Author Topic: ACME Miscellany  (Read 207150 times)

Re: ACME Miscellany
« Reply #3725 on: December 02, 2019, 05:13:31 pm »
Calling all ACME gravel riders.

Oh God, is that what you're calling yourselves these days? Next you'll be talking about bike packing micro adventures and fuck knows what other bullshit terms to describe what people having been doing on bicycles since the 19th century...

Pretentious fucks  :P
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tedshred

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Re: ACME Miscellany
« Reply #3726 on: December 02, 2019, 05:20:37 pm »
There is an as ridden version of the Grit in the Oyster in the ACME RWGPS section.
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Re: ACME Miscellany
« Reply #3727 on: December 02, 2019, 05:30:56 pm »
Calling all ACME gravel riders.



Pretentious fucks  :P


Guilty as charged. 

Not joining the Mid-Essex Extreme Riding Conquering All Terrain Society (MEERCATS) on Saturday then ?
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Re: ACME Miscellany
« Reply #3728 on: December 02, 2019, 05:32:42 pm »
Not joining the Mid-Essex Extreme Riding Conquering All Terrain Society (MEERCATS) on Saturday then ?
Were you working on that acronym all weekend??
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Re: ACME Miscellany
« Reply #3729 on: December 02, 2019, 05:48:08 pm »
Not joining the Mid-Essex Extreme Riding Conquering All Terrain Society (MEERCATS) on Saturday then ?
Were you working on that acronym all weekend??

  ;D :thumbsup:

tedshred

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Re: ACME Miscellany
« Reply #3730 on: December 02, 2019, 05:49:10 pm »
It's a talent.

Sad really that it's the only one I have.
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Re: ACME Miscellany
« Reply #3731 on: December 02, 2019, 05:56:13 pm »
Not joining the Mid-Essex Extreme Riding Conquering All Terrain Society (MEERCATS) on Saturday then ?

I think I'll stick to the roads, ta. They're bad enough at the moment to be considered off road!
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Re: ACME Miscellany
« Reply #3732 on: December 02, 2019, 05:58:27 pm »
It's a talent.

Sad really that it's the only one I have.

How about: Ted's Weekend All Terrain Society?
Those wonderful norks are never far from my thoughts, oh yeah!

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Re: ACME Miscellany
« Reply #3733 on: December 02, 2019, 08:19:59 pm »
Calling all ACME gravel riders.

I have been trying to find some suitable COR along the Stansted Airport Express Route for Saturday.

See https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31546688.

Does anyone have any comments or suggestions and does anyone fancy this for Saturday ?

The bit at km14 is the path opps the John Smiths trailer on Church Lane - I've ridden it in the dark the other direction (downhill) without an issue - but if there's a few riders heading up it in daylight, might draw attention to yourselves as you pass the house!
Cut Throat Lane is fine up till km17.6, there is no exit on to ERW so you need to follow it along to exit at the RBT (make sure you use the bridge at the ford)
I've not done Dunmow Lane (km19-21) so will be interested to see how you find it, it looks like a grass track for the most of it and an impenetrable entrance off the main road. It turns to a farm track as it exits on to Pleshey Rd.
Trail off Mashbury Road is fine till it turns to a rutted grass track about km24.9
Not sure about the bit around Beauchamp Roding, will await your report...
At km102, whynot stay on Pods Lane and use a bit of the Flitch Way to get to Fairy Hall Lane (which is a bit muddy but generally OK as noted by Tomsk)
London Rd was rubbish on Saturday with cars, so good call optimizing through Notley!

Looks like a good adventure - don't forget your bike packing bags and 1x!


 
Regards,

Joergen

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Re: ACME Miscellany
« Reply #3734 on: December 06, 2019, 11:46:10 pm »
With one thing and another and the fact that my Black Friday bling bits didn't arrive until today, I am still building my new micro adventure backpacking gravel machine.  It is looking good though.

I will be on fixed tomorrow and sticking to the advisory route.
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Re: ACME Miscellany
« Reply #3735 on: December 07, 2019, 12:20:22 am »
With one thing and another and the fact that my Black Friday bling bits didn't arrive until today, I am still building my new micro adventure backpacking gravel machine.  It is looking good though.

I will be on fixed tomorrow and sticking to the advisory route.

There's some interest in your gravel version of the Oyster on the UK Gravel Facebook forum.... are you a member there yet??
Regards,

Joergen

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Re: ACME Miscellany
« Reply #3736 on: December 07, 2019, 01:59:40 pm »
Calling all ACME gravel riders.

Oh God, is that what you're calling yourselves these days? Next you'll be talking about bike packing micro adventures and fuck knows what other bullshit terms to describe what people having been doing on bicycles since the 19th century...

Pretentious fucks  :P


Hang on, hang on, weren't you the first to get a pretentious gravel bike about five years ago, bobb?

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Re: ACME Miscellany
« Reply #3737 on: December 07, 2019, 04:28:46 pm »
Ah, fair point m’lud.

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Re: ACME Miscellany
« Reply #3738 on: December 12, 2019, 01:52:24 pm »
ACME Gravel Section members hosted a discussion about riding this Saturday along some Gravel (muddy) bits of Essex...

Here's a potential, 62km loop over 51% off-road (mixture of byways and bridleways) some gravel, some will be a little muddy I expect... Meet just outside Howe Green, finish at the Spiritual Home...

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31587512

An additional 19km tunnels under the A12 at Ingatestone to take in the stunning true gravel track of Pound Wood and loops back to take in the climbing track of Chalk Hill

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31587567

I probably need to change the tyres on the Jack to something with some grip in the mud - wonder if I can resurrect my Gravelking Mud tyres after so long???

I expect it will be a dirty day a-wheel!

Any takers for the ride??
Regards,

Joergen

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Re: ACME Miscellany
« Reply #3739 on: December 12, 2019, 01:55:59 pm »
^^^ When?

jiberjaber

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Re: ACME Miscellany
« Reply #3740 on: December 12, 2019, 02:03:34 pm »
ACME Gravel Section members hosted a discussion about riding this Saturday along some Gravel (muddy) bits of Essex...

Here's a potential, 62km loop over 51% off-road (mixture of byways and bridleways) some gravel, some will be a little muddy I expect... Meet just outside Howe Green, finish at the Spiritual Home...

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31587512

An additional 19km tunnels under the A12 at Ingatestone to take in the stunning true gravel track of Pound Wood and loops back to take in the climbing track of Chalk Hill

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31587567

I probably need to change the tyres on the Jack to something with some grip in the mud - wonder if I can resurrect my Gravelking Mud tyres after so long???

I expect it will be a dirty day a-wheel!

Any takers for the ride??

For the hard of hearing ^^^
Start time dependant on route and others, expect about 2 hours per 20 km ish (maybe quicker, but that is based off a similar (location and terrain) 40km ride in 2017  10AM might be a good start time, perhaps refreshments at Blackmore?
Regards,

Joergen

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Re: ACME Miscellany
« Reply #3741 on: December 12, 2019, 02:06:04 pm »
Oh sorry... can’t make it  ;D

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Re: ACME Miscellany
« Reply #3742 on: December 12, 2019, 02:06:50 pm »
 😂

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Re: ACME Miscellany
« Reply #3743 on: December 12, 2019, 02:11:32 pm »
I'm not sure if I could obtain permission, but I'd like to tag along, prob drive to Littley Green.

Could we meet/start and finish in the same place?




Re: ACME Miscellany
« Reply #3744 on: December 12, 2019, 02:12:18 pm »
Quote from: RWGPS
The route you are trying to view is not public.

Do I have to be in some kind of ACME group thing?
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Re: ACME Miscellany
« Reply #3745 on: December 12, 2019, 02:27:04 pm »
Quote from: RWGPS
The route you are trying to view is not public.

Do I have to be in some kind of ACME group thing?

I've them set as (RWGPS) Friends only - let me fix that... should be public now
Regards,

Joergen

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Re: ACME Miscellany
« Reply #3746 on: December 12, 2019, 02:58:30 pm »
Another night, another new venue for MEMWNS.

I don't think many of us had been to the Bryony Nano Brewery & Shebeen before but it was certainly worth a visit.

I had been there previously but that was before the brewery opened so, of course, I managed to get slightly lost - in fairness, the signposting was very localised and it didn't show up at all as a recognised venue on Google Maps or Untappd.  Fortunately I came across an apparent down and out carrying a plastic bag full of salad and wearing a "Vote Uncle Jezza" rosette who directed me on my way.

It was a bit of a double whammy for us with our usual election eve activities coinciding with our annual Xmas curry, just another of the issues with winter elections I suppose but you would have expected somebody in Government to check there was no clash with the MEMWNS curry night.

Being late as usual, everyone was already tucking into the starters when I finally made it.  I did manage a sliver of poppadum before Joergen smashed the remaining bhajis and pakoras down his throat.  Also present were Tomsk, Taffy Two Rices, Hotblack, Jemango, the Hustler, the ghost of Thomas Stevens (looking remarkably like the Fixie King) and Alexander Selkirk.  The brewery landlord also seemed unusually keen to be part of the evening - we are used to friendly landlords but not ones that sit down and eat our curry with us.  Apparently he used to ride long distance (or not very long at all actually if you listen to Thomas Stevens) and even claimed to be an ancien (don't they all).  Later we were joined by OD who had been attending a dinner to mark his long service award from Royal Mail. 

We sampled Bryony's Home Hopped, EPA, Wheat Beer and Raspberry Wheat Beer and Oude Leerling's London Porter. All the ales showed well and there was a contentious and vociferous difference of opinion between the permanent members of the Quaffers' Choice Committee and the stand in office junior (not helped by the experts in the room trying to bring actual knowledge to bear).  Judging by what was being drunk at the end of the evening and how little there was left, it looked like a narrow win for Bryony's Wheat Beer which just pipped the Home Hopped.

It used to be that the MEMWNS election eve hustings was a special and much treasured event but with the recent plethora of plebiscites, referenda and political fun, we seem to be having them almost monthly.  Nevertheless, we still managed our usual lively debate.  Joergen Thunberg spoke very passionately about the environment and I know we were all very affected by his tearful "how dare you" challenge.  Whilst the Hustler's advocacy on behalf of UKIP seemed like a forlorn gesture, it did seem heartfelt and who knew that was the real reason our hospitals are so busy.  Two Rices made a valiant effort on behalf of Plaid Cymru but the fact they weren't standing in Witham was always gong to count against him.  I was just never convinced that Thomas Stevens really believed in the message he was trying to convey on behalf of Labour and was their campaign slogan really "for the few not the many - particularly if they went to minor public schools" ?  Yet again, the runaway winner was OD on behalf of the Monster Raving Loony Party.  It is rare to find someone so in tune with his party's credo that he lives by it.

After the politics we briefly touched on death and sex (mind bleach is available for Joergen's description of his morning routine in his tent) before we moved on to planning our next gravel bikepacking micro adventure.

The ride home was notable only by how cold it was and how bright the almost full moon was, so bright it looked like dawn was about to break.  Minus 3 when you were expecting plus 3 or 4 is a bit of a shock to the system and seems to have brought on my usual Xmas lurgy. 

A big thank you to Huggy for hosting us and letting us drink all his lovingly prepared beer, GS for providing even more beer, Hustler for collecting the curry and then the salad and the Fixie King and the Strangler for keeping us amused.

Only 23 sleeps until the Epiphany After Party...
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Re: ACME Miscellany
« Reply #3747 on: December 12, 2019, 04:02:49 pm »
Yes, just to repeat ted’s eloquent sentiments, thanks for putting up with us  :-*

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Re: ACME Miscellany
« Reply #3748 on: December 12, 2019, 04:06:01 pm »
Yep - much appreciated!  :thumbsup:
Regards,

Joergen

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Re: ACME Miscellany
« Reply #3749 on: December 12, 2019, 04:12:51 pm »
Yep - much appreciated!  :thumbsup:

I'm looking forward to visiting The Mighty North Hill Brewery to sample the endeavours of their head brewer GS Esq  :thumbsup: