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Member since Mar 2014 • Last active Apr 2019
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Ride all the roads, London

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  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    Would encourage anyone to go and hang out even for a bit at any of the sites. It's a very positive experience and really easy to not get arrested.
    Was surprised at the number of grumpy cyclists making their way through Waterloo Bridge tho.

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    XR doesn't make front page of BBC. Have to look at UK news page, and then it's just a short article, skimming the issue and warning of traffic disruption. Even on Gaurdian page, people more interested in reading about man sueing parents over thrown out porn.

  • in Midweek Evening Rides (TNRC, WNKR)
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    Hoping this near-death cold passes by Thursday. Definitely train both ways for me.

    Train out

    1. cgg
    2. YAL
    3. cagimaha
    4. seager
    5. amey
    6. ruserius

    Lonely Ride out

    1. Rod_Munch

    Canal side sunset funathon with sandwiches, tea and beer ride out

    1. jaeyukdapbap
    2. Onyerbike
    3. Scrabble

    Beautiful Game


  • in Cycle Touring and Bikepacking
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    Day 1, Hoek of Holland to Utrecht via Rotterdam

    Day 2, scenic route to Arnhem, and direct route back to Utrecht

    Day 3, recovery ride to the lovely Amersfoort

    Day 4, strong wind so went direct to Maastricht. Met a couple Belgians, a barman and a roadie

    Day 5, to Amsterdam via Naarden

    Day 6, very scenic route NE of Amsterdam, seeing windmills and town squares with churches

    Day 7, wanted to go all the way round Markmeer, but found Houtribdijk closed to cyclists. Started to then head for groningen, but realised I wasn't going to make the train so went to zwolle instead. Loved Flevoland's vibe tho, so modern. And the infinite straights

    Day 8, sunny flowers and dunes, so good

    Day 9, more pretty towns on the way back to the ferry, plus exploring around Hoek of Holland killing time, which is really nice actually

  • in Cycle Touring and Bikepacking
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    Trip I did end of Sept last year I was on 72", a bit too spin-y, so this time I went for 82" which was great. The surfaces are so good that once up to speed it's easy to maintain 30kph, and with even a tiny bit of tailwind, more.

    I rode around 10 hours every day between 80 and 190km, just going slower on the shorter days and loved every minute. To me its cycling utopia. I didn't miss hills at all! So easy to ride really efficiently, without losing momentum.

    Fietsersbond routeplanner, can't recommend it highly enough. The recreation routes are brilliant, and the direct routes (shortest or racing) really efficient. The direct routes follow main transport routes like freeways and trainlines so cover distance quickly and smoothly, while the recreation routes take in many lovely little paths or back roads that are often deserted. There appeared to be vast swathes of the country without any people, then suddenly there are a few roads and its roadie central. Maybe it helped being the time of year for quietness. Fietsersbond planner just needs "gravel" (yes please) and "brick paving" (avoid) setting to be absolutely perfect. Netherlands' gravel is like any other surface, perfection.

    While there weren't any areas I didn't enjoy, I particularly loved the twisty forest and dune paths of the nature areas, east of Utrecht and along the coast, and the east coast of Markmeer has amazing, massive landscapes.

    Can't wait to go back and explore more!

  • in Cycle Touring and Bikepacking
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    Did the Flowers ride today with a cloudless sky and steady NNW breeze keeping the temperature cool. The flowers were lovely, but it was the coastal bit that was the star of the show. It was so good I did it twice. Once northbound, drafting a series of roadie helpers into the headwind. Then back to the Hague from Zandfoort. The second half of the southbound leg with two guys, then one, easily averaging about 38km/h. So damn good. Done over 1000km past week, that coastal path definitely a high light along with the windy (with turns, not breezy) forest paths east of Utrecht, straights of Flevoland coast, and whole day of hammering tailwinds all the way from Utrecht to Maasdricht.
    Thanks @Jaap for the route. One of my better days out on a bike, so really appreciate it.
    Will try post some pics when wifi.

  • in Cycle Touring and Bikepacking
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    Yesterday saw a tandem recumbent, and then a bike being ridden by an old man that was carrying his wife (I assume) in a wheelchair. Loving the bike-centric Dutch culture!

  • in Cycle Touring and Bikepacking
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    Wow, thank you.

    For a moment there I thought I'd be able to attend the Dutch lfgss get-together ride as the token London-based lfgss'er

  • in Cycle Touring and Bikepacking
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    Back to some touring chat for a second.
    That sounds like a lovely day out, yes please for a expert, locally-sourced gpx!

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    Thanks, that's just what I was looking for. Sorts of areas to consider. I will probably be a couple weeks early anyway, but would be nice to see some.