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Alex_B

Member since Aug 2014 • Last active Jun 2019
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Am AlexB on a number of fora and used to be on the old LFGSS site as well.

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  • in Rides & Races
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    I rode the Downs Link last weekend on 700x28c with no problems. I had an absolute blast - passing mountain bikers on a touring bike with mudguards and a Carradice Barley, hunkered down on aero bars is a lot of fun!

    Also, I can't help thinking this would be a lot of fun as a night ride from Shoreham to London.
    My route from last time: https://cycle.travel/map/journey/107557
    https://www.strava.com/activities/243633­2443

  • in Rides & Races
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    Is there any chance of joining you on this?

  • in Rides & Races
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    Agreed. I rode it last week on my touring bike. 700x28c "off road" was a lot of fun. I had no problems at all. It's a great day ride from London. Stan's was also great.

  • in Rider Down
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    There was a spectacular crash at the South end of Albert Bridge this morning. There was a motorcycle completely under a car. There was a second motorbike parked up on the pavement and a lot of cyclists and another car stopped and lots of people on the phone. It looked as though there were no injuries and both motorcyclists were up and walking about, so I've no idea what happened.

  • in Rides & Races
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    I did this ride a few years ago and it was great fun, but the arrival at the stones was completely ruined for me by the drunken party and the massive amounts of litter.

    It's a really good route and the route to the station afterwards was also great. It's a tough ride, long and pretty hilly in places, but I'd be totally up for it again, especially if it avoids the solstice party.

  • in Cycle Touring and Bikepacking
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    So you can reach the bottles?

  • in Rider Down
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    Witnessed an incident involving a dog in Battersea Park this morning.
    A cyclist in front of me was brought down by a dog running across his path.

    Since I was some way back and the dog ran towards me, I helped another woman catch it. It was clearly frightened and probably hurt.

    I walked up to the cyclist, who wasn't hurt, just bruised and scuffed. To find the dog owner had also been cycling and was now arguing with the cyclist over who's fault it was. It was quite an extraordinary argument, since the dog owner was absolutely adamant that he wasn't responsible for his dog's behaviour in a park.
    He was getting quite aggressive with us both and eventually the cyclist agreed that since he wasn't hurt he was just going to go. I reminded him to check over his bike carefully, which got me another round of abuse from the dog owner "Who do you think you are? Why are you even getting involved? This has nothing to do with you etc...", then he turned around to look for his dog. Literally for the first time in 10 minutes he shows some interest in his dog. "Why has that woman go my dog?" - My response, because you are being an irresponsible dog owner and not taking care of your dog!"

    At no point did he apologise to the cyclist or go and check on his dog.

    Me and the other cyclist rode off and out of the park, so I have no idea what the woman looking after his dog thought about it, but I also hope the dog wasn't hurt as it looked quite young and nervous.

    I'm always super careful about loose dogs in parks, but you can never entirely guarantee that you can avoid them.

  • in Cycle Touring and Bikepacking
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    For once the new Rapha pack looks like good value for money compared to the pricing of the Ortlieb and Specialised frame packs.
    rrp is £85-90 for the medium or large compared to over £90 for the Specialised and around £80-100 for the Ortlieb.

  • in Cycle Touring and Bikepacking
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    That looks amazing. Have you got a route for it?

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    Head out towards Arundel? You can use the reverse of this route: https://cycle.travel/map/journey/49948
    It worked pretty well for me and was a nice route, lots of lanes and quiet roads.
    The route from Arundel to London is also pretty scenic until you get closer to town: https://cycle.travel/map/journey/49947 to be honest, I'd probably hop on the train at somewhere like Tadworth.

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