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by Si_Walker
05 Apr 2020 20:47
Forum: Cafe Stop
Topic: Blood Donation
Replies: 11
Views: 1556

Re: Blood Donation

I’ve now got another appointment for Tuesday!
by Si_Walker
30 Mar 2020 07:58
Forum: Cafe Stop
Topic: Blood Donation
Replies: 11
Views: 1556

Re: Blood Donation

Has anybody here provided a platelet donation as I am wondering if there any after effects? With blood I usually feel rough for two days and lethargic for a week but I guess that platelets might not have the same effect. Not platelets, but white cells, the only effect was being chilly as was put on...
by Si_Walker
26 Mar 2020 16:03
Forum: Cafe Stop
Topic: Blood Donation
Replies: 11
Views: 1556

Re: Blood Donation

Keep Looking, I managed to get a slot on Saturday morning, someone must have cancelled.
by Si_Walker
26 Mar 2020 12:30
Forum: Cafe Stop
Topic: Blood Donation
Replies: 11
Views: 1556

Blood Donation

If you are fit, healthy, able and willing, which is probably most of you, please consider donating an armful of your blood (it does fill up again!) to help out in the current crisis. Many regular donors will not be able to get to the donation centres and those that are ill / injured in hospital will...
by Si_Walker
26 Feb 2020 10:38
Forum: Cafe Stop
Topic: Car drivers attitudes, status and personality
Replies: 1
Views: 605

Car drivers attitudes, status and personality

There is a Finnish research study report in the press today (26th Feb; The Times in the UK, amongst others) reporting a relationship between owners of high value cars and their attitudes to driving. https://www.helsinki.fi/en/news/nordic-welfare-news/the-fast-and-the-furious-research-shows-that-owne...
by Si_Walker
23 Feb 2020 16:02
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club Runs - 23rd February
Replies: 16
Views: 1450

Re: Club Runs - 23rd February

On the 'C' ride to Warwick were as follows;

Neil Evanson
Simon Turner
Si Walker (Leading)

I was expecting Andrew O'Connor to join us but see he went on the b ride.
by Si_Walker
22 Feb 2020 14:34
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club Runs - 23rd February
Replies: 16
Views: 1450

Re: Club Runs - 23rd February

I'll lead a C ride to Warwick, 53 miles BHorse return, out via Ullenhall and Morton Baggot, return via Beausale and Earlswood. Coffee at the Tilted Wig or other as preferred. Bring a cafe lock
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31984783
by Si_Walker
09 Feb 2020 14:38
Forum: Cafe Stop
Topic: Recruiting research subjects
Replies: 2
Views: 742

Re: Recruiting research subjects

StuartWhite wrote:
06 Feb 2020 00:03
Looks like that email address might need correcting...
Thanks, now corrected
by Si_Walker
06 Feb 2020 14:51
Forum: Cafe Stop
Topic: Danny Mason Highland Challenge - 14th June
Replies: 4
Views: 964

Danny Mason Highland Challenge - 14th June

Ludlow CC's Danny Mason Highland Challenge, 14th June, starts from Ludlow, 65 miles, 1800 m of climbing. I did it last year with a few chaps and it was enjoyable. Its not an audax, just a ride with refreshment points en-route. The club is offering a round of beers (or non alcoholic drink) for any gr...
by Si_Walker
03 Feb 2020 12:28
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club Runs - 2nd February
Replies: 21
Views: 1908

Re: Club Runs - 2nd February

I see that Phil Gameson may have forgotten to post the riders names for the C ride.
They are as far as I can remember they are.

Phil Gameson (Leading)
Claire Fudge
André Gardner (abandoned at the Cafe)
Matt Hale
Noel O'Dwyer
Simon Turner
Si Walker

Plus a new chap, but can't remember his name.
by Si_Walker
22 Jan 2020 12:29
Forum: Cafe Stop
Topic: Recruiting research subjects
Replies: 2
Views: 742

Recruiting research subjects

Hello, I have a colleague at work (Birmingham City University) that is requesting help for an undergraduate student in recruiting cyclist in participating in a research study. Please see the information below which provides the details, if you are interested please contact Thomas directly. ---------...
by Si_Walker
12 Jan 2020 12:33
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club Runs - 12th January
Replies: 10
Views: 1389

Re: Club Runs - 12th January

In the absence of Gemma the Beacon Burst went on a loop to Belbroughton, Elmbridge, Stoke Prior and Alvechurch; riders were as follows;

Fenella Brown
Noel O'Dwyer
Si Walker (Leading)
by Si_Walker
06 Jan 2020 21:57
Forum: Cafe Stop
Topic: Cafe lock
Replies: 4
Views: 905

Cafe lock

I sometimes get asked about my cafe lock. Here is a similar one at a reasonable price by Hiplok. https://www.tredz.co.uk/.HipLok-FX-Wearable-Retractable-Combination-Lock_103713.htm?sku=380493&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=google_shopping&gclid=CjwKCAiA0svwBRBhEiwAHqKjFh2ijUCL-e4buu56...
by Si_Walker
05 Jan 2020 20:42
Forum: Cafe Stop
Topic: Geraint Thomas-The Road will Decide- BBC iPlayer
Replies: 1
Views: 677

Geraint Thomas-The Road will Decide- BBC iPlayer

As captioned on the iPlayer for the next 17 days, TDF documentary (posted 5/1/20).
https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m ... ill-decide
by Si_Walker
05 Jan 2020 14:29
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club Runs - 5th January
Replies: 21
Views: 1986

Re: Club Runs - 5th January

The alternative 'B' group to Worcester CP averaged 15.7 mph on an uneventful ride and not quite adhering to the planned route. Riders were as follows; David Cole (at the cafe) Jemima Cooper (New Rider) Neil Evanson Clare Fudge Matt Hale Toby Hale Neil Lynch Andy McGrath Neil Orchard Jon Sadler Ade R...
by Si_Walker
05 Jan 2020 08:16
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club Runs - 5th January
Replies: 21
Views: 1986

Re: Club Runs - 5th January

I will lead the C run to Worcester Country Park. https://ridewithgps.com/routes/10976764 If the C group is quite big or if there is a preference for some riders, Ill lead a faster group to the same place, with maybe a modified starting route to Belbroughton. So, same route to Worcester but a bit fa...
by Si_Walker
04 Jan 2020 18:48
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club Runs - 5th January
Replies: 21
Views: 1986

Re: Club Runs - 5th January

Noel wrote:
03 Jan 2020 08:41
I will lead the C run to Worcester Country Park.

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/10976764
If the C group is quite big or if there is a preference for some riders, Ill lead a faster group to the same place, with maybe a modified starting route to Belbroughton.
by Si_Walker
01 Jan 2020 07:56
Forum: Cafe Stop
Topic: A great read
Replies: 141
Views: 30275

What Goes Around

I’ve just finished reading another book by Emily Chappell, ‘What Goes Around’. Another interesting and entertaining read which I found to be quite compulsive. It records stories if life as a cycle courier recounting tales of life, the jobs, characters and mishaps. Well worth a read.
by Si_Walker
29 Dec 2019 14:30
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club Runs - 29th December
Replies: 9
Views: 1096

Re: Club Runs - 29th December

The C ride split at the start to make the groups more manageable. The faster 'B' group and averaged about 15 mph were as follows;

Neil Evanson
Matt Hale
Toby Hale
John Hitchcock (at the cafe)
Dave Hughes (at the cafe)
Si Walker (Leading)
Simon Woodward
by Si_Walker
22 Dec 2019 18:49
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club runs - 22nd December
Replies: 11
Views: 1623

Re: Club runs - 22nd December

Rich_Chaplin wrote:
22 Dec 2019 18:20
Cheers for today Si but my surname is Chaplin - my writing if awful!! :D
Thanks, all sorted.
Si
by Si_Walker
22 Dec 2019 15:45
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club runs - 22nd December
Replies: 11
Views: 1623

Re: Club runs - 22nd December

Today's C riders on the Christmas ride to the Swan were as follows; Helen Colson Richard Chaplin Finbar Costigan Neil Evanson Mathew Hale Toby Hale And McGrath Noel O' Dwyer Mark Russell David Stephenson Rob Wade Si Walker (Leading) Simon Woodward A stop at the Jinny Ring for breakfast proceeded fur...
by Si_Walker
16 Dec 2019 12:34
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club runs - 22nd December
Replies: 11
Views: 1623

Re: Club runs - 22nd December

Weather permitting, I will lead a C or C/B ride, stopping off at the Jinny Ring (~19 miles) for breakfast before proceeding to the Swan (~12 miles) for further hydration at a pace as appropriate to suit all. Set yourself to autopilot after the pub and the GPS will get you back to The Blackhorse. The...
by Si_Walker
01 Dec 2019 14:28
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club Runs - 1st December
Replies: 8
Views: 1481

Re: Club Runs - 1st December

An impromptu C/B Ride was organised to Kennilworth.
The lanes had some patchy ice, with strong sunlight and a chilly easterly wind.

Finbar Costigan
Neil Evanson
Andre Gardner
Mark Russell
Vince Tennant
Si Turner
Si Walker (Leading)
by Si_Walker
24 Nov 2019 14:08
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club runs - 24th November
Replies: 7
Views: 1387

Re: Club runs - 24th November

An impromptu B ride was taken to Warwick. The 'B' should be for Boat, as there was quite a bit of flooding in the (mucky) lanes. Very nice snack and coffee taken at the Tilted Wig in the festive Warwick square. Si Walker - Captain Neil Evanson - Bosun Matt Hale - 1st officer Toby Hale - 2nd Officer ...
by Si_Walker
15 Nov 2019 12:00
Forum: Cafe Stop
Topic: A great read
Replies: 141
Views: 30275

Emily Chappell - listen and read

This is more of a listen than a read on the iPlayer Emily Chappell: From Bike Courier to Transcontinental Winner https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p07tvnpm Also, Emily (who came to our Club dinner a couple of years ago) has written a book 'Where there's a Will' which I'm currently reading. Its reall...
by Si_Walker
31 Oct 2019 11:47
Forum: Cafe Stop
Topic: Plumber Recommendations
Replies: 2
Views: 990

Re: Plumber Recommendations

Ed
I use James Wardle, gas services, based in Harborne, but not sure he is about this week.
http://jameswardlegasservices.co.uk/
by Si_Walker
24 Sep 2019 14:56
Forum: Cafe Stop
Topic: Aldi Cycling Special Buys
Replies: 0
Views: 1046

Aldi Cycling Special Buys

The usual Autumn cycling special buys at Aldi from Sunday 29th

http://tiny.cc/6f9adz
by Si_Walker
01 Sep 2019 15:05
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club Runs - 1st September
Replies: 21
Views: 2948

Re: Club Runs - 1st September

Th B ride to Toddington was uneventful, with good conditions, a headwind on the way out and one brief shower on the return, slightly faster than estimated at 15.7 mph and back before 3pm Riders were as follows; Fenella Brown Matt Ford Claire Fudge Cedric Gioan Ewan Ross Si Walker (Leading) Simon Whi...
by Si_Walker
31 Aug 2019 16:57
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club Runs - 1st September
Replies: 21
Views: 2948

Re: Club Runs - 1st September

On the B ride tomorrow on the way out toward Toddington are you going via Quantry Lane or coming back that way? If it’s out then I can join in there or Fairfield as I live on Farley Lane so no need to go into Northfield. I can then peel off on the way back at Barnt Green. Thanks. Matt Matt, Yes out...
by Si_Walker
30 Aug 2019 18:38
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club Runs - 1st September
Replies: 21
Views: 2948

Re: Club Runs - 1st September

I will lead a B ride to Toddington, 82 miles, out via Droitwich and Pershore and return via Fladbury and Feckenham. It is relatively flat so it might suit some aspiring B riders to increase their distance endurance. Pace average will be about 15 mph. It is 45 miles to the cafe stop (Flag and Whistle...
by Si_Walker
13 Aug 2019 07:27
Forum: Audaxes & Cyclosportives
Topic: Paris Brest Paris
Replies: 11
Views: 1819

Re: Paris Brest Paris

Best of luck to all of you who are taking part, I wish you well and safe ride.
by Si_Walker
05 Aug 2019 11:29
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club Runs - 4th August
Replies: 18
Views: 2837

Re: Club Runs - 4th August

George, thanks for cracking ride, very enjoyable and nice steady pace, with two cafes for refuelling.
by Si_Walker
13 Jul 2019 15:38
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club Runs - 14th July
Replies: 18
Views: 3196

Re: Club Runs - 14th July

Rob, can you post a route for the B ride please?
by Si_Walker
20 May 2019 12:42
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Track bike to commuter.....
Replies: 7
Views: 1694

Re: Track bike to commuter.....

I use a single speed with a freewheel hub. Myself, I'm not happy using it as fixed in the traffic, although the wheel has a flip flop hub. The advice on choosing the correct size sprocket is important though and you need to consider the gradient of hills you are likely to encounter in that decision.
by Si_Walker
14 May 2019 08:12
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club Runs - 19th May
Replies: 25
Views: 4245

Re: Club Runs - 19th June

It is the Worcester marathon this Sunday (19th), 09:30 start, the route is here if you plan on going out that way and wish to avoid the runners.
https://www.plotaroute.com/route/399740
by Si_Walker
09 May 2019 21:37
Forum: Cafe Stop
Topic: A great read
Replies: 141
Views: 30275

Re: A great read

Some interesting short reads and vids on cycling from the Boneshaker mag

https://boneshakermag.com/features/

and a few podcasts here.
https://boneshakermag.com/podcasts/epis ... sign-life/

and here
https://boneshakermag.com/blog/
by Si_Walker
12 Apr 2019 07:14
Forum: Cafe Stop
Topic: Danny MacAskill - Riding the Ridge
Replies: 1
Views: 1274

Danny MacAskill - Riding the Ridge

Worth a watch
Danny MacAskill - Riding the Ridge
A documentary of him making a short film on the Cuillin Mountains on Skye
Catch it on the BBC iplayer

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b ... -the-ridge
by Si_Walker
06 Apr 2019 21:04
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: NO CLUBS RUNS ON 7TH APRIL
Replies: 9
Views: 2346

Re: NO CLUBS RUNS ON 7TH APRIL

*...) In the spirit of current parliamentary fashion. I again submit a request for points on a point of order as the original motion was mis-attributed. :D :shock: :D :shock:
by Si_Walker
31 Mar 2019 16:50
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club runs - 31st March
Replies: 22
Views: 4023

Re: Club runs - 31st March

On the Midlander 100 audax were
Alan Weaver
Simon Turner
Si Walker
Kevin Frobisher
We arrived at the Evesham Cafe at the same time as the C ride, so can we have the club points please :D :shock: :D :shock:
by Si_Walker
24 Mar 2019 14:32
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club Runs - 24th March
Replies: 16
Views: 3653

Re: Club Runs - 24th March

The C ride went to Worcester Country park on a lovely sunny spring day. Sitting outside in the sunshine for coffee was very pleasant. It was a steady pace of approx 13.5 mph over a distance of about 50 miles. Joanne Congerton Claire Fudge Wayne Gibbs Cedric Gioan Colin Hall Gareth Lawerence (1st rid...
by Si_Walker
17 Mar 2019 14:59
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club Runs - 17th March
Replies: 10
Views: 2539

Re: Club Runs - 17th March

Today's B riders went to Charlecote Garden Centre, it was a lovely ride out in the sunshine and with a tail wind, but completely the opposite on the return leg. A strong headwind was with us throughout and a fierce hailstorm was encountered at Lowsonford which necessitated taking shelter for 10 minu...
by Si_Walker
03 Mar 2019 13:54
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club runs - 3rd March
Replies: 26
Views: 4727

Re: Club runs - 3rd March

The B (more than C) ride went to the Jinney Ring on a very wet and cool day.
The aqua riders were as follows:

Finbarr Costigan
Phil Gameson
Wayne Gibbs
Noel O'Dwyer
Si Walker (Leading - ought to be Captain considering the amount of water)
Vince Tennant

Brett Henshaw was also at the Black Horse.
by Si_Walker
18 Feb 2019 11:35
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club Runs - 24th February
Replies: 11
Views: 2796

Re: Club Runs - 24th February

rdleaper wrote:
18 Feb 2019 08:03
Only because the 11th rider on the B didn't put his name down!
I think it was James Bendle? who did not sign the register.
by Si_Walker
17 Feb 2019 14:52
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club Runs - 17th February
Replies: 19
Views: 4296

Re: Club Runs - 17th February

The B riders to Harvington were as follows; (there are a couple of riders who did not sign the the register, please post to add to the list). Finbar Cositgan Claire Fudge Graham Gamblin Brett Henshaw Richard Leaper Andy McGrath Alex Rybinski Lee Spires Alan Weaver Si Walker (leading) James ?? Three ...
by Si_Walker
15 Feb 2019 19:07
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club Runs - 17th February
Replies: 19
Views: 4296

Re: Club Runs - 17th February

I will lead The B ride to Harvington Farm shop, approx 54 miles out via Barnt Green and Tardibigge, Inkberrow and Rous Lench. Return via Temple Grafton, Spernal, Portway. Speed will be approx 15mph.
The route is here;
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29333257
by Si_Walker
10 Feb 2019 21:18
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club Runs - 10th February
Replies: 7
Views: 2081

Re: Club Runs - 10th February

Thanks George for leading, the conditions were rather extraordinary given that we must have ridden though several floods and a small river.
by Si_Walker
27 Jan 2019 14:23
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club Runs - 27th January
Replies: 28
Views: 5983

Re: Club Runs - 27th January

The B ride went Warwick, on a very blustery day. No incidents other than one **flat**. An average speed of about 14 mph was on the account of a strong headwind making it somewhat slower than usual (that's my excuse anyhow!) Today's Windy Millers were: Claire Fudge Brett Henshaw Richard Leaper David ...
by Si_Walker
25 Jan 2019 14:17
Forum: Cafe Stop
Topic: Islabike article
Replies: 1
Views: 1447

Islabike article

As captioned, for interest, particularly if you are 65+

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyl ... -pedalling
by Si_Walker
05 Dec 2018 19:59
Forum: Cafe Stop
Topic: Dangerous changes at Longbridge roundabout
Replies: 11
Views: 2924

Re: Dangerous changes at Longbridge roundabout

I agree with the views of other contributors. Ive ridden that section and agree it is particularly hazardous, the cyclist being directed into a lane with vehicles filtering at speed from the left and vehicles overtaking on the right whilst needing to cross into the left hand lane. Eyes in back as we...