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Non-Thorn Related / Re: RIDES 2018 add yours here
« Last post by jags on April 14, 2018, 05:47:39 PM »
sounds good but could not give you a definite answer just yet all the usual excuses :'(

Anto
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Non-Thorn Related / Re: RIDES 2018 add yours here
« Last post by bikepacker on April 14, 2018, 11:50:12 AM »
Anto as this thread is about rides in 2018 how about this idea.

You know Rich is holding a birthday do in June at the Watlington campsite. Why don't you come over for it? You could get the ferry and train to Smethwick again, I could pick you up and drive to Watlington. We could then do some day rides and in the evening join in the festivities with Rich.

If I use our large two bedroomed tent all you need bring is your bike, clothes and sleeping stuff. How about it?
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Non-Thorn Related / Re: RIDES 2018 add yours here
« Last post by jags on April 14, 2018, 12:02:28 AM »
hope it changes quick John the weather i mean ::)
i have the 3 Grandkids sleeping over so no spin for me tomorrow even tho the forecast is good,
anyhoo better get to me cot i'll need a nights sleep to cope with these headcases tomorrow.

Anto..
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Non-Thorn Related / Re: RIDES 2018 add yours here
« Last post by John Saxby on April 13, 2018, 06:25:44 PM »
Friends in Saskatchewan often say, "Whatever global warming may bring, it's probably too little, too late." Then again, the Greenland ice cap may be melting faster than the big patch of snow on the north side of our house :(

But this morning dawned sunny and fairly mild, so I took advantage of the forecast brief window of sunshine to go for a ride of two-plus hours along the river and canal, all on on the Ontario side. With prolonged crappy weather due in the next few days, I'll get the photos tidied up & posted on the weekend, between bouts of soup-making, whiskey-drinking, etc.

No greenery visible yet, however--just a few pallid wee shoots in our garden beds poking their noses above the earth and last year's leftover leaves. And, only the occasional songbird--a robin and red-winged blackbird or two, that's all. Even the crows are subdued and the geese are hiding somewhere. (What happened to the intrepid big V's I saw a couple of weeks ago, I wonder? Can't imagine how they're managing the weather in northern Ontario.)

Still, the bike paths which are open to sun and rain are clear, even though those in the woods are still covered in slush and/or rotten ice, several inches deep. The rivers are far below the record highs of last spring -- cycling along the Ottawa River this morning, I'd say it's still maybe 3 metres below the levels of a year ago.

This too will pass (he said, as much from habit as hope...)

Safe wrenching and fettling in the workshop, all,

John
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Non-Thorn Related / Re: RIDES 2018 add yours here
« Last post by jags on April 13, 2018, 10:32:05 AM »
Dire weather Andre 2 weeks since i turned a pedal just as well i can get a good walk in or i'd crack up ;D ;D.  there's really no point in planning a spin if it's not raining there's a gale of ind blowing so for me the bike stays indoors  i'm no hero. ;)

off for a river muddy walk in a few minutes .

Anto.
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Non-Thorn Related / Re: RIDES 2018 add yours here
« Last post by Andre Jute on April 13, 2018, 05:32:53 AM »
...and that season is getting shorter by the day: the sun has gone walkabout, and the forecast for the weekend is a mix of snow, rain, freezing rain, and ice pellets.  I expect I'll have plenty of time to consider my options.

I'm starting to wonder if I didn't play an April Fool's Day joke on myself when on 1 April I declared the Spring arrived and turned the central heating off...

Still, though this constant rain and high wind into April is depressing, the year so far has not been a complete loss, anyway for those of us who have learned not to set expectations too high. We did get in a handful of rides back in -- mmm, I wouldn't want to lie about which month it was, anyway, a couple of months ago, when even the cherry trees on our street mistook a brief fine spell before the snow fell for spring, and blossomed -- and I've ridden down to the town a couple of times to check adjustments on my bike and only gotten moderately wet.
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Member's Gallery / Re: good to have friends.
« Last post by bikepacker on April 12, 2018, 08:40:30 PM »
I am happy to do much of my riding alone as I enjoy the flexibility of being able to go where I want and change my mind if I want. When at home I often cycle with Pauline on day rides and she will occasionally tour with me but only if I stay B&B.

My touring partner of many years has had to stop because his wife cannot now be left on her own. We had some great times cycle camping throughout Europe.

I enjoyed my last tour in Ireland with Anto, it was a pity his back got so painful and he had to go home. Maybe we will do something similar again sometime.

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Member's Gallery / Re: good to have friends.
« Last post by jags on April 12, 2018, 07:59:04 PM »
yeah a fella could get stuck with a smuck pretty easy  ;D ;D
me and Alan get on well on tour he puts up well with my slow cycling and me being a figit  ;D ;D.
ah to be honest i reckon my days of touring are pretty much over i like to do me own thing ,if a stranger wanted to see the lanes of louth and meath no better man to show them if they turned out to be weirdo's id loose them pretty quick .

anto.
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Member's Gallery / Re: good to have friends.
« Last post by Danneaux on April 12, 2018, 06:59:55 PM »
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great to have friends for sure but be honest  would you prefair to cycle solo or with  group .
Day rides may be different, but I prefer solo touring after a number of unpleasant or even dangerous experiences occasionally touring with others over the last 40-odd years, Anto.

Some people I have ridden with have taken chances I never would and have so put me in danger also. Others have done things I would never consider -- like completely trashing a shared hotel room. For example, I remember coming back to my shared hotel room with groceries to find my touring partner's wet bike was on the bed where he had used the room towels and bedsheets to clean it and the drive train. When that proved insufficient, he used the curtains. Not good. Another time, I came back from filling our bottles to find a partner had thrown the food we had bought in common but he didn't prefer down the pit toilet, leaving us on very short rations for the next several days until we could reach a store off-route to resupply. Yet another time, the partner tasked with packing my tent didn't think it important to include the (expensive lightweight titanium) stakes, figuring we could save weight by using sticks available at future sites...unlikely as we left the forest for the desert.

Mind you, I used to lead tour groups professionally and that is a whole other kettle of fish, so I'm talking about my own rides here. I now much prefer going alone unless it is someone I know and trust thoroughly like a family member or longtime friend I have known in other contexts and whose reactions I can predict and trust over a wide range of circumstances. I have found a touring partnership to be like a marriage of sorts. Add in vicissitudes like weather, fatigue, lack or food or water and over-exertion and things come out of people's character you never knew existed. Far better to go it alone in my experience for the vast majority of the time.

In any case, it is unlikely I would ever again share a tent with a riding partner unless it was my future wife -- it helps to have your own space to retreat to and minimizes a host of problems due to snoring/thrashing in the night and so on -- and I would insist we each have our own complete set of gear/kit so we could part ways if necessary, even for the space of a few days to get some perspective on things or ride solo and meet up in the evening.

At the other end of the spectrum, I thoroughly enjoy taking along and mentoring new cycle-campers so long as they have their own kit and they have reported it works out well and pleasantly for them also.

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mind you i still get asked to go with group  but i always have a good excuse ready
Not a bad strategy in my experience.

All the best,

Dan.
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Non-Thorn Related / Re: RIDES 2018 add yours here
« Last post by John Saxby on April 12, 2018, 04:21:17 PM »
Thanks, Martin. If the 26 x 2.00 Supremes would fit/work well with my current VO mudguards, that would be ideal. My 'guards are actually 650B, but with spacers they fit 26" tires quite well. VO also offer standard 26 x 60mm 'guards in both alloy and stainless.

I've also wondered about the Panaracer 26 x 1.75 or 2.00 RiBMo tires -- haven't seen many comments on these on the forum, although I have seen good reviews on retailers' sites.

There's no urgency on any of this, as my 1.6 Supremes have another season in them, and that season is getting shorter by the day: the sun has gone walkabout, and the forecast for the weekend is a mix of snow, rain, freezing rain, and ice pellets.  I expect I'll have plenty of time to consider my options.

Cheers,  John
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