Introductions - tell us about yourself

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Skinny man0903

Postby Skinny man0903 » 24 Dec 2007, 3:37pm

New site looks really good guys

My real name is Iain

Age 38 at time of writting

Occupation: Community Care Assistant

Favourite colour Blue

Hobbies Cycling, Computers/games gardening

Bikes Claud Butler hybrid this is my back up back

Raleigh Pioneer Venture Tourer this bike it is used ever day
for commuting, domestic and leisure.

If I get chance this I would like to go on a cycling holiday this

Status In long term relationshipI have 2 step children and 2 son's 1 from a previous relationship

Favourite sport cycling and football

Football team I support Everton

Thanks for reading

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Postby Palinurus » 1 Jan 2008, 12:09pm

It's taken me a while to get over here.

Most of my cycling has been for transport until recently.

Entered a couple club TTs a few years ago and now do a few of those each year. Occasional sportive etc. Might try some audaxes. Have toured infrequently.


The blue hack: my commuter roadbike, a rolling project which sucks up old bits from other bikes as they get replaced.

A basic Specialized Allez with upgrades.

A Marin rigid MTB- ex. commuter and budget touring bike- which I've hardly used recently. Lent it to someone, hafta get round to asking for it back.

Brompton L3. Possibly gonna sell this and put the money towards building a budget TT bike. Great bike, but I don't use it enough anymore.

If I didn't live in a small flat, and if I wasn't so tight, I'd have a velomobile for the winter.

Other stuff

I work in R&D for a bloody great big company which will probably make me redundant in a couple years.

And I play bass in an acoustic three-piece outfit.

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Location: Wigan

Postby Mythical » 8 Jan 2008, 6:11pm

My real name: Liea

Age: 24 (ATTOW only for a couple more hours!)

Occupation: Student

Favourite colour: Red

Bikes/Cycling: I have a Schwinn Phantom replica, known as The
Battle Cruiser, for it's agility and maneuverability, A Dawes Fear, known as The Beast, because that's what I called it, then renamed The Cat - becuase I had to get up early in the morning to put the bike out before the staff arrived, a ladies bike I was given out of pity when one of my bikes was stolen, known as the POS because it is, and a girls mountain bike I've had since I was a girl, which I'm going to get round to doing up, one day!

Status: In a long term relationship with a guy who thinks bikes are stupid. :s

Interesting facts: My hair is over 4' long
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Mick F
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Location: Tamar Valley, Cornwall

Postby Mick F » 8 Jan 2008, 8:47pm

How tall are you? Doesn't it get tangled in your chain?

BTW, welcome!!!!!!
Mick F. Cornwall

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Les Reay
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Joined: 13 Jan 2008, 8:46pm
Location: Geordieland

Postby Les Reay » 14 Jan 2008, 11:48am

I'm over 50 but enjoy a good level of fitness, thanks to regular cycling.
A few years ago, I moved to a town in NW Germany which caters for thousands of cyclists. I sold my car, which meant I could live quite cheaply and base my transport needs around cycling, with all the health and other benefits that this brings.

And the great thing here is that nobody thinks you are a crank!
It's possible to go to work, do the shopping, visit pubs, in fact do practically all journeys - by bike. There is no school run here.

In the last few years, I've taken on some fairly ambitious tours, but now with the chance of early retirement and the freedom to attempt something really challenging, I'm looking for ideas. That is, for a really long tour. Maybe in 2009. Something crazy such as crossing the USA coast to coast and back again, taking in as many well-known destinations as possible along a sensible route. Have any of you done anything like this before?

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Postby ravenbait » 14 Jan 2008, 5:37pm

Real name: Sam Fleming

Age: 35

Occupation: Environment Protection Officer

Favourite colour: Black

Bikes/Cycling: Entering second year of triathlon. Have five bikes, including two fixed gears. Traffic jamming is my favourite sport. I'm on the CTC Scotland committee (but everyone else seems to do more work than I do, which makes me feel terribly guilty). Some of you may know me already. Very short on time these days so unlikely to pop my head in very often.

Status: Been with the same man for 17 years. I have more bikes than him.

Hates/dislikes: Rum n raisin ice cream and celery.

"You might remember that 'annoyed' is my natural state!"
"Ya'd think we could just attracts ants, like normal people."

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Postby Si » 14 Jan 2008, 7:51pm

<Waves to Sam> - long time no see - welcome to the forum :D

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Location: N. Derbys.

Postby PW » 14 Jan 2008, 11:16pm

Evening Ma'am! :wink:
If at first you don't succeed - cheat!!

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Postby gamgra » 18 Jan 2008, 10:25pm


My real name is Tony Graat
Live in Holland
I am 70 years old and retired
I have three bikes:
a new Dawes Super galaxy which was delivered yesterday, also still have a 1985 Raleigh Classic and a 1993 Koga Miyata voyager.

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Mick F
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Postby Mick F » 18 Jan 2008, 10:46pm

Hi Tony.

Welcome to The Forum.

We went to Berlin for Christmas. Great time. We called in at Antwerp on the last night before getting back to Blighty, and spent a happy few hours drinking De Koninck .........
Anyway, we were chatting to a couple of people and swapping cycling stories. It was the first time I'd ever heard of a Koga Miyata.

The Raleigh Classic was a great bike. I had it's sister-bike in '83 to 86 - the Raleigh Clubman.
Mick F. Cornwall

David Cox
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Location: Birmingham

Postby David Cox » 18 Jan 2008, 10:47pm

Dave Cox is real name
Age 61 work 3 days for NHS, keen to see cycling spread for mental and physical health and more humane city.
Member of Beacon RCC in South Birmingham - do club runs mostly - sundays for years and now tuesday or thursday with fellow early and semi-retirees.
Ride Mercian, Trek Pilot and Specialised Tricross for enjoyment/training/audax
Ride Brompton or Thorn 3 speed commutour for commuting
Brompton or Bike Friday for holidays
Pilot beautiful Longstaff tandem every so often with visually impaired friend.

If I could only keep one vehicle it would be the Brompton - its just perfect.

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Mick F
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Postby Mick F » 18 Jan 2008, 11:18pm

Hi David!

I was talking in the pub earlier about tandems. I know little about them, but everyone knew I knew lots about bikes, so I was the expert! Someone mentioned about the visually impaired. Co-incident really.

Anyway, back to Mercians ....
Mick F. Cornwall

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Postby gamgra » 19 Jan 2008, 3:33pm

@ Mick F,

About that Raleigh Classic; five year ago I had it completely stripped, fully sandblasted and powder coated.
All components replaced incl. the antique 27 inch rims, used Shimano Lx right through.
The only thing still original is the Reynolds frame and fork, rides better than ever, yes, some bike...

Hope this Dawes Super Galaxy I just bought will last this long, have only been on it for twenty km, to damn wet down here this last week.

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Postby flobber » 20 Jan 2008, 5:51pm

Real name: Mark

Age: 35

Live in: Vale of Belvoir in Notts.

Occupation: Work for the NHS 4 days a week and do some other thing for the other 3 days

Status: Married to a wonderful lady and have a lovely son.

Bikes/Cycling: Only really into riding over the last couple of years and just got the two. Got a giant crs 2.5 that I use for the 30 mile round commute and then I've got an oldish peugeot road that the wifes dad gave me. I like them both but feel like I've out grown the hybrid, or at least I think it is the cause of some of my back ache....will be looking for some advice on here about that.

Likes: when I get to the point (on the flat) where I'm just cruising. Don't need to go any faster and I just seem to be at a natural speed. Just feels really good.

Dislike: The wind and rain just recently.

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Postby pmanley » 21 Jan 2008, 6:30pm

My real name: Peter

Age: 45

Occupation: Retired - former Software developer / Project Manager

Favourite colour: don't have one

Bikes/Cycling: Racing at 3rd Category with UFOLEP affiliated AC Le Fousseret in France. I don't think any one is interested in hearing about my bikes. However, I would like to share the fact that I find a 51 big ring much better for racing than a 52 or 53. Also I only use 100psi in the tyres.

Status: Married with one child.

Not so interesting fact: Was lead guitarist in Irish heavy rock group White Roxx.
Peter Manley
Petites Pyrénées Couladère