Author Topic: Fords  (Read 44912 times)

MikeFromLFE

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Re: Fords
« Reply #200 on: April 25, 2019, 10:08:30 pm »


I like those red mudguards too!
OT for this thread, but here it is when I'd just finished the project (based on a Dawes Super Galaxy) it's been tweaked a bit, but the colour scheme remains - bonus point for a YACF bidon!

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Re: Fords
« Reply #201 on: April 26, 2019, 07:11:48 am »
Nah, I'm just going to put a bit more air in the tyres   O:-)
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MikeFromLFE

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Re: Fords
« Reply #202 on: April 29, 2019, 02:49:13 pm »
Never have done. Never has been.
(Ratby Borough, near Leicester)

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Today I didn't. It was - very. Strong unrepeatable words were said (while remaining upright, just!)
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Feanor

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Re: Fords
« Reply #203 on: May 25, 2019, 09:35:39 pm »
On today's ride with Mrs. F...


Oh, they will! by Ron Lowe, on Flickr


Nothing Happened by Ron Lowe, on Flickr

Re: Fords
« Reply #204 on: June 22, 2019, 02:22:07 pm »
I wasn't tempted for long, even for a laugh, looked a bit deep and gravelly.  Fortunately I didn't have to cross.

River Lambourn, south of Eastbury.

IMG_Lambourn-ford by a oxon, on Flickr
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Pingu

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Re: Fords
« Reply #205 on: July 21, 2019, 11:28:55 pm »
This is the wettest I've ever seen the Clatterin' Brig ford.


IMG_3434_01 by The Pingus, on Flickr


IMG_3435_01 by The Pingus, on Flickr

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FifeingEejit

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Re: Fords
« Reply #206 on: July 21, 2019, 11:36:52 pm »
This is the wettest I've ever seen the Clatterin' Brig ford.


IMG_3434_01 by The Pingus, on Flickr


IMG_3434_01 by The Pingus, on Flickr

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Is that an Irish bridge rather than a bog standard Ford?
Surprisingly I've never been up that road...

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Kim

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Re: Fords
« Reply #207 on: July 22, 2019, 12:30:08 am »
This post could also go on Bridges for CrinklyLion (and everyone else!), Silly signs and    
Percentage road signs  :)


Shame there isn't a bin, really, otherwise you could lock your bike badly and bag the whole set.
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Pingu

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Re: Fords
« Reply #208 on: July 22, 2019, 07:24:54 pm »
...Is that an Irish bridge rather than a bog standard Ford?...

After checking Wikipedia and Streetview, I think it is.

Re: Fords
« Reply #209 on: July 22, 2019, 07:39:05 pm »
...Is that an Irish bridge rather than a bog standard Ford?...

After checking Wikipedia and Streetview, I think it is.
Dear Mr Eejit, and Mr & Mrs Pingu too
If you're stuck for entertainment on 1 Sept, you can enter either the 100k Drumtochty Dander or the more entertaining Kilrymanjaro 100 mile audax. Even better than going up that road, you get to go down it. Hopefully the ford won't be as wet by then.


FifeingEejit

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Re: Fords
« Reply #210 on: July 22, 2019, 09:21:18 pm »
I am unsure of my willingness to mount a steed at that point in September, however it's well placed for me to finally also tick off Carrot hill on my way there... and possibly back...

Edit: However I've just rediscovered why I didn't ECE a previous Forfar ride; it's come up at 75km out and back fae hame as an out and back, may as well consider lapping the Sidlies then.
Edit Edit: Even that needed a tour of the flat bit of Fife to get up to distance, and now I realize would probably need a 5am start... https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30633330
Edit Edit Edit: I could ride home from Forfar from the Kilry and make it bang on 200... but then I'd have to get to Forfar in the first place...  MY brother moved to Westmuir, this is annoyingly 5km short each direction for bumping Kilry to 200, but not as annoying as I am when I visit him :-)

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Re: Fords
« Reply #211 on: July 22, 2019, 09:56:51 pm »
...Is that an Irish bridge rather than a bog standard Ford?...

After checking Wikipedia and Streetview, I think it is.
Dear Mr Eejit, and Mr & Mrs Pingu too
If you're stuck for entertainment on 1 Sept, you can enter either the 100k Drumtochty Dander or the more entertaining Kilrymanjaro 100 mile audax. Even better than going up that road, you get to go down it. Hopefully the ford won't be as wet by then.

Unfortunately for us we shall be driving from Reims to Zeebrugge thus ending our hollybobs, boo. So we'll miss it. Agane.
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BrianI

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Re: Fords
« Reply #212 on: July 23, 2019, 12:00:08 pm »
...Is that an Irish bridge rather than a bog standard Ford?...

After checking Wikipedia and Streetview, I think it is.
Dear Mr Eejit, and Mr & Mrs Pingu too
If you're stuck for entertainment on 1 Sept, you can enter either the 100k Drumtochty Dander or the more entertaining Kilrymanjaro 100 mile audax. Even better than going up that road, you get to go down it. Hopefully the ford won't be as wet by then.

I did enjoy that Drumochty Dander 100K last year (even although I did do part of it in reverse!)

Sadly that's my audaxing binned till next year, doubt I'll be bike fit for a good few months now following abdominal surgery  :facepalm:

Re: Fords
« Reply #213 on: September 17, 2019, 02:13:01 pm »
Not particularly impressive as I passed through it today, but it still qualifies. 

Ford over the Maglin Burn near Rothbury, Northumberland.
 
IMG_20190917_102113913 by Joe B, on Flickr

Kim

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Re: Fords
« Reply #214 on: September 17, 2019, 07:14:47 pm »
Did we have this one, near Walton, south of Wellesbourne:

In the afternoon, we found a ford, where Nothing didn't happen:



None of the bicycle riders liked the look of the stony bottom, and cycleman made some excuse about mixing water with electricity.  The freshness of the looks-like-tractor-wheels tracks was commented on, and as if on cue a large caterpillar-tracked tractor pulling an Agricultural Machine Thingy™ appeared and demonstrated its fording technique, which Nye would doubtless have appreciated.
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Kim

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Re: Fords
« Reply #215 on: September 24, 2019, 04:54:49 pm »
Tunnel Ride veterans will remember this one:

https://twitter.com/BhamUpdates/status/1176504814500495361

Looks like it's been a bit exciting today.
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MikeFromLFE

  • Previously known as Millimole
Re: Fords
« Reply #216 on: December 12, 2019, 09:32:59 am »
Never have done. Never has been.
(Ratby Borough, near Leicester)

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Today I didn't. It was - very. Strong unrepeatable words were said (while remaining upright, just!)

Relating to this specific ford at Ratby Boroughs in Leicestershire there's a local news story where British Cycling's solicitors are persuing a case against the Local Authority for the slippery surface and alleging the sign was obscured.
I really don't know what to make of this.
https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/local-news/cyclists-sue-council-after-riding-3631596
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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Fords
« Reply #217 on: December 12, 2019, 09:49:16 am »
Hmm. I suppose if you're not familiar with fords you might not expect algae. Then again, it's not necessarily a problem if you avoid braking, steering or putting too much power through the pedals for the few seconds it takes to cross that small ford. But looking at the photos, the concrete bottom of the ford does not extend the full width of the tarmac road, which could catch someone out nastily.
I do not ride a great big Mercian, gangster tanwalls, fixed cog in the back.

Kim

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Re: Fords
« Reply #218 on: December 12, 2019, 02:36:57 pm »
Ford slime is right up there with ice and diesel.  If the front wheel goes, it goes.  Only thing you can do is carry enough speed into it in the hope you'll regain traction on the other side before you tip over, which is perhaps counterintuitive to inexeprienced cyclists.  And that's only sensible if you know the hidden surface isn't hazardous in some other way.
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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Fords
« Reply #219 on: December 12, 2019, 02:57:46 pm »
The photos show a small, shallow ford, with clear water through which you can easily see the concrete surface. Of course, that might not be how it was when they were there (though I note it was two separate occasions). I don't think I'd ride through a ford where I couldn't see the bottom. It's not so much the depth, which can often be judged in other ways, or even the stream, as the risk of hitting submerged stones etc. This one, for instance, I always use the footbridge because the ford is full of boulders:
https://www.englishfords.co.uk/photo_14757080.html
I do not ride a great big Mercian, gangster tanwalls, fixed cog in the back.

MikeFromLFE

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Re: Fords
« Reply #220 on: December 12, 2019, 06:34:42 pm »
The photos show a small, shallow ford, with clear water through which you can easily see the concrete surface. Of course, that might not be how it was when they were there (though I note it was two separate occasions). I don't think I'd ride through a ford where I couldn't see the bottom. It's not so much the depth, which can often be judged in other ways, or even the stream, as the risk of hitting submerged stones etc. This one, for instance, I always use the footbridge because the ford is full of boulders:
https://www.englishfords.co.uk/photo_14757080.html
I've only ever seen it as a shallow ford - maybe a couple of inches at most - but yes, it is a concrete surface, and maybe that's the key to why algae has built up to such a degree to make it so slippery.
As I hinted in my posts, I've always powered straight through it (over a number of years) and it was only this last once that it's caught me out. (Un)fortunately it's in a very deep dip, so there's a temptation from either direction to blast down the hill and straight through the water to keep up momentum to get up the other side.
I don't ever recall seeing a footbridge here, but can't say that there isn't one (equally I don't think I've ever seen a pedestrian on this lane either)
Location : 52°39'03.7"N 1°15'24.6"W
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Pingu

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Re: Fords
« Reply #221 on: December 13, 2019, 06:58:36 pm »
Cuban ford. Fairly slippery.


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IMG_4552_01 by The Pingus, on Flickr

Re: Fords
« Reply #222 on: December 13, 2019, 07:45:31 pm »
The photos show a small, shallow ford, with clear water through which you can easily see the concrete surface. Of course, that might not be how it was when they were there (though I note it was two separate occasions). I don't think I'd ride through a ford where I couldn't see the bottom. It's not so much the depth, which can often be judged in other ways, or even the stream, as the risk of hitting submerged stones etc. This one, for instance, I always use the footbridge because the ford is full of boulders:
https://www.englishfords.co.uk/photo_14757080.html
I've only ever seen it as a shallow ford - maybe a couple of inches at most - but yes, it is a concrete surface, and maybe that's the key to why algae has built up to such a degree to make it so slippery.
As I hinted in my posts, I've always powered straight through it (over a number of years) and it was only this last once that it's caught me out. (Un)fortunately it's in a very deep dip, so there's a temptation from either direction to blast down the hill and straight through the water to keep up momentum to get up the other side.
I don't ever recall seeing a footbridge here, but can't say that there isn't one (equally I don't think I've ever seen a pedestrian on this lane either)
Location : 52°39'03.7"N 1°15'24.6"W

The bit that makes me nervous on the Ratby ford is that it isn't perpendicular to the road so there are lateral forces on the wheels that may cause problems if the surface is slippery.  Streetview is here:  https://goo.gl/maps/CiHnVUDAFED7e5q18

I recognise one of the riders and definitely wouldn't describe her as an inexperienced cyclist.  I guess the fractured pelvis explains why I haven't seen her around for a while  :(