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Old 2015-04-08, 01:14 PM   #9676
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Went for a nice relaxing 20-miler round the country roads. Some ridiculously big hills I could barely even walk up, some big downhills I nearly died on, and some roads that looked like they hadn't been tarmac'ed over for 50 years. Great stuff.

This is a sculpture, named Tilted Vase. It's right in the centre of the town of Ramsbottom, and is usually flowing with water (Or, more often than not, soap bubbles and red food colouring ) I was hoping to get a photo of it flooding the square with foam but unfortunately it wasn't even pouring water today!




This is the River Irwell, a part of it I've never seen before. I forget how long this river is



Harcles Hill and Peel Tower (The big tower you can see to the left - no, not the FAR left one, that's a church - the one next to it) in the distance. I'm used to seeing this hill from the opposite side I'm stood on now, which made me feel like I was REALLY far from home!

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Old 2015-04-09, 05:02 AM   #9677
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March 15, 2015 Gran Fondo Ephrata

Finally the write-ups for this ride are posted.


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Old 2015-04-09, 06:51 AM   #9678
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Went for a nice relaxing 20-miler round the country roads. Some ridiculously big hills I could barely even walk up, some big downhills I nearly died on, and some roads that looked like they hadn't been tarmac'ed over for 50 years. Great stuff.

This is a sculpture, named Tilted Vase. It's right in the centre of the town of Ramsbottom, and is usually flowing with water (Or, more often than not, soap bubbles and red food colouring ) I was hoping to get a photo of it flooding the square with foam but unfortunately it wasn't even pouring water today!
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Great photos of the region. Thanks for sharing. Call me immature, but the name of the town made me smirk a little.

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Old 2015-04-09, 09:15 AM   #9679
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Bold statement from an Australian considering the rumours about sheep in your country....
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Old 2015-04-09, 03:09 PM   #9680
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Finally the write-ups for this ride are posted.
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long write-up
https://youtu.be/pbNlr4QWsbU
Great write-up of a great effort, congratulations on a fantastic performance!
(I wonder if you could convince Aspen Mike to join you on this event one of these times -- seems right up his alley.)
I like the quote of the day from lead biker: "That guy's one tough son-of-a-bitch..."
That's a great one! Cheers!
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Old 2015-04-09, 11:40 PM   #9681
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Bold statement from an Australian considering the rumours about sheep in your country....
Mate, your mistaken. You are thinking about New Zealand where men are men and sheep are scared.
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Old 2015-04-09, 11:42 PM   #9682
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mate, your mistaken. You are thinking about new zealand where men are men and sheep are scared.
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Old 2015-04-10, 01:04 AM   #9683
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Mate, your mistaken. You are thinking about New Zealand where men are men and sheep are scared.
Weird, round here in the UK, we have this joke about Wales.

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A Welsh guy is driving along the motorway, and he spots an eskimo with his head under the bonnet of his car. He pulls over, and asks the eskimo if he needs help. The eskimo gladly accepts, and steps back. The Welshman takes a look, then says, "ahh, looks like you've blown a seal in here!" The eskimo turns around and says, "Yeah, so? You probably buggered a sheep in yours!"
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Old 2015-04-11, 03:57 PM   #9684
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Old 2015-04-11, 06:34 PM   #9685
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First ride with the brake.
On easy trails or Tarmac I don't have problems, but on rocky sections I found hard to keep the feet on the pedals. In particular when I brake and drop down rocks the left foot tends to be pushed away. Today this caused two UPDs, first time I fell and my foot got stuck between the spokes, the second one I landed on my left knee (stupidly I wasn't wearing knee/shin guards).
Probably it's just a practice matter.

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Old 2015-04-11, 07:15 PM   #9686
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When braking, make sure to lean back and pull up on the hand grip as you pull the brake lever. This will help stop you from being thrown forward.
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Old 2015-04-11, 08:38 PM   #9687
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A wide trail
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Old 2015-04-11, 08:42 PM   #9688
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When braking, make sure to lean back and pull up on the hand grip as you pull the brake lever. This will help stop you from being thrown forward.
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Old 2015-04-11, 09:48 PM   #9689
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Hello Munimag, you're leaning back quite a bit there. It looks like you're about to dismount. Or maybe the road you're on is steeper than it appears in your photo.

On rough terrain I usually pull up on the hand grip and feather the brake simultaneously with the fingers of my left hand, allowing me to use my right arm for balance.
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Old 2015-04-11, 10:28 PM   #9690
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Hello Munimag, you're leaning back quite a bit there. It looks like you're about to dismount. Or maybe the road you're on is steeper than it appears in your photo.
The road is not too steep but this was hard braking from going about 15 mph to a stop.
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