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balmain

Member since Feb 2008 • Last active Sep 2014
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  • in Classifieds: Wanted Adverts
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    I'll take the 16GB one if still available - will pm

  • in Rides & Races
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    Glad to hear that fasih made it back safely after the unlucky tyre explosions, apart from that a perfect night's riding in excellent company. Good to catch up with old faces and meet some new. That is a brilliant route, great work from Dan organising and leading - getting us to the Stones 15 mins before sunrise and sorting a clear sky, what more could you want? Once a little light had started to come through, the countryside in the last hour or so's riding was just lovely - a real buzz of anticipation in the air for the last few miles, unlike the normal night ride 'just get me to the finish' feeling.

    Great photos Dicki, mine were rubbish. Would definitely like to have a cruise around the area post sunrise next time - but will the weather conditions ever be that spot on again? Was chatting to a couple of the pretty chilled out police team who were looking after things - one had been on duty there for 20 years plus and this was the best sunrise he had seen.

    After an amble around the site, rolled back to Swindon with Howard on empty roads in bright sunshine constructing a fantasy breakfast in my head, with maybe a cheeky pint on the side. Hitting Swindon at 6:45 reality struck - no 24 hour cafes, no Brick Lane Beigels, no nothing.... just a train station. Fair enough really for a small town. A fine breakfast in Paddington with the Chris Martin lookalike compensated perfectly, followed by tramp beers and talking bollocks outside a nice pub. We did eventually put some money their way, so didn't feel too bad about taking liberties with their facilities.

    Looking forward to Dunwich now...

  • in Rides & Races
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    Cheers Dan, but I'm already west and not sure of timings today, so don't want to risk leaving you guys hanging around at HP. Bracknell gives me the option of the 20:46 train from Feltham.

  • in Rides & Races
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    Also in - no chance of making Hyde Park for 7 so will train or ride to Bracknell. Looking forward to this.

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    Hyde Park > Avebury

    1. YAL
    2. fussballclub (I think)
    3. gretsch?
    4. santino

    Train > Countryside meet up > Avebury

    1. Stonehenge
    2. Dropout
    3. Dublinkevin
    4. fasih
    5. balmain

    subscribed but being coy:

    1. smiff
    2. fixedcheese
    3. dicki
    4. Mule
    5. Skully Tor
    6. Ultracrepidarian
    7. mashton
    8. KRZ
    9. radMich
  • in Rides & Races
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    Coy at the mo down to work and weather. Suspect I'll be another of the Bracknell contingent.

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    Hyde Park > Avebury

    1. YAL
    2. fussballclub (I think)
    3. gretsch?
    4. laner
    5. santino

    Train > Countryside meet up > Avebury

    1. Stonehenge
    2. Dropout
    3. Dublinkevin

    subscribed but being coy:

    1. smiff
    2. fixedcheese
    3. dicki
    4. Mule
    5. Skully Tor
    6. Ultracrepidarian
    7. mashton
    8. KRZ
    9. Balmain
  • in Rides & Races
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    fwiw nobody did an equipment check when I rode it.

    Ditto - I think a back brake is the last thing they are looking for if they did a quick check. Didn't see another fixed on the whole route. Enjoy the ride, wish I was going.

  • in Rides & Races
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    Thanks for organising and leading that Dan - great fun all round, excellent company and a nice little reminder of January 'fitness'. Double kudos to Tim for some sterling backstop work and guiding us to the essential beer/breakfast at the end. Apols for holding you up at Caterham - a wrong turn and I had the feeling that I'd got ahead - seemed better to wait than try and retrace. Great route post Croydon - a couple of years since I've done a Brighton ride, forgotten how nice the countryside is south of the M25 (and how awful Croydon and its surrounds are... ). Definitely going to put that route into action again over the next few weeks.

  • in Rides & Races
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    Thanks for putting that together Nic - great company all round and an awesome day out. Loved the meander through London suburbs, some really informative commentary and the whole Mill Hill experience was way ahead of expectations. 150 year old piece of kit still doing the business - love it. Bar set very high for 2014 forum rides.

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