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 Post subject: Re: Today's ROAD ride
PostPosted: Thu Jul 05, 2018 1:29 pm 
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Is it not identical to the Casino paintjob frame?

Btw... if you want rid of that one, Ill rehome it


Which one, the carbon Cougar?

This one?
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 Post subject: Re: Today's ROAD ride
PostPosted: Thu Jul 05, 2018 1:34 pm 
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Thats the one.

Hmmm... deffo not the same tubeset after all, so possibly not Deda Zero.


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Similar top tube, but the down tube on that one is deeper.

Both bikes have ovalised top and down tubes, the orange / blue one has no shifter bosses, hence why I had to find some (very rare) 7400 Dura-Ace brake / shifters.

I'll PM you later about the other one.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 10:44 am 
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I am not good in this glorious sunshine we are all presently enjoying, so lunchtime or even late afternoon rides are out of the question, instead I was out again on the Cougar at just after 6.30 this morning, and very nice it was too.

Just a 30 miler, out of Weston though Wick St Lawrence, over the A370 to Puxton, across to Sandford then Winscombe, then down the back lanes to the Webbington Hotel, hop over the M5 and into the first little climb in Loxton, short and sharp and good for the circulation. Loxton down the lanes to Christon, back over the M5 (suckers) and then left and up the horrid sloping climb that leads to Banwell Hill, it's not that long or even that steep, but it really slows me down every time. Puff and pant to the bottom of Banwell Hill then hup and over. Careful going down the other side, lots of tractors, farmers and school run mum's about, then right and into Banwell where the very narrow High St is always a holler and a hoot as I white line past all the queueing traffic. I KNOW they all HATE it when a cyclist rides past, but well... you choose to drive a car / van / bus through a 13th Century village with a single lane road in the middle, so suck it up. Left off Banwell High St and down Riverside where I had my only 'interesting' moment.

Riverside is an old drovers causeway, it is more or less dead straight and has a stream running on the left where there are currently Swans and where I often see a Kingfisher. As I got onto the main drag, which is maybe 2 miles long, I heard a car approaching from behind... fast, very fast an accelerating... then rapid deceleration as they get close to me, I hopped off the road and into a gravelly boundary betwixt road, bank and river, and a grey / black Mini shot past me once again accelerating up toward hyper speed, straight towards a large white van coming the other way. There are passing places and the van was heading for one of these but ludicrous speed Mini was having none of it and kept going faster until it became blindingly obvious even to the Mini driver that she was not going to be able to drive straight though a large white van, at which point she braked hard, leant on the horn and actually turned the steering wheel to put the Mini into the other part of the passing place (think two gravel bulges either side of the central tarmac). She then rocketed off down the causeway and the van driver moved slowly off, keeping well over to his left to leave plenty of room for me, we gave each other knowing waves.

Excitement over I carried on back towards Puxton and then back into Weston by the outward route, past the crematorium, down the hill past the Primary School where for once no one tried to kill me, past the chip shop (excellent fish'n'chips) where for once no one tried to kill me and over the roundabout where for once....... Up the sharp climb to The Scaurs and what used to be Gunnings Stores, past the next primary school (I'm still alive) and up the hill to home.

Wisk St Lawrence.
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Just below The Webbington Hotel
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 Post subject: Re: Today's ROAD ride
PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 10:52 am 
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Looks absolutely lovely.

Nice bike too!


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 10:56 am 
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It is indeed a nice bike. :mrgreen:

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 Post subject: Re: Today's ROAD ride
PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 11:00 am 
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Must get me one of those... what is it? A Cougar?

Never heard of them :P


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Yes a Cougar, they were made in some back street workshop by a dead dodgy geezer call Tommy Dolenz.

He's the guy who superglued Chris Boardman to his TT bike and also burned off Brad Wiggins sideburns with an oxy acetylene torch.


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 Post subject: Re: Today's ROAD ride
PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2018 10:45 pm 
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On holiday in the Alps atm and today was a second trip over the Col de Joux Plane, but this time in searing heat. Totally shagged out by the time I got down the other sideI

No miles in my legs for nearly 2 weeks, so making it up an HC climb was quite pleasing. I was however, unbelievably slow.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2018 3:00 pm 
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Currently on holiday on Barra and went exploring on my 1988 Edinburgh Co-Operative Continental 12 speed. 20 miles in total with the main island ring road being only 12 miles round. It was a lumpy ride coming in at over 1500 ft of climbing but well worth it. If you have ever thought about coming up here to cycle its so worth the trip. If you aren't pulling any gear then I recommend a compact, maybe 51/36. I had a 50/40 with 14-27 on the rear and found it just a bit short on the uphills and spinning out on the downs. Started up the north of the island where our Crofters Cottage was. Straight away you pass the airport where the planes land on the beach then its onward to Northbay and the start of the circular route proper. I choose to go clock wise as that would give me a head wind going out and a tail wind coming back. So glad i did it like this. Its lumpy with one big hill near the only village of any size Castlebay where the ferry comes in. Just under 2hrs averaging 10.1MPH.
The route is single track with passing places so be prepared to pull in for cars as you never know, it may be the local lifeboatmen trying to get to the harbour. We are staying here http://www.crofterscottagebarra.co.uk/ Absolutely stunning cottage right on the northern end of the island next to the beach. Just wonderful.


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