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Got a bicycle again

Bumped into a mate earlier, he'd just bought a brand new shiny mountain bike and was proudly showing it to me - it is nice.
Anyway, his old one was surplus to requirements (Raleigh Tundra with 21 gears), and we agreed the most reasonable sum of £20.00. I'm really happy to be back on the saddle again after quite a few years, had forgotten how much fun cycling really is!
Maybe now I'll stop thinking like a car driver, sometimes irritated by having to slow down and wait until it's safe to pass cyclists, and instead become a champion for the 2 wheeled fraternity Smile

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Congratulations to you. Cycling is not only fun, it's often quicker and more direct in towns. Although I still drive my car when necessary, I use the bicycle for about 90% of my commuting.

If you really want to get inspired, check out It's loaded with videos and photo galleries based on a bike trip by 3 guys from Pruhoe Bay Alaska to Tierra del Fuego Argentina.

Anyway, I'm riding my bike up to the library in a few minutes. I say up, because my town is in the mountains. It's always up or down.

Stay safe out there.
fate_merchant on Fri Nov 19, 2010 6:50 pm
Cheers for the link fate-merchant, had a quick look and that trip is pretty amazing. I would totally love the chance to do something like that but I think I'll be more realistic and stick with a dream I've had since a boy. Start at the beach and follow the shore until I've gone completely around the island (Britain). It's definitely within reach, just need to save a few penny's for the time needed off day maybe, life is a long time so who knows!
watersoul on Fri Nov 19, 2010 7:23 pm
A few years ago, Mark Beaumont, a Scottish man went around the world with his bike. There was a documentary on TV about it, named: The man who cycled the world. I was really totally amazed by watching this four episodes series. Smile It's great that there are people who can do such things. :O

The inside story of Mark Beaumont’s extraordinary solo attempt to smash the Guinness World Record for cycling around the world. In August 2007, 24 year-old Scot Mark Beaumont left Paris at the start of an 18,000 mile journey across four continents, one of the greatest endurance challenges ever attempted. Aiming to cover 100 miles a day, he faces the challenge of finding food and water while racing against the clock.

I think I still have those episodes, I recorded them on tape so I can watch it over and over and over. Razz

adri on Sat Nov 20, 2010 11:09 am
Wow, cycling the world is pretty impressive, I wouldn't mind seeing those programmes myself.
I did smile when I read you had "recorded them on tape" though, I haven't had a VHS player for some years now, which is a shame as I've loads of old tapes I could watch again.

A friend of mine cycled through Thailand, Laos & Cambodia a few years ago, OK, it's not as far as around the world, but an amazing experience all the same Smile
watersoul on Sat Nov 20, 2010 5:02 pm
Haha, yeah I do record stuff on VHS. Cool DVD-recorders were too expensive when I bought this one (VHS-tape on the left + DVD-reader on the other side). Smile My dad also has loads and loads of tapes with old shows that I used to watch and also some interesting documentaries about art. (paintings)

adri on Sat Nov 20, 2010 6:04 pm
Adri, you've inspired me, I'm going to a charity shop next week and buying a £5 old VHS player to watch some of my old vids. One in particular I recorded from the TV many years ago and haven't watched in a long long time: Loved Up, a BBC short film which I completely identified with during my own early 90's clubbing/life experiences. It features a very young Lena Headey Sarah Connor from "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles", she's also called Sarah in the early vid as well.

...I just hope the tape is still playable, it has been a long time! Lol
watersoul on Sat Nov 20, 2010 6:44 pm
Congratulations on the bicycle. Here they just finished extending a bike that runs on an old railroad rightaway into my town. Just in time for winter! Go figure. Looking forward to next spring. It is not safe here to ride a bicycle on the streets with the way people are around here.
standready on Tue Nov 23, 2010 3:45 am
@standready, there are a lot of cycle tracks around Britain that were train tracks in days gone by.
In the 60's around 4000 miles of railway lines were closed and much of them have been turned into cycling and walking paths. Some are really beautiful routes cutting through lovely countryside, such as the Tarka Trail in SW England.

I know what you mean about the danger element though, some car drivers seem blind even to a high viz jacket in daylight!
watersoul on Sat Nov 27, 2010 6:25 pm

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