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    Quote Originally Posted by Graham Breeze View Post
    To celebrate a 100 miles, 10,000+ feet week I went from Ilkley over the bridal way from Threshfield to Malham for the first time. The route to and through Bordley Green Farm is very steep (at around 380 metres) and rough and rocky with a lot of farm gates so there are warning signs in Threshfield saying "Unsuitable for Motor Vehicles" (although "Impossible" would be more accurate) which must have deterred even the e-bike brigade.

    It made a nice change not to be overtaken by someone doing 15mph up a 20% climb with their feet on the handle bars.
    The "bridal way"; have you recently taken the plunge Mr. Breeze?
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    Quote Originally Posted by wheezing donkey View Post
    The "bridal way"; have you recently taken the plunge Mr. Breeze?
    Ha ha!
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    41.3km, the furthest I've ridden for years, in lovely, cloudless, sun and almost zero wind. Lovely and warm at around 21-22 degrees, and roads quiet.

    Crossed the Tame at Elford, like yesterday, and then pushed on to Clifton Campville and then No Mans Heath, (where the four counties meet) before crossing into Leicestershire, and Anthony Kay's patch, before returning.

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    After a week off, mainly eating and drinking and I can feel it too back on the bike. 231/2 miles for 2750ft on gravel bike eased my stiff legs off. Now concentrate on losing those lbs I put on.
    Don't roll with a pig in poo. You get covered in poo and the pig likes it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    41.3km, the furthest I've ridden for years, in lovely, cloudless, sun and almost zero wind. Lovely and warm at around 21-22 degrees, and roads quiet.

    Crossed the Tame at Elford, like yesterday, and then pushed on to Clifton Campville and then No Mans Heath, (where the four counties meet) before crossing into Leicestershire, and Anthony Kay's patch, before returning.
    Be careful, you will start encountering hills if you go any further east.
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    Yesterday afternoon a lovely 30 miles and 3,300 feet ride in 2hrs 15min, on very tired legs, from Llani out to the Hafren Forest, Staylittle, Y Fan, Trefeglwys, Oakley Park and home.

    A gloriously sunny day on very quiet roads. The only negative being the views spoiled by wind turbines in almost every direction, most of which were stationary!

    Liquid refreshments, of Butty Bach, taken in the beer garden of The Mount Inn.
    Visibility good except in Hill Fog

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    An hour up to the reservoir and back, hit one of the hills hard and put a good time in so happy with that.
    Don't roll with a pig in poo. You get covered in poo and the pig likes it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by molehill View Post
    An hour up to the reservoir and back, hit one of the hills hard and put a good time in so happy with that.
    Matt, it's lovely to see that you are making such good use of the bike; when only a short while ago you were so "velo averse"
    7 days from now I'm hoping to re-aquaint myself with a 20 miler after being kept off the bike for the best part of 4 months with something of a malaise. So much kinder on the joints than running, although I've been doing plenty of that lately.
    I was a bit of an oddball until I was abducted by aliens; but I'm perfectly OK now!

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    Quote Originally Posted by anthonykay View Post
    Be careful, you will start encountering hills if you go any further east.
    I'm not afraid of the half hills of Leicestershire

    Quote Originally Posted by anthonykay View Post
    It's an old Leicestershire tradition: if there's a hill that it is very prominent in the landscape, you get a quarrying company to remove half of it. Not just Breedon, but also Bardon Hill (highest hill in the county) and Croft Hill (not very big, but prominent in a flat part of the county)
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    Forgot to mention it previously, but on yesterday's ride I passed an e-bike in different circumstances - it appeared to have broken down.

    Close to the banks of the River Tame I encountered two cyclists, a man and a woman, with an e-bike and a conventionally powered bike (no stereotyping, please). The woman was holding the front of the e-bike, whilst the man appeared to be hammering it with a rock. I did the decent thing and slowed to offer my assistance, (more for the purpose of finding out what was going on than to actually offer any help), and they both assured me they were ok whilst still hammering.

    I have to admit that in my teenage years of teaching myself cycle mechanics I did some pretty stupid things (once), but I never hammered a bike with a rock. Will keep an eye on this; I'm half expecting to find a battered e-bike in the ditch next time I go that way!
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