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 Post subject: Wendover Bash aftermath
PostPosted: Mon Dec 08, 2008 11:41 am 
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Yesterday was the Wendover Bash, details here http://www.james-walters.net/cleland/th ... -ride.html. Plenty of very interesting discussion on Highpath and Cleland here http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=42540

Great and extremely sociable ride, wide range of bikes (including a couple of Clelands, Max on an 84 Ritchey with panniers) and riders (including Graham showing how a gentleman rider should be attired - shirt and tie - and Geoff in wellies).

I managed a quick spin on a Cleland at the lunch stop (many thanks Graham) and although it was only a brief first impression I was struck in particular by how upright and 'short' it was compared to my bikes and also how low a pressure the tyres can be run. Very impressive is also is that it is pretty much all serviceable in the field with just an allen key and Graham agreed that an aheadset would make it even easier. A longer ride would be really interesting

Ended up riding in the dark with Geoff eschewing lights for as long as possible as it ruins the night vision :shock:

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 08, 2008 11:42 am 
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And the RB contingent, sadly Max did not have a selection of fine cheeses in his panniers as I had hoped


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 08, 2008 11:43 am 
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Well done chaps!

Loving the Ritchey vs. Cleland geometry shot!

Mr K

PS. Even got Max in a photo - rare indeed... ;-)


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 08, 2008 4:27 pm 
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Where are the pith helmets?


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 08, 2008 6:51 pm 
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propper retro!! 8) :D

looks like alot of had good rides this weekend! :D


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 Post subject: First UK ride?
PostPosted: Mon Dec 08, 2008 11:43 pm 
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First UK ride?

This started as a RoughStuff ride way-way back, but this ride was led by British mountain bike pioneer, Geoff Apps. About 1982 the character of the ride changed as the bikes designed by Geoff were going where RoughStuff bikes and riders couldn,t. The first, modern style, all-terrain bike ride was born. It has continued every December since then.

:?: 650B Revival :?:
Many of the original Cleland bikes have, long since, either run out of spares or their owners retired from riding or simply lost touch. One major problem with Clelands, the availability if suitable 650b tyres, is steadily improving. Hopefully, with the help of sites like RetroBike, we can track down many more early bikes and get them back, off-road.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 08, 2008 11:53 pm 
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mrkawasaki wrote:
Well done chaps!

Loving the Ritchey vs. Cleland geometry shot!

Mr K

PS. Even got Max in a photo - rare indeed... ;-)


Hmm, which is rarer, Max in action or me taking a decent photo?


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 Post subject: First UK ride?
PostPosted: Mon Dec 08, 2008 11:54 pm 
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Cleland riders use mudguards to keep their clothing clean.

:( The tweed jackets and deerstalkers that the American pioneers wore, must have ended up in a right state. :(

:shock: Of course I know that Americans don't wear pith helmets, so "pith helmet' stain" wouldn't concern them. :shock:


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 Post subject: First UK ride?
PostPosted: Tue Dec 09, 2008 12:27 am 
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More pic's...


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 Post subject: First UK ride?
PostPosted: Tue Dec 09, 2008 12:48 am 
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....Action shots..


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