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FNRttC The latest news on The Fridays Vi(v)a Colonia Tour......

Discussion in 'CycleChat and Recreational Rides' started by mmmmartin, 7 Sep 2016.

  1. mmmmartin

    mmmmartin Random geezer

    Here's a thread for the latest news on our Tour for anyone interested. Having it here should make it easier for participants to post and observers to er, observe.
  2. srw

    srw It's a bit more complicated than that...

    Last night...
    ...since when I've realised that I didn't pack my civvy trousers and will need to get them into the saddlebag tonight.

    (I'm not usually this organised, but since my new handlebar bag turned up yesterday I wanted to get ahead of the game.)
  3. OP

    mmmmartin Random geezer

    haven't even cleaned the bike after the last Tour in September, need to take it for a spin, and pack everything. I'm thinking cycling shorts (1pr), civvy shorts (1 pr), a few thin tops, pink bow tie for evening wear, obvs. Warm jacket for evenings to pub. Little more. I find the trick is to take two panniers, and one is full of stuff you need, then other is the stuff you don't need.
  4. Adrian

    Adrian Heed the elf's wisdom

    Please to be checking that the tyres are in good condition, and the cables are not rusted solid.
    Additionally, a rack that isn't broken would be preferable.
    Last edited: 7 Sep 2016
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  5. TinyMyNewt

    TinyMyNewt An execrable pun

    South coast, UK
    I think three pairs of shorts is the best number: one to wear, one to wash, and a spare pair in case the washing doesn't dry overnight.
  6. Adrian

    Adrian Heed the elf's wisdom

    I personally feel that, as far as evening wear goes, a cravat marks an English gentleman out as such better than a bow tie.
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  7. dellzeqq

    dellzeqq pre-talced and mighty

    neither are much of a substitute for shorts, but the bow tie would be novel...
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  8. Fab Foodie

    Fab Foodie hanging-on in quiet desperation ...

    Wishing you all a splendiferous time. I shan't return to this thread due to extreme bouts of envy ....
  9. OP

    mmmmartin Random geezer

    Following your splendid example I have purchased a cravat for fewer than two of Her Majesty's sovs on eBay. Alas it is spotted blue and I fear might clash with the blue and white chequered shirt, thus opening myself to ribaldry from your good self.
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  10. OP

    mmmmartin Random geezer

    Guilty as charged, m'lud. Will do better this time honest.
  11. Shadow

    Shadow Über Member

    Umm, sartorial error or new faddish trend?.....
  12. StuAff

    StuAff Silencing his legs regularly

    Haven't done any packing yet. Will do most of mine in the morning, leaving Friday morning for faffing...
  13. Andrew Br

    Andrew Br Still part of the team !

    Chorlton Cum Hardy
    I'm already packed save for a few last minute odds and ends that are ready to go into the bag. I think Helen is in the same position except that her bike and bags aren't in the same location.
    Pre Tour bike fettling has involved a new set of chain rings, a chain and cassette and different pedals for me. Helen has had a new front wheel and new brake blocks.
    We set off tomorow for Urmston station thence Manchester Piccadilly, Hull Paragon and the Hull Wetherspoons that the FNRttC has frequented.
    After that it's the o/n ferry to Rotterdam, a short pedal round to Hook (involving another ferry) and a night there. We're hoping to find some decent sea food in the evening.
    We join the Tour proper on Saturday morning :okay:.
    Safe travels everyone.
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  14. dellzeqq

    dellzeqq pre-talced and mighty

  15. Adrian

    Adrian Heed the elf's wisdom

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