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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #24100 on: November 23, 2020, 07:29:51 pm »
Great photo Deano

+1

A chilly loop of the campsies on the tandem.  But we both enjoyed getting out, and not least the roll & sq sausage from The Hatch in Killearn.
Hud oan.
Roll And sausage?

That's suspiciously east coast logic.

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Surely not. The first time I heard the construction “roll and sausage/cheese/bacon” was when I worked in Weir Pumps in Glasgow in the late ‘70’s.
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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #24101 on: November 26, 2020, 09:07:35 pm »
About 30 miles, mostly in the dark, cold and fog.  Lots of other cyclists out in the lanes around Lechlade.  Very thick fog on the Kempsford-Hannington road and a superb moon.
And Darkness and Decay and the Coronavirus held illimitable dominion over all.

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #24102 on: November 26, 2020, 11:12:59 pm »
every outing i do on a vintage bike it gets something upgraded (the most awkward/annoying part), i'm pretty certain at this rate only the frameset will remain unchanged :)

it fits me well, rides quite nice though and after i swap the saddle out, it'll be under 9kg - acceptable for a steel bike.


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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #24103 on: November 26, 2020, 11:51:41 pm »
Great photo Deano

+1

A chilly loop of the campsies on the tandem.  But we both enjoyed getting out, and not least the roll & sq sausage from The Hatch in Killearn.
Hud oan.
Roll And sausage?

That's suspiciously east coast logic.

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Surely not. The first time I heard the construction “roll and sausage/cheese/bacon” was when I worked in Weir Pumps in Glasgow in the late ‘70’s.
The weegie is Roll ON sausage, totally nonsensical.

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #24104 on: November 27, 2020, 08:52:49 am »
A chilly loop of the campsies on the tandem.  But we both enjoyed getting out, and not least the roll & sq sausage from The Hatch in Killearn.
Hud oan.
Roll And sausage?

That's suspiciously east coast logic.
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Surely not. The first time I heard the construction “roll and sausage/cheese/bacon” was when I worked in Weir Pumps in Glasgow in the late ‘70’s.
[/quote]The weegie is Roll ON sausage, totally nonsensical.
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Not just Weegie, surely. As a native Fifer, I can still enjoy a piece on jam.

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #24105 on: November 27, 2020, 04:07:04 pm »
I planned to do a 20 miler in Richmond Park to bring up the 100 miles for the week and 500 miles for the month. Unfortunately I got a bad case of the  Raynaud's before I had even got the bike out, so I had to make do with an extremely painful 10 miles round the local streets. Oh well, there is always tomorrow.
Mustn't grumble in the circumstances .

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #24106 on: November 27, 2020, 09:00:27 pm »
Just over 40km with 800m after work. It was cold towards the end, -1 according to the Garmin. Should've brought the big gloves.

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #24107 on: November 27, 2020, 09:03:30 pm »
A bit over a mile, on the trike to pick up some food cooked by others, which is a treat.
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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #24108 on: November 27, 2020, 09:11:52 pm »
My usual Friday afternoon 20 miler. Cold - average of 1 according to the Garmin - with fog and a light northerly breeze. 15 minutes of cold face, 20 of cold fingers and from the hour mark cold toes. Hey ho.
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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #24109 on: November 28, 2020, 10:28:42 am »
looking out at the foggy, damp Fens this morning, and greasy road surfaces, with a surefire need to clean the bike afterwards, I have a severe case of CBA and will go on the turbo instead.
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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #24110 on: November 28, 2020, 06:09:34 pm »
Felt like the first proper winter ride today - grey all day, a couple of hours of cold rain, and the temperature hovering just above freezing. Grotty, gritty stuff, but I had a good loop of a few favourite tracks around Teesdale, and back through Barnie and Whorlton.

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #24111 on: November 28, 2020, 06:15:32 pm »
Froze my fingers off filming this.
Careful, Kim. Your sarcasm's showing...

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #24112 on: November 29, 2020, 07:43:53 pm »
About 16 or 17 miles round most of one of my regular loops - in shorts . . . relatively warm although I need to find the thicker gloves for the ride tomorrow.  Just damp, dull and dreary with no wind to move the weather along.  Lots of riders around, one other in shorts.

Interesting that last week I was on the bright red carbon machine and got lots of cheery waves and "Good mornings" from other riders - today on the paintless Ti road bike with raceblades and I got a grunt if I was lucky . .... ?
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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #24113 on: November 29, 2020, 08:08:28 pm »
A 37 mile loop down through Esher, Cobham, Effingham and up Critten Lane to Ranmore. Home via Leatherhead and Epsom.

No sun, no wind, mild, no motorised morons, not one. Lovely.
Rust never sleeps

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #24114 on: November 29, 2020, 08:10:53 pm »
Well *I* was cold, in spite of the lack of wind.  It's that kind of humid where you freeze in your own sweat.
Careful, Kim. Your sarcasm's showing...

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #24115 on: December 01, 2020, 09:10:05 pm »
65km just into teh Chilterns via Sywncombe and down Nuffield hill.  Great to see some sun - going to be in short supply over the next two wks.

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #24116 on: December 04, 2020, 10:59:32 am »
25k in scrotum-shrivelling damp icy-cold windy misery, got home feeling as if I'd done a time trial up the Ventoux. Bleh.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #24117 on: December 10, 2020, 07:27:06 pm »
Yes. Due to one thing and another. But mainly one thing I haven't ridden enough the last few months. However my git of a friend who works shifts and doesn't have kids has been rude enough to get better then me at cycling since I got him into it. Aided by the loan of my turbo trainer while he isolated due to contact with a CV case.

He was desperate to ride 100km this year. I was desperate for it to rain/snow/go back into lock down so I could get out of it but it didn't

An early ish start to give me plenty of time as we set out to u unofficially do one of the Acme anvil winter series. First 50 or so km were alright with me regularly reminding him it's an audax not a race. Started to flag around this point and dived into shop/post office in Great/little Leighs near the ancient pub. Some warm food later we set off again and my legs resolved not to work properly. Very very nearly bailed when maybe 5 km from home and 30km left of route but turned left and away again. Totally into stubbornness now but dragged myself round cursing the fact I couldn't get my bike into the little ring but eventually got to the top of Wickham Bishop Hill and had a nice run down to home

Finished cold and achy but just over 100km in the bag which pushed my recorded milage over the 1000 miles for the year. Genuinely glad I did go out in the end and rewarded myself with a BIG mug of tea and a bath to defrost

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #24118 on: December 10, 2020, 07:36:36 pm »
Out today for the first time in 7 days - only about 15 miles as I had to be back by a specific time - absolutely still conditons, cool but not cold enough to forego the shorts for the first time this winter - looks like shorts will be OK for the planned rides tomorrow and on Sunday.
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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #24119 on: December 12, 2020, 09:58:40 am »
Yesterday afternoon, for yet another damp roads ride, courtesy of an unforecast morning downpour, albeit a quite warm ride compared to recently. Really noticed how much lower my heartbeat was at 10C compared to around freezing, maybe 10bpm less. Traffic was noticeably heavier than usual for 2:30 on a Friday, I guess as we’re getting closer to Christmas. Fortunately I have Monday and Tuesday off, and weather looks reasonable, which also means I’ll not have to do a shed turbo session next week  :thumbsup:
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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #24120 on: December 12, 2020, 04:16:07 pm »
Got out for a couple hours around the lanes. And very nice it was too but the amount of wet and grot on the road meant I probably shouldn't have used the 'nice' bike.

I only just started to get cold as I arrived home so, for once, I was wearing the right clothing.
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Miles cycled 2013 = 6141.4
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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #24121 on: December 12, 2020, 08:14:43 pm »
Out for a couple of hours in mixed overcast/the odd sunny patch but warm enought for shorts - found a new coffee stop  :thumbsup:  - lady that has a farm also roasts coffee* as a business .... to diversify she's set up a takeaway in a converted Rice horse trailer - proper coffee machine, cakes, sausage baps - excellent - and by chance I met a couple of friends who had also discovered it for the first time.   I shall be back to order some coffee to take home for our machine.

AND a bonus - in one of the lanes nearby there's a sign "no litter" .... and guess what there was a double bed and two single beds, with matresses, in the hedge.  Other than the rather tacky headboards all the rest of the bedframes was "proper wood" and very usable.   So back home, shower, lunch and back in the car to pick up the wood that I could re-use ... probably about £60 value if I went out and bought it.  Result - hopefully either the farmer or the council will deal with the mattresses and chipboard stuff.

Most of the stuff I make uses old pallets, this wood will make a change.


* Camraman - I know you like coffee, this is worth a go - it's not Monsoon but is a Mexican bean - the place is open 1000-1500 Sat & Sun at Lower Meon on the lane from Lower Quinton towards Hidcote & Mickleton
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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #24122 on: December 13, 2020, 08:47:52 am »
Yesterday I did my Bricks and Moretaine 200km permanent. More drizzly stuff than forecast, as more than one rider remarked! Stopped at the excellent 'Spokes' cafe and bike shop, on a farm near Codicote for my first control, otherwise Co-op sandwiches, garages and ATMs for proof of passage. I happened to pass Lightning Phil going the other way, on a 200 DIY and stopped for a brief chat. That was just after Whitwell on the long climb over to Hexton in yet another shower - very murky and grim over the Chilterns. Gratifying that passing riders asked if we were ok! Yes, just questioning our sanity ...  When the sun finally came out, at sunset, there was an faint rainbow in red, orange and yellow only - never seen that before. Not too cold, though the thermal gilet and crab claw gloves went on at nightfall, after yet another soaking near Newport.

Seasonal highlights: yarn-bombed tree on the little green at Pulloxhill and a santa scarecrow collection somewhere on the first leg, Dane End I think. And every postbox at home in Dunmow has also been yarn-bombed with a Christmas themed 'hat'. And also of course, lots of Christmas lights after dark. Somewhere I saw a solo lady runner, in full elf costume, with the big ears and red cheeks and everthing. I don't think I've ever hallucinated on a 200 ...

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #24123 on: December 13, 2020, 09:24:41 am »
Good to unexpectedly see you yesterday Tomsk. It was indeed somewhat wetter than forecast. At least it stopped before it came to sunset. I was descending the hill when I called out the usual passing greeting when suddenly realised it was Tomsk. So brakes on and we stopped for a chat.  It was actually the hill up to Lilley, the last war memorial location I’d been, then you descend (after Lilley) to Hexton going Tomsk’s way.  Once Tomsk and I agreed we’d both cooled enough, we were off on our separate ways.

I was out on an audax 200 DIY visiting war memorials in Hertfordshire.  Whitwell was the next one on my list when I met Tomsk, then Peters Green etc. I’d identified the locations of 45 war memorials but when working out a route between them had to restrict myself to 35. Unless I wanted to be significantly over distance. Route took me as far east as Ashwell and as far west as Berkhampstead and as far south as St Albans. Traversed a few towns to collect war memorials, Baldock, Letchworth, Hitchin, Harpenden, Berkhampstead, Hemel Hempstead, St Albans, Hatfield, Hertford.   Towns were slow going with Christmas traffic, but drivers well behaved, so all good. Had some comedy off road in the Chilterns. A steep and muddy hill to climb. At the least the downhill was rideable if a little gingerly. 

Discovered Inns of Court Officers Training Corps Memorial  a First World War memorial above Berkhamsted marks a training site and that 600m of trenches still exist there. Thanks to a local “expert” I talked to, at the memorial. A visit to look at the trenches will be on my list on a future trip.

Saw some pretty amazing Christmas light displays on my DIY as well. Will have to see if any of my photos have come out.

Took me longer than recent 200s as I stopped at each memorial to take photos and read the inscriptions.  I didn’t actually include the war memorial in my own town. But then I can visit that one any time. But all good and back well within audax time limits.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #24124 on: December 13, 2020, 09:44:54 am »
Compared to some I did a lightweight 36 miles  circular route taking in Preston, Codicote , Datchworth Gt Munden and Weston. Saw few other cyclists.  What amazed me was the amount of standing water. I did choose particularly minor roads for the sake of quietness. I'm currently using Clement Explorer tyres in 40 mm size. They're ideal for poor roads, blooming hard work though. Actually,that can go in my bumper fun book of excuses for lack of fitness.