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PostPosted: Wed Sep 02, 2015 1:58 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

Nice shopping route Maffy - farm store is it? Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 02, 2015 5:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good work Maffy.  Shopping is important ... shopping for bikes that is! Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 03, 2015 10:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i try to only buy bikes grown at the farm on the downhill road. easier than trailering up'n'over. don't always succeed mind thobut.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 08, 2015 1:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A few holiday pictures...









The discerning forumiste will detect a new genre of holiday snaps - the double bike and marker post format. We have taken to abandoning the kids and partaking of some "conjugal col-bagging". Smile

There are no stirring tales of mano-a-mano duels to report. We both duelled against Mother Nature primarily. Mrs SR has only recently got back into cycling after a long-standing foot problem and I proved to the point of destruction that sustained pitches at over 9% are hard when you've cycled primarily on the flat for several months. The Columbiere was awful, compounded by a headwind (oh for Froome's permanent tailwind!)

Just to show we're not completely uncultured, here are some non-bike pictures...

Mont Blanc from the Joux Plane


Arty shot from the Ramaz


One of many arty shots from the Columbiere whilst my ailing body recovered!


We also bagged Morzine-Avoriaz, which is a perfect climb for me gradient wise but Avoriaz is so ugly that I can't bring myself to photograph my bike there. But here's a random shot taken from our balcony to compensate (it might even be from the hot-tub!)



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 08, 2015 1:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lovely SR, glad you enjoyed it.  Can't wait for our little break in a couple of weeks to Tuscany (around Rufina - a lovely part).  We were going to bring bikes but have decided that plodding around on horseback for a couple of days might actually be more enjoyable Wink

No reason for you guys to slacken your endeavours though, good work - keep it up... Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 12, 2015 4:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not summer anymore but had a lovely outing in mountains today. A relaxing 4 hours of moving and covered 95km and 1800m of climbing. Got a bit cloudy in the afternoon but the shades of red and orange on the trees were stunning at times. Phone doesn't begin to do justice


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UCI headquarter is down the valley in the fog - perhaps metaphorically too Wink


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The classic Alpine scene


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 12, 2015 7:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gorgeous Bio, just gorgeous Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 13, 2015 10:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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A relaxing 4 hours of moving and covered 95km and 1800m of climbing.


That sounds pretty quick to me, given the climbing involved. Nice work.

Nice piccies too!
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 13, 2015 9:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SlowRower wrote:
Biosphere wrote:
A relaxing 4 hours of moving and covered 95km and 1800m of climbing.


That sounds pretty quick to me, given the climbing involved . . .


Cheers. I'm sure it's quite a modest pace compared to what the likes of Bart, Boogie and yourself manage in your pomp though Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 14, 2015 8:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Cheers. I'm sure it's quite a modest pace...


A modest pace still results in a lot of calories being burnt off => more scope for malt based recovery drinks and pastry-topped recovery snacks. Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 15, 2015 4:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great looking photos Bio!

Just saw yours too SR, they look great too!
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 03, 2015 12:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Having milked the "Last Day of Summer" excuse with the Mrs. several times in September, I'm now busy milking the "Last Day of Autumn" Wink

It was a sublime here for the weekend as well as in Belgium. The orange colours have well and truly come to the lower lands now having already done the mountains. Stunning when the sun shines and I do not exaggerate when I say that I basically had the below scenery for the entire 3 hours I was out. And I met far more cyclists on Saturday than I ever did in the middle of summer. Clearly lots of "Last Day of Autumn" rides going on.


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Comparing my recent 4 hour ride in the Alps against a 4 hour local ride in the Jura from last month, I was interested to find that I again covered 90km and 1800m of climbing, but  the peak gradient here in the Jura was 16% versus 10% for the Alps. There's a Spring or Autumn classic waiting to be added to the calendar around here Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 03, 2015 4:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, but are you happy?  Laughing

I am very envious!
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 05, 2016 3:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So, I've been away. Happy New Year to all you bicycling fanatics! I was busy. I wrote a guidebook to cycling on Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket, in case you're going to visit me next summer (2016). The book was released in May and hit most of the bookstores in June 2015. Available at Amazon, the Cape Cod National Seashore and bookstores everywhere on the "Cape & Islands", as we say.
http://www.amazon.com/Best-Bike-R...8-10&keywords=best+bike+rides
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 2016 10:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lovely Smile

What's with the rear hub?
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 2016 10:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thats where the motor is Very Happy
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Thats a cracker Very Happy
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friday evening after the clocks change brings another episode in the occasional series of "pictures of awfully sensible bicycles positioned in somewhat vaguely foolish places, often photographed in the direction diametrically opposite to the actual view"

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gps reckoned 584m asl. bet fontfroide loves this shit really.
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The extremely nice weather protocol was invoked today. Mrs. took the kids of to a rather cool playground beside a lake with public BBQ spots, and I went to play in a big adventure park for 5ish hours. Feeling knackered. Too early in season for Alpine passes. Quite a lot of snow at the side of the road at the high points.


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If that's really a motor in Maffy's hub, it's quite tidy compared to the hub based ones you get here.

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