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PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 9:28 am 
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Andy is a 6 speed cassette not in fact a 6 speed freewheel which you could just swap onto the old galaxy wheel. They've not made 6 speed cassettes since God could still swing his leg over a saddle ?


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 12:22 pm 
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Anymore ?????????????


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 23, 2013 12:03 pm 
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Looking like this is the final Roll Call:

So we got:
Me - Velomaniac
Hawmaw
Mr Panda
Gmac
Jamie Dyer (if he's prepared for the epic journey down here)
Drystonepaul (only Englander so far and if he's prepared for the epic journey up here)

There was a couple of other notices of interest in the past but they've not confirmed and thus probably not coming.

So six of us potentially :wink:


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 24, 2013 8:19 am 
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..............and then there were 5 potentially.

Jamie wont be with us but since his plan involved driving the length of Scotland at the last minute because he forgot and the fact when he got home from work last night he had to fix his imersion tank that had split it was obvious the Gods had it in for him.

Last chance to sign up or bale out :wink:


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 25, 2013 10:31 pm 
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Location: Lanarkshire, Bonnie Scotchland
superb ride yesterday, thanks to a great route choice by velo

we set out from Newtown St Boswells as a trio velo, hawmaw and gmac123 for a rolling ride around the borders

velo's weapon of choice was a dawes lightening, complete with saddle bag and flattish bars. andy was sporting his recently restored and very clean 70s dawes galaxy, a lovely bike and I gave my old dave yates a ride out. wish i took pictures of the bikes, but with just a old blackberry I hadn't expected the chief photographer role :)

first up was dryburgh abbey

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IMG00239-20130824-1146 by gmac123, on Flickr

the route took us onto kelso where we carbohydrate loaded across the road from the abbey with a poke of chips :lol: :lol: :facepalm:

along the way we travelled along nice quiet farm roads, crossing several rivers (or the same one many times) on a variety of bridges and even a ford :shock: :D

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IMG00245-20130824-1526 by gmac123, on Flickr

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IMG00246-20130824-1527 by gmac123, on Flickr

much bull was talked

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IMG00241-20130824-1309 by gmac123, on Flickr

and the odd fettle to keep us road worthy :lol: :facepalm:

a great route, thanks to velo for making this happen


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 25, 2013 11:16 pm 
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Looks like a top day out and bikes look great, spill which bike broke then?

And do those sandles have spds on the bottom velo?


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 26, 2013 7:25 am 
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It was , I'm afraid , the Galaxy , which had the only mechanical.
Having only finished putting it back together on Friday afternoon there was no time for a shakedown ride. Gears that work on the bike stand dont neccessarily work on the road. Came to the first hill and found the chain wouldnt drop to the small chainring. Changed it by hand and left it there until just before Melrose when it became apparent that chain on small ring at both ends was flapping about too much. Put it back on big ring only to discover there was a sizable hill approaching. After grinding to the top I had thighs like Sir Hoy !!

I also lost my waterproof jacket just before Kelso when the velcro on my saddle pack came loose. Velo and gmac both suggested that it was an omen and it was sure to rain. Sure enough , whilst eating our chips , the rain came on and stayed a steady heavy drizzle for about an hour. I was damp as were Velos Jesus sandle clad feet :shock:

Those who couldnt make it for whatever reason missed a good day out. Great route , reasonable weather and good company.

And no punctures despite some cobbles , a ford and a farm track which would have suited a CX bike. Gmacs skinny 20s coped with them all !!


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 26, 2013 9:03 am 
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the yates had it's issues too, with slipping gears - not enough friction on the levers, easy to fix but suffered for half the distance for some reason :facepalm: . and a last minute change from toe clips to retro look pedals meant a stop to adjust cleats... anyhows such incidents are par for the course in retroland :D

hopefully this macretro ride will grow in the years to come!!


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 26, 2013 9:31 am 
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Thanks to Andy and Graham for allowing me to lead from the back............way at the back. Not fit enough for leading road rides so shall be passing that honour over to someone else for next year.

We had chips and Andy lost his waterproof a Jedburgh, 33 miles into the ride not Kelso as my observant companions stated. This is the easiest circuit going as you just follow the arrows but they would keep asking me is this arrow pointing this way where we should go :facepalm: :lol:

The ford from Gmacs photography perspective looked way wider than it felt when you were riding it. My soggy Jesus sandals mainly resulted from the Ford when Gmac said Stop !!! I want to take pictures of you crossing causing me to foot down in the river to retrace my steps :lol: Mind you seeing Gmac try to walk down off the slippery foot bridge in road cleats was a sight to behold as well :lol:

Brilliant ride, shame only three of us could do it 8)


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 29, 2013 7:22 pm 
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Location: In the foothills of the foothills of The Cairngorm Massif :D
Bloomin peeved I missed this but personal life just got in the way on Saturday morning, hence the last minute texting :(

Looks like a good route though and well worthy of a repeat from what I've seen.


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