Next Spokes Ride

The next Spokes Ride will be on Sunday 3rd September 2017. Meet 10:00am at on Lothian Road outside the Usher Hall.

Destination Midlothian. Slightly hilly ride. Pub Lunch, and a quick ride home to avoid being too long in the afternoon rain.

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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Summer Stow Ride, See The Colours

 

The Eye of a Painter

"This is what a picture should give us, an abyss in which the eye is lost,
a secret germination, a coloured state of grace, loose consciousness.
Descend with the painter in to the dim tangled roots of things,
And rise again from them in colours,
Be steeped in the light of them" ~
Paul Cézanne

The rain ceased on Saturday, but the Sunday forecast wasn’t that good, heavy showers. 10 people turned up for the longer ride to the Borders, which didn’t turn out to be as long as it should, but it was a wonderful ride. There was a fair breeze, but it didn’t make cycling too difficult, however, as we cycled south, grey clouds and yellow green of moorland grass gave the landscape a flat apperance. This of course, could have also have been the result of their being no more hills to climb as we were at the top!!! Unfortunately, we did have to use the A7, but on Sunday morning, traffic was extremely light, and the road is fairly wide.

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Dirlton not a dampener

 

The Rain Escape

"A shadow’s image on the rainy pavement,
walking in wonder past the vivid windows,
a half-contented guest among my ghosts?
Or one who, imagining light, air, sun,
can now take root in life, inherit love?" ~
Denise Levertov "Poem"

Not much of a summer this August. I wasn't hopeful when I looked out of the window. The rain was pouring. Fortunately, by 9:15, it had stopped, and a grey sky hung over Edinburgh. Hopefully summer will return and we can stop imagining light, air and sun, as we did on the Spokes Ride.

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Brrrr- Cancelled Ride - Wet through - 6 went for a short ride

 

Damp squib

"We should come home from adventures, and perils, and discoveries every day with new experience and character" ~ Henry David Thoreau

Thanks to those who showed up on Sunday. When I turned up there were three shivering specimens sheltering at the bus stop. The conversation soon turned to waterproofs, mainly efficiency and heat retention properties. As more turned up, more suggestions were made for the coffee stop at Caffe Nero. I decided that this was the best course for the group, especially as it wasn't very warm, and see if the weather turned for the better.

Read more: Brrrr- Cancelled Ride - Wet through - 6 went for a short ride

Muiravonside Explorations

 

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.

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Cluck, Cluck, Cluck!!!

 

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..

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