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by GrahamGamblin
28 Apr 2019 15:07
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club Runs -28th April
Replies: 12
Views: 1126

Re: Club Runs -28th April

Thanks for a most enjoyable B run, brisk pace down got us there in time for breakfast, despite the flats, slightly more sedate on the ride home which suited me fine. The sun even came out!
by GrahamGamblin
23 Apr 2019 11:24
Forum: Club News & Events
Topic: Club Kit Order 2019
Replies: 95
Views: 6805

Re: Club Kit Order 2019

50% deposit (£93.30) paid Stuart
many thanks Graham
by GrahamGamblin
19 Mar 2019 09:23
Forum: Club News & Events
Topic: Club Kit Order 2019
Replies: 95
Views: 6805

Re: Club Kit Order 2019

Stuart,
Please can I order the following, all in men's small, Vero:
Bib shorts
s/s jersey
l/s winter jersey
total £160.80 - can you tell me how to pay the 50% deposit please?
many thanks
Graham
by GrahamGamblin
17 Mar 2019 16:29
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club Runs - 17th March
Replies: 10
Views: 1281

Re: Club Runs - 17th March

Thanks for stepping in and leading an exceedingly pleasant B ride Si. Quote of the day: "It really feels like Spring" - about half an hour before we found ourselves huddling like penguins against the hail. :roll:
by GrahamGamblin
17 Feb 2019 19:05
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club Runs - 17th February
Replies: 19
Views: 2157

Re: Club Runs - 17th February

Lovely ride today Si, thanks for leading and thanks to everyone for the company. Spring was briefly in the air!
by GrahamGamblin
08 Feb 2019 13:51
Forum: For Sale
Topic: Mavic Yksion Tyres - brand new!
Replies: 3
Views: 400

Re: Mavic Yksion Tyres - brand new!

Great - thanks Alan
by GrahamGamblin
08 Feb 2019 10:30
Forum: For Sale
Topic: Mavic Yksion Tyres - brand new!
Replies: 3
Views: 400

Re: Mavic Yksion Tyres - brand new!

I'll take the four if you still have them Alan. PM me here or text 07531174316. Happy to pay postage if that's easiest.
by GrahamGamblin
24 Jan 2019 15:09
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Schwalbe marathon Winter tyres
Replies: 4
Views: 1029

Re: Schwalbe marathon Winter tyres

I've got an old mountain bike which I use for work when it's icy, it has the equivalent mtb studded tyres and they're brilliant. A friend has the marathons and reports the same, even when cornering. As Steve says, you still have to go easy on the brakes, but I've never come off on ice or snow since ...
by GrahamGamblin
14 Jan 2019 09:09
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club runs - 13th January
Replies: 13
Views: 1711

Re: Club runs - 13th January

Thanks for leading the C run Dave, good to be back on a Beacon run after more than a year off. Nice to meet some new Beaconites too.
by GrahamGamblin
26 Mar 2018 14:56
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club runs - 25th March
Replies: 17
Views: 2772

Re: Club runs - 25th March

Actually set out to join the C run on Sunday - first club run for what seems like years - flatted less than two miles from home, fixed that then realised I'd forgotten my drink bottle. I slunk home again cursing.
by GrahamGamblin
12 Oct 2017 09:06
Forum: Cafe Stop
Topic: How do you find the time?!?
Replies: 10
Views: 1784

Re: How do you find the time?!?

:D Indeed Alan. Tim - thanks for your comments - my riding has always been mostly recreational and based on longer more leisurely rides, I suppose I need to think more about squeezing in short sharp rides instead. My kids are a couple of years older than yours, they do ride bikes for transport but n...
by GrahamGamblin
10 Oct 2017 09:50
Forum: Cafe Stop
Topic: How do you find the time?!?
Replies: 10
Views: 1784

Re: How do you find the time?!?

Thanks for the replies - early mornings may be the way to go, although Stuart, you're right - the other part of this is motivation when you are already busy.
Alan - impeccable logic. "I need to work out how to fit cycling into my busy schedule - just going to ponder that for 50 miles or so..."
by GrahamGamblin
09 Oct 2017 15:06
Forum: Cafe Stop
Topic: How do you find the time?!?
Replies: 10
Views: 1784

How do you find the time?!?

Hello Beaconites, I returned to full-time work in Summer and since May I haven’t been on a proper bike ride – I just can’t seem to find the time. The week is taken up with work, several evenings ferrying kids to various activities, and weekends wanting to spend time with my wife and family, help wit...
by GrahamGamblin
02 Aug 2017 15:53
Forum: Cafe Stop
Topic: Panniers?!
Replies: 10
Views: 2128

Re: Panniers?!

I've been commuting for years with one of these: https://www.topeak.com/global/en/products/Bags/858-MTXTrunkBagEXP You have to have a Topeak rack though, and it might not be big enough for your laptop (mine is small so it works fine). You can get quick-release seatpost racks for these bags if you ne...
by GrahamGamblin
26 May 2017 13:09
Forum: Other Rides & Touring
Topic: Two week tour
Replies: 12
Views: 2140

Re: Two week tour

Sounds great - have a good time Neil
Graham
by GrahamGamblin
25 May 2017 16:47
Forum: Cafe Stop
Topic: Bishop's Castle
Replies: 2
Views: 768

Re: Bishop's Castle

Thanks Philip, I'll check that out. Cheers Graham
by GrahamGamblin
24 May 2017 19:19
Forum: Cafe Stop
Topic: Bishop's Castle
Replies: 2
Views: 768

Bishop's Castle

Dear Beaconites, Does anyone have a route from Brum to Bishop's Castle? We're going camping there next week and I am toying with the idea of riding over there. Don't mind if it's hilly - I won't be carrying anything, my wife would be driving over. So before I spend ages re-inventing the wheel, has a...
by GrahamGamblin
07 May 2017 19:32
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club Runs - 7th May
Replies: 20
Views: 3682

Si, thanks for leading today, very much enjoyed the hills in a masochistic sort of way (trying to keep up with you as you scampered up them like a young 'un), and it was indeed a lovely day to be out. Thanks to Colin for the sun cream!
by GrahamGamblin
20 Mar 2017 09:23
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club runs - 19th March
Replies: 12
Views: 2398

Colin thanks for leading a very enjoyable ride, good to be back on a club run after (yet another) lengthy absence. Nice route, nice cafe, good company.
by GrahamGamblin
10 Feb 2017 16:41
Forum: Cafe Stop
Topic: Nasty fall
Replies: 7
Views: 1423

Back on the bike, albeit just riding to work and easy sessions on the turbo for now. Still a bit painful to breathe deeply or push hard, so no big hills for a bit!
by GrahamGamblin
14 Jan 2017 19:10
Forum: Cafe Stop
Topic: Nasty fall
Replies: 7
Views: 1423

Nasty fall

Was looking forward to my first club run of 2017 tomorrow but took a tumble on the way home from work last night. Handlebar clipped a bollard and I hit the ground hard. Couple of hours in A+E, cracked ribs, bruised hip, and new helmet and jacket required. Feeling a bit sorry for myself but I guess i...
by GrahamGamblin
04 Dec 2016 16:35
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club runs - 4th December
Replies: 21
Views: 3541

Nick thanks for leading today. Ideal pace and distance for the conditions. Actually felt quite warm on the way home in the sunshine! Glad I braved the cold start.
by GrahamGamblin
23 Nov 2016 12:49
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Dent in aluminium frame
Replies: 2
Views: 807

Neil, I spoke to an engineering lecturer at work about this, he reckoned it would depend on where the dent is, but a small dent shouldn't be a problem unless and until a crack starts to form. The advice was to keep an eye on it. Aluminium is less elastic than steel so less able to tolerate bending, ...
by GrahamGamblin
19 Nov 2016 11:58
Forum: Cafe Stop
Topic: Turbos
Replies: 0
Views: 413

Turbos

If anyone's looking for a basic turbo trainer, International Stock in Kings Heath have a couple of Tacx Blue Matic for £70. Boxed and unused. Looked it up on Wiggle, looks like a decent no frills magnetic resistance trainer.
by GrahamGamblin
13 Nov 2016 14:42
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club Runs - 13th November
Replies: 15
Views: 2725

Really enjoyable B run to Charlecote, thanks to Colin for leading and everyone else for good company. Lovely autumn day too.
by GrahamGamblin
24 Oct 2016 08:41
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club runs - 23rd October
Replies: 22
Views: 3978

Thanks for leading the B run Alan, a new route to Bewdley for me; half the time I had no idea where I was, and that's no bad thing.
by GrahamGamblin
04 Oct 2016 14:16
Forum: Cafe Stop
Topic: New front door and / or locksmith
Replies: 3
Views: 782

+1 for Badger windows if you are after uPVC. I have a rival carpenter, Paul, who's done a few jobs for us (including doors!) and is friendly and reliable, 07880882401.
by GrahamGamblin
26 Sep 2016 09:48
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club runs - 25th September
Replies: 27
Views: 3893

Thanks Colin for leading an enjoyable C ride, nice to be back on a club run after an extended absence. Coffee and More did really well given that we descended upon them without advance warning. Good day out all round.
by GrahamGamblin
14 Mar 2016 16:58
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club runs - 20th March
Replies: 19
Views: 3249

Nick - is the Albrighton run particularly long? Or is this aimed at an early finish?
by GrahamGamblin
22 Feb 2016 11:05
Forum: Audaxes & Cyclosportives
Topic: SUNRISE & SNOWDROP EXPRESS 2016
Replies: 21
Views: 3390

Same from me Phil, another superbly organised day, thanks to everyone who helped out and to Kev for the company.
by GrahamGamblin
18 Jan 2016 09:39
Forum: Cafe Stop
Topic: Joiner/carpenter wanted
Replies: 2
Views: 706

I have used this guy several times for large and small jobs:
Paul Stait 07880 882401
by GrahamGamblin
11 Jan 2016 09:29
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club runs - 10th January
Replies: 20
Views: 3323

Thanks Andy and Dave for yesterday's C run, it was good fun, and good to be on a club run again after nearly six months off. Lovely day for it too.
by GrahamGamblin
26 Jul 2015 14:35
Forum: Club News & Events
Topic: THE AUDACIOUS AUDAX ENTRY LIST - KK and FC2H audaxes
Replies: 20
Views: 3266

Thanks Phil and all the helpers on the Clee Audax. Brilliant day (when the rain stopped).
by GrahamGamblin
15 Jun 2015 13:38
Forum: Club News & Events
Topic: Cotswold Audax
Replies: 19
Views: 2503

Many thanks to Pete and everyone who helped at HQ and controls, and thanks to Dave and Andy for a great ride.
The 9.50 finish must have succumbed to the Hooky temptation at Shutford. "Just a swift half" and suddenly it's dark outside.
by GrahamGamblin
20 Apr 2015 10:41
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club runs 19 April 2015
Replies: 11
Views: 1838

Thanks for leading the B run, George, enjoyed the route and we posted quite a good speed - I had 16.2mph avg when I got home.
by GrahamGamblin
25 Mar 2015 10:38
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Brake blocks, thoughts?
Replies: 13
Views: 1945

I've used Koolstop salmon for the first time over the last winter and they were noticeably better in the wet than anything I'd used before.
by GrahamGamblin
22 Feb 2015 11:51
Forum: Club News & Events
Topic: SUNRISE & SNOWDROP EXPRESS
Replies: 8
Views: 1494

Just to add my thanks to Phil and everyone who helped out. Great day out. Thanks to Kev, Si, Nick and Phil G. for the company too.
by GrahamGamblin
22 Jan 2015 18:31
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Pinning numbers on
Replies: 24
Views: 2832

There are only 10 kinds of people - those who understand binary, and those who don't.
by GrahamGamblin
14 Jul 2014 14:59
Forum: Pro Racing
Topic: TDF 2014 May contain spoilers
Replies: 21
Views: 2659

He's abandoned!
by GrahamGamblin
30 Apr 2014 10:44
Forum: Audaxes & Cyclosportives
Topic: The Fred Whitton Sportive 2014 - 11th May
Replies: 19
Views: 2489

Phil, I have ridden up Hardknott and Wrynose a couple of years ago. There are a couple of 33% ramps on Hardknott, Wrynose is a little less harsh but still tough. I made it up both on two wheels with a mtb cassette, so I was on 34/32 by the top. Save your legs on the lower section of Hardknott, steep...
by GrahamGamblin
25 Apr 2014 11:02
Forum: Cafe Stop
Topic: Schwalbe Durano, anyone tried them?
Replies: 14
Views: 1819

Alan,
I've used these too, found them very reliable and very flat-resistant. Would definitely buy them again.
by GrahamGamblin
03 Mar 2014 13:09
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Toaster down?
Replies: 27
Views: 3062

Yep, all my routes are still there too.
by GrahamGamblin
29 Jan 2014 15:02
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Toaster down?
Replies: 27
Views: 3062

Sorry, just had anotehr look and you can't get in at all now, can you. Sorry for the confusion.
by GrahamGamblin
29 Jan 2014 11:47
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Toaster down?
Replies: 27
Views: 3062

Alan - the routes are stil there, you just can't see them on a map. You should still be able to download them and put them on your device or upload to another mapping service - that's what I've done.
by GrahamGamblin
15 Jan 2014 09:27
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Icy roads & studded tyres
Replies: 4
Views: 941

Steve - the studded tyres I have are only studded around the edges. At normal pressure the only difference when riding over non-icy stretches is that you hear the studs on the tarmac when cornering. If you reduce the tyre pressure so that studs are in contact with the surface constantly, then you he...
by GrahamGamblin
15 Nov 2013 11:00
Forum: Cafe Stop
Topic: Scary Stuff
Replies: 6
Views: 1067

You're right, Tim, there do seem to be a lot more well-lit cyclists - but I since the clocks changed, I have also seen every evening at least one person cycling in rush-hour traffic without lights. I also notice every year at this time an increase in bad driver behaviour, specifically short-cutting ...
by GrahamGamblin
30 Oct 2013 15:42
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: commuting tyres
Replies: 7
Views: 1325

I've just got rid of a pair of Schwalbe Durano tyres - first tyres I have completely worn out without any **flat**s at all, inner tubes are pristine. I highly recommend them. They're not as tough as the Marathons, but they're a bit lighter, so depends what your priority is.
by GrahamGamblin
21 Oct 2013 12:26
Forum: Cafe Stop
Topic: sealskinz
Replies: 5
Views: 1034

I have a pair of their waterproof socks - they're brilliant. Wearing them now! Don't own their gloves or overshoes, although I've only seen good reviews.
by GrahamGamblin
16 Oct 2013 11:00
Forum: Cafe Stop
Topic: Funny stuff
Replies: 4
Views: 1039

I see this increasingly often as well on my commute - dangerous as well as annoying. Trouble is no-one notices the cyclist who stops for lights, waves someone through a gap etc - they only notice the lights-jumper, and the image of the rest of us is tarnished.
by GrahamGamblin
26 Jul 2013 20:56
Forum: Audaxes & Cyclosportives
Topic: getting into audaxes
Replies: 15
Views: 1941

From my limited experience, I'd say it can be best characterised as an event where you pay several pounds to eat lots of cake. Unfortunately the cake is spread out so you have to cycle to get to it - sometimes up hills if the organiser is particularly evil. That is superb, I'm going to write that d...