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by AlanW
28 Sep 2016 12:00
Forum: Audaxes & Cyclosportives
Topic: Velo Birmingham Closed Road Sportive
Replies: 52
Views: 8853

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: 1802

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: 1758

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: 1758

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: 1758

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: 1758

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: 1620

Are there any KOMs that people should know about?
by AlanW
05 Sep 2016 07:31
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: New cafe suggestions
Replies: 104
Views: 24107

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: 3539

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: 2865

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: 2865

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: 4497

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: 784

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: 1411

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: 1411

Near miss....again!

by AlanW
22 Jul 2016 17:12
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Commuting Wheels
Replies: 7
Views: 1633

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: 1633

Handbuilt wheels, without any question at all IMHO
by AlanW
18 Jul 2016 12:27
Forum: Cafe Stop
Topic: Brake Dilema?
Replies: 0
Views: 476

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: 2033

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: 2033

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: 3815

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: 706

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: 706

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: 1251

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: 1251

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: 2283

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: 1251

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: 4315

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: 2353

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: 2353

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: 11490

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: 1672

:oops: :oops:

:mrgreen:
by AlanW
09 May 2016 18:54
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Chamois Cream and Lycra
Replies: 7
Views: 1672

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: 1759

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: 2329

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: 2865

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: 2329

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: 2329

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: 583

Justice

by AlanW
04 Apr 2016 19:34
Forum: Club News & Events
Topic: NEWPORT TRACK SESSION with ROSS CC
Replies: 2
Views: 640

That's a shame....its the HONC this Sunday 😡
by AlanW
03 Apr 2016 21:55
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: New tyres
Replies: 7
Views: 1815

Some very good options listed, but the question must be what are your expectations, what is it that you want from your tyre? Is it for all year round, or just for the summer? Do you want a fast tyre or a long lasting tyre? My two pence worth based on personal experiance:- Vittoria Open Corsa tyres, ...
by AlanW
01 Apr 2016 08:29
Forum: Other Rides & Touring
Topic: Zwift
Replies: 15
Views: 2552

I was hoping to give the new "Pretzel" route a go, but my subscription expires on 5th April and I wont be renewing until the Autumn now I don't think?

HERE

Like you say Martin, its almost a shame that the sun has come out.....
by AlanW
29 Mar 2016 10:23
Forum: Cafe Stop
Topic: BIKES STOLEN
Replies: 9
Views: 1700

Oh no.....!

Have you got photos and frame numbers that you can circulate?
by AlanW
18 Mar 2016 19:25
Forum: Other Rides & Touring
Topic: Zwift
Replies: 15
Views: 2552

Rode part of it a few moments ago, awesome!
by AlanW
18 Mar 2016 10:58
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Bottom Brackets: English versus Italian threads.
Replies: 8
Views: 1684

laurence_cooley wrote:If not, I hear Chris King ones are good... :)
Yes, but at a whopper of a price!

I also have a ceramic Hope bottom bracket in one of my bikes and IMHO its not any better or any more durable than the stainless steel ones which are 30 odd pounds cheaper.
by AlanW
18 Mar 2016 10:54
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Bottom Brackets: English versus Italian threads.
Replies: 8
Views: 1684

Or......simply fit a Hope stainless steel bottom bracket and you'll never have to think about it again? I'm afraid that my experience has not been so positive. A had a pair that failed after 1000km. All my bikes have Hope bottom brackets with 1000's miles on them, no problems what so ever. I may ha...
by AlanW
17 Mar 2016 22:09
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Bottom Brackets: English versus Italian threads.
Replies: 8
Views: 1684

Philip Whiteman wrote:
AlanW wrote:Or......simply fit a Hope stainless steel bottom bracket and you'll never have to think about it again?
I'm afraid that my experience has not been so positive. A had a pair that failed after 1000km.
All my bikes have Hope bottom brackets with 1000's miles on them, no problems what so ever.
by AlanW
17 Mar 2016 14:59
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Bottom Brackets: English versus Italian threads.
Replies: 8
Views: 1684

Or......simply fit a Hope stainless steel bottom bracket and you'll never have to think about it again?

Plus, "if" in the unlikely event that there bearings fail, then just replace the bearings....simples really :wink:
by AlanW
16 Mar 2016 08:49
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Frame finish options
Replies: 16
Views: 2634

Expect a soft ride, plenty of flex in the rear end. Not everybody's cup of tea but I'm guessing with your love of steel you'll be OK with that. That's an interesting comment Steve, and as I've not ridden a Ti framed bike as yet I wouldn't know. But that's certainly not how I would describe the ride...
by AlanW
15 Mar 2016 17:58
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Frame finish options
Replies: 16
Views: 2634

CakeStop wrote:What is "self-colour Ti" ?
Natural finish or unpainted but polished or even bead blasted titanium tubing.

Such as THIS thing of beauty :lol: