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her_welshness

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1450 on: September 08, 2008, 01:43:38 pm »
Cycled on Saturday with 8 others around Canterbury and the Isle of Thanet...around 60 miles and hardly any rain  :)

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1451 on: September 08, 2008, 02:49:23 pm »
Did 202k riding the Nortern Dales Audax. Good news: Brilliant ride. Stunning scenery. One ride that will become an annual ride for me.  Bad news: Had to ride the last 15 miles on one leg. Left crank and bottom bracket completely f**ked. That makes it the most expensive ride of the year.  :'(

Console yourself that all the other rides contributed towards it.
True :-)
At least it happened near the end of the ride. I am consoling myself by upgrading the chainset to Ultegra SL instead 105. Good deals over at Ribble at the moment and cheap fitting. They can even fit it before Thursday's hill climb time trial.  :thumbsup:

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1452 on: September 08, 2008, 05:26:12 pm »
60 of them? ;)
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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1453 on: September 08, 2008, 07:17:35 pm »
Rode out with Mrs. J-tsc today. Out through Chichester to Woodmancote then down along to Compton where we went up over Littlegreen Hill. Then down over the border into Hampshire. Cut off along the Burriton road from Ideford, this is one of my favourite lanes which skirts Queen Elizabeth park. Over to Weston and along the lanes to East Meon before turning up the hill towards HMS Mercury. We then called in to the sustainability centre, although there was a woodland funeral going on while we were there. These are quite popular (people are dying etc.....). Back on the bikes we descended to Clanfield and up across the A3 then down Windmill Hill to Chalton. This is another fine lane for biking and goes along to Denlane End. We then climbed up to Forestside and along to Stansted House for scones and a rest.. Home through Funtingdon, West Stoke and down Centurion Way into Chichester thence to Bognor. One nasty puncture for Carole (will need new tyre) and several homicidal drivers, so a fairly normal ride then....exept that it did not rain.
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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1454 on: September 09, 2008, 07:16:17 am »
I was out with the Mrs too, except she was on the horse rather than bike.  Horse [rory] has been lame for a while and this was her first time riding him for about 3 months, she was worried about him freaking out and bouncing across the road or galloping off up a field. 

If someone rides a bike just in front, he's a lot calmer because he has something to follow.  So it was 3 miles round the block with a horse breathing down my neck!

(he was fine and still looked sound when we got back, thankfully)

Wowbagger

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1455 on: September 09, 2008, 04:08:39 pm »
I was out with the Mrs too, except she was on the back of the tandem.  If she's on the back, she's a lot calmer because she has something to follow.  :thumbsup:

We persuaded my walking pal to come with us. We did 22 miles, he did about 13 (we rode to and from his house but he, living there, didn't). It was his first bike ride for years, and it was great! It was also his first time on a bike since breaking his leg and he thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1456 on: September 09, 2008, 04:19:41 pm »
I went out last night to the club committee meeting. 20 miles there and 20miles — in the rain — back. Swerved to avoid a toad in a small lane, who looked over his shoulder as if to say, "Bloody cyclists."

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1457 on: September 09, 2008, 04:33:21 pm »
I went out last night to the club committee meeting. 20 miles there and 20miles — in the rain — back. Swerved to avoid a toad in a small lane, who looked over his shoulder as if to say, "Bloody cyclists."

You weren't re-enacting "Wind in the Willows" by any chance?
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FatBloke

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1458 on: September 09, 2008, 05:36:43 pm »
40 odd miles with the Over 40's culminating with a rendez-vous with Delthebike.

Nice weather for a bike ride!  8)
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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1459 on: September 09, 2008, 07:26:38 pm »
Intervals in the pouring rain - and I love riding in the rain  :D :D :D

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1460 on: September 09, 2008, 07:29:08 pm »
Just to work and back. The junction where I join the Embankment has had no traffic lights depuis two days. Bloody dangerous!!!  >:(

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1461 on: September 09, 2008, 09:50:07 pm »
It was supposed to be the club hill climb tonight. I left a tad later than intended, and had to push a wee bit to get there. This included the first half (Longforgan and the Knapp) of the Thursday night hilly run.

I'd specially prepped the good bike and it was feeling good, except for the gears being a wee bit interesting (Bloody Campag, should have got something smooth and efficient from Japan instead).

Made it to the start 5 mins late. This is a confined club event so starts are approximate. I was dismayed to find nobody there.  'Must have just missed them' I thought so put some effort in to get to the top of the hill (without being able to dump jacket, water bottle, toolkit etc in the back of a car so lugged it up the hill). Nobody there either.
It wasn't even raining that much.

Down the other side to the main road. Low cloud so I didn't want to ride back that way, turn round in case I had got the time wrong. Back up to the top, down to the bridge. Nobody.

Back down through Knapp and Longforgan. Into the wind but no rain. Might just make it home for the ToB highlights. Up through Invergowrie and then Ninewells Brae. Hard going (as ever) on cooked legs. Got in at 20.10 after 30ish hilly miles.

I wish I was fit.

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1462 on: September 10, 2008, 08:42:23 am »
Yesterday, ride to see stage finish of ToB - report here

Tour of Britain stage 3

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1463 on: September 10, 2008, 09:05:58 am »
Just to work and back. The junction where I join the Embankment has had no traffic lights depuis two days. Bloody dangerous!!!  >:(


Interesting...

My personal experience is that I prefer junctions where the lights aren't working, as drivers seem to slow down and are forced to be more aware.  Perhaps it depends on the type of junction?
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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1464 on: September 10, 2008, 09:43:28 am »
Just to work and back. The junction where I join the Embankment has had no traffic lights depuis two days. Bloody dangerous!!!  >:(


Interesting...

My personal experience is that I prefer junctions where the lights aren't working, as drivers seem to slow down and are forced to be more aware.  Perhaps it depends on the type of junction?
They weren't slowing down at all, that was the problem! Even when cars were edging right out of the junction onto the Embankment in an attempt to get out, the Embankment traffic kept HURTLING BY! It was carnage in the making...  :-\

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1465 on: September 10, 2008, 10:22:41 am »
Maybe it is where a failure occurs that is the problem.

When the traffic lights next to the flat were out for about a week, following a broken water main, it was much nicer than when they were working.  Drivers were slowing down as they weren't sure who had priority and they were even giving way to cyclists and pedestrians.  This was a pleasant change to the usual 'race for the red light' and 'I'm bigger than you' scenario that is every day life.

I have ofen wondered what would happen if they simply switched off all the traffic lights.  Would we grind to a halt, or would drivers be forced to actually think about what they were doing?
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I completely agree with Reg.

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clarion

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1466 on: September 10, 2008, 10:43:36 am »
Last night, went out for a short ride down to Wandsworth and back.  Used it as a chance to try riding at a speed other than 'flat out', and tried maintaining a fairly constant speed.  That was fun, if a bit tricky.  Followed a friend on the way home, enjoying the ride and the turn of the pedals. :)
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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1467 on: September 10, 2008, 04:46:10 pm »
Maybe it is where a failure occurs that is the problem.

When the traffic lights next to the flat were out for about a week, following a broken water main, it was much nicer than when they were working.  Drivers were slowing down as they weren't sure who had priority and they were even giving way to cyclists and pedestrians.  This was a pleasant change to the usual 'race for the red light' and 'I'm bigger than you' scenario that is every day life.

I have ofen wondered what would happen if they simply switched off all the traffic lights.  Would we grind to a halt, or would drivers be forced to actually think about what they were doing?
I think the problem is due to the type of junction in question. It's a relatively minor road (Royal Hospital Road) joining a fast stretch of the Embankment, and the Embankment traffic is blind to the fact there is even a junction there. Very dangerous.

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1468 on: September 10, 2008, 04:55:35 pm »
Is that the junction that's at a bit of a funny angle?
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I completely agree with Reg.

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1469 on: September 10, 2008, 05:37:35 pm »
The junction is indeed a bit bent.

Jasper the surreal cyclist

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1470 on: September 11, 2008, 07:13:34 am »
Leave it......
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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1471 on: September 11, 2008, 07:23:48 am »
Went out yesterday. I thought a longer ride to guage how firt I am after being poorly for a while.
Off to Arundel to climb Bury Hill and then down the other side. Good views at the top across the valley, and quite hot and sweaty by the time I had climbed to the top. Picked up the back lanes to Fittleworth and meandered to Petworth. A272 towards Midhurst and then left at Halfway Bridge. I love the dark dank lanes around Grafham and Selham. They have this heady pine perfume when it has been raining. Through Heyshott Common for the turn south where the wind hits me full in the face, still only 18 miles to go, but I am getting slower. Climb Cocking Hill (Fnrttc/Wittering) and down to Singleton. Had to stop off and despatch a couple of mixied bunnies. Tea at The Studio Tea Rooms where a sausage sandwich may have been consumed. Choice of four climbs over Goodwood, I took East Dean then down Pilligreen into Halnacker and Boxgrove. The sun was out now. We do seem to have this micro-climate around here. Caused by the prevailing wind and the shelter given by the Isle of Wight which pushes weather stuff around us. The view from the top at Goodwood sculpture park was amazing with the sea looking like a cauldron of molten silver....Tangmere and then the lanes home after putting up a big old buzzard at Colworth.....now tired.
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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1472 on: September 11, 2008, 08:16:41 am »
I went out last night to the club committee meeting. 20 miles there and 20miles — in the rain — back. Swerved to avoid a toad in a small lane, who looked over his shoulder as if to say, "Bloody cyclists."

You weren't re-enacting "Wind in the Willows" by any chance?

And another toad last night. Just missed it. Perhaps all this wet is confusing them. Parp, parp!

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1473 on: September 11, 2008, 09:35:04 am »
Maybe it is where a failure occurs that is the problem.

When the traffic lights next to the flat were out for about a week, following a broken water main, it was much nicer than when they were working.  Drivers were slowing down as they weren't sure who had priority and they were even giving way to cyclists and pedestrians.  This was a pleasant change to the usual 'race for the red light' and 'I'm bigger than you' scenario that is every day life.

I have ofen wondered what would happen if they simply switched off all the traffic lights.  Would we grind to a halt, or would drivers be forced to actually think about what they were doing?
I think the problem is due to the type of junction in question. It's a relatively minor road (Royal Hospital Road) joining a fast stretch of the Embankment, and the Embankment traffic is blind to the fact there is even a junction there. Very dangerous.
And right on cue, Woolly and I were delicately negotiating this junction last night when a lady cyclist was almost squashed right in front of our noses, as she edged out onto the major road. A car hooted her indignantly as he simply was not aware that the lights were not working. There is nothing other than a small sign (which given the speed they're going is invisible) to indicate to the Embankment traffic that the lights are broken.  >:(

I hope it's fixed tonight or I will be getting off and crossing on foot. Bloody dangerous.

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1474 on: September 11, 2008, 01:24:19 pm »
Just back from a VERY hilly lunchtime 10 miles...

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