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PostPosted: Tue Oct 27, 2015 11:49 pm 
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With the shorter days the Full Member Ride for November will be to Rushden N'hants which is little less distance than some at about 170 miles. There is a 'T' stop on the outward leg and fuel on the return at about 130 miles.

Please meet to leave Sainsburys Springfield Chelmsford at 9.30am. Ride to finish at Mac Donalds Boreham Services............................................Richard P.


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 01, 2015 10:09 pm 
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It was a most enjoyable ride. A dozen of us enjoyed mixed weather (fog & sunshine). The coffee stop on the journey out was at the Extra 'motorway services' near Baldock; the first time I have been in there after using the car park and petrol station as a venue for a dozen or more years. Rushden was ... sunny ... and conveniently close to Kettering if you want to go to Kettering. The Blue Corner Cafe was a little find: Cheap, friendly, good quality and ENORMOUS portions. The journey back really belonged to Ian. Poor Ian. The full catalogue of his misfortunes needs to be done justice to in the Events Report. It started with a puncture. At the end of the afternoon a group under Richard made its way home, the Ian support group made a separate journey home led by Geoff and his SatNav, and Ian was left forlornly at a petrol station between St Neots and Royston waiting for his wife to drive out there and bring him his spare bike key. If the previous part of his afternoon is anything to go by he will still be there.

It was actually a thoroughly enjoyable day and when not foggy the riding was very good. Pictures have been posted.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 01, 2015 11:09 pm 
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No body has realized that I was lost and I was not with any of the group....
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 02, 2015 12:09 am 
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Got home at 6.30. Not bad really, considering.

First of all HUGE thanks to Richard and Geoff for stopping immediately I got a puncture and offering to help; to Richard for his help with the repair and his tube of Holts temporary tyre repair goo (which I will replace Tuesday evening) and to both of them for escorting me like royalty at 30mph for about 20 minutes after the temporary repair when the tyre was only half inflated. We had used the goo as a last resort when my tyre plug failed and the tyre went down again. Actually the goo didn't work either but might well have done if the hole had been smaller. When we caught up with everyone else (after about half an hour), Stuart used his 12v air pump to give me 40psi, which lasted for about another 7 or 8 miles until we realised that the goo was leaking out of the puncture. So, with Alan's help we found a garage, Stuart then used his own plug kit, (when I showed him what I had used the look on his face said it all) which only took about 5 minute to plug the tyre properly and we inflated it at the air pump. Job done. I then snapped off my key in the seat lock trying to close it. Unbelievable.

Thanks to Chris, Alan et all for waiting at their posts for us in the sun till we caught up .. just like the marker system is supposed to work. I am embarrassed but very grateful.

The irony is that if I'd had a decent tyre plugger kit and a 12v air pump I had full confidence in (I actually had one in the top box that I know how to use and had practised with on my car to check it worked, but it's noisy and gets really hot - and for some reason I didn't even think of using it today) I would only have held people up by about 10 minutes and had only slightly grubby hands.

The moral of the story is only to buy kit that someone you trust recommends to you because they've used it in anger themselves and it works. Otherwise you're just wasting your money and, in this case, a lot of other people's time.... and learn how to shut your seat.. actually if you press down it just clicks into place; no need to fiddle with the key at all, let alone snap it off.

Apologies to all.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 02, 2015 10:29 am 
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MasterJedi wrote:
No body has realized that I was lost and I was not with any of the group....
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Hi Ibraham, It was nice to meet you yesterday. Did you move from your post? The group must have gone past your post on the way back to pick up Stuart, Chris etc as they were further down the route to you.

Ian Morton wrote:
Thanks to Chris, Alan et all for waiting at their posts for us in the sun till we caught up .. just like the marker system is supposed to work. I am embarrassed but very grateful.
Hi Ian, you don't need to apologize for getting a puncture and holding up the group definitely not your fault, it happens, but, I do not think the marker system worked very well on the day.
When Geoff told me that you had a problem I offered to be a new back maker, this would have ensured that the whole group (apart from the 3 of you) got going within 10 minutes of the hold up.

Im glad you got home ok.

Regards

Phil

ps Thanks Richard for leading and Geoff for tail ending on the way out.
All in all a good day out on the bike considering the weather, Love rain not Fog.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 02, 2015 9:38 pm 
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Firstly let me make it clear to readers it was not me leading and also helping Geoff with the puncture - that was Richard Evans - thank you.

It was a great ride in that the fog cleared at Thaxted and returned at Thaxted other than that it was mostly sunny.

What can I say about he hiccup on the way back. Ian couldn't help the puncture and Chris Johnson held his post on the B1046/1040 stagger but unfortunately the marker on the next stagger with the A1198 gave up which meant the puncture party turned right on the 1198 rather than straight across
where they would have joined up with us front runners who waited an hour at the A603 junction.

As an aside if you riders who got down towards Royston had used a map instead of sat nav you would have picked up the lovely B1039 to Saffron Walden and saved two legs of a triangle- A505/M11.

Imbraham I'm sorry you got lost - I know I left you in a difficult position in St Neots High Street but you weren't there when Geoff and party came along or you would have had company.

Overall a good day - well apart from the 'keyman Ian'.................................Richard P.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 02, 2015 9:55 pm 
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Hi Richard,
First of all sorry some one lost tyre, I have a repair kit so I had known I would go back to help!
Anyway,
Yes I waited for a while just in the middle of the High Street and it was not really easy because whenever lights starts then cars just were waiting for me to move. I though some thing wrong in the back since I could not see anyone long time then I decided to move to a place where I can wait then I realized you already dropped some one and carried on then I lost....
I do not know my decision was wright or wrong for such a situation - this is open for discussion - but no one realized I was missing in the group! What would have happened if I'd had an accident and fall over into a farm?


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