Next Spokes Ride

The next Spokes Ride will be on Sunday 1st July 2018.

Forecast is dry, light cloud. Max Temp 21°C NE Wind. (Bring sunscreen)

Meet 10:00am at on Lothian Road outside the Usher Hall.

Destination Linlithgow, West Lothian. Slightly hilly ride, with few inclines but not too steep. Distance about 45 mi. Picnic Lunch, so please a packed lunch with you. Tea / coffee provided at the lunch spot, so RSVP to register your interest through the Contacts page.

This ride will be visiting one of the Open Gardens in Linlithgow, the lunch time stop. If you wish to visit the rest gardens, a guide, costing £5 is also available. This will allow you to visit to all the other gardens open to the public on Sunday. Please RSVP through the Contacts page. (Please remember to bring £5 with you, and you can pick up the guide at the lunch time stop)

Please check your bike before the ride, i.e. tyre pressure, chain and brakes. Bring some money for lunch, emergencies and possible café stops or post ride refreshments. Don't forget snacks to keep your energy levels up and a drink to consume en-route.
Don't forget to bring a small toolkit to fit your bike and a spare inner tube in case you get a puncture. It is much easier to replace the tube than to repair a tube, especially if you have a slow puncture.

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Cyclists Ride and Chickens Run

"I have spread my dreams beneath your feet. Tread softly because you tread on my dreams." - W.B. Yeats

A trip that started off looking really good, but persistent rain curtailed the ride. A complete opposite to the May Ride, it still provided some interesting experiences..

Morning fine, Rainy Afternoon, and Chickens

Thank you to everyone who turned up on Sunday. It was very nice to see you, and experience off road cycling along the old railway. It was a shame that the rain turned out to more persistent than forecast, so the ride was shorter than usual.

Thanks to the 23 people came along on a morning which promised so much. Saturday had been warm, and Sunday started bright. We headed off to Musselburgh with the aim of heading out to Penicuik. The mood was very cheerful. As we headed eastwards the clouds slowly came in and the wind began to pick up. At Whitecraig, it got considerably cooler, and by the time we got to Dalkeith, spots of rain were appearing.

At the Dalkeith end of the Whitecraig - Dalkeith railway path, there are lots of Lupins, which always brighten the mood. We also had lunch in Dalkeith Country Park, which is a good piece of green space.

While we had lunch, the rain started in earnest, but this didn't deter the chickens who run about the yard, and provided some entertainment before we headed back in to Edinburgh in the rain. We had some shelter from the rain from the picnic table umbrellas. The chickens didn't make use of the barn, perfering to run around the square in the rain.

After lunch, I took the decision to head back in to town as there was sign of the rain was to be more persistant than forecast. This is because no-one really likes riding in the rain. Thanks to Neil for leading us back in to town.

Warm Regards,

Explore, Dream, Discover

"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined." - Henry David Thoreau

Ride Statistics

Distance:       42.8km (26.6 miles)
Average Speed:  16.3km (10.1 mph) Max 40.5 km/h
Total Climbing: 232m (761ft)
Time on bike:   2 hours 37 minutes
Max. Temp.:     17 deg C (63 deg F)

Interactive Route Map

The map belows shows the route that we took on the June 2008 Spokes Ride.

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