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Re: Snow

30 December 2014 - 6:54pm
I've given up

Re: And all she got was a penalty charge notice

30 December 2014 - 6:50pm
Seeing as how I was a driving instructor for years, I’d better keep my thoughts to myself, but you could turn this into a Thomas the Tank Engine style bedtime story for the kids – ‘Timmy the Timely Tram and Winnie the Jingly Mini’...
“The Thin Controller was absolutely furious, but when he heard it was Winnie who caused the incident, he just rolled his eyes, shook his head wearily, muttered the word ‘airhead’ under his breath and shuffled off. You see, some cars never quite learn how to think.”

Re: 10,000 miles in a year finally

30 December 2014 - 5:56pm
Mick F wrote:If you were free and single, had a pot of dosh in the bank, no ties, and no job to worry about, could you just go for a ride?
Could you just go?
Could you just pedal away, head for John O'Groates, turn round and head somewhere else?
Just keep .......... going?

Stay at B+Bs and hotels, get your gear laundered, your bike maintained, see the sights, meet people, and just ride ................ for years and years and years?

Freedom?


The Americas; South to North or vice versa...... Alaska, Rockies, Andies, and down thru Patagonia......

Re: 10,000 miles in a year finally

30 December 2014 - 5:54pm

Re: 10,000 miles in a year finally

30 December 2014 - 5:46pm
17 miles tomorrow and that will be 9000 miles - grand miles and loved every one of them. Thank you bikes (various). Thank you legs (two)

Re: 10,000 miles in a year finally

30 December 2014 - 5:36pm
How many cyclists just .............. go?

Googling "Cycle round the world" and using the same search of books on Amazon the answer is a h*ll of a lot.

Re: Snow

30 December 2014 - 5:15pm
Bikefayre wrote:Was out on roads that had sheet ice, black ice and frost on ungritted back roads though no snow with no problems on rubbish non spike tyres and a scrap 'seventies road bike rebuilt by myself yesterday with only one brake in my part of Scotland!

I was riding in the New Forest yesterday and all was fine and sunny except I got up quite a bit of speed on a downhill road with a ford at the bottom. What I hadn't accounted for was cars going through the ford carried the water onto the road where it froze so the last 100ft was sheet ice. I got about halfway not daring to touch anything when it dawned on me I was not going the make it. So I laid the bike down and slid along the road for the last 30-40ft straight into the ford. Fortunately it was a sunny day as leggings, gillet, gloves, feet were all sopping wet and there were 20 miles still to go. Big advantage though of no gravel rash thanks to the ice slide but a couple of big bruises ameliorated by the cold compress of wet lycra for the next hour. Biggest disaster though was no-one else in the rest of the party had a helmet cam to memorialise it. I would like to thank my Buff though for saving my life [TRADE MARK SIGN]

Re: Snow

30 December 2014 - 4:25pm
Was out on roads that had sheet ice, black ice and frost on ungritted back roads though no snow with no problems on rubbish non spike tyres and a scrap 'seventies road bike rebuilt by myself yesterday with only one brake in my part of Scotland! Try some Snowsocks for your car as they do a similar job to snow chains and are like a big football sock so are easy to fit!

Re: 10,000 miles in a year finally

30 December 2014 - 4:05pm
nez dans le guidon wrote:People do.Do they?
People?
How many cyclists just .............. go?

Re: 10,000 miles in a year finally

30 December 2014 - 3:52pm
People do. If like to be like a migrating bird, pedalling south for the winter. Where is better thanBritain in the summer?

Re: 10,000 miles in a year finally

30 December 2014 - 3:47pm
If you were free and single, had a pot of dosh in the bank, no ties, and no job to worry about, could you just go for a ride?
Could you just go?
Could you just pedal away, head for John O'Groates, turn round and head somewhere else?
Just keep .......... going?

Stay at B+Bs and hotels, get your gear laundered, your bike maintained, see the sights, meet people, and just ride ................ for years and years and years?

Freedom?

Re: Snow

30 December 2014 - 3:17pm
Heavy frost in Streatham London

Re: A14 Kettering

30 December 2014 - 12:57pm
the driver must have a deaf wish and a half

Re: 10,000 miles in a year finally

30 December 2014 - 12:55pm
eileithyia wrote:Mick F wrote:eileithyia wrote:
Nooooo don't do it, life's too short... No one has on their headstone, 'he had a perfect garden and well painted house'

Nor do they have "he spent most of his spare time on his bike" but then I can't talk

All I do is cycle, last year with pesky things like a job getting in the way, this year just free to cycle when, where and how often I like

Gary
www.longbikeride.co.uk

Re: Snow

30 December 2014 - 12:13pm
Hard frost and sudden patches of ice (some of which are hidden under the frost just to make it doubly nasty) around here. Beautiful ride out into the countryside - amazingly picturesque with the bright sunlight glinting off the frost.

Re: Snow

30 December 2014 - 11:18am
Frosted in.

No snow at all, but we've had two nights of hard frosts and as our drive is long and steep (plus north facing) and we live on a steep narrow lane, both the drive and the lane are treacherous. The car is like an igloo and has been since Sunday.

We would be ok (just) in the car, but there's no way that I'm getting the bike out. I couldn't even get down the drive.

Re: Snow

30 December 2014 - 10:49am
Still @ 8" outside my place this morning - now compounded by overnight frost! Still riding the Sport Contacts at the minute.

Re: Ten Miles a Day

29 December 2014 - 8:59pm
I only started cycling in May this year after a very long break of approx 15 years. I am only averaging 5 miles a day but it's better than nothing, so that's 1145 miles so far this year, mainly done on 20 ish mile rides.
I will do better next year as the distance is becoming easier to do now.

Well done to all those of you who manage such high mileages as those posted above.

Re: Snow

29 December 2014 - 8:13pm
In Hull where I was staying with my folks there was a 20 second smattering late on Saturday and that was it, not a peep otherwise, nothing to the immediate West, North or East of the city, Lincolnshire certainly had some as there were remnants as I drove back this afty. Letchworth had a few flakes apparently but can't have been much.
Normal tyres for me on my Christmas day ride and also got a good ride in Sunday morning in glorious sunshine (if not a bit parky at 0C..lol)

Re: Ten Miles a Day

29 December 2014 - 7:50pm
Total mileage this year is only 3,329- I've failed this year but will try harder next year!
My downfall are the school holidays when I miss my 7 mile commute.
Well done to everyone who hit their targets & especially those who hit 10k miles
Happy new year
Mark

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