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Salvatore

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1225 on: August 10, 2008, 06:50:01 pm »
90 km or so through Odiham, Herriard, then through the Candovers to Alresford, and back via Bentworth, Lasham, and Golden Pot. Legs very heavy.

Saw this little group just after I set out.

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1226 on: August 10, 2008, 07:41:56 pm »
32 miles round the lanes. Meet a couple of guys from Stockton Wheelers so rode with them for a bit. Got wet again (twice). Nearly got blown off by a gust of wind as I passed a farm gate. Front wheel lifted clean off the road. No idea how I managed to stay on, thought I was in for a skin/tarmac interface for sure.

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1227 on: August 10, 2008, 08:23:59 pm »
Out with the Tandem Club today.  Mrs. Hall announced just a few miles before we arrived at the start that she'd forgotten her cycling shoes.  She was wearing her new sandals.

Fortunately there was a cycling shop right next to the start.

Unfortunately it doesn't open Sundays. Or Mondays.

56km in splendid company (inc. Russell of this parish),  roads, bridleways, coffee, sticky buns, Boxhill, BEER, more coffee, more buns.

No p*nct*r*rs, hardly any rain.

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"overhaul" it, or you can ride it.  (Jerome K Jerome)

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1228 on: August 10, 2008, 08:30:41 pm »
Hooked up with Southwark Cyclist's Locks & Docks ride at Cutty Sark Gardens this morning.

Refreshments at Firepower in Woolwich, then across the river on The Ferry and on to Beckton where the SC’s carried on Locking and Docking,
whereas Sgt. Pluck, one other and myself headed out east to the RSPB place on Avelely Marshes at Purfleet, included in which were some exploratory forays onto Ford's property in Dagenham (sadly a non-starter) and a  very hairy half mile section of the A13  :o :o :o – not to be repeated, thank you very much.

Lunch at the RSPB and we then retraced our steps, bumping into Marna and Mr.Marna disembarking as we boarded the Woolwich Ferry.

Took shelter from persistent showers in the music college in Greenwich and 53 miles later I’m back home.
A good, pootling, exploratory day out.


Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1229 on: August 11, 2008, 08:34:47 am »
We decided to ride some hills in the Peak District. We were initially going for a 50 Miler... having only a rough idea for a possible circuit.

We went out to Derby with my good friend Julian. We were a bit a late and knew that our other buddy, Marc, would be waiting for us. We tried to ride reasonably strongly, but the wind kept playing against us. Finally we mae it at the rendz-vous point where Marc... wasn't. He had already cycled up the road to Duffield. Cued a second chase; but we finally found Marc. The group swerved left in Duffield along the B road to Wirksworth; only this time we had no plan to take the climb to Kirk Ireton as we've done a bit over the lat year or so. Today we were going to Climb to Crich from Wirksworth village, heading North East along the most direct route. As Marc and I were talking shop Julian took the front; we were maybe too comfortable chatting! We took our relays soon after and became quiet. the group was working well. Upon turning at Wirksworth the road appeared *nice* at first; then we hit the climb, a long, snaking ramp around the hill. The beginning was stepp but it soon became more acceptable; except that it lasted, longer than we had anticipated. This was followed by one of the most wonderful downhills again though and, if it hadn't been for some unwanted gravel in places, it could have been perfect. We crossed the A6 and left it seconds after to climb up to Crich, leaving the Derwent valley behind. Upon reaching the top we went back to the A6 to resume our early morning chaing gang activity. We left the A6 in Milford to climb around the hills to Makeney and cut Derby's outskirt. A couple of short climbs later we were on the A6005 starting to cruise home.

A great morning. 60 odd miles at 17.2Mi/h average. Nothing special, but a good work out in good company (getting too fast!) and the type of riding I like. Nice weather too, although a bit windy!!
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Elleigh

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1230 on: August 11, 2008, 08:52:58 am »
Just a few sunny laps late yesterday afternoon.  Lovely on the way out, but into a headwind on the way back.

alchemy

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1231 on: August 11, 2008, 09:07:53 am »
I wanted to test ride my bike after re-building it so I rode over to my mums. I rode into a summer-like howling easterly all the way over there, but at least it was (mostly) a tailwind on the way home.

And nothing broke  :thumbsup:

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1232 on: August 11, 2008, 11:03:00 am »
Yesterday, oh yes! Just a couple of minor hills ;)

clarion

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1233 on: August 11, 2008, 05:23:57 pm »
Took a spin down the Wandle Trail with Superstoker to go shopping.  Not far, but an important ride :)
Getting there...

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1234 on: August 11, 2008, 07:41:51 pm »
yup, intervals - I feel sick and my legs hurt, I think that means it was a good session.

Jasper the surreal cyclist

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1235 on: August 11, 2008, 08:37:19 pm »
Finally got out on a mountain bike. First time in ages. Plus not feeling so good so what better option to take than my single speed with a rigid fork and summer tyres. That should make life easier. Out to Slindon Bottom and then up, up and more up. Bit of down, some more up a bit of road and more up (you get the picture). Out to the top of Bignor and what a view, the downs, the sea and the bits in between. Even better at the top of the Roman road. I could see right along the downs, Cissbury, Chanctonbury and beyond to Devils Dyke and Ditchling. This ride is mostly single tracky/fire road stuff so nothing too technical. Struggled on some of the climbs with wheel spin, on a single getting out of the saddle is not uncommon. And the scene across Slindon Forest to the sea is always a treat.....good stuff. Some more up and downy stuff and then some messing about in the woods near Whiteways (top of Bury Hill). Down again and some more techy stuff (including a smart drop off but I forgot the roots at the bottom so rattled my teeth a bit). Climb up the back of Bignor and through the woods to the top of the original climb for a zippy descent. Glad I did it, all good fun.....
Who only by moving can balance, only by balancing move....

Pete

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1236 on: August 12, 2008, 11:27:06 am »
Out to Slindon Bottom and then up, up and more up. Bit of down, some more up a bit of road and more up (you get the picture). Out to the top of Bignor and what a view, the downs, the sea and the bits in between. Even better at the top of the Roman road. I could see right along the downs, Cissbury, Chanctonbury and beyond to Devils Dyke and Ditchling.
I often walk in that area!

...and then some messing about in the woods near Whiteways (top of Bury Hill).....
Did you get as far as the big Whiteways car park?  (Best avoided I think, one or two motorbikes are fine, but hundreds of them...).

I did my 'eastern' loop on Sunday, very modest 35, taking in Barcombe, Ringmer, Bentley, Isfield, Piltdown, and Fletching.  But at least it's a ride.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1237 on: August 12, 2008, 02:13:04 pm »
Popped home to collect lunch.

15.18 miles.  Very strong head/sidewind.  Just managed it in the hour in heavier traffic than expected.

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1238 on: August 12, 2008, 02:14:50 pm »
Popped home to collect lunch.

15.18 miles.  Very strong head/sidewind.  Just managed it in the hour in heavier traffic than expected.

You could have given us a ring and come round for some of ours, Nutty. 3 mile round trip I reckon.
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Jasper the surreal cyclist

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1239 on: August 12, 2008, 05:31:13 pm »

[/quote]Did you get as far as the big Whiteways car park?  (Best avoided I think, one or two motorbikes are fine, but hundreds of them...).

I did my 'eastern' loop on Sunday, very modest 35, taking in Barcombe, Ringmer, Bentley, Isfield, Piltdown, and Fletching.  But at least it's a ride.
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I tend to leave the carpark to the noisy ones......
Who only by moving can balance, only by balancing move....

annie

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1240 on: August 12, 2008, 06:04:59 pm »
No as being mum but did manage two heavy sessions on the turbo trainer and some weights thrown in for good measure.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1241 on: August 12, 2008, 08:48:54 pm »
Popped home to collect lunch.

15.18 miles.  Very strong head/sidewind.  Just managed it in the hour in heavier traffic than expected.

You could have given us a ring and come round for some of ours, Nutty. 3 mile round trip I reckon.

Thank you.  But I had some fabulous sarnies etc that I'd made, and left, at home  ::-) :-[

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1242 on: August 12, 2008, 09:14:25 pm »
I did a quick (for me) 30 miles this afternoon, from Aldershot up the A323 and back. It's the first time I've done an out-and-back route, it seems a bit like cheating but I haven't ridden in that direction much since I've lived here and I wanted to ride some new roads without spending very long planning a route. It was good fun except for one numpty driver who passed with millimeters to spare, and will be good practice for the FNRTTC in a few days!

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1243 on: August 12, 2008, 10:28:48 pm »
No as being mum but did manage two heavy sessions on the turbo trainer and some weights thrown in for good measure.

You're rock-'ard, you are. Next time you send me to the naughty step, I'll stay there. O:-)

For me, a few brief errands, one of which involved a trip to a pub to meet a young lady whose "court case" comes up next week. Her father was killed in January last year by a driver with defective brakes (failed MOT) but he's only being done for careless driving. We were helping her to write a press release / statement expressing her disgust at the lenient sentence we are expecting the killer to get.

What I didn't know was that in a case of Careless Driving, the jury are not told that the careless driving concerned resulted in the death of an innocent party, in this case a pedestrian, her father.
Eating's a serious business. Don't bollocks around wagging your tail.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1244 on: August 12, 2008, 10:32:54 pm »
...in a case of Careless Driving, the jury are not told that the careless driving concerned resulted in the death of an innocent party

Really?  :o

So what information about the incident do they have before them then?

Yes, I am just out of the shower after an extended pootle back from the gym. Rarely for me, I timed the ride to Camden to perfection, enjoying bright sunshine until I was a few yards from my destination at which point there was a storm. Emerge from gym, rain all stopped, lovely ride home via Hyde Park  :)

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1245 on: August 12, 2008, 10:36:07 pm »
Dunno - presumably the fact that his vehicle failed an MOT in one garage, he went to another to get the brakes sorted, the first garage said "OK, we can see you've had the work done" and the fact that the brake pipes concerned were for the wrong sort of VW, and let air into the system, didn't concern them.
Eating's a serious business. Don't bollocks around wagging your tail.

annie

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1246 on: August 13, 2008, 08:56:47 pm »
No as being mum but did manage two heavy sessions on the turbo trainer and some weights thrown in for good measure.

You're rock-'ard, you are. Next time you send me to the naughty step, I'll stay there. O:-)

For me, a few brief errands, one of which involved a trip to a pub to meet a young lady whose "court case" comes up next week. Her father was killed in January last year by a driver with defective brakes (failed MOT) but he's only being done for careless driving. We were helping her to write a press release / statement expressing her disgust at the lenient sentence we are expecting the killer to get.

What I didn't know was that in a case of Careless Driving, the jury are not told that the careless driving concerned resulted in the death of an innocent party, in this case a pedestrian, her father.

I don't remember saying you could move in the first place :demon:

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1247 on: August 15, 2008, 02:52:02 pm »
Out in the sun ,the first time en velo for 12 days ,for some reason I seem to have lost motivation .I rode the 2 miles or so over to Broughton from Gargrave with the idea of heading in an upwards direction at Elslack(I kid you not)However plans changed when a bloke on a Lemond went along the main road I was turning into .Traffic meant that he was 100 yds up the road before I turned in and so the chase began I eventually caught him and wheel sucked for about a mile by which time he must have had enough of me as he honked up a small hill and I couldnt be arsed giving chase .I took a left at Earby with the intention of riding on to the tops by way of a hill I had seen from afar .It was a brute but I managed to get up without resorting to walking .I then decided to follow the rode to Lothersdale the roads around hear are all undulating and I was suddenly overwhelmed by a feeling of Im not enjoying this ,so I decided to take a short cut to Carleton but ended up getting lost and arrived in Crosshills .From thereon all was straight forward and when I eventually got back to work I felt  better for the ride but somehow something was lacking  ???Whats up I dont know Ive been craving a nice warm sunny day .About 25 miles I reckon .
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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1248 on: August 15, 2008, 03:15:23 pm »
Just cycled home early for the FNRttC so I can get some kip in, and was enjoying empty roads.

I signalled right on Lambeth Bridge and WVM let me over, gave him thumbs-up.

The lights went red and he sat behind me and called out 'Only because you've got a nice bottom!'  ;D :o

Jasper the surreal cyclist

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1249 on: August 15, 2008, 04:17:46 pm »
I get that all the time..... 8)
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