Author Topic: Fords  (Read 33900 times)

iddu

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Re: Fords
« Reply #25 on: October 02, 2011, 10:21:37 pm »


That's nasty :D



About 75cm deep in the middle. No way, José...
I'd offer you some moral support - but I have questionable morals.

PH

Re: Fords
« Reply #26 on: October 02, 2011, 11:30:44 pm »
Doesn't really meet the criteria as they're not cycling.  Crossing the Avon in Little Lawford, the sign on the approach says not suitable for light vehicles, luckily it was in a dry spell. It makes it more of a challenge that you can't see the exit from the entry.  Apologies for the photo quality, 2mp used to seem such a lot.

PH

Re: Fords
« Reply #27 on: October 02, 2011, 11:51:31 pm »
This one even further from the criteria, though I had just ridden through it (And walked back over the out of shot footbridge) and you can just see my bike.

iddu

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Re: Fords
« Reply #28 on: October 02, 2011, 11:57:02 pm »
Doesn't really meet the criteria as they're not cycling. 

No, and at that depth I'm not likely to; dumb I may be, stoopid I ain't ;)

Just to atone.


Choose your own line - somewhere in the Mongolian Outback ;D
I'd offer you some moral support - but I have questionable morals.

PH

Re: Fords
« Reply #29 on: October 03, 2011, 12:02:33 am »
Doesn't really meet the criteria as they're not cycling. 

No, and at that depth I'm not likely to; dumb I may be, stoopid I ain't ;)


Yes I understood No way, José... though I was referring to my photo rather than yours.

iddu

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Re: Fords
« Reply #30 on: October 03, 2011, 12:12:36 am »
...though I was referring to my photo rather than yours.

So, colour me stoopid :)

I'd offer you some moral support - but I have questionable morals.

iddu

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Re: Fords
« Reply #31 on: October 03, 2011, 12:13:15 am »
And closer to home...


The Gower Outback.
I'd offer you some moral support - but I have questionable morals.

Re: Fords
« Reply #32 on: October 05, 2011, 12:35:54 pm »
Some great photos in this thread.

About 75cm deep in the middle. No way, José...
I'm wondering what is the deepest ford that people would consider riding through? Mr Charly mentions riding through one that was over the top of his wheels!

And does it make a difference whether it's a proper ford or a flooded road? IMO it does, I would be more likely to ride through a flooded road as the water is not running and there's (I think) less likelihood of submerged objects and slippery bottom.
The earth is vast and beautiful and contains many miraculous places. (Chekhov)

clarion

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Re: Fords
« Reply #33 on: October 05, 2011, 12:47:29 pm »
Deepest I have managed to ride through was a little bit above my BB.  I got most of the way through one which reached to the top of the pedal stroke, but the resistance was too much and I ground to a halt. 

I don't think my bike's moving parts were happy about either of those.

I tend to avoid riding through fords if at all possible.
Getting there...

Riggers

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Re: Fords
« Reply #34 on: October 05, 2011, 01:16:24 pm »
Clarrers? Does BB stand for Ball Bearers?
Certainly never seen cycling south of Sussex

Re: Fords
« Reply #35 on: October 05, 2011, 01:26:09 pm »
Some great photos in this thread.

About 75cm deep in the middle. No way, José...
I'm wondering what is the deepest ford that people would consider riding through? Mr Charly mentions riding through one that was over the top of his wheels!

And does it make a difference whether it's a proper ford or a flooded road? IMO it does, I would be more likely to ride through a flooded road as the water is not running and there's (I think) less likelihood of submerged objects and slippery bottom.
The deepest I've ridden through was over the top tube of my bike.
I lived on a boat moored to a raised bit of bank. The access road crossed a floodplain and was considerably lower than the actual bank. If I expected a flood, I'd drag a canoe across the floodplain and tie it up, but sometimes I was caught unawares and came home to find the road covered. Set off across it once with trailer on the back - the trailer had a solid plastic crate in it, so I tied that down to the trailer frame - the trailer floated. It was very hard work pedaling through such deep water.
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Re: Fords
« Reply #36 on: October 05, 2011, 01:30:02 pm »
Mr Charly, do you have webbed feet and gills?  :)

I think up to the BB (bottom brackers, as Riggers would say) would be the limit for me, and even then I'd be wary.
The earth is vast and beautiful and contains many miraculous places. (Chekhov)

Re: Fords
« Reply #37 on: October 05, 2011, 01:52:19 pm »
I was a boat dweller and home was the other side of that water!

My feet aren't webbed, but they are hairy.
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Re: Fords
« Reply #38 on: October 05, 2011, 05:17:32 pm »
The River Cam (or Granta) at Hinxton.


Riggers

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Re: Fords
« Reply #39 on: October 06, 2011, 09:09:36 am »
Certainly never seen cycling south of Sussex

nicknack

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Re: Fords
« Reply #40 on: October 06, 2011, 11:27:24 am »
 ;D

Nice one Riggers.
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Re: Fords
« Reply #41 on: October 08, 2011, 06:52:35 pm »
Some great photos in this thread.

About 75cm deep in the middle. No way, José...
I'm wondering what is the deepest ford that people would consider riding through? Mr Charly mentions riding through one that was over the top of his wheels!

And does it make a difference whether it's a proper ford or a flooded road? IMO it does, I would be more likely to ride through a flooded road as the water is not running and there's (I think) less likelihood of submerged objects and slippery bottom.

I've been through one that looked ok but turned out to be top tube depth.

I was ok until the bike hit a rock and stopped...

Re: Fords
« Reply #42 on: October 08, 2011, 10:54:53 pm »
Ouch! Splosh!
The earth is vast and beautiful and contains many miraculous places. (Chekhov)

iddu

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Re: Fords
« Reply #43 on: October 09, 2011, 10:03:17 pm »
And does it make a difference whether it's a proper ford or a flooded road? IMO it does, I would be more likely to ride through a flooded road as the water is not running and there's (I think) less likelihood of submerged objects and slippery bottom.

Great Brook, Oxon

Fine until you get halfway along and suddenly recall, as yer nadgers get an imprompteau wash :o (56cm frame, 700c's), that the road dips some additional two feet between culverts :)

Funniest thing was getting to the Buckland Rd end, and some some geezer in a Subaru estate asked if they could get through; we told 'im to go round via Aston, and the dork promptly tried driving it across the field to the south. Fair do's - he got halfway before he totally trashed it :thumbsup:
I'd offer you some moral support - but I have questionable morals.

Re: Fords
« Reply #44 on: October 10, 2011, 04:41:52 pm »
Here's one of someone attempting Shilton ford Oxon..Most kids from the area have tried this as a right of passage

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4TdrVt77CTc&list=FLBIc-UHSn3rNTZNl0XyyurQ&index=28

Re: Fords
« Reply #45 on: October 10, 2011, 06:39:22 pm »
Ow! Crazy fellow!
The earth is vast and beautiful and contains many miraculous places. (Chekhov)


Re: Fords
« Reply #47 on: October 12, 2011, 08:57:03 pm »
I like that one, Barlaston Downs. It looks like even I could happily ride through it.  :)
The earth is vast and beautiful and contains many miraculous places. (Chekhov)

jogler

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Re: Fords
« Reply #48 on: October 12, 2011, 09:35:53 pm »
I wouldn't  :hand: it is very slippy,concave & cobbled.It's very easy to go arseoverapex just walking through it.
For many years that footbridge was but a well worn plank :o

citoyen

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Re: Fords
« Reply #49 on: October 12, 2011, 10:32:06 pm »
I took this picture shortly before I rode through it:


There are also a few pics of me riding through assorted fords on audaxes, on fixed, all taken by Mrs Cyklisten - it's become a bit of a running joke. Unfortunately, I can't find any of them.

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