Author Topic: Have you been out today?  (Read 2366663 times)

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #475 on: May 11, 2008, 02:01:58 pm »
Yep my SundayGruBrun of 50 miles today.  Twas lovely.
Just mowed the lawn - that was hot going.
Mrs G has entered the Race for Life and wants to go out this arvo.
Walk/run to the warf at Pewsey so the boys and I will ride the MTBs.  ;D
Then BBQ for tea.
What a life.

annie

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #476 on: May 11, 2008, 02:43:50 pm »
Not today, my little sis is heading back to Cheltenham, had a wonderful weekend with her and her husband.  I am pottering in the garden in my bikini.  I can't believe it is only early May.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #477 on: May 11, 2008, 03:13:33 pm »
~31 mile around south Oxfordshire (Classic Oxfordshire ride)  :)

see route - http://www.mapmyride.com/ride/united-kingdom/didcot/931269840452
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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #478 on: May 11, 2008, 03:13:45 pm »
Regulator: I too was dodging the Bridges riders on today's expedition to Weybridge. The marshalls kept clapping me on with their huge orange foam hands. :) I wasn't complaining.

A lovely, fast, hot 30 odd miles. I got home and Woolly presented me with a huge plate of bubble and squeak. Can't beat it!

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #479 on: May 11, 2008, 03:27:03 pm »
1½ miles, to Sainsburys and back with Bob the trailer.  I think that's probably the shortest cycle I've ever done, it's generally faster to walk that sort of distance, but I was intending to shift some heavyish stuff.

It was made a bit more interesting trying to get across three lanes of traffic on the Purley Way to turn right into the shops.
Actually, it is rocket science.
 

Dave

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #480 on: May 11, 2008, 03:53:17 pm »
Dragged a mate down from Bolton to do the '20 bridges' ride from here.

Got off the train at St Pancras to see loads of people in orange t-shirts wheeling bikes out of the station. "You here for the ride?", said one. "Er, what ride?" "The sponsored ride over the bridges from Tower Bridge to Kew." "Ah." Turns out there were 2000-odd riders out.

So we rode it from Kew to Tower :D

And loads of fun was had by all.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #481 on: May 11, 2008, 03:55:06 pm »
47.2 miles bloody hot 31 degrees.....why do I do it

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #482 on: May 11, 2008, 04:03:31 pm »
A damn good day out with the SEG, Essex DA. Elevenses at the Cafe on the wall, Heybridge, and lunch at the Cricketers, Danbury.
(I won't mention the dark green fiesta that seemed to want the WBs' and me on the cyclepath by the side of the A1245. I don't know what signal Wowbagger gave but I saved some resources and used only one finger)  ;D

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #483 on: May 11, 2008, 04:56:08 pm »
A wonderful day out. A bit on the hot side - I even avoided the beer when there were 5 beautiful Shepherd Neame hand pumps on offer in the Cricketers, choosing orange juice and lemonade with ice. Quite sun-burned now.

There were a few motorised arseholes around, the Fiesta driver that Del mentioned being one of the most noteworthy. It was most satisfying overtaking the entire queue, in which he was third, and whizzing around the roundabout at 20mph and then down the next hill at 30.

59.81 miles at 10.6 mph. Cos we were on the tandem, Mrs. Wow did the same. :D
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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #484 on: May 11, 2008, 05:18:55 pm »
35 miles around Newmarket and Cambridge today. Popped up for a bbq with friends last night, and set off this morning in serious heat for a spin out towards Bury, round to the North and then back in to Cambridge from the North East by way of Swaffham. Glorious, gently undulating roads giving just that chance for a change of pace that you don't get on the real flat stuff further North; lovely village churches, corn buntings singing....as Hummers would say, "Marvellous".
I was going to swing down past Annie's to Ipswich and get the train back from there, but it's all engineering works dammit; and also at St Pancras.

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #485 on: May 11, 2008, 05:33:28 pm »
Just a gentle walk of a few miles on the Quantocks with Jude (reluctant refusenik  cyclist) and a very hot border collie.

N
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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #486 on: May 11, 2008, 05:51:55 pm »
I put the dog in his trailer and we went for a walk along the shore near Harwich.

Saw 4 cyclists who had ridden from Kings Lynn along the Suffolk Coastal Way.They were just having tuna baguettes and were in good humour as they only had an hour and a halfs ride to Colchester to catch the train back home.

To tell them there was no train service would have spoilt their reverie.They looked tough enough though to force their way on to the decrepit old double decker that was the replacement train.

N
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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #487 on: May 11, 2008, 05:58:27 pm »
A 50 miler from Stornoway - Barvas - Callanish - Leurbost - Stornoway (and en extra little loop around town to get the extra distance in to break 50 miles). dry and cool (11C), with a 10mph head wind for the last 15-ish miles

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #488 on: May 11, 2008, 06:55:24 pm »
Rode out to Montros Basin (where the wild things are). Towads Tealing, Kellas, Newbigging, Friockheim, then the Brechin road and finally into Montrose. A pelasantly rolling Mearns ride, into the teeth of an Easterly. Ouch. I was meant to get there to meet the family at 4. I pushed like crazy to not be too late and was on the last bit when they passed me (the only bit on the same road as they came a different way).

My legs hurt... but it was a good ride. Somewhere between 30-35 miles, and just about 2 hours.

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #489 on: May 11, 2008, 07:43:42 pm »
34 miles today, out from Long Eaton to Breedon church on the hill, then pootling around the rolling countryside of North Leics & South Derbyshire. Glorious sunshine, the forst time this year I felt the need to use sun screen.

Another couple of weeks and I'm hoping that I might survive riding with a certain Frenchman of this parish.

annie

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #490 on: May 11, 2008, 07:44:49 pm »
35 miles around Newmarket and Cambridge today. Popped up for a bbq with friends last night, and set off this morning in serious heat for a spin out towards Bury, round to the North and then back in to Cambridge from the North East by way of Swaffham. Glorious, gently undulating roads giving just that chance for a change of pace that you don't get on the real flat stuff further North; lovely village churches, corn buntings singing....as Hummers would say, "Marvellous".
I was going to swing down past Annie's to Ipswich and get the train back from there, but it's all engineering works dammit; and also at St Pancras.

Was sorry not to have seen you today.  I would gladly have given you a lift to the next convenient station.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #491 on: May 11, 2008, 07:46:10 pm »
My friend (who hasn't cycled for a while) and I went out for a pootle and picnic in Richmond Park, courtesy of Butterfly's kind loan of a bike.

We had a lovely time, it was all very relaxed and I found a way of going round that wasn't too hilly, as I wanted to encourage her back to cycling rather than make her drag up Sawyer's Hill! Bit busy cos of that bridges ride, but very nice all the same. She said she had a great time and is now considering getting her bike down from her parent's where it is currently residing. And I think lashings of sun cream may have saved us from the dreaded sunburn this time.

Now I should really tackle the housework that has been playing second fiddle to cycling all weekend  >:(  Flat looking very dubious indeed.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #492 on: May 11, 2008, 07:53:03 pm »
I headed out to the Chalfonts on fixed and got lost in Chiltern lanes. Lots of other cyclists about, including a family riding in slow motion on the wrong side of the road. It was a warm day and I suffered a bit in the heat.

Coming home past Ruislip on a horrible surface my rear light jumped off. I swore as it bounced into the path of following traffic, but the car behind stopped and waited for me to pick it up. What a pleasant chap!

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #493 on: May 11, 2008, 07:54:38 pm »
Another CTC ride from Ruislip to Chipperfield for coffee (and chocolate cake), then along the beautiful lanes to Tring for lunch (BLT). Then across to Great Missenden church for a cream tea, before returning along the top of the ridge through Amersham to Denham.

Unfortunately one of our members had a handlebar retaining bolt break as he descended past Denham Station, right on a bend, with offish consequences. I sped home to Uxbridge to get my wagon to return and take him and bike home to Hanwell.

62 miles at 11.7mph average in perfect weather - hot but with an easterly breeze.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #494 on: May 11, 2008, 07:56:23 pm »
Bit busy cos of that bridges ride

I was there most of the afternoon. It was like Piccadilly Circus  ::-)

Very hot indeed. I reckon I am burnt despite factor 30.


Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #495 on: May 11, 2008, 08:08:31 pm »
god yes, and what a beautiful evening it is.  The violent yellow of the fields of Rape, the green of the hedges, the amazing white candelabra of the horse chestnuts and the elusive blue carpet of the bluebells. 

An amazing ride. Reminded me why I love being on a bike :D




Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #496 on: May 11, 2008, 08:21:53 pm »
Ooh, Mike's gone all poetic on us! :D

bobajobrob

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #497 on: May 11, 2008, 08:32:00 pm »
Not today, but I day an 85k hilly ride yesterday and the same on Friday. I have a little sunburn as I forgot to put sun cream on ::-) The weather has been fantastic and it's lovely to see the trees and fields so green.

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #498 on: May 11, 2008, 08:53:21 pm »
My friend (who hasn't cycled for a while) and I went out for a pootle and picnic in Richmond Park, courtesy of Butterfly's kind loan of a bike.


Sorry about the saddle! :-[

I noticed after I got home that it was at an interesting angle.

'fraid it's not a very good seatpost, and I'd not been able to tighten the saddle enough because of, well, no excuses, really... :( :-[

I hope it didn't adversely affect the ride.
Getting there...

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #499 on: May 11, 2008, 08:59:53 pm »
Hehe, I thought it was at a bit of an interesting angle too, but didn't like to mess with it being as it wasn't mine to mess with!

Don't think it affected her too much, we did as much sitting down and eating as we did riding, she just couldn't believe that there were people around as nice as yourselves willing to lend a total stranger a nice bike (and accompanying accessories!), and was just quite grateful really.