Irn-Bru? Scottish Blethering Thread

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Louch, 6 Aug 2013.

  1. Slick

    Slick Veteran

    I was on the phone over 2 hours on Friday being passed from scotrail and virgin for the train to Newcastle. Too long a story to go into but they don't make it easy for you. :evil:
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  2. Slick

    Slick Veteran

    That's what I've always found but when you do it the way they tell you by booking it turns into a total nightmare.
  3. the_craig

    the_craig Über Member

    N. Lanarkshire
    I mind we organised a ride that got cancelled due to torrential rain.

    Anyone fancy meeting up for a ride over the next few weeks? Route and things to be planned out.
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  4. pjd57

    pjd57 Über Member

    I'd love to say yes but grandweans are using up a lot of my free time right now.
    Maybe in a month's time.

    Pedal for Scotland advice....never done it before.
    Signed to start at 08:00- 08:30. Are there delays getting signed in. Can I plan to be moving by 08:30 ?

    Return it ok to just turn round and cycle the same route back.
    Don't fancy the coach+ van option at all.
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  5. Pat "5mph"

    Pat "5mph" A kilogrammicaly challenged woman Moderator

    Hi Joe,
    you turn up, nobody is signing you in.
    I would be surprised if there wasn't a delay, we were about half an hour late on leaving both times I did the event.
    It is forbidden by the rules to ride back the way you came: you wouldn't be able to anyway, it would be cycling against a tide of cyclists!
    Once I did ride back from Murrayfield, I used the canal route.
    Better, if you can find your way to Bathgate, to use that route back.
    I think the PfS route has changed the last few years, so you could just use the old route to ride back, you'll find plenty of GPX files for it on the RWGPS site.
  6. Edwardoka

    Edwardoka Bloviating Windbag

    I've lost count of the number of times I've done PfS. It's pretty good although was badly oversubscribed the last time I did it - we didn't set off until after 10:20.

    My mate did it last year and said it was excellent though he'd never done a sportive before so has no basis of comparison.

    IME there are usually significant delays at both ends. It's better to book onto the coach and van than to wait potentially 3 hours for a train if you hadn't booked on and don't feel up to riding back on the day - speaking of which, I did the out and back one year (via the A71 IIRC) and the headwind on the return trip was relentless - there's a very good reason why it's Glasgow to Edinburgh.
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  7. pjd57

    pjd57 Über Member

    Pedal for Scotland....

    I don't fancy the hanging about waiting for a coach then trying to find my bike back in Glasgow.

    The canal route back doesn't appeal at all. The Union is torture.

    I do have the option of leaving my bike in Edinburgh ( sisters house )and going back for it the next day... Bus passes are great

    Once I see the route I can work out the return journey.
    I know the roads are reopened fairly early at the Glasgow end so getting out of Edinburgh seems the main challenge.

    Suggestions for Edinburgh to Falkirk , where I am happy to go on to the Forth and Clyde canal
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  8. Pat "5mph"

    Pat "5mph" A kilogrammicaly challenged woman Moderator

    Have a look at this return route: I have used that route to ride to Edinburgh in the past.

    Glasgow Alexandra Park, Coatbridge, Airdrie, Caldercruix, and so on.
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  9. Fubar

    Fubar Guru

    My there’a a very west coast slant to this thread these days... :whistle: must be the influence of @Pat "5mph" the Mod of Mods. Needs some east coast sophistication obviously :biggrin:
  10. CharlesF

    CharlesF Veteran

    Walking along the Kelvin Walkway, I was passed by 20-30 kids on bikes aged from 6-13 and adults supervising. A great sight.
  11. Slick

    Slick Veteran

    20190723_134047.jpg I was going to post this on the strange sign thread but I feel that the cultural divide is just too great. :laugh:
  12. Pat "5mph"

    Pat "5mph" A kilogrammicaly challenged woman Moderator

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  13. cookiemonster

    cookiemonster Guru

    Hong Kong
    Sorry, just noticed this thread.

    Any room for an exiled Scot to join in?
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  14. Slick

    Slick Veteran

    How else would you keep up with the gossip? All welcome @cookiemonster
  15. gaijintendo

    gaijintendo Über Member

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