Author Topic: Have you been out today?  (Read 2366691 times)

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1250 on: August 15, 2008, 05:27:07 pm »
Only a few miles today, five or six down to Bikeplus to get some fettling kit, and Sainsburys to stock up on munchies and cat munchies for he who must be fed.  No more until 11pm when I'll get in another 12 miles or so to the start of the FNRttC.  The remainder of that'll of course will be done tomorrow, maybe I should start a new thread "Have you been out tomorrow?" ;D
Actually, it is rocket science.
 

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1251 on: August 15, 2008, 11:59:33 pm »
Just cycled home early for the FNRttC so I can get some kip in, and was enjoying empty roads.

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

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

Whereas I had the opposite on the way home from work.   >:( >:( >:( >:(

See in the mirror that there's a gap coming up from behind, so clearly signal right and pull out.  Keep an eye in the mirror.  The approaching car has slowed, is meandering in/out/in/out and I suspect is going for the overtake.  I stay assertive and hold my line (diagonally out towards the centre line).  By the time I'm at the centre line and still signalling for the turn the stupid bitch has gone for the overtake and is outside me on the wrong side of the road. 

I hit the brakes hard, so as to not overshoot the turning, she holds a hand up to apologise as she passes ??? ??? ??? so I return it with the well known gesture ( )  and then flick right.

Half a mile later when she passes me again  ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D  she gave me more room and the following car's passengers all looked at me and commented to themselves; I think the tone of the conversation was amusement and amazement at the fact her manoeuvre had been in vain and that my earlier signal had been appreciated.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1252 on: August 16, 2008, 06:40:51 am »
Just off to work.  A riot policing role today as Swindon is holding a gay pride event and the National Front don't believe that gayness should be celebrated let alone publicised.

Come on Mother Nature, drip some PC Rain please.

Jaded

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1253 on: August 16, 2008, 06:45:14 am »
Just off to work.  A riot policing role today as Swindon is holding a gay pride event and the National Front don't believe that gayness should be celebrated let alone publicised.

Come on Mother Nature, drip some PC Rain please.

Hopefully for your safety you'll be in Police gear, not your own.  ;D
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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1254 on: August 16, 2008, 09:07:51 am »
Mrs G did comment that the Gay Pride group may like to see some men in uniform.  But knowing the hairy arsed lot I'm with, I doubt it !! ;D

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1255 on: August 16, 2008, 10:04:38 am »
I've been out  (and not of the closet, which seems to be todays theme ;D )  A nice little 25 er before the rain hits and Im now back and watching the trackies on telly :thumbsup:

Gonna do some fettling later and maybe go out again if it dries up a bit

Maladict

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1256 on: August 16, 2008, 03:49:45 pm »
I went down to Fourwentways to collect my Rainlegs and NSTN's RoadID band, and got abused for riding in secondary position on Lime Kiln rd cos a few cars had to wait for a bit.  I thought I'd video'd it but the SD card filled up about 3 seconds before the incident.

Mental note: if you have several hours of other incidents already recorded, delete 'em before trying to record more.

Also I think I need a rear-facing camera too to record the aggressive driving immediately before the abuse (you know the thing: with their front bumper right alongside your rear wheel as they wait for a passing opportunity).  I think it was me looking round and making eye contact with the driver that triggered the abuse.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1257 on: August 16, 2008, 05:02:37 pm »
Yes - chalked up a new first today with 40km on a Tandem.

Many thanks go to the Forummer who has loaned us a lovely Thorn Explorer. My aim is to persuade Mrs S out and about more and, yes I even harbour fantasies of her riding an Audax or an ACF ride with me one day.

Today the job of stoking fell to #2 Son who, like me, had never ridden a tandem before. We did a few tentative loops round quiet, residential streets before daring to take on the ride home. Nobody fell off, and he is still talking to me  ;).

Riding tandem is going to take some getting used to - but our confidence was certainly growing by the end of the ride.

All in all - great fun  :thumbsup:.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1258 on: August 16, 2008, 06:30:54 pm »
I went down to Fourwentways to collect my Rainlegs and NSTN's RoadID band, and got abused for riding in secondary position on Lime Kiln rd cos a few cars had to wait for a bit.  I thought I'd video'd it but the SD card filled up about 3 seconds before the incident.

I hate that road, I'd rather go round to addenbrookes and out on the main road. 

I got the train to london, watched the rowing in trafalgar square, a couple of brisk laps of regents park on a potential new toy then a brisk, tailwind-assisted run home a longish way.  60 miles today :)

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1259 on: August 16, 2008, 07:29:10 pm »
I got the train to london, watched the rowing in trafalgar square...

Wow - are the fountains big enough for rowing? I'd never have thought it...

Maladict

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1260 on: August 16, 2008, 07:51:13 pm »
I went down to Fourwentways to collect my Rainlegs and NSTN's RoadID band, and got abused for riding in secondary position on Lime Kiln rd cos a few cars had to wait for a bit.  I thought I'd video'd it but the SD card filled up about 3 seconds before the incident.

I hate that road, I'd rather go round to addenbrookes and out on the main road. 

I got the train to london, watched the rowing in trafalgar square, a couple of brisk laps of regents park on a potential new toy then a brisk, tailwind-assisted run home a longish way.  60 miles today :)

First time, in living here for 7 years, that I've had actual abuse there, that I can recall.  The problem was there was a large packet of cars created by there being a /really/ slow 4-way stop lights at the roadworks at the junction of Cherry Hinton Road and Cherry Hinton High St.  The result was a lot of impatient drivers.  However of the approx 8 cars in this packet, only one saw fit to act like a complete tosser.

The reason for the delay wasn't my riding position or speed.  The first car in the queue was really hesitant about overtaking on the way up the hill and in my view could have overtaken easily, since it's pretty straight.  They hesitated til we rounded the corner at the top of the hill, and then overtook when a car was coming the other way (but made it).  They would have easily made it past on the climb.

I don't feel I should have to take long detours to avoid being hassled over a slight delay.  I had already avoided Cherry Hinton High St adding a mile to my journey, going via Addenbrooke's adds probably about the same.  And I am just as likely to be hassled going down Queen Edith's way because there is a shared use pavement.  I've been hassled there more times than on Lime Kiln Hill.


Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1261 on: August 16, 2008, 07:55:27 pm »
Not really. I cycled into town to pick up a parcel (a couple of merino base layers) and bought a few salamis at the market. 3 miles at most.

Must do better tomorrow.

clarion

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1262 on: August 16, 2008, 08:01:43 pm »
Been out on a short circuit with Superstoker to check the tandem fettling, contriving a course where I could reasonably try out every gear (not easy in S London ;D ).  All is (almost) well. Just a bit of tweaking and we're there :)
Getting there...

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1263 on: August 16, 2008, 08:11:50 pm »
Yes - chalked up a new first today with 40km on a Tandem.

Many thanks go to the Forummer who has loaned us a lovely Thorn Explorer. My aim is to persuade Mrs S out and about more and, yes I even harbour fantasies of her riding an Audax or an ACF ride with me one day.

Today the job of stoking fell to #2 Son who, like me, had never ridden a tandem before. We did a few tentative loops round quiet, residential streets before daring to take on the ride home. Nobody fell off, and he is still talking to me  ;).

Riding tandem is going to take some getting used to - but our confidence was certainly growing by the end of the ride.

All in all - great fun  :thumbsup:.

Well done Chris! It adds another dimension to cycling. You'll be saving up for one of your own very soon :thumbsup: .
Eating's a serious business. Don't bollocks around wagging your tail.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1264 on: August 16, 2008, 08:37:26 pm »
Yes, 50 odd miles with Tiermat and Deano. Some cracking views on the edge of the NY Moors.

annie

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1265 on: August 16, 2008, 11:02:55 pm »
About half a mile up the road to the pub.  I was on ToKaMaKs Raleigh, he was on my fixie and TomB was on his fixie.  I ran with the fixie on the way home so that doesn't count.

An indian was consumed and silliness was in abundance.  The naughty step was only used once and the computer went to heaven.

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1266 on: August 17, 2008, 09:12:58 am »
and the computer went to heaven.

Has the computer now returned? Or is reincarnation at work in Needham Market?
Eating's a serious business. Don't bollocks around wagging your tail.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1267 on: August 17, 2008, 09:15:20 am »
and the computer went to heaven.

Has the computer now returned? Or is reincarnation at work in Needham Market?
I was wondering if she meant the bike computer or the PC/lappy

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1268 on: August 17, 2008, 12:38:17 pm »
Yes, two laps of Richmond Park, and felt remarkably tired and unfit after two weeks in the Pyrenees.  Passed by pretty much everyone, including the skaters. My fitness is a law unto itself. Ho hum.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1269 on: August 17, 2008, 12:51:29 pm »
Yep.  I'm trying to catch The Sheriff on bikejournal so no slacking on Sundays.  I promised myself a gentle ride today but somehow I found a nice rhythm and ended up zipping around on the MonstaThorn.

Wowbagger

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1270 on: August 17, 2008, 02:01:15 pm »
Yep.  I'm trying to catch The Sheriff on bikejournal so no slacking on Sundays.  I promised myself a gentle ride today but somehow I found a nice rhythm and ended up zipping around on the MonstaThorn.

Good Cop Bad Cop?
Eating's a serious business. Don't bollocks around wagging your tail.

annie

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1271 on: August 17, 2008, 02:36:42 pm »
and the computer went to heaven.

Has the computer now returned? Or is reincarnation at work in Needham Market?
I was wondering if she meant the bike computer or the PC/lappy

JC's computer is in heaven and it has all of my turbo stuff on there so this morning I used one of the Spinnervals DVDs in the living room, woke the rest of the house and was not very popular.  Just returned from Bentwaters and about to upload some pics.

TomB is on his way to Cambridge.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1272 on: August 17, 2008, 03:24:56 pm »
Yes, two laps of Richmond Park, and felt remarkably tired and unfit after two weeks in the Pyrenees.  Passed by pretty much everyone, including the skaters. My fitness is a law unto itself. Ho hum.

If I'd been cycling up mountains in the Pyrenees, I think I'd be tired too!  :o

And it's all relative - there were probably loads who didn't pass you, but how would you know about them?

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1273 on: August 17, 2008, 03:31:37 pm »
Yes, you're right NSTN. Who cares, anyway? :)

Maladict

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1274 on: August 17, 2008, 03:37:34 pm »
It's not surprising to be a little tired especially since you've had to travel back.

I had aching thighs from about day 6 into my 14 day southern france tour in 2006.  And I only did 3 days in the pyrenees, though I didn't realise that everywhere is hilly in the south of france.  :)