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 Post subject: First UK ride?
PostPosted: Tue Dec 09, 2008 12:52 am 
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:D A classic ride over classic Chiltern's terrain :D


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 09, 2008 8:44 am 
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Some great action photos there Graham


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 09, 2008 12:56 pm 
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Looks like you all had a decent weekend down there 8)

Great pics :)


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 10, 2008 12:01 am 
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Where are the pith helmets?

:!: Cleland owners, of course, only wear their pith helmets for colonial expeditions and the Queens' Birthday.:!:

:roll: A Cleland owner visiting the Americas for instance, would be compeled by etiquette to don their ceremonial pith helmets whilst simultaniosly flying a Union Jack from between their panniers. :roll:

:oops: Attaching flowers to pith helmets, as shown here, is of course frowned upon. :oops:


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 Post subject: Birthday Ride 2008
PostPosted: Wed Dec 10, 2008 9:55 pm 
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We, indeed, had us an excellent ride.
As usual, in the Chilterns, there was plenty of mud, and very deep in places. Fortunately, overnight rain had made it just a little sloppy, and in places it was still frozen. It was most noticable that several bikes had already been along most of the paths we rode, and it made it so much easier to get through ~ it's always more difficult if you're the cutting the first track across the soft stuff. This phenomenon was more noticable this year than in previous years.
We had a good range of machine designs:
Mercian Semi-Cyclo-Cross bike
Classic Ritchey
Original HighPath Cleland
Modern Cleland Aventura II
Tall two-niner
Three 'standard' modern mountain bikes.
All the bikes rode well throughout the ride, just showing that there is no one design for riding off-road, and how adaptable all riders can be. I also noticed how the general level of off-road riding skills is reaching heights inconceivable fifteen years ago.
It was really good to see several veterans of the early rides, who'd tracked down the details from the Cleland Website, and I was especially pleased to meet with Ed & Max, RetroBike Gurus. And we mustn't forget the late arrival of 'The Captain' ~ Steve Chantler, who probably has the most extensive collection of Clelands in the country.
The after-dark section was particularly enjoyable, riding on corn flakes as the frost came in. We were lost only once in the thick woodland, where all paths look the same when daylight goes.
And the final whoosh down to Wendover in pitch black, I have a 4w front lamp and a 1w headtorch, was, as you can guess, a bit frilling . . .
Thanks everyone ~ the experience will keep me going for some time.
What about a Cleland ride in Thrunton Woods, up here in the north?


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 11, 2008 8:18 pm 
B.o.T.M. Winner / Feature Bike
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Enjoyed the day a big Thank You to Geoff and Graham for answering so many Questions. As ed says the Cleland is a impresive ride as are the pictures they capture the day well Cheers Max.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 08, 2009 1:24 am 
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For news and photos of the 2009 Birthday Ride follow this link


http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewto ... 180#588180


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