A positive thread

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Re: A positive thread

Postby sjs » 8 May 2016, 9:24pm

On a short tour in Somerset, Devon and Dorset. Cycled from Watchet to Hatherleigh in the depths of central Devon today. Massively hilly but warm, scenic and not too long. And the Tally Ho in Hatherleigh is a nice pub.

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Re: A positive thread

Postby robing » 31 May 2016, 8:58pm

Cycling in to Barcelona today and a kindly rather elderly cyclist (but he couldn't half shift) pulls alongside me on my laden touring bike and offers me something in a bag. I can't reach in and cycle at the same time. Then I realise he wants me to take the whole bag! The contents were dates! Made my day.

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Re: A positive thread

Postby Vantage » 2 Jun 2016, 9:28pm

Not cycling related, but, my 2 girls are now living with me full time :D :D :D
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Re: A positive thread

Postby Heltor Chasca » 2 Jun 2016, 9:45pm

Vantage wrote:Not cycling related, but, my 2 girls are now living with me full time :D :D :D


Best post in ages. Well done my friend...b

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Re: A positive thread

Postby Vorpal » 3 Jun 2016, 7:26am

Vantage wrote:Not cycling related, but, my 2 girls are now living with me full time :D :D :D

congrats! I'm happy for you.
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Re: A positive thread

Postby Vorpal » 3 Jun 2016, 7:30am

I worked in another location today and took my bike on the train. I had plenty of time & was just pootling along & noticed another cyclist stopped by the side of the path, so I stopped and asked if she need any help. She was worried about a brake rubbing. I could immediately see that the wheel was a bit wonky, and checked the QR, which was a little loose. So I undid it, straightened the wheel, did it up properly and gave it a quick spin. All sorted. She was sooo happy :) It made my morning.
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Re: A positive thread

Postby al_yrpal » 3 Jun 2016, 9:27am

Not cycling related.. Its 40 years since the Sex Pistols first gig at Manchesters Lesser Free Trade Hall. A significant step in the birth of alternative music. Rough Trade followed smashing the cosy cartel stifling the music industry leading to the rich British musical scene we enjoy today. Today my daughters 14th album is released - Minor Victories! So proud of her. I'm off for a ride…

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Re: A positive thread

Postby rmurphy195 » 5 Jun 2016, 5:59pm

Decided to cycle using bike paths today (losing my nerve on the road).

On the way down the Lickey road (on the Brompton!), roadie pulls up and has a friendly natter while we are waiting for the lights to change.

Some while later I gets to Canon Hill park - girl in cafe has no change, before I knew what was happening, chap behind me offer to pay the extra over the change I had - and wouldn't accept a polite refusal! I guess readers of the Jack Reacher novels will guess what I'm obliged (in the nicest possible way) to do next.

Fair made my day :D :D :D :D

(PS I'm a mid-60's potterer, not a comely young maiden!)
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Re: A positive thread

Postby DavidT » 14 Jul 2016, 10:20pm

Scanning through this great forum but a little depressed with looking at moans and groans re: Tractors not pulling over for traffic (positive - weird as they do it quite happily in my nick of the woods, hardly an issue at all), Disinterest in Olympics, The CTC winged logo revisited (again), Chris Evans and the poisoned TG challice etc etc. So thought I'd bounce this one back up.

My Mercian has a new bottom bracket, riding lovely again. Ticking gone and seems smoother. Why did I leave it so long?! :D
Oh and the link a kind poster gave me to the TdF theme music :D
And finally, I'm on holiday in France soon, planning to hire bikes at least one day in Brittany :D

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Re: A positive thread

Postby Vantage » 18 Jul 2016, 12:15pm

I got to go out on my bike today! Woohoo! First ride in almost two weeks.
This full time dad malarkey doesn't half keep me busy and cycling days are so rare now that the bikes tyres deflated to less than 20psi through sitting there going nowhere but I wouldn't have it any other way :)
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Re: A positive thread

Postby pwa » 21 Jul 2016, 8:21am

I was about to cross the road on a new housing estate near Tonypandy in the Rhondda Valley a couple of evenings ago when I had to stop and wait as two girls sped past on their bikes. Aged about ten, they were on BMX style bikes and flew downhill at about 25mph, shreeking and laughing as they went past. It instantly took me back to when I was that age, doing exactly what they were doing. Pure, innocent fun.

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Re: A positive thread

Postby al_yrpal » 21 Jul 2016, 9:34am

Sat down to an evening meal last night almost entirely composed of produce from my new allotment (apart from the meat). A potage bonne femme - leek, carrot and potato soup. Main course with massive Charlotte baked potato, runner beans, green beans and carrots. Strawberries and Raspberries for the sweet.

At lunch our salad included our own lettuce, spring onions, beetroot, radishes and sliced courgette.

Very satisfing

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Re: A positive thread

Postby groberts » 23 Jul 2016, 5:51pm

Since my Total Knee Replacement almost 15 months ago I've struggled to get over 20 miles and certainly not ventured back touring. As a compromise we've just returned from 8-days cycling in northern France, taking the bikes by car then using a central campsite for day rides - initially around the Baie du Somme before moving on to my long tine favourite at Martigny, just south of Dieppe by the Avenue Verte. Great weather, great riding (as usual), great food, daily average of 25 to +30 miles! Happy days + there's hope yet.

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Re: A positive thread

Postby Vantage » 24 Jul 2016, 2:03pm

Had my first go on a bent trike yesterday!
Erin and I were invited to a birthday party with Simply Cycling at Whythenshawe Park yesterday and tried loads of weird and wonderful bikes.
Most of the bikes were in need of a mechanic but despite slipping gears, chains, freewheels and bent wheels, we had a really good day.
I have to get me a bent trike asap! They're brill fun :mrgreen:
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Re: A positive thread

Postby Heltor Chasca » 24 Jul 2016, 10:17pm

Vantage wrote:Had my first go on a bent trike yesterday!
Erin and I were invited to a birthday party with Simply Cycling at Whythenshawe Park yesterday and tried loads of weird and wonderful bikes.
Most of the bikes were in need of a mechanic but despite slipping gears, chains, freewheels and bent wheels, we had a really good day.
I have to get me a bent trike asap! They're brill fun :mrgreen:




For a bloke with no eyes (or are they sunglasses?) and an upside-down smile I'll need some convincing you were having fun

Nice one. Keep the girls in the dream. I'm taking mine (6&14) round the NL in a few weeks.