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PostPosted: Sun Jan 12, 2014 1:40 pm 
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well that was a lot hot air wasted between you lot :lol:

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 12, 2014 2:05 pm 
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The above decisions came too late for me. There were five of us turned up for the ride. After a pleasant gossip in the sun the message arrived from Jill that the ride had been cancelled. There was some discussion about were to go for a little impromptu ride, but by the time it appeared to have devolved into two different rides I decided to go back home. The journey to and from Chelmsford is just under 100 miles so it counted as an outing, and the main and urban roads I have to take were all ice-free and the traction control light, even in gutless Rain Mode, never even blinked. I can spend the rest of the day trying to free up the lock on the top box :cry:

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 12, 2014 7:53 pm 
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Perfectly done Richard.

You made it clear that your ride would not be on if there was ice about as early as Friday night.

I really appreciate the extra effort of trying for a shorter ride later in the day, even though it didn't work out this time- there have previously been times this approach would have worked.

Arriving home from a night shift this morning with my push bike on the train at 08:00 the City of London was ice free, but by West Ham was pretty sketchy. Riding home in Grays was proper scary- no shortage of sheet ice, even on treated surfaces. I made my decision then to give your ride a swerve.

Thanks for all the time you put into your rides & enjoy your holiday.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 12, 2014 8:24 pm 
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I too think that Richard made the right decision. My 'plan' for the day was:

Look out at 08:00 and see if any signs of local ground frost. If so stay home.

Check at 09:00 before setting out if cancellation posted on forum. If so stay home.

Ride out on major/urban roads to Chelmsford with traction control set to max. If any sign of ice or slipperiness turn back home.

Be fully prepared for ride not taking place on arrival. If so return home.


I accept that I have to set out from Sydenham before the time when a final decision based on Essex conditions can be made. It is just one of the joys of living so far away. Sticking with EAMG has many compensations to offset this :D

Regret no pictures taken at Sainsbury's because my camera was in the top box, and the <expletive deleted> thing wouldn't open! Spent a chunk of the afternoon examining the mechanism and learning where you have to hit it to get the internal locking bar to slide. It will improve with wear.

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