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    Quote Originally Posted by Fellbeast View Post
    Haha, me cycling this evening....

    Excellent choice of colour for bike and clothing; the brighter the better.

    I've never been caught out by running out of daylight on the bike, but I have on the fell so I would keep the reflectors - particularly those on the pedals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Graham Breeze View Post

    Is there such a thing as colour pollution of our National Parks?
    With the Dales now officially a dark sky reserve, I suspect I may stand out a bit


    Surely your shoes should be colour coordinated?
    I think they do actually match one of my old 3 Peaks race vests and maybe another from the Haworth Hobble? Iíll make sure only to wear those with my terra ultras in future...

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    Looks good to me, sensible muted kit compared to 99% of weekend cyclists riding about looking like an accident in a fluorescent paint factory.
    Don't roll with a pig in poo. You get covered in poo and the pig likes it.

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    Today a return to the tour around Blubberhouses Moor: Addingham, Beamsly hamlet, the long 2 mile climb up to Kex Gill (the road that is collapsing into the valley and is to be replaced by a new £50million road on the other side of the valley), the wonderful sweeping descent down to Blubberhouses hamlet, past Fewston and Swinsty reservoirs, then Timble, Otley, Askwith and home.

    Yesterday there was a double fatality/multiple pile-up on the Addingham bypass but today - not a trace. The dogs bark but the caravan moves on.

    I don't usually do this route in winter because the Full Force Gale (as Van the Man might say) coming off the moor can blow you off the road or under the wheels of a quarry lorry, but one has to live a little.

    There is a redundant Methodist Chapel for auction in the hamlet of Timble which is quite close to Swinsty on on the banks of which lives Gareth Southgate in a rather remote Swinsty Hall. Timble itself is a bit isolated so the estate agents have drawn attention to the fact that Gareth S. lives nearby (say a mile away) which seems a bit desperate as a sales technique. It's rather like saying that the Queen lives in London and so if you buy a property there you might bump into her in Aldi and be invited round for tea...but it must be a hard life being an estate agent and we must be kind.

    Anyway 31 miles (2500 feet) and 100 miles in the last week. I know Travs seems to run 100 miles every week but then he is about 50 years younger than me. I doubt if he will even be due for his Covid jab until 2022.
    Last edited by Graham Breeze; 19-02-2021 at 08:13 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by molehill View Post
    Looks good to me, sensible muted kit compared to 99% of weekend cyclists riding about looking like an accident in a fluorescent paint factory.
    Behind the times round your way?

    The vogue today is all-black kit, black sunglasses, black bikes - and often black looks.
    "...as dry as the Atacama desert".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Graham Breeze View Post
    Behind the times round your way?

    The vogue today is all-black kit, black sunglasses, black bikes - and often black looks.
    You are kidding me?
    Yes we are a good 20 years behind the times, long live punk.
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    Not quite 50 years younger MrBreeze... in fact by the time the 2022 Lakeland Classics come round, i'll be in the V40 category...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Graham Breeze View Post
    Behind the times round your way?

    The vogue today is all-black kit, black sunglasses, black bikes - and often black looks.
    I've got it now 👍. Just happened to check on BBC cycling news and noticed all these riders in black.........
    Don't roll with a pig in poo. You get covered in poo and the pig likes it.

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    With the toe still a bit sore, it was RonHills on and back on the bike this morning.

    Out through Nuneaton towards Hinckley, then along the A5 to Atherstone (infamous for its traditional ball-game). Up until this point it had been pretty flat and i'd been moving fairly swiftly by my standards.

    But then came a change on to the more hilly rural section over to the old Daw Mill Colliery, and then linking some villages together back home, pretty much all of this section into quite a vicious headwind.

    Final scores 29.5 miles, 750ft, 2hrs05.... top speed was 31mph but that was into a headwind and without getting out of the seat... if i'd known it was coming and had a run-up, and put some effort in, i'd imagine i could have burst through the elusive 35mph barrier!
    Last edited by Travs; 20-02-2021 at 01:36 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Travs View Post
    With the toe still a bit sore, it was RonHills on and back on the bike this morning.

    Out through Nuneaton towards Hinckley, then along the A5 to Atherstone (infamous for its traditional ball-game). Up until this point it had been pretty flat and i'd been moving fairly swiftly by my standards.

    But then came a change on to the more hilly rural section over to the old Daw Mill Colliery, and then linking some villages together back home, pretty much all of this section into quite a vicious headwind.

    Final scores 29.5 miles, 750ft, 2hrs05.... top speed was 31mph but that was into a headwind and without getting out of the seat... if i'd known it was coming and had a run-up, and put some effort in, i'd imagine i could have burst through the elusive 35mph barrier!
    Why subject yourself to the unpleasantness of the A5; wouldn't the B4111 be better?

    I have just had a look at the map, and near Daw Mill there is a place called Slowley Hill: sounds a good place for cycling.

    In my younger days I did get over to that part of the country a couple of times on bike rides; there's actually some very nice countryside to the west of Nuneaton.
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