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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Great Explorations

"Respect your fellow human being, treat them fairly, disagree with them honestly, enjoy their friendship, explore your thoughts about one another candidly, work together for a common goal and help one another achieve it." ~ Bill Bradley

The longer Summer Spokes Ride took place on the 20th July, 8 of us went to Muiravonside Country Park in Falkirk District, west of Linlithgow. Fortunately, the rain had stopped, well got no further west than Edinburgh. Although breezy on the way out, we avoided, it was a very pleasant cycle ride. We found a nice sheltered area for lunch, where we could sit out of the wind and in the sun. The grass was a bit damp. Overall distance was 85 km, about 53 miles.

Just a little bit further

The advantage of longer rides allows us to explore further afield. We are able to do by starting earlier. So if you want to come along next month, set the alarm clock 1/2 an hour earlier than usual and come along, it's fun. This one is very easy, just a little bit longer than a normal Spokes Ride.

Cyclists Meal

This year sees the fifth anniversary of the Cyclists' Meal, Mike Lewis organised the first meal back in October 2003, and has become a biannual event. October will be the next meal, most possibly the 17th, but the feast is movable to accomodate as many people as possibleWe've been to quite a few establishments around Edinburgh, and if you know of a venue that can take 20 or so people, and serves good food, or if you're interested in coming along, let me know. Partners are welcome as well, we won't make them ride a bike. After the meal, the social mood continues as we visit one of Edinburgh's fine hostelries.

Next Spokes Ride

All Spokes Rdes are 10 to 12 mph, a speed easily attainable by any moderately fit cyclist. The next Spokes Ride is on Sunday 3rd August. If dry then please bring a picnic, if sunny and warm, a bucket and spade. The next Summer Spokes Ride will be on the 17th August at 9:30am, and will probably be down to the Borders.

Warm Regards,

Explore, Dream, Discover

"The best rides are the ones where you bite off much more than you can chew--and live through it." ~ Doug Bradbury

Ride Statistics

Distance:       85 km (52.8 miles)
Average Speed:  18.8 km/h (11.7 mph) (Max 61.3 km/h)
Total Climbing: 642m (2106 feet) (Max Height 291m)
Time:           4 hours 31mins
Max. Temp.:     19 deg C (71.6 deg F)

Interactive Route Map

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

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