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General Sporting Chat / Re: Cycling - 2
« Last post by Slim on Today at 20:45:48 »
So the time came to take the X for a spin to give its new front inner tube a maiden voyage and confirm all's well. Felt nice and hard when I gave it a squeeze in the garage ('ere! no missus) so I assumed everything was tickety-boo. And perhaps it was, but nonetheless - 17 miles later, it was flat again. Or very nearly.


Anyway. Thought I'd go up and around Belton again for a change, since I hadn't been that way for a while, and it seemed just about the right route to get me in striking distance of home by 6pm, at which point I'd be on call. Went up along Top Brand up to Diseworth, just south of the airport then through Long Whatton and back along Ashby Road. I must say I felt very relaxed and content gliding gently through the villages in the sunshine. Very pleasant. Had to cope with a bit of a headwind coming back along Ashby Road, though.


So the transmission started to feel a bit spongy and the road seemed to be resisting a bit more than it ought to, so I stopped and checked the tyres - I actually thought a rear puncture was more likely, as the front looked OK visually, superficially. But nope - it was the front again, just 8 days later and on the X's very next ride.


I actually had a spare inner on me, and a mini pump. But stupidly, I'd forgotten to bring tyre levers. So I decided on a strategy of pumping the tyre up and hoping it was a sufficiently slow leak that I'd only have to do it a couple of times. This worked OK-ish for the next two or three miles until finally the front wouldn't maintain a decent pressure for more than 20 metres, so it was time to call 'er indoors, remove the front wheel and wrestle the bike into the back of her Polo. Happily I was only about 1.5 miles from home at this point. I could have walked home in cleats at a pinch.


Curiously, as I wheeled the bike in the direction of home while awaiting the Mrs, an attractive fair-haired woman in her mid 30s dressed smartly in tight jeans and sunglasses who was walking on the other side of the road started looking over quizically. Eventually she stopped and waved, then shouted over to ask if I needed any help! How exactly she might have helped isn't clear - she didn't seem the sort of person to be carrying a set of tyre levers or other cycle tools in her handbag. I think she may have had a thing for older men in lycra. But the other half arrived at that precise moment, so I expressed my gratitude and declined her offer.


Perhaps the new inner tube had exceeded its shelf life. Or perhaps I hadn't checked the inner surface of the tyre adequately for sharp debris. I thought I had. I don't think it's wearing too thin; I'd expect the rear to go first anyway. But I'll sort it all out at the weekend.


Anyway, more positively - I got to test my favourite and most lightweight mini pump, and it works very nicely. And my knees held up very well, even if my patience didn't.


20.87 (I've removed the distance I walked the bike to a lamppost in the shade in Thringstone). And that at least takes me to within 31 miles, possibly one ride, of my monthly target. More on Thursday I hope.


https://www.strava.com/activities/2385724856
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General Chat - English / Re: Annoyance of the Day - 69
« Last post by DavidL on Today at 19:47:41 »

Probably needs a painkiller
Limping After Midnight
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General Chat - English / Re: Annoyance of the Day - 69
« Last post by döm on Today at 19:27:35 »
Going to see the doctor? Victim Of Changes


Probably needs a painkiller
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General Chat - English / Re: Annoyance of the Day - 69
« Last post by Nïckslïkk2112 on Today at 19:13:01 »
Just been on a walk and passed KK Downing on his way into the doctors surgery. He failed to acknowledge my RUSH t-shirt!

Probably because he was in Judas Priest...


(Apart from when he did 2112)
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Travel & Culture / Re: CANADA
« Last post by Matt2112 on Today at 19:07:18 »
Toronto is a fantastic place.  Crawling with fitties as well.  ;) ;D
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General Chat - English / Re: Annoyance of the Day - 69
« Last post by DavidL on Today at 18:31:01 »
Just been on a walk and passed KK Downing on his way into the doctors surgery. He failed to acknowledge my RUSH t-shirt!
Going to see the doctor? Victim Of Changes
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Travel & Culture / Re: CANADA
« Last post by zoony on Today at 15:48:37 »
Cheers Pete. I saw the bloke from Pension wise today, and we had an interesting discussion. What I did learn though was how little I know about pensions, and I've got some research to do! Apart from the pension I'm paying into at the moment, I've got 2 other frozen ones. I now have plenty of time to find out how much I've got in them, and then I will know how much I can have out come next June.
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Bacchus Plateau / Re: Simple pleasures - food and drink - fifth course
« Last post by zoony on Today at 15:39:20 »
Artichokes and Asparagus...forget how tasty these are, must use them more often.


Never tried artichoke. How would you describe them Nick?
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General Chat - English / Re: Annoyance of the Day - 69
« Last post by zoony on Today at 15:33:04 »
Just been on a walk and passed KK Downing on his way into the doctors surgery. He failed to acknowledge my RUSH t-shirt!
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General Chat - English / Re: Annoyance of the Day - 69
« Last post by DavidL on Today at 10:08:53 »
The fact that people will pay over a fiver for a bloody milkshake! >:(
Should have been sour grape flavour
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