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balmain

Member since Feb 2008 • Last active Apr 2021
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  • in Improving Public Spaces
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    Agree with this completely. I'm not a rower, but a mate coaches at Fulham Reach and it's great to see the a wider demographic getting involved with rowing to balance out the more traditional clubs/schools in the Putney to Chiswick stretch.

    If, as it seems to be the case, the Bridge is going to be under repair for five years plus a pedestrian/cycling crossing needs to be the focus. It's always been a busy foot crossing and I just can't see a ferry being a practical solution.

  • in Rider Down
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    Sounds seriously painful, bad luck. fwiw a riding buddy of mine had a similar fall on black ice a couple of years back. They tried the pinning route first - cue 9 months of pain/frustration/progress/regression. Eventually he opted for a full hip replacement - walking comfortably in a few weeks and back on club runs well before six months. Rode a couple of 200s with him last autumn and no long term probs at all. Hopefully you'll have a similar positive recovery, best of luck with the rehab.

  • in General
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    Excellent call - really enjoyed that. Great interview, an hour well spent.

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    Great read, lovely pics - thanks for that.

  • in General
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    so like a... not spotted

  • in Cycle Touring and Bikepacking
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    Typical Kerry weather...

  • in Cycle Touring and Bikepacking
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    I rode the Beara/Dingle/Iveragh peninsulas in September - about 600km all in and if you're lucky with the weather some of the nicest riding you can get - a drop dead gorgeous view round every corner, plenty of accomodation options and good pubs. Flew in/out of Kerry airport, so straight off the plane and into the hills.

    It's pretty easy to avoid most of the busy Ring of Kerry section by using the back roads which often hug the coast more. I'd recommend adding the Skellig/Valentia Island section, plus some of the more inland sections like the Black valley, Caragh lake and the Gap of Dunloe. The area itself is pretty small so it's easy to adapt a route on the fly and add in some detours. Can't recommend it highly enough, but then I've done three trips in the last two years and haven't seen a drop of rain!

  • in Rider Down
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    Went passed about midnight - Embankment still closed off both directions and bike/car still in the road. Police didn't have any info apart from 'cyclist struck by a car'. Can't find any news reports, so hoping it isn't too serious.

  • in Rides & Races
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    Excellent teaming you with you for the last 100k on Amesbury yesterday @Klar I'd been beginning to lose the will to live on Salisbury plain - headwinds and no one in sight for miles!

  • in Cycle Touring and Bikepacking
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    Anytime. Don't miss Crater lake if you go south - the loop round the edge is an outstanding day ride.

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