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  • AndyH
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    Nice riding country through the Trough of Bowland. Tough climbing mind you.

    AndyH
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    in reply to: Club Run 6th Jan 2013 #42829 |

    Thanks to Alan for leading a very pleasant 42 mile ride out to Alsager. For me, first time back in the saddle for 4 months, it was a perfect 2013 starter. Great to see everyone today and great that Carol made it out and around on her mountain bike despite her recovering arm. Happy New Year everyone – here’s to a year of excellent cycling with WVCC!
    http://connect.garmin.com/activity/258792120

    AndyH
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    Hi Craig, I’d love to join you but I need another week for the ribs. If this is a future regular fixture, I’d love to be part of it.

    Cheers, Andy

    AndyH
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    Sadly wont we out on a club run for a week or two yet. Ribs are fractured, not bruised and still playing up. Very frustrating, just want to get out on the bike again and keep the momentum going before we hit the crap weather.

    AndyH
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    Video should be up here in the next hour if anyone is interested:

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    AndyH
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    Well Dave Hinde dug me out of a hole, serviced my son George’s bike in time for the Loch to Loch ride and repaired my bike by the time I was back.

    I did it! A great ride all in all and many thanks to all who sponsored me or wished me well on the way. The scenery was breathtaking and I’m chuffed to bits that I managed every climb on my son’s bike without a granny gear and without stopping! As Jim at Hinde’s says “it’s all in the mind”. Well I think that’s at least 50% right but certainly last year it was “all in the knees” but they seem to have come along a treat! It wasn’t all plain sailing mind you and I had a tumble just 25 miles from the finish on a slippery wooden bridge. Cracked helmet, bruised ribs and a cut knee but it could have been a lot worse. The bike was almost unscathed! How is it the older we get the harder we fall?

    If anyone fancies a ride through some of the most stunning scenery possible and with climb challenges a-plenty I can recommend this ride to you in 2013. I’ll post some video up on YouTube to give you a flavour as soon as I have time to edit it.

    And now George’s bike is fully serviced, how much longer before I can persuade him to join us on a club run?

    AndyH
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    I’m absolutely with you on this Craig. Not able to attend on the 11th myself as I have a colleague arriving from Germany that night but I’d certainly like to see this aired as a topic for conversation.

    AndyH
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    Hi Karl, thanks for the offer, it’s really appreciated – for the ride this weekend, I’ve run out of time as I’m setting off for Scotland very early tomorrow morning (taking a couple of days with the family before the ride).

    Jim at Dave Hinde has already ordered the STI levers for me this morning, so I’m not sure if I can get out of that commitment. I’ll give Jim a call in the morning and if I can use yours, I’ll gladly buy them off you if you’re up for offers. Jim was talking more than £200 for a set of two; ouch!

    AndyH
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    😯 Oh no! Turns out it’s not the cable that’s broken but the Ultegra STI lever itself. None in stock, none at Royals, none at the Bike Factory – no one can do anything for me today apart from Hinde with in-stock Dura Ace levers at £460!

    By coincidence I had put George’s Trek 1 series in for a thorough service with Dave Hindes only on Saturday, so guess what I’ll be riding? Having just made great improvements (for me) in my hill climbing over the past month and feeling confident for L2L, I’m now left to worry whether I’ll make it to the hill tops on his 8 speed (instead of my 10 speed with a great big 32T granny gear).

    Oh well, it’ll be a challenge! 🙄

    AndyH
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    Cheers Woody – now that’s not a bad idea. I’ll give Hindes a call tomorrow first thing, see how it’s going and if necessary see if I can negotiate your suggested loan in return for some publicity.

    AndyH
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    Big thanks from me and Asthma UK for the generous sponsorship from Carol (Dan, Jacob and Sam) and Les Teal. It’s really appreciated and great motivation for the ride.

    Now the worrying bit. Returned from the Sunday club run, I ran the chain through my chain cleaner, up and down the gears and then “ping”, the rear cassette gear cable snapped! Looking at the positives, at least it didn’t happen at Henbury, or worst still en-route during Loch to Loch. I’ve taught myself how to tune/index my gears and I can do maintenance on most things mechanical but when I looked under the rubber hood on the handlebar I couldn’t even see a cable! So, with Monday being a Bank Holiday it was down to Dave Hinde at 9.00 am this morning for an urgent bit of assistance (I leave for Scotland in the early hours of Thursday).

    The guys at Dave Hinde wouldn’t give any guarantee that I’d get the bike back on Weds but I’ve emphasised the urgency, so here’s hoping. I sincerely hope they don’t let me down but if push comes to shove is anyone able to lend me a 54cm frame bike from Weds night until Monday morning? I’m not about to let anyone down and I’ll get there and do this ride come hell or high water.

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