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Tiff

Matchday Squad
The only two things I can recommend about driving in France are:

1. never, ever, drive in Paris. Take the Metro, thank me later

2. if you must drive elsewhere in France, never, ever drive a car with the code „75“ in the number plate. 75 is the code for Paris, and everyone else in France roundly detests Parisians, so if you drive a Parisian-registered car somewhere else in the country, be prepared to get cut-up, insulted, not let out of junctions, spat at, threatened, mocked, blocked-in when parked, if that is, your car is even there when you get back to the car park.

Just. Don’t.

They stopeed the departement as part of the registration years ago. Guess what happened? They protested, as it's part of their indentity, so they all have their 2 digit department codes written under the EU stars.

Paris isn't so bad as it is mostly slow. What fresk the fuck out of you is having right of way to join the periph', the outer ring road has such short slip roads that traffic joining it has priority, so the first time you get on it you have to floor it and just move inot the lane, traffic has to cede to you. You have to remember this as you come up to the nxt junction and let steer clear of the right hand lane to let people on.
 

Strummer

Orel Mangala Fan Club
They stopeed the departement as part of the registration years ago. Guess what happened? They protested, as it's part of their indentity, so they all have their 2 digit department codes written under the EU stars.

Paris isn't so bad as it is mostly slow. What fresk the fuck out of you is having right of way to join the periph', the outer ring road has such short slip roads that traffic joining it has priority, so the first time you get on it you have to floor it and just move inot the lane, traffic has to cede to you. You have to remember this as you come up to the nxt junction and let steer clear of the right hand lane to let people on.

Yeah, I’ve made the mistake of driving around the Boulevard Periphique before; never again.

When I go to one of our Parisian locations now (Drancy, St. Ouen or Cergy-St. Christophe) I pull-rank and get one of the locals to pick me up and do the driving. If not, I get the train; I can get a lovely SNCF direct to Gare de Oest and swap to the Metro (which, for me, is an old friend).

As Danny Glover once famously said, „I‘m too old for this shit!“
 

Tiff

Matchday Squad
Yeah, I’ve made the mistake of driving around the Boulevard Periphique before; never again.

When I go to one of our Parisian locations now (Drancy, St. Ouen or Cergy-St. Christophe) I pull-rank and get one of the locals to pick me up and do the driving. If not, I get the train; I can get a lovely SNCF direct to Gare de Oest and swap to the Metro (which, for me, is an old friend).

As Danny Glover once famously said, „I‘m too old for this shit!“

Drancy always fills me with dread whenever I pass through it, knowing what happened there

I used to go to Cergy a fair bit , RER all the way. Good to see London is catching up with Paris , 50 years so so after they opened a cross-city rapid rail link


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Fitzcarraldo

Ian Storey-Moore
Great riding weather this week.

Love the bright spring days and heading out to no place in particular. Plenty of fair-weather lads in brand-new gear that I'm sure will fit better by August - always a dead giveaway.
 

Fitzcarraldo

Ian Storey-Moore
Getting brutal out there. Cycling out yesterday and came up on a group ride of about 12 spread out over half mile or so - fat lad at the back as usual. Started picking them off one-by-one until I get behind the group lead - an older gent with the best kit and bike.

Before I knew what was happening, this c**t and two others had me boxed-in and it was immediately clear they were doing it for a rise. I went head down to begin with constantly warning the guy in front I was 'on his wheel'.

The pace picked up but I was still shoulder-to-shoulder with the c**t on the right. I nudged him out some and gave him the head shake but the c**t kept swinging back in. After a few of these, I started getting some from behind 'enjoying the tow mate' that kind of thing. Feeling them on my neck I spat left a couple of times (yes, I know) and quickly got 'dirty bastard' from one of them. My response was 'what the fuck do you expect?'.

After a a couple of miles or so more of this shit-housery I snapped and drifted right at the bloke on my right as a car was coming towards us. He drops back leaving a lane for me to go past the guy in front. I did this and now the race was on.

I managed to hold up to the next junction and looked back to see which way the c**ts were going. As soon as I saw the first arm indicate right I swung left shouting all the c**ts under the sun as each one whizzed past.

No exactly the Paris-Roubaix but I enjoyed it.
 

Bryn Gunn

The Foam Hand
Haha, we’ve already got enough enemies that are non-cyclists, is there any need for this? *I get the competitive side of it* :wink:

I’m slowly drifting into the old bloke on a Three Speed stereotype.
The knee injury has made me nervous about even semi-serious road bike cycling so I just drift along doing my own thing. Always had a soft spot for old Raleigh’s and nostalgia as you all know so I’m happy with that :)

This is my stead these days, 1959 Trent Tourist, ambling along country lanes…

04520F4B-0C7D-4496-A854-D15E2AAF6875 by Franco_AC, on Flickr
 
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Strummer

Orel Mangala Fan Club
Haha, we’ve already got enough enemies that are non-cyclists, is there any need for this? *I get the competitive side of it* :wink:

I’m slowly drifting into the old bloke on a Three Speed stereotype.
The knee injury has made me nervous about even semi-serious road bike cycling so I just drift along doing my own thing. Always had a soft spot for old Raleigh’s and nostalgia as you all know so I’m happy with that :)

This is my stead these days, 1959 Trent Tourist, ambling along country lanes…

04520F4B-0C7D-4496-A854-D15E2AAF6875 by Franco_AC, on Flickr

That is a beauty.
 

Strummer

Orel Mangala Fan Club
Many things are grim at the moment, we all know; but if you want something to cheer you up for five minutes, check this out — Danny Macaskill and friends messing about on bikes and pulling wheelies:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XD2eRIgBgI4

Watch out for Viola Brand and the legend that is Hans „No Way“ Rey.
 

FLC

First Team Squad
Many things are grim at the moment, we all know; but if you want something to cheer you up for five minutes, check this out — Danny Macaskill and friends messing about on bikes and pulling wheelies:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XD2eRIgBgI4

Watch out for Viola Brand and the legend that is Hans „No Way“ Rey.

I occasionally have a vivid dream that I can wheelie like Danny. Sadly, the reality is painfully different.
 

alabamared

Stuart Pearce
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Strummer

Orel Mangala Fan Club
It's the Forest2Amsterdam cyclists who set off from the Nottingham Forest City Ground on the huge ride to AFC Ajax Johan Cruyff Arena ,to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK

That is awesome. I shall look them up and chip in a few euros.
 

Fitzcarraldo

Ian Storey-Moore
Want one of the jerseys. As the most important part of any kit, I'd have to check the chamois on the bibs before committing - never scrimp on the chamois.
 
Terrible decision. Blokes a ****, stripping bikes sent in with problems to use the parts for new orders the twat wanted sending down for that let alone nicking this employee's pensions. Luckily the new owners are honouring the already placed and paid for orders and fixing the already delivered and broken bikes.

Here's 44 teeth take on the new and improved bike:

 

Judge

A. Trialist
So 10 million quid has gone missing and he's ended up with a suspended sentence. Am I missing summat somewhere?

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Yeah.
Prisons are full to bursting.
There was an interesting piece on Nottingham prison in the Guardian last week iirc. You won't get sent down these days unless you killed or seriously injured someone.
White collar crime is of no interest to the CPS or Police.
If employees want their pension money back they'll have to do it through the civil courts.
 

Judge

A. Trialist
Anyway, fuck Stuart Garner, once a twat, always a twat.
In my mid-life crisis stage I'm umming and ahhing about a new motorcycle before everything turns electric.
Anyone know what supply chain issues are like for motorcycles presently?
I've tried to buy a Kinesis GTD frame to build up a new bicycle with existing components and wheels and that's turned into an infuriating game of will they or won't they deliver when they say. That's a £2k frame, not sure I want to do the same with a £12k+ motorbike.
 
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