meic wrote:It could be time for an amicable separation on grounds of incompatibility.
Yep. South Shields is in a very populated area. It's only ten miles from Newcastle and closer to Sunderland. There must be a better group for you, or a latent demand for one which you could help start. I think NewCycling do occasional rides and there are/were some Friday Night Rides, plus (nods to forum sponsors) there are loads of CTC affiliates/groups on http://www.ctc.org.uk/local-groups