I don't visit this place very often, but dear God post a warning people!!! I thought YAL had died. Got all upset (never met him, I dont think), til I skimmed the first couple of posts. As you were :-).
I have a number of people on here to thank for my early rides (geared not fixed, cos still a coward). One of the numerous memorable ones is @clubman pushing up up an incline, with Bernie pulling me, on the Oxford Town and Gown ride. Fairly certain I did a gentle, sideways fall onto a grass verge cos was wiped out, having done a Friday night ride, but felt energetic enough to ride to Oxford. Not one of my better ideas, but I look back on that ride with fondness and a certain amazement that this old woman did it. Bernie also escorted me home from Victoria station cos I was toying with getting a cab instead of riding. A blessed man and I hope he's ok.