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user75204

Member since Mar 2017 • Last active Mar 2020
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  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    Harsh, was it that bad?

    I'm in good physical and mental health thanks, though clearly no comedian.

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    Also in the rowdy category I saw this Dax Cobra replica today.

    Also saw this hardtop Alfa Spider, which seems wrong, and looks wrong. The bumpers look 80's plastic fridge freezer meh. I thought maybe US spec, but its RHD so god knows.

  • in COVID-19
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    I wouldn't consider riding it through it at the weekend because there's too many cyclists, and that was before the great plague, so no chance I'd be going anywhere near it while most of the workforce is off.

    I've actually been quite surprised how quickly we adapt to a new normal. I've already changed or at least been much more conscious about my riding. Since the lock-down last Monday I've been doing my bit and only popping out for a 20 mile leg stretch every other day, some changes are:
    -now completely avoiding all parks, normally an integral part of my riding in the city, often visiting multiple parks, not anymore.
    -I'm completely avoiding the cycle superhighways, I cycled along the Embankment today in the road, which I haven't done for ages, and there was much less car traffic in the road than there was bikes in the cycle lane.
    -other cyclists are now viewed as zombies to be avoided. I've always viewed pedestrians as zombies so no change there.
    -If I'm coming up behind another cyclist I make sure I overtake super wide, and am much more conscious about being certain I can complete a wide and safe pass before attempting it, or I'm simply turning off before I get to them to find a quieter road. Turning off before the overtake is a new one right :)
    -I'm very conscious that any coughing, sniffing or even a runny nose and eyes, can be greeted with alarm by pedestrians, cyclists and drivers. I often get running eyes and nose from the wind anyway, and used to get really bad hay fever so this is kind of normal for me. I was filtering this week up a queue of stationary cars at the traffic lights, and had a car driver spot me in the mirror and speedily do up their car window. It made me laugh as they thought they were protecting the cars precious occupants from the leper cyclist, but I was just as relieved to suddenly not to have to give a wide berth to the multi-occupant germ sharing box oozing its contents into the road.
    -Similarly in order to not induce panic and revulsion when riding and seeing other cyclists I'm consciously doing less fly catching mouth breathing/drooling, and no snot rockets, which is thankfully much easier as air quality is much better and bogies are less.
    -I'm definitely doing more track stands at traffic lights and consciously avoiding touching any railings, leaning against things and pressing 'push to cross' buttons at crossings.
    -I'm thinking much more about riding in places that other cyclists would think to avoid. While many are in the parks and doing lengths of the cycling super highways, central London is still mostly blissfully quiet. Piccadilly Circus today, a dry spring Saturday afternoon at 2pm....

    Anyone else noted any other changes to their riding?

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    Walking back from a food finding mission this morning, I spotted this nice group of old bikes, the owner obviously using the lock-down to give his collection a bit of a spring clean.

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    I didn't quite get that ^ right, not quite evoking enough of a sense of Boris the lingering virus....

    Another attempt....

    Reports this morning Larry the resident cat at Number 10 Downing St, was caught making a curfew busting escape from the Prime Ministers residence under the cover of darkness late last night.

    Larry's lawyer read out a statement from his client this morning "Yesterday I was condemned to the prospect of 2 weeks isolation with Boris and his incessant lingering, his unacceptable standards of cleaning and grooming, his visibly terrible social distancing practices, not to mention enjoying extended periods of play in the litter tray"

    He added "That put me in an untenable position, so it was with heavy heart I made the decision to abdicate from my duties at Number 10, and attempt to flee London, retracing the steps of my great ancestor who came to London with Dick Whittington all those years ago, risking the potentially fatal but preferred embrace of the Corona virus in the process"

    Security personnel thwarted the attempt at 3am this morning after a tip off. At the last moment a call from the upstairs landing raised the alarm, and in an amazing act of betrayal the tip off came from Larry's grey son, "shut that door!"

    (gets coat and exits stage left for my daily permitted walk, alone obvs)

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    After confirmation yesterday Boris Johnson had tested positive for the Corona virus, he was this morning given the all clear, scientifically proving he is a man of cardboard, and not a man of steel.

  • in COVID-19
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    Post here in south London seems normal, I got my apocalypse preparation Scabz patches through yesterday.

    I'm due some brake levers from Bergamo, expect they may not be in a hurry to deliver those.

  • in COVID-19
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    Yes full contact tracing over recent weeks could be fun.

  • in COVID-19
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    Could all be bollocks like the Prince Charlie one, sure Cummings would recommend it as a PR exercise, WAC.

  • in COVID-19
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    Jesus, Robocop is here, ED209 to be released onto the streets in 3,2,1,....

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