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T'other day we cycled along the Llangollen canal. We started at Chirk, where we inspected the awesome Chirk Acqueduct which stands in majesty beside the Chirk Railway Viaduct.

You can easily cycle the acqueduct. While you do so, waving cheerily to passing narrowboat crews, not one but TWO Arriva Wales trains might cross the viaduct, causing just a little too much delight. I considered jumping in t'cut to calm myself down.

Then we turned back towards Llangollen and the other acqueduct, the mighty, unpronounceable big tall one. That was fun!

About 32 miles in all, lots to see, superb refreshments, an absolutely fantastic day out.

One of Julia Bradbury's TV shows about country walks shows this area. It's stunning.

Photos - Techy on the Chirk acqueduct with the railway viaduct next to it, and on the 200' high one further along. Same position, haha! He doesn't like heights.
(Unlike Ms Bradbury, who can be seen on TV swinging off the side of a canal boat to admire the 200-foot drop, to the horror of the boatman.)


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Another great cycling day. Train to Lancaster, thence à bicyclette to Settle. Had a spot of tea and a few beers there and took another train back to Lancaster, then home.

There was a lot more to it than that of course. Things went wrong, haha!
 

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As I can guess what that's about - cyclists colliding with a wall - I'm not wasting any time on it.

Instead I'll mention our weekend's activity of cycling in two places we've visited before; the Langollen Canal from Chirk to the source at the Horseshoe Falls, and the Monsal trail in Derbyshire.

Lots of pedalling, meeting fellow cyclists, fresh air, coffee, cakes, vintage trains, viaducts, gorgeous landscapes, aqueducts, sunshine, a spot of rain, general healthy exercise. Can highly recommend.
 

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Applause for this woman:

Bike Lady of York

Emma Frost collects unwanted/abandoned bikes, does them up then gives them away to refugees, paying for repairs out of her own pocket.

Distressed by continually reading about the refugee crisis in 2016, she wanted to do something to help – “but had no idea how from up in York”. Then she read a Facebook post saying a young Syrian new in the city was looking for a second hand bike so he could get to college cheaply.

“I decided to buy him one just on a whim,” she says. “When we took it round, he was so grateful and it was such a privilege being able to do that for someone, I remember walking out afterwards thinking, ‘This is it going to be my thing, I’m going to give people bikes’.”

In the last two years, she has donated more than 45 such cycles to both adults and children who have ended up here in North Yorkshire after fleeing war in Syria or persecution in Sri Lanka and Malawi.
 

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This was my commute home from work last Monday and first time doing it in the dark, expect I'll do it via Eccup before the year is out too, which has even less lighting and a funkier if slightly shorter route.
Setting a respectable pace there OWB. Doesn't look a nice cycle though - lot of traffic & some fast moving. What distance do you cover? Also what camera?
 

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Setting a respectable pace there OWB. Doesn't look a nice cycle though - lot of traffic & some fast moving. What distance do you cover? Also what camera?
I'm on an electric bike so a bit easier, distance that route is just over 16 miles compared to just over 14 if I go via Eccup, this route is a lot more level though or at least puts all the gradient in one place at Pool bank. Traffic not too bad this time, can congest enough to stop me for a while on a morning if there's stuff I can't get around.

Camera is my trust Contour Roam I got about 5 years back.
 

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I'm on an electric bike so a bit easier, distance that route is just over 16 miles compared to just over 14 if I go via Eccup, this route is a lot more level though or at least puts all the gradient in one place at Pool bank. Traffic not too bad this time, can congest enough to stop me for a while on a morning if there's stuff I can't get around.

Camera is my trust Contour Roam I got about 5 years back.
Give us a review - make, model, performance etc. Presumably you have to charge it daily..

I see a few electrics around - some look pretty nifty & speed along with seemingly minimal pedalling. I had a brief chat with a courier on one at a set of red lights recently. It was a fairly substantial looking machine - Specialised I think - which he hired for a tenner a day. Reckoned it does about 20mph max & around 50 miles a day.
 

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Techy wanted me to have an electric bike but I wasn't keen. I thought they were like mopeds, so there's no pedalling involved and little advantage for fitness. However, durrr, they're not like that. I know because he recently bought one and I rode it along the Welsh coast.

Apart from the horrific seat (about 100 years wide, most uncomfortable on the old rear) it was a breeze. It offers 3 levels of assistance so you pedal and it variously helps a bit, quite a bit or a lot. It flew up hills and left Techy in the dust. The minimum assistance was easily enough to keep me moving smartly.
 

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Techy wanted me to have an electric bike but I wasn't keen. I thought they were like mopeds, so there's no pedalling involved and little advantage for fitness. However, durrr, they're not like that. I know because he recently bought one and I rode it along the Welsh coast.

Apart from the horrific seat (about 100 years wide, most uncomfortable on the old rear) it was a breeze. It offers 3 levels of assistance so you pedal and it variously helps a bit, quite a bit or a lot. It flew up hills and left Techy in the dust. The minimum assistance was easily enough to keep me moving smartly.
Bought an ebike recently due to various aches and pains for my commute. As you say you still have to pedal. What it does is give you is a helping hand, (think an even smaller lower gear), on hills and in headwind. It feels like someone is giving you a push on the back and is a godsend.

The disadvantage is that the battery and hub adds a lot of weight so it can be tricky carrying it up steps but thats the only draw back. Most commuters ebikes have built in racks, kickstands, lights and some have a usb port for charging phones.

Charging takes a couple of hours maybe longer if the battery is flat. Also you should try and keep the battery charged between 30 to 80 percent to increase battery life. Thats hard as there is no smart charger. They can be bought though but are expensive.

Once someone figures out a reliable replacement for lithium ion batteries and provides a decent dynamo self-charging system then you'll see them in every household.

Ive seen the number of ebike riders explode over the last 12 months. I used to look down on them but they are amazing.
 
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Words out of my very mouth, my dude!
I met a guy who was a non-cyclist at a cycling conference who was trying to tell everyone that the future of cycling was ebikes. This would have been almost 10 years ago and we all shook our heads.

We hadn't a clue.
 

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I met a guy who was a non-cyclist at a cycling conference who was trying to tell everyone that the future of cycling was ebikes. This would have been almost 10 years ago and we all shook our heads.

We hadn't a clue.
Maybe it's because the original e-bikes seemed more like mopeds than pushbikes so not really relevant? I was certainly against them until recently.
 

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The KG86 at the time was arguably the world's fastest carbon fibre constructed bike winning the Tour de France ..

Here she's brought out of the museum to ride next to this year's 'whipper snapper' latest carbon fibre bike ..

 

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The KG86 at the time was arguably the world's fastest carbon fibre constructed bike winning the Tour de France ..

Here she's brought out of the museum to ride next to this year's 'whipper snapper' latest carbon fibre bike ..

A guy I knew who rode professionally in European was given his last professional bike and basically said it's beautiful but pretty much obsolete after 3 years. Last time I spoke to him he spends mot of his time of a foldie.

Carlton actually made the first Carbon Frame.

http://www.bikeboom.info/carlton/

I love my carbon fibre Colnago.
 

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Cyclist filled with inner rage with an air horn London fun and frolics ..

 

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Cyclist filled with inner rage with an air horn London fun and frolics ..

Cyclist found in gutter, air horn sticking out of arse.”

l am a cyclist and l have considerable sympathy with that bloke, but one or two of those incidents were, to say the least, debatable, and pulling the chain of that last one - twice - could be a fast track to A & E.

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...l am a cyclist and l have considerable sympathy with that bloke, but one or two of those incidents were, to say the least, debatable, and pulling the chain of that last one - twice - could be a fast track to A & E...
Same here. I too am a cyclist, but also a keen pedestrian - and I have to say that if the latter were also to carry air horns then some cyclists would find themselves on the receiving end so often that they'd think they were at a bloody rave.
 
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We're used to pretty savage weather around here, but last Saturday we had freezing rain the like of which I don't think I've quite seen before: the droplets were virtually invisible - you could walk through it and not necessarily even realise it was raining - and they froze almost instantaneously upon contact but without leaving any visual indicators.

Anyway evidence of the aftermath has been uploaded to the Peak Distict MTB page. This is on the approach to Flash - which has a claim to being the highest village in Britain (contested by another in Cumbria and one in Galloway - but, whatever, it's up there somewhere.)


I've been up that hill many times myself - but never in conditions quite like that. (As a hopeless giggler the second half - with the two guys at the rear slowly disappearing down the hill - would have had me helpless for about half an hour.)
 
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