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Re: Utilitarian Adventures
« Reply #500 on: July 05, 2017, 01:55:04 pm »
Inspection of what? Were you inspecting or being inspected?
The earth is vast and beautiful and contains many miraculous places. (Chekhov)

MikeFromLFE

  • Previously known as Millimole
Re: Utilitarian Adventures
« Reply #501 on: July 14, 2017, 07:46:25 am »
Yesterday evening I found myself at a meeting - on the future of the European Emissions Trading Scheme <yawn> - near the Barbican in London, so I hired a Boris Bike (do we still call them that? Are they now Sadiq's Santander Sycles?) to get me back to St Pancras.
That was two of those London Pounds very well spent. A great blast along wide, not too busy, streets, with the occasional passing waft of music coming out of pubs, on a pleasantly warm evening.
I must say though that part of London has developed more inclines than when I last rode round there some 40+ years ago - I thing the Crossrail diggings are creating folds in the landscape.



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Re: Utilitarian Adventures
« Reply #502 on: July 14, 2017, 12:55:24 pm »
Inspection of what? Were you inspecting or being inspected?
Inspecting a local construction site - my job.

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menthel

  • Jim is my real, actual name
Re: Utilitarian Adventures
« Reply #503 on: July 25, 2017, 11:11:17 am »
I cycled to and from personal training this morning. Strangely it was easier on the way back!

Re: Utilitarian Adventures
« Reply #504 on: August 02, 2017, 12:22:49 pm »
Took two panniers full of books to the charity bookshop. Heavier than camping!
The earth is vast and beautiful and contains many miraculous places. (Chekhov)

Jacomus

  • My favourite gender neutral pronoun is comrade
Re: Utilitarian Adventures
« Reply #505 on: September 20, 2017, 04:51:17 pm »
Had a Most Unproductive Utilitarian Adventure this morning.

I needed to go to the shop for a few groceries, just the right amount to fit into a brommie bar bag. Off I toddled to the shop, which is where I realised that having a large bar bag, that is the perfect size to fit your shop into, only really works if the bag is attached to your bike and not still sitting at home near the front door. :facepalm:

I duly rode home, and I haven't quite learned the warren of cyclepaths around here yet... riding home took a little longer than planned  :-[

No matter! It's my day off, it's sunny, and no time spent on a bicycle is wasted! Off I rode again, with barbag, to discover that sed shoppe isn't open anyway, for some reason. It's a Wednesday, equivalent to Sunday thanks to my shift pattern, so any reasoning is pretty much impenetrable at this point! So I rode home, got Mildly Lost again, then drove to the horriblemarket because by now I was sick of all this faffing and the need for loo roll was, by now, rather pressing.
"The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity." Amelia Earhart

Re: Utilitarian Adventures
« Reply #506 on: September 20, 2017, 05:58:28 pm »
I stuffed a childhood's worth of mostly vaguely crappish toys into a pair of Super C panniers and took them to a charity shop.
The earth is vast and beautiful and contains many miraculous places. (Chekhov)

Re: Utilitarian Adventures
« Reply #507 on: October 20, 2017, 12:58:50 pm »
Felt like a bit of an adventure in the dark and rain last night. Only a couple of miles up the road but crazy traffic at 7 pm. To make it more adventurous, I was riding in long trousers for the first time since, well since spring I suppose.
The earth is vast and beautiful and contains many miraculous places. (Chekhov)

Re: Utilitarian Adventures
« Reply #508 on: October 29, 2017, 06:53:45 pm »
Looking at a week of bikes being my only form of non walking transport as wife's away with the car. Started with a cycle with the monkeys to mother's for dinner and a cycle back with one protesting as stuck her in the burley trailer as it was dark and she was too tired to scoot home.

Re: Utilitarian Adventures
« Reply #509 on: November 05, 2017, 06:52:32 pm »
Little Joe's birthday party today at the Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle.  The Helios in cargo mode made light work of transporting all the party food there, one of his friends turned up on the back of a tandem with his Dad which was cool.

Re: Utilitarian Adventures
« Reply #510 on: November 10, 2017, 04:36:36 pm »
Rode a Sadiq Cycle from Waterloo to King's Cross this afternoon.  Not very economical as my rail ticket already included the tube,  much more satisfying though.

SoreTween

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Re: Utilitarian Adventures
« Reply #511 on: November 10, 2017, 08:58:35 pm »
Rode a Sadiq Cycle from Waterloo to King's Cross this afternoon.  Not very economical as my rail ticket already included the tube,  much more satisfying though.
I did the same journey on Tuesday and the reverse on Wednesday also with a perfectly good drain ticket in my pocket.  I was on a folder which is merely quite heavy and flexible rather than the depleted uranium hire option.  Enjoyed it on the way north, encountered a couple of minor league MMs on the way south but still enjoyed it. 
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Re: Utilitarian Adventures
« Reply #512 on: November 15, 2017, 10:06:27 pm »
To the station to collect tomorrows ticket and then the Co-op to buy some coffee to start the day.

Via the dark cycle path to check the light.

telstarbox

  • Loving the lanes
Re: Utilitarian Adventures
« Reply #513 on: November 15, 2017, 10:48:40 pm »
Collected bike from Decathlon workshop, returned unwanted leggings to the same and then home via pub quiz (we came 2nd).
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Re: Utilitarian Adventures
« Reply #514 on: December 23, 2017, 04:36:11 pm »
Some recent utilitarian adventures perhaps worth mentioning include visits to hospital ( :'( but a good demonstration of the usefulness of utility cycling: about 30 minutes by bike mostly along one of Bristol's other rivers, same time by car and over an hour by bus) and to Bath along the railway path, which gives a good opportunity to observe the curious lighting habits of some other bicycle users.
The earth is vast and beautiful and contains many miraculous places. (Chekhov)

Re: Utilitarian Adventures
« Reply #515 on: December 23, 2017, 04:46:18 pm »
Little ride out with the eldest monkey on her old bike which she is too big for but she is a bit small for her bigger bike. and the littlest monkey in the burley to deliver presents and collect the little ones bike which is sans pedals then a ride and scoot home at a good speed. Both kids need to learn awareness of others as prone to sudden stops. They however have more awareness then the boy who didn't notice us cycling towards him despite bells and polite excuse me till I shouted at him to look out. He may have been doing it deliberately but would certainly of moved once I got in front of the little ones.

Re: Utilitarian Adventures
« Reply #516 on: December 23, 2017, 09:17:38 pm »
Multi mode trip to Reading for Christmas shopping plus a visit to Waitrose on the way home.

I was asked to collect my sister's present from the waitrose click and collect so not knowing how big it was I hooked the trailer onto the bike and locked it up at the station whilst I went to Reading.

Re: Utilitarian Adventures
« Reply #517 on: December 24, 2017, 04:33:45 pm »
I had a ride out to Screwfix the other day on the wife's Helios (in cargo mode) and returned home with 80kg of tile adhesive and grout.  The Helios handled it superbly.

telstarbox

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Re: Utilitarian Adventures
« Reply #518 on: December 24, 2017, 04:56:01 pm »
Fancied getting out of the house so managed a relaxed circuit to/from Bromley for stocking fillers. Mild enough for a T shirt and trousers :)
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Re: Utilitarian Adventures
« Reply #519 on: December 24, 2017, 08:39:04 pm »
Quick blast out to grab some yeast as breakfast rolls would have been rather flat otherwise.

Re: Utilitarian Adventures
« Reply #520 on: February 03, 2018, 05:27:14 pm »
Myself and both monkeys rode out to join a litter pick today. Panniers loaded with wellies, snacks, wipes, drinks for girls. Littlest one has improved immensely in the few weeks since I've been out with them. Were lent litter pickers so can go when not on organised ones which took some creative attaching to top of pannier rack

Re: Utilitarian Adventures
« Reply #521 on: February 04, 2018, 04:06:41 pm »
Took the cat to the vet for the first time in the front carrier of the Elephant Bike rather than in a trailer. He was no less unhappy than before, but it worked out easier for me.

Re: Utilitarian Adventures
« Reply #522 on: February 23, 2018, 07:55:01 pm »




I had a hospital appointment this morning, which meant riding over to Sandwell General. [Insert small rant about state of the NHS here.]

I've been trying to keep mojo up and weight down over the winter months by extending my commutes; usually via the canals and various other cycle ways, as the constant close passes on the roads have been eroding my confidence and enthusiasm.

Thus it was that alarms went off at silly o'clock this morning and I set out on the long way around.

It was lighter than I was expecting, but quite cold. I join a river route by a ford and was thinking I'd better be on the lookout for ice in case the approach was frozefwipSLAM! ow

I didn't appear to be broken, so I picked myself off the tarmac, put the chain back where it was supposed to be, indulged in a bit of pavement cycling to get down to the river and then followed the river route at a slightly sedate pace.

The Cole Valley route goes through a number of little urban nature reserve bits, so every few minutes there are annoying barriers that are too narrow to fit handlebars through. These require a dismount and a wheelie to get passed and are a bit of a PITA.

How the heck did this get there then?!



It was just about possible to get bike and panniers past, but by this stage I'm thinking a re-route is probably in order if I'm to get to my appointment in time. I rethought my plan to go via Spaghetti Junction and Sandwell Valley Park, and instead took the slightly more direct route along the Birmingham Canal Main Line and then the tramside path to West Brom.

Success! I got to the hospital reasonably early, got changed, found a human to deal with my check-in query and then got changed back into my cycling gear. I was a month early.  :-[   ::-)   :facepalm:

Deep breath, ate second breakfast and got back on the bike. Not sure what was going on with temperatures - maybe I'd been acclimatised to Birmingham's tropical microclimate or something - but I had shivers and chattering teeth riding through Sandwell Valley Park. Still, it was nice to be able to enjoy the scenery and not have to rush it as I would have had to do if I'd gone that way for my outward journey.

Oh. Hello.




The sign gave a map with an alternative road route to circumnavigate the closures.

You just had to get to the road first...





I opted for taking bike and pannier down separately and managed to avoid any mishaps. Which was nice. Especially given the broken glass at the bottom. :-/

The diversion did afford a good view of the first instalment of the Perry Bar locks from up on the road bridge:



However things were looking a bit full by lock number 8.



I wasn't up for more re-routing, so I engaged Plucky Cyclist mode and chanced the flood not being too deep or extensive.



Bit disconcerting not quite being able to make out where the edge was. Basil, I thought of you, Sweetie  ;D

This was the next lock gate down. I don't think they're supposed to do that. Or the water spurting out of the stonework at the side of the ramp down.



Spaghetti Junction navigated without incident; the geeses were all talk but no trousers; canal infrastructure technical features all successfully cleared.







I found some off-road to do on an inappropriate bike, just to round things off!



Did the last bit of my return back along the Cole route, where the area around the ford was looking very much more defrosted than it had done four hours previously. Feeling I didn't want to push my luck, I got off and pushed my bike for the last couple of miles, so as to avoid the usual close passes on the narrow lanes of South West Birmingham.



Looking forward to seeing what bruises appear tomorrow, and I also have to repair the mount for my rear light. On the whole I think I'm glad I didn't stick with my original plan for the outward route - can you imagine how stressful that would have been against the clock. Hoping my next attempt in a month's time goes a bit more smoothly...

Kim

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Re: Utilitarian Adventures
« Reply #523 on: February 23, 2018, 08:08:21 pm »
Chapeau!

Even when I could breathe, I didn't have much nerve for that sort of exploration in cold conditions, and certainly not with an appointment to keep.  Always seems to either become much more epic than anticipated (this would appear to qualify), or just take ages so you freeze.
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Re: Utilitarian Adventures
« Reply #524 on: February 23, 2018, 08:28:59 pm »
That was eventful then! I hope your bruises are minimal and heal quickly. I'm glad I'm not the only person with calendar confusion on occcasion.
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