be getting back on a bike until I'm home in Blighty. It's horribly unpleasant here. I was tricked by the large number of locals I'd seen riding around and reckoned a short utility ride would be just like home (but with a few more falling coconuts to dodge).

Heat is one of those things that takes (a) getting used to and (b) then avoiding. There's a good reason the locals sit around or go for a nap. That looks more like Costa Rica than Hampshire though. At least there are roads (and good god, is that a street light?) and you don't have to fight through a crowd of over-enthusiastically driven, under-maintained and overloaded geriatric minibuses.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on March 23, 2016, 09:21:45 am
The trick with sand is to keep going, keep all your weight as far back as possible so the rear wheel has traction and the front doesn't dig in, don't turn and don't brake. Once you stop you'll never get going again.

As for chain oil, surely motor oil or sewing machine oil (do people have sewing machines out there?) would do. Or even cooking oil would be, at least, cheaper and more plentiful than skin lotion.

Mostly, though, a dozen house points for even trying.  :thumbsup: 8)
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Kim on March 23, 2016, 12:18:29 pm
Trick with sand is to use somebody else's mountain bike.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Basil on March 23, 2016, 12:42:36 pm
Trick with sand is to use somebody else's mountain bike.

and make them ride it.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Pancho on March 23, 2016, 12:48:18 pm
Hmm. I'm not sure I believe the sand is actually rideable. It just saps too much energy and generates too much heat. And that's if you don't fall off. My average speed for the trip was something like 5 mph [1] - anything more and I overheated. I had no heat headroom to put in more effort to deal with sand.

[1] It may have been more - the distance on the road sign may have been wrong.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on March 23, 2016, 01:19:29 pm
Heat and sun like that - you need a hat. Must be pale in colour, preferably cloth so you can soak it (for cooling) and it wicks away sweat.

Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: simonp on March 27, 2016, 09:14:00 pm
Cycled to Bristol to meet up with the rowing club lot to watch the boat race. Got a proper soaking in Long Ashton on the way back.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: mcshroom on March 27, 2016, 09:19:00 pm
Cycled down to church for the Easter Sunday service. I managed to avoid the rain showers on both the outbound and return legs of a massive 0.9km :)
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: asterix on March 28, 2016, 06:45:52 pm
Pumped the tyres of Mrs As bike and for the first time in literally years she got on it and rode 2 miles.  Her aim is to start cycling to work again a distance of just over 2 miles.  She is not in great health for cardiovascular reasons so I hope it's a good decision.  It's a rather flat route so head winds will be her biggest challenge. 
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Kim on March 28, 2016, 07:46:29 pm
Rode the Brommie to Bournville to play with cars.  Used the flat pedals and normal shoes for the first time in ages, as evidenced by my feet flying off the pedals as soon as I came to a hill.   :-[
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: slope on March 28, 2016, 08:24:42 pm
Cycled 11 miles to regular/usual Penrhyndeudraeth Rowlands pharmacy for prescription drugs wot they have dispensed for several months previously, to be told the 'manufacturer' can't supply until further notice - tough titties dear boy - sod off! Returned the long way 13 miles home sans 'gear'. Several phone calls later discover Boots in Caernarfon have a stash that's available and in stock. Next day cycle round trip over Drws Y Coed climb twice and 45 miles to score from Boots - which involved the high anxiety of locking 92' George Longstaff to a wooden bench that was only just in view from the back of said huge smelly over vile perfumed Boots. Pharmacist doesn't want to fill the scrip cos it's dated the day before! Slope puts on as much charm as he can muster, dressed in tweed plus twos during mid panic attack and succeeds in getting his pharma. Turns out that Rowlands only have a contract with one of two manufacturers (Accord) for particular drug - and that Boots score from the other manufacturer (Bristol-Myers Squibb) - and that Rowlands could deal with B-M-S, but it costs more. Given that the Welsh Assembly reimburse chemists for ALL prescriptions filled?

But hey, it's good to get the drugs and extra miles in :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: catsnapper on March 28, 2016, 09:31:41 pm
An urgent need for GOOD chocolate (I'm told it's for a cake!) on Easter Monday? OK, it's an ideal excuse to go and cycle around town for an hour. 25C, almost no cloud or breeze - no pedestrians, but four cyclists passing by.
A Dutch couple gently riding their traditional uprights down to the front, a Russian lady on a white bike, carrying her young child and a bored youngster on a BMX, looking for something to do.....

Nothing useful in the local Carrefour, so on to Lidl. The local Easter fair is on, but no activity at this time of day - then got held up at the barriers waiting for a tram full of visitors to pass by.

Success! Lidl had the 'right sort' of chocolate, so celebrated by having a coffee in the fish shop...pleasantly situated 50 yds from the Med 8)

A slightly faster pace back along the front, as plenty of local families were getting settled in the sun for a long, leisurely (and voluble!)lunch.

Just over 5km of easy riding on my handy little SS bike ::-)
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Andrij on March 29, 2016, 07:14:23 pm
I sallied forth earlier today on a hunt for a couple of plug&strainer combos for the kitchen sink and the bath.  It was lovely and sunny when I left home, and looked it it would last long enough.  I eventually ended up in a B&Q (it's easily been 15 years since I last foot on one) where I spent half an hour browsing and eventually finding what I needed (plus some other useful stuff I will pick up some other time.  A drizzle started as I left the store, and briefly became a downpour.  By the time I made it home it was sunny again.  Best of all, no idiot drivers / suicidal pedestrians encountered.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Pancho on April 05, 2016, 01:31:25 pm
With the exception of my foray to foreign parts, my contributions to this thread are turning out to be as dull as I initially feared.

Today's report: 1 mile (total) to the village and back. Two fellow utilitarian adventurers (unemployed pub goers, I suspect) and about seven "cyclists".

First ride of the month and some warm Spring sun albeit with a backdrop of dark cloud towering to the West.

Further observations of riding abroad: an awful lot of utility riders. Girls with sun brollies, chaps with kids in tow, and blokes with half a tonne of bananas precariously aboard. Everything rusty and unoiled and a variety of home constructed trailers. Impressed. Also, around the towns, a fair few lycra-d roadies and MTB-ers. I am awed at their ability to do climbs (or the flat, even) in that unbearable heat. I also saw the utility types riding in rush hour (and it is a rush - total whacky races) in darkness - it was unnerving to even watch. The only lights I saw were on a lycra-d, serious looking commuter - and those were both white fore and aft.

Anyway, I'm back in the saddle in the UK and loving both!
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: mcshroom on April 05, 2016, 01:41:13 pm
Not sure this fully counts as I stuck these in on the way home from work, but as I at our town offices for once I detoured to do a bit of shopping. First some re-proofer for my rain jacket from millets, and then over to Morrisons for some stuff for dinner.

I was very impressed with the amount of stuff that fitted in my new Osprey Flapjack messenger bag :)
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Oscar's dad on April 05, 2016, 06:21:49 pm
At the weekend me and Penelope went down to Tesco and I filled one of their shallower trolleys with a load of root veg, a big bag of dried cat food, 4 bottles of beer plus 2 of wine, some milk and sundry other stuff.  I was a bit concerned it wouldn't all fit in two Ortlieb panniers plus the front tray.

But it did!  All that shopping amounted to Penelope's heaviest load to date which in turn compromised handling a bit due to frame flex but we both arrived home safe and sound as did the shopping!
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Basil on April 05, 2016, 06:37:31 pm
I found out ages ago that I could completely fill a shallow trolley and it would fit easily into two large rear panniers and two small front ones.  Only once did I get completely carried away and had to phone the boy.
"Put your panniers on your bike and get down to the co-op"
Wine went in the bottle cages.
I always buy bog and kitchen roll at the garage Tesco Express opposite our house as the are light but voluminous.

I have to be more careful these days as I've taken the pannier racks off the front of the bike now.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Kim on April 05, 2016, 06:46:04 pm
I seem to have something of a knack for estimating the volume of shopping with respect to the size of panniers.  I reckon it's proof that all those hours spent playing Tetris on the GameBoy weren't wasted after all.

Where I tend to get caught out is long thing objects that almost but don't quite fit.  But those can usually be bungeed to the rack directly.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on April 05, 2016, 07:05:44 pm
With the exception of my foray to foreign parts, my contributions to this thread are turning out to be as dull as I initially feared.

Today's report: 1 mile (total) to the village and back. Two fellow utilitarian adventurers (unemployed pub goers, I suspect) and about seven "cyclists".

First ride of the month and some warm Spring sun albeit with a backdrop of dark cloud towering to the West.

Further observations of riding abroad: an awful lot of utility riders. Girls with sun brollies, chaps with kids in tow, and blokes with half a tonne of bananas precariously aboard. Everything rusty and unoiled and a variety of home constructed trailers. Impressed. Also, around the towns, a fair few lycra-d roadies and MTB-ers. I am awed at their ability to do climbs (or the flat, even) in that unbearable heat. I also saw the utility types riding in rush hour (and it is a rush - total whacky races) in darkness - it was unnerving to even watch. The only lights I saw were on a lycra-d, serious looking commuter - and those were both white fore and aft.

Anyway, I'm back in the saddle in the UK and loving both!
I've seen exactly the same in Belgium. In Liege, in fact, which seemed a city I do not want to return to, but my opinion might be jaundiced by our having arrived there at the end of a long day driving and getting completely lost in the city.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: cycleman on April 05, 2016, 08:38:11 pm
I pottered down the a 4 to the Evans at bishop's gate to pick up a tandem brake and gear cable. About 6 miles  :)
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Pancho on April 11, 2016, 08:24:44 am
Today I need to acquire a cauliflower (http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/baked-cauliflower-pizzaiola).

I'll be riding the same roads as my old commute but utility riding really is a different kettle of fish. I can choose to miss the traffic. I can decide to wait out the rain. I could even head in the other direction to another cauliflower shop. Or go tomorrow. I sort of miss the "it's 0600 and you're going, come hell or high water" commute discipline. Sort of.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: RibbleRouser on April 11, 2016, 08:56:41 am
Today I need to acquire a cauliflower (http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/baked-cauliflower-pizzaiola).

I'll be riding the same roads as my old commute but utility riding really is a different kettle of fish. I can choose to miss the traffic. I can decide to wait out the rain. I could even head in the other direction to another cauliflower shop. Or go tomorrow. I sort of miss the "it's 0600 and you're going, come hell or high water" commute discipline. Sort of.
If you avoid morning rush hour and the school run, it's a whole new world out there.
Don't do what I did t'other day though, and and take a Aldi shopping basket out of the door to take your groceries to your panniers.........unless you like the sound of alarm bells going off....
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Basil on April 11, 2016, 09:57:58 am
Don't do what I did t'other day though, and and take a Aldi shopping basket out of the door to take your groceries to your panniers.........unless you like the sound of alarm bells going off....

Ah yes.  I did that once in Northfield.  Luckily my bike was parked quite near the door, so I was able to take my basket back in and put it down just inside the door where I could keep an eye on it while I went to bring the bike in.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on April 11, 2016, 10:23:35 am
Today I need to acquire a cauliflower (http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/baked-cauliflower-pizzaiola).
Somewhat disappointed. I always thought of you as the kind of chap who would just walk in to the garden and pick from the vast variety of veg growing there. Or at least pay the deputy under-gardener to do it.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Pancho on April 11, 2016, 10:34:57 am
Today I need to acquire a cauliflower (http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/baked-cauliflower-pizzaiola).
Somewhat disappointed. I always thought of you as the kind of chap who would just walk in to the garden and pick from the vast variety of veg growing there. Or at least pay the deputy under-gardener to do it.

I *am* the deputy under-gardener. Sadly, I've been otherwise engaged for the past couple of years and everything's returned to nature. Unless I get my arse into gear this year (go away, rain), my entire harvest will again consist of blackberries.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Pancho on April 11, 2016, 03:12:28 pm
Yes! At last I've done a double figure day.

To town and back to buy cauliflower[1]: 16 miles.
Weather: fine (because I waited out the rain and used a rain radar to make sure I wasn't being suckered into a trap)
Roads: damp and puddly (was glad I'd decided to do overtrousers)
Other Cyclists: not many but a fair few bikes in racks in town and one POB memorable because she had a surprising turn of speed despite rusty BSO and guttersniping

[1] How much should one pay for a cauliflower? I reckoned I was being seen off by the £1.50 the market bloke wanted but Aldi was no better at 90p for a v small one. I thought somewhere between a quid and £1.20 should be a fair price. I suppose we must in that gap between winter and summer cauliflowers.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Pancho on April 12, 2016, 03:10:08 pm
Forget to mention Interesting Sights.

In the hazy distance I saw the French Navy invading Gosport. If my ship recog skills haven't faded too much, their amphibious support vessel, Dixmude and a frigate or two were sending their landing craft ashore. Fortunately, BULWARK and other RN vessels were keeping them company. I think it was an exercise of the UK-French rapid deployment force. They had a good day for it - flat calm and almost sunny.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on April 12, 2016, 03:14:46 pm
It fills every ENGLISHMAN'S heart to bursting point with pride to know that HER MAJESTY'S ROYAL NAVY is able to invade Gosport on calm, sunny morning. At least it will keep the dastardly Frogs out, eh what?!

Oh, er, hang on... Moi, pour un, dit "Bienvenue" a nos nouveaux grenouille surlords. Ou qqc comme ca.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Ruthie on April 12, 2016, 03:18:47 pm
Forget to mention Interesting Sights.

In the hazy distance I saw the French Navy invading Gosport. If my ship recog skills haven't faded too much, their amphibious support vessel, Dixmude and a frigate or two were sending their landing craft ashore. Fortunately, BULWARK and other RN vessels were keeping them company. I think it was an exercise of the UK-French rapid deployment force. They had a good day for it - flat calm and almost sunny.

My ex served on the previous Bulwark (R08).  Somewhere I might have a bit of her decommissioning pennant.  Most likely it went in the bin though.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: hatler on April 13, 2016, 02:43:16 pm
Four mile round trip to drop some forgotten homework off at mini-h's school. When will he learn ??
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Pancho on April 13, 2016, 03:08:54 pm
Forget to mention Interesting Sights.

In the hazy distance I saw the French Navy invading Gosport. If my ship recog skills haven't faded too much, their amphibious support vessel, Dixmude and a frigate or two were sending their landing craft ashore. Fortunately, BULWARK and other RN vessels were keeping them company. I think it was an exercise of the UK-French rapid deployment force. They had a good day for it - flat calm and almost sunny.

My ex served on the previous Bulwark (R08).  Somewhere I might have a bit of her decommissioning pennant.  Most likely it went in the bin though.

I'd not imagined you as Navy wife/girlfriend!
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Pancho on April 13, 2016, 03:12:42 pm
Glorious out there, isn't it? I was in the garden all morning and realised I needed carrots for supper so nipped out.

To village and back: 1 mile
Weather: awesome - sunny, not too hot, and no wind
Other Cyclists: village bike racks full with serious utility bikes (mudguards, Altura, etc). Plus one bloke haring down the hill "towing" a trailer with lawnmower in it.
Interesting sights: bumped into a pal and stopped for a chinwag.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Pancho on April 13, 2016, 03:13:29 pm
Four mile round trip to drop some forgotten homework off at mini-h's school. When will he learn ??

Probably depends how often you bail him out!
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: hatler on April 13, 2016, 03:43:47 pm
Four mile round trip to drop some forgotten homework off at mini-h's school. When will he learn ??

Probably depends how often you bail him out!
Very conscious of that effect.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: jsabine on April 13, 2016, 04:45:30 pm
Four mile round trip to drop some forgotten homework off at mini-h's school. When will he learn ??

Probably depends how often you bail him out!
Very conscious of that effect.

Possibly when you make it *his* four-mile round trip?
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Jules on April 13, 2016, 07:18:09 pm
On the bike for the first time this year (on YACF for the first time this year!)

My day off and the sun's shining so along the Thames to Kingston to buy a new shirt and job lot of tomatoes and peppers from the market. Back to build a Peperonata for dinner.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Ruthie on April 15, 2016, 10:18:38 am
Forget to mention Interesting Sights.

In the hazy distance I saw the French Navy invading Gosport. If my ship recog skills haven't faded too much, their amphibious support vessel, Dixmude and a frigate or two were sending their landing craft ashore. Fortunately, BULWARK and other RN vessels were keeping them company. I think it was an exercise of the UK-French rapid deployment force. They had a good day for it - flat calm and almost sunny.

My ex served on the previous Bulwark (R08).  Somewhere I might have a bit of her decommissioning pennant.  Most likely it went in the bin though.

I'd not imagined you as Navy wife/girlfriend!

Okay, I'll bite!

I've moved on since then Pancho.  It was a long, long time ago  ;D
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Ruthie on April 15, 2016, 08:55:38 pm
Just been on an errand, probably about 2.5km there and back, and my hands are absolutely frozzen now.  It's very, very cold out there.  And wet.  Very wet.

The lake in my back alley has come back, with the slippery cobblestones underneath, that's always a bit of excitement.

Just a short trip to a fellowship meeting and back, but that was enough tonight!
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Pingu on April 16, 2016, 03:34:12 pm
Cycled to the Beach retail centre on Sunday to get some cat food. I was going to drive and pick up some cat litter (not urgent) at the same time but I'm glad I didn't - traffic mayhem  :hand: 6.3km  :thumbsup:

And again (plus a notverysupermarket visit), dodging the wintry showers.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: cycleman on April 16, 2016, 06:28:35 pm
Pottered into Slough towing the trailer behind the trice to Iceland.
I used the carry freedom trailer in its handcart mode and loaded it at the checkout process  ;D
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: matthew on April 16, 2016, 08:20:23 pm
trundled to Wokingham station for a train into Reading to play with the Brass Band on Reading Station. Then after cleaning and servicing the bike I went down to the supermarket for my shake down ride.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: LittleWheelsandBig on April 16, 2016, 09:18:02 pm
Trundled down to the chippy to collect dinner. Nothing remarkable in either speed or distance but the maiden sortie for my trike since I finally got the last of the dodgy bits fixed or replaced. I'm quite happy to have avoided inspecting the hedges, as my last trike ride over a decade ago was a bit of a white-knuckle affair.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Pingu on April 18, 2016, 12:35:18 am
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1451/25705301484_718a70d961_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Fauozb)
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Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: MikeFromLFE on April 20, 2016, 09:21:57 pm
Trip to the doctor's, then up to the pharmacy - coughing all the way there, and all the way back. Skimmed by a Hungarian artic on the A47.
Still, any bike ride is better than no bike ride.

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Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Feanor on April 20, 2016, 09:26:53 pm
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1451/25705301484_718a70d961_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Fauozb)
IMG_6495_02 (https://flic.kr/p/Fauozb) by The Pingus (https://www.flickr.com/photos/the_pingus/), on Flickr

Oh, oh!
I recognise that !

It's the bridge over the Gadie burn at Oyne, isn't it?
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: RibbleRouser on April 26, 2016, 11:51:57 am
Local supermarket, panniers with carrier bags hung from the rack, nice and sunny morning, but it's not on Strava so it probably didn't happen.


Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Jakob W on April 26, 2016, 05:23:12 pm
Bakfiets with the girls to twins club, then running various errands around town. My lack of fitness was showing after yesterday's excursion - I didn't have the legs, and walked the climb up to beacon ridge. Still, probably did thirty or so miles all in. Thankfully avoided the worst of the weather, though I did get snowed on climbing back through Sutton Park, and there were some bitter winds - was very impressed with my nice new Rapha wind jacket (courtesy of the recent sample sale), which kept it all out without boiling in the bag, even on climbs.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: sg37409 on April 27, 2016, 02:38:08 pm
For a pie and a pint at lunchtime. Does this count ?
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Pancho on April 27, 2016, 03:06:10 pm
Certainly does!

I've clocked 2 miles today ; garden centre and back. Just browsing but I may go back tomorrow with my trailer if I can work out a loading scheme for pots, trays, etc. I want to avoid resorting to motor transport ; it's almost 6 months since I last drove and I don't want to break the run.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on April 27, 2016, 03:15:09 pm
I had a utilitarian bike adventure going to... BHS! No, not Benson & Hedges... More utilitarian than adventurous, really. But I've also decided I'll ride my utility bike on tonight's Wednesday Night Pub Ride, which will be about 30 miles. I don't think that can count as utility, cos it's a club ride rather than just going to the pub.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: RibbleRouser on April 27, 2016, 05:40:40 pm
16 mile round (bike) trip to a garage to book the camper-van in for a service, never dealt with them before so thought I'd see them in the flesh rather than giving them a bell.
Will have to actually drive the van there next week but at least I won't need a courtesy vehicle, hopefully I won' need waterproofs either.




Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: SteveC on April 27, 2016, 07:59:49 pm
Does popping home at lunchtime to get some weed out of the pond count as commuting or utilitarian?
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: jsabine on April 27, 2016, 08:10:03 pm
I'm not sure that
popping home at lunchtime to get some weed

can ever be seen as strictly utilitarian.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: SteveC on April 27, 2016, 08:23:27 pm
I did wonder about my wording as soon as I hit 'post'.  :facepalm:

You are welcome to try smoking the finest "Canadian pond" if you want. There's loads on the edge of the pond as I type
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Pancho on April 27, 2016, 08:26:48 pm
Does popping home at lunchtime to get some weed out of the pond count as commuting or utilitarian?

IIRC, Richard's Bicycle Book recommended that you keep your "stash" in the handlebar - not a pond.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Pancho on April 28, 2016, 02:53:25 pm
I'm assuming it still counts as a utility trip even if I unnecessarily take the long route.

Purpose of trip: to buy Mrs P a birthday pressie - inc ingredients for home made chocolate truffles. Also bank[1]
Destination:       local town
Distance:           25.1 miles total (alternatives: yukky hilly A road route = 8 miles; "normal" quiet route = 16 miles)
Weather:            fine to start, threatening to finish, windy throughout
Other bikies:     crossed paths with 20 or so on the road but all bike racks full in town (I locked my bike to some "civic art" installation instead)
Interesting:        nothing much.

Wind on my back most of the outward trip. Sea and harbour to my right pretty much all the way in. Smell of spring in the rural bits. Smell of low tide in the urban/harbour leg.

Loved it. But 25 miles seems to be the max I can ride in comfort at the moment. I'm sure I could double that without too much actual agony - but it'd be increasingly unfun as the mileage goes up.

[1] I'm old fashioned. I get "paid" in cheques and I spend cash. So once a month I ride to the bank to put cheques in and take out a month's T&S in Ye Olde Notes.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on April 28, 2016, 02:58:50 pm
I don't think there's any connection between utility and distance. If the purpose of the trip is to go on a bear hunt and that means you have to ride to the Pyrenees (the bears of Surrey being a protected population), then that's a ride with a purpose and that makes it utility IMB.

As for comfort, what's the matter? Is it something that might be solved relatively easily by eg new saddle or playing around with bars?
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Pancho on April 28, 2016, 03:17:54 pm
As for comfort, what's the matter? Is it something that might be solved relatively easily by eg new saddle or playing around with bars?

Oh, I don't think there's much wrong with the bike. It's the rider. I need better legs, a more resilient bum, and stronger wrists. The cure is simple: more miles.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Tigerrr on April 28, 2016, 04:51:11 pm
In a minute I will fire up my home-brew bike and cycle the dog, suitably restrained, down to the beach. It is a k of downhill steeps, to arrive at a near perfect cove with a small beach, and best of all - a lovely beach bar.
After some dog training work with whistle and commands we will adjourn for a well earned sharpener at one of the tables on the terrace. After 3 months I no longer need to make my order as Pancho brings my pint of chilled beer immediately with a bowl of crisps and some olives.
Thence back up the vertiginous climb by way of 500watts of e power and K9 assist unit to see about some bass on the BBQ and his bowl of grub.
Back in blight this time next week. That is going to be a shock if the weather doesn't buck up a bit.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: RibbleRouser on April 28, 2016, 05:00:28 pm
Thanks Tigerr for telling us that, made me happy and sad at the same time
Colin
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Pancho on April 28, 2016, 05:15:50 pm
After 3 months I no longer need to make my order as Pancho brings my pint of chilled beer immediately with a bowl of crisps and some olives.

De nada, mi amigo.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Pancho on April 30, 2016, 11:42:56 am
A mile or so in Spring sun into a very motor traffic heavy village. Just buying currency and some lettuce. Accompanied by my daughter who's bike I helped fettle out of winter hibernation yesterday. Or rather, I told her what to do and she did the actual fettling (pumping tyres, oiling chain, and tweaking brakes).

Lots of lycra types on bikes, no fellow Utes. Bike racks empty.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Basil on April 30, 2016, 12:19:55 pm
A few tens of yards.  What was meant to be only a refitting of the saddle turned into a brake fettling fiddling exercise.
Moment of my day so far:  A cyclist stopped to ask me if I was OK.  I thanked him and told him I was fine.
"Have you come far?" He asked.
"About 12 feet.  Would you like a cup of tea?"
He didn't.

 ;D
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Si S on April 30, 2016, 02:44:42 pm
To the Post Office to collect some rainlegs, immediately deployed as haillegs, then Evans for a tubeless repair kit, fortunately not deployed. 22km
Title: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: MikeFromLFE on May 03, 2016, 04:00:00 pm
Went down to Aldi to get a pair of their 'casual cycling shorts' (look v good) then to the vets to get a new supply of placebo to put on the cat's neck to scare fleas & worms away.
I often cycle down to Aldi, and occasionally towards the vet, but I don't think ive ever bolted the two together, so it was a bit of a different trip. About 10k in total on a mixture of paths and quiet suburban roads.


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Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Jakob W on May 03, 2016, 06:56:21 pm
Regular trip to twins club in the bakfiets. Legs a bit better than last week, at least on the way in; stopped at the top of Sutton Park on the way back to try flying a kite (sadly not really enough wind) and, as the ice cream van is now there for the summer, for an ice cream. Stopped at the supermarket for groceries. Short sleeves both ways.

Was amused to see someone on a road bike coming up behind me as I got to the top of the hill in Sutton Coldfield; as I went into an aero tuck over the top, gravity (and the bakfiets's aero rain canopy) took over, and I dropped him like a stone.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Pancho on May 04, 2016, 02:20:11 pm
@Jakob - I'd imagine your roadie was distinctly unchuffed at being dropped like that!

Another 1 miler today - into the village again. I really must do something about this lack of miles! Pleased to see bike racks full and awheel I encountered one Old Lady complete with Ye Olde bike and basket. Going like the absolute clappers down the hill. I worried for her. And, in the other direction, a roadie - struggling.

And me? Well, I was on my folder.  I studiously did not go like the clappers as I really don't trust it not to re-fold spontaneously. Test run ahead of Long Itch. Everything works. But it's v dusty and rusty and creaks alarmingly (but it's always done that). Just need to fathom how to affix luggage to it. I have a trailer but trains with bike+trailer may be a bit hassle prone - despite complying (just) with conditions of carriage.

And, joy of joys, my rat-run prone rural road is closed for six weeks of maintenance. Absolutely essential - it was getting impassable. The ride was motor traffic free and glorious.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Jakob W on May 04, 2016, 02:35:56 pm
I'm sure he'd have caught me on the next climb, but he turned off at the bottom; it still amused me though.

Fulfilling stereotypes, the reactions I get from other cyclists to my nod and wave seem to vary; generally those that don't respond are grim-faced roadies. From the occasional darksider I tend to get a full-on grin and thumbs-up (from a sample of two), which is also not uncommon from white van men and lorry drivers. The two cute toddlers help here, mind.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on May 04, 2016, 03:35:34 pm
What really amuses me about that is the idea of "an aero tuck" on a Bakfiets!
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Jakob W on May 04, 2016, 03:55:18 pm
If I put my hands in the centre of the bars and duck down, my head is partly behind the rain canopy; it wouldn't surprise me if this gave lower drag than all but the most suicidal roadie tuck. IIRC a slightly mad friend of the designer got his up to over 70 kmh this way! The brakes are basically decorative on steeper downhills, so that would take more foolhardiness than I've got...
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Kim on May 04, 2016, 06:16:29 pm
What really amuses me about that is the idea of "an aero tuck" on a Bakfiets!

Having witnessed Phil doing one on a Yuba Mundo, I can imagine...

(Silliest bike I've ever done an aero tuck on is a Boris Bike.  Must try harder.)
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Jakob W on May 04, 2016, 06:37:44 pm
Yebbut you're permanently aero on your main bike, no? Or you could try for the superman position on your brommie   ;D
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Mrs Pingu on May 04, 2016, 09:37:38 pm
Not pure utility, but took a modified route to work this morning that saw me stood outside Screwfix at 0655 waiting to pick up 2 rolls of carpet protector.
Then in the afternoon I had an unexpectedly early delivery from cable monkey so I had the 2 rolls plus a 100m reel of Cat5e cable to get home. Which was fine apart from my bike fell over while I was trying to load it all up and I snapped one of the brake levers   :(
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Deano on May 04, 2016, 10:23:03 pm
I had to ride up Teesdale to Mickleton to grab some tickets for a gig in a couple of weeks. It was moderately gorgeous.

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Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Si S on May 07, 2016, 07:35:40 pm
Just the stupormarket for bread and wine.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: matthew on May 07, 2016, 10:56:54 pm
three utility trips totalling 10 miles today.

Into town for the weekly food shop (two Ortlieb panniers and a saddle bag + bottle cages for fruit juice)

To the neighbouring village to donate blood (found I was a week early for my appointment  :-[ )

Back into town for a new kitchen mop and bucket. slide mop handle through spring clasp on the rack and alongside the top tube, toe strap the handle at the front of the top tube. toe strap the handle of the bucket onto the top of the saddle bag.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: mcshroom on May 08, 2016, 12:51:17 pm
My normal 1 mile round trip to church this morning on the singlespeed in a summer shirt and jeans. It's glorious out there 8)
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Ruthie on May 08, 2016, 05:52:42 pm
Set off from prayers with the Bish at Heighington, home for a quick coffee, out again for regular Church, then home, then out to Blackwell Church for more prayers with the Bish, then popped into my other Fellowship and Bondgate, then home, then back to Bondgate later and then home.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Kim on May 08, 2016, 06:36:31 pm
50km of heavily loaded touring to deliver some brake blocks.  That counts, right?   ;)
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Basil on May 08, 2016, 08:04:46 pm
 ;D

Yeahbut, you only left with one bike.  Which was annoying.  ;)
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Pingu on May 09, 2016, 10:31:41 am
Went for a haircut on Friday.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Pancho on May 09, 2016, 10:48:30 am
1 mile, shops and back. Boring, I'll admit. But nice to be out.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Guy on May 10, 2016, 03:37:42 pm
Before breakfast on Sunday I thought I'd do the bottle bank run and then go on to the esso garage to get some cash. Approx 1.5 miles and 10-12 minutes altogether. Left home 0605. Got back starving at 0720, after covering 15 miles more than intended. Had I known that bike was going to do this to me I'd have gone into the garage and bought a sandwich.

In my defence I will say it was a beautiful morning. The air was cool and still, the sun hot on my knees, and the only car I saw was on the A6 between the Gravenhurst turn and the Barton roundabout, going the other way.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: SoreTween on May 14, 2016, 04:25:50 pm
5 mile round trip to the LBS for bike wash.  Jeepers its warm out there  8)
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Kim on May 15, 2016, 08:15:33 pm
50km of heavily loaded touring to deliver some brake blocks.  That counts, right?   ;)

Similarly: 110km of heavily loaded touring to deliver a card.  Again managed not to acquire any extra bikes.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: SoreTween on May 15, 2016, 08:45:51 pm
Again managed not to acquire any extra bikes.
Is this a common problem?  Its not one I have been warned (up to now) to watch out for.

I've returned home onna bike carrying excess rocks (thanks guys), bits of, and on one occasion a friends entire bike and, of course, half a gallon+ of liquid ballast energy drink.
I've returned home on foot (back when Noah was beginning to feel his age) with rocks (thanks again guys), some other buggers entire climbing rack or half a gallon+ of liquid ballast energy drink.

But thus far I have not been mugged by a klingon bike.  Maybe I'm naturally bike-o-phobic. Wish I weren't because I could foster a folder and a 29HT before n pushes in an s direction.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Kim on May 15, 2016, 09:07:48 pm
Mostly seems to be a risk at bike shops.  And Basil's house.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Pedaldog on May 15, 2016, 10:36:59 pm
I need better legs, a more resilient bum, and stronger wrists.
My wife kicked me in the fork when I said that to her!

We' ve been divorced a fair few years now.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Guy on May 16, 2016, 09:36:14 am
I got the folder out for the pub run yesterday, its first outing this year. Three things I had forgotten:

1) How much hard work it is until I find my rhythm
2) How much fun it is once in rhythm
c) How bloody slow it is (1.1 miles in 7 mins 32 secs!)
iv) How twitchy the steering is until I get used to it - I nearly suffered an unexpected dismount when signalling the first turn
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: ian on May 23, 2016, 09:32:56 am
Cycled back from the cinema yesterday (didn't have a lot of choice, trains were borked with mysterious 'emergency engineering' work all day). Did a bit of the new segregated lane over Vauxhall Bridge which is such a vast improvement over how it used to be. I assume they're still doing some work since it disappears with no apparent signage by the Oval (I presume it's supposed to eventually route through the estate where the LCN 3 goes, as it stands you end up facing oncoming traffic on the wrong side of the road). Erm. It was nice while it lasted.

Then CS7. My wife, who doesn't like cycling on the roads, first experience of a 'superhighway', best summed up with the 'what the shit is this?' Yes dear, they just painted a blue stripe down the side of a nasty, busy road and yes, people can park in it.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Pancho on May 23, 2016, 11:38:34 am
Ah, us provincials can only dream of such things as cycle superhighways. Even paint on roads would be too much to hope for. No, the preferred strategy for cycle provision round here is to put blue signs on pavements. Even where brand new roads are being built with no space constraints. Even in town centres where pavements are so chokka with peds that, even sans bikes, you get people-jams.

I think I now need to go and look at google images of Cycle Superhighways and dream for a bit.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: ian on May 23, 2016, 12:08:26 pm
I wouldn't bother. CS7 is no different other than the paint (actually I'd say far worse) than the A23 which is my standard route in and out of London (at least the A23 is wider and has fewer nasty junctions). I've no idea what the point of creating a cycle lane that doubles as parking is. As a regular London cyclist my expectations have been abraded to the point where it just passes me by, but yeah, as a non-regular cyclist she summed it up. It's not the kind of facility that would have neophytes hopping on their bikes for a ride. As a bonus at at commuter o'clock, it's full of lycra boys doing strava segments.

At least we got to bumble along the Wandle eating flies afterwards and stopped for a beer in Carshalton.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: hatler on May 24, 2016, 11:21:12 pm
Out with Chris L to a pub in Clapham for the evening. Wot a great bike he has. Front wheel is a drum braked SA dynamo hub, and rear wheel is a back pedalling brake two speed SA where you change gear by pedalling slightly backwards.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Si S on May 29, 2016, 11:45:39 am
Return from abandoning the car in Eccles since some **** has cross threaded the wheel nut >:(
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Pancho on May 29, 2016, 05:26:05 pm
Return from abandoning the car in Eccles since some **** has cross threaded the wheel nut >:(

Do you always carry a bike, lifeboat-style?
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Si S on May 29, 2016, 07:36:23 pm
Return from abandoning the car in Eccles since some **** has cross threaded the wheel nut >:(

Do you always carry a bike, lifeboat-style?

;D

That was the point of this journey but I'm actually struggling to remember when I last time I drove the car without a bike on the roof
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Pancho on June 03, 2016, 06:18:02 pm
Nothing much to report this last couple of weeks. Just a couple of runs into the village for milk.

Am currently trying to persuade youngest daughter to cycle to her Cross Fit thing rather than expect Mrs P to drive her there. It's 5 miles away (and 50 meters of climbing) so should be easy. It's just a mind set thing.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Jakob W on June 04, 2016, 10:00:21 am
Sell it as a nice gentle warm up/cool down?

Currently have not been doing any cycling because of twisted ankle, boo, but am hoping to take a load of cardboard etc to the tip this afternoon on the bakfiets. There are big signs at the entrance proclaiming no entry on foot, so am mildly curious what the reaction to a bike will be...
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Jakob W on June 05, 2016, 05:49:35 pm
Last-minute request to play the hymns at the Methodist church, so I got the Dutch bike out of the shed and pumped up the tyres for the mile across town. My dodgy foot was fine, but with a couple of weeks off the bike the lack of fitness was noticeable. I've only ridden the bakfiets (with toddler load) recently, and the bike felt surprisingly twitchy; given it's a roadster with angles as slack as a slack thingy I can only imagine what the road bike's going to feel like when I get it built up again...
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: mcshroom on June 06, 2016, 01:11:36 pm
I couldn't find my Hay fever tablets this morning, so at lunch I just rode to the new Coop in Seascale. It's about 7 miles round trip, and the weather is glorious out there 8)

I grabbed some lunch at the same time and ate sat on a bench looking towards Wasdale. I might need to do this more often :D
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Jakob W on June 06, 2016, 01:51:07 pm
Finally got round to taking a bakfiets-load of cardboard and other junk to the recycling centre - a lovely day for it.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Samuel D on June 06, 2016, 03:38:13 pm
So how did they react to a bakfiets showing up?

I’m just back from a long weekend in Amsterdam, and those things were everywhere! As for the cycling infrastructure, wow. It takes the adventure clean out of utilitarian cycling. And now I want an opafiets badly.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Jakob W on June 06, 2016, 05:31:52 pm
Benign indifference, mainly - the staff looked liked they'd seen it all before, though there was the odd bemused look from the other punters.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Pancho on June 07, 2016, 04:37:31 pm
In there are my swimmers, towel, and a book. Overkill? Maybe - but I had some off road trailer fun.

(http://i.imgur.com/eIlZyda.jpg)


Actually I'm on the beach right now. Got it all to myself due to falling in the intersect of the sets Not_At_Work, Don't_Need_Car_Access, and Disbelief_In_Forecasts_of_Rain.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Jakob W on June 07, 2016, 05:08:49 pm
My regular 25 miles in the bakfiets to twins club and back, and got a lot of love for the bike today. On the way back I parked up for groceries; returning to the bike I saw a bloke taking a close interest. Propped up next to him was a Dawes Ultra Galaxy with a Brooks and CTC/AUK mudguard stickers. Chatted a bit, then I headed back home. The name on the bike said Dave Frost - is he OTP? Waiting for a crossing close to home a guy on the other side of the road did a comical double-take and pulled out his phone for a photo. Pulled up and had a chat - turns out he'd never seen a box bike in the flesh, though he'd been a keen touring cyclist with a brace of Thorns in the shed. Nice day for a ride - warm but overcast enough I didn't have to worry about sun exposure.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Pancho on June 07, 2016, 06:21:17 pm
Edited the previous post so the picture now displays.

Ah, what a great, great day. Or, afternoon at least. The morning I spent finding a new computer (well, second hand refurbed) for my daughter as hers seems to have succumbed to an austere life in the jungle.

But, after lunch, I thought "sod it, I'm going swimming". And I thought I'd try the trailer out - I've switched the hitch to the tourer.

About 3, maybe 4 miles each way - 50% (in distance, more in time) of which is farm tracks or gravel paths. Some was a bit narrow:

(https://i.imgur.com/pZu6wpu.jpg)

On the way back, I managed to ride through - albeit very slowly!

And then I had the beach to myself:

(https://i.imgur.com/Crg5heE.jpg)

Then I lounged, read a book, had a swim, and generally enjoyed the solitude and the sun. I know it's a Health and Safety no-no, but I love swimming alone.

Then back on the bike to ride home. I was still a bit damp so am hoping that I haven't damaged the Brooks with a combo of salt water and sun.

(https://i.imgur.com/W5I8EEh.jpg)

Trailer was ace. I'd forgotten how much clearance drivers give you when you've got an ungainly contraption of Chinese metalwork behind you. Maybe I should keep it on permanently! Trailer even coped with narrow tracks with vegetation to either side. No idea where the wheels tracked, though. Was expecting to be pulled up short at any moment.

Brilliant utilitarian ride to the beach! A proper utilitarian adventure.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on June 07, 2016, 08:29:48 pm
Looks like you could do with a single-wheel trailer for those gates and narrow gaps. But I've no experience of them, so maybe it wouldn't make much difference.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: jsabine on June 07, 2016, 11:39:06 pm
I'm not sure it counts as strictly utilitarian when you clearly took the trailer purely for the LOLs.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Pancho on June 08, 2016, 08:19:35 am
I'm not sure it counts as strictly utilitarian when you clearly took the trailer purely for the LOLs.

I think, if you look at the Thread Rules (specifically, Subsection 18 (Luggage), Paragraph 18.2, Clause 9b), this ride qualifies under "panniers, barbags, and other luggage related accoutrements are permitted regardless of utilisation of potential capacity".

 ;D
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: tom_e on June 08, 2016, 09:05:22 am
I reckon it's the best way for utility - take a decent pannier/trailer, just throw in what you need.  If your plans change, you're ready. 

Some people take an entire car with them everywhere you know.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on June 08, 2016, 10:28:10 am
 ;D at tom_e. But it's also a good point as well as being funny!
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Pancho on June 08, 2016, 05:15:51 pm
To the beach again. Just me, my swimming trunks, and a book. No trailer this time!

Glorious ride with nothing much to report - except I possibly saw an adder slither across my path. But maybe it was just a shadow.

Slightly different route today - precisely 6 miles total. Which is perfect for a utility trip, IMO.

Had a super swim - just 20 minutes of up and down parallel with the water's edge. Pretty calm water but pretty chilly as well. But that's just me being unacclimatised - Bramblemet tells me it's 16.5 degrees today - which is higher than the seasonal average by a couple of degrees (but I don't know where averages are measured).

Didn't we have a thread about the stinking yuk that ships use as bunkers? Saw this en route which illustrates it rather well.

(https://i.imgur.com/sc0dsUP.jpg)

All, in all, another great utility ride.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Jakob W on June 08, 2016, 06:14:57 pm
Don't they have to use cleaner stuff in European waters?
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: LittleWheelsandBig on June 08, 2016, 09:00:03 pm
Yup but low sulphur fuel doesn't necessarily reduce exhaust smoke.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Pancho on June 09, 2016, 04:08:53 pm
(My sincere apologies to people without beaches and who's utility trips involve grim A roads rather than gravel tracks)

Sorry. Beach again. This time with Mrs P and a trailer full of beach stuff. Bit cooler today but still a nice day out and a nice ride.

Saw about six other cyclists - two on the beach and, on the road, only one lycra type.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Mr Larrington on June 09, 2016, 04:40:17 pm
Appointment at the retinopathy clinic this afternoon, which The Man has moved from On Top Of A Hill.  On the one hand, there is a bus from as near as makes no odds right outside Larrington Towers to within three minutes walk of the place.  TfL say it will take forty minutes.  This statement probably contains more than just trace quantities of Lie.

Or there are bicycles in the Sheds.  TfL say it will take eleven minutes.  Pump up tyres of Towpath Bike (unridden for nine months) and trundle off into the balmy oxides of nitrogen that pass for the atmostale in London Town Devine on a sunny day.  Palmerston Road is gridlocked.  Selborne Road is gridlocked.  Hoe Street, to no-one's great surprise, is gridlocked.  And, mirabile dictu, the Leyton High Road is, er, gridlocked.

And the same on the way back.  If I'd gone on the bus, which takes the same route, I'd have been about an hour late for the appointment.  OK, so it wouldn't have been a Proper Londonton Ride without the attempted left-hook by an indicator-free WVM, but I got to call him a fucknugget so honour was satisfied.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Pancho on June 11, 2016, 09:01:10 pm
4 miles to the cricket. The differentiating feature of today's foray was that the cricket was at Lord's and the 4 miles from Waterloo was ridden on a Boris Bike. My first adventure on one of these contraptions.

They are truely hideous machines. Or maybe the one I was riding was just a particularly knacked example. It was like pedalling through molasses - hot , sweaty, and not at all fast. Maybe the brakes were stuck on - which would have created a sort of symmetry as pulling the levers had caused very little additional stopping. But I made it in under 30 mins despite coming across every traffic light in Christendom. So, financially, it was a bargain.

(http://imgur.com/32RV1eg.jpg)

Route as above.

London riding was wonderful. The most benign and courteous drivers I've experienced in years of riding. I suppose they're just used to cyclists - whereas round here, when drivers see a bike on the road they think "What the fuck's that on the road? Is it dangerous? Hell, I'll run it over just to be on the safe side".

It was a great day at the cricket (and lots of wickets) but, TBH, it wasn't the greatest of cycling experiences despite the traffic. I'll take my own bike next time I want some London urban time. Maybe the Sightseer audax in September.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: SoreTween on June 12, 2016, 09:53:07 am
Does this count?  I got a lift into town yesterday to collect my commute/cross thingy from the LBS.  Store owner absolutely loved it, raved about it the whole time I was there and has ordered a frame to build one for himself.  Blimey.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Pancho on June 12, 2016, 11:09:35 am
Does this count?  I got a lift into town yesterday to collect my commute/cross thingy from the LBS.  Store owner absolutely loved it, raved about it the whole time I was there and has ordered a frame to build one for himself.  Blimey.

I reckon that counts. It was an errand - returning with some shopping. Which just happened to be a bike.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on June 12, 2016, 11:11:30 am
London riding was wonderful. The most benign and courteous drivers I've experienced in years of riding. I suppose they're just used to cyclists - whereas round here, when drivers see a bike on the road they think "What the fuck's that on the road? Is it dangerous? Hell, I'll run it over just to be on the safe side".
Curiously, a couple of days ago I was in a "community cycling cafe/workshop" in Bristol and got into conversation with someone who'd just moved to Bristol from London and was saying (in addition to the fact that a single-speed worked fine in London but is not so good for Bristol) that the drivers were much more considerate in central London. My only experience of cycling in London is a short time early on a Saturday morning, so probably not particularly representative even if it were long enough to form an opinion.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Ruthie on June 12, 2016, 12:54:33 pm
We celebrated the Queen's birthday in church today by doing various different craft activities, one of which I was leading.  So I was running late as always, and I'd put a skirt on for the bunfight/party, with pink heeled courts with little jewelled cats on.

The nearest bike to the door was the carbon road bike with the Speedplay pedals on.  So I've just been to church and back, full sail, long pink raincoat flapping in the wind, earrings bashing me on the head, gingerly pedalling so I didn't do myself a damage if my shoes slipped off the pedals, skirt round my waist.

I really should organise my mornings better.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: ian on June 13, 2016, 11:31:54 am
London riding was wonderful. The most benign and courteous drivers I've experienced in years of riding. I suppose they're just used to cyclists - whereas round here, when drivers see a bike on the road they think "What the fuck's that on the road? Is it dangerous? Hell, I'll run it over just to be on the safe side".
Curiously, a couple of days ago I was in a "community cycling cafe/workshop" in Bristol and got into conversation with someone who'd just moved to Bristol from London and was saying (in addition to the fact that a single-speed worked fine in London but is not so good for Bristol) that the drivers were much more considerate in central London. My only experience of cycling in London is a short time early on a Saturday morning, so probably not particularly representative even if it were long enough to form an opinion.

I wouldn't say they're more considerate, just more accepting.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: hatler on June 14, 2016, 11:34:42 am
No adventure, but a quick run into Wimbledon to lock Mrs hatler's bike up as she had left the lock at home. Overtaken briefly by two muppets on MTBs with no traffic sense, an overwhelming desire to GIF and (for one of them) a disconnected front brake.

Then back again for a meeting at the bank there. Got caught in a brief downpour.

Not an ounce of lycra in sight (at least on me).
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: matthew on June 14, 2016, 11:55:58 am
London riding was wonderful. The most benign and courteous drivers I've experienced in years of riding. I suppose they're just used to cyclists - whereas round here, when drivers see a bike on the road they think "What the fuck's that on the road? Is it dangerous? Hell, I'll run it over just to be on the safe side".
Curiously, a couple of days ago I was in a "community cycling cafe/workshop" in Bristol and got into conversation with someone who'd just moved to Bristol from London and was saying (in addition to the fact that a single-speed worked fine in London but is not so good for Bristol) that the drivers were much more considerate in central London. My only experience of cycling in London is a short time early on a Saturday morning, so probably not particularly representative even if it were long enough to form an opinion.

I wouldn't say they're more considerate, just more accepting.

And particularly when a Boris bike often means tourist and occasional cyclist, likely to wobble, not sure where they are going etc.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Jakob W on June 14, 2016, 06:05:23 pm
My regular bakfiets run to Sutton Coldfield. Made the mistake of seeing the unexpected sun and thinking this would mean the forecast rain would be coming in later. As a result the journey back had its worrying moments; seeing the lightning strikes off to the south as I started to climb back through the park, and then seeing and hearing the flashes get closer I was a little apprehensive about going over the top. I was pretty pleased with the performance of my new Vulpine jacket, at least for the first 20 minutes - after that the truly epic deluge wetted it through. Still felt pretty breathable though, and kept me warm. The last descent down into Walsall was a little hairy - I had to take aggressive primary because the left three or four feet of the road were a river. This still didn't stop one lorry driver overtaking me; though he did give me a fair bit of space, he managed to spray me from head to toe. At least the water was cleanish. Props on the other hand to both the Sainsbury's and highway maintenance lorries who both performed exemplary overtakes on the way up to Beacon Hill.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Pancho on June 14, 2016, 06:09:38 pm
A "bakfiets" is a box-bike, isn't it (based on its twin carrying capability)? Presumably it has drainage holes so that a downpour doesn't fill it up and give you an interesting free surface effect!
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Jakob W on June 14, 2016, 06:55:55 pm
Yes; mine's one of these - apart from the holes in the side panels, there's a little gap between the frame tubes and the panel edges that provides drainage: http://www.workcycles.com/products/child-transport-bicycles/workcycles-kr8

Thankfully I had the rain cover on today; the girls stayed dry in shirtsleeves (and had a nap while I was grinding up the hills, the ingrates...)
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Pancho on June 15, 2016, 11:51:27 am
(and had a nap while I was grinding up the hills, the ingrates...)

When mine were of trailerable age, they used to shout "Faster, Daddy! Catch that bike up! Go faster or that man'll overtake us! etc!" They were very demanding passengers. But I had great routes to nursery, beach, etc - lots of off road, gravelly stuff. Sometimes I'd pinch Mrs P's electric bike for Extra Fun. Good memories.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: sg37409 on June 15, 2016, 11:52:59 am
Rode back from dropping car off for brakes and tyres. (Its going to be expensive)
Much less cycle friendly than my commute.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Pancho on June 15, 2016, 12:00:11 pm
To the village and back - saw clouds darkening and dashed out.

Parked up (on double yellows[1]) directly outside the butcher. Who quizzed me about my Brooks saddle, Caradice panniers, and butterfly bars. I'd never had him down as a bikie before but he seemed pretty knowledgeable about such things. I'll ask him next time I'm there.

[1] I always do this but always wonder if a parking warden will ever chase me down the road waving his notebook. The alternatives would be to park on the pavement (which seems to be what most people on bikes visiting the butcher do) or use one of the heavily oversubscribed car parking spaces.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: mcshroom on June 15, 2016, 12:02:25 pm
Woke up early this morning so fitted in a short trip to the shops in town for supplies before I had to set off for work :)
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on June 15, 2016, 12:05:27 pm
Parked up (on double yellows[1]) directly outside the butcher. Who quizzed me about my Brooks saddle, Caradice panniers, and butterfly bars. I'd never had him down as a bikie before but he seemed pretty knowledgeable about such things. I'll ask him next time I'm there.
The butcher knows about Brooks saddles because they are made of beef!
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Mr Larrington on June 17, 2016, 01:40:24 pm
I nearly went to the opticians on the bus, because the Pretty Lady on the TV had promised fish on the line at Walthamstow Central.  Cycled instead.  It did not rain.  Hurrah :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on June 17, 2016, 02:05:28 pm
Is the optician on the top deck or bottom deck?
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Mr Larrington on June 17, 2016, 06:01:55 pm
Only single-deckers run down Larrington Towers Road after that unfortunate incident involving the gamekeeper, the bathroom window and the showgirl.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on June 17, 2016, 07:42:15 pm
Oh dear. Surely as External Transparent Wall Inspection Operative you must take some of the blame for an event involving a bathroom window on yourself? Did the gamekeeper's eggs get poached?
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Mr Larrington on June 18, 2016, 05:27:06 am
It wasn't my bathroom :P
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Pancho on June 19, 2016, 12:01:45 pm
Total return distance of about 3/4 of a mile. Destination: PYO strawberry field.  Trailer used.

It wasn't a particularly epic ride - in fact, about as boringly utilitarian as it comes, and even the weather was unimpressively grey.

But en route, in both directions, I saw a real life demo of critical mass (small C, small M). There were so many people on bikes that no vehicles were travelling faster than slow cycling speed.

Result of Day: 10lbs of strawberries. Currently undergoing kitchen alchemy to become jam.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: matthew on June 20, 2016, 12:11:02 pm
As I have the day off work, I went to the local supermarket this morning (~1.75 miles each way). When I left home it was drizzling steadily, when I left the shop to return home it was hammering down.

The handling of the bike is also rather altered by strapping 8 litres of sparkling water onto the back.  :smug:
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Guy on June 21, 2016, 11:19:10 am
I didn't know there was an IMPORTANT game last night as I set out for a nice ride-round to the pub. The roads were empty! I saw three cars in 111/2 miles. The pub was just about empty too, with the foopball on but the sound turned down. I stayed for a second pint, then rode the last mile home without seeing any cars. What a lovely evening.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on June 21, 2016, 02:23:57 pm
A simple stupormarket trip. Just under a mile each way, with a visit to the Oxfam bookshop en route. There are three-way temporary traffic lights on the way due to water mains replacement, but none on the way back although I pass the same spot – the fourth arm of the mini-roundabout is not deemed busy enough to justify them. This is probably easier on a bike than a car.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Kim on June 22, 2016, 05:42:43 pm
Took the trailer to Mr Sainsbury's emporium of toothy comestibles.  Loaded it up with fruit juice, tins, jars, rice and other ballast.  Noticed the trailer tyres now looking rather BSOish.  Dug out the Cyclaire and started groping about for something to extract the thingy for conversion to Poxy Schrader Valve mode.  Found a CO2 inflator lurking in the bag from the last MTB ride.  Used that instead.  Got laughed at by fellow cyclist for still being there when he returned from the shops.  "You might as well have used the car." he said.  "Yeahbut I can park this in my front room, rather than halfway up the street and have to carry everything." said I.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on June 23, 2016, 09:59:47 am
Nah, if you'd used the car you'd still have been circulating the car park by the time you'd got the tyre inflated.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on June 23, 2016, 01:28:38 pm
Just popping out to the stupormarket. This will mean another navigation of the temporary lights and the non-lights.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on June 23, 2016, 02:44:08 pm
Back again. Put shopping away. Scrubbed spuds and put them in the oven. Done washing up. It really isn't far. Sometimes I prefer to walk it for that very reason – increased exposure to air!

On this trip, I forgot my mitts. I always, always ride with mitts, even the shortest distances and have done for years. Decades, in fact. But this time I forgot them and rode without. Felt fine.  ;) I also discovered that a Carradice Super C rack pack can be made to hold a 12-pack of Walker's greasiest in addition to D-lock, tool kit, spare tube and whatever else lurks in there (not mitts!). Also, I parked opposite Painsbusy's next to a glossy black large-framed Pashley.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: fuaran on June 23, 2016, 02:49:07 pm
3.5km to the polling station and back. Only a 10 minute ride, but I spent 10 minutes tightening the chain beforehand.
First time this year I've worn my SPD sandals.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: fboab on June 23, 2016, 07:38:32 pm
Less than a km to the polling station.
Boy the bike feels different without all my work stuff weighing it down.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on June 24, 2016, 01:29:40 pm
I went to Nando's. Yes, this was utilitarian; I didn't eat anything! I had to ask about birthday cake – turns out they don't do it. Got very wet. Then on to buy books, which I managed to keep dry. Was reminded how crap rim brakes can be in the wet.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Pancho on June 24, 2016, 04:09:33 pm
16 miles to the supermarket and back.

The supermarket and the council really don't want you using a bicycle trailer for shopping, do they? Anti-cycling barriers on the cycle path. Anti-cycling barriers at the entry to the supermarket car park. And, in amongst the acres and acres of car parking: precisely one (1) bike parking space. Fortunately bikies laugh in the face of The Powers That Be and the barriers now have usable "bypasses" around them and, in the car park acres, imaginative fly-parking reigns supreme.

Slight nightmare on the way back. On the way out, I came across a sunk lorry blocking the road. Apart from the road surface, it's a swamp round there. I think the lorry driver found what happens when you put even one wheel off the road when you're lugging 40 tonnes of gravel. Initially, there was one rescue truck present and I was able to sneak through. On the way back, they'd obviously phoned base "we're gunna need a bigger lorry" and the entire road was blocked. All the original truck had achieved was to scour great holes in the road.

Anyway, on the return the road was impassable. A detour would have been an additional 6 miles or so. Alternatively, I could lug bike + trailer + self (in shorts & sandals) over/through a hedge, along an stream, and back over/through another hedge ditch. It seemed so easy. It wasn't. Think brambles (shorts). Think nettles. Think a 'kin heavy trailer full of shopping.

Oh well, I made it home and got some exercise. Here's a pic of the initial truck:

(http://i.imgur.com/D1etvq4.jpg)
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Peter on June 25, 2016, 07:20:15 pm
15 mile multi-terrain round-trip to take cake to birthday boy Torslanda.  Excellent!
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on June 25, 2016, 08:34:05 pm
Ooh, happy birthday, birthday boy Torslanda!
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: CrinklyLion on June 26, 2016, 10:21:04 am
Yesterday evening, I took the stokerless tandem with me to a gig at the Basement (where as arranged I met the EldestCub) so that at the end of the evening I could give him a lift back to his dad's.

Got chatting to a chap waiting at the lights on Goodramgate, who was much quicker away than us.  We reeled him in though, and sailed past him on the little rise over the river, just after the sainsbury's roundabout.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Pancho on June 27, 2016, 08:04:14 pm
Set off late and had spirited ride to the doc's.

Then got told off by nurse, "well, there's no point in me measuring your blood pressure now, is there?".

Got to go back another day.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: cycleman on June 27, 2016, 09:02:33 pm
A very slow ride into Slough to pick up some supper from tesco. I am still on antibiotics which do not seem to be doing a lot and I am feeling a bit sluggish  :'(
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Pancho on June 28, 2016, 06:16:19 pm
Took the trailer to Mr Sainsbury's emporium of toothy comestibles.  Loaded it up with fruit juice, tins, jars, rice and other ballast.  Noticed the trailer tyres now looking rather BSOish.  Dug out the Cyclaire and started groping about for something to extract the thingy for conversion to Poxy Schrader Valve mode.  Found a CO2 inflator lurking in the bag from the last MTB ride.  Used that instead.  Got laughed at by fellow cyclist for still being there when he returned from the shops.  "You might as well have used the car." he said.  "Yeahbut I can park this in my front room, rather than halfway up the street and have to carry everything." said I.

Kim (and other trailer-shoppers), how far is your shopping run and how much do you carry on the return? And how far do you go?

My rig is as below. I'm not hugely overloaded - trailer with food (which can be quite light if it's not tins) and bottles/breakables in panniers. But I'm finding it absolutely knackering. It's a total return journey of 16 to 18 miles usually (a couple of which are off roadish) but can be 20ish miles if I go to the market. I'm having to do this three times a week and am beginning to flag.

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Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Kim on June 28, 2016, 07:55:43 pm
That one's a round trip of about 2 miles, of which the return journey is nearly all downhill.  There's a lot to be said for a supermarket at higher elevation than home.  I occasionally shop at Tesco in Quinton, which is a round trip of more like 10 miles (again, with hills), though less frequently since they stopped having sensible bulk packs of orange juice.

I suppose 40-50kg is typical if I've bulk-bought liquids and tins and things (which, along with bulky things like bogroll, is what I mostly use the trailer for - normal shopping trips are done with panniers).  That's about half my bodyweight, and therefore okay effort-wise (about the same as a piloting a tandem with a non-cyclist stoker - hard work but achievable) - it's stability under braking that's the limiting factor, and I try to avoid doing that sort of thing in the wet.

I've hauled somewhat more than that when taking waste to the tip, though.  It's about a 5 mile round trip and involves one short but steep bit of busy road, which is highly unpleasant with a heavy trailer.  If I'm going to do something like that (or requiring multiple trailer loads) then I'll use barakta's ICE trike, which has the advantage of stability, lower gears, much better braking than a DF bike and - more recently - an electric motor.   Only problem there is that you're into caravan territory - you can't see past the trailer box in the mirrors, and reversing doesn't really work.  Getting the trike in and out of the house single-handed and adjusting the boom is a fair amount of work, so I'm not tempted to use it for the monthly bulk shop.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Pancho on June 28, 2016, 08:28:30 pm
40-50 kilos strikes me as a lot. But, I've never actually thought about it before. As I don't usually fill the trailer with low density bog roll but do usually fill it, I suppose I can't be far off. Particularly as the cheap Chinese gaspipe trailer itself weighs 17kg (well, that's what Amazon said - but, now I type it, it can't be true; can it?). Maybe I shouldn't be too disappointed that I'm wearing myself out despite lack of hills.

I'm hoping to get some touring in soon and will be pulling the trailer around. As the South Downs lie between me and, well, everywhere, I need to get some load lugging in my legs you see.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Kim on June 28, 2016, 09:56:10 pm
40-50 kilos strikes me as a lot. But, I've never actually thought about it before.

I have a serious orange juice habit; your shopping may vary (drinkohol is the obvious dense thing that I don't buy).  The great thing about litre cartons of mostly water is you know exactly what they weigh.  Tins and jars add up quickly, too.


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As I don't usually fill the trailer with low density bog roll but do usually fill it, I suppose I can't be far off. Particularly as the cheap Chinese gaspipe trailer itself weighs 17kg (well, that's what Amazon said - but, now I type it, it can't be true; can it?). Maybe I shouldn't be too disappointed that I'm wearing myself out despite lack of hills.

That sounds like a lot to me.  The Carry Freedom Y-frame Large is supposed to weigh  7.5kg, and that includes a whopping great lump of plywood.  ETA: And the 145litre plastic box I use with it weighs a bit more than 4kg.

I assume Amazon are quoting some all-up pessimistic weight including packaging for shipping purposes, but still...


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I'm hoping to get some touring in soon and will be pulling the trailer around. As the South Downs lie between me and, well, everywhere, I need to get some load lugging in my legs you see.

I wonder how much the rolling resistance of the tyres (or indeed the hubs) is a factor.  It's not something I worry about for infrequent utility trips, but it's the sort of thing that deserves proper scrutiny for touring.

If trikes are nominally 12% slower than bikes, then what does adding a trailer do?
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on June 29, 2016, 09:32:45 am
I'd second Kim's recommendation of an uphill supermarket. When I go to the supermarket, I usually take the bike. When I go to the little shops, which is where we get fruit and veg and a few other things, I usually walk. Similar distance, different directions. Another factor there is that supermarket is one stop whereas shops involve walking from one to the other then back to the bike. But it's only about a mile and a half to the furthest shop and I don't use a trailer (though I could, sort of; apparently our club has one to borrow, but no one ever does – I might have to do so as an experiment) so not relevant!

Yesterday's utilitarian adventure was to the cinema. Except it wasn't the cinema, it was a bike shop. But it wasn't a bike shop, it was a bar. If utilitarianism is the philosophy of bringing the greatest happiness to the largest number of people, that counts!
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: cycleman on June 29, 2016, 07:33:46 pm
My exploit today was getting out at 6 30 this morning towing my carry freedom city trailer over to Windsor and towing Jonathan notp trice over to saddle safari in Marlow. I left the trailer and his trice there and rode back home to Slough  :). 32 miles miles, the return run in light rain.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on June 30, 2016, 09:33:36 am
On Sun I loaded up the trailer - one old rusty bike plus parts, a huge pile of builder's bags, rusted workbench - and went to the tip. Not far, maybe 4-5miles round trip (roundabout route) but hard work on singlespeed.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on June 30, 2016, 03:46:40 pm
All the way to Toolstation (it's almost a mile!), where I was told "Keep the receipt, it might look like a Snap On but it's not."
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: HeltorChasca on June 30, 2016, 08:39:27 pm
Sustrans work

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Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: HeltorChasca on June 30, 2016, 08:40:31 pm
30 hanging baskets

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Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: HeltorChasca on June 30, 2016, 08:41:42 pm
80 mile charity ride

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Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: HeltorChasca on June 30, 2016, 08:42:24 pm
Just because

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Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Samuel D on June 30, 2016, 10:07:20 pm
Nice photos, HeltorChasca.

"Keep the receipt, it might look like a Snap On but it's not."

Ha ha!
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: HeltorChasca on July 01, 2016, 07:28:59 am
Thanks all. I liked the above replies. I'm in for some fun I can tell. I've posted some inappropriate images to this link https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=96256
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Pancho on July 01, 2016, 07:51:21 am
Having seen those pics of almost industrial scale utility cycling, I feel rather humbled!

Fantastic stuff.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on July 01, 2016, 11:11:32 am
Serious load lugging there, HC! I almost said "load hugging" and as part of the load is your daughter, I guess that would be true.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: trekker12 on July 01, 2016, 03:28:40 pm
Sustrans work

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Does the leaf blower count as mechanical doping?  :P
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Pancho on July 01, 2016, 03:37:16 pm
Leaf blower? I thought it was a pulse jet.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: trekker12 on July 01, 2016, 03:39:49 pm
Either way, it has an engine and the exhaust is pointing in the right direction (psst I think he's cheating)

Welcome to the forum HC!
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on July 01, 2016, 03:54:28 pm
Which Sustrans path is that, by the way?
Title: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: HeltorChasca on July 01, 2016, 04:05:35 pm
Which Sustrans path is that, by the way?

Which one?

When I'm packing my chainsaw. It's MY NCN path. I don't share it's use.
Title: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: HeltorChasca on July 01, 2016, 04:10:58 pm
Either way, it has an engine and the exhaust is pointing in the right direction (psst I think he's cheating)

Welcome to the forum HC!

Thank you. And jokes aside it's the NCN 24. Beautiful. Bath, Bristol & Frome has some of the longest stretches of traffic free cycling in the South West. Trouble is, the trees keep dropping across them in all this recent rain. We've done 2 on the NCN 24 locally in the last 2 weeks.

For the Autumn, I will rig the blower sideways and rid along slowly, clearing all the leaves. Lazy!
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: cycleman on July 01, 2016, 05:45:41 pm
Rig the mower sideways and fall off  :o ;D, or will you fit stabilisers  :)
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: HeltorChasca on July 01, 2016, 05:54:05 pm
Rig the mower sideways and fall off  :o ;D, or will you fit stabilisers  :)

Cider will be used to compensate balance issues
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: cycleman on July 01, 2016, 06:27:41 pm
Scrumpy?  :)
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: HeltorChasca on July 01, 2016, 07:36:15 pm
Scrumpy?  :)

Not one to be fussy The Apple has always done less damage to me than the grape.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Pancho on July 02, 2016, 04:13:19 pm
Another grand total of 1 mile - to village and back. In my defence, that does include a hill.

Filled two panniers - one from the greengrocer and one from the butcher. It balanced well but was enough weight to sway the bike and remind me why I prefer to use a trailer for load lugging.

Saw a couple of recreational cyclists but no one obviously of the utility cult. There seem to be far more utility cyclists out on weekdays than weekends. Glad to see that the wreck-bikes that had been on the village bike racks have gone. I was worried they'd been abandoned. Not that I needed a Sheffield stand as I'm happy to leave the bike unlocked and on its propstand outside shops locally.

Missed the rain while cycling. But was caught later while mowing the lawn.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on July 02, 2016, 06:38:55 pm
No defence is needed, Pancho. Utility trips take you where the utility happens to be. If you have a greengrocer and a butcher half a mile away, no need to go further. As for me, despite living in a well provisioned area of a big city I have to go a little further than you for the same shopping – it's a whole mile and a half there and back (back up a hill, too!).
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Kim on July 02, 2016, 07:40:16 pm
I frequently do round trips of about a kilometre by bike, simply because it's so much easier to carry the shopping home that way.  If I could give my student oaf self one piece of advice, using a bike rather than a rucksack would be second only to "beware of the maths".
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: ian on July 02, 2016, 08:43:28 pm
Is it utility cycling going forty-odd miles for beer? Bicycle was a lot heavier on the way back (oh the merry temptations of Bottleshop). Got wet. Really wet. The annoying thing was that to avoid the worst of the deluge I hid under a tree which mostly didn't work. Then, when I finally resumed my journey, about five minutes down the road, everything was as dry as a bone. If I'd just powered through.

Oh and I fell off which I've not done for ages. Nothing to do with beer. I got the train a few stops from home to avoid some more rain and then, as I left the train station (Purley, more vampires per capita than Romania – fact!), I stopped at the bottom of the forecourt to let a car pass. There's a bit of an odd, steep camber at the junction so the ground evidently wasn't where my brain thought it was when I attempted to put my foot down. Hello sky! No blood fortunately, it's obviously not a place to bleed. Nice big bruise on my butticus maximus. The bike lived, the rack sacrificed its remaining paintwork. My pride is being kept in hospital overnight for observation.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on July 06, 2016, 03:10:10 pm
First trip with the new! shiny matt! huge! voluminous! massive! enormous! ginaggerous! Super C panniers. Not only are they much larger than my old Agus for about the same weight (possibly even a tad less) but they have the wonderful and very useful ability to stand up on their own. And they clip more securely to the rack, too.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on July 13, 2016, 03:02:58 pm
Excitement packed trip to the greengrocers today! Overtook one GeoAmey on the way there and another on the way back. When I got back to the bike racks with my fruit and veg, I found a woman with a bike on the next stand in the process of contacting 'local community police'. Her bike had been locked to the rack with the lock of the bike the other side of the same rack, ie the lock had been looped round her bike as well as the other. A few circumstances made her suspicious of this. I suppose if it is a scam, rather than a careless mistake, it works by ensuring your bike is still there at 3 a.m. when the thief can come along unobserved with his BFO bolt croppers or angle grinder.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Pancho on July 13, 2016, 04:02:29 pm
I've heard of that one too. Seems like a lot of hard work and late hours unless it's a decent bike and your fence can handle bike bling. But then I'm a fine upstanding pillar of the community rather than a bandit so I probably don't fully understand the business model.

A quickie to the village today. Just two panniers full of veg. But really glad to get out as I've not had a ride for about a week.

They're not very voluminous but I've come to like my Olde Worlde Carradice panniers (Kendal?). Just big enough for the essentials. Bigger loads than that are best in the trailer anyway.

Saw a bloke on an electric trike parking up outside the cafe when I came out of the greengrocer next door. Nice to know I'm not the only utility rider sometimes. Also v nice girly Pashley in the village bike stands.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on July 13, 2016, 04:09:17 pm
The post-party cleanup meant another trip to the tip with trailer - I had other junk to take so it was a combined trip.

Proper did my bad arm in, it did. Trouble with trailer hauling on a single speed is that it involves a bit of standing up and heaving on bars.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on July 13, 2016, 04:13:42 pm
I've heard of that one too. Seems like a lot of hard work and late hours unless it's a decent bike and your fence can handle bike bling.
It was a very ordinary hybrid but almost brand new – thought I wouldn't have spotted that if she hadn't said so. But that's just the type of bike that's easy to dispose of through Gumtree or Cash Converters.  >:(

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But then I'm a fine upstanding pillar of the community
Splortle!
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Hattyfatner on July 13, 2016, 08:10:46 pm
An evening expedition on the Thorn Voyager to Sainsburys and then to the railway station for a spot of train spotting.  The 700 series is proving the current favourite. Fresh air and a tandem trip - much better than the telly.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on July 14, 2016, 03:25:24 pm
Up to LBS (woah! in danger of making this a bike ride!) then on to Wilkos, where I bought items that together make a cafe lock. Then on the way home I remembered I need cash for this evening's pub ride, so went past home to the cash machine and then into the Co-op for life sustenance (tea bags). On the way there I:
a) overtook an electric bike (more woah! this is in danger of becoming like silly commuter racing!). Downhill, mind. I was freewheeling, not sure about her. We then had a quick chat at the lights (she loves the leccy bike, works at uni, going to a ukulele recital).
b) when the lights changed and I joined the main road, not only did the impatient motorist behind me not manage to overtake me but instead I overtook the truck and car in front of me! All going slowly, of course; normal congestion caused by random parking.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Basil on July 14, 2016, 07:25:10 pm
First utilitarian ride from the New house.  To the (not very) supermarket and back.  1.2 miles.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Jock Stewart on July 15, 2016, 10:01:26 am
The posts from my Farewell thread should've been in here. I'll post my utilitarian rides here.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Pancho on July 15, 2016, 04:35:40 pm
The posts from my Farewell thread should've been in here. I'll post my utilitarian rides here.

Welcome. We're not the hardened, grime streaked, warriors of the road that inhabit the commute thread. We're in recovery.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Mrs Pingu on July 15, 2016, 05:22:03 pm
I brought home 1.75L of paint on Wednesday and another 2 x 2.5L tins on Thursday. The shopkeeper was unconvinced I would get that all home but they fitted in 1 pannier no bother.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Jock Stewart on July 16, 2016, 06:53:10 pm
Cycled Kingston to Ealing today. Main roads from Kingston Bridge, Twickenham, Syon, Hanwell.

Not a nice route - cars all over, stuck in jams. Esp fast from Syon Corner to Hanwell but cars well behaved. Bloody hot. Made me wonder, again, why peeps spend there day off, on a sunny Saturday, sitting in a car jam. Most cars were sole occupancy. Saw a few other cyclists, but not many. Much work still needs to be done to Green the place.

24 miles round journey.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Exit Stage Left on July 16, 2016, 10:26:41 pm
A trip out to our most utilitarian LBS to search for an end cap for a touring pedal. No joy, so an internet purchase unfortunately.

Onwards to Preston to look at nail polish. I'm 'renovating' a 1982 Raleigh Record Ace for the Semaine Federale, and the easiest way to get touch-up paint is to scour the beauty sections of the stores.

Boots was relatively pain-free, but no joy with a match. Debenhams was much too intimidating, with lots of those women in lab coats, made up like air hostesses. I settled for two nail varnishes from a Superdrug type outlet, which I'll have a go at mixing.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Jakob W on July 17, 2016, 09:47:49 pm
A short run into town this afternoon for some groceries; managed to buy all the heavy things, so came back cautiously with about 20kg on the back. Panniers had been living in the understairs cupboard since autumn, and it must have been a bit damp - they smelled rather mildewy. Will have to try washing them and airing them on the line as it's due to be nice tomorrow.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Jock Stewart on July 18, 2016, 06:05:46 pm
Heavy legs today, for some reason, probably due to too many pints on the Sunday evening. Anyway, managed to cycle out to bring back a four-pack of cheap cider. Did involve 45 miles, mind, of which 14 were around Richmond Park and the rest tootling along the Thames. Offies are so damned hard to find.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: tonyh on July 18, 2016, 06:09:19 pm
Offies are so damned hard to find.

And, it can be extremely difficult to find a way out of that Park!
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Jock Stewart on July 18, 2016, 06:41:54 pm
Ha! :-)
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Pancho on July 19, 2016, 10:36:14 am
Loaded up with barbecue supplies:

(http://i.imgur.com/1XnwJUS.jpg)

And headed round to a pal's for a feast. Most of the ride is traffic free on gravel (is this what "gravel bikes" are for?) like this:

(http://i.imgur.com/bopKXch.jpg)

Where the roads are like this, the surface is fine. But where they've decayed a bit, there are deep pot holes; either sudden drop offs or filled with unstable stones or speed trap sand.

But, what a great utility ride in summer sun (at last). Just think; most people would have gone by car. And then they'd have also missed the return at sunrise over a blue sea.

Nine miles ish.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Pancho on July 19, 2016, 03:26:41 pm
And later, it was once more unto the beach, dear friends, once more.

Mrs P and I. Six miles? 50-50 tarmac and gravel roads. I carried victuals, towels, suntan lotion, drinks, books, sunhats, swimming gear, and all the paraphernalia of the beach. And Mrs P carried herself.

Must do something about Mrs P's bike. It's worked faultlessly for 20 years with this much maintenance -><-. And she's had a lot of use out of it - by civilian, if not YACF, standards. I'd estimate 6000 miles of fair-weather utility riding. But it's rather rusty and rather noisy

A great trip. Weather superb. Beach lovely.

I get far more enjoyment out of using a bike to get places and do things than I do just going for a ride.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Jock Stewart on July 19, 2016, 05:17:14 pm
Hot hot hot hot hot hot hot. Not enough liquids and drank three pints of water and a cup of tea when I got home. Went north-side of Thames Towpath from Twickenham to Richmond en route to Richmond Park for the first time today and it was very pleasurable.

Four hours in the Sun and happy now to be inside watching How I met Your Mother with the kid. Whiskey ad coke later after further parently duties completed.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Pancho on July 19, 2016, 07:26:57 pm
Now, now, Jock - you've neglected to mention the objective of the trip. To qualify as a Utilitarian Adventure rather than a Frivolous Jolly, you need to have ridden on some humble errand or to have done something of great import along the way. We're fairly forgiving, however - a pint in the pub en route would probably do. Provided, of course, that any enjoyment whilst cycling was merely incidental and not sole purpose of outing!
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Jakob W on July 19, 2016, 07:42:38 pm
File this under 'I would have utilitarian adventured today but' ...it was too hot; the trip in to twins club would have been ok, but I didn't fancy heading back as the sun was at its highest, as much because of the risk of sunburn for my passengers as of heatstroke for myself! The bakfiets has a rain cover, but the weather's never quite warranted the molishing of a sun canopy. I may have to have a think and a play around.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Jock Stewart on July 19, 2016, 09:29:49 pm
Now, now, Jock - you've neglected to mention the objective of the trip. To qualify as a Utilitarian Adventure rather than a Frivolous Jolly, you need to have ridden on some humble errand or to have done something of great import along the way. We're fairly forgiving, however - a pint in the pub en route would probably do. Provided, of course, that any enjoyment whilst cycling was merely incidental and not sole purpose of outing!

Ok. I went Northside as I cycled to Twickenham to meet a potential partner for a self-employed biz  prospect. We met in the Cabbage Patch but only had a coffee as I needed a clear head until, um, just now.

Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: hatler on July 19, 2016, 11:07:18 pm
One run to Evans in Wimbledon to pick up some goodies and then to Northcote Road in Clapham for the Tuesday evening quiz. We were the only team that turned up so we split into two.

Pootling on the way home I fell into a bit of SURR (Silly Utilitarian Rider Racing) with a chap on a road bike. Great fun. But I'm sitting at home now and the sweat us running off me.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Jock Stewart on July 22, 2016, 10:27:51 am
Weds I cycled back to Twickenham for another chat and beer. Yesterday I cycled to the local shop for milk. Each trip did involve a 40 mile detour! Rest day today as legs knackered.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: hatler on July 22, 2016, 12:26:15 pm
Yesterday, into Wimbledon to collect a birthday present for (not so)mini-hatler, then to Mitcham to drop some ancient porters trolley wheels off for powder coating and then home. In the absence of the commute you have to grasp every possible opportunity to get out on the bike. Mrs hatler has just discovered the joys of recreational cycling on a road bike and is now regularly amassing more miles per week then me. That would have been unthinkable even two months ago.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Pancho on July 23, 2016, 12:13:33 pm
To a cafe on the beach for brunch with Mrs P and Miss P. Seven miles total. All tarmac. All fantastic. Weather glorious.

Loads of bikes. Unfortunately, mainly of the lycra and plastic hat variety. But there was a fair smattering of hybrids dusted off for the summer ridden by people probably on similar errands to our own. And there was one bloke who looked he was riding for transport - probably back from the pub to judge by his (lack of) speed and (lots of) wobble and weave.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Jock Stewart on July 23, 2016, 03:42:35 pm
Went into New Malden to buy a cheap toilet seat from the DIY place there. Awkard fun carrying it back. New Malden is not very cycling friendly, and weather so humid. Four mile round journey.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Kim on July 23, 2016, 08:59:17 pm
Went into New Malden to buy a cheap toilet seat from the DIY place there. Awkard fun carrying it back.

I'm going to check the "I carried this on my bicycle" thread, and if there isn't a photo of you riding a bike with a toilet seat round your neck I'm going to be bitterly disappointed...
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Wowbagger on July 23, 2016, 09:15:51 pm
Went into New Malden to buy a cheap toilet seat from the DIY place there. Awkard fun carrying it back.

I'm going to check the "I carried this on my bicycle" thread, and if there isn't a photo of you riding a bike with a toilet seat round your neck I'm going to be bitterly disappointed...

Ah, but if it is round his neck then it isn't really being carried on his bicycle. It needs to be ingeniously attached to the bicycle itself in such a way that he sits on it as he rides along.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Jock Stewart on July 23, 2016, 11:49:05 pm
It was alright. I just carried it under my arm. Quicker than going by car. It was light, cheap and temporary as we're rebuilding bath next month.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Basil on July 24, 2016, 04:27:30 pm
It was alright. I just carried it under my arm. Quicker than going by car. It was light, cheap and temporary as we're rebuilding bath next month.

Wot?  The whole city?
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Mr Larrington on July 24, 2016, 04:45:11 pm
Norty Basil! (http://legslarry.org.uk/BikeStull/GoldStar.png)
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Jock Stewart on July 25, 2016, 07:36:32 am
It was alright. I just carried it under my arm. Quicker than going by car. It was light, cheap and temporary as we're rebuilding bath next month.

Wot?  The whole city?

Ha! New bathroom.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Pingu on July 25, 2016, 11:17:24 am
Our pootle on Saturday turned into a visit to the cheese shop after a spectacular p*nc**re fairy visit.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: matthew on July 25, 2016, 11:33:37 am
Well it was on Friday and unfortunately I don't have a photo for the I carried this on my bike...

A short couple of miles round trip to homebase for a lawn mower and strimmer. The strimmer was required to replace the one i borrowed from my sister and then burnt out  :-[.

Bungied two large boxes onto the top of the rack and rode home looking like I belonged in the far east. The weight was sufficiently high and far back to make fitting the bungies difficult as the front wheel lifted.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Jock Stewart on July 29, 2016, 10:11:26 pm
Does cycling to go meet a mate count as utilitarian? In which case I post 30 miles today, and 20 on Weds. If not, they don't count and I will include them in 'social cycling'.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Feanor on July 29, 2016, 10:34:29 pm
Our pootle on Saturday turned into a visit to the cheese shop after a spectacular p*nc**re fairy visit.

And did they have Any Cheese *At All* ?
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: hatler on August 01, 2016, 04:59:03 pm
Fifteen miles to collect Mrs hatler's new car. Another Fiat Punto !  The last one has been with us almost 17. years. This one is nine years old. Will it last as long ?

Bike fitted in the back with the seats down and the front wheel removed.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Jock Stewart on August 02, 2016, 08:06:01 am
Yesterday I cycled two miles to Evans in Kingston to buy a new set of chainring bolts. Shop wasn't sure if the only set they had ins tock were the right size and asked me to bring a knackered one in for them to double-check. I said I would do this today.

I cycled the long way 928 miles) back home via the Thames towpath and Richmond Park.

It was spitting but warm.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Jurek on August 02, 2016, 08:22:37 am
Yesterday I cycled two miles to Evans in Kingston to buy a new set of chainring bolts. Shop wasn't sure if the only set they had ins tock were the right size and asked me to bring a knackered one in for them to double-check. I said I would do this today.

I cycled the long way 928 miles) back home via the Thames towpath and Richmond Park.

It was spitting but warm.
??? :o
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Tim Hall on August 02, 2016, 08:52:43 am
Yesterday I cycled two miles to Evans in Kingston to buy a new set of chainring bolts. Shop wasn't sure if the only set they had ins tock were the right size and asked me to bring a knackered one in for them to double-check. I said I would do this today.

I cycled the long way 928 miles) back home via the Thames towpath and Richmond Park.

It was spitting but warm.
??? :o

That's fractals for you.  Either that or sticky sHift Keys.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Pingu on August 02, 2016, 09:44:26 am
Went for a haircut on Friday.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Jock Stewart on August 02, 2016, 10:25:42 am
28 miles. Not 928 miles.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Pancho on August 03, 2016, 08:52:13 pm
Things are getting dire. 1 mile - village and back. Full load consisted of one (1) bag of frozen peas. Can't even remember when I was last out on the bike. Main reason is that the family are all on holiday and we're busy being out and about, visiting, or receiving visitors. Mrs P back to work in a fortnight, Miss P back to school in a week - so maybe I'll be doing some more riding soon.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Jock Stewart on August 03, 2016, 09:59:56 pm
Went back to Evans with the sample. It ddn't match but the real nice staff looked through their spairs in the mechanics' dept and got me a couple of freebies, which was all I needed. Big up to them. Cycled 28 miles home again?
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Pancho on August 15, 2016, 12:15:36 pm
To village. Still 1 mile total. Posted socks to Darkest Peru.

Fantastic weather. Must be summer hols as I saw families out on bikes amongst the dozen or so riders I saw en route. Only one other true utilitarian - lady with a Raleigh shopper at the Post Office.

Twiddled allen keys before departure and nipped up handlebar/stem bolts - fixed an annoying click/creak.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Oscar's dad on August 15, 2016, 01:11:13 pm
To village. Still 1 mile total. Posted socks to Darkest Peru.

Do they not have socks in Peru?  Made from lama hair or some such? 
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on August 15, 2016, 01:14:06 pm
It's an exchange of essentials. Pancho sends socks, knitted by his own fair hands out of Good English Sheep's Wool, and receives marmalade, made out of Good Peruvian Oranges by Wowbagger's Aunt Lucy.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Oscar's dad on August 15, 2016, 01:30:16 pm
It's an exchange of essentials. Pancho sends socks, knitted by his own fair hands out of Good English Sheep's Wool, and receives marmalade, made out of Good Peruvian Oranges by Wowbagger's Aunt Lucy.

Which brings to mind a problem I always had with Paddington (the bear not the railway station). How did he get a taste for marmalade in Peru?  As far as I am aware marmalade is only found in Britain and possibly countries that used to be part of the British Empire.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Pancho on August 15, 2016, 01:37:11 pm
To village. Still 1 mile total. Posted socks to Darkest Peru.

Do they not have socks in Peru?

Not if you leave them out of your trunk before you go! With a bit of luck of they (may) arrive before Christmas. Post tends to either simply disappear, get permanently stuck in some customs depot, or take months to appear.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on August 15, 2016, 01:42:13 pm
It's an exchange of essentials. Pancho sends socks, knitted by his own fair hands out of Good English Sheep's Wool, and receives marmalade, made out of Good Peruvian Oranges by Wowbagger's Aunt Lucy.

Which brings to mind a problem I always had with Paddington (the bear not the railway station). How did he get a taste for marmalade in Peru?  As far as I am aware marmalade is only found in Britain and possibly countries that used to be part of the British Empire.
The habit of making and eating marmalade in Peru was started by Wowbagger's Great Aunt Lucy who emigrated there for reasons which it's still not done to discuss (especially in the hearing of officers of the law, the inland revenue or the clergy) at a date so long ago it is lost in the mists of time.

Or seriously, there was a strong British influence in parts of South America, particularly the "southern cone", which is why they play rugby (and sometimes even cricket) in Argentina and Uruguay and why British made ships and steam locomotives can be found rusting on Lake Titicaca, but whether this ever extended to marmalade in Peru, I doubt.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Oscar's dad on August 15, 2016, 02:20:58 pm
 ;D

So Wow and Paddington (the bear not the railway station) are genetically linked. Quite feasible when you think about it.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on August 15, 2016, 02:24:09 pm
 ;D :D ;D :D
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: clarion on August 15, 2016, 04:44:53 pm
Down the hill to Carshalton for lunch and a bit of shopping.  Sadly, only one of our party was cycling.  Happily, it was The Little Duck! :D

New skill: freewheeling with feet on the pedals :)

And (with a few small additions of impetus) he rode most of the way back up the hill.  He was so comfortable riding that he was chatting away about the ancient trees in the park, and the other, younger trees along the road.  He was so comfortable that he took his hands off the bars to point to one tree in particular :o :'(

But hey: New skill 2: Riding uphill :D
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on August 15, 2016, 05:47:11 pm
Excellent!  ;D And points out something about perceptions of families/kids/bikes: when you see parents on foot with small kids on bikes, you tend to assume the parents see bikes as kids toys. But that's not always so!  :thumbsup:

Also, I look forward to the day when Nye is old enough to have his own yacf account with which to tell us all about trees ancient and younger. :D
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on August 19, 2016, 07:39:43 pm
Up to the top of Whiteladies Road the back way, to buy kitchen stuff. Then down it to the stupormarket. Later out again for veg. About six (6, yes VI) miles in all!1!1!1
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Ruthie on August 20, 2016, 09:16:25 pm
My usual mile and a half to Fellowship and back.  We had some new members who admired my beautiful Josette  :smug:  and quite right too.  It was the first time I've needed lights on the way home this year  :'(  and actually the Hope Vision 1 on the front got a comment from a pedestrian on the brightness/battery use.  So if I'd wanted attention I'd have been satisfied tonight.

A really strange feel on the streets of Darlo tonight, I was pleased to get home.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Phil W on August 21, 2016, 01:35:51 pm
Shouldn't knock utility trips. I pretty much use the bike for all utility trips within about a 10 mile radius. Either my road bike or the Brompton.  When I get a recumbent I'll almost certainly use that for heavier loads I wouldn't carry on the upright.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Kim on August 21, 2016, 01:44:43 pm
I think I can count the number of recumbent utility trips I've done on one hand (not counting those done away from home, where it's been the only bike I've had with me).  I think it amounts to one case of the hybrid being unexpectedly out of commission, and maybe three heavy trailer loads where the trike made sense for hauling the extra weight.

But that's because I've got an upwrong that's good at hauling weight.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Ruthie on August 22, 2016, 02:50:03 pm
A trip round the corner for some blood tests, and another trip this morning to order a birthday cake for a colleague who's retiring.  About two miles in total but enough to get dripping wet in the rain!
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: cycleman on August 22, 2016, 06:26:03 pm
Over to Windsor to fit a bar bag and it's mounting to Jonathan notp trice then back to Slough to sort money out at the bank. Then round to tesco for kitten food and then home  :)
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Johnny Faro on August 25, 2016, 05:05:13 pm
Yay a good day when both commutes and utilitarianed. Remembered had ordered pictures and meant to collect them Monday so added about 500 metres to commute and popped by to get them
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Pancho on August 25, 2016, 07:41:13 pm
Yesterday should have been a Utility trip - my 20 mile outing was intended to include a call in at Halfords. Unfortunately, the heat boiled my brain and I forgot to stop. So the ride became a mere recreational jaunt.

Did get out today though. 1 mile. Usual saga!
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Pancho on August 26, 2016, 12:13:59 pm
At last - an 18 mile Utility Outing. Lidl and back via the sea.

I'm getting better at judging volumes and pretty much filled the panniers without wasteful empty space or, worse, buying too much and resorting to carrier bags on handlebars.

Weather: Gorgeous.

Other cyclists: Loads. Lost count. OK, mainly lycra types (do they not have jobs?) but also many utilitarians. Six utility bikes chained up at Lidl. About 20 outside a coffee shop.

Events of note: Thought I was going to be crushed by some noisy engined behemoth - I could hear it behind me getting louder and louder but, however much I twisted and turned and examined mirrors, I could not see the bugger. It was getting louder and louder, closer and closer. Finally realised it was a combine in adjacent field!

Small panniers, fully loaded:

(http://i.imgur.com/WPt1q9j.jpg)
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Ruthie on August 26, 2016, 02:01:10 pm
Those panniers are very pretty.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: LittleWheelsandBig on August 26, 2016, 02:50:19 pm
A short, slow trundle near the university in Ratchaburi to check out the start of tomorrow's 300 brevet, to see the monkeys in the local park, check out the local market and to get a roadside dinner.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Pancho on August 26, 2016, 04:28:29 pm
A short, slow trundle near the university in Ratchaburi to check out the start of tomorrow's 300 brevet, to see the monkeys in the local park, check out the local market and to get a roadside dinner.

I guess you're on overseas deployment then! At the park here yesterday, we only had women sunbathing, tramps drinking, and magpies.

Do the monkeys keep themselves to themselves? Last time I was in monkey territory, they were nasty thieving little buggers.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Pancho on August 26, 2016, 04:48:25 pm
Those panniers are very pretty.

Carradice Kendal.

http://www.carradice.co.uk/index.php?page_id=product&under=range&product_id=52

But I don't remember them being that expensive!

They're a bit small but are ruggedly utilitarian (a bit like me). I used to have huge, voluminous panniers that felt like they'd swallow up a VW Beetle or two. A bit too big really. I prefer my current arrangement of modest panniers for day-to-day loads coupled with a trailer I can hitch up for really big stuff.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Pancho on August 26, 2016, 08:08:49 pm
This time of year I treat every sunny day as if it were the last. I couldn't resist a 1900 dip as the sun prepared to set. Oh my, it wonderful. Windless, bright, and the water was end-of-summer warm.

And I had it all to myself.

Here's the bike:

(http://i.imgur.com/XIzpKpl.jpg)

and here's the view from the water:

(http://i.imgur.com/Z7gLhky.jpg)

That last pic is super colourful if you fill the screen with it http://i.imgur.com/Z7gLhky.jpg

It was taken from that point where the sound of breaking waves quietens and it's just you and the sea. Did 30 minutes in the water and headed back so I'd be out of the water before it got too dusky.

So, a few hundred metres swimming and 6 miles of riding (for a total of almost 25 miles for the day).
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: LittleWheelsandBig on August 26, 2016, 11:42:44 pm
Pancho, I'm doing the culture shock thing in Thailand till Sunday, just getting ready for the Cha-Am 300 starting in an hour. The monkeys are cute little things, smaller than cats, and happy to challenge the blokes on bikes if we rode too close to their babies. They weren't too inclined to shift off the paths for bikes or cars. The adjacent market didn't seem bothered by the monkeys at all.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Pancho on August 29, 2016, 05:17:15 pm
Six miles to the beach again (sorry).

Tide was out - so a bloody long walk to the water. Followed by a bloody long wade until it was deep enough to swim.

Shared the beach with at least half a dozen other bike-people. Some of whom had crammed the entire world of British beach paraphernalia on board - windbreak, drinks cooler, parasol, lilo, etc, etc. I was impressed - I thought I was being extravagant with the loading by taking two paperbacks.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Pancho on August 30, 2016, 12:56:09 pm
Am I the only utilitarian at the moment? Is everyone else on proper expeditions during the hols? LittleWheelsAndBig excepted - he's hors de combat.

Anyway. Today was ASDA. 16 miles total. £30 worth of groceries. Weather wonderful. Many other bikies seen. Inc, parked next to me at ASDA, a v nice Kona Dew. A bit more upmarket than the usual utilitarian rack-mates in Gosport!

The roads near the beach were "ram packed" (genuinely!) with fly parked motor vehicles. And bikes, to be fair - but at least they don't block the road when chained to a fence. I'll bet that most of those car-ists live within 5 miles of the beach as well. Anyway, their problem not mine. Jammed up cars are slow cars which is my second favourite type of car.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Samuel D on August 30, 2016, 01:59:00 pm
You live in a fairy tale, Pancho. Who can compete with that?
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Pancho on August 30, 2016, 02:49:04 pm
You live in a fairy tale, Pancho. Who can compete with that?

I've merely decided to have nothing but an outrageously positive outlook on life! Of course, it's easy in high Summer to convince oneself that cycling to Aldi is, in fact, the life of kings. I can only hope I think the same when I'm hacking through winter grime and gales into darkness and a headwind.

Anyway, I hope it's not a competition for the "best" utility experience. Then again, such a thread would make a good counterbalance for the "commute" thread - which tends to be a litany of woes and dire tales of traffic, kit, work, and weather nightmares.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Jurek on August 30, 2016, 04:51:41 pm
Less than a mile, to the beach (Whitstable) at around 08:00 this morning.
Parked myself on Tankerton slopes and listened to the waves lapping for around an hour, before riding along the seafront in search of some breakfast.
Following breakfast the search was for some Allen keys. George's Mini Market delivered for £1.50 and the saddle on the Brompton was no longer loose.
I'm not sure that the 4mm key will be good for any other job. - That's £1.50 tools for you.
A bit more sea front riding, before catching the 10:20 back to The Great Wen.
Plan B - Avoiding trying to leave Whitstable by train on the evening of August Bank Holiday, was a 100% success.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Pancho on August 31, 2016, 03:14:47 pm
Jurek, where you on hol and took the Brommie with you? Nice move!

My trip for the day was just to the butcher to pick up some goat. Which I will later rustle up into a North African style pot thing.

Was v impressed to see the bike racks full and at least half a dozen other bikes leaning on walls outside shops in the village. Yes, that's bunch of fresh flowers tied to the handlebars.

(http://i.imgur.com/EiDh5HA.jpg)

You wouldn't believe the hassle I had getting those racks put in. Apparently no one cycles round here and the loss of one parking bay (of about 300) would kill local business. Our first and only bike racks!
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Jurek on August 31, 2016, 03:25:33 pm
I was.
A few days off, spent in Whitstable.
Boarding the train in London (Bromley) is ok - but by the time train had gone through the Medway towns it was rammed to the gunnels / standing room only - so anyone with a full size bike, push chair, windbreak etc was persona non grata.
Also on weekends like the one just gone, the main road through Whitstable is mostly a car park - so a bike makes a lot of sense - even to Whitstable residents, like my friend Clare, who has seen the value of having a serviceable bike to get around her car encumbered small town (https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=99186.msg2072866#msg2072866).
I declined a lift from another friend's house to their beach hut while I was there - a distance of just over a mile. I took the keys to the hut, and was there on my own for about 45 minutes while they sat in their car - their 6yo son couldn't understand why anyone would want to cycle when they were being offered a lift in a car  :(
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Pancho on August 31, 2016, 03:45:03 pm
I was.
A few days off, spent in Whitstable.
Boarding the train in London (Bromley) is ok - but by the time train had gone through the Medway towns it was rammed to the gunnels / standing room only - so anyone with a full size bike, push chair, windbreak etc was persona non grata.
Also on weekends like the one just gone, the main road through Whitstable is mostly a car park - so a bike makes a lot of sense - even to Whitstable residents, like my friend Clare, who has seen the value of having a serviceable bike to get around her car encumbered small town (https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=99186.msg2072866#msg2072866).
I declined a lift from another friend's house to their beach hut while I was there - a distance of just over a mile. I took the keys to the hut, and was there on my own for about 45 minutes while they sat in their car - their 6yo son couldn't understand why anyone would want to cycle when they were being offered a lift in a car  :(

Well, one would like to imagine that your demo of a superior mode of transport might have learned 'im.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: cycleman on August 31, 2016, 07:43:59 pm
Out to halfords to pick up a brake cable for the parking brake on the trice. 6 miles  :)
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Pancho on September 01, 2016, 02:31:11 pm
Village to visit doc's. 1 mile.

Q: I need to go back and have a nurse measure my BP - will gentle riding to the appt bugger up the reading (and, if so, any more so than walking)? It's not far or hilly.

About 10 bikes parked around the village. I'm beginning to think that there are more cyclists out-and-about during office hours than at either weekends or commute times.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Johnny Faro on September 03, 2016, 08:36:37 pm
Does going to a bbq count? If so three bikes and the Burley trailer with team member number four in it did the about mile to mates bbc. Weather took a turn for worse so borrowed mates jacket and squeezed eldest into Burley bee ignored weight limit and appreciated tail wind and downhil.l
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Pancho on September 04, 2016, 09:22:46 am
Does going to a bbq count? If so three bikes and the Burley trailer with team member number four in it did the about mile to mates bbc. Weather took a turn for worse so borrowed mates jacket and squeezed eldest into Burley bee ignored weight limit and appreciated tail wind and downhil.l

Definitely a utility trip.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Pancho on September 04, 2016, 02:09:33 pm
15 miles rtn to Aldi. Overcast and windy but still a fair few other cyclists out.

I didn't need to go but am trying to do a supermarket run at least every other day as substitute for my old commute. Having only titchy panniers helps!
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Jakob W on September 04, 2016, 09:04:17 pm
Run into town for some shopping and to drop library books off. Think I may have to get some panniers for the bakfiets; the toddlers are now big enough that when the rain cover's on you can't get that many bags of shopping in without it squashing up to them (and then they have a tendency to root through and eat stuff!)
Am quite tempted by a pair of the Carradice Royal Mail panniers - any users on here?
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Jakob W on September 07, 2016, 06:25:41 pm
Yesterday: my usual run over to Sutton Coldfield for the first twins club of the school year. Nice and sunny, but very muggy - was like cycling through soup at times. Despite not having done it for a few months I shaved 10 minutes off my usual time in, though as ever I paid for it a bit on my way back. Today/a quick run into town for groceries.

From next week I will be doing a daily nursery run, so should start clocking up the utility miles again; or will that belong in the commuting thread?
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Pancho on September 08, 2016, 12:49:30 pm
Jakob, I suppose that sort of trip could qualify for either. But if you do decamp to the hardened commuter thread, I hope you'll still manage to report the occasional utility trip as well. We're thin on the ground on this thread!

Today it was Aldi again for me. And an East European bloke who runs a really good veg stall - where I picked up 5 massive red peppers for a quid. Much better than 85p for three red, yellow, green from the supermarkets.

It would have been great but for whatever is ailing me being particularly ail-full on this run. Had to stop twice for the pain to go away. I've got a doc's appt in a couple of weeks - hoping it's just the pills causing it and that he'll let me stop taking them.

Still, 10 miles is 10 miles. Only 10 as I came the short, A-road route home :(

And I see there's a Decathlon box outside the front door. Must be my front rack for extra veg carrying capacity.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Jakob W on September 12, 2016, 04:33:19 pm
Girls to playgroup in the morning, and (first day at!) nursery in the afternoon. I can do the latter in about 20 minutes if giving it some beans, which gives me potentially 2 hours of free time at home, or 3 if I bum about in the library or cafes next to the nursery. The other option is of course to take a picnic and explore the lanes, but even empty the bakfiets isn't the nimblest of steeds...
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: seraphina on September 14, 2016, 01:25:31 pm
Lots of tootling about over the last week, mainly child related - to and from swimming and dance classes, and the post office. Yesterday's commute included a trip to the blood donors on the way home so I shall file that under utility as well. Am almost a bit disappointed that school is too close to cycle to! (we live a hop, skip and a jump away).

The bike and trailer set up could probably do with a bit of TLC - the Dawes is feeling a bit tired and I am wondering how bad it is to tow the trailer with one of the rubber bushes missing from the thingy where the axle goes....
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Jakob W on September 14, 2016, 04:09:46 pm
Got to the end of the road and detailed the chain going over a speed bump; on inspection the bolt had disappeared from the drive side chain tug, which may have been the cause. Thankfully, as it had detailed at the back, I was able to get it back running again without having to go back for tools to remove the chaincase. Made it to nursery without further incident, and then tried to find a suitable bolt; neither the hardware shop nor the LBS had stainless, so I stopped at the engineer's merchants on the way home and picked up a couple.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on September 16, 2016, 04:07:30 pm
A stupormarket trip earlier this week made me think about lighting. Bright and sunny when I went in, getting dark when I came out. Arguably not a big problem in a well lit city, but it's getting to that time of year when it would be good to have lighting fixed permanently to the bike. Dynamo, I suppose, is the way forward. But £$E plus having decent battery lighting (even if I've left it at home... ) might mean not yet.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Jakob W on September 16, 2016, 05:19:48 pm
I think a decent city be-seen setup should only be £40-50; even cheap LED dynamo lights are ok these days, and bottle dynamos are about £25 aren't they? I've been meaning to upgrade the lights on my Dutch bike for a while, but haven't got round to it yet.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Pingu on September 17, 2016, 07:13:50 pm
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8491/29708591136_b59b606ef1_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Mgfi7y)
IMG_7515_01 (https://flic.kr/p/Mgfi7y) by The Pingus (https://www.flickr.com/photos/the_pingus/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Ruthie on September 17, 2016, 07:19:32 pm
Not as unusual as the above, but I took Josette out to the big horriblemarket to get some food to take to the church birthday party tomorrow.  Also, loo roll and dental floss.  Rock 'n' roll.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on September 17, 2016, 07:23:25 pm
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8491/29708591136_b59b606ef1_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Mgfi7y)
IMG_7515_01 (https://flic.kr/p/Mgfi7y) by The Pingus (https://www.flickr.com/photos/the_pingus/), on Flickr
What colour?

Scrap that, I was thinking it was paint.  :facepalm:
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Johnny Faro on September 17, 2016, 08:31:10 pm
Meant to come back and add after wedgeing both kids into Burley the next day went back and managed to fit using bungee cords the eldest monkeys bike into the burley
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Mrs Pingu on September 17, 2016, 08:32:33 pm
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8491/29708591136_b59b606ef1_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Mgfi7y)
IMG_7515_01 (https://flic.kr/p/Mgfi7y) by The Pingus (https://www.flickr.com/photos/the_pingus/), on Flickr
What colour?

Scrap that, I was thinking it was paint.  :facepalm:

It is paint - 'garden paint' in Sage. I would have had lavender but it appeared to be a really dark purple rather than a provençal lavender colour. I don't think I need a deep purple shed door.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Feanor on September 17, 2016, 08:38:52 pm
I don't think I need a deep purple shed door.

<Drums fingers waiting for someone to post an image of a shed door with Deep Purple album cover artwork on it>
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: seraphina on September 17, 2016, 09:33:03 pm
I do like that purple handlebar tape, very fetching!

Cycled into Cambridge to pick up new spectacles and reminded myself just how pants the route is for cycles from Trumpington to the too-small bike park at the Grand Arcade. Consoled myself by imagining the running commentary of my bell.

And wasn't it chilly today? Had long sleeves and jacket on and was only mildly too warm.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Pingu on September 17, 2016, 10:57:53 pm
I don't think I need a deep purple shed door.

You're more of a Led Zep kinda girl.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Mrs Pingu on September 18, 2016, 07:34:04 pm
I don't think I need a deep purple shed door.

<Drums fingers waiting for someone to post an image of a shed door with Deep Purple album cover artwork on it>


<googles>
My word, they're mostly awful!
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: sg37409 on September 18, 2016, 09:43:09 pm
I do like that purple handlebar tape, very fetching!

Same here.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: phantasmagoriana on September 18, 2016, 09:50:05 pm
Purple bar tape is the One True Way. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Pingu on September 18, 2016, 09:56:06 pm
Purple bar tape is the One True Way. :thumbsup:

And tassles?
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Mrs Pingu on September 18, 2016, 10:02:52 pm
Purple bar tape everything is the One True Way. :thumbsup:

FTFY  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: seraphina on September 22, 2016, 07:32:12 pm
Running the toddler taxi again; playground and swimming.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Jakob W on September 24, 2016, 10:02:52 am
Second week of nursery runs in the bakfiets is over and I'm shattered! I suppose upping the weekly mileage from $notmuch (albeit some weeks with a 20-25 mile trip) to 50-60 miles is going to make a difference, especially as most of those miles are with toddlers and/or shopping on board.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Ruthie on September 25, 2016, 11:27:34 pm
Just into town to meet with a mate, then down the hill for a cheeky Nando's, parked our bikes up outside, went to see Bridget Jones, then rode up together back to town before a quick hug and we peeled off to our respective homes.

Love playing out on bikes with my friends.

There was so much broken glass everywhere.  Unbelievable.  Amazed the faerie didn't show her face frankly.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: seraphina on September 27, 2016, 09:09:18 am
Jakob - the nice thing about hauling kids around is I find that when I have the bike to myself I am loads quicker ;D

Took the elder to a party at the weekend in full princess regalia (her, not me). Fun riding a bike with balloons on the back seat.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Jakob W on September 27, 2016, 04:21:52 pm
Hah, yes - I have pondered heading out to explore the lanes near their nursery after dropping them off, though even unloaded the bakfiets remains a somewhat stately ride...
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: cycleman on September 27, 2016, 06:38:08 pm
A tesco run yesterday towing the old burley child trailer which ended up full .I regret no pictures as I have not go a new camera ye  :). And today 2 trips into town once to the doctors and then to get a cake cooling rack and some eating irons  :)
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: mike on September 28, 2016, 09:07:44 am

Cycled into Cambridge to pick up new spectacles and reminded myself just how pants the route is for cycles from Trumpington to the too-small bike park at the Grand Arcade. Consoled myself by imagining the running commentary of my bell.

what???  the guided bus way to the railway station then backroads across mill road through to norfolk street, stop for a coffee at the deli (hot numbers' coffee seems to have taken a turn for the worse) then wiggle through to the bike racks outside the unspeakable cath kid5on shop.  Do the shopping then get 250 grams of bliss from the coffee man, a bunch of flowers from the stall beside him then head home via hobsons conduit and the much better cycleway out of town to trumpton. Lovely adventure.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: seraphina on September 28, 2016, 09:38:23 am

Cycled into Cambridge to pick up new spectacles and reminded myself just how pants the route is for cycles from Trumpington to the too-small bike park at the Grand Arcade. Consoled myself by imagining the running commentary of my bell.

what???  the guided bus way to the railway station then backroads across mill road through to norfolk street, stop for a coffee at the deli (hot numbers' coffee seems to have taken a turn for the worse) then wiggle through to the bike racks outside the unspeakable cath kid5on shop.  Do the shopping then get 250 grams of bliss from the coffee man, a bunch of flowers from the stall beside him then head home via hobsons conduit and the much better cycleway out of town to trumpton. Lovely adventure.

+1 to deli and coffee man at the market, but the route in is a disaster IMO...

Come over the M11 on the new cycleway - all fine. This dumps you out at the entry to park and ride. Cycleway signs to Shelfords and Addenbrooke's, no signs for City Centre. Take the bus road through the Park and Ride car park, use local knowledge to navigate roundabout (mainly used by coaches) to entry to guided busway (note: total absense of signage from new traffic lights with regards to how to get to station/city centre on bike). Or follow the cycle path (well, foothpath with token blue sign) up over the staggered ped/cycle crossings at the new development (maximum cycle inconvenience), past Waitrose (again, you either mix it with the traffic on the roads or spend ages waiting for pedestrians on the pavements), fight past the Shell garage until you finally get to the decent stretch of cycle way which does whisk you into town.

You're right that the guided busway to the station and then up across Parker's Piece is the better option though - I had been avoiding that because of the chaos at the station. What gets my goat is that the P&R,new housing and Guided Busway are all new developments and could/should have been planned to maximise cycle/pedestrian flowthrough; instead we have maximum inconveinence (staggered crossings so you have to wait for two sets of lights to cross a road, one for each lane), no signage and non-obvious routes.

On a totally unrelated note, do you know how the coffee is at Relevant Records?
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: mike on September 28, 2016, 09:52:05 am

Cycled into Cambridge to pick up new spectacles and reminded myself just how pants the route is for cycles from Trumpington to the too-small bike park at the Grand Arcade. Consoled myself by imagining the running commentary of my bell.

what???  the guided bus way to the railway station then backroads across mill road through to norfolk street, stop for a coffee at the deli (hot numbers' coffee seems to have taken a turn for the worse) then wiggle through to the bike racks outside the unspeakable cath kid5on shop.  Do the shopping then get 250 grams of bliss from the coffee man, a bunch of flowers from the stall beside him then head home via hobsons conduit and the much better cycleway out of town to trumpton. Lovely adventure.

+1 to deli and coffee man at the market, but the route in is a disaster IMO...

Come over the M11 on the new cycleway - all fine. This dumps you out at the entry to park and ride. Cycleway signs to Shelfords and Addenbrooke's, no signs for City Centre. Take the bus road through the Park and Ride car park, use local knowledge to navigate roundabout (mainly used by coaches) to entry to guided busway (note: total absense of signage from new traffic lights with regards to how to get to station/city centre on bike). Or follow the cycle path (well, foothpath with token blue sign) up over the staggered ped/cycle crossings at the new development (maximum cycle inconvenience), past Waitrose (again, you either mix it with the traffic on the roads or spend ages waiting for pedestrians on the pavements), fight past the Shell garage until you finally get to the decent stretch of cycle way which does whisk you into town.

You're right that the guided busway to the station and then up across Parker's Piece is the better option though - I had been avoiding that because of the chaos at the station. What gets my goat is that the P&R,new housing and Guided Busway are all new developments and could/should have been planned to maximise cycle/pedestrian flowthrough; instead we have maximum inconveinence (staggered crossings so you have to wait for two sets of lights to cross a road, one for each lane), no signage and non-obvious routes.

On a totally unrelated note, do you know how the coffee is at Relevant Records?

it's excellent!  They're my favourite place on mill road, and their sausage sandwich is very good!!  I had an awful coffee and something I thought was impossible - bad tiffin cake - from Garden Kitchen up near the new titchy sainsburys yesterday, not sure I'll rush back there.  A new one called Toms cakes is about to open just upstream of there too.

and while we're on the subject, Black Cat cafe used to be great, now it's full of screaming kids and Urban Larder is trying a bit hard to be hipster. I had a lovely cup of tea at the one that looks like a piano shop opposite the co-op, and quite a good bacon sandwich at the slightly antiseptic-feeling cornerstone cafe. 

All I want is a good breakfast place for those hungover mornings.  None of the above opens early enough or does a good greasy breakfast.  And don't get me started on Stir.

hey, don't judge. I live on mawson road and work from home a lot, so escaping for a coffee & cake is an important once-a-week treat! 
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: seraphina on September 28, 2016, 02:47:31 pm
mike - it is getting increasingly difficult to find a good fryup in town, isn't it? Will get to Relevant Records next time I'm in town. Haven't been to Black Cat in ages for precicely the reasons you state. Espresso Library is OK, but I was expecting more out of a coffee machine that costs more than I earn in a year. Tudor Rose was good, though. 

My favourite place centrally is Savinos. And if I lived where you did, I'd make the most of it too!
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Joe.B on September 28, 2016, 10:36:08 pm
I cycled about half a mile today with PECs worth £250K in each of my paniers.  It was raining and the ortliebs seemed like the best way of keeping them dry ;D
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on October 03, 2016, 01:28:32 pm
All my shopping and stuff for the whole of September came to a grand total of... 61km! omigodhoweverdoistandthearduosity
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on October 03, 2016, 02:50:36 pm
That works out at one shopping trip every two days.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: cycleman on October 03, 2016, 06:39:52 pm
Yesterday me and Apollo rode out to the Toby carvery for a meal :) . today Dad went to Iceland  ::-) :)
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on October 07, 2016, 08:26:09 pm
All my shopping and stuff for the whole of September came to a grand total of... 61km! omigodhoweverdoistandthearduosity
Whereas 50km in one week now, just cos of a few trips to ye pubbe and some different shoppes. Moste randome.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: cycleman on October 08, 2016, 08:14:01 am
To the big tesco in Slough this morning to get bread and kitten food .  :)
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: ian on October 09, 2016, 09:40:06 pm
Wholefood Market to be nauseatingly middle class (sad to say, their bags are the perfect size to slip in an Ortlieb pannier, which makes the entire affair worthwhile). Plus it makes me nostalgic for America and the grocery bags.

Soggy Wandle Path navigation home. Should have been annoyed by the rain but quite enjoyed it. Bike was splashing through every puddle it could. Not even the fact the bridge was closed in Morden Hall Park could faze me (really, National Trust, a little diversion map as too much?). I've now been to Morden. I feel completed. It's a lot nicer than Mitcham, I suppose.

The rain did at least stop the annoying clicks and creaks my bike has been making lately, which is win, because they were starting to sound terminal.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Jakob W on October 19, 2016, 11:37:48 am
My longest day yet on the bakfiets yesterday; thought I'd see whether I could make twins club in the morning then head for the lunchtime nursery drop-off. This was a mistake; I made OK time getting to the club, but hadn't realised I'd had a (slight) tailwind; on the way back of course this was now a headwind and had picked up, and it was rather dispiriting ripping my legs off whilst barely managing a crawl uphill. Then I had to go and run various errands before doing the nursery run again; over 60K in total for the day. My legs were not happy when I got into bed, but they're pleasantly OK this morning.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: hatler on October 20, 2016, 08:39:12 pm
Four lots of utility today.


First off a run in to Wimbledon with the Bike Hod returning a whole bunch of stuff that was surplus to requirements. (I discovered that Bike Hods can capsize if you're out of the saddle and honking.)

Then to Putney to get some waterproof troos for mini-h in readiness for some Dartmoor walks we have planned.

Then to Kingston with mini himself (he's 5' 10" BTW) to get some more clothes.

And finally to Streatham to collect my just-MoTed vehicle.

I'm feeling quite virtuous.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: mcshroom on October 23, 2016, 12:44:36 pm
Just a trip down to church and round to the Coop to get some stuff for dinner. I think I'm getting used to pootling on fixed now, and I'm more and more impressed with my Osprey Black Jack courier bag which seems to swallow a larger volume shopping than it looks lit should, and without becoming uncomfortable to wear :)
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Jakob W on October 24, 2016, 01:29:04 pm
Half term this week so no nursery runs; instead I headed to Lidl and loaded the bakfiets with an oil-filled radiator and a week's shopping - just about managed to get it all under the rain cover, though it was a bit of a squeeze getting the girls in as well.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: mcshroom on October 24, 2016, 09:59:47 pm
I got the hybrid back on the road (minus front derailleur which I can't find, even after ordering it's replacement ???) so took it for a trip to the supermarket to check it over. Leaf covered off road cycle paths aren't the easiest things to navigate in the dark, and I wish the supermarket was at the top of the hill and my house at the bottom, instead of the other way round, though my bike took pity on me and shifted itself from the middle to granny ring on the way back which did make things easier :)
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on October 26, 2016, 01:08:26 pm
A bike with sympathy.  ;D
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on November 01, 2016, 01:06:11 pm
(https://c5.staticflickr.com/6/5719/30593538212_8d74944180_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/NBrT3L)
It's from Ikea, so bulky but light.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Jakob W on November 02, 2016, 02:05:12 pm
Slow and a bit stiff on the nursery run today; as yesterday was the first day back after half term I'm hoping it's just unfamiliarity. Then realised I'd left the big chain at home, so am now sitting at home with a cuppa before heading back to pick the girls up. Still it's lovely and sunny out, and it's all miles in the legs.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: HeltorChasca on November 02, 2016, 09:03:29 pm
(https://c5.staticflickr.com/6/5719/30593538212_8d74944180_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/NBrT3L)
It's from Ikea, so bulky but light.

Let me guess: A giant Swedish brush hook? Similar to the billhook of Britain, but used for meatball preparation.

Go on. Tell us.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Kim on November 02, 2016, 09:06:17 pm
Dining chair.  You can tell by the picture of the, well, dining chair.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on November 02, 2016, 09:30:23 pm
The pictures are only there to give a false sense of security to logical thinkers. It's actually a DIY ABBA kit. It's a lucky dip: you never know whether you're going to get Agnetha, Benny, Bjorn or Anni-Frid. In fact, this one turned out to be the drummer from Ace of Bass.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Kim on November 02, 2016, 09:45:53 pm
Humbug.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: HeltorChasca on November 03, 2016, 09:20:34 pm
The pictures are only there to give a false sense of security to logical thinkers. It's actually a DIY ABBA kit. It's a lucky dip: you never know whether you're going to get Agnetha, Benny, Bjorn or Anni-Frid. In fact, this one turned out to be the drummer from Ace of Bass.

Damn. Still laughing a day later.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on November 07, 2016, 05:48:26 pm
An 18-pack of toilet rolls will just about fit into a Super C pannier. Next time I'll try to remember the bungees.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: MartinC on November 08, 2016, 08:38:30 am
An 18-pack of toilet rolls will just about fit into a Super C pannier. Next time I'll try to remember the bungees.

Goodness! I admire your courage in riding whilst inner turmoil rages to that extent.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Jakob W on November 10, 2016, 09:24:43 pm
Have felt slower this week on the nursery run - not sure whether it's been because of headwinds, legs, or drag somewhere on the bike - both the Nexus on the back and the dynohub on the front could do with a service, and I vaguely recall Nexus rollerbrakes can get draggy with time, but I really CBA to take a look right now.

Still haven't figured out clothing for this weather; I run hot and the run to nursery is mostly an uphill drag, so I tend to cook a bit - if not on the way, as soon as I get off the bike and have to herd toddlers inside. So far this week I've tried merino baselayer and old Aldi softshell - nice and warm but clammy (and is now a bit big); merino baselayer and merino zip-front sweater - breathes well but not windproof enough; baselayer, sweater, and windproof gilet - bit clammy; and baselayer, sweater, and windproof jacket - OK so long as it's unzipped on the climb.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: HeltorChasca on November 11, 2016, 08:02:46 pm
1.5 miles of local NCN leaf clearance today. Note the magical machine that made the shininess happen.

(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161111/8ed70ec28ebbc83d8946389b27e45913.jpg)
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: tom_e on November 14, 2016, 09:57:14 am
 ;D Most excellent.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: SoreTween on November 14, 2016, 08:59:01 pm
That is so far beyond effing cool it's popped out the other side into a parallel dimension :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Kim on November 14, 2016, 09:14:15 pm
More importantly, what's the bike's cruising speed if you use the thing as a thruster?
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Phil W on November 14, 2016, 09:22:28 pm
1.5 miles of local NCN leaf clearance today. Note the magical machine that made the shininess happen.

(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161111/8ed70ec28ebbc83d8946389b27e45913.jpg)

Is that cycle route 24?
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: HeltorChasca on November 15, 2016, 03:07:20 pm
More importantly, what's the bike's cruising speed if you use the thing as a thruster?

It does roll you along slightly. I don't think I'll be 'leaf-doping' any of my bikes with it yet. The noise would take the fun out of it.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: HeltorChasca on November 15, 2016, 03:09:19 pm
1.5 miles of local NCN leaf clearance today. Note the magical machine that made the shininess happen.

(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161111/8ed70ec28ebbc83d8946389b27e45913.jpg)

Is that cycle route 24?

Superior observational skills 100% correct. Between the bridge at Black Batch and the little slope up to Paglinch Farm.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Jakob W on November 15, 2016, 05:56:55 pm
Weird weather today - 10 degrees warmer than the same time last week. On the drop-off nursery run I had a merino T-shirt and a thin wool jumper; I'd probably have been OK without the jumper. Mizzle and a degree or two cooler on the pick-up meant I kept the jumper, but my specs kept fogging so I took them off. I had a waterproof with me but no point in putting it on as I'd just have cooked instead...
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Phil W on November 17, 2016, 10:58:49 am
1.5 miles of local NCN leaf clearance today. Note the magical machine that made the shininess happen.

(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161111/8ed70ec28ebbc83d8946389b27e45913.jpg)

Is that cycle route 24?

Superior observational skills 100% correct. Between the bridge at Black Batch and the little slope up to Paglinch Farm.

Not super observation skills.  Last Friday I rode past someone blowing the leaves with just your setup when riding to the Audax UK reunion in Taunton. Saw your post and thought what are the chances?  I had a big red saddlebag on the bike and green bar tape.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: HeltorChasca on November 17, 2016, 01:38:02 pm
1.5 miles of local NCN leaf clearance today. Note the magical machine that made the shininess happen.

(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161111/8ed70ec28ebbc83d8946389b27e45913.jpg)

Is that cycle route 24?

Superior observational skills 100% correct. Between the bridge at Black Batch and the little slope up to Paglinch Farm.

Not super observation skills.  Last Friday I rode past someone blowing the leaves with just your setup when riding to the Audax UK reunion in Taunton. Saw your post and thought what are the chances?  I had a big red saddlebag on the bike and green bar tape.

Brilliant! I did clock you. What are the chances? I remember thinking, 'That chap looks grateful and I understands my mission.' I'm sorry we didn't get to chat. I had very nice biscuits on board. This has also made me decide to wrap my down bars on my tourer (and recently a virgin Audax bike) in green. Green goes with burgundy doesn't it? Course it does!

I hope you enjoyed this section of your ride.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Phil W on November 17, 2016, 06:10:46 pm
Very much enjoyed the ride along that section. Later I picked up cycle route 3 which led me down to Wells and Glastonbury before Bridgwater then Taunton finish. I was on a DIY 200 to the dinner. I came back a similar way on the Sunday but picked up the Cycleway to Bath and rode through the tunnels before branching back east and north beyond Swindon and the M4.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: mcshroom on November 20, 2016, 01:47:17 pm
A trip down to church and back this morning in glorious sunshine and still winds. The radio keeps going on about a storm but it's not reached us yet 8) - Was a bit chilly though.

It was the first trip on my hybrid since I messed with the position of of the controls and I think I've finally cracked it. That was the most comfortable it's felt in ages.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Johnny Faro on November 23, 2016, 08:00:27 pm
Delivered turkey for host to cook for thanksgiving. Was mighty glad to get that out rucksack!
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 23, 2016, 08:22:49 pm
Delivered turkey for host to cook for thanksgiving. Was mighty glad to get that out rucksack!

We celebrate Thanksgiving in Witham, mid-Essex  :o   Who knew?
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Johnny Faro on November 24, 2016, 05:28:29 am
With a real American OD!
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 24, 2016, 08:08:05 am
How exotic!
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: cycleman on November 24, 2016, 08:48:53 am
28 miles to braknell and back for a urology appointment . the gps took me up a muddy bridalway on the outward trip which was interesting on road tires . :o ::-) :)
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Jakob W on November 26, 2016, 09:01:48 pm
Had a day of sightseeing and errands in that London. Aren't the hire (aka Ken|Boris|Barclays|Santander) bikes chuffing awesome? Spent £2 for the day, did maybe 15-20 miles, and didn't have to be cooped up in metal tubes along with other sickly people to get from A-B!
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on December 02, 2016, 09:45:13 pm
This morning's utilitarian adventure involved a discussion of saddles with a randomly met cyclist at the racks outside the stupormarket. As he no longer has a 25 mile commute he's taken the comfy saddle off his bike and replaced it with an old San Marco Regal, which he doesn't like the feel of at all, because its mottled leather aesthetic suits his bike (or him?) better.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Kim on December 02, 2016, 11:36:57 pm
2km or so up to Audiology in search of flatteries, then about 16km home via COR (to try out the new tyres[1]), a couple of bastard hills and rather too much tediously slow traffic that there wasn't room to filter past.


[1] 40mm Marathon Dureme.  Seems to be a win compared to the previous 28mm Marathons on the local crumbling tarmac.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Jock Stewart on December 06, 2016, 06:54:05 pm
Went to buy some beer this morning. Offie only a 100 metres away but route took me on a 31 mile detour via Thames towpath and Richmond Park. It was cold and foggy wet. As I approached Queen's Road from the lane that passes Isabella Planatation, I saw a cyclist walking morosely with a flat tyre. No gloves, hands raw red.

"You ok?"

"Got a puncture." She was bedraggled but looked suddenly hopeful that I could help.

I looked at her wheel. It was a small hybrid.

"My tubes are too large. And I don't carry a repair kit as I just put in a new tube." I was disappointed not to help. "There's an Evans in Kingston, just a couple or so miles away. They'll fix it for you. You know where it is."

She had no kit.

"I live in Kingston." She replied.

"Ok." I said and prepared to carry on, not wanting to be patronising.

"But I'm only a student" she quickly said "I'm still getting to know the area."

She was sodden and her hands looked so cold. Otherwise she was pretty well wrapped up.

"Carry on and take the first left. At Kingston Gate - only a mile away - take the first right then keep going straight. About another mile and you'll be out on the main road to Richmond. Take a left and you'll be at Evans. Only about 40 minutes walking."

"Ok. Thanks. It just went by the cafe."

I thought she was going to cry, as she walked off.

Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on December 15, 2016, 05:31:57 pm
To Christmas Steps with Napoleon disc two (of four) and back with disc three. Was not even remotely tempted to ride down the steps themselves. Parked at one of the three stands outside Foster's almshouse, leaving my bike all alone, and came back after a few minutes being ignored by Poppy and Alfie* to find it now had two other bikes for company.  :thumbsup:

*Poppy is a fat cat, Alfie is very fat.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on December 20, 2016, 08:40:55 pm
Heavy one yesterday, and it wasn't due to Christmas shopping. I'd forgotten that branch library is closed on Mondays, so went out with library books, came back with books and shopping all stuffed into one pannier. This also meant I took the pannier round the stupormarket – I normally leave it on the bike and just use a carrier bag, but I had it with me cos of going to the library – and was half expecting a security guard to jobsworth me, but I was ignored. Whether this is because the 5p has made it acceptable to take your own bag, or because I'm now a trustworthy middle-aged-man-with-solar-panel-beer-gut-2.4-mortgages-and-a-mondeo, or maybe they're just slacking, I don't know. Anyway, the Sequoia remained admirably stable with more in one pannier than I would really like to put in two.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on December 20, 2016, 08:51:08 pm
Went to buy some beer this morning. Offie only a 100 metres away
Definitely utility
Quote
but route took me on a 31 mile detour via Thames towpath and Richmond Park.
...and adventure!  :D
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Jakob W on December 20, 2016, 09:43:01 pm
Library and supermarket run. Was glad I was wearing my brevet gilet, cos when I got home in the dark I realised my rear light wasn't working  :facepalm:. Will have to have a fettle this week; hopefully it's just a loose connection, as the front was fine.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on December 24, 2016, 02:33:12 pm
Surprisingly little traffic this morning, but for some reason all the roads were covered in oil. Also, it seems to be National Park on a Double Yellow Line Day.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Johnny Faro on December 27, 2016, 05:44:22 pm
A multi purpose one yesterday. Bottle bank which was pretty much full but managed to shove the bottles and jarsbin. Then to deliver our no longer required reusable nappies to hopefully Grace a new bottom next year then on to collect presents couldn't carry Christmas day. Made good use of Burley bee with no children but was like towing a sail into the wind.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: MikeFromLFE on December 27, 2016, 08:42:48 pm
A ride to the allotment to get some sprouts. Very little traffic about, mainly because - round here - they were all parked on the road junctions. Rather icy on the way there, but it felt like cycling through treacle.


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Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: matthew on December 30, 2016, 09:35:03 am
yesterday, 22km to visit my aunt. frost on the roads at 15:30. one twitch on ice, I then put the bike in the back of a car for a lift home at 19:30.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on January 02, 2017, 06:33:49 pm
Many bags of christmas rubbish to the municipal tip, plus junk from clearing some boxes. Felt smug and sorry for the people queuing in cars for the tip; there is a special bit for bike/pedestrians, although they don't mean it for people with trailers like mine. I filled an entire bin with waste, then half a bin with electrical waste, then there was the cardboard . . .
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Kim on January 02, 2017, 06:44:06 pm
Many bags of christmas rubbish to the municipal tip, plus junk from clearing some boxes. Felt smug and sorry for the people queuing in cars for the tip; there is a special bit for bike/pedestrians, although they don't mean it for people with trailers like mine. I filled an entire bin with waste, then half a bin with electrical waste, then there was the cardboard . . .

Funnily enough, I gave CrinklyLion (along with her former microwave and some other stuff that wouldn't fit in a pannier) a lift to the municipal tip last week.  We got to admire the special bit for bikes/pedestrians while we queued in the CAR along with all the people offloading Christmas decorations and excess packaging.

We don't have that sort of thing in Brum, as the motorists would just abandon ship and offload their stuff there the moment a queue developed.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: sg37409 on January 05, 2017, 04:17:06 pm
Haircut.

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Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on January 13, 2017, 02:57:49 pm
Various bulky/heavy items had built up on the shopping list so it was a rare double-pannier trip to the supermarket; my first ever since I got the extremely capacious Super C panniers. Because I didn't want to leave the panniers on the bike (I'm fine leaving one, but not two, which is probably illogical), I took a trolley rather than a basket, hanging the panniers off the outside like fenders on a boat. Fortunately the supermarket wasn't crowded and no one seemed to mind, but I think if I need to take both panniers again, I'll put them inside the trolley. Felt a bit unsteady wheeling the bike away from the stand but the weight disappeared as soon as I was riding, as it tends to do. Fortunately it's downhill almost all the way home, but when I got back and wanted to swing the back of the bike round to lean it against the wall more conveniently, I could hardly lift it! Some lever effect there. Thought of Pancho on this utilitarian adventure.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: MikeFromLFE on January 26, 2017, 09:10:54 am
<sound of phone ringing> "Hi Pete"
"Are you going tonight"
"Yes, 6 isn't it?"
"That's right, can you give me a lift"
"Sorry Pete, I was going to cycle there"
"But it's a smart do - suit and that"
"Yes, I know, smart"
"But you said you were cycling there"
"Yes Pete, I'm going on my bike, dressed smart"
"OK, if you say so"
"See you there then"
<Sound of phone being put down and heavy sighing>
So, I went to one of the annual national charity 'networking events' at the King Power Stadium, dressed smart. I do wonder how far we have to go to deal with this sort of attitude (and Pete has family in Amsterdam).
It's a long time since I've had the joy of 1) cycling in Leicester's evening rush hour traffic and 2) riding home in the dark along the deserted Great Central Way.


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Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Ruthie on January 26, 2017, 09:01:43 pm
A ride out to Fellowship and back, which was hard work on the way there, slightly uphill on spiked tyres into a headwind.  And my word, it's seriously cold out there.

Tonight's earworm was 'when you live on an island, nothing ever falls in place, the winters are violent, and you can't even feel your face, you can't fucking  feel your face'

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1dQI4Gjt9I

When lightning strikes, I will be on my bike, I won't be stuck inside, I will be taking flight.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: mcshroom on January 26, 2017, 10:30:58 pm
20km to choir in Whithaven and back again. Getting there was a breeze, getting home again into a freezing headwind wasn't quite as fun.

As it was Icy I stuck to the A595(T) main road. It's not the most fun riding along but the traffic was playing nicely tonight mainly. There's new tarmac on the steep hill out of Whitehaven now which is much more pleasant to ride on. It's a shame the same can't be said about Clint's Hill out of Egremont which is still crater-strewn.

The other choir members thought I was mad ;D
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Kim on February 08, 2017, 08:40:36 pm
Took a trailer load of heavy compu-tqt to the tip.  Should have used the trike.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Jacomus on February 14, 2017, 09:38:27 pm
I nipped out for a quick errand on Sunday morning, probably 5km round trip. The weather conditions were Not Nice, but 5km isn't very far... unless you forget to engage brain and leave it on autopilot and bugger off near enough 5km in the opposite direction before realising your mistake.  :facepalm: On the plus side, nothing at all happened. And I stopped to say hello to a friendly cat.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Johnny Faro on February 20, 2017, 12:13:27 pm
School run first,  oh the joys of getting the monkey to ride rather then a slow walk, straight from there to shops for fruit and veg. Home quick change into cycling clothes. Should have gone shorts not tights then a worryingly fast 10 miles to camping shop (semi successful ) and accross road to cycle shop (entirely unsuccesful) grabbed focatia bread for lunch and some reduced goats cheese (price not distilled in some way) and then 10 slow slow miles into the wind on way home.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on February 23, 2017, 11:14:04 am
A very windy doughnut run. Not far, but it seemed to be a headwind in both directions that wanted to blow me across both sides of the road alternately, regardless of which way I was going. Fortunately all the motorists were considerate. Matt and Jake seemed grateful for the little (big, actually) balls of fat and sugar; not sure about Colin... And of course he's right, they would've been better and cheaper in Bemmie, but I didn't have time. Now, where's this Telefonica thing I'm waiting for?
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: matthew on March 05, 2017, 06:06:06 pm
Going up to church in London, engineering works meant the direct line into Waterloo wasn't available so went via Wokingham and Reading to Paddington. Then a couple of miles to centre point. Coming home this afternoon was more problematic, I made the mistake of following the blue signs for Paddington which wound there way west rather than going up to the Euston rd and then west to Marylabone.

Worse was to come when I got to Reading. The trains to Wokingham were badly hit by engineering works. Instead of the 4 an hour it was 2 an hour with a 40 minute wait for the first so I cycled home from Reading as it was dry in Reading. However I then got rather wet later when I wasn't dressed for the riding.

Soggy Jeans are not great for cold wet conditions.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on March 05, 2017, 06:53:12 pm
Soggy jeans are not good for anyone except Nick Kamen. Your journey reminds me that today I walked past two churches which are almost next to each other while services were being held in both. One, the Cornerstone Church, was of no interest, but outside the other, called City Church (such an inventive name!), numerous bicycles were parked, while "happy clappy" type songs issued forth.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 06, 2017, 10:06:21 am
On Friday evening Daisy the Cat needed collecting from the vet having had her "bits and bobs" removed.  The car was elsewhere so Penelope bridged the gap ...

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Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Guy on March 06, 2017, 12:40:00 pm
I had to go to the PO cash machine yesterday morning, but I'm too damn' lazy to walk all that way. What should have been a 10-minute round trip on foot became a 35-minute 5.5 mile bimble on the folder.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Johnny Faro on March 06, 2017, 07:46:24 pm
Last night a trip to Mothers with the wife and monkeys. Properly proud of the eldest who's 5 and was loving riding home in the torrential rain. Especially enjoyed the roads we let her ride on as was quiet and had me at front and wife behind. Only downside was her crashing after hitting a pothole which is bad enough in a car. Being rung in tomorrow as online pot hole reporter was both rubbish and advised it may need urgent attention
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: rr on March 06, 2017, 11:14:33 pm
10 kg of dishwasher salt and 1kg of carrots collected from ALDI on the way home from work.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Kim on March 06, 2017, 11:20:28 pm
Those are going to be some really clean carrots...
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 07, 2017, 06:13:17 am
Clean, salty carrots  ;D
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Jakob W on March 21, 2017, 05:30:13 pm
OH derailed the chain on her town bike on the way to work, and had no tools to open the chain case etc, so locked it up and walked the last mile. After doing the nursery drop-off I cycled to her work and picked up her key, walked to her bike and fixed the derailment - chain was a bit slack so I sorted that as well as the chain case (which is going to need a fettle with some new fixing bolts). Then back to her office and locked up her bike, followed by a nasty head- and cross-wind for the nursery pickup run; thankfully it had dropped a bit for the return leg and groceries trip. Tired now.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Tim Hall on April 23, 2017, 08:14:56 pm
I nipped into town for the Scouts' St George's Day parade, and thought of Pancho and his utilitarian adventures.  Then I realised I was riding my bendy bike that I bought off Jogler and thought of him too.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Jurek on April 23, 2017, 09:33:21 pm
I nipped into town for the Scouts' St George's Day parade, and thought of Pancho and his utilitarian adventures.  Then I realised I was riding my bendy bike that I bought off Jogler and thought of him too.
It is my sister's 60th tomorrow and amongst the cake and bubbles today we were trying to figure out why the Polak scouts always did a big thing on Big G's day - I reckoned it was because of patron saint-ness - it looks like I was right - and also I get to celebrate as Polaks generally do name days rather than birthdays and my name translates as..... George.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Tim Hall on April 23, 2017, 09:59:41 pm
I nipped into town for the Scouts' St George's Day parade, and thought of Pancho and his utilitarian adventures.  Then I realised I was riding my bendy bike that I bought off Jogler and thought of him too.
It is my sister's 60th tomorrow and amongst the cake and bubbles today we were trying to figure out why the Polak scouts always did a big thing on Big G's day - I reckoned it was because of patron saint-ness - it looks like I was right - and also I get to celebrate as Polaks generally do name days rather than birthdays and my name translates as..... George.

Ooh, that reminds me. We've got a Polish troop in our town, but they're run separately to the regular scouts.  Didn't see them at today's do, perhaps they cooked Polish sausages over their own fire.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Jurek on April 23, 2017, 10:04:55 pm
I nipped into town for the Scouts' St George's Day parade, and thought of Pancho and his utilitarian adventures.  Then I realised I was riding my bendy bike that I bought off Jogler and thought of him too.
It is my sister's 60th tomorrow and amongst the cake and bubbles today we were trying to figure out why the Polak scouts always did a big thing on Big G's day - I reckoned it was because of patron saint-ness - it looks like I was right - and also I get to celebrate as Polaks generally do name days rather than birthdays and my name translates as..... George.

Ooh, that reminds me. We've got a Polish troop in our town, but they're run separately to the regular scouts.  Didn't see them at today's do, perhaps they cooked Polish sausages over their own fire.
Doubtless they'll have been doing their own ting, antisocial lot  ;)
Prolly didn't want to share their gherkins with you (not a euph).
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Si S on May 06, 2017, 02:50:38 pm
To Evans for gloves they hadn't got and then to the wife's office to collect the car, which wasn't there. Wrong office  :facepalm:
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: ian on May 06, 2017, 08:05:21 pm
Went out to buy some oil for my squeaky bike. Forgot to buy oil (well, I remembered, but there's never a bike shop when you need one). Cycling around London and all the way back home with twelve bottles of beer and a cauliflower*. I was going to get the train for the last league with the boozy booty as it was rather heavy (a couple of those are 750 ml bottles, but who can resist a Burning Sky Cuvee) but I thought what the hell, it's only six more miles.

At some point later I was forced to remember that 5.5 of those miles are practically vertical.

*let it not be said that this boy, when left unsupervised, doesn't know how to party.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: menthel on May 25, 2017, 11:34:47 am
Not me but Mrs menthel and small, talkative menthel cycled to school for the first time today. M wife is a veteran cycle commuter but this is a first for the boy! He insisted on wearing his new cycling gloves too! ;)
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on May 25, 2017, 11:51:46 am
Excellent. Let's hope this is the start of lifelong trend for small, talkative menthel – even when he's big, taciturn menthel!  :D
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: menthel on May 25, 2017, 12:38:06 pm
Excellent. Let's hope this is the start of lifelong trend for small, talkative menthel – even when he's big, taciturn menthel!  :D

He thinks of himself as a cyclist, always has- even before he could ride a bike! But then he was carried on Mrs menthel's bike from a very young age. And to be fair to him he managed the 12km each way to Barnes wetlands centre at the weekend, including some tricky (as in scared the hell out of me having to look after him!) road sections. I think he will do alright on his bike. ;)
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Wowbagger on June 23, 2017, 10:05:27 am
Yesterday my utilitarian adventures were very much in the Panchoist mould. I cycled 6 miles each way to a beach for a swim, and then to the LBS (3 miles each way) for a new tyre and assorted other gubbins. He was very much in my thoughts.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: sg37409 on June 23, 2017, 11:03:55 am
Excellent. Let's hope this is the start of lifelong trend for small, talkative menthel – even when he's big, taciturn menthel!  :D

He thinks of himself as a cyclist, always has- even before he could ride a bike! But then he was carried on Mrs menthel's bike from a very young age. And to be fair to him he managed the 12km each way to Barnes wetlands centre at the weekend, including some tricky (as in scared the hell out of me having to look after him!) road sections. I think he will do alright on his bike. ;)

Cool.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: seraphina on June 23, 2017, 11:22:26 am
Mile and a bit each way to the post office, with the boy in the seat. Took a bit of convincing to get him on after he pulled the bike on top of him whilst I was getting ready :-[
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: hatler on June 23, 2017, 10:35:46 pm
Resilience through adversity !
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on June 24, 2017, 08:00:05 pm
Putting change in a RNLI collection on the walking bit (from hippy egg shop back to where I'd left bike near library) of a utility trip this morning was a sort of double-Pancho moment.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Pingu on June 24, 2017, 08:04:29 pm
Mile and a bit each way to the post office, with the boy in the seat. Took a bit of convincing to get him on after he pulled the bike on top of him whilst I was getting ready :-[

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Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: seraphina on June 25, 2017, 09:08:08 am
Pretty much! I bribed him with two Love Hearts and by the timAnd he'd finished those he was in the seat and we were at the bottom of the street. A few rounds of Wheels on the Bus and Ten Green bottles and we were sorted. He quite likes the actual riding, just not the gettting on or off.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: menthel on June 27, 2017, 01:31:12 pm
Excellent. Let's hope this is the start of lifelong trend for small, talkative menthel – even when he's big, taciturn menthel!  :D

He thinks of himself as a cyclist, always has- even before he could ride a bike! But then he was carried on Mrs menthel's bike from a very young age. And to be fair to him he managed the 12km each way to Barnes wetlands centre at the weekend, including some tricky (as in scared the hell out of me having to look after him!) road sections. I think he will do alright on his bike. ;)

Indeed! They have done it again a few times now. I also scoped out a potential route for when we move (hopefully!) so that he will have to go twice as far!
Cool.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on June 28, 2017, 04:19:45 pm
Ventured to the Exotic East aka Brislington on a rather soggy mission. Then was going to go home and get changed into dry clothes, having realised the jacket I'd taken is not waterproof at all, but decided no point as I'd have to go straight out again. So up to the Near North (aka Horfield) for various goodies. Served as impromptu interpreter in a CAEK shop where a prison officer was on a mission to get them to offer staff discount (answer: wait for the boss). Bought a laurel wreath(!!!) on the way back. Riding in the rain is about ten times as tiring as riding in fine weather, especially when you're civvy-shoed feet keep slipping on the pedals.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Johnny Faro on July 02, 2017, 05:45:33 pm
First run to charity shop with books in panniers than onto post office to get parcel. Hadn't thought through but managed to get it wedged on top of pannier rack. Home via butchers. Second charity shop run with burley bee full (will need a Bob or similar when the burley moves on. Eldest monkeys bike into burley then collected them. Youngest into burley and then onto school fete and then finally home.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: rr on July 05, 2017, 01:25:46 pm
Inspection by bike this morning

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Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on July 05, 2017, 01:55:04 pm
Inspection of what? Were you inspecting or being inspected?
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: MikeFromLFE on July 14, 2017, 07:46:25 am
Yesterday evening I found myself at a meeting - on the future of the European Emissions Trading Scheme <yawn> - near the Barbican in London, so I hired a Boris Bike (do we still call them that? Are they now Sadiq's Santander Sycles?) to get me back to St Pancras.
That was two of those London Pounds very well spent. A great blast along wide, not too busy, streets, with the occasional passing waft of music coming out of pubs, on a pleasantly warm evening.
I must say though that part of London has developed more inclines than when I last rode round there some 40+ years ago - I thing the Crossrail diggings are creating folds in the landscape.



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Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: rr on July 14, 2017, 12:55:24 pm
Inspection of what? Were you inspecting or being inspected?
Inspecting a local construction site - my job.

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Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: menthel on July 25, 2017, 11:11:17 am
I cycled to and from personal training this morning. Strangely it was easier on the way back!
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on August 02, 2017, 12:22:49 pm
Took two panniers full of books to the charity bookshop. Heavier than camping!
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Jacomus on September 20, 2017, 04:51:17 pm
Had a Most Unproductive Utilitarian Adventure this morning.

I needed to go to the shop for a few groceries, just the right amount to fit into a brommie bar bag. Off I toddled to the shop, which is where I realised that having a large bar bag, that is the perfect size to fit your shop into, only really works if the bag is attached to your bike and not still sitting at home near the front door. :facepalm:

I duly rode home, and I haven't quite learned the warren of cyclepaths around here yet... riding home took a little longer than planned  :-[

No matter! It's my day off, it's sunny, and no time spent on a bicycle is wasted! Off I rode again, with barbag, to discover that sed shoppe isn't open anyway, for some reason. It's a Wednesday, equivalent to Sunday thanks to my shift pattern, so any reasoning is pretty much impenetrable at this point! So I rode home, got Mildly Lost again, then drove to the horriblemarket because by now I was sick of all this faffing and the need for loo roll was, by now, rather pressing.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on September 20, 2017, 05:58:28 pm
I stuffed a childhood's worth of mostly vaguely crappish toys into a pair of Super C panniers and took them to a charity shop.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on October 20, 2017, 12:58:50 pm
Felt like a bit of an adventure in the dark and rain last night. Only a couple of miles up the road but crazy traffic at 7 pm. To make it more adventurous, I was riding in long trousers for the first time since, well since spring I suppose.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Johnny Faro on October 29, 2017, 06:53:45 pm
Looking at a week of bikes being my only form of non walking transport as wife's away with the car. Started with a cycle with the monkeys to mother's for dinner and a cycle back with one protesting as stuck her in the burley trailer as it was dark and she was too tired to scoot home.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Joe.B on November 05, 2017, 06:52:32 pm
Little Joe's birthday party today at the Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle.  The Helios in cargo mode made light work of transporting all the party food there, one of his friends turned up on the back of a tandem with his Dad which was cool.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Joe.B on November 10, 2017, 04:36:36 pm
Rode a Sadiq Cycle from Waterloo to King's Cross this afternoon.  Not very economical as my rail ticket already included the tube,  much more satisfying though.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: SoreTween on November 10, 2017, 08:58:35 pm
Rode a Sadiq Cycle from Waterloo to King's Cross this afternoon.  Not very economical as my rail ticket already included the tube,  much more satisfying though.
I did the same journey on Tuesday and the reverse on Wednesday also with a perfectly good drain ticket in my pocket.  I was on a folder which is merely quite heavy and flexible rather than the depleted uranium hire option.  Enjoyed it on the way north, encountered a couple of minor league MMs on the way south but still enjoyed it. 
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: sojournermike on November 15, 2017, 10:06:27 pm
To the station to collect tomorrows ticket and then the Co-op to buy some coffee to start the day.

Via the dark cycle path to check the light.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: telstarbox on November 15, 2017, 10:48:40 pm
Collected bike from Decathlon workshop, returned unwanted leggings to the same and then home via pub quiz (we came 2nd).
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on December 23, 2017, 04:36:11 pm
Some recent utilitarian adventures perhaps worth mentioning include visits to hospital ( :'( but a good demonstration of the usefulness of utility cycling: about 30 minutes by bike mostly along one of Bristol's other rivers, same time by car and over an hour by bus) and to Bath along the railway path, which gives a good opportunity to observe the curious lighting habits of some other bicycle users.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Johnny Faro on December 23, 2017, 04:46:18 pm
Little ride out with the eldest monkey on her old bike which she is too big for but she is a bit small for her bigger bike. and the littlest monkey in the burley to deliver presents and collect the little ones bike which is sans pedals then a ride and scoot home at a good speed. Both kids need to learn awareness of others as prone to sudden stops. They however have more awareness then the boy who didn't notice us cycling towards him despite bells and polite excuse me till I shouted at him to look out. He may have been doing it deliberately but would certainly of moved once I got in front of the little ones.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: matthew on December 23, 2017, 09:17:38 pm
Multi mode trip to Reading for Christmas shopping plus a visit to Waitrose on the way home.

I was asked to collect my sister's present from the waitrose click and collect so not knowing how big it was I hooked the trailer onto the bike and locked it up at the station whilst I went to Reading.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Joe.B on December 24, 2017, 04:33:45 pm
I had a ride out to Screwfix the other day on the wife's Helios (in cargo mode) and returned home with 80kg of tile adhesive and grout.  The Helios handled it superbly.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: telstarbox on December 24, 2017, 04:56:01 pm
Fancied getting out of the house so managed a relaxed circuit to/from Bromley for stocking fillers. Mild enough for a T shirt and trousers :)
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Johnny Faro on December 24, 2017, 08:39:04 pm
Quick blast out to grab some yeast as breakfast rolls would have been rather flat otherwise.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Johnny Faro on February 03, 2018, 05:27:14 pm
Myself and both monkeys rode out to join a litter pick today. Panniers loaded with wellies, snacks, wipes, drinks for girls. Littlest one has improved immensely in the few weeks since I've been out with them. Were lent litter pickers so can go when not on organised ones which took some creative attaching to top of pannier rack
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Palinurus on February 04, 2018, 04:06:41 pm
Took the cat to the vet for the first time in the front carrier of the Elephant Bike rather than in a trailer. He was no less unhappy than before, but it worked out easier for me.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: nikki on February 23, 2018, 07:55:01 pm

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I had a hospital appointment this morning, which meant riding over to Sandwell General. [Insert small rant about state of the NHS here.]

I've been trying to keep mojo up and weight down over the winter months by extending my commutes; usually via the canals and various other cycle ways, as the constant close passes on the roads have been eroding my confidence and enthusiasm.

Thus it was that alarms went off at silly o'clock this morning and I set out on the long way around.

It was lighter than I was expecting, but quite cold. I join a river route by a ford and was thinking I'd better be on the lookout for ice in case the approach was frozefwipSLAM! ow

I didn't appear to be broken, so I picked myself off the tarmac, put the chain back where it was supposed to be, indulged in a bit of pavement cycling to get down to the river and then followed the river route at a slightly sedate pace.

The Cole Valley route goes through a number of little urban nature reserve bits, so every few minutes there are annoying barriers that are too narrow to fit handlebars through. These require a dismount and a wheelie to get passed and are a bit of a PITA.

How the heck did this get there then?!

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It was just about possible to get bike and panniers past, but by this stage I'm thinking a re-route is probably in order if I'm to get to my appointment in time. I rethought my plan to go via Spaghetti Junction and Sandwell Valley Park, and instead took the slightly more direct route along the Birmingham Canal Main Line and then the tramside path to West Brom.

Success! I got to the hospital reasonably early, got changed, found a human to deal with my check-in query and then got changed back into my cycling gear. I was a month early.  :-[   ::-)   :facepalm:

Deep breath, ate second breakfast and got back on the bike. Not sure what was going on with temperatures - maybe I'd been acclimatised to Birmingham's tropical microclimate or something - but I had shivers and chattering teeth riding through Sandwell Valley Park. Still, it was nice to be able to enjoy the scenery and not have to rush it as I would have had to do if I'd gone that way for my outward journey.

Oh. Hello.
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The sign gave a map with an alternative road route to circumnavigate the closures.

You just had to get to the road first...

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I opted for taking bike and pannier down separately and managed to avoid any mishaps. Which was nice. Especially given the broken glass at the bottom. :-/

The diversion did afford a good view of the first instalment of the Perry Bar locks from up on the road bridge:

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However things were looking a bit full by lock number 8.

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I wasn't up for more re-routing, so I engaged Plucky Cyclist mode and chanced the flood not being too deep or extensive.

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Bit disconcerting not quite being able to make out where the edge was. Basil, I thought of you, Sweetie  ;D

This was the next lock gate down. I don't think they're supposed to do that. Or the water spurting out of the stonework at the side of the ramp down.

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Spaghetti Junction navigated without incident; the geeses were all talk but no trousers; canal infrastructure technical features all successfully cleared.

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I found some off-road to do on an inappropriate bike, just to round things off!

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Did the last bit of my return back along the Cole route, where the area around the ford was looking very much more defrosted than it had done four hours previously. Feeling I didn't want to push my luck, I got off and pushed my bike for the last couple of miles, so as to avoid the usual close passes on the narrow lanes of South West Birmingham.

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Looking forward to seeing what bruises appear tomorrow, and I also have to repair the mount for my rear light. On the whole I think I'm glad I didn't stick with my original plan for the outward route - can you imagine how stressful that would have been against the clock. Hoping my next attempt in a month's time goes a bit more smoothly...
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Kim on February 23, 2018, 08:08:21 pm
Chapeau!

Even when I could breathe, I didn't have much nerve for that sort of exploration in cold conditions, and certainly not with an appointment to keep.  Always seems to either become much more epic than anticipated (this would appear to qualify), or just take ages so you freeze.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Butterfly on February 23, 2018, 08:28:59 pm
That was eventful then! I hope your bruises are minimal and heal quickly. I'm glad I'm not the only person with calendar confusion on occcasion.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Samuel D on February 23, 2018, 08:35:07 pm
That is good going through creaking infrastructure of every sort. I am amazed you braved all of that and then declined to ride the road at the end!

The whole voyage including that close-pass road is an object lesson in why few people cycle to their hospital appointments. The photos made it fun to follow along.

Heal well.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Kim on February 23, 2018, 09:00:19 pm
That was eventful then! I hope your bruises are minimal and heal quickly. I'm glad I'm not the only person with calendar confusion on occcasion.

I did it recently too, but living across the road from the surgery made it less embarrassing.

And for completeness, the GP also has calendar confusion, because they phoned this morning to tell me I'm massively overdue for the asthma review I did a couple of months ago (with my lovely GP who emits bogons and presumably failed to update the relevant wossname on the computer).
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: nikki on February 24, 2018, 09:05:28 am
It's me that has the creaking infrastructure today!

I was quite enjoying the ride towards the end - especially since the sun had come out and was starting to heat my bones up again.

Several of the approaches to home generally leave me in a bad mood because of the terrible attitude of some humans towards other humans, so sometimes I opt for walking a section rather than having it leave me stewing for the rest of the day.

The fun starts on Monday when I have to try and phone the hospital to rearrange my appointment, as I'm otherwise engaged on the 23rd of March. I tried yesterday and couldn't get through. Indeed the whole saga could have been averted if I'd have been able to get through initially when I thought it'd be good to shift the appointment to a later time!
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: andrewc on February 24, 2018, 10:21:02 am
Pah! Getting dates wrong is kids stuff.  My father recently turned for an appointment, correct time & date, wrong hospital  :facepalm:


Hope there are not too many bruises.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Palinurus on February 24, 2018, 11:37:01 am
10 minute ride to collect 40 litres of compost from the hardware store that time forgot (a few years back the old boy who ran it would smoke behind the counter, the stock is all sun-bleached, there are things on the shelves with signs attached- 'Not for sale'- it's the greatest). Last time I did this I used a trailer, this time stuck it in the front carrier of the elephant bike.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on February 26, 2018, 08:38:09 am
That was a real adventure, Nikki. Perhaps less utilitarian than it was meant to be, but as you say, <insert rant about state of NHS>. I certainly wouldn't have ridden that flooded towpath, especially not through freezing cold water; that takes a special sort of courage (perhaps one not too far from foolhardiness, but still in a good way). I suggest a new phrase: "As brave as a box of frogs."
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Kim on February 26, 2018, 05:01:53 pm
Trailer mission to panic-buy bulk shopping before the snowpocalypse hits.

A combination of lurgy and freezing conditions dictated the electron-assisted ICE trike for traction duty, which was definitely the right decision.  I timed it well, with a blizzard starting soon after I set off.  Evil wind, too.  I actually tried using a buff to keep my nose and lower face warm.  That works admirably well as long as I don't need to see.   ???

List of things that don't work properly in the cold:
- Fingers
- Lungs
- Elastomer trailer hitches
- Phaart rear lights with dubious vintage 7dayshop NiMH cells
- Photochromic glasses

Minor shouty WVM entanglement, presumably on account of being the most seeable vehicle on the road.  Managed to avoid most of the potholes, and the only skiddy stuff I saw was on a shared-use path that I was deliberately avoiding.  The absence of a brake lever for the left hand to grab while indicating right remains low-level alarming.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on February 26, 2018, 05:55:47 pm
List of things that don't work properly in the cold:
- Fingers
- Lungs
- Elastomer trailer hitches
- Phaart rear lights with dubious vintage 7dayshop NiMH cells
- Photochromic glasses
I'll add one to that list:
- Brain.
But that might be a personal one.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on March 18, 2018, 08:38:31 pm
List of things that don't work properly in the cold:
- Fingers
- Lungs
- Elastomer trailer hitches
- Phaart rear lights with dubious vintage 7dayshop NiMH cells
- Photochromic glasses
I'll add one to that list:
- Brain.
But that might be a personal one.
And I'll add another after yesterday:
- Lips. My top lip becomes frightfully British. Oddly, my lower lip and tongue are unaffected.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Kim on March 18, 2018, 09:30:50 pm
One from earlier in the week:

Brompton ride up to King[']s Heath to collect a car club car:  Took about 15 minutes, including a diversion through some Silly Sustrans Gates because there's diggy hole blocking the back entrance to Canon Hill Park, and taking it slowly on the hill to avoid dripping with sweat.

Car drive back to Silly Oak to fill said car with stuff:  Took about 35 minutes, because I forgot that driving anywhere in Birmingham during morning rush hour is stupid.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Kim on April 05, 2018, 05:02:11 pm
e-Trike + trailer mission again (electro-lqt to the tip to be recycled and a bulk supermarket shop), in *much* better weather.

This time I brought a rear brake, which makes right turns less scary.  Five wheels makes the proliferation of potholes a challenge.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on April 12, 2018, 04:02:27 pm
I adventured up to Cycle Surgery in Filton (pretty much opposite GKN), where I, obviously, spent too much money on things I don't really need. Unusually, I did this on the bike that normally does out of town adventures, not the utilitarian adventure bike. Even more unusually, I saw the same cyclist twice – once in each direction, at the same set of lights! On the way, she pulled ahead of me thanks to some daring kerb hopping, I then overtook her by being lucky at the lights, she overtook me on Pigsty Hill, I overtook her on the slope towards the Mem, which prompted her to comment that she was "Not riding steadily" (and so??) and then our ways parted. On the way back in, got back to the lights where I'd first seen her and there she was again! Then she went into town on her Crosslight and I went up the hill on my Surly. But it was saddlebag utilitarian not pannier utilitarian, for a change (hooray for the big saddlebag!)
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Si S on April 21, 2018, 03:53:34 pm
No coffee this morning, so into Hulme End to find the shop is closed, proper closed, on to Hartington where yesterday's tyre repair failed spectacularly on the descent, that was fun.

Tube and boot deployed, coffee procured,back to Alstonefield. 17km
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: seraphina on April 21, 2018, 07:09:13 pm
MissS and I to the hairdressers. Was deemed most unreasonable for making her finish the lollipop they give her before getting back on the bike.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: seraphina on April 23, 2018, 12:34:06 pm
Ten miles of chores -post office and dry cleaners.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on April 30, 2018, 09:12:26 am
This mostly counts; it was utilitarian in that it was a ride to accomplish a purpose, in this case to meet some friends, but it's let down by the fact that I dressed up in Bikesters for it. This wasn't strictly necessary as they're in Claverham, which is only 24km away and dead flat, and if I'd happened to have more sensible trousers on (like jeans – or maybe one day it'll be summer and I'll be in shorts) perhaps I wouldn't have bothered, but as it was, I did. I kept the top half dressed for destination though (and nobody minded the Bikesters either). There was a little bit of adventure and it was nearly the wrong sort; see these cobbly things?
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They're rather nastier in reality than they look in the photo. Normally I'd either take care or use the shared pavement, but as I was riding the Utilitarian Adventure Bike with 42mm tyres, I reckoned some poxy lumpy half-bricks would not cause any problem. I hit them just fast enough and at just the right angle to have a Nasty Moment but not to actually come off. Perhaps I should measure the gap between the stones, I might find it's 43mm...

The other thing that casts doubt on the claim of this to be utilitarian is that it's simply such a lovely ride to Claverham, whatever reason you're going there for.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Oscar's dad on April 30, 2018, 09:24:07 am
Bikesters as in those Ron Hill tights type things?
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on April 30, 2018, 10:48:27 am
Yes. I am, as you will have realised, the epitome of fashion and sartorial elegance.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Oscar's dad on April 30, 2018, 12:06:33 pm
Yes. I am, as you will have realised, the epitome of fashion and sartorial elegance.

Much like myself.  Even though we have never met I can't help thinking we might be twins separated at birth, there is mounting evidence  ;D
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Peter on April 30, 2018, 12:24:27 pm
"mounting evidence" - that's bikes for you.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on May 05, 2018, 02:31:20 pm
Today I was despatched to Forbidden Planet because of Free Comics Day, in addition to more usual errands. First UA of the year in shorts!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Johnny Faro on May 05, 2018, 08:26:17 pm
A 30km round trip today. Firstly off to shop to look at new cookers then some plastic pipe for the heath robinson water butt filling system. Then to butchers on way home which filled one pannier then round to friends to get the 4kg of nuts the wife had ordered.

Highlights of the ride the BMW that sat behind me for around a minute till was safe to past and then gave it the beans but was completely over the white line by that point.

Secondly was the huge amount of other riders. Probably at least a hundred in several large groups. All friendly especially one of the rovers groups out near Wickham bishops who where appolgetic about me having to stay far left as they came past.

My thorn did good although would probably have wanted front panniers as well to spread weight a bit better.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: rr on May 09, 2018, 02:00:46 pm
Short trip to decathlon on the Rose to buy a replacement chain for the elephant bike.

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Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Johnny Faro on May 19, 2018, 04:15:19 pm
A 40k round trip to get the good lady a pannier so she stops nicking mine.  Made good use of the fairly good cycle paths from Boreham into Chelmsford. Couple of rather hairy road crossings and conditions deteriorate a bit on one stretch but last time drove in took an hour to park so a much better option.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: ian on May 21, 2018, 08:23:25 am
Pootling by the Thames on Saturday, a Deliveroo rider passed me going the other way. Not unusual, you say.

This one was riding a penny farthing, phone attached to the bars, bag on his back.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: orienteer on May 21, 2018, 10:31:21 am
Probably delivering jellied eels  :)
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: ian on May 21, 2018, 11:22:59 am
Google says he's a thing, though stories seem to be 2016. Anyway, he's still out there in 2018, doing his thing.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Ham on May 21, 2018, 11:53:56 am
It's quite Ordinary, really.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Johnny Faro on June 15, 2018, 08:23:27 pm
I'll put this here as seems to fit. While being sold a front pannier rack the top bloke in the shop was chatting about his tours he had done using the same rack. Well not the exact same one but same model....I didn't have the heart to tell him it's mostly so I can fit more of Aldi's finest on my bike.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Oscar's dad on June 15, 2018, 08:34:04 pm
 ;D
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Johnny Faro on June 16, 2018, 03:42:35 pm
And today at the wife's suggestion we all cycled to Aldi. The littlest (4) grizzled a bit but as I've said I think the jump of gear size from her 14 to 16" Isla bike has meant gradients are harder. Most of weeks shopping fitted in panniers split between wife and my bikes and a very slow ride home with a short cut across some scrub land that ended up being a long cut. Several offs from the monkeys who were swerving into each other and a for the second time in a week a child answering to me telling one of my monkeys what to do as she shared a name.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Joe.B on June 16, 2018, 10:16:53 pm
A trip into Newcastle city center with little Joe on his bike this morning.  Nothing unusual about that except for the fact that we came across 2 Circe Helios, 1 Thorn tandem and a fully loaded Bacchetta recumbent and its rider headed for Germany. 
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Johnny Faro on June 26, 2018, 08:45:25 pm
Another weekend trip to do a few chores. Watering fish a d feeding gardens or something like that. On my awesome Thorn normal shoes no lid as forgot it and just using the most efficient transport for the job.

At the moment Im struggling for motivation for going for a ride for the sake of it but apart from driving to work, have a work van and often out delivering pretty much avoid using the car if possible in favour of my bike.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on July 17, 2018, 05:05:58 pm
Today I had a cycletastically useful utilitarian adventure, blatting up the A38 to the Filton branch of Cycle Surgery in pursuit of an exchange or refund for my cycle shoes whose Boa fastening system broke on Saturday. It turned out better than expected, as spare parts are available – yes, really! – and they can mend it! At least they probably can.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Kim on July 17, 2018, 05:27:43 pm
As I'd hired a car over the weekend, it naturally made sense[1] to do the bulk supermarket shop by cycle a couple of days later.   :facepalm:

On the basis of weary legs, I compromised and used the electron-assisted trike.  Nice day for a ride, especially when you don't have to wear L-bone pads or an ant-infested helmet.


[1] Sunday trading laws.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Johnny Faro on December 04, 2018, 07:36:43 pm
Over dinner tonight the wife tells me that the monkey lost her ear muffs on way home from school. A likely area was identified so I see an excuse to escape out on the bike. The Dyno light reduces battery related faffing so much the bikes grab and go. Slow cycle to the area and much wandering around but no avail. Home on other side of road and about to give up when I think I'll just try the tree which they love to play on. Sure enough tucked down by it are the ear muffs and a scarf. Judging by the chill on the ride they'll be needed tomorrow.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on December 22, 2018, 05:25:58 pm
Today's utilitarian adventures were unexpectedly sociable, bumping into my BiL outside the PO (not his usual shopping area, he was looking for a last-minute pressie for my sister) then <well know local madcap audaxer> on the road. They then became unexpectedly adventurous as I discovered my back light wasn't working when I came out of the stupormarket. Wire from headlamp broken where I've taped it to rear brake cable near the headtube – debating whether to mend it now or wait till tomorrow morning, wash the bike and then do it.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Johnny Faro on December 27, 2018, 09:44:13 am
Thankfully my Burley Bee is currently in my possession, both kids have out grown it but it had been returned from a loan.

Was used to collect Christmas presents that couldn't be carried home on Christmas day most notable a saw horse.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Kim on December 27, 2018, 01:05:55 pm
A horse made from saws?  That's never going to work.  First sight of a plastic bag flapping in a hedge and it's Texas Chainsaw Massacre time...   :D
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: T42 on December 27, 2018, 01:20:36 pm
A horse made from saws?  That's never going to work.  First sight of a plastic bag flapping in a hedge and it's Texas Chainsaw Massacre time...   :D

Wise saws, such as 'never look a gift-horse in the teeth'? Or a modern instance such as the throne in GOT?

Is there a fakir in the house?
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on January 04, 2019, 03:42:20 pm
I've just been out to the tool shop in search of a file with which to enlarge the hole in the brake bridge connector on my rear mudguard, in order to get the guard nearer the bridge. There was a choice of a set for £14, of which I would only ever use the smallest, a bit without a handle for £1.99 or a secondhand one of appropriate size and with handle. So I got the secondhand one for 50p. But it was a day for the carbon bike; the council have been so liberal with the grit the very air tastes of salt. Unfortunately I don't own a carbon bike, so the steel is getting corroded instead. Despite the cold, I saw several cyclists in shorts, one with legs an unhealthy combination of plum and raspberry.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: diapsaon0 on January 05, 2019, 12:24:55 pm
I've just ventured out wearing a fleecy top over my shirt, a buff round my neck,  leather jacket, Russian-style Ushanka, long wooly scarf and sheepskin gloves.  Toasty warm.  I have invested (I hope wisely) in a pensioner's railcard and bought my first ticket  on it for Monday - only a local hop.  Then enjoyed wandering round Asda with the Brompron in the trolley.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Johnny Faro on January 12, 2019, 04:55:45 pm
Nothing more exciting then another trip to Aldi. Kicked the crap front mudguard again, do suffer from this when cycling in my fairly clumpy shoes but not when wearing clippy in shoes.

Quite a bit of heavy shopping, potatoes and tins meant even though all fitted in was a fair bit of weight so wobbly on the start up.

Highlight of the ride was when a car a long way off coming towards me made it clear they were coming past the parked car on their side of the road by moving onto my side of road. I made it clear I had right of way by taking a central position and they pulled in behind parked car.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on February 22, 2019, 03:44:24 pm
I actually rode my bike yesterday. Combating my own "internal rust".  :D Must have ridden at least two and probably three miles each way for a meal with friends. Food was so-so, evening was good, cycling was good. Made sure to take the bike with working lights!
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Oscar's dad on February 22, 2019, 07:09:52 pm
Steady on!!!
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on March 09, 2019, 05:03:41 pm
Today I cycled some food. https://volunteer.foodcycle.org.uk/organization/0012400000yD6VGAA0
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Johnny Faro on March 28, 2019, 02:40:51 pm
Maybe stretching the point but friends left a bucket and blanket at the beach hut last weekend. Today I cycled a 67km round trip to retrieve them.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Jakob W on April 27, 2019, 10:25:29 am
Half a mile up the road to the local bread man for a loaf of sourdough, some Chelsea buns, and a pot of local honey. Windy and blooming freezing, though I dodged the rain.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on April 27, 2019, 11:15:16 am
Half a mile up the road to the local bread man for a loaf of sourdough, some Chelsea buns, and a pot of local honey. Windy and blooming freezing, though I dodged the rain.
One of the best possible utilitarian adventures.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Johnny Faro on May 22, 2019, 08:35:39 pm
Eldest monkey lost her swimming goggles. Me being the hero father I am cycled the 30k round trip to decathlon who thankfully are open till 8pm for replacements
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: hatler on May 22, 2019, 09:26:42 pm
Bravo!!
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Johnny Faro on May 23, 2019, 11:24:52 am
And original goggles were found 20 minutes later
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: hatler on May 23, 2019, 11:38:40 am
And original goggles were found 20 minutes later
But of course !
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Johnny Faro on June 15, 2019, 03:40:30 pm
So far this weekend my utilitarian cycling has included a xydle to a event about climate change put on by a really inspirational 13 year old girl and met the principal of the school who said that he had a tourer and said take the bike inside as too nice to leave outside

Then today a trip to get webbing and buckles to make replacement straps for the girls buoyancy aids then to get some gardening vouchers then to a 1st birthday drop in picnic thing
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on June 15, 2019, 04:42:36 pm
Sounds like the kind of person who should be in charge of a school!  :thumbsup: Puzzled about the buoyancy aids though. I mean, we have had a lot of rain but if you need buoyancy aids for the gardening...  :D
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: Joe.B on July 07, 2019, 01:55:02 pm
Apart from cycling to school with little Joe this weeks only utilitarian adventure was a trip into the city center on the Circe Helios in cargo mode to collect a new suit.  Perhaps not a trip many would imagine to warrant a cargo bike but the advantage was being able to lay the new suit out on the large rack thus avoiding a scrunched up mess on arrival home.
Title: Re: Utilitarian Adventures
Post by: andrewc on July 13, 2019, 05:52:32 pm
Trying to clear some junk out of my loft so I've more space to put junk up there.   :facepalm:


A mixed load of old wheels , tyres, a crap frame, old stools & chairs, a knackered record player, old duvet, pillows & bedding, 2(!) vacuum cleaners.  All had to be dragged out of the loft & carried down 8 flights of stairs.


That meant 4 trips to the dump with the Carry Freedom trailer.  I'm a bit knackered now.