What do you want for Christmas?

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What do you want for Christmas?

Postby Cycling UK Publicity » 13 Dec 2017, 12:53pm

Hi everyone!

I would love to know if there are any items you've found throughout your time as a cyclist that you'd buy over and over again - something you'd really appreciate as a Christmas present, or would definitely buy for another cyclist?

Basically - what do you want for Christmas?

Asking for a potential Christmas article for the Cycling UK website...

Thanks all! :D

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Re: What do you want for Christmas?

Postby PH » 13 Dec 2017, 1:36pm

Some above freezing weather to get some miles in, hopefully enough of it to complete a Festive 500
https://pages.rapha.cc/feature/festive-500

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Re: What do you want for Christmas?

Postby Graham » 13 Dec 2017, 1:36pm

A 25 Kg sack of Organic Oat Groats.

These I can mill, in my kitchen, to produce top-quality porridge.
See numerous other porridge topics on this forum.

PS. I am currently annoyed with my usual groat supplier, so no business with them for a few months. The standard supermarket stuff is pretty tasteless.

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Re: What do you want for Christmas?

Postby brynpoeth » 13 Dec 2017, 2:03pm

+99!
Where do the groats come from?
Ideally one should have several suppliers
How long may one store them, how long does a 25kg sack last?
Cycling - of course, but it is far better on a Gillott..alternative facts welcome

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Re: What do you want for Christmas?

Postby Cycling UK Publicity » 13 Dec 2017, 2:17pm

Graham wrote:A 25 Kg sack of Organic Oat Groats.

These I can mill, in my kitchen, to produce top-quality porridge.
See numerous other porridge topics on this forum.

PS. I am currently annoyed with my usual groat supplier, so no business with them for a few months. The standard supermarket stuff is pretty tasteless.


https://www.realfoods.co.uk/product/717 ... oats-whole There's free UK delivery over £29 here...

Are there other items other than excellent porridge you'd like for Christmas?

Nat

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Re: What do you want for Christmas?

Postby Graham » 13 Dec 2017, 3:58pm

Thanks you for your diligent research. The organic ones are a bit more expensive, but not a bad deal @ £32.14 incl delivery.

Cycling UK Publicity wrote:Are there other items other than excellent porridge you'd like for Christmas? Nat

After some further thought. I would like a recumbent trike with electric assist.
Last edited by Graham on 14 Dec 2017, 9:13am, edited 1 time in total.
Reason: changed mind

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Re: What do you want for Christmas?

Postby mjr » 13 Dec 2017, 4:10pm

Cycling UK Publicity wrote:I would love to know if there are any items you've found throughout your time as a cyclist that you'd buy over and over again - something you'd really appreciate as a Christmas present, or would definitely buy for another cyclist?

Almost anything Park Tool relevant for their bike and the work they do, starting from the great tyre levers with the little ridges/dents and the instant patches upwards.

Neck tube (buff and their clones) which are really versatile, either plain or part-fleece.

BPA-free water bottles with a lid so they're not drinking cow chutney on country road rides in winter.

Dry bags. Even if their panniers or saddlebag are waterproof or already have covers, dry bags can be pretty useful to organise the contents.

Packable rucksacks - ideal for when the shopping on the way home from a ride unexpectedly needs a bit more space than you had left on the bike. Packable rain jackets are also good but maybe not for Christmas because it'll probably be months before a lightweight jacket is useful.

Bigger present ideas are probably best done by either asking the cyclist or knowing their bike and style. There's enough variation that it's easy to buy something useless for a certain bike or type of cycling.

Cycling UK Publicity wrote:Asking for a potential Christmas article for the Cycling UK website...

As it's Christmas and you posted a reply, you can use them if you give credit, rather than my usual CC-By-SA terms. :)
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Re: What do you want for Christmas?

Postby mjr » 13 Dec 2017, 4:11pm

Oh and studded tyres. I've just ordered myself an early Christmas present because I can't always borrow the little MTB that has them on. They are astonishing and discussed in the "Hard Times" thread on here.
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Re: What do you want for Christmas?

Postby NATURAL ANKLING » 13 Dec 2017, 7:29pm

Hi,
A time machine :mrgreen:
Priority Is Still 500K In 24......Just Dreaming..............Stay Focused Guys And Keep Sharp.....
You'll Find Me At The Top Of a Hill...............Somewhere

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Re: What do you want for Christmas?

Postby djnotts » 13 Dec 2017, 7:55pm

A house at the bottom of the hill so that I can ride fixed just a few times more before it's all over.....

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Re: What do you want for Christmas?

Postby geocycle » 13 Dec 2017, 8:13pm

Retirement would be nice but a few days off will have to do.

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Re: What do you want for Christmas?

Postby thirdcrank » 13 Dec 2017, 8:45pm

Graham wrote:A 25 Kg sack of Organic Oat Groats. ...


Excuse the thread drift but that's a new one on me so I had to look it up. As a primary school child around 1950, finding out the meaning of this word was one of my first bits of homework. My correct answer of an old coin worth fourpence was the only one and later earned me a comment in my school report "Michael astounds the class with his general knowledge" often repeated with pride by my mother. That's probably why I remember, although we may have had the only dictionary in Armley with somebody willing and able to read it.

any of various medieval European coins, in particular an English silver coin worth four old pence, issued between 1351 and 1662.
OED

https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/groat

I now learn this from Merriam Webster:-
1 usually plural in form but singular or plural in construction : hulled grain broken into fragments larger than grits
2 : a grain (as of oats) exclusive of the hull

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/groat

Why does any of this matter? From some sort of pop-up on that MW page
You're never too cool to learn something new.

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Re: What do you want for Christmas?

Postby cyclop » 14 Dec 2017, 8:08am

Another lowe alpine polartec base layer.I,ve had mine for 20odd years ,easily my best bit of winter kit which has shrunk a bit.No wear,zip still good, amazing.

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Re: What do you want for Christmas?

Postby francovendee » 14 Dec 2017, 8:18am

Another year being able to ride the same distances without having to get the electric bike catalogues out.

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Re: What do you want for Christmas?

Postby Audax67 » 14 Dec 2017, 10:25am

Brush-cutter and a new chainsaw.
Have we got time for another cuppa?