Author Topic: Have you been out today?  (Read 2366650 times)

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #925 on: June 29, 2008, 09:10:13 pm »
About 74 miles including Mother Shiptons 100 from Easingwold

RogerT

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #926 on: June 29, 2008, 09:38:36 pm »
Mepal to Sandringham for a picnic with Mrs T.  Tail wind all the way which probaly accounts for the 3 hour time !

Lovely ride.

Hummers

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #927 on: June 30, 2008, 12:20:52 am »
Popped down  to meet my brother and ride with him on a circular route from Brockenhurst.

I managed to get the ferry over from Hythe as I thought this would avoid the headwind. Nice as it was, I was wrong.

Still a lovely ride, fine beer and some lovely countryside.

THe route back went astray and I ended up diverting off the Cabnam road through Bartley.

A good night to be out nonetheless.

H

groucho

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #928 on: June 30, 2008, 08:18:10 am »
Saturday I sailed on a friend's racing yacht from Swansea to Cardiff Bay with a following breeze  :thumbsup:

Sunday, a 50 miler around the Vale mainly into the breeze that, the day before was only a help, turned the ride into a grind. The short route back was mostly 20+mph.

Faith, hope and gluttony.........

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #929 on: June 30, 2008, 09:17:28 am »
Around forty miles yesterday with E. We went out along back roads through Greenford, Northolt and Ruislip to Harefield. Then down into the Colne Valley to West Hyde and The Oaks pub. On the way we had to weave through a queue of traffic waiting behind two police cars with blue lights flashing. The coppers were kicking rubbish into the gutter. It was mostly magazines and paper, but there was a lot of gravel and muck, as if something had hit the verge and bounced off.

A sign of the times, the pub had a sign up saying it couldn't take any credit cards. The food was edible, but no more. Still, the alternative would have been the Coy Carp — the name says it all.

It threatened to rain as we continued south along the old road and through Denham Green, then looped back to Harefield and through Ruislip. At Northolt village we doubled back and got on to the canal towpath. Under the A40 we turned on to a patch of open space covered in vetches flowering in blues and yellows. It is criss-crossed by a network of gravel paths.

We continued through Greenford, Dormer's Wells and back to Ealing, then past Northfields to visit E's mother at the Care Centre. The sight of us in lycra seemed to shock some of the care workers. The residents took it in their stride.

Then back home.




clarion

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #930 on: June 30, 2008, 11:15:19 am »
Not a long ride yesterday, but i feel a significant one.  A triangle on top of the back of Skipton Moor above Silsden out & back from the campsite.  It seems we may have solved the issue of Butterfly's position on the back of the Super Galaxy*, and we went really well, the circuit finished all too early. 

We only didn't go further because, once you start to drop into either Airedale or Wharfedale, there's grunty climbing back, and, besides, we needed to get going to get home. 



*  More reports on that later, but I was shocked to find that the stoker cockpit on the Dawes is about 3" shorter than on a Santana! :o
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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #931 on: June 30, 2008, 11:55:18 am »

*  More reports on that later, but I was shocked to find that the stoker cockpit on the Dawes is about 3" shorter than on a Santana! :o

It's the Americans started the trend for very long tandems. Personally I think there are more disadvantages than advantages.

alan

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #932 on: June 30, 2008, 01:40:52 pm »
*  More reports on that later, but I was shocked to find that the stoker cockpit on the Dawes is about 3" shorter than on a Santana! :o

We bought our Dawes tandem specifically because the rear top tube is shorter than all the other machines available to us at the time:excepting for custom built which was dismissed given the high cost & reservations that we would be long term/regular tandemists

clarion

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #933 on: June 30, 2008, 02:37:56 pm »
Fair comment, and I think that a lot of rear cockpits are too long, but Butterfly was cramped, poor love. :-*
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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #934 on: June 30, 2008, 02:41:18 pm »
View this morning 0600 from the Avon Bridge with the river at high tide, 
looking towards  the village of Pill on the right and Bristol in the far distance.


annie

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #935 on: June 30, 2008, 03:28:19 pm »
Yes, to Lavenham for lunch with a friend - 33 miles out, the long and hilly way round and 18 very fast miles on the way back, well in 55 minutes so quick for me, now about to collapse in a small heap.

Edit: Had a little incident where I ended up on the verge after 3 large HGV's came past far too close and far too fast, the effect on my small frame was quite spectacular, bloody barstewards.

Another incident involved a numpty guy on a MTB on the cycle lane going up into Needham Market, I had come down the hill and was riding at about 25mph when he casually came off the cycle lane and straight out in front of me, without looking I hasten to add.  I had anticipated this and so was able to perform a quick in and outie whilst calling him a stupid ........

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #936 on: June 30, 2008, 04:43:48 pm »
11 sweaty miles of commuting.

On my return, a little later than normal, a large queue of traffic had built up going in the opposite direction. This being a narrow road, and with me in the secondary position, the motorist immediately behind me quite rightly didn't want to overtake so I had about half a mile of peaceful cycling where normally I am overtaken a fair bit. I quite enjoyed that.
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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #937 on: June 30, 2008, 11:31:07 pm »
3.4 miles school run with the tandem and trailer to collect my daughter this afternoon in the sunshine.  It never ceases to cheer us up seeing the admiring glances from all the nice people cooking in their parked 4x4's as I stand in the breeze.

Did a hilly 25 into a headwind on Saturday (a rare "long" ride for me) on the Pinarello.  It felt great to do some miles but clearly 3.4m commutes don't make good base training...

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #938 on: July 01, 2008, 11:00:11 am »
Our normal loop in another personal best on the tandem - 16.59 miles in 1h 21m 29s - 12.2mph! A lovely warm sunny day. I wish I had taken my cossie because the tide was coming in.
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clarion

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #939 on: July 01, 2008, 11:02:22 am »
Well done, the Wows! :)
Getting there...

annie

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #940 on: July 01, 2008, 08:32:40 pm »
20 miles, easy on the way out but far too fast on the way home, busy dual carriageways with numpty drivers with candyfloss for brains.

The bike is poorly, I will be stripping it down tomorrow. 

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #941 on: July 01, 2008, 08:34:01 pm »
Just work, 9.5 miles but the first time on Fixed since before my crash in October

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #942 on: July 02, 2008, 10:05:24 am »
The normal loop, but an abnormal time: 16.49 miles in 58m 53s! :o

I decided to have a crack on the Mercian this morning. It was a mild, calm day, both sets of traffic lights were in my favour and I pushed as hard as I could all the way round. I think that's got to be my fastest ride ever.

This losing weight mallarkey has a lot to recommend it. I should have done it years ago. :thumbsup:
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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #943 on: July 02, 2008, 10:10:39 am »
I haven't been out at all so far this month.

Jasper the surreal cyclist

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #944 on: July 02, 2008, 08:32:20 pm »
Yes, and it rained......
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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #945 on: July 02, 2008, 08:51:58 pm »
no, i didnt get back from work in time.

well I did, but I got back and checked my email and then had to spend the next 2 hours sorting out muppets.

bah.   >:(

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #946 on: July 02, 2008, 09:44:57 pm »
Yes this evening for about 8-10 hills cross country on the mountainbike.  Hilarious descent off the Chilterns, and rather too many nettles for comfort.

I utterly rediscovered why I love this so much.  Any if was sunny.

Fantastic ;D

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #947 on: July 02, 2008, 09:45:08 pm »
No, as I'm in Zurich and worked from 0800 up until half an hour ago... Meh :(

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #948 on: July 03, 2008, 03:43:29 pm »
70 km ride with the Bristol Thursday Old Time Cyclists, over the Severn Bridge to the Carpenters Arms in Shirenewton, only rain whilst we were in the pub  ;D

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #949 on: July 03, 2008, 03:47:02 pm »
A short ride involving a school a pub and a Fatters. 8 miles or so at a low speed.
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