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    Quote Originally Posted by anthonykay View Post
    Just be thankful that you don't live in Bremen: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o..._German_states
    I'm amused that the rubbish tip is higher than any of the natural hills.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fellbeast View Post
    14 and a bit miles and 1,325 feet for me yesterday lunchtime. Straight up the road from home to Ribblehead, right on the Hawes road but only to just past Gearstones, where I went off piste on the Dales Way (the first bit of the Cam High Road). This pretty immediately turns into a fantastic dirt and stones 450 foot climb to the top of Cam End, where I then hooked right following the Pennine Way. Here it was now mostly gradual down hill bouncy rubble until Ling Gill, where the going became grassier and softer before picking up tarmac again at High Birkwith and a fast undulating 3 mile run in to home

    This is why toeclips are more suitable for most cyclists; you can get off easily and walk around and enjoy the view and then send us great photos of it for us to savour

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    This is why toeclips are more suitable for most cyclists; you can get off easily and walk around and enjoy the view and then send us great photos of it for us to savour
    Iíve actually removed my toe clips now and replaced them with pedals that have the threaded grip pins sticking out. These I really really like and get on with....... apart that is from stabbing myself a couple of times in the calf, walking the bike out the back gate

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    I've had my mountain bike serviced.

    Needless to say I could have looked after it better.

    Can't wait to ride it this weekend.
    Last edited by millipede; 06-03-2021 at 08:28 AM.

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    What a difference two degrees F make! The average today was 34.7 F. Positively balmy although the only riders I saw today were hard men all in black on serious bikes. The sort that do track stands at temporary traffic lights with me waiting behind until they falter so I can say "Good try!"

    Basically a trip to Grassington (37 miles 3500 feet) and passing many fell race venues. In Stirton I went up Bog Road which is the very steep start to Brett Weeden's Stirton race up to Rough Haw on Flasby Fell. It is just as steep on a bike but my slow progress did allow me to reflect that Brett (+ Sue) is simply one of the best RO. So chilled as to be horizontal (well apart from that time when a novice runner got lost on Gt. Whernside in driving snow in a night race ).

    I like the Skipton - Threshfield road. One the right is a huge ridge (Cracoe Fell, Rylstone Fell) adorned with towers and crosses and other detritus and on the left is the valley with the railway line serving Swinden Quarry, near Cracoe. This line used to go from Skipton to Threshfield (for Grassington) with, in Victorian times, aspirations to finish in the far north east, but after closure by BR the section to Cracoe was bought by the quarry owners (then Tilcon) to move thousands of tons of product every week. The quarry "shunting engine" needs to move 2500 ton trains up a 1:100 from a dead start every time a hopper wagon has been filled and weighs 150 tons with six powered axles. This is heavier than the US built General Motors diesels that have taken over main line freight traffic haulage in the UK and which carry away the filled hoppers.

    After the quarry road crossing the track bed is still clear, adjecant to another country road, over farm land for the several miles to Threshfield where you meet the housing estate built on the site of the old station. Now a private house.

    If you turn off the Grassington - Pately Bridge road at Hebden there is lovely high level, back-road that eventually looks down on Burnsall and the more familar side of the River Wharfe. Hardly anybody uses the road and people walk along the full width holding hands. This route can then take you, after Appletreewick, (start of more fell races) to another high and scarely visited (grass down the middle plus a ford) back road with 20% climbs and lots of gravel, looking down on Bolton Abbey, the Wharfe and tourists before Storiths near the Skipton-Harrogate road. But no need to join the HGVs for long because shortly after is the road to Beamsley and then Langbar, sitting below Beamsley Beacon (more fell races), and another 20% or so climb. Still what goes up must come down and 40mph is easily achieved if bouncing over the potholes through Middleton does not deter.

    Middleton/Curly Hill is the posh part of Ilkley but the Bentley drivers are rich,old and quite intimidated by an idiot in lycra descending with no concern for their paint work. And then there would be all the paper work to sort out.

    And then past Wheelbase and their garish window display of those Pinarello things, and home.
    Last edited by Graham Breeze; 05-03-2021 at 11:59 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Graham Breeze View Post
    What a difference two degrees F make! The average today was 34.7 F. Positively balmy although the only riders I saw today were hard men all in black on serious bikes. The sort that do track stands at temporary traffic lights with me waiting behind until they falter so I can say "Good try!"

    Bacially a trip to Grassington(37 miles 3500 feet) and passing many fell race venues.In Stirton I went up Bog Road which is the very steep start to Brett Weeden's Stirton race up to Rough Haw on Flasby Fell. It is just as steep on a bike but my slow progress did allow me to reflect that Brett(+ Sue) is simply one of the best RO. So chilled as to be horizontal (well apart from that time when a novice runner got lost on Gt. Whernside in driving snow in a night race )

    I like the Skipton - Threshfield road. One the right is a huge ridge (Cracoe Fell, Rylstone Fell) adorned with towers and crosses and other detritus and on the left is the valley with the railway line serving Swinden Quarry, near Cracoe. This line used to go from Skipton to Threshfield (for Grassington),with in Victorian times aspirations to finish in the far north east, but after closure by BR the section to Cracoe was bought by the quarry owners (then Tilcon)to move thousands of tons of product every week. The quarry "shunting engine" needs to move 2500 ton trains up a 1:100 from a dead start every time a hopper wagon has been filled and weighs 150 tons with six powered axles. This is heavier than the US built General Motors diesels that have taken over main line freight traffic haulage in the UK and carry away the filled hoppers.

    After the quarry bumpers and the road crossing the track bed is still clear over farm land for the several miles to Threshfield where you meet the housing estate built on the site of the old station. Now a private house.

    If you turn off the Grassington - Pately Bridge road at Hebden there is lovely high level, back-road that eventually looks down on Burnsall and the more familar side of the River Wharfe. Hardly anybody uses the road and people walk along the full width holding hands. This route can then take you, after Appletreewick, (start of more fell races)to another high and scarely visited (grass down the middle and a ford)back road with 20% climbs and lots of gravel looking down on Bolton Abbey, the Wharfe and tourists before Storiths near the Skipton-Harrogate road. But no need to join the HGVs for long because shortly after is the road to Beamsley and then Langbar, sitting below Beamsley Beacon (more fell races), and another 20% or so climb. Still what goes up must come down and 40mph is easily achieved if bouncing over the potholes through Middleton does not deter. Middleton/Curly Hill is the posh part of Ilkley but the Bentley drivers are rich,old and quite intimidated by an idiot in lycra descending with no concern for their paint work.

    And then there would be all the paper work to sort out.
    Talking of track beds I had a lovely ride from Earby to Carleton on the old Colne/Skipton route last week. It was a bit muddy and puddley so you roadies wouldn't like it. I do hope they never manage to reopen it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by millipede View Post
    Talking of track beds I had a lovely ride from Earby to Carleton on the old Colne/Skipton route last week. It was a bit muddy and puddley so you roadies wouldn't like it. I do hope they never manage to reopen it.
    Well one or two new house-holders might be a bit grumpy and there is the little problem that the new line would have to be routed away from where the level crossing was because that would never be sanctioned now.

    If you carry on beyond Earby it sometimes becomes more of a cutting than an embankmnt and becomes seriously wet but I think I have been as far as Foulridge. I am not sure how far you can get towards Colne.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Graham Breeze View Post
    Well one or two new house-holders might be a bit grumpy and there is the little problem that the new line would have to be routed away from where the level crossing was because that would never be sanctioned now.

    If you carry on beyond Earby it sometimes becomes more of a cutting than an embankmnt and becomes seriously wet but I think I have been as far as Foulridge. I am not sure how far you can get towards Colne.
    Well of course really it would be a good thing as a transport link- although it does go very close to some of those houses.

    Maybe if it does get reopened they will add a bike/walking track as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by millipede View Post
    Well of course really it would be a good thing as a transport link- although it does go very close to some of those houses.

    Maybe if it does get reopened they will add a bike/walking track as well.
    It would be/was a beautiful route. Lancashire is actually really nice.

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