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Re: Tyne Tunnels Ride With No Tunnel, September 6/7 2014
« Reply #50 on: July 21, 2014, 10:03:44 pm »
You'll be wanting the brass band next  ;D

If it's in an Acid Brass stylee
http://youtu.be/Mxf-8HkwAMY?list=RD27-FwZuEKQE

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Re: Tyne Tunnels Ride With No Tunnel, September 6/7 2014
« Reply #51 on: July 22, 2014, 12:42:25 pm »
If we borrow the one with the coffin he could just lie there looking at the sky while he gets pedalled round the Toon  :D

Yeah - the Co-op Funeral Service were a bit mystified by the unhealthy interest we were taking in their bicycle hearse at the Gala. Mind you, I was a bit mystified by their decision to put an exhibition stand between the the fairground stalls and the Labour Party Tea Tent. Perhaps they were scanning the number of red puffy faces in the crowd and thinking that they had a lot of potential clients. It might have been better to put them next door to the first aid tent - it would have eased the processing of casualties.  ???

mcshroom

  • Mushroom
Re: Tyne Tunnels Ride With No Tunnel, September 6/7 2014
« Reply #52 on: July 22, 2014, 12:48:14 pm »
If we borrow the one with the coffin he could just lie there looking at the sky while he gets pedalled round the Toon  :D

That is if we remember to leave the lid off.

Are you sure anyone would be mad enough to try and drag my weight up some of those hills ;D

The more I look at it and the more I hear from specialists, the less likely I think it'll be I can ride - but I'm not pulling out until I have to. Put me down as a maybe? :)
Climbs like a sprinter, sprints like a climber!

jogler

  • mojo operandi
Re: Tyne Tunnels Ride With No Tunnel, September 6/7 2014
« Reply #53 on: July 22, 2014, 01:03:53 pm »


The more I look at it and the more I hear from specialists, the less likely I think it'll be I can ride - but I'm not pulling out until I have to. Put me down as a maybe? :)

Beware too much too soon.
 :)

Kim

  • Timelord
Re: Tyne Tunnels Ride With No Tunnel, September 6/7 2014
« Reply #54 on: July 22, 2014, 01:48:59 pm »
...or find a recumbent trike from somewhere.   :demon:
To ride the Windcheetah, first, you must embrace the cantilever...

mcshroom

  • Mushroom
Re: Tyne Tunnels Ride With No Tunnel, September 6/7 2014
« Reply #55 on: July 22, 2014, 03:56:04 pm »
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The more I look at it and the more I hear from specialists, the less likely I think it'll be I can ride - but I'm not pulling out until I have to. Put me down as a maybe? :)
I'm not a doctor (well, not a medical doctor) but I'd be inclined to listen to them - last time I was afflicted with something similar I was told to give it 10-12 weeks before doing anything remotely strenuous and/or boneheaded. On the other hand, if you discover that you've acquired a new superpower which involves rapid healing then go for it ;)

6th September would be 9wks after surgery :-\

I'm seeing the consultant on Friday, I'll have a chat with him about things. I know he cycles himself, as he was asking me questions about road bikes in the fracture clinic (he's buying one to replace his hybrid).
Climbs like a sprinter, sprints like a climber!

Re: Tyne Tunnels Ride With No Tunnel, September 6/7 2014
« Reply #56 on: July 22, 2014, 04:29:56 pm »
...or find a recumbent trike from somewhere.   :demon:
The hearse we saw was one up on a recumbent... basically a tandem equipped with a coffin carrying sidecar  :demon:

It would be just the thing for the Whitby Halloween ride

Kim

  • Timelord
Re: Tyne Tunnels Ride With No Tunnel, September 6/7 2014
« Reply #57 on: July 22, 2014, 04:59:54 pm »
...or find a recumbent trike from somewhere.   :demon:
The hearse we saw was one up on a recumbent... basically a tandem equipped with a coffin carrying sidecar  :demon:

Not so good for taking the stress off b0rked arms, thobut.


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It would be just the thing for the Whitby Halloween ride

Indeed!
To ride the Windcheetah, first, you must embrace the cantilever...

Re: Tyne Tunnels Ride With No Tunnel, September 6/7 2014
« Reply #58 on: July 23, 2014, 01:06:00 pm »
Not so good for taking the stress off b0rked arms, thobut.

I'm sure that the coffin occupant has a totally stress free ride. I suspect it's hard work for the pedallers though.

Re: Tyne Tunnels Ride With No Tunnel, September 6/7 2014
« Reply #59 on: August 19, 2014, 09:19:24 am »
I had a look at train prices last night - gosh it's expensive!

Not much in it between driving and training, price-wise, so looking like I'll drive up for the added flexibility.

Current inclination is to base the tent at http://www.highhermitagecaravanpark.co.uk from Wednesday and then to make forays out for History as weather and mojo allow on Thursday and Friday. I'll probably get the train from near the campsite to Newcastle on the Saturday.

mcshroom

  • Mushroom
Re: Tyne Tunnels Ride With No Tunnel, September 6/7 2014
« Reply #60 on: August 20, 2014, 05:52:33 pm »
Nope, won't be back on a bike by then unfortunately so won't be riding :(
Climbs like a sprinter, sprints like a climber!

Kim

  • Timelord
Re: Tyne Tunnels Ride With No Tunnel, September 6/7 2014
« Reply #61 on: August 20, 2014, 06:06:31 pm »
Think I'm going to plead logistics and defect to an unofficial Brighton run that the CycleChatters are organising.  Will endeavour to make the Carlisle-Newcastle ride, possibly using touring-based logistics rather than painfully expensive orange cardboard.
To ride the Windcheetah, first, you must embrace the cantilever...

Ruth

Re: Tyne Tunnels Ride With No Tunnel, September 6/7 2014
« Reply #62 on: August 20, 2014, 06:06:41 pm »
Bugger  :(

Kim

  • Timelord
Re: Tyne Tunnels Ride With No Tunnel, September 6/7 2014
« Reply #63 on: August 20, 2014, 06:27:31 pm »
I know :(

My legs could do with a bit of Ditchling Beacon as preparation for my ROAY attempt, anyway.
To ride the Windcheetah, first, you must embrace the cantilever...

fboab

  • It's a fecking serious business, riding a bike
Re: Tyne Tunnels Ride With No Tunnel, September 6/7 2014
« Reply #64 on: August 22, 2014, 04:35:35 pm »
I *think* I'm coming if this is still on
TSS is not Total Sex Score, Chris!

CrinklyLion

  • The one with devious, cake-pushing ways....
Re: Tyne Tunnels Ride With No Tunnel, September 6/7 2014
« Reply #65 on: August 23, 2014, 03:18:24 pm »
Den accommodation available Thurs/Fri/Sat nights if it helps anyone with planning.  I don't think I can come - beyond my current cycling capacity I suspect.

Re: Tyne Tunnels Ride With No Tunnel, September 6/7 2014
« Reply #66 on: August 24, 2014, 04:23:33 pm »
Ok - I went out and cycled the route yesterday so we shouldn't get lost (more than once or twice). It's about 55km and flat - York flat - apart from the uphill bits (and there's only 3 of them, all short, one of which could be avoided if you were prepared to bypass the ice-cream van at the Spanish Battery at Tynemouth). The route is mainly offroad paths but is entirely tarmac or paved. Apart from 5 minutes at the start and end plus about 3 miles of road in South Shields from the ferry it would all pass the "can an 8 year old ride it safely" test.

1) Start at Newcastle Station
2) Drop down to the river past Life and then head west on the North bank of the Tyne past the Gun Factory to Scotswood Bridge (Hadrian's Cycleway)
3) Cross the bridge and return east past Dunston Staithes to the Swing Bridge (Keelmans Way)
4) Recross the river south to north at the Swing Bridge
5) Head east along Hadrian's Cycleway towards Tynemouth along the Quayside
6) Stop at Cyclehub for coffee and cakes. The cheese scones taste better than they look (I'm told that their appearance was something to do with the repairs part of the cafe being quiet and bike mechanic having baked them...).
7) Continue heading east past Segadunum, Swan Hunters, the Great British Bollard Company, The Wooden Dolly etc. to stop at North Shields Fish Quay for bacon butties at Wight's, fish and chips or beer as your fancy takes you.
8 ) Proceed on as far as the ice cream van at the Spanish Battery (Tynemouth)
9) Double back to the Shields Ferry and cross to South Shields
10) Follow the Keelman's Way west along the South Tyne to the Baltic and the Silver Slug (The Sage)
11) Recross to the north bank over the Millenium Bridge then climb up to the Tyne Bridge. If there's time, there may be the opportunity for a Ping Pong break here - if anyone remembers the bats and balls
12) Cross the Tyne Bridge then swing round to recross the river over the High Level Bridge
13) Finish at Newcastle Station

I'll post a gpx of the final route just as soon as I get round to editing out my multiple attempts at finding a half reasonable route to cross the last 2 bridges. The route is relaxed, suitable for just about any bike and as I said at the start - it's flat. Whilst it goes through what was once a very industrialised area (we pass shipyards, lead works, collieries, docks, a paint factory and the rope works) it is a remarkably green and quiet way.

Oh - one last thing - you'll need £1.50 for the Shields ferry.

Re: Tyne Tunnels Ride With No Tunnel, September 6/7 2014
« Reply #67 on: September 01, 2014, 07:41:13 pm »
I've started packing in a procrastinating-heavily-with-the-other-the-other-things-I-should-be-doing style  ;D

So, who else is doing the ride?

SlowCoach
fboab
Ruthie?
Aidan?
Tiermat?
Canardly?
phantasmagoriana?

Ruth

Re: Tyne Tunnels Ride With No Tunnel, September 6/7 2014
« Reply #68 on: September 01, 2014, 07:43:15 pm »
I'm afraid I won't be able to ride.  I'm injured.  But I am thinking about coming to say  hi to everyone at the station at the start.

Re: Tyne Tunnels Ride With No Tunnel, September 6/7 2014
« Reply #69 on: September 01, 2014, 08:27:41 pm »
Im also out I'm afraid. Trains are too spendy atm. I have looked at a number of options.
Get a bicycle. You will never regret it, if you live- Mark Twain

fboab

  • It's a fecking serious business, riding a bike
Re: Tyne Tunnels Ride With No Tunnel, September 6/7 2014
« Reply #70 on: September 01, 2014, 11:36:10 pm »
Im also out I'm afraid. Trains are too spendy atm. I have looked at a number of options.

YHPM
TSS is not Total Sex Score, Chris!

Re: Tyne Tunnels Ride With No Tunnel, September 6/7 2014
« Reply #71 on: September 02, 2014, 08:07:13 pm »
I'm afraid I won't be able to ride.  I'm injured.  But I am thinking about coming to say  hi to everyone at the station at the start.

:( to being injured, but :) to coming to the start anyway!


Trains are too spendy atm.

I'd offer lifts back in a southerly direction the following day, but that would involve campsite logistics and may not simplify matters...

Re: Tyne Tunnels Ride With No Tunnel, September 6/7 2014
« Reply #72 on: September 02, 2014, 08:31:39 pm »
Afraid I can't make it. I have to work   >:(


Re: Tyne Tunnels Ride With No Tunnel, September 6/7 2014
« Reply #73 on: September 02, 2014, 08:33:09 pm »
Due to above I have signed up to attend a Sustrans working group on Saturday.
Get a bicycle. You will never regret it, if you live- Mark Twain

fboab

  • It's a fecking serious business, riding a bike
Re: Tyne Tunnels Ride With No Tunnel, September 6/7 2014
« Reply #74 on: September 02, 2014, 09:52:07 pm »
Trains are too spendy for me, too.
I'm having to add this ride to the extensive list of rides I wanted to do this year,  and didn't.
 :(
TSS is not Total Sex Score, Chris!