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by John D
13 Apr 2015 22:30
Forum: Audaxes & Cyclosportives
Topic: RideLondon100 2015 Team Entry
Replies: 56
Views: 11256

Phil, my reasoning for preparing to step aside is in no way a purely chivalrous gesture but based upon a mix of only 3 "c run"' potential participants, rightly or wrongly I think a team entry should ride as a team, I have a ride to Murcia planned at the end of May that has been my goal for some time...
by John D
09 Apr 2015 22:20
Forum: Audaxes & Cyclosportives
Topic: RideLondon100 2015 Team Entry
Replies: 56
Views: 11256

Andy Terry wrote:I don't mind dropping out to allow 2 'A' teams - sorry other 'C' team members.
ditto from me
by John D
01 Apr 2015 11:29
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Introductory Rides 2015
Replies: 43
Views: 11092

This Sundays April intro. ride will be to the Stables café near Earlswood. Route is a tad over 30 miles (unless we decide to detour) and will be out past Kings Norton golf club, Tanworth in Arden, Pig Trot Lane, across to Packwood, Hockley Heath and Stables cafe. Return via Wythall. Support will be ...
by John D
23 Mar 2015 20:57
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Introductory Rides 2015
Replies: 43
Views: 11092

Hi to all I have put my name down to support the intro ride on the 7th June with mark Finglas. Would anyone else be willing to take my place as I really fancy going on Paul's 100 in 8 hrs as these rides don't come along very often and I don't want to let him down. If no interest I will continue wit...
by John D
05 Mar 2015 13:23
Forum: Audaxes & Cyclosportives
Topic: RideLondon100 2015 Team Entry
Replies: 56
Views: 11256

Phil

Thanks for sorting.

I'm still up for this and will mention it to all at Sundays c run café stop

John
by John D
08 Feb 2015 08:28
Forum: Audaxes & Cyclosportives
Topic: RideLondon100 2015 Team Entry
Replies: 56
Views: 11256

Phil, could you bear me in mind for an additional team that goes at c run pace and see if there are 3 other like minded indviduals. Helen? weathers got to be better than last year, great event to focus on and you get the chance to complete the full route :wink: Sorry john, I'm one of the smug ones ...
by John D
06 Feb 2015 14:35
Forum: Audaxes & Cyclosportives
Topic: RideLondon100 2015 Team Entry
Replies: 56
Views: 11256

Andy Terry wrote:
John D wrote: see if there are 3 other like minded indviduals
see above
Andy, missed that post, that will be "2 other like minded" now then!!
by John D
06 Feb 2015 12:31
Forum: Audaxes & Cyclosportives
Topic: RideLondon100 2015 Team Entry
Replies: 56
Views: 11256

John - you get a magazine, not an email. Alternatively there is a 'cheat' out there where you can log in to your entry through a smart phone and look at your receipt. If your entry isn't cancelled, there's a good chance you've got in! Helen, thanks, now received my "commiserations" magazine :cry: P...
by John D
05 Feb 2015 18:56
Forum: Audaxes & Cyclosportives
Topic: RideLondon100 2015 Team Entry
Replies: 56
Views: 11256

Not had an email either way yet. Whilst I would like to participate in the event at some point, at the pace that I go at i wouldn't want to take up a space that would spoil the occasion for others. However, I am told (although not confirmed) that solihull cycle club entered 7 Teams last year. Is it ...
by John D
19 Dec 2014 19:59
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Introductory Rides 2015
Replies: 43
Views: 11092

Myself and Helen Jamieson would like to do the April run please. Destination TBA
by John D
01 Dec 2014 18:52
Forum: Club News & Events
Topic: 2014 BEACON AWARDS DINNER; TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE
Replies: 18
Views: 4559

Is there anyone going to the dinner, from the Harborne area, that would like to share a taxi? Si, assuming tickets are still available (I've just sent Gary Mac a text), will it save a few pennies if Helen gets one from bearwood, calling at harborne and Middle Park Road en route? Any idea what time ...
by John D
22 Nov 2014 19:09
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: C run pace
Replies: 27
Views: 6152

Seems to me that if riders read and stuck to the club run guidlines http://www.beaconrcc.org.uk/resources/club_documents/club_run_guidelines.html the problems reported here would not occur. Particular riders ensuring that the leader is told when the group has split and not overtaking the leader. Ha...
by John D
22 Nov 2014 08:56
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: C run pace
Replies: 27
Views: 6152

Re: C runs

I think it would be a shame that some of the older Beaconites can't continue because of this. D Run? Anne, nooooo! Interesting that such a short thread has shown the wide parameters of expectations from c run participants and demonstrates how it is impossible to be "all things for all people". Not ...
by John D
19 Nov 2014 09:32
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: C run pace
Replies: 27
Views: 6152

What absolutely shouldn't happen is more than 2 or 3 people passing and then riding faster than the leader (the club run guidelines are quite clear on this). It's ok to give the leader some shelter but taking care to maintain the same pace as was being set by the leader and not allowing a gap to ope...
by John D
18 Nov 2014 22:46
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: C run pace
Replies: 27
Views: 6152

Having only led once, my route was to Leamington and although not too lumpy, we did have a bit of a headwind going out and ended the 56 miles or so at 13.7 mph. I did try to ease the pace on the return leg as I was aware that 1 or 2 were"feeling it" a little but was also mindful of having 1 eye on t...
by John D
21 Aug 2014 12:48
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Hollowtech II pre tension bolt...badly worn!!!
Replies: 4
Views: 1388

It's only a soft plastic bolt, designed so it can't be tightened up too much! Unfortunately this doesn't seem to stop people trying. They usually do this, crushing the bearings and then complain about the poor quality of Shimano manufacturing. Your is a classic case. I would check that the same has...
by John D
21 Aug 2014 12:26
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Hollowtech II pre tension bolt...badly worn!!!
Replies: 4
Views: 1388

As far as I'm aware the plastic bolt should only be finger tight. Make sure you've completely removed the two crank bolts and the safety washer before attempting removal of the plastic part. If you still can't remove it once you've done that perhaps try a sharp flat edge screw driver or small chise...
by John D
21 Aug 2014 09:45
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Hollowtech II pre tension bolt...badly worn!!!
Replies: 4
Views: 1388

Hollowtech II pre tension bolt...badly worn!!!

Need to change my bottom bracket. Have got the bottom bracket tool and a shimano pre tension bolt tool (the one that has a small plastic thumb wheel to tighten hand tight). However the plastic bolt has been installed by the previous owner of the bike far too tight, in effect virtually stripping the ...
by John D
12 Jul 2014 20:04
Forum: Other Rides & Touring
Topic: Midsummers Night Ride?
Replies: 48
Views: 8006

Alan, wow, never done that before and "a must do again" ride. Couldn't have chosen a better night with warm temperatures, no wind and full moon. Real pleasure to the ride the roads/lanes without traffic. Brilliant :D Thanks to all the other riders for "lighting the road". Bit quicker than mine and ...
by John D
12 Jul 2014 11:20
Forum: Other Rides & Touring
Topic: Midsummers Night Ride?
Replies: 48
Views: 8006

Alan, wow, never done that before and "a must do again" ride. Couldn't have chosen a better night with warm temperatures, no wind and full moon. Real pleasure to the ride the roads/lanes without traffic. Brilliant :D Thanks to all the other riders for "lighting the road". Bit quicker than mine and C...
by John D
10 May 2014 22:07
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Exceeding expectations
Replies: 2
Views: 974

Also bought one of those last Sunday and it's still in its packaging. Thought it was quite heavy but assumed that was due to packing material etc. to demonstrate its size. call that a result :D
by John D
10 Apr 2014 22:59
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Stepping up from Intro to "C", "D" run?
Replies: 24
Views: 5343

John - if a volunteer has been found to lead it (and it's not too hilly!) I'm up for giving the C run a go this Sunday. I haven't got a solo distance I can compare to though as apart from my suicidal/great fun commute down the Hagley road, I haven't had the bike long enough to really go out by myse...
by John D
10 Apr 2014 22:52
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Stepping up from Intro to "C", "D" run?
Replies: 24
Views: 5343

Cake stop, thanks for the advice, furthest so far solo non stop is 36 @ 14.5mph so with better pacing I would like to think it would be within my ability range then. A shared midweek ride would be far more enjoyable than my usual training loop.... John - you won't get into any trouble on a C run un...
by John D
10 Apr 2014 17:44
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Stepping up from Intro to "C", "D" run?
Replies: 24
Views: 5343

Phil, happy to put my name down for the 27th. If it means an early start as per George's suggestion, that would be fine for me
by John D
10 Apr 2014 08:15
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Stepping up from Intro to "C", "D" run?
Replies: 24
Views: 5343

Cake stop, thanks for the advice, furthest so far solo non stop is 36 @ 14.5mph so with better pacing I would like to think it would be within my ability range then. A shared midweek ride would be far more enjoyable than my usual training loop, hope others might wish to join aswell Helen, if you are...
by John D
09 Apr 2014 13:36
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Stepping up from Intro to "C", "D" run?
Replies: 24
Views: 5343

Stepping up from Intro to "C", "D" run?

I enjoyed the recent "big big intro ride" and had no hesitation in joining Beacon. Thanks to all of the members for looking after a mixed ability group. The next logical step for me is to join a "C" ride as soon as family commitments allow. However as someone who is only recently re connecting with ...