Author Topic: Dunwich Dynamo, 13th July 2019  (Read 9601 times)

Re: Dunwich Dynamo, 13th July 2019
« Reply #100 on: July 06, 2019, 06:41:50 pm »
Guess who thought that today was the 13th?
Oof. You?

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Maybe....

Did you actually go to London Fields?

Almost, crinklylion saved me, as I texted to say I was looking forward to seeing kim later today.  Crinklylion pointed out I was wrong about that ;)
A close shave.
Save it until next weekend, grasshopper.
I may try to make it up there using the ginger line and The Ridiculous Brompton.
Just for the LOL's.

Re: Dunwich Dynamo, 13th July 2019
« Reply #101 on: July 06, 2019, 06:58:34 pm »
If you'd both turned up it would have been a ride, and you'd have had to go through with it.
Never tell me the odds.

Kim

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Re: Dunwich Dynamo, 13th July 2019
« Reply #102 on: July 06, 2019, 07:05:18 pm »
Trains would have been better, though.
To ride the Windcheetah, first, you must embrace the cantilever...

Re: Dunwich Dynamo, 13th July 2019
« Reply #103 on: July 09, 2019, 10:00:59 am »
Aaargh! I've missed the cut off for the train reservations!
I've sent them a begging e-mail, let's see what happens.

Re: Dunwich Dynamo, 13th July 2019
« Reply #104 on: July 10, 2019, 07:46:15 am »
Sadly I won't be making it to the Dynamo this year either, but I am about to spend three days around Westleton and Dunwich.  I shall keep an eye out for carpet tacks, broken glass and dead badgers and do my best to clear the place up for you.  I might test the Adnams for you as well.

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Re: Dunwich Dynamo, 13th July 2019
« Reply #105 on: July 10, 2019, 10:27:33 pm »
This evening, my stoker and I interviewed each other with a trial ride along Southend Sea Front, culminating in Suffolk-based energy drinks at the Railway, Southend, where a rather good jazz band was in full swing and Dez was eating a pizza.



I think we are on!
Oh, Bach without any doubt. Bach every time for me.

Kim

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Re: Dunwich Dynamo, 13th July 2019
« Reply #106 on: July 10, 2019, 10:40:32 pm »
 :thumbsup:
To ride the Windcheetah, first, you must embrace the cantilever...

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Re: Dunwich Dynamo, 13th July 2019
« Reply #107 on: July 10, 2019, 10:45:42 pm »
I reckon we should be able to average between 11 and 12 mph on the flat, wind-neutral. That's 10 hours' cycling time. If we aim for an 8.30 departure time, how does that fit in with your plans, Kim? I'm guessing that you will just hang around the beach for most of Sunday, find your campsite and then carry on up the coast on Sunday.

We need to find out if we can put the tandem in the car and still leave a space for a 3rd passenger (Dez's chap). That's a game of tetris for tomorrow.
Oh, Bach without any doubt. Bach every time for me.

Kim

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Re: Dunwich Dynamo, 13th July 2019
« Reply #108 on: July 10, 2019, 10:53:49 pm »
Works for me.  I'm ostensibly relatively fit, but haven't ridden the fully loaded tourer since, erm...  Oh, two weeks ago.  I'll probably be okay then.  Especially as I've removed a quantity of hair from the drive-side idler.  That stuff gets everywhere.

Yes, my plan is to hang around for a bit at the beach, then trundle off to the campsite on Sunday afternoon, and carry on up the coast on Monday after plenty of sleep.
To ride the Windcheetah, first, you must embrace the cantilever...

Re: Dunwich Dynamo, 13th July 2019
« Reply #109 on: July 11, 2019, 06:38:10 pm »
Questions for those with lots of night riding experience: will it warm enough to ride in Shimano sandals (with socks if neccesarily) or should I stick to shoes?

Kim

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Re: Dunwich Dynamo, 13th July 2019
« Reply #110 on: July 11, 2019, 07:17:11 pm »
I'll be wearing Shimano sandals (I'm going to be in touring mode, and carrying on up the coast), and have used them on previous Dun Runs.  I normally wear MTB shoes for FNRttC type rides, where a shorter ride means less variation in temperature, and I'm less concerned about them not drying out fully.

Current forecast is for a low of about 12, which is the point where I start thinking that socks might be a good idea.
To ride the Windcheetah, first, you must embrace the cantilever...

Re: Dunwich Dynamo, 13th July 2019
« Reply #111 on: July 11, 2019, 07:18:41 pm »
It's usually warm overnight, but traditionally gets pretty damn cold right around first light (4 am) if you're still trudging through Suffolk middle-of-nowhere, so be prepared for that.

Kim

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Re: Dunwich Dynamo, 13th July 2019
« Reply #112 on: July 11, 2019, 07:27:28 pm »
If you've not done much night riding, consider that you may get sleepy and feel colder at some point, traditionally around 4-5am (as grams says, that's usually when the temperature's at its lowest).  Also, hanging around waiting for others to catch up or fix mechanicals can make temperature regulation difficult - if you're in a group, it's generally easier to stick to the speed of the slowest rider, rather than playing leapfrog.  On the other hand, riding slowly can make you sleepy...
To ride the Windcheetah, first, you must embrace the cantilever...

Re: Dunwich Dynamo, 13th July 2019
« Reply #113 on: July 11, 2019, 07:46:46 pm »
Decisions, decisions  ;D I’ll probably just end up sticking to my MTB shoes

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Re: Dunwich Dynamo, 13th July 2019
« Reply #114 on: July 11, 2019, 08:18:38 pm »
I'm thinking that 12°C is enough not to need longs or warm gloves, but a warm top will probably be needed for a while.
Oh, Bach without any doubt. Bach every time for me.

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Re: Dunwich Dynamo, 13th July 2019
« Reply #115 on: July 11, 2019, 10:18:08 pm »
I have discovered that the .gpx from 2010 is still on my Garmin, and I have spoken to My Mate Terry Who Art in Sibton. He says drop in any time after 8.30. He remembers Kim from the last time we visited - "She's the one with the redundant bicycle, isn't she?" - so we can do that. ;)

Furthermore, there's a Podpoint rapid charger at the Budgens just along from Darsham station so Dez can, if need be, top the car up there.

I think I will probably make some flapjack and some marmite butties.
Oh, Bach without any doubt. Bach every time for me.

Kim

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Re: Dunwich Dynamo, 13th July 2019
« Reply #116 on: July 11, 2019, 10:34:08 pm »
Obviously I have more than one redundant bicycle.
To ride the Windcheetah, first, you must embrace the cantilever...

Re: Dunwich Dynamo, 13th July 2019
« Reply #117 on: July 12, 2019, 01:20:19 pm »
This could be an interesting mix in London Fields tomorrow....

Re: Dunwich Dynamo, 13th July 2019
« Reply #118 on: July 12, 2019, 01:54:07 pm »
I got my bike reservation sorted by simply phoning their regular helpline and asking for a bike reservation. I'm travelling quite late in the afternoon, so this might explain why, but I really hope they honour the reservation - the notice about the dynamo had disappeared off the Greater Anglia Website by the time I booked...

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Re: Dunwich Dynamo, 13th July 2019
« Reply #119 on: July 12, 2019, 03:19:30 pm »
This could be an interesting mix in London Fields tomorrow....

You can guarantee that XR will be massively supportive of people travelling over 100 miles with negligible CO2 emissions (I make no such comment regarding methane...). If they can close the Lea Bridge Road to motorised vehicles that would actually be Very Good Indeed.

In other news, it is now established that a Thorn Raven Discovery tandem with S & S couplings will fit in the back of a Nissan Leaf and leave room for 1 back seat passenger provided both seatposts are removed. It is left to the reader's imagination as to whether the seatposts are removed from the tandem, the car or the passenger.
Oh, Bach without any doubt. Bach every time for me.

Re: Dunwich Dynamo, 13th July 2019
« Reply #120 on: July 12, 2019, 05:56:45 pm »
These days, Wow, Lea Bridge Road has a quality, segregated bike lane. One on each side of the road.
The road through Epping Forest however.....

Adam

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Re: Dunwich Dynamo, 13th July 2019
« Reply #121 on: July 12, 2019, 06:02:04 pm »
I was just about to say the same.

I can't understand why the Dunwich Dynamo goes through Epping Forest.  For my recent London to Cambridge FNRttC, I went through Chigwell, past Stapleford Airfield, and then up to Moreton, and then points north.  Much nicer and with the added bonus of no traffic.
“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.” -Albert Einstein

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Re: Dunwich Dynamo, 13th July 2019
« Reply #122 on: July 12, 2019, 06:15:23 pm »
I was just about to say the same.

I can't understand why the Dunwich Dynamo goes through Epping Forest.  For my recent London to Cambridge FNRttC, I went through Chigwell, past Stapleford Airfield, and then up to Moreton, and then points north.  Much nicer and with the added bonus of no traffic.

*consults map*
Oh, Bach without any doubt. Bach every time for me.

Adam

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Re: Dunwich Dynamo, 13th July 2019
« Reply #123 on: July 12, 2019, 06:24:41 pm »

*consults map*

The full FNRttC route is at:
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29127270

it includes a lovely shortcut over the tube line between Woodford and Woodford South.
“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.” -Albert Einstein

Re: Dunwich Dynamo, 13th July 2019
« Reply #124 on: July 12, 2019, 06:31:47 pm »
Through Chigwell Row, past the forest park, left on B175 to join above route might be even quieter.