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Author:  grumpycommuter [ Sun Aug 25, 2013 9:00 pm ]
Post subject:  Saturday 14th September - Meet up at Hook Norton

It's beginning to look a touch autumnal ladies and gents :)

Aim to meet up at The Pear Tree in Hook Norton for 1200. Dave is organising a ride from Stow to arrive at the pub so drop him a PM but i'm sure he'll lob some details up here soon.

I'll be heading down from Atherstone via Nuneaton to collect 'The Blue Cockerel' if he's available. So if you want to tag along with us drop me a PM.

Looking forward to shooting the breeze for an hour or so....

Author:  daj [ Sun Aug 25, 2013 9:21 pm ]
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Yeeeeeeeeeeeep I'm in!!

It's 12 miles from my house direct so I'd estimate 30 mile all round trip off the main roads. It's the Cotswolds so there will be climbing involved but be at SOCIAL pace.

Author:  bobbinogs [ Mon Aug 26, 2013 1:55 pm ]
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Count me in. I'll ride over to Daj's, let me know what time you think we should be leaving from there.

I take it we are stopping for a nice lunch at Hooky (no cheese sarnies for me, ta).

Author:  matthew71 [ Mon Aug 26, 2013 4:41 pm ]
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Social pace and robin........how is that going to work? :D

Author:  matthew71 [ Mon Aug 26, 2013 4:42 pm ]
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Social pace and robin........how is that going to work? :D

Author:  matthew71 [ Mon Aug 26, 2013 4:43 pm ]
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Bloody welsh internet :D

Author:  grumpycommuter [ Mon Aug 26, 2013 7:33 pm ]
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matthew71 wrote:
Bloody welsh internet :D


They actually let you into Wales?

Author:  matthew71 [ Mon Aug 26, 2013 10:27 pm ]
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grumpycommuter wrote:
matthew71 wrote:
Bloody welsh internet :D


They actually let you into Wales?


i was doing my day job as a christian missionary,doing the work of the good lord :D

Author:  matthew71 [ Tue Aug 27, 2013 5:03 pm ]
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so who,s idea was it to put the ride on at the same time as the peak ride? surely this will limit the numbers who turn up

Author:  daj [ Tue Aug 27, 2013 5:33 pm ]
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Went with the date that suited Karl if anyone was planning on doing the Peaks we can look at changing?

Author:  grumpycommuter [ Tue Aug 27, 2013 6:38 pm ]
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matthew71 wrote:
so who,s idea was it to put the ride on at the same time as the peak ride? surely this will limit the numbers who turn up


happy to change if required....need to check with Robin though....can't see a reason why both can't run on the same day. Are you thinking of taking up off-road riding again Matt?

28th / 29th September?

Author:  daj [ Tue Aug 27, 2013 6:42 pm ]
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three are so far happy with original date , Matt has yet to say if he is actually doing either ride so keep it I say unless there is a massive surge of complaints with I doubt :lol: :lol:

Author:  grumpycommuter [ Tue Aug 27, 2013 7:37 pm ]
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daj wrote:
three are so far happy with original date , Matt has yet to say if he is actually doing either ride so keep it I say unless there is a massive surge of complaints with I doubt :lol: :lol:


Spoken like a true moderator!!

Sounds good to me...

Author:  daj [ Tue Aug 27, 2013 7:39 pm ]
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grumpycommuter wrote:
daj wrote:
three are so far happy with original date , Matt has yet to say if he is actually doing either ride so keep it I say unless there is a massive surge of complaints with I doubt :lol: :lol:


Spoken like a true moderator!!

Sounds good to me...


I'm not cool enough to be a moderator !! I'm a knoberator 8)

Author:  grumpycommuter [ Tue Aug 27, 2013 7:45 pm ]
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Did the good lady give you that name?

Author:  daj [ Tue Aug 27, 2013 7:59 pm ]
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grumpycommuter wrote:
Did the good lady give you that name?


One of many!!! 8)

Author:  bobbinogs [ Tue Aug 27, 2013 9:03 pm ]
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I am happy to keep with the original date, let's not over complicate things. This is a great chance to meet up and have a chin wag/beer or two/cheese sarnie/take the piff of pikers and then ride home.

I don't do knobbly bits but if I did they wouldn't be wasted on black hoops on a bouncy bike.

Author:  daj [ Tue Aug 27, 2013 9:36 pm ]
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bobbinogs wrote:
I am happy to keep with the original date, let's not over complicate things. This is a great chance to meet up and have a chin wag/beer or two/cheese sarnie/take the piff of pikers and then ride home.

I don't do knobbly bits but if I did they wouldn't be wasted on black hoops on a bouncy bike.


Here here!! 8)

Author:  grumpycommuter [ Wed Aug 28, 2013 9:21 pm ]
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bobbinogs wrote:
I am happy to keep with the original date, let's not over complicate things. This is a great chance to meet up and have a chin wag/beer or two/cheese sarnie/take the piff of pikers and then ride home.

I don't do knobbly bits but if I did they wouldn't be wasted on black hoops on a bouncy bike.


Original date it is then!

I dont really go in for all the 'signature at the bottom of each post' thing but i am so temped to use Robin's eloquent description of MTB's :)

Author:  Harry Porter [ Thu Aug 29, 2013 7:03 pm ]
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Evening All,

I have got a voucher for a tour of Hook Norton's brewery somewhere. I'll have a rummage if anyone wants it.

It's about 50m from me to the Pear Tree, which is just my sort of distance. The trouble is with the 50m back again which I fear is not.

Even so, still two weeks to get some practice in. :roll:

Ken

Author:  grumpycommuter [ Thu Aug 29, 2013 8:08 pm ]
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Harry Porter wrote:
Evening All,

I have got a voucher for a tour of Hook Norton's brewery somewhere. I'll have a rummage if anyone wants it.

It's about 50m from me to the Pear Tree, which is just my sort of distance. The trouble is with the 50m back again which I fear is not.

Even so, still two weeks to get some practice in. :roll:

Ken


You are more than welcome to tag along Ken. I was thinking of 3 hours down and the same back, so 17 ish average.

Author:  Harry Porter [ Thu Aug 29, 2013 8:27 pm ]
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grumpycommuter wrote:
You are more than welcome to tag along Ken. I was thinking of 3 hours down and the same back, so 17 ish average.

:o
17mph is more like my max than my average. If that's what you've got in mind, I may follow in the illustrious wheel tracks of Maurice Garin and tackle the return stretch by train.

Author:  daj [ Thu Aug 29, 2013 8:36 pm ]
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I'm getting confused here!

Harry lives in hook norton?

Author:  Harry Porter [ Thu Aug 29, 2013 8:47 pm ]
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Daj, When I said 50m, I meant 50 miles.

Author:  daj [ Thu Aug 29, 2013 8:59 pm ]
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Harry Porter wrote:
Daj, When I said 50m, I meant 50 miles.



Ooooooowwww in that case you better get your arse in gear :lol: :lol:

Can always drive over to Stow?

Author:  matthew71 [ Thu Aug 29, 2013 9:30 pm ]
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not sure what i am doing that weekend,there is the peak ride , karls ride to the cotswolds and the bucks 100 ride on the sunday.i will have a think about it over the weekend.one thing putting me of the cotswold ride is that i will have to look at karls poxy green ctc jersey for several hours

Author:  grumpycommuter [ Thu Aug 29, 2013 9:35 pm ]
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matthew71 wrote:
not sure what i am doing that weekend,there is the peak ride , karls ride to the cotswolds and the bucks 100 ride on the sunday.i will have a think about it over the weekend.one thing putting me of the cotswold ride is that i will have to look at karls poxy green ctc jersey for several hours


i'll wear my pink one if that swings it for you...

Author:  Harry Porter [ Thu Aug 29, 2013 10:06 pm ]
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Usually I get told about arse and gear during and after the ride, but not before. :D

That is a cunning ruse about using the car. :idea: Ideally, I could hide it behind the pub, ride a lap of the block and claim an average of 17mph. :idea:

Seriously though, I will be cheating somehow because I doubt I'm up for the century.

Author:  matthew71 [ Thu Aug 29, 2013 10:22 pm ]
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grumpycommuter wrote:
matthew71 wrote:
not sure what i am doing that weekend,there is the peak ride , karls ride to the cotswolds and the bucks 100 ride on the sunday.i will have a think about it over the weekend.one thing putting me of the cotswold ride is that i will have to look at karls poxy green ctc jersey for several hours


i'll wear my pink one if that swings it for you...



Now you mention swinging....thats tempting

Author:  bobbinogs [ Fri Aug 30, 2013 8:22 am ]
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Harry Porter wrote:
Usually I get told about arse and gear during and after the ride, but not before. :D

That is a cunning ruse about using the car. :idea: Ideally, I could hide it behind the pub, ride a lap of the block and claim an average of 17mph. :idea:

Seriously though, I will be cheating somehow because I doubt I'm up for the century.


Driving to Dave's would be a good option then, given the excellent parking and an outside chance of a cuppa before we set off :)

The ride over tp Hooky from Stow will be nice and undulating without any real stonking hills. Round trip will be about a 50-60 mile ride.

I'll still be cycling over from Chelters though in case any one fancies a longer ride from there (though the ride up to Stow is a bit tough).

Author:  Harry Porter [ Fri Aug 30, 2013 8:45 pm ]
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The Stow option sounds good, esp with a cuppa into the bargain, thanks for the invitation.

The thing is, I have afflicted myself with a little sportscar into which a bike cannot be bundled.

Also, I have spent the day psyching myself up for the ton. If Boris Imperator of Londinium can do it, why not me at half his weight? 4hrs each way compared to Karl's 3hrs.

Besides, I can always bunk off to the railway station at Leamington if the old clockwork mechanism runs down. Which it might. The costwolders seem to have strewn quite a lot of contour lines about the place!

Author:  daj [ Thu Sep 05, 2013 10:49 pm ]
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Karl,

Any updates on when your convoy should be arriving in hooky?

Is Matty & Darren riding?

Can start making plans this end 8)

Dave

Author:  grumpycommuter [ Fri Sep 06, 2013 6:19 am ]
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daj wrote:
Karl,

Any updates on when your convoy should be arriving in hooky?

Is Matty & Darren riding?

Can start making plans this end 8)

Dave


Not heard anything from the terrible twosome, i'll drop them a text today. I'm aiming to arrive at The Pear Tree for opening time (1200).

Author:  daj [ Sun Sep 08, 2013 9:13 pm ]
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any updates to this? Its the weekend before a horrendous charity ride so needs to be clocking up some miles ideally. I take it none of the "social" requesters are coming?

Author:  grumpycommuter [ Mon Sep 09, 2013 7:46 pm ]
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daj wrote:
any updates to this? Its the weekend before a horrendous charity ride so needs to be clocking up some miles ideally. I take it none of the "social" requesters are coming?


I'll be popping down regardless :lol:

In tow will be Ken and two non-RB'ers Ian and John. Still aiming to arrive at the pub for 1200. And come on 'pootlers', where are you? This is the perfect opportunity for a gentle spin and if the pace is a concern then the centralish location means you can potter down to the meet point at a speed that suits you.

Map of the route for us northerners to follow...

Here it is, courtesy of Ken - https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?vps=2&i ... ce4e15169e

Author:  The History Man [ Mon Sep 09, 2013 8:25 pm ]
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I know my place. And pace.

Author:  grumpycommuter [ Mon Sep 09, 2013 8:45 pm ]
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The History Man wrote:
I know my place. And pace.


which is where and what?

Author:  The History Man [ Mon Sep 09, 2013 8:47 pm ]
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At home and slow. On my bike that's too small for me. (Says matt)

Author:  Iwasgoodonce [ Mon Sep 09, 2013 9:01 pm ]
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I had been keeping an eye on this and was thinking of making it my last ride until next spring. However, I will be down in Devon at a family party so have a good one everybody!

Author:  grumpycommuter [ Mon Sep 09, 2013 9:03 pm ]
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The History Man wrote:
At home and slow. On my bike that's too small for me. (Says matt)


You obviously never saw my Sun Worksop...outrageously inappropriately small but so shiny!

Author:  daj [ Mon Sep 09, 2013 9:27 pm ]
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Looks like from stow its Bobinnogs, theredchilli & myself

Going to look at meeting up with the gang heading down before the pub or one longer loop straight to the pub.

10ish start I guess for bit of a ride before 12 meet 8)

Author:  bobbinogs [ Tue Sep 10, 2013 10:05 pm ]
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Yepp, get the kettle on, dear.

Author:  grumpycommuter [ Thu Sep 12, 2013 4:09 pm ]
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Weather forecast is looking less moist....any more takers? The Atherstone retro-train is down to 3. Myself, Ken and John (not the boss man John). Matt cracked earlier this week (probably green top related).

Author:  daj [ Thu Sep 12, 2013 4:49 pm ]
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grumpycommuter wrote:
Weather forecast is looking less moist....any more takers? The Atherstone retro-train is down to 3. Myself, Ken and John (not the boss man John). Matt cracked earlier this week (probably green top related).


You should of told Matt it was a sportive and £45 entry !!

School boy error Karl :roll: :lol: :lol:

Author:  daj [ Fri Sep 13, 2013 5:52 pm ]
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Tomorrow is nearly here!!

Prompt 10:30 start , PM for postcode and address details

Starting from Stow are three of us and have mapped a pretty sociable 50 miles total with the Hooky meet in the middle can be changed to peoples demands but looking at Sundays weather forecast tomorrow is going to be the riding day!! :shock:

See you in the morning 8)

Author:  grumpycommuter [ Fri Sep 13, 2013 6:48 pm ]
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daj wrote:
Tomorrow is nearly here!!

Prompt 10:30 start , PM for postcode and address details

Starting from Stow are three of us and have mapped a pretty sociable 50 miles total with the Hooky meet in the middle can be changed to peoples demands but looking at Sundays weather forecast tomorrow is going to be the riding day!! :shock:

See you in the morning 8)


The Atherstone three-some is now a two-some and we are both itching to get going :roll:

Leaving Atherstone at 0800 so i guess Ken is planning a cup-of-tea break somewhere. Drop me a PM if you interested.

See you at lunchtime...

Author:  Harry Porter [ Fri Sep 13, 2013 7:15 pm ]
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I have just been round the block to test The Conditions. The puddles are filling up nicely. Have fitted Bluemel's mudguards, height of fashion.

I was thinking of saving the tea stop for the return journey. It's going to take four hours each way because I'll be needing to ride like grandma, yes even more so than usual, to complete the distance.

See you on the morrow, Ken.

Author:  bobbinogs [ Sat Sep 14, 2013 8:16 pm ]
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Great to see you all today, lovely ride and lovely company. Some nice bikes but no steel on the Stow possee :facepalm:

Hope Karl and Ken are back by now :wink:. I managed to get 101 miles in, just. Felt like a lot more by the end.

I'm currently refilling my tank with some fine bottle conditioned stout, kind of in(n) keeping with a day trip to a brewery. Dial-a-curry is on its way, wall to wall cycling on the box tomorrow. Shaping up to be a decent w/e, eh!!

Author:  daj [ Sat Sep 14, 2013 8:26 pm ]
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Great ride in fantastic company !!!

I clocked up 53 but forgot to turn it on for a bit so maybe it was a bit more good climbing and speed today ...suffered but enjoyed 8)

Having lived in the Cotswolds since 1988 unbelievable really it was my first visit to the brewery and deff go back to have a proper mooch round. The pub lunch meet with Karl and ken was spot on and well timed. Fantastic effort from both and very enjoyable to spend lunch talking usual rubbish !! :lol:

The basis for more adventures I think ?

Author:  Harry Porter [ Sun Sep 15, 2013 2:57 pm ]
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Today is the first morning after a hundred mile ride for me.

My symptoms were much alleviated by an enormous bacon & eggs brekkie. Thence to the supermarket where I could rely on to the trolley for support, then snooker practice where I used my cue mainly as a walking stick.

Absolutely crippled on arrival last night. Could hardly climb the stairs.

The ride itself was surprisingly easy going. One of those rare days where it seemed to be downhill in both directions. The last few miles were a voyage into the twilight zone, having not gone that far before. Miles 75 to 85 were a dozy, hypnotic affair.

Edith's famous flapjacks and a bottle of purple loopy juice from Balsall Common newsagent revived the last bit and we completed the distance as if it had been a much shorter ride.

There is nothing like a nutter on a fixie cruising past you with indecent ease on each climb to make you raise your game. Sincere thanks to Karl for looking after me.

That Hook Norton is within cycling distance of home is quite a discovery so I'm pleased as punch with that.

Definitely game for more such adventures in the spring.

I'm hoping to regain full use of my legs later in the week.

Cheers, Ken

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