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balmain

Member since Feb 2008 • Last active May 2017
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    My part of the world for post ride beers - White Hart is ok, but the bike stands down by the river flood depending on tide and indoor tables often hard to come by. The Ship Mortlake just along the river is better imo. City Barge not bad, a bit dull indoors. Same deal with the tide. Old Ship W6 is a good venue - lots of outdoors river space. Also have a look at the Express Tavern, north side of Kew Bridge - big covered/open garden with a bike rack at the back and a fine selection of beers.

  • in Rides & Races
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    Absolutely awful news - a true class act, inspirational for so many in the world of cycling. RIP Sir.

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    That thought had occurred - I generally don't publicise the route anyway, just promise a coffee stop somewhere.

  • in Rides & Races
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    An event shaping up nicely - I can't imagine that anything could possibly go wrong on the day. Despite having an alcohol tolerance in line with andyp, I'm keen - only problem being the small matter of a regular Saturday ride I organise out west...

  • 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.

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    Hopefully in as well - looking forward to it. No pressure Dan.

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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.

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