Irn-Bru? Scottish Blethering Thread

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

  1. gaijintendo

    gaijintendo Über Member

    Easy, just cycle to Perth, and get on a Train there - or better yet, live in Edinburgh.
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  2. Slick

    Slick Veteran

  3. Diogenes

    Diogenes Opinions, schminions

    Not done PFS for a few years, felt it was getting more expensive with less features year on year. Looking at the set-up for this year and it doesn't even go into Edinburgh any more?

    In other news, I see they're re-opening the train line to Leven. Good news, opening up the East Neuk for cycling.
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  4. Slick

    Slick Veteran

    I just downloaded the event information guide.:wacko:

    Work starting on the Levin link is great news. 70 million for 5k of track seems expensive, although I assume there's some changes to be made to the existing line?
  5. Diogenes

    Diogenes Opinions, schminions

    Well 14km of tramline in Edinburgh cost £776m.
  6. Slick

    Slick Veteran

    Yer but thay was worth every penny and wasn't mismanaged at all.
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  7. snorri

    snorri Legendary Member

    Separate thread? This topic needs a separate forum.

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  8. Brandane

    Brandane Fair weather cyclist.

    PFS became a victim of it's own success. Last time I did it was a few years ago and was my fourth time. The start was a slow moving queue, and the first few miles was a bit testing on my (admittedly lacking) patience. Then there were the narrow coned off sections which were a shambles, particularly near the Edinburgh end with loads of selfish eejits trying to cycle back to the west against the flow! Also, the return bus journey was a bit shambolic and one year I sat in an old double decker, very wet and very cold, for an agonising 2 hours.... Suffice to say, I won't be going this year, but my fiancee's daughter wants to do it (having taken up cycling a few weeks ago) so I am under pressure to join her. I might have to grin and bear it for a day, for the sake of domestic bliss......

    A much better option is the Round Strathaven 50 miler, on Sunday 18th August, for which I have signed up. Weather depending, as always.... ;)
  9. snorri

    snorri Legendary Member

    I have done a few PfS, but couldn't cope with the early start nowadays- cycling before 9 in the morning eeek!
    One of my early memories was hearing an official commentator on a loudspeaker describing my progress as I cycled a lap of Meadowbank stadium to mark completion of the run from Glasgow:biggrin:.
    Another time when the run started from Edinburgh, I was carefully navigating the streets of Glasgow, not really sure how far I had to go to reach George Square. I turned at a junction and found myself on a banner lined street where people applauded my arrival. Thought I'd taken a wrong turning, no one had ever applauded my cycling performance before!:biggrin:
  10. Slick

    Slick Veteran

    That's glaswegians for you. :okay:
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  11. Pat "5mph"

    Pat "5mph" A kilogrammicaly challenged woman Moderator

    Is this a good idea?
    Give her some basic lesson in looking behind and road positioning.
    There are some aggressive riders on PfS, also some very wobbly ones!
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  12. Mo1959

    Mo1959 Guru

    Popped up the town and watched the Womens Tour of Scotland come through.

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  13. Brandane

    Brandane Fair weather cyclist.

    She's ok on her bike, been on them on and off over the years. Also a competent driver. She's 30 by the way :okay:, fiancee's younger daughter. Elder one is 35. I've acquired a 14 year old granddaughter too :ohmy:. Lovely fiancée was married at 19 and started a family soon after; her elder daughter did similar :tongue:.
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  14. bruce1530

    bruce1530 Veteran

    Strathaven was great last year. I was in two minds whether to do it this year, but checked the website this morning. 600 places on it, only 19 left. So I paid my 20 quid and signed up.

    Just checked - only 1 place left now.

    Anyone else from here going?
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  15. Diogenes

    Diogenes Opinions, schminions

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