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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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Can anyone remember?

Happy new year y'all.
Here's a challenge to start the year, can anyone remember the exact wording of a CAMMTB over heard classic conversation between landlord and regular in the Blue Ball on the evening of 29/7/2008 (I believe this may have even been quoted at that years Chrimbo do)
I'm expecting Pastey to be quick out of the blocks on this

Re: Can anyone remember?

One of the conversationalists would therefore have been John Roos. Just hoping this jogs a memory in others. Not much hope with me.....

Re: Can anyone remember?

Clue 1.


Re: Can anyone remember?

Sorry - I'm very slow out of the blocks this time.

If it was the end of July 2008, I may even have been on holiday in France then. But I'll hazard a guess at:-

Regular #1: "Another pint of Adnams, please John."
John: "Who are you calling smelly?"
Regular #2 (with roll of tarmac under arm): "I'll have two whiskeys, please. One for me and one for the road."

Am I close?

(Now you've got me thinking - I'll have to get back to you)


Re: Can anyone remember?

I think I know what you are talking about Duncan, did it also include reference to the smoking ban?

Re: Can anyone remember?

Ooooooooowwwwwww very good Claire. The date was 29.7.08
The first line went:-

John "Sorry you can't smoke today, the cyclists are here"

Re: Can anyone remember?

Pray Duncan, I'm itching like a relative of a commoner, finish your journal!!!