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clubman

Member since Jun 2008 • Last active Oct 2017

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    An elegant machine!

    Just one small point - it looks to me as though the toe straps are fitted upside down. The rivetted end of the buckle should be at the bottom, the pointy end at the top, so that the rider can release the strap with a flick of the hand - essential if you're strapped in and using shoe plates.

    Gearing: when I rode this event in 2012 my bottom gear was 51.8" (43 x 22 ) which wasn't nearly low enough. I was working on the basis that I was using appropriate old kit (Simplex Tour de France mechs.) and that pride feels no pain (the gear worked ok, the proverb did not). My companion had a 36 inner with either a 22 or possibly 24 bottom, and he had no problems.
    Given that in the fifties many of the mountain passes were unmade up, just like the strada bianchi, and the riders would have thought anyone using a ring as small as 43 was a wimp, one can begin to see just how heroic they were.

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    I'm in a bit of a rush now, but I'll give you a short descriptiion of the club here soon.

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    There is certainly a rule that gossip heard in the club should not be discussed outside it, but there is nothing to say the club itself should not feature in the news, and in the past the club's activities were widely reported.

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    Something from the cycling media:

    https://www.velouk.net/2017/09/20/news-sĀ­impson-at-the-pedal-club/

    I'd be most interested to hear if you find this interesting.

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    And here's a bit of road , just round the corner from the sculpture.

    This is an area that's not well known in England, but has a lot of potential for riding. The roads are almost empty and climbs hard enough to be interesting. And it's convenient for Calais.

    I may try to organise a trip. send me a pm if you're interested.

    For some reason the best 'road' pictures won't upload tonight. If anyone expresses an interest I'll have another try tomorrow.

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    And the inscription:

    Which I translate as -

    Man!
    Accursed son!
    Hear the complaint of your wounded Mother - Nature.

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    Another view:

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    I'm spending quite a bit of my time in the 'Seven Valleys' area (Pas de Calais) at the moment.

    The roads are excellent for riding - so good that it spoils you for riding anywhere near London.

    There's much to see, and just for example, here's a sculpture I'm very taken with.

    It's in a little public garden in a village called Fressin, about five miles north of Hesdin

    More picture to follow.

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    My ride this Saturday was a quite pootle in the Chiltern lanes which I wouldn't normally bother telling you about were it not for the hedgerow find you can see in the frying pan below.

    They are slices of a giant puffball. This is one of the few wild mushrooms that I can recognise with enough confidence to eat. I'm not sure that I cooked it in the best possible way, because the flavour in the mouth although good, wasn't as outstanding as one might have hoped. On the other hand the house was filled with a delightful mushroom smell, so maybe the taste somehow escaped from the pan.

    My grandparents lived roughly in that area, and I remember a great aunt talking about knowing when and where wild mushrooms grew, and going out to collect them. I was a bit surprised to find this puffball since it was growing on the verge of the road, in full view of every passerby.

    Thinking about it, I realised that probably all the locals have been pushed out of their idyllic village homes by rich incomers, who zoom along the lanes in their expensive German cars not noticing the treasures lying about at the roadside.

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    Better late than never:

    https://www.velouk.net/2017/07/12/resultĀ­-rttc-100-mile-tt-championship/

    I just forgot to post this link when it was a current story. If you haven't seen it already, I hope it still has some interest.

    Just one point not in the report - what a pity umop3pisdn just failed, by a gnat's whisker, to get
    under the four hour mark - all the effort, just a slight imperfection in the conditions! I would have felt able to mention his ride if he had done so, because many people (outside this forum) are impressed by any good ride done without the dubious benefit of a derailleur.

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