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.
Well bike update. The bike I got for a bargain on ebay was wrongly advertised as a hybrid and it is a road bike. A beauty. BUT the size was also wrong. When I realised I would never get a comfortable fit or ride. I again looked to ebay and got exactly what I wanted. The chap I bought from is a Birmingham cab driver with a love of bikes and cycling so he bought the other one from me. Considering a bike quite essential ( that is if you have no car) I drove to Brum on Friday and we did the swap. I felt pretty sorry for him as the storage unit he rents a part of was set on fire last week. His end was ok thankfully. He has had to bring all the bikes home until another premises can be arranged. He said he has had to move all the sitting room furniture out and fill the room with bikes! His wife not being to happy with this arrangement . He was going to buy her flowers after I left...I do hope his wife feels better about it now. Anyway the bike is a corker and I am delighted. BUT I have had an inner ear infection for over a week and get a bit wobbly at times. It will go given time. I just cant wait to give the bike a run.
Post by InspectorLorac on May 4, 2020 20:36:59 GMT
Ive been having a grand old time on my new bike... Ive been out and about most mornings around dawn and have found a couple of routes that just about keep within the 2km lockdown radius which, all very exciting, gets extended to 5km tomorrow! I won't go that far just yet though, it'll take a bit of planning out, perhaps a little bit further each day just to see how it goes and what the territory is like and where the landmarks are so I can get back home homing pigeon style. This morning was wonderful, sunrise through low hanging mist over the fields and just nicely cold enough. There are a few reasons I love the early morning cycle.... No cars, no walkers, no other cyclists... yes, that's me Mr. Sociable! Partly it's because I love that feeling of being alone with it all in the cool morning air all fresh and a new day, no one else about, and partly because I don't want to come a cropper with a four wheeler or a tractor and theres a bit of a window in general in the day at the moment when that's less likely...
That might change depending on the farming year and on when the lockdown lifts etc, but right now mostly all is quiet in the early mornings. Mostly it's just me, the birdies , the rabbits and the cows, and not forgetting the farm cats.
This morning i topped off the ride with a walk in the woods on the way home.
I take my camera with me most days, on the basis that the one day you don't take it is the day when you miss that perfect photo moment, not dissimilar to umbrellas and rain. The day you don't take your umbrella is the day you miss the perfect rain moment, or is it the other way around? Anyway, I'm sure you know what I mean...
That sounds wonderful Mr Lorac. It may be a week or so before I can ride after this inner ear thing has cleared up. I really want to ride now as the roads are quiet as I remember them from my youth. Won`t get that again I suppose once the situation is eased. But once that happens I can join a club and get out for some rides with them. My fencing club is also closed at present so I can only imagine running dastardly opponents through with my foil. Not quite the same... I am so pleased for you that your cycling sounds so idyllic. I was awake at sunrise this am but watched the sky through the curtains from the comfort of my bed. Not quite the same but maybe I was embracing the Idle way. Or lazy.....
. I was awake at sunrise this am but watched the sky through the curtains from the comfort of my bed. Not quite the same but maybe I was embracing the Idle way. Or lazy.....
I so wish I could embrace the idle way of a morning Daisy, I am generally awake long before sunrise and up with first cupa tea to hand just about when the birdies start their dawn chorus. This make the day terribly long so often forced to 'rest my eyes' after lunch and rarely still up much past 9, mind you the sun hides behind my trees to the west long before that so I have an excuse...!
As for getting to use that bike ... have I got a hill to test your stamina on right outside my door 'just' about 100 foot rise in perhaps 1/4 mile or so ... Dont worry it will still be here when you visit !
Well yesterday my ear/balance problem seemed to have gone enough to ride. So I took the bike for the first proper ride. To Canada no less! That is Canada common on the edge of the New Forest. A gentle ride of eight miles to get used to the bike. Weather was bright with occasional showers. I had to shelter under an Oak tree on the common while there was five minutes of....hail! Then a sunny again ride home. Very pleased indeed with the bike. More rides to come but not today. Blustery and dull and a bit nippy with chance of heavy showers. Still a fair-weather cyclist at the moment.
Post by thesentientpasty on Jun 7, 2020 12:30:42 GMT
I've built three bikes this lockdown. I have to say my heart sinks a little when a neighbour asks me to bolt one together 'cos they can't do it'. Twenty minutes with Allen keys and sockets, a living room full of discarded cardboard and plastic. And then off they go, leaving me in a splatter of gravel as they disappear over the horizon.
Trouble with bikes is....unless you just hop on an old clunker and are happy with it you will find that accessories can cost as much as the bike.....! Cycle maintenance book, Tool kit. Maintenance stand, shoes and cleats, gloves, cycling shorts, jackets, socks, lights, multitool and repair kit for on the road, some cool looking glasses for eye protection, helmet, energy drinks etc...………It can get costly. I am telling myself that I will feel very guilty if I do not ride after all that.
Post by thesentientpasty on Jun 9, 2020 0:03:53 GMT
I drove to M&S to work several months ago, in my crap Honda Jazz (since replaced). The car cost £3400. Upstairs, in the colleague area, Big Jamie had parked his bike to keep it out of the rain and prying eyes. A vision of carbon fibre and magnesium alloys. Cost? £5k, but only because he'd built it himself. "Would have been £8k to have it built."
Basically a bottomless money-pit.
My boat? £1350, second-hand. A new one? North of £10k. Shocking, I tell you.