togglechaintour bikes

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Re: togglechaintour bikes

Postby Greybeard » 29 Apr 2011, 11:19am

robc02 wrote:
aren't those bars are going to be too low though, especially at your age


Take no notice, they look alright to me - you'll need 'em long and low when you're putting the hammer down :twisted:


I'm hoping they'll get me used to the position that the chancellor seems to want me in :shock: :evil:
HGF is only concerned because he thinks I'll leave him even further behind on the hills :wink:

Steve

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Re: togglechaintour bikes

Postby hubgearfreak » 29 Apr 2011, 2:11pm

Greybeard wrote:HGF is only concerned because he thinks I'll leave him even further behind on the hills :wink:


true :oops:

when you've got your grown-up's bike made, you'll be able to go faster down hill on bridlepaths too 8)

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Re: togglechaintour bikes

Postby MikewsMITH2 » 29 Apr 2011, 11:47pm

OK this what I was riding today:

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After I'd hooked the train up:

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They let me drive it!

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Here is the footplate:

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And the Driver:

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And the Fireman:

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And I even got the uniform:

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best birthday present I've ever had!

And I can confirm driving a steam locomotive down a hill on the brakes is a hell of a lot more exciting than a bike :D

Thanks to Will for the photos
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Re: togglechaintour bikes

Postby GrahamNR17 » 30 Apr 2011, 7:35am

You get the best presents :shock:

Last year a Condor, this year a big train set :shock:

Graham, wot looks that tall next to a Hornby :oops:

PS: Happy birthday Mike 8)

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Re: togglechaintour bikes

Postby steve browne » 30 Apr 2011, 12:05pm

Brilliant present! Thanks for sharing the photos. Did someone else clean it for you?

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Re: togglechaintour bikes

Postby MikewsMITH2 » 30 Apr 2011, 5:04pm

You get the best presents :shock:

This is on account of Mrs MWS being very generous to me :D
Did someone else clean it for you?

Yes they did Tim. There is a 12 hour "Engineman's Day Experience" which costs a lot more where you start at 6am and finish at 6pm and involves waking the train up in the morning lubricating it, firing it up etc and cleaning it and putting it away in the evening. I reckon my 6 hour one where the engine was ready and waiting and looked after at the end of the day, was the better option! There are more pics here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/7137075@N04/sets/72157626485670763/show/
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1971 Raleigh Mercury
2010 Condor Fratello
1980 Peugeot Tandem
1989 MBK Aventure MTB
195? Viking Severn Valley
1951 Raleigh Lenton Sports
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Re: togglechaintour bikes

Postby Greybeard » 30 Apr 2011, 5:16pm

A day like that makes it worth getting older for, eh? :roll: I'd be grinning for at least a month after that :mrgreen:
Happy birthday, Mike.

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Re: togglechaintour bikes

Postby GrahamNR17 » 30 Apr 2011, 5:59pm

Had a Toggle Chain Tourette today, but without a toggle chain :oops: 30 beautiful miles (other than the 15 with a head wind) on the Viking Hosteller to Madgett's and back. It's SO much nicer to ride with high pressure 650a x 28 rather than the soft squidgy 590x37, total transformation.

Ordinarily it's a bit of a "take your life in your hands" ride, courtesy of the route being a rat run for motorists eager to reach take-off speed on twisty B roads. But today I tried the Bike Hub app on my phone and it suggested a couple of routes I wasn't familiar with. Beautiful, utterly beautiful. Villages and hamlets along the way, tree-lined lanes, even a bridleway I didn't know existed. I'm now in love with bike sat nav 8)

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I got home this afternoon to a parcel containing the long-searched-for suitable chainguard for the BSA. I've put it on to see if it fits etc. Tonight I'll prepare it for a good coat of enamel.

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A perfect end to a perfect day 8)

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Re: togglechaintour bikes

Postby hubgearfreak » 30 Apr 2011, 8:20pm

i'll bet you had a great day. you're the first person i've ever seen in/on a steam engine without blackened overalls :lol:

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Re: togglechaintour bikes

Postby Greybeard » 30 Apr 2011, 8:31pm

GrahamNR17 wrote: I'm now in love with bike sat nav 8)


It is a proper bloke's toy, ain't it? :P SWMBO got me a Satmap for my berfday prezzie - it's nearly as hypnotic as watching the mpg display on the car :oops:
A totally non-essential gadget but good fun none the less :wink: I wonder what Mr Starley would have made of it all :roll:
I was hoping that my new Sram hub would have landed today from Germany - no such luck. Back to thumb twiddling and painting the garage woodwork :evil:

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Re: togglechaintour bikes

Postby GrahamNR17 » 30 Apr 2011, 8:35pm

hubgearfreak wrote:i'll bet you had a great day. you're the first person i've ever seen in/on a steam engine without blackened overalls :lol:

Them's the overalls of a railway manager :wink:

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Re: togglechaintour bikes

Postby MikewsMITH2 » 30 Apr 2011, 8:39pm

Them's the overalls of a railway manager :wink:


I have got a apir of manky old overalls in the back of the MG in case of emergency, but Jan decided I needed nice new ones. The other blokes there arrived with new ones too :lol:
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1971 Raleigh Mercury
2010 Condor Fratello
1980 Peugeot Tandem
1989 MBK Aventure MTB
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1951 Raleigh Lenton Sports
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Re: togglechaintour bikes

Postby hubgearfreak » 30 Apr 2011, 8:56pm

MikewsMITH2 wrote:The other blokes there arrived with new ones too :lol:


were their's ironed in all? :lol:

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Re: togglechaintour bikes

Postby hubgearfreak » 30 Apr 2011, 8:57pm

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that's perfect. this weather, paths like that, the tick tick tick of a 3 speed. life doesn't get better :D

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Re: togglechaintour bikes

Postby MikewsMITH2 » 1 May 2011, 12:07pm

Looks idyllic! Planning a ride today and thinking hard for roads that will be clear on a bank holiday weekend! I will try BikeHub as you suggest.Weather dry here but windy so I'm looking for a route the wind behind me in both directions. :lol:
S.O.S - Save Our Steel!
1971 Raleigh Mercury
2010 Condor Fratello
1980 Peugeot Tandem
1989 MBK Aventure MTB
195? Viking Severn Valley
1951 Raleigh Lenton Sports
See them here http://tinyurl.com/Mikewsmiths-Bikes