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PostPosted: Tue Dec 08, 2009 11:54 am 
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mrkawasaki said: "Hopefully we can see a Highpath/Cleland or two in Wales next September"...


I will do my best to rally the troops. Although the Cleland/Highpath community is widely spread around the British Isles. A Welsh location could encourage the Wales centred Highpath people to make an appearance.

A straw poll amoungst the 'Birthday riders' indicated that most, like myself would like to be there. Since between us we own 9 Clelands and two Highpaths (all pre 1990 and 8 of those in full working order), we should manage at least a small presence.

Graham.


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Wales sounds interesting. I'm hoping to get some folks together for a ride in Trunton Woods; some nice challenging singletrack, but I just pootle down while waving my Bus Pass.

Yes, Wendover was an excellent ride. Robert and I seemed to be the most adventurous of the group, and he's only a few weeks younger than me. We both had a good thrash down the final hill, after dark, he lead and I was right behind him.

Aventura TwentyTen, although only completed the week before, and had its final tweaks the day before, behaved with aplomb, in fact it was just like riding one of my originals, but better.

I felt a little responsible in case Jan's original Aventura broke down for any reason. However, once he realised that 15lb in the tyres was just right, there was no stopping him.

So, here's to next year.


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 13, 2009 11:56 pm 
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Geoff Apps wrote:
"Wendover was an excellent ride. Robert and I seemed to be the most adventurous of the group, and he's only a few weeks younger than me. We both had a good thrash down the final hill, after dark, he lead and I was right behind him".

I may be younger. But it's difficult to be "adventurous" and to be the first to "thrash down the final hill", when you know that main purpose of the ride is to...

...have the cleanest chain. :shock:


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Ha ha, that made me chuckle.

Yes, I was impressed on the day, and I'm reminded of the experimentation with DPC the previous day.

If just fitted a longer mudflap to my front wheel, and when I get the longer mudguards fitted, it'll give even more protection.

Also, I've just fitted the Haworth Swing pedals, and will try them out tomorrow.


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That bicycle is a peach - get it in BoTM pronto!

What's the story behind the find??

Mr K


Hi All.
I'm the third owner of No.5. The original owner was an American, probably Armed forces, as the bike has been around the world on various postings but ended up back in East Anglia. c.2005 It was then acquired by a fellow member of the Veteran Cycle Club, who like the original owner visited Geoff back in the '80's but could not afford one at the time. I aquired the bike from Tim in early 2008, and apart from changing the pedals and a service, I have done nothing to the machine. As Graham pointed out in his Birthday ride report, he did advise me to drop the tyre pressures for the muddy conditions. So far it has been mainly used on Bridleways and some road mileage, but even with 60 psi Clelands are a bit sluggish on road. Off road with 15 psi and they are in their element, never has mud been so much fun....honest. Unfortunately lost out badly in the "Keeping the Chain Clean" competition, but will try harder next year.
Believed to be one of only two machines supplied in all black finish, this bike is in near original condition [thanks Graham - for the loan of the chain guard] requiring just minor mods to the rear rack, a TA chainset and the addition of a new set of transfers to add [Thanks Geoff] to bring it back into spec. All in all a rare machine and a most enjoyable way to get off road. Note, if you attend next year, Deerstalker, shirt, tie,Plus fours and tweed jacket are compulsory :) keepin' it low and slo', Jan


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Thanks for that, Jan.

Unlike modern MTB tyres, with very thin sidewalls, the original Hakkapeliittas had relatively thick sidewalls and should be run at around 15psi pressure.
The Clelands are sluggish on the road, but seem to come into their own as soon as you leave the tarmac. The difference is quite marked, an I'm still not quite sure why this should be.
Front mudguard length is a key element in the Clean Chain Contest. It means you have to adapt a rear muguard to get the length, and add a longish mudflap.
Don't forget I've a pair of original SunTour Bear trap pedals here if you want them. However, they need a complete bearing overhaul.
You'll have to come up north sometime and find out how well the Aventura rides over rock and bog.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 29, 2009 11:33 am 
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Geoff

Thanks for the invite. Have you set a date for the Trunton woods ride yet? Should be able to get away for a couple of days [Mmmn!] BTW Brakes are a lot better since the Birthday ride, thanks for the advise. Hope to see you all soon. Lastly, how's the DIY sheet coming on for the new Aventura build ?
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No date set yet for the Thrunton Ride, but how about some time in March?

Self-build spec sheets yet to be started, sorry...


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I am making plans for a long-weekend over the bank holiday at the end of May. The rides will be two local rides around Duns, plus a day at Thrunton and a day at Glentress.
Before doing anything definite, I need to know who may be interested in coming, so please either reply to this posting, or email me direct from the Cleland website http://www.cleland-cycles.co.uk. Thanks

EARLY WARNING ~ I will be wearing my new camo kilt ...and wellies!
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I'll link to this in the macretro forum, I'm sure a couple of locals will come down to glentress for the day.


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