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Last Forum Day 12

From Bob D. WET WET ride today,had only done a couple of miles when the heavens opened and in a couple of minutes was seriously wet.The rain was so heavy had to make for the nearest Bus shelter and remain there half an hour until it eased off enough to continue. On reaching Bulphan rain finally stopped and eventually reached the Crem cafe 30 mins late to meet Vic D .After some interesting topical chat left for home chasing ominous black clouds but fortunately never quite catching them.27 miles to add to this weeks total so target 100 is looking easily doable as its only monday.Hope to see some of you on wednesday weather permitting of course. Bob D. … Read entire article »

Last Forum Day 11

From Bob D Rode out to Bulphan to meet up with the sunbday ride groups,a goodly number there mostly in their Gateway kit.Three groups set off for different destinations none of which I felt comfortable with so set off solo for Rainham via Corbets Tey arriving at Heritage Centre after 24 miles.As most of that was head wind spent a couple of hours resting and partaking of coffee and cake.Nice following wind home on the A 1306 cycle path only spoiled by the numerous dangerous crossings thankfully safely negotiated.Total millage 34 so good start for week. Hope we can get out WEdnesday as usual although forecast not looking too promising. Bob D. … Read entire article »

Last Forum Day 8

From Bob D. Just in from my longest and most adventurous ride for some considerable time.Fifty two miles solo,yep thats Epic for me.Out via Orsett ,Dunton,Little Burstead ( climb),first stop Burstead Tea rooms for coffee and cake.On through Billericay, Hutton to Mountnessing where plan was for brunch at Francseca’s but closed for refurbishment.Not all bad news as butchers next door do award winning pasties so put one in pocket for later.On again through Wyatts Green to Doddinghurst where had pastie and drink from bottle on the Green in the sunshine.Off again and up Shenfield Hall lane ( climb ) Worrin Road (shallow climb ) on to Brentwood and down through Warley to Cranham round Berwich loop where next planned stop was Berwich Tea rooms unfortunately sods law closed indefinately.On wards towards … Read entire article »

Last Forum Day 7

From Bob D Today was normal midweek ride,12 riders plus two walking wounded arrived safely at Puddledock,slight change of personnel this week ,a couple of regulars on holiday replaced by Juan G and Tony G nice to see them with us again.We were soon in two groups of six and these managed to stay together for the whole loop.Speaking for the second group we in spite of some strong winds enjoyed a pacey trouble free ride averaging about 16.5mph for the day.Having been warned (no stirring), chat today was remarkably uncontroversial with Juan and myself indulging in some spanish cycling history which made a nice change.Nice to see Joe back with us after his hols in the USA,love his old school bikes and kit.Back in Orsett Phil and myself availed ourselves … Read entire article »

Last Forum Day 6

From Bob D Nice solo 28 mile ride today,no incidents of note but bumped into Chris G on way home so nice long chat in Bulpan ensued.Club Kit seems topical at the moment so perhaps a good time to advertise a piece surplus to requirements.I have a Giordiana Gateway Rain Jacket original price £70 which is neither waterproof nor breathable but would make an excellent boiler bag.I am willing to swap this useless bit of kit for either a third hand Castelli Gabba or Gore Tex One Shakedry size about 4XL.On a lighter note I have a rare 1st edition Club jersey that is definitely a collectors item,unlike todays kit it is all white with navy blue printing on the back including the founding secretarys phone number,if memory serves only 6 … Read entire article »

Last Forum Day 5

From Bob D After resting on the sabbath day 4 only managed short partly off road ride today.Just 12 miles covered mainly due to dodging the short sharp showers prevailing,did however fit in cuppa stop at mucking so not all in vain.Reading about the club kit wearing on club rides although I prefer showing the club flag most of the time I wont be advocating club kit only on the wednesday rides as I would prefer these to remain as flexible as possible in all respects.Sods law as I write the suns come out making me think I could have stayed out longer, still theres always tomorrow. Bob D. … Read entire article »

Last day of forum day 3

From Bob D   Proposed rest day delayed until tomorrow,26 local miles which I will save and add to next weeks total as unsettled weather may curtail some ride days in the coming week.Saw some of the new saturday group on the road returning towards Orsett hopefully another successful addition to the calendar.Definately resting tomorrow hope to resume riding monday. Bob D. … Read entire article »

Last Forum Day 2

From Bob D Dusteded off the FP UNO model Pinarello for todays short ride.This model is Pinarello’s take on an affordable entry level machine.Frame built with an alluminium main triangle with carbon chain stays,seat stays and the ubiquitous carbon Onda fork, design shape much the same as their high end models, nice black white and red paint job,more Dog than Dogma but never the less uniquely Pinarello.Was able to build up with full Ultegra group set and nice pair of lightweight wheels from my stock of secondhand spares so now nearly up to mid range quality. Up and away to spread my brand of joy de vivre to Peter and Theresa Clark in Grays where Peter is 2 weeks into his 6 weeks rehab after his major hip operation,he is his … Read entire article »

! St Day of Last Forum Month

From Bob D Just in from todays 28 ml local ride with cafe stop.Decided to give 20 year old Cannondale Saeco CAAD 3 a run out for a change,although old like me this machine still rides like a dream.this particular model has now assumed cult status.still built in those days in the USA not the far east as most are today in the late 1990’s it was ridden by Mario Cippolini to 42 Giro Italia and 12 TDF stage wins,not bad for an aluminium american bike.No particular incidents on the road today although as it’s now harvest time there is a proliferation of huge tractors and trailers close passing at high speeds which can be quite scary to those of a nervous disposition.If the weather holds and I can get out … Read entire article »