Next Spokes Ride

Sunday 2nd February 2020. Meet at 10:00 outside the Usher Hall, Lothian Rd if it is dry.

Destination close to Edinburgh. Slightly hilly ride, with few inclines but not too steep. Cycle path out of Edinburgh then mostly roads. Distance will be around 32km (20 miles), further if it stays dry.

Forecast is damp and cool. Max Temp 4°C Southerly Wind. Given the weather forecast, I may run a short Spokes Ride on Sunday morning if it is dry. Currently the forecast for the afternoon is not very pleasant, so it would be around 20 miles or so. If the forecast is wrong, then I can extend the ride, alter it a bit, so that we are just left with a very short ride back in to Edinburgh.

If it is raining on Sunday morning, there is unlikely to be a Spokes Ride. So we could just meet for coffee at the usual coffee chain shop (Caffé Nero) on Lothian Rd.
 
Please check your bike before the ride, i.e. tyre pressure, chain and brakes. Bring some money for emergencies and possible café stops and/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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Ormiston Spring Bike Ride

"Now freedom, for most, is just a word, like toast" ~ That's All, Seasick Steve

Yeah, I did say Aberlady, but Mother's Day got in the way, so we went to Ormiston, still in East Lothian. 22 people turned up for a quite lovely Spring ride. It was dry and a little cool, but there was a little brightness in the sky. Spring was here, and so were the views.

 

This is to let you all know about a local MTB event on our doorstep in the fabulous Pentland Hills on Sunday the 10th April, with registration and event start at Currie rugby club in Balerno. This is an orienteering / adventure type race, where you have to read a map, plan a strategy and choose your route to visit control locations and collect as many points as you can in the 3hr time limit available.

 

February wet am, unexpectedly dry pm, but still cool.

"Winter, a lingering season, is a time to gather golden moments, embark upon a sentimental journey, and enjoy every idle hour." ~ John Boswell

8 people turned up on a cold, wet day. The forecast wasn't good, cloud in the morning, heavy rain in the afternoon. Reality was a little different, it was light rain when I got to the Usher Hall. I wasn't expecting anyone to cycle back to Edinburgh, quite a few were wondering what time the trains from Linlithgow to Edinburgh. Actually at 40 minutes past the hour as it turns out, not twice an hour as originally thought.

 

March Spokes Ride where snow has been replaced with snowdrops.

"The snowdrop and primrose our woodlands adorn, and violets bathe in the wet o' the morn." ~ Robert Burns

13 people turned up on a cold, day. The forecast was OK, but I would rather it was sunny, then the cold wouldn't matter too much. But it wasn't that bad as there was no rain, and the natural lay of the land would shelter us from the slight breeze. So there was some hope that while the sky was grey, the forecast was grey, we might actually get some sun.

 

The Happy New Year Bike Ride

"Winter came down to our home one night
Quietly pirouetting in on silvery-toed slippers of snow,
And we, we were children once again." ~
Bill Morgan, Jr.

14 people turned up on a cold day. The cycle paths still hadn't thawed out, so a road route was chosen, and as it was the first ride of the year, on the second day of the year, the route would be short. I also anticipated delays to people turning up for the ride, so we did not leave until 20 past. The worst path was the cycle route at Roseburn / Ravelston.

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