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by Colin G
09 Jun 2019 15:19
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club Runs - 9th June
Replies: 15
Views: 1493

Re: Club Runs - 9th June

On today's incident free C ride were Colin Groves (L) Joanne Congerton Neil Evanson Adrian Low Cedric Gioan Kamran Anwar Wayne Gibbs Ash Turner John Hitchcock Claire Fudge Dave Little Adrian McHugh ...who after doing a great job as sweeper on the way out disappeared whilst we were fannying about try...
by Colin G
07 Jun 2019 10:50
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club Runs - 9th June
Replies: 15
Views: 1493

Re: Club Runs - 9th June

Alcester for the C ride - avoiding the cafe that made us sit outside last time, unless it's sunny. We can take a view.

Just over 50 miles I reckon.
by Colin G
14 Apr 2019 15:10
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club Runs - 14th April
Replies: 6
Views: 1132

Re: Club Runs - 14th April

On today's C ride were Colin Groves (L) Neil Evanson Andrew Nott Laurie Derbyshire Mark McConkey Cedric Gioan Kamran Anwar Geoff Mann Simon Woodward and Roger Green also attended on the tandem but unfortunately their chain snapped around the back of Ullenhall so they decided to repair and divert els...
by Colin G
08 Apr 2019 12:46
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club Runs - 14th April
Replies: 6
Views: 1132

Re: Club Runs - 14th April

Destination for the C ride will be the Charlcote garden centre cafe. In a selfish attempt to be back a little earlier, and in the hope that it'll be a bit quieter on the roads getting out of Birmingham, I'd like to leave the Blackhorse by 08:30 please. 56 miles BH to BH. Out via Ullenhall, Little Al...
by Colin G
29 Mar 2019 16:18
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: A, B and C Club runs April, May and June 2019
Replies: 19
Views: 2470

Re: A, B and C Club runs April, May and June 2019

I'll take a C run on the 14th April and 9th June. Destination TBC.
by Colin G
17 Mar 2018 19:20
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club runs - 18th March
Replies: 11
Views: 2215

Re: Club runs - 18th March

Rather than wait until the morning I think it sensible to make an early call to cancel my run tomorrow. It's -3 C and snowing here in Bearwood which doesn't bode well for a safe ride.
by Colin G
15 Mar 2018 10:24
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club runs - 18th March
Replies: 11
Views: 2215

Re: Club runs - 18th March

Thanks for the heads up on the Fyford café. I'll say Warwick then.
by Colin G
12 Mar 2018 16:05
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club runs - 18th March
Replies: 11
Views: 2215

Re: Club runs - 18th March

I'll certainly need a large plate of baked beans on Sunday Dave given my year to date mileage, 47. Impressive. So the forecast isn't great for Sunday at the moment, BBC says light snow. My original intention was to go to Flyford Flavell, 49 miles, slightly longer out than back. If there's a risk of ...
by Colin G
08 Feb 2018 08:43
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club runs - 11th February
Replies: 15
Views: 3340

Re: Club runs - 11th February

My apologies - I've had a nasty virus which is still hanging around so I won't be able to lead on Sunday.
by Colin G
21 Dec 2017 11:19
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: A, B and C club runs for January, February and March 2018
Replies: 8
Views: 2766

Re: A, B and C club runs for January, February and March 2018

I'll take the C runs on 11th Feb and 18th March. Destinations TBC.
by Colin G
16 Apr 2017 13:27
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club runs - 16th April
Replies: 8
Views: 2004

12 riders out on the burst today - my apologies, you're going have to fill in the gaps for me. Colin Groves (L) Vince Tennant Phil Richards Si Walker Andy Wrightson ...and 7 other svelte riders. Thanks to all who took a turn on the front - which allowed me to sit in. Anyone get a handle on average s...
by Colin G
13 Apr 2017 15:46
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club runs - 16th April
Replies: 8
Views: 2004

B run burst route is 50 miles BH to BH. The route heads out towards Warwick, furthest point is Hatton, 1400 feet gain.

Aim to be back by 12:30 barring mechanicals.
by Colin G
24 Mar 2017 15:00
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Creaky Look Keo 2 Max pedals
Replies: 5
Views: 1510

I've just had to chuck a pair away after 3 years use. One had seized and the other was about to - sort of happened overnight starting with a squeak. I now figure squeaking is a pre-requisite to failure - I did chuck some oil into the bearing but the damage was done by that point. They're cheap enoug...
by Colin G
19 Mar 2017 22:03
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: A, B and C & Intro Club runs April, May and June 2017
Replies: 27
Views: 5571

I'll do a 'burst' on the 16th April aimed at C runners who want to turn it up a bit. There's often some conversation about the gulf between B & C runs so this will hopefully create the feel of a slightly stronger pace over a shorter distance - and this way if your legs fall off you won't be far from...
by Colin G
19 Mar 2017 16:39
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club runs - 19th March
Replies: 12
Views: 2539

On today's C run to Pershore were: Colin Groves (L) Si Walker Graham Gamblin Sarah Dowden Phil Gameson Andy Wrightson Vincent Bulso Fenella Brown Simon Woodward Colin Hall Mark McConkey Neil Evanson Gemma Johnson Simon Turner Adrian McHugh Dave Little Enjoyed that. Thanks to everyone for helping kee...
by Colin G
13 Mar 2017 15:30
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club runs - 19th March
Replies: 12
Views: 2539

Phil, I hereby solemnly promise to lead an A run later in the year provided I've managed enough saddle time.

I don't know about anyone else but my fitness dips into trench over the winter months. An A ride would see my viral infested carcass hallucinating in a ditch at the moment.
by Colin G
13 Mar 2017 10:04
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club runs - 19th March
Replies: 12
Views: 2539

Sundays C Run will be to Pershore. Last time we stumbled upon 'Coffee and More' in Bakers Arcade which was pretty good. There's an area to put your bike where can see it and they seemed pleased to accommodate us. I'll ring ahead.

55 miles ish.
by Colin G
13 Feb 2017 15:49
Forum: Cafe Stop
Topic: Smethwick into Birmingham. Canal question
Replies: 3
Views: 1077

It's a mixed bag Phil. I get on at Smethwick Galton Bridge in the summer months. It can get a bit muddy and puddly and there are some bumpy sections for a mile or so then it opens out onto a rough gravel path which you can barrel along on. I ride it on a road bike with 35mm tyres to compensate - it'...
by Colin G
01 Feb 2017 11:43
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Midsummer Night's Club Ride...Sat 1 July.
Replies: 15
Views: 2795

I'm in James - sounds ace.
by Colin G
22 Jan 2017 18:43
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club runs - 22nd January
Replies: 11
Views: 2390

We changed the destination to Warwick today and stuck to the quieter main roads which were fine. Todays C runners Colin Groves (L) Neil Evanson Simon Turner Si Walker Dave Cox met us at the Black Horse but did his own thing on account of his BMX Good food at the pub (was called the Tilted Wig I thin...
by Colin G
19 Jan 2017 13:20
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club runs - 22nd January
Replies: 11
Views: 2390

My plans are likely to change George. I'll take a view on Sunday and get a consensus from the group. A gritted route to Evesham would be a bit busy for my liking. A reasonable plan B might be to do a long loop to a more local café on some quieter main roads with a short hop back. Somewhere like Wed...
by Colin G
18 Jan 2017 10:56
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club runs - 22nd January
Replies: 11
Views: 2390

I'll take the C run to Evesham on Sunday.
by Colin G
16 Dec 2016 13:12
Forum: Club News & Events
Topic: Gerry Gordon
Replies: 9
Views: 1597

Hi Richard - very sorry to hear this sad news. A couple of things immediately spring to mind when I think about Gerry - endless miles hanging onto his rear wheel, and him racing around in that red Nissan Silvia Turbo! We mostly laughed though - lots of laughing. Best regards Richard - and give your ...
by Colin G
11 Dec 2016 17:15
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club runs 11th December
Replies: 11
Views: 2255

Yeah it wasn't ideal sat outside - Helen was cuddling a teapot and the rest of us made out it was fine through chattering teeth. John made a sensible decision - although the service was good, and they're a friendly bunch. I should have rung ahead - i'll give myself a stiff talking to for next time.
by Colin G
11 Dec 2016 15:39
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: A, B and C Club runs January, February and March 2017
Replies: 23
Views: 4916

Using Phil's new bullying tactics whereupon I ran various club members around Alcester in a headlock until they relented (I lied about the violence) we've managed to fill a few gaps and have a couple of new volunteers for C runs - so thank you to both Mikes on Phil's behalf! All destinations TBC. 1s...
by Colin G
11 Dec 2016 15:22
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club runs 11th December
Replies: 11
Views: 2255

On todays C run were: Colin Groves (L) Laurie Derbyshire Paul Derbyshire Dave Cox Giedrins Kudelis (hope I've got that right) Michael Preece Jemma Johnson John Hitchcock Si Walker Helen Jamieson Mark McConkey Mark Gardner Adrian McHugh Mike Bacenski Neil Evanson Anne Hughes (peeled off on the way ou...
by Colin G
05 Dec 2016 12:12
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club runs 11th December
Replies: 11
Views: 2255

The C ride to Alcester will be on the shorter this Sunday at around 50 miles. I'm recovering from a particularly nasty virus and this will be my first ride out for a month so bear with me. Still, I've lost some weight - probably from all the wrong places.
by Colin G
15 Nov 2016 13:42
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Beacon Burst Revival
Replies: 14
Views: 2521

Absolutely Phil - it's an 'as and when' thing. Only 5 people in total turned up at the Black Horse the last time I took a club run. I sulked for a whole week.
by Colin G
15 Nov 2016 13:25
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Beacon Burst Revival
Replies: 14
Views: 2521

Not sure if this discussion is worthy of a new thread...? I'm probably not best placed to give feedback on my own club run but on Sunday we left together as a group and arrived back together as a group so for me that was mission accomplished. I try to pace on feel as I don't have a computer but Phil...
by Colin G
13 Nov 2016 15:21
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club Runs - 13th November
Replies: 15
Views: 2875

On todays well disciplined B run to Charlecote were: Colin Groves (L) Richard Horridge Alistair Hey Si Walker John Williams Phil Gameson Graham Gamblin Rob Wade Peter Roed Apologies for the slightly uninspired route. We repeated some of the outward leg on the return but made good time at a sensible ...
by Colin G
10 Nov 2016 12:00
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club Runs - 13th November
Replies: 15
Views: 2875

For those wanting a café stop the standard B run to Charlecote will be around 58 miles. I don't expect a particularly late return.

Pace won't be anything heroic based on my lack of consistent riding lately.
by Colin G
10 Nov 2016 08:58
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: 'Cycling Weekly' Club run
Replies: 61
Views: 9558

Thanks for organising yesterdays ride Phil. Was a treat to have a mid week spin out.
by Colin G
24 Oct 2016 14:00
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: 'Cycling Weekly' Club run
Replies: 61
Views: 9558

A photo opportunity! Borrow a better bike, pull your stomach in and give it your best winning smile on the day everyone.

If I'm about I'm in.
by Colin G
16 Oct 2016 17:01
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club runs - 16th October
Replies: 4
Views: 1355

Just 5 turned out at the Blackhorse today - most likely due to the forecast and other events. A very nice ride out to Kenilworth in the autumn sunshine with just one flat towards the end. We averaged around 14 mph so top end of the C run pace. Colin Groves (L) Dave Cox Andy Terry Daniel Newns (first...
by Colin G
25 Sep 2016 15:43
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club runs - 25th September
Replies: 27
Views: 4119

Large group today, incident free and very sociable...well I talked a lot anyway. Colin Groves (L) John Deeley Pete Norman Mike Preece Graham Muth Tom Muirhead Graham Gamblin David Cox Cedric Gioan Huan Dong Laurie Derbyshire Si Walker Helen Jamieson Dave Little Sergey Fifsov Dave Cole (met us at the...
by Colin G
24 Sep 2016 21:08
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club runs - 25th September
Replies: 27
Views: 4119

Hi Sergey

I look forward to seeing you on the C run tomorrow. The route is fairly flat but there's the inevitable climb back into Birmingham on the return.

It'll be a sociable pace and we'll all stick together.
by Colin G
19 Sep 2016 09:49
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club runs - 25th September
Replies: 27
Views: 4119

Pershore I reckon for the C Run this Sunday. Bring a café lock.

50 - 55 miles.
by Colin G
09 Sep 2016 08:58
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: A, B and C club runs - October, November and December - 2016
Replies: 32
Views: 5907

Club Runs

I'll do

16/10 - B Run to Kenilworth
13/11 - B Run to Charlecote
11/12 - C Run to Alcester
by Colin G
26 Jul 2016 09:17
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Commuting Wheels
Replies: 7
Views: 1351

Thanks for the advice - lots of options out there. I've gone for a set of hand built wheels from Spa Cycles after an informative chat with them. Cheaper than I thought - 36 spoke rear, 32 front. Looking forward to seeing how they ride. The factory wheels that came with the bike lasted 18 months befo...
by Colin G
25 Jul 2016 12:52
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: A, B and C club runs July, August and September 2016
Replies: 35
Views: 6999

I'll do the C Run on 25th September. Destination TBC.
by Colin G
22 Jul 2016 14:11
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Commuting Wheels
Replies: 7
Views: 1351

Thanks Martin I'll check - I think it's 130mm. Somebody recommended Spa Cycles in Harrogate to me. Prices seem fairly reasonable.
by Colin G
22 Jul 2016 08:22
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Commuting Wheels
Replies: 7
Views: 1351

Commuting Wheels

Looking for a durable 700c commuting / touring wheel set on account that my rear wheel fell apart this morning on the way into work (getting a lift home!). I run 35 mm tyres, SRAM 10 speed, caliper brakes. Don't care about weight. Can anyone offer any advice? They'll get a bit of a pounding down the...
by Colin G
06 Jun 2016 08:40
Forum: Time Trials
Topic: Club 50 Championships
Replies: 11
Views: 1791

Well done all - stonking ride from Dave.
by Colin G
03 Jun 2016 13:34
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: A, B and C Club runs April, May and June 2016
Replies: 29
Views: 5974

Unfortunately due to family commitments I now can't take the b run on the 12th.
by Colin G
27 May 2016 09:26
Forum: Time Trials
Topic: Result 9 mile K36/4.5 Wed 25th May
Replies: 4
Views: 1056

Well done to Nick, only Beacon member under 22 minutes which is a strong ride for that course.
by Colin G
25 May 2016 13:39
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: A, B and C Club runs April, May and June 2016
Replies: 29
Views: 5974

I'll take the B run to Charlecote Garden Centre on the 12th June. We've not been for a while I think.
by Colin G
23 May 2016 17:21
Forum: Time Trials
Topic: Result 9 mile K36/4.5 Wed 18th May
Replies: 9
Views: 1540

Cunning and treachery in equal measure Dave. I'm impressed.
by Colin G
20 May 2016 17:09
Forum: Time Trials
Topic: Result 9 mile K36/4.5 Wed 18th May
Replies: 9
Views: 1540

Ah, ok. Thanks Laurence.
by Colin G
20 May 2016 12:06
Forum: Time Trials
Topic: Result 9 mile K36/4.5 Wed 18th May
Replies: 9
Views: 1540

Simon - thanks for working out the handicap times.

Assuming it takes the handicap off the actual time I think mine should be 18:25 and Gavin's 19:48. Unless I'm being a bit thick - which is highly probable.
by Colin G
16 May 2016 01:02
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club runs - 15th May
Replies: 65
Views: 9641

Leading a club run is gratifying. I've done a few now and the things I thought were important to lead aren't. You don't have to be the strongest rider on the day, or a master mechanic. It's simple enough to plan a route, and there's bound to be repetition with previous rides - there are only so many...