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balmain

Member since Feb 2008 • Last active Feb 2017
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  • in Rides & Races
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    Great fun - lovely to catch up with old and new faces from the forum. Top marks for organising and leading YAL.

  • in Rides & Races
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    Hopefully in as well - looking forward to it. No pressure Dan.

  • in Rides & Races
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    Epic ride, brilliant write up - really enjoyed reading that.

  • in Midweek Evening Rides (TNRC, WNKR)
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    Was hoping to make this 2016 finale, but a crank snapping mid ride and my ribs not quite surviving the subsequent tumble put paid to that. Enjoy the ride - nice night for it.

  • in Rides & Races
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    That was a most excellent ride/night (including the Billy Bragg tribute act) - lovely to renew acquaintances and meet some new faces. Plus top notch ride leading from Matt.

    It does strike me though that for this ride to work, i.e. not ending up hanging around Weatherspoons at 5:30am, it needs about three punctures and one member of the team to be a bit of a slouch whenever the road rears upwards. It doesn't need to be the same rider that accounts for these important time management factors, but I guess it keeps things neat and tidy in terms of responsibilities. Your patience was appreciated chaps.

    I love riding the Isle of Wight - somehow it's always a cultural experience; dodgy pubs, 4am picnics on the cliffs, queueing outside pubs at 7am and today, getting the train back to London with what seemed like the retirement arm of Portsmouth's fabled 6:57 crew on their way to the England game. To complete my transition back to the middle classes I stopped for sushi and craft beer in Chiswick on the way home.

    Cheers all – next time…

  • in Midweek Evening Rides (TNRC, WNKR)
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    Gotta be Babycham in the IoW. Aiming for 8:30ish at Waterloo, see you chaps there.

  • in Midweek Evening Rides (TNRC, WNKR)
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    Sure - think it's a bit cheaper than Groupsave because you get a discount on the ferry as well. Only does 4 people max though, so 3 down and one slot still free.

  • in Rides & Races
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    Brilliant ride and all round atmosphere as ever - as a Surrey Hills local, RotFL is about the only ride each year that I can get out in the Kent lanes and not get hopelessly lost. Nice to bump into you before the ride @JAHtim - great ride report.

  • in Midweek Evening Rides (TNRC, WNKR)
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    That's the direct train that connects with the 22:45 ferry - virtually everybody on it at that stage is getting on the ferry, think they hold the departure if the train is running late so all should be good. You're welcome to one of the tickets.

  • in Midweek Evening Rides (TNRC, WNKR)
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    A open return from Waterloo to Ryde, returning anytime on the Saturday is £43 including the ferry with a network railcard. The 21:00 dep on Friday gets in at 23:07. I'm probably going to shoot for that as I'd like a more leisurely Saturday return after a post breakfast pint. Can get another 3 tickets on the day for the same price if anyone's interested.

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