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Tim(TLB)

Member since Jul 2015 • Last active Dec 2018
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Commuter (of about 4 miles), making detours here and there and trying other rides. Looking for some after work and weekend rides. I have a newish touring style bike and Dahon folder.

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  • in Group Skills
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    @user89740 @user90932 @user91205 @user90790 @Clive @Craig_Bee @Hannah_Menke @AlexP and any other likely attendees, this session is on this Thursday evening.

    Could you let us know if you are still intending to make it.

    Also, if you have a user12345 type of user name, could you think about changing it to something more distinctive.

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    I have a Dahon, with 20" wheels, that I have used on a few evening club rides.

    This was the bike I was using when I started to ride more, and, before joining ICC, I'd ridden it around Richmond Park on quite a few occasions (and a little further). Later, for novelty, I tried out a solo ride on ICC's NLH route, and a few evening rides when my other bike was damaged.

    I did notice the difference.

    The bike is, I think, marginally heavier than the 13kg tourer that I normally use, and which, itself, can probably be considered a heavy choice. I think that a 6-speed Brompton will be similarly heavier than most (basic) road bikes used by ICC members.

    The larger issue was position and, I think, some more resistance to motion. I found climbing a lot harder. More effort was required in order keep up with others.

    For regular club rides, I'd not consider my folder a good choice. While some ICC rides can be quite gentle, our less brisk groups can still move along at a pretty good pace (12-14mph average moving speed).

    I'd suggest that, unless one is quite strong, or, at least, very familiar with club ride pace & distance, it's a good idea to make rides easier rather than harder. For initial rides, it is probably wise to be careful with choices of bike, shoes/clothing, and food & drink.

    A good alternative is to come along to a Regent's Park group skills session, or possibly to meet people at the Cafe after Saturday morning laps, and get a feel for some of the riding (though laps are not so representative of Sunday rides).

  • in Group Skills
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    @zadoc if you can't make it, could you please cancel you attendance so that it's possible for someone else to jump in last minute.

  • in Clipping in
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    Members can see the discount code here.

  • in Clipping in
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    Hi @Carara

    Good to see your message, which has prompted a member's thread for a ride this Monday. I'm going to try a forum message, you should get a little red envelope symbol at the top right corner of the forum window.

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    I think the typical/recommended joining 'route' is to grab yourself a place on an intro ride, attend that, and/or potentially one of the groups skills sessions that run, and then sign up through the British Cycling page (there's a link from the club web page):

    https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/club/s­ubscriptions?&club_id=2040

    Prospective members are also welcome to join up to three club rides as a guest.

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    A ride this evening?

    Wednesday night is North London Hills night. 18:30 at Whittington Park (Holloway Road entrance).

    If the road is closed, the relatively huge detour can be taken to get over the bridge.

  • in Group Skills
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    For the group skills, the meeting place is as Alex wrote: Regents Park Inner Circle, at the gates opposite York Bridge.

    For 7am or 8am laps, people meet at the Zoo entrance (outer circle).

    If weather isn't too awful, and Friday night not too heavy, I'll try to make 8am laps.

  • in Clipping in
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    Hi @RobPhillips,

    I'm not out this Sunday, so I can't speak for what Sunday rides might be running, and whether there are ride leaders who would be happy to have new members (who haven't ridden with groups before). Perhaps someone else (@JasonM ?) might be able to let you know if there definitely will be a suitable Sunday ride.

    I'm also not about Satuday, but, though the Regent's Park laps are not quite the same as riding off somewhere with the club, it's quite likely you could find one or two ICC members who will be happy to cruise around with one or two new members, and describe signals and the basics of group riding.

    Unfortunately, there hasn't yet been much in the way of ride proposals for this Sunday (I guess things are a little bit less busy than the Summer). So, actually, it may be a little hit and miss to pop to Whittington Park on Sunday with the assumption that there will be a suitable group. There should be a ride that you could join on some Sunday, but maybe best to post and see what rides are actually happening.

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    Hi @RobPhillips

    Almost all club rides [Edit: the regular sessions/occasions rather than particular groups/rides] can be joined by prospective members. The intro ride is particularly suitable and recommended for everyone, but since it is usually booked up quickly, it is quite normal for new members to come along to other rides and catch the intro ride at a later date.

    A Sunday ride, particularly the shorter and less brisk 'C' rides are a good choice, even for strong riders.

    The Regent's park laps on Saturday morning are very social, and a good way to say hello and get used to riding with others.

    Evening rides are also fine, but since it is darker now, numbers of attendees are falling off a little.

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