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by AlanW
28 Oct 2016 07:33
Forum: Club News & Events
Topic: Track Cycling Sessions January to April
Replies: 107
Views: 17686

If anyone decides to go for their accreditation at Derby, and to save you some money, if you have ridden at Newport, tell them that! As an organiser of previous track events at Newport, I can supply a letter to endorse that fact. You will only then need to complete the final assessment in order to g...
by AlanW
27 Oct 2016 20:18
Forum: Club News & Events
Topic: Track Cycling Sessions January to April
Replies: 107
Views: 17686

Trying to arrange a track session at Derby is a utter shambles.

On the flip side, one e-mail to Newport and within 24 hours you will have a response with avaible dates and times etc.
by AlanW
27 Oct 2016 12:01
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Cracked Front Mud Guard
Replies: 7
Views: 2401

To be honest I haven't experienced that much of a problem with the front bracket on the std length SKS mudguards. Other than on the odd occasion I have to peen the rivet heads over a touch as the bracket works loose. The "Longboards" however were a different story, the front one failing in a very sh...
by AlanW
25 Oct 2016 11:24
Forum: Cafe Stop
Topic: Boiler rant
Replies: 4
Views: 1377

Boiler rant

Rant one. Several weeks ago I started the process of looking for a replacement boiler, easy enough process I thought? Get a number of quotes, then pick someone who you think will do a suitable job, based on: a) their conduct and feedback during the quotation process, b) personal recommendations. And...
by AlanW
24 Oct 2016 12:01
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: 'Cycling Weekly' Club run
Replies: 61
Views: 13499

Count me in :lol:
by AlanW
24 Oct 2016 10:33
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club runs - 23rd October
Replies: 22
Views: 5589

GrahamGamblin wrote:...half the time I had no idea where I was..
Nor me... :shock:
by AlanW
23 Oct 2016 16:45
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club runs - 23rd October
Replies: 22
Views: 5589

Many thanks Alan for stepping in at the last minute. No worries Nick. We did cut out a couple of the lumpy bits and also cut it short going to Bewdley coming out of Stourport as you'll see from Strava. As it was we didnt get to the cafe till around 11:30 anyway. I turned of at Dodford, and there we...
by AlanW
23 Oct 2016 15:00
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club runs - 23rd October
Replies: 22
Views: 5589

In the absence of Mr Shenton, I lead the B run to Bewdley. Todays riders were as follows: Alan Weaver (L) Graham Gamblin Ryan Evanson Paul Garvie George Garvie Phil Elwell Andy Wrightson Neil Lynch Ian Simpson Phil Gameson Ed Moss Paul Johnson Simon Prince Wayne Gibbs Andy Deere also started with us...
by AlanW
03 Oct 2016 11:06
Forum: Audaxes & Cyclosportives
Topic: RIDE OF THE FALLING LEAVES: 2nd October
Replies: 6
Views: 2362

Despite the number of years that I've ridden this event, I still forget about some the climbs, I can only think its my way of dealing with it? But wow, what a day for it....absolutely splendid. I was just reading on another cycling forum about someone's account of yesterday, he took 7 hours 10 minut...
by AlanW
29 Sep 2016 13:35
Forum: Audaxes & Cyclosportives
Topic: RIDE OF THE FALLING LEAVES: 2nd October
Replies: 6
Views: 2362

Philip Whiteman wrote:Rumour has it that 10 Beacon members have entered this event, much to the organiser's delight.
Crikey.....in recent years the numbers have been getting less and less, so no wonder she is pleased.
by AlanW
28 Sep 2016 15:23
Forum: Audaxes & Cyclosportives
Topic: Velo Birmingham Closed Road Sportive
Replies: 52
Views: 11569

Each to their own, I'm going to enter in the region of 14 Audax events (mostly on the exact same roads) at probably fourteen times the distance still have change for extra tea and cakes at all of them.
by AlanW
28 Sep 2016 12:00
Forum: Audaxes & Cyclosportives
Topic: Velo Birmingham Closed Road Sportive
Replies: 52
Views: 11569

It's a bit pricey sure..... Understatement!! As if the £75 entry fee isn't enough, they want another £3.75 as well for admin costs? Of course, you could always pay for for FastTrack entry at a mere £115 and oh and of course £5.75 admin costs. In the meantime I'll just continue to ride Audax events ...
by AlanW
19 Sep 2016 09:47
Forum: Audaxes & Cyclosportives
Topic: RIDE OF THE FALLING LEAVES: 2nd October
Replies: 6
Views: 2362

I've also entered for at least the 15th year!!

However, I've dropped a slight clanger this year as I have track session down at Newport on the night before....doh
by AlanW
15 Sep 2016 17:35
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Fan for turbo/rollers
Replies: 8
Views: 2401

New fan arrived and goodness me on the top setting it certainly blows a gale!!
by AlanW
13 Sep 2016 15:13
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Fan for turbo/rollers
Replies: 8
Views: 2401

Andy Terry wrote:
AlanW wrote:As a point of interest, and don't ask me why, but I had the Brompton on the rollers last night. If nothing else, it was different!
OK, I won't ask why. It's an option that Zwift should consider though.
To be fair, it was all going okay till I got a bit cocky and tried no handed....... :oops:
by AlanW
13 Sep 2016 09:06
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Fan for turbo/rollers
Replies: 8
Views: 2401

One 18" high velocity floor fan now on order :-)

As a point of interest, and don't ask me why, but I had the Brompton on the rollers last night. If nothing else, it was different!
by AlanW
12 Sep 2016 12:23
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Fan for turbo/rollers
Replies: 8
Views: 2401

Fan for turbo/rollers

For the last few years I have used a normal (cheap) 3 speed pedestal fan for turbo/roller work but I've always considered that it didn't provide sufficient movement of air. So as that time of year is very quickly approaching I'm looking to improve on that and go for a high velocity 18" fan, but I ca...
by AlanW
09 Sep 2016 09:39
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Alternative Club Ride - Peak District
Replies: 6
Views: 1899

Are there any KOMs that people should know about?
by AlanW
05 Sep 2016 07:31
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: New cafe suggestions
Replies: 107
Views: 30988

Lighthorne Pavilion Café

Chesterton Road, Warwick CV35 0AB HERE As you can see its situated roughly mid point between Wellsbourne and Bishops Itchington. I literally stumbled on this café on Sunday and I don't know how it has been open but it all looks pretty new to me and would make an ideal club run venue. There is sitti...
by AlanW
28 Aug 2016 21:41
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club runs - 28th August
Replies: 18
Views: 4184

I must have arrived at Croome far to early as l never saw a soul. I even stopped for tea and cake and still didn't see anyone.

So does that mean that l dont get a club run point??

Never the less, it was nice watching the kites flying and I got home before the rain
by AlanW
28 Aug 2016 07:48
Forum: Cafe Stop
Topic: Strava
Replies: 17
Views: 3463

Not really, l just don't understand why you would?
by AlanW
17 Aug 2016 08:03
Forum: Cafe Stop
Topic: Strava
Replies: 17
Views: 3463

So yet another random person has joined the Beacon Strava page from Egypt??

Why would you do that?
by AlanW
14 Aug 2016 19:52
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club runs - 14th August
Replies: 22
Views: 5250

Re: Eye opening B run

ash.turner wrote:I really thought I'd seen it all when riding a bike (what is the hand signal for 'naked lady ahead'?)
We all missed a trick didnt we, somone should have really shouted "Hole....middle"

:lol:
by AlanW
09 Aug 2016 12:05
Forum: Other Rides & Touring
Topic: Weston Super Mare - Sunday 14th August
Replies: 0
Views: 1132

Weston Super Mare - Sunday 14th August

I am toying with the idea of doing a ride down to Weston this coming Sunday if anyone fancies it, with the return leg on the train. Starting from Bromsgrove Railway station at 7am, and taking the more scenic route to the seaside via the Forest of Dean and over the old Severn Bridge. Roughly 115 mile...
by AlanW
31 Jul 2016 18:14
Forum: Cafe Stop
Topic: Near miss....again!
Replies: 6
Views: 1704

CakeStop wrote: You'll need to moderate your language now it's all on camera ;)
I know, sorry 😶

In truth I didn't know that I had even shouted let alone swore till I played it back, but if does make me smile with the gap in between the two lots of swearing. 😂
by AlanW
30 Jul 2016 22:34
Forum: Cafe Stop
Topic: Near miss....again!
Replies: 6
Views: 1704

Near miss....again!

by AlanW
22 Jul 2016 17:12
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Commuting Wheels
Replies: 7
Views: 2240

You wont go far wrong getting a pair from Merlin HERE Depends on how much you want to spend really, but I have a pair of the above wheels that I bought from Merlin and use them every day during the winter months. On the flip side, I also bought a pair of THESE also from Merlin. I bought these first,...
by AlanW
22 Jul 2016 10:57
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Commuting Wheels
Replies: 7
Views: 2240

Handbuilt wheels, without any question at all IMHO
by AlanW
18 Jul 2016 12:27
Forum: Cafe Stop
Topic: Brake Dilema?
Replies: 0
Views: 569

Brake Dilema?

So in my quest for a new titanium frame, the choice has finally been narrowed down to the Engima Etape. But now I need to decide on hydraulic or normal caliper brakes? First let me start that I can see the merits for going down the hydraulic brake route for a commuting or a winter bike as I will wea...
by AlanW
15 Jul 2016 19:08
Forum: Other Rides & Touring
Topic: Bastille Day ride - Thursday 14th
Replies: 8
Views: 2629

What an truly exceptional day, so many happy memories to take from it. It's what riding a bike is all about.

Great route thanks to Andy and terrific company so thanks to everyone who made the day what it was.
by AlanW
11 Jul 2016 15:34
Forum: Other Rides & Touring
Topic: Bastille Day ride - Thursday 14th
Replies: 8
Views: 2629

Yes, I might be interested in this Andy, let me check and see if I can wag the day off work
by AlanW
03 Jul 2016 14:38
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club runs - 3rd July
Replies: 19
Views: 4543

A great traditional style club run today like we used to do many years ago. A great ride out, really enjoyed it, thanks Andy
by AlanW
02 Jul 2016 11:26
Forum: Cafe Stop
Topic: Buzzard Alert!
Replies: 2
Views: 857

Dive bombed again this morning in the same place, but I heard it launch from the tree tops this time so I was ready for it....ha ha
by AlanW
30 Jun 2016 20:18
Forum: Cafe Stop
Topic: Buzzard Alert!
Replies: 2
Views: 857

Buzzard Alert!

I know that the club runs sometimes utilizes this particular lane. But if you are travelling along Copyholt Lane, Banks Green heading towards the Queens Head, just after the turning into Middle Lane there is a small coppice on the left hand side just as the lane starts to descend. I was dive bombed ...
by AlanW
23 Jun 2016 12:41
Forum: Cafe Stop
Topic: Flying Horse Lane - Top Dressing
Replies: 6
Views: 1520

Work finally started today on the entire length of Flying Horse Lane and Ditchford Bank Lane, so wave goodbye to what was a pretty decent surface before. :evil:
by AlanW
16 Jun 2016 18:22
Forum: Cafe Stop
Topic: Flying Horse Lane - Top Dressing
Replies: 6
Views: 1520

Sooner than I thought, advance signs are up and the work is scheduled to start tomorrow Friday 17th June for three days.
by AlanW
16 Jun 2016 10:17
Forum: Other Rides & Touring
Topic: 2016 Aviva Women's Tour
Replies: 11
Views: 2963

Dave Cox wrote: Weather is looking marginally better in latest forecast.
Really.....?
by AlanW
16 Jun 2016 09:04
Forum: Cafe Stop
Topic: Flying Horse Lane - Top Dressing
Replies: 6
Views: 1520

Flying Horse Lane - Top Dressing

Just an advance word of warning if anyone is intending to take a club run along here. It is my understanding that next week (maybe the week after?) the entire lane will be top dressed with chippings. :evil:

Which is a real shame because at the moment it is a decent smooth surface?
by AlanW
05 Jun 2016 16:00
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club runs - 5th June (plus Intro ride)
Replies: 21
Views: 5109

Andy Terry wrote:Thanks Simon, great B run today.
+1, a most enjoyable ride out today
by AlanW
16 May 2016 11:47
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: the 'water in the hole' problem
Replies: 11
Views: 3082

Sorry but the case makes no difference, in fact I think that sometimes it makes it worse as it tends to hold water rather than let it blow/flow freely away
by AlanW
16 May 2016 10:55
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: the 'water in the hole' problem
Replies: 11
Views: 3082

Don't go out in the rain? Joking aside, as I understand it, on the right hand side of the Strava screen where is shows the elevation data, if the word " elevation? " is in blue and underscored you can click on it and it will then calculate the elevation based on the route ridden and then correct it....
by AlanW
16 May 2016 08:17
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Club runs - 15th May
Replies: 65
Views: 13663

Should some of this thread be moved to the members area?
by AlanW
09 May 2016 19:20
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Chamois Cream and Lycra
Replies: 7
Views: 2232

:oops: :oops:

:mrgreen:
by AlanW
09 May 2016 18:54
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Chamois Cream and Lycra
Replies: 7
Views: 2232

Re: Chamois Cream and Lycra

WARNING: Do not lubricate your pad with cream. That's quite a sweeping statement with no factual supporting evidence. I like many others use chamois cream and don't experience any such problems. I seem to recall you telling everyone not to use quick links once upon a time too? And I'm sure there wa...
by AlanW
09 May 2016 08:17
Forum: Beacon Road / Track / CycloCross Racing
Topic: LVRC Result
Replies: 10
Views: 2149

Well done Dave, turbo training in the winter next then?
by AlanW
07 May 2016 21:49
Forum: Cafe Stop
Topic: The 'fords' time trial - fact or fiction?
Replies: 14
Views: 2828

IanT wrote:Surely you were nearby with a camera Alan?
Sadly not, my 'love' of Shell Ford is a fairly recent one
by AlanW
07 May 2016 11:30
Forum: Cafe Stop
Topic: Strava
Replies: 17
Views: 3463

Re: Strava

Andy Terry wrote:Who are:

[ J. V.® ]
Pasquale Caggianiello
Paul Gething™
Pawel Scierka

and how come they are members of the Beacon club on Strava?
No idea, not Beacon members, so kick 'em all off
by AlanW
06 May 2016 20:57
Forum: Cafe Stop
Topic: The 'fords' time trial - fact or fiction?
Replies: 14
Views: 2828

Oscar wrote:I rode it several times. The secret was to ride STRAIGHT through the three fords.
Fantastic :lol:

But I cannot believe that I've never heard mention of it before, even with my time with the Bromsgrove Olympique?
by AlanW
06 May 2016 14:10
Forum: Cafe Stop
Topic: The 'fords' time trial - fact or fiction?
Replies: 14
Views: 2828

laurence_cooley wrote:Did Alan ride it?
:lol: No, in fact I have never heard mention of such a route either till just, you learn something new everyday don't you?
by AlanW
07 Apr 2016 12:50
Forum: Cafe Stop
Topic: Justice
Replies: 0
Views: 692

Justice