Well peeps I have not really cycled since I was a teenager. Once I hit seventeen it was car all the way then. So I thought I may give it a go again. So here is me a "Novice" having bid for and won on ebay a brilliant bike at a bargain price. A Boardman comp hybrid with drops and not the usual flat bars. I have bought myself a very comprehensive bike repair and maintenance manual as these things I want to learn more about and do them myself. That should satisfy the Anorak engineer in me I hope. I love to know how things work etc. Don`t tell Kanuck but I got that from him....
Snag is all the Local bike shops that is the ones within six miles have shut....interweb buying did for them I expect . So where should I go for a good natter and advice about my trusty new (second hand) velocipede?
Congrats ld, congrats on joining the cycling fraternity!
Yes, sadly bike shops are disappearing in the UK after 10 boom years. Just another victim of the economy and changing fashions etc I suppose.
Have you looked at whether there you have any clubs local to you? The CTC webpage might help. Actually, they're not the CTC anymore, they're something else. They dropped the 'T' bit (Touring) as they thought it gave the wrong impression. The name change didn't half upset (some of) the natives though... but that's another story. Whatever they call themselves, you will find some knowledgeable folk in their fold. Some overly knowledgeable folk in truth - there's always someone ready to tell you what to do (usually a bloke)!! No, I take the p. There are usually some decent and down-to-earth people that will be willing to offer assistance.
I've been cycling for many many years. From before I used to deliver newspapers as a 10 year old, right up to today. Though, tbh, I'm not as active these days as I was a few years ago... but that is also another story!
I'm quite willing to offer advice but I'm not sure how helpful I can be from a distance.
Post by InspectorLorac on Mar 17, 2020 12:39:04 GMT
I've just bought a bike too..... !
To be fair, I already have one, a twenty year old Brompton 5 speed, but it's really only good for pedalling up and down the village street so yesterday after thinking it over for ages and deciding what might be best but with many of life's little brickbats getting in the way I was finally spurred into action by the possibility of not being able to buy one for months if the planet shuts up shop and leaves a closed until further notice sign swinging in the window .
I rang one bike shop yesterday morning, got no answer, only to see it post a closed message in the afternoon until April due to the dreaded lurgy warnings.
Fingers crossed, another bike shop is shipping, or rather, vanning me one for thursday fingers crossed., so once I've swabbed it down with disinfectant and set it up I should be good to go.
We seem to have a fair few bicycle shops here in Ireland still. Not sure if they struggle to keep a float or not. Cycling on the whole seems to be having something of a renaissance which is a very good thing. It's definitely on my top ten list of brilliant inventions.along with the duvet although perhaps not at the same time..
Hello Laisy Daisy, hello all, hope you're all keeping your chins up and as they say here, lean into the spikey bits.....
I bought a second hand mint condition Boardman bike. The Olympic bloke is one of my heros and they have a good reputation among bicyclists don`t `cha know so for the very first time I bid for something on ebay and won and got what I think is a bargain at £170. Now spending money on helmet cycle shorts and other needed accoutrements.
Our local Waitrose one of the better British supermarkets do a small bike trailer loan! BUT at present there is at least there was on Sunday bugger all veggies , bread, fruit and a lot more there to buy. The store had been stripped bare by panic buyers. At that point I panicked myself and purchased some ginger beer and a nice bottle of Chairman's reserve spiced Rum. Knowing we had some fresh limes in the fruit bowl at home. We drank Dark and stormys last night thinking that Rum and Lime juice kept our navy free of scurvy for years..... Think bike riding far from home will have to wait. Anyway it is a bit bloody cold and windy out there yet....
I now have most of what I need for going out for a trial spin except that we are advised to stay home.....
Boris says you can still exercise on your own Daisy as long as you keep your distance. I suppose it depends on how populated or not where you live is.
At the moment over here we're not quite on lock down, just social distancing and staying home as much as possible, limiting contact so I've been out on a few trial runs. Just different one hour circuits in the early morning once it's light. As you know it's pretty rural here. yesterdays run I only saw one car on the road and one heating oil tanker off in the distance, but not another soul apart from a rabbit who ran along ahead of me for about a quarter of a mile or so up the middle of the lane.
I feel like a kid again on this bike so I'm making the most of it while I can before any more stringent rules come in.
I suppose it depends on how populated or not where you live is.
As you know it's pretty rural here.
Those are key points. The application of the regulations perhaps requires a degree of sensitivity as to context.
We're rural here too, and there's a lower level of enforcement around here. The rules are general and catch-all (understandably) but maybe (MAYBE) there's a difference in the level of discretion being applied by the police in enforcing the rules. I don't know though and I'm not about to test it!
I know I can do a 30km bike ride (which is, by letter-of-the-law, forbidden) and I'll not encounter another person, let alone get within 2m of them. So even though it seems daft that I can't do it, the law is clear and I'd be reliant on that aforementioned discretion.
There is another factor though; should I have an accident on my bike ride (rampaging tractor, falling elephant) then I might well be taking up much needed medical resources. I factor that in too in telling myself that my 30km bike ride is not essential.
Tough times, and there is confusion about specifically what does and what doesn't fall into the 'essential' category. One might call on common sense to decide it but, as we know, there are differences of opinion as to what is 'common sense' is!
I count myself very lucky to be rural. At least I have a garden to escape to, at least I can do a (short) walk in the countryside just to relax from it all. I'd hate to be locked down and living in an apartment in a high-rise.
Well peeps. The are where I live is fairly rural. There is a lane that our short private lane joins that is around a three quarter of a mile quiet stretch. Not much I hear you cry. But one end of it is a fairly challenging climb to the almost novice like me. So that could be fun to do a few times. As you said Edgar fear of accident and diverting emergency services are also stopping me from venturing far which I suspect I could without question though as you say falling heffalumps….
Post by InspectorLorac on Mar 25, 2020 21:25:41 GMT
i suppose though that if you weigh up the likely hood of an accident it is on the whole unlikely. Touch wood I haven't had a bicycle accident since I was about 19 or 20, a veeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeery looooooooooong time ago. If there was ever a time to have an accident, now would not be it of course but all in all pretty unlikely.
If I was superstitious I would'nt be going out for a ride tomorrow in case I've just jinxed myself with my own words.
Several years ago now, I'd just met up with the cycling club and we were gently pootling out of town. I spied a cat at the side of the road looking all frit, presumabley because of the 10 or so bicycles. Its head bobbing, its eyes darting left-right; looking for an escape route maybe (not that they were in any danger).
Why it then decided to dart across the road just as I passed, I don't know. But it did. Under my front wheel and then away (unhurt) bringing me down in the process. No damage done, save a small elbow graze and a damaged pride.
Prior to that, it was a unclipping moment (and those don't really count, they're a cyclist's occupational hazrd) My cleat jammed in the pedal as I twisted to unclip. What followed was a slow, almost slow motion, sideways topple; a gentle arc from upright to prone. Unhurt, and the source of much amusement, I was able to extricate my foot from the pedal as I lay in the road.
Accidents happen and, by their nature, you don't get (much) advance warning! I've never had a serious off from my bike and I suspect that's mainly down to luck, but there's also a portion of it that's due (I'd like to think) to me being cautious (some might say cowardly) I simply don't like to take risks, and cycling isn't a dangerous activity.