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 Post subject: Happy with 11am plan
PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2013 7:46 pm 
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Joined: Mon Jan 07, 2013 9:53 pm
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Conditions don't look brilliant for people with long journeys on top of the actual ride - but I live within easy reach of Croydon - so count me in for an 11am rendezvous at East Croydon.

Until now, I never felt that settling the family near Croydon was one of my better life choices.

My bike (and I) have seen little if any prior action on icy slush - and I'd welcome a recommendation on tyres. I've got 1.5" schwalbe-slickish, 1.75" conti travel-contacts, or proper offroaders. Any recommendations?


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2013 7:52 pm 
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Location: On the move !
Yo south coast guys ... if your thinking of going tomorrow check travel details !! there could be a bus service between Haywards Heath and Three Bridges !! am i rite in thinking that they wont take bikes on the busses ??
Bloody good luck to those that do turn out :shock:

Mick :)


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 Post subject: 11am start not 10!
PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2013 8:43 pm 
retrobike rider
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Location: London, UK
The 11am start seems to meet with universal approval, I think I have PM'd or phoned everyone. In case you've been missed out:

11AM START TOMORROW not 10 as originally billed

Even better than that, my spare room is super tidy and clean (for the first time in 6 months) there were 4 beers chilling and a home made curry bubbling on the hob, all ready for the arrival of PyroTim who is now leaving in the morning.
I guess I'll have to drink those beers then, before they go off :o

Godders surely you would ride to Three Bridges? :oops:


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2013 8:48 pm 
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sorry mate. Maybe if we have a few drinks on/after the ride I may need it tomorrow ;) :lol:


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 Post subject: Tyre recommendation
PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2013 9:06 pm 
retrobike rider
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I am running Continental Race King 26 x 2.0 knoblies, they seem to be reasonable. The last time I rode on snow it was on Schwalbe Marathon commuter tyres, now that was sketchy.

You need something with a soft compound and some tread. Studded tyres exist, but I doubt you will find them at Halfords. I have seen stuff on the web where people have screwed or riveted through the outer tube, to create DIY studs.

I have also seen cable ties used to make bike snow chains, but only if you have the luxury of disk brakes!


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2013 9:13 pm 
retrobike rider
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Location: Bournemouth
I'll be on Tioga Psychos, I think, amberwall of course


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2013 9:53 pm 
retrobike rider
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I'm gonna bail. Mostly due to fitness, but also due to the nagging worry that some idiot in a car may slide into me rather than me lose control...

I'm still up for this when the weather improves


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2013 11:43 pm 
retrobike rider / Gold Trader
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Location: Getting fitter, I will beat the Surrey Hills....
I will be rocking shwalbe racing ralph 2.25 knobles. I wouldnt recommend running any form of slick tyre!

The shorts are ready....


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 2013 1:10 am 
retrobike rider
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Take lots of pics guys. Would love a full aftermath write up... :D


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 Post subject: Final Call
PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 2013 10:04 am 
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I am about to get geared up and log off. I have updated the ride list to suit the most recent roll call (see page 2 of this thread). See you all for the aftermath. 8)


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