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What do you know about Reading?

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Moonlight, 13 Apr 2012.

  1. DiddlyDodds

    DiddlyDodds King of Custard Mountain

    They beat us in the Footy , thats all i know , Oh and they have a festival there each year and tickets cost abuot a million pounds
  2. Glenn

    Glenn Well-Known Member

    That's a BIG minus in my book, the great unwashed invade for up to 5 days, there is chaos getting in to Reading from the Tuesday before the festival starts.
  3. Fab Foodie

    Fab Foodie hanging-on in quiet desperation ...

    You see, that's another negative for reading, they have something good, first class even and all the locals can do is moan about it ....
  4. sbird

    sbird Well-Known Member

    Tom - it's all to easy to knock a place. Not many people get to live in a great number of places to be able to compare. There are better places than Reading and there are worse places than Reading. All I would say is get involved in a community for yourself whether it's related to work colleagues or a cycling club or both and you will soon settle down and find there is plenty in and around Reading that makes life pleasant. It's a busy town but that's to be expected as it's in the south-east and the Thames Valley corridor - in other words there's a lot going on both in work opportunities and outside work. And that is partly down to it's accessibility. North, south, east, west is easy to get out and about by bike, train and car. 55 miles south and you're on the beach. 50 miles west and you're in Wales, 30 miles east and you're in London and 50 miles north gets you to Birmingham and beyond.

    As others have said there are cycling clubs, RCC, Reading CTC and Reading Cycle Campaign. Reading doesn't have superb cycling routes and facilities but hardly anywhere in the UK does either. And outside the countryside is varied and accessible.

    I've lived here over 20 years and it's definitely a better place to live than when I first arrived. PM me for more information if needed.
  5. Crock of Gold

    Crock of Gold Guest

    It reminds me of Oscar Wilde so I always feel down.
  6. lordjenks

    lordjenks Well-Known Member

    i live in woodley (a mile from winnersh) and cant really fault the area, riding wise there is a lot going; chiltern hills for road and mtb and swinley forest for mtb. Houses in Winnersh are pretty decent but 1.5 miles away, past hurst and you are in the middle of the "countryside" with some rather nice places to live.
    Huge sainsburys down the road and trainstation to reading/waterloo in the middle of the town. No big pubs which may be good or bad depending...
  7. Maz

    Maz Guru

    ...but you cadaver great time, though.
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  8. threebikesmcginty

    threebikesmcginty charmless nerk

    Lost Highway
    If you charnel your energy in the right direction.
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  9. ransos

    ransos Guru

    My view on Reading is coloured somewhat my the exceptionally unpleasant experience I had trying to cycle through it. Endless dual carriageways and one-way systems...yuk. Slightly further afield, Twyford is close to some lovely, rolling countryside, where I was surprised and delighted to see red kites circling overhead.
  10. Fab Foodie

    Fab Foodie hanging-on in quiet desperation ...

    You and Maz are a right couple of Berks ....
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  11. Norm

    Norm Guest

    Whilst Moonlight doesn't seem to have returned to CC since posing the question, a couple of us who mentioned the football might wish to update our sentiments following the result against Nottingham, which will mean that Premiership football returns to the Madejski stadium next year.
  12. amen to that. I can't exactly call myself a 'fan' - living 250 miles away from the place these days. But the result last night really brought a smile to my face. Premiership football and a Russian billionaire backer - what could go wrong...
  13. Manonabike

    Manonabike Über Member

    I know that their football team has just won promotion to the Premier League.
  14. Norm

    Norm Guest

    Do you know that from reading the two posts above yours? :giggle:
  15. Kwacka

    Kwacka Regular

    We are Premier League come on urzzzz!!!
  16. defy-one

    defy-one Guest

    Hillingdon circuit???
  17. defy-one

    defy-one Guest

    OMG - I have used this track when I used to live in Hayes!!!!

    It's 7 miles from Iver and a good reason to go visit my parents by bike - excellent - I will be there soon. Anybody else use this place on a regular basis?
  18. defy-one

    defy-one Guest

    I have a few colleagues that live on the outskirts of Reading and they are all into cycling in a big way. It's the UK's version of silicon valley, and good if your in the I.T game
  19. Maggot

    Maggot Veteran

    When I was based in Aldershot we went to the Sigue Sigue Sputnik concert when the lead singer threw a bottle back into the audience and knocked a student out, or cut them or something. To be fair, I think we went because of the usual crowd trouble.

    There is always the snooker to watch at the Hexagon isn't there? If Sigue Sigue Sputnik aren't in town.
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