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  • Wear a helmet. Despite recent advances in medical science, brains still cannot be mended nor replaced.
  • Wear gloves or mitts. Hands often hit the ground first. Cuts and grazes invite infection and a hospital visit.
  • Wear eye protection, it only takes a twig or thorn to lose an eye. Crud catchers are a good idea in mucky weather.
  • When downhilling, for your own protection, allow plenty of space behind the rider in front.
  • Bring a bare minimum emergency tool kit and a spare inner tube.
  • Breakdowns are a bore. Plan not to have any by ensuring your bike is in perfect working order.
  • Punctures are also tedious. You can minimise them by fitting latex tubes, slime tubes or running tubeless tyres.

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Joining your rides

I'm thinking of coming along on one of your rides, which raises a couple of questions:
1. I'm doing this to get myself fit again. At the moment I'm far from it. Are you happy to have a lardy duffer on your rides? I'm not that unfit, honest, but have gone soft around the edges. I'll probably ride like a 'newbie'!
2. I only have ordinary road lights. Is it possible to borrow a set of decent ones so I can see if I enjoy it enough to invest in my own?

I'm thinking of coming on 25th Oct, so I can get a few rides in before hand and perhaps lose a couple of ounces...


Re: Joining your rides

as no one else has responded yet i will.

i don't think it will be a problem, i normaly ride on a thursday but people ride on a tuesday too.

if you post a day or so before the ride someone will usualy help you out with a light.

i suspect that everyone will be "very" tolerent of new riders at the moment so come on down and have some fun.

Re: Joining your rides

Thanks Pat

I'm thinking of going on Tuesday, after that it will be November before I'm around again, but whichever I decide, I'll post a message a couple of days before hand and see about borrowing a light.

There certainly seems to be a big debate going about riding pace and attracting new riders...!

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Steve, don't worry, they are quite nice really!

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I'm cool - really! Hope I get there on Tuesday.

Re: Joining your rides

HI Steve

I'm planning on being out tomorrow night, and if you're still thinking of riding, I can lend you a bar mounted light with an easy-and-quick-to-attach bracket (Exposure Toro).

Let me know if you'd like it and I'll make sure it's charged and in my pack!


Re: Joining your rides

Sorry I didn't make it on Tuesday, and thanks for the offer. I can come tonight - would it still be possible to borrow the light?



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Hi Steve

I was toying with the thought of not coming out tonight - we've got so used to it being dry that I was feeling a bit wimpy at the prospect of showers! So thanks for nudging me in the right direction...

I'll put the light on charge now. See you later!

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Thanks Dom!

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My first ride with you guys was awful.

You are all too fit, and clearly that is not my problem.

I've now been out more often, and am probably a little fitter myself.

You have convinced me to spend money on lights, so clearly I'll sue each and every one of you when I realise that they are sub-standard. As advised by Dom, I bought the following Scottish ensemble:


No pressure Dom...

Might see you al om Thursday... if you'll have me back??

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My last post was a little harsh... I thoroughly enjoyed myself really...

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1600 lumens?? Jaysus, that's bright!
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I should be out Thursday - hopefully see you (and your lights!) then...


Re: Joining your rides

I hope they arrive in time...