A positive thread

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Re: A positive thread

Postby Cyril Haearn » 10 Feb 2020, 7:59am

Upgraded to fixie, cannae imagine going back to cycling with gears :wink:
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Re: A positive thread

Postby niggle » 10 Feb 2020, 3:26pm

Cyril Haearn wrote:Upgraded to fixie, cannae imagine going back to cycling with gears :wink:

Where do you live and how old are you? I gave single speed a go once, but my knees and the Cornish lumpy topography soon persuaded me that a good old Sturmey Archer AW 3 speed was a much better idea. even for a short commute.

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Re: A positive thread

Postby pwa » 10 Feb 2020, 3:33pm

Cyril Haearn wrote:Upgraded to fixie, cannae imagine going back to cycling with gears :wink:

Come back to Wales with your bike, then tell me that! :lol:

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Re: A positive thread

Postby Cyril Haearn » 10 Feb 2020, 3:42pm

I am near retirement age and I live in the lowlands, I do use a rather low ratio
Got two other bikes, one with fixed, one with gears, the latter is in working order too but I have no desire to use it

There are some low-lying places in Wales, I think :wink:
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Re: A positive thread

Postby Cugel » 10 Feb 2020, 4:11pm

Cyril Haearn wrote:(snip)

There are some low-lying places in Wales, I think :wink:


Yes - the bottom of the descents before the immediate ascents and the crowns of the hills before the next plunge down. The sum total of all of these teeny-weeny flat bits, for the whole of Wales, is 369 yards.

Mind, I don't count them parts where people live.

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Re: A positive thread

Postby Pastychomper » 10 Feb 2020, 4:15pm

Cyril Haearn wrote: I do use a rather low ratio

No problem then, you can pedal up the hills, release the pedals and "Superman" down with your belly on the saddle. :wink:
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Re: A positive thread

Postby Mike Sales » 10 Feb 2020, 4:16pm

Cyril Haearn wrote:I am near retirement age and I live in the lowlands, I do use a rather low ratio
Got two other bikes, one with fixed, one with gears, the latter is in working order too but I have no desire to use it

There are some low-lying places in Wales, I think :wink:


The Caldicot and Wentloog levels remind me of the Fens, but rather less extensive I'm afraid.

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Re: A positive thread

Postby Grandad » 20 Feb 2020, 10:19am

Narrow country lane, pedestrian ahead with 3 dogs, each on a separate non-extending lead, spread right across the road. Well before I reached him he was standing still with the dogs sitting quietly beside him.

Also got more acknowledgements than usual when pulling in to allow vehicles to overtake - also got the usual one of slowing into the entry to a drive and the car wanting to go into that house :D

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Re: A positive thread

Postby gaz » 22 Feb 2020, 4:40pm

Went to local cycle jumble and bought nothing.

Returned home and set about some maintenance, reducing the pile of half-used parts in my own collection in the process.

If I'm really lucky I've changed the chains in time to avoid needing to do the sprockets too. A quick spin around the block suggests I might get away with it, needs a proper test ride to confirm.

Edit: Got away with it on the commuter, one sprocket's grumbling on the tourer. Best change it.
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Re: A positive thread

Postby Cyril Haearn » 22 Feb 2020, 5:26pm

gaz wrote:Went to local cycle jumble and bought nothing
..

I often leave a bookshop without buying anything, feels quite good :wink:
Besides, I know many places one may get books for free
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Re: A positive thread

Postby Patrickpioneer » 22 Feb 2020, 5:53pm

Too windy to get out so spent the day drawing, I am happy with it so that's a positive in my day.
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Re: A positive thread

Postby Cyril Haearn » 29 Feb 2020, 10:09pm

Taught two grownups how to ride fixie today, simples :wink:
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Re: A positive thread

Postby Cyril Haearn » 5 Mar 2020, 12:50pm

This could be interesting for the likes of Cugel and others who have too many tools, I saw a DIY store renting out tools and machines, could save buying them, lots of stuff is bought, used a few times, then put away and forgotten, hiring stuff makes more sense
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Re: A positive thread

Postby Patrickpioneer » 6 Mar 2020, 11:29am

I have been out up the hills, it was sunny! I had forgot what a joy it is to ride in the sun.

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Re: A positive thread

Postby colin54 » 16 Mar 2020, 9:26am

Patrickpioneer wrote:I have been out up the hills, it was sunny! I had forgot what a joy it is to ride in the sun.

Indeed, nice to feel a bit of warmth from the sun at last.
Some lovely bright green leaves appearing in the bushes and the first bit of blossom that I've noticed this year, on a ride along the towpath last week. Lifts the spirits somewhat.
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