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the "I hate xmas shopping" ride - 29th December
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Author:  BobCatMax [ Thu Dec 05, 2013 3:24 pm ]
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now a firm favourite, anyone up for the usual loop this year?

29th December,10am for a 10.30 (haha) start from Arundel station

Attendees...

TheGreenRabbit
BobCatMax
Dawn Treader
Godders (?)
vmlopes
Mike Muz

Ride is a rough approximation of this

Any more questions, please ask :-)

Author:  BobCatMax [ Fri Dec 06, 2013 10:08 am ]
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actually - looking at my social butterfly-esque schedule and this might have to be a 'tweener ride, inbetween xmas and the new year.....

Author:  Dawn Treader [ Fri Dec 06, 2013 12:25 pm ]
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I'd love to come. I may be in Liverpool over Christmas eve / day & Boxing Day but would try to get back for this one. I'm at the starting grid now ... :lol:

Author:  TheGreenRabbit [ Fri Dec 06, 2013 2:24 pm ]
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'tweener ride would be good, how about the Sunday the 29th ?

Author:  BobCatMax [ Fri Dec 06, 2013 5:56 pm ]
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I say that - Saturday 21st would be perfect. just realised the housewarming we're booked in at is the weekend before and the Mrs BCM is working a saturday shift.

Happy to call the loop on the 29th and go for a blast round whiteways on the 21st if anyone fancies it?

Author:  Dawn Treader [ Fri Dec 06, 2013 7:28 pm ]
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I would be up to doing the 21st Dec ride and try for the 29th as well

Author:  vmlopes [ Sun Dec 08, 2013 6:04 pm ]
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I came down and did the last Tour de Cake with a few of the locals so would be up for the 21st or 29th, any more details of the route for a non local?

Author:  BobCatMax [ Sun Dec 08, 2013 6:46 pm ]
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Will dig out a rough map of the route for everyone

Author:  godders [ Sun Dec 08, 2013 11:44 pm ]
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Yo !! not sure if i can make the 21st :roll: all depends if we finnish nights on the thursday ...if we have to do the friday then i wont be back in time for it :(
pretty surre i can make the 29th though :) lets just hope this dry weather keeps up fot the next few weeks :wink:
Mick :xmas-big-grin:

Author:  Mike Muz [ Sun Dec 08, 2013 11:47 pm ]
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I'm in for the 29th ,
Just need to know where and when :wink:
Mike

Author:  TheGreenRabbit [ Mon Dec 09, 2013 9:54 am ]
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I'm in, might as well get my second ride of the year out of the way.

Author:  Mike Muz [ Mon Dec 09, 2013 2:48 pm ]
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TheGreenRabbit wrote:
I'm in, might as well get my second ride of the year out of the way.


You be careful ol' fella ! :roll:
Mike

Author:  BobCatMax [ Mon Dec 09, 2013 9:00 pm ]
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First post updated with some more details...

Author:  Mike Muz [ Tue Dec 10, 2013 12:36 pm ]
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This ride is two days before my birthday ,so feel free to buy cards , presents ,take the p-ss etc ! :xmas-big-grin:
Mike

Author:  TheGreenRabbit [ Tue Dec 10, 2013 1:41 pm ]
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cake on you then....

Author:  Mike Muz [ Tue Dec 10, 2013 3:42 pm ]
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Wouldn't wanna spoil your lithe lines GR ! :lol:
Mike

Author:  chiswickcollectables [ Wed Dec 11, 2013 9:47 am ]
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Sounds just the ticket to burn off Xmas bulge... hope to make it :)

Author:  TheGreenRabbit [ Wed Dec 11, 2013 9:51 am ]
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Mike Muz 67 wrote:
Wouldn't wanna spoil your lithe lines GR ! :lol:
Mike


:twisted:

Author:  Vinevo [ Mon Dec 16, 2013 5:19 pm ]
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I'm up for this one!, will let a few other local RBers know, cheers, Ash.

Author:  BobCatMax [ Tue Dec 24, 2013 9:52 am ]
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still a little way off but the weather might let us get away with this one...

Author:  TheGreenRabbit [ Tue Dec 24, 2013 11:38 am ]
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Are you a man or a mouse ?........pass the cheese

Author:  godders [ Sun Dec 29, 2013 12:16 am ]
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Hi guys, im afraid that you are going to have to count me out for tomorow ,
in the middle of the worst man flu that ive had for years and in no mood to go out and get covered in shit and freeze my nuts off :oops:
all being well i should see you all about April/may time ok :wink:
Mick :(

Author:  Vinevo [ Sun Dec 29, 2013 12:22 am ]
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Me and Steve aka Discodrive will be there, as long as I sleep off all this ale and port! :xmas-big-grin:

Author:  Dawn Treader [ Sun Dec 29, 2013 12:23 am ]
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I'm still up in Liverpool and can't make it also.

Author:  BobCatMax [ Sun Dec 29, 2013 9:04 am ]
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There's always next time gents.

Will get some photos and no doubt tales of frozen nuts...

Author:  BobCatMax [ Sun Dec 29, 2013 9:22 am ]
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don't forget - Arundel Station, NOT whiteways

Author:  Disco Drive [ Sun Dec 29, 2013 6:18 pm ]
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Great to meet you guys today 8) made it back to the car but it did feel like the wheel was going to collapse at any point!

Author:  Vinevo [ Sun Dec 29, 2013 7:04 pm ]
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Great meet up and location, lovely muddy woods, shame about Steve's rear hub flange shortening our day but definitely up for another ride sometime.

Hope the rest of your day was as good as the first half!

Cheers, Ash.

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Author:  Augustus [ Sun Dec 29, 2013 9:42 pm ]
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Glad you all had fun. If I'd not strained my back I'd have been there today.

Author:  DA-EVO [ Mon Dec 30, 2013 1:18 am ]
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Was a great day, thanks for organising it Bob, good to see and meet you all.

:)

Author:  BobCatMax [ Mon Dec 30, 2013 3:13 pm ]
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The day started cold, too cold. The first mechanical of the day was a frozen gate lock. De-Icer, swearing, and general ham-handedness wearing gloves eventually won out and with Klein-mad-Chris running 5 minutes late, no-one was any the wiser..

we spun along the 3 miles to Arundel station at a a steady speed, bemoaning the lack of decent weather for riding, getting the excuses in early for any poor performance later on in the day and tipping a nod to the weather gods for this mornings glorious crisp blue sky.

Vinevo and Disco Drive arrived almost bang on time with a brighter than bright Klein and stunning Ti Dean. I say stunning as EVERYTHING was Ti. Except the V-brake noodle, that was the only thing we could find...

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Mike Muz67 was soon after on his lovely restored Scott and a very last minute skin of his teeth arrival from DA-EVO on his Van Nicholls. Ten minutes past our alloted departure time we struck out into the frosty wilderness of Arundel town centre...

Once out of the town after a cash machine pit stop, we spun on into the fisheries and the start of the woods. Here we soon discovered what was to set the tone for the rest of the ride. mud. lots of it.

The first hill had us harking back to our earlier protestations and Mike putting us all to shame. Our breath recovered we spun along at the edge of the treeline, regaling tales of all the mechanical causalities this first section of the ride creates (me being one of them!). A few up and downs, some chainstay clearing excerises and seemingly endless calls of nature for myself were were flowing nicely (pun intended) through the woods.

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All was not to be and having tempted fate just once to often it was Disco Drive that succumbed, or rather his Dean did...

a Ti Hope Hub, deflanged...

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We limped on up to Whiteways under half power, though this in part was due to my legs as much as Steve's back wheel, for a regroup, rethink and recaffeinate

Vinevo and Disco Drive decided to call it a day and wheel the downhill home to the station to prevent any further damage, but not before a young spaniel pup had decided to "scent mark" my rucksack...my overwhelming manliness clearly a threat to it. Profuse apologies from both the owner and the walker, several bawdy jokes and some guilt chocolates later and we were good to head off into Whiteways for some fun, or so we hoped..

The legs were left wanting, the mud was trying and the back wheel..well, the back wheel did a lot more slipping than gripping. Klein mad Chris wisely chose to miss out the middle section and with the sun casting longer and longer shadows we set off back to the station car park

At the top of Houghton we were met by a very wet Amberley..

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..so an amended route home was quickly planned, through Canada Barn, keeping to the east of Stoke, rather than the west. At Warningcamp, we bid farewell to MikeMuz67 and DA-EVO. They carried on to the station and Chris and I snaked back through APE to find a well earned pint.

Bike of the ride AND mechanical of the ride goes to Disco Drive aka Steve
Accident of the ride goes to the spaniel pup who pissed all over my rucksack

lovely to ride with you lot again, it seems to get further and further apart these days, thanks for turning up

Author:  Vinevo [ Mon Dec 30, 2013 11:33 pm ]
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Nice write up Max, washed your backpack yet?! :lol: see you all again, Ash.

Author:  Dawn Treader [ Tue Dec 31, 2013 12:25 am ]
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Thanks Max. It showed nice photos and a well written story of the day out. Thanks for letting us see what happened.
I hope to have my route from Arundel in gear by early Springtime.

Author:  Mike Muz [ Wed Jan 01, 2014 3:23 pm ]
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Hi Max , thanks for another good ride and , for me at least , introducing new trails and retroriders .
It was I think the best weather we've had too , despite taking ages to clear the ice off the car so I could make it on time :facepalm:
Looking forward to the next one .
BTW , looking into sneaking a cross bike into the loft now , before looming boiler replacement knackers my finances ! :lol: :facepalm:

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