A positive thread

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Re: A positive thread

Postby al_yrpal » 25 Feb 2016, 7:00pm

Well done R2.

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Re: A positive thread

Postby gaz » 25 Feb 2016, 7:08pm

Bumped today by the driver of a car.

I stopped behind a queue of stationary traffic, following car wasn't brought to a halt quite fast enough. No harm to me, nor the bike, nor the trailer; just a bit of a nudge.

Driver looked terribly embarassed.

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SMIDSY, despite my wearing hi-vis (to EN471).

No harm done, didn't let it spoil my day. A positive in my book.
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Re: A positive thread

Postby 531colin » 26 Feb 2016, 7:48am

reohn2 wrote:Mrs R2 and I rode the tandem yesterday for the first time in 8months due to her illness,and the first time I've ridden for three months since a heart attack.
9miles flat miles of fun up and down Morecambe prom,in the sunshine.
It felt very good :)


R2, I had no idea! I wish you both the best possible outcome.

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Re: A positive thread

Postby reohn2 » 26 Feb 2016, 8:25am

Thanks everyone for you concern which is another positive :) ,I'm touched by by it.
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Re: A positive thread

Postby colin54 » 26 Feb 2016, 9:47am

I went out yesterday; There was no wind , it was sunny, I saw my first spring lambs, most of the other cyclists I saw gave a cheery wave and I found a little shop

that sold a nice cuppa and a good pork pie;( a source of much concern since moving to Lancashire from Pieland ),that'll do me.

Likewise best wishes for your recovery reohn2 ; me Vittoria Randonneur Pro's were pretty good yesterday as well !

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Re: A positive thread

Postby Revolution » 26 Feb 2016, 1:58pm

A while back, I was struggling up Cheddar George, quite a climb, my son having long since disappeared ahead when I was aware of a car slowly overtaking me - at a safe distance. As it became level I glanced across and was confronted by a car load of very cheerful young women who lent out of the windows and called out "come on - nearly there - well done" etc.
Difficult to smile when you are completely knackered but it put a big smile on my face for the rest of the ride. :D

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Re: A positive thread

Postby Vorpal » 26 Feb 2016, 2:05pm

reohn2 wrote:Mrs R2 and I rode the tandem yesterday for the first time in 8months due to her illness,and the first time I've ridden for three months since a heart attack.
9miles flat miles of fun up and down Morecambe prom,in the sunshine.
It felt very good :)

I'm gald to hear that you are both out & about :D :D
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Re: A positive thread

Postby PhilPub » 26 Feb 2016, 6:33pm

Gentle winds seem to be a rare occurrence at the moment, and worthy of positive note. A very pleasant ride in the Kent countryside this afternoon, nothing but positive interactions with other road users, and I stopped to say hello to this chap. (Terry??)

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Re: A positive thread

Postby Vantage » 26 Feb 2016, 9:55pm

I had another nice pleasant and seemingly warmer ride to Haigh Hall today. Most of the 21 miles was done minus my rain jacket which was refreshing. 40mph on the big long downhill too :mrgreen:
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Re: A positive thread

Postby hercule » 28 Feb 2016, 8:37pm

Needed to get some new brake cables (inners and outers) for my recumbent trike as at least one was sticking. Went to one of the better LBSs, steeling myself for the inevitable LBS "what's it for" question as inexplicably when it turns out to be something that isn't a road bike or MTB I get a lecture on how rubbish my steed is or the cold shoulder (usually I just make something up). Instead when I got the question the proprietor got excited to hear the answer and whipped out his mobile to show me one he was thinking of buying himself. :D

Not only that but he had exactly what I was looking for and as a plus my trike now goes faster than before (think one hub brake must have been dragging)! :D :D

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Re: A positive thread

Postby gaz » 28 Feb 2016, 10:35pm

Went to my first cycle jumble yesterday. Chance to chat to a few old friends, nice cup of tea and I got some NOS shoes that fit nicely. Good ride there and back too :D .
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Re: A positive thread

Postby landsurfer » 28 Feb 2016, 10:46pm

Nice ride out this morning.
Sun shining, but cold... it is winter .. just.
Grandsons 12th birthday. :D
Wobbled around Thurcroft, Dinnington, North Anston and home... only 14 miles...
Did my 34 mile hilly route yesterday. Slowly.
Had a lovely ride out Wednesday and Friday afternoon as well ... in sunshine, same 22 mile route.
And I work full time !!!
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Re: A positive thread

Postby Chat Noir » 29 Feb 2016, 11:38am

After breakfast of porridge (made with water, no salt, no sugar, no milk) and suitably attired at 60 for the cold weather, set off for the Wolds. Took in a few hills, Worsen Dale out of Bishop Wilton pushing my heart rate higher than I thought it went, lots of cyclists out, everyone friendly, good to see increasing numbers of women on the road. Lunch at Seaways at Fridaythorpe, queuing out the door, more cyclists rubbing shoulders with the usual motor bikers who come here. Conversation with a group from Hull, recceing a route before an event next week. Prompt service and excellent value. Warmed up again by taking some of the steep ups and downs to Thixendale and then the lovely pull up Water Dale, obviously going well (remember, the wind is either against you or your're going well ..) to one of the best views, looking north west to the North York Moors and beyond, not forgetting to sit on the crossbar (good Italian steel). Can't think of anything else I'd rather be doing than simply being out on a bike on a day like this.

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Re: A positive thread

Postby Vorpal » 29 Feb 2016, 12:32pm

gaz wrote:Went to my first cycle jumble yesterday. Chance to chat to a few old friends, nice cup of tea and I got some NOS shoes that fit nicely. Good ride there and back too :D .

I miss the cycle jumbles! The only bad thing about Norway. No cycle jumbles. :wink:
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Re: A positive thread

Postby Graham » 29 Feb 2016, 1:04pm

A few days ago we had a "South Downs Voluntary Rangers" task, hedge-planting on a farm.

Instead, I sneaked away with my litter-picker and plastic bags to litter-pick my way along (nearby) Bunns Lane and some of Hoe Lane. [ Hoe Gate, Hipley, Hambledon area ]

Bunns Lane / Hoe Lane are a very pleasant lane that run south-north between the crowded suburban areas to the south and the glorious Hampshire countryside to the north - and into the National Park.
A very nice, cycling-friendly lane.
Up until recently it has remained relatively undiscovered by motorists and it has remained virtually litter-free.
Alas, the tidal-wave of disfiguring litter has begun to spoil this gem ( as indeed many other quiet lanes ).

So I have fixed it - for the moment. Enjoy it while you can.

PS. I went back the following day, by bike, to get the bits I missed first time round. ( I always miss bits. )

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