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by Si_Walker
22 Jan 2020 12:29
Forum: Cafe Stop
Topic: Recruiting research subjects
Replies: 0
Views: 58

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: 678

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: 228

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: 118

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: 931

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: 931

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: 931

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: 26239

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: 456

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: 842

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: 842

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: 842

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: 818

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: 762

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: 26239

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: 410

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: 266

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: 1902

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: 1902

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: 1902

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: 1233

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: 1930

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: 2286

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: 1166

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: 3298

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: 26239

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: 727

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: 1939

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: 3311

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: 3010

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: 2135

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: 3969

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: 2376

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: 3603

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: 3603

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: 1787

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: 4849

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: 930

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: 2026

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...
by Si_Walker
04 Dec 2018 21:46
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club runs - 9th December
Replies: 20
Views: 3636

Invitation

Solihull CC have extended an invitation to the Beacon RCC to meet at Lowsonford Village Hall (by the Fleur De Lys pub) on the 9th from 10.45am for mince pies, cake, coffee or soft drinks. They will be raising money for Marie Curie Cancer Care. If you attend please take some dosh and support the char...
by Si_Walker
07 Oct 2018 14:29
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club runs - 7th October
Replies: 23
Views: 3903

Re: Club runs - 7th October

On chilly sunny the alternative Beacon C ride went to Harvington. Riders were as follows;

Joanne Congerton
Mark Gardiner
Dave Little
Adrian Low
Adrian McHugh
Mark McKonkey
Mariana Sorrill
Si Walker (Leading)
by Si_Walker
26 Sep 2018 11:02
Forum: Cafe Stop
Topic: Guardian Article
Replies: 1
Views: 755

Guardian Article

Lance Armstrong: David Millar is ‘last person’ who should lead cyclists’ union

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/ ... -union-cpa
by Si_Walker
26 Aug 2018 20:17
Forum: Cafe Stop
Topic: 85 at 85.
Replies: 11
Views: 2114

Re: 85 at 85.

Oscar, happy birthday and a great achievement to be proud of.
"Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving" Einstein A., February 5, 1930
by Si_Walker
06 Aug 2018 10:07
Forum: Cafe Stop
Topic: Cinema - A Race to the End, Time Trial
Replies: 9
Views: 1871

Re: Cinema - A Race to the End, Time Trial

Matt Hale wrote:
05 Aug 2018 18:39
Looks good Si, have you booked?
Yes, Weds 5th evening.
by Si_Walker
05 Aug 2018 07:32
Forum: Cafe Stop
Topic: Cinema - A Race to the End, Time Trial
Replies: 9
Views: 1871

Cinema - A Race to the End, Time Trial

For interest. as captioned at the Mockingbird cinema, Digbeth, in September, 1st, 2nd and 5th.
http://www.mockingbirdcinema.com/event/ ... creenings/
by Si_Walker
01 Jul 2018 14:50
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club runs - 1st July
Replies: 20
Views: 3702

Re: Club runs - 1st July

Riders who set off on the B ride consisted of 3 separate groups, two of which broke away at various points along the route. Billesley Break away group Adrian McHugh Pete Norman Mat Jones (new rider) Hillier's Breakaway group Colin Hall Phil Gameson Judy Smart The 'Sham 69''s were Fenella Brown Lauri...
by Si_Walker
28 Jun 2018 11:59
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club runs - 1st July
Replies: 20
Views: 3702

Re: Club runs - 1st July

Perhaps we should have a competition for best musically related named club ride - 'I'll take the A Train' (ride) perhaps?
I'll get my coat!
by Si_Walker
28 Jun 2018 11:02
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club runs - 1st July
Replies: 20
Views: 3702

Re: Club runs - 1st July

I will lead a Eve 'Sham 69' ;-) B ride of 69 miles which will be at a pace of about 15 mph intended for C riders who might wish to move up to a quicker pace and longer distance. The route will be out via Kings Norton golf club to pass Hilliers at Dunnington and past the farm cafe at Harvington (with...