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    Quote Originally Posted by Graham Breeze View Post
    Twenty miles (1600 feet) and so hardly worth getting my kit on - but I was doing some errands. So over the Cow & Calf climb, which is where we take Tour riders when they come to Ilkley, to the village where I used to live who are having trouble with the local quarry. I used to be the Residents' Association Secretary so I had a lot of exchanges with the quarry owner. I would have seen them in Leeds Magistrates Court but they failed to turn up having liquidated the company the week before and started up again under a virtually identical name. Businessmen eh?

    Then to my (nurse) daughter's house to borrow her blood pressure kit. Oh what fun I will have! Then to Otley Library to borrow Simon Barnes' Epic. In Search Of The Soul Of Sport..

    I so hate driving when I can do errands on my bike. So why keep the old Mercedes? Perhaps I should start keeping hens?
    Oh to be retired!

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    Quote Originally Posted by millipede View Post
    Oh to be retired!

    Oh to have your vivacious youth, sweet lady!
    "...as dry as the Atacama desert".

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    Quote Originally Posted by noel View Post
    I find hens tend to rattle a bit when you get above 30mph, you're probably better sticking with the Merc.
    Graham needs a Jag, he's got that look.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mr brightside View Post
    Graham needs a Jag, he's got that look.
    Few things in life are certain, other than taxes and death, but another is that I will never ever drive a Jaguar (only suitable for spivs and cads) or a BMW (only for boy-racers) or anything Japanese (too ugly).

    In my formative years I did drive a Cosworth Scorpio (the acceleration!) and a Citroen XM, the last decent car Citroen made before they became rebadged Peugeots, after which I settled for the gravitas of the Mercedes C Class and for 28 years I have driven no other. (Well I did hire a Mustang once when in Colorado - but I was on holiday).

    I understand you drive a Porsche and I must admit the 928 was a lovely looking car as was the Maserati engined Citroen SM, ah but...
    Last edited by Graham Breeze; 20-11-2021 at 10:55 PM.
    "...as dry as the Atacama desert".

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    Beautiful cold day with clear air. It’s just after 2pm. I’m only going out for about two hours, I don’t need a map because I won’t be going anywhere that I don’t know.

    . . . Ooh, that track looks interesting, I haven’t been down there before. The sign says that it’s a public byway for 420 metres, then a public footpath. I’ll go and explore anyway. It’s a well-made farm track for well over 420m, and there’s even a public footpath sign at one point. But eventually it ends up in a field, although there’s a wide strip of unploughed land along the side of the field. Carry on along there; watch out for those little hawthorns. Hmmm, I can’t see any way out of this field. Back the way I came.

    About 5 miles later, and still about 5 miles from home. I can feel the bumps in the road under my back wheel. It’s getting dark, I don’t want to fiddle around taking the wheel off to replace the inner tube. I’ll just pump it up and see how far I can get before it needs pumping again. A mile and a half later, stop to pump up again. Another mile and a half, and the tyre’s not looking good after the descent of Whittle Hill. Walk the remaining two miles home.

    But I still wouldn’t have missed being out on such a beautiful afternoon.
    In his lifetime he suffered from unreality, as do so many Englishmen.
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    Reading your post below, a thought 🤔.
    Brought on by the fact our car, neither a jag, citroen or mustang (ok, it is a japanese thingy but forget what) has lots of warning lights flashing, quite festive for the time of year, but the garage cannot look at them for 3 weeks.

    When will a cycle manufacturer start installing warning lights for malfunctioning parts? Imagine the fun of flashing handlebar lights and the tales to tell in the pub after a ride.
    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
    Reading your post below, a thought ��.
    Brought on by the fact our car, neither a jag, citroen or mustang (ok, it is a japanese thingy but forget what) has lots of warning lights flashing, quite festive for the time of year, but the garage cannot look at them for 3 weeks.

    When will a cycle manufacturer start installing warning lights for malfunctioning parts? Imagine the fun of flashing handlebar lights and the tales to tell in the pub after a ride.
    Yep!

    I will get on to Cycling Weekly right now.
    "...as dry as the Atacama desert".

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    Puncture repair time this morning. Find the thorn stuck in the tyre; start trying to remove it, then realise that this old, worn tyre really needs replacing. Down to the bike shop on my other bike; find it shuttered, with a notice saying that from 1st November it will be closed on Mondays.

    Nothing is ever straightforward in bike maintenance.

    By the way, Monday seems a particularly bad day to be closed, given that most incidents requiring kit to be replaced will have occurred at the weekend.
    In his lifetime he suffered from unreality, as do so many Englishmen.
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    You're right. Maybe the bike shop owner needs Mondays to fix their bike after weekend rides.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noel View Post
    You're right. Maybe the bike shop owner needs Mondays to fix their bike after weekend rides.
    Or maybe he is banking all the money he extracted from the previous week's gullible fools?
    "...as dry as the Atacama desert".

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