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Old 07-24-08, 06:25 PM   #1
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SesameCrunch's Excellent Adventure

OK, a few declaration first before I describe my impending Excellent Adventure.

Declaration #1) I am not being coerced into this Adventure. No one is holding a blowtorch to my Strida5 forcing me to do anything.

Declaration #2) I am not now, nor have previously been on drugs. Well, rarely, but I never inhaled. Well, I did inhale once, but that was in 1973 and surely the effects of that puff have worn off by now, so it doesn't count.

Declaration #3) I am, as far as I know, of sound mind and body. Well, at least my body is healthy...

So, first let me make it clear that it's all EvilV's fault. In October of last year, he puts up a post of his newly acquired 2007 Moulton TSR30, complete with scandalously provocative pictures. It was my first real look at the new Moultons, and I fell in lust. Fast forward to July, 2008. The aptly named EvilV posts that he's not able to ride the Moulton much and wants to find a good home for her.

My body responds immediately. My hypothalamus works overtime. The pulse quickens. I WANT THAT BIKE! My lust runneth over. But the bike is in England! 5,432 miles away from my crib in California. What to do, what to do? Do I let this beauty slip away when it's so close within my grasp? Do I just give up and admit defeat? "Give up?! Did we give up when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no! Nobody says it's over until we say it's over!" Bluto Blutarsky's timeless and courageous words rang in my head. (obscure movie reference )

But wait! I have some United Airlines frequent flyer miles getting ready to expire! They've been waiting, just waiting, to be sacrificed for a good cause. And this is a GOOD CAUSE! I contacted EvilV, stating that I would be willing to fly over to the UK to personally collect the Moulton - to have and to hold, in sickness and in health, etc., etc. The laughter subsides after what seems like an eternity. He realizes that I'm serious and we come quickly to terms regarding the dowry. It is done. Major combat operations accomplished. She is mine.

So, the bottom line is: I'm going to be in London on Sunday, August 24th. Any of you UK Pootlers up for a ride? I'll be easy to spot - I'll be the one with a shiny maroon Moulton TSR.
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Old 07-24-08, 06:47 PM   #2
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Ah! All is revealed!
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Will you be bringing anything over to ride and leave?
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All I can think of is THIS.

MUa HAA HAAA

Well Done. Now, make sure you sneak past customs on the return trip.
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Old 07-24-08, 07:09 PM   #5
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Nice! That sounds like fun. Mixing pleasure with... pleasure.
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I was pretty sure the Evil one's TSR was going to end up in the S.F. Bay area... .. now that all is revealed, it is way better that Crunchie has it as it saved that poor Alfa Mechanic from subsisting on beans and weanies for a couple of years..
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I wanted that bike....badly
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We all did. badly.

I'm contemplating a white Moulton APB with 20" wheels. In perfect condition. How's $1900 sound?
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Whoa...

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I wanted that bike....badly
I know many people on this Forum were lusting too. I hope my post doesn't come across like I'm gloating. I just had to share this act of insanity with you all, thus confirming your prior suspicions that I'm a nut.
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Aaaaahh! The inscrutable one will answer that question at another time....
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This must be a match made-in-heaven! Congrats and do post pics when you get your bride...
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Damn.

The Hyde Park Folding Bicycle Society present a monthly award for the Bicyclist who has travelled the furthest to a meet. I was hoping to win the fur-trimmed Davy Crockett hat next month with a 50 mile trek from Hampshireville. But SC is flying in from San Fran Crisco and will certainly take the magnificent prize..


But we welcome foreign bicyclists, even if they tend to cycle into oncoming traffic in London, as the rest of the world uses the wrong side of the road...





A copy of the 270 page Club Handbook is on the way to SF, and we hope to meet him in the Park for a Pootle.

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Just had to post this about your upcoming adventure...
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Sesame Crunch's Most Excellent Cycling Itinery (Suggested)

1) Buns in the Park; ceremonial HPFBS Davy Crockett Hat Presentation at the Serpentine Cafe. (No swimming)

2) Pootle to Buckingham Palace; Photoshoot.

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Congratulations SC! I can’t wait to read your review. Yes - I wanted it too.
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I'll be there at the Crunch moment

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Seems more guys wanted this Moulton than Jessica Alba. This bike is so hot it's Moulton lava.

Maybe we should christen the bike 'Dark Angel'.

Dark Angel escapes the clutches of EvilV where she was held captive in Geordieland, home of the mad humans. She cast a spell on a weak and hapless Sesame who is coming to England to elope with her and whisk her back to the Golden Gate bridge.

Sesame can't you show some restraint to temptation like me and resist such lures?

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Excellent! I'm doubtful about the 24th, but if I can be there, I will.
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I can't make it (will be a few hundred miles away!), but sounds like fun. Hell of a trip SC, but it's quite a bike....!
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I can't make it (will be a few hundred miles away!), but sounds like fun. Hell of a trip SC, but it's quite a bike....!
A dual drive JS XP isn't half bad either lol!
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Ooh yes I'm in town so hope I'll be able to make it!
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That enchanted Moulton of EvilV's really has scrambled Sesame's mind!
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Bwah ha ha ha ha ha ha ha (Evil chuckles).

Here's some more Dark Angel Porn for ya ->

http://picasaweb.google.com/Volpoon/...94165367031794
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A dual drive JS XP isn't half bad either lol!
Indeed not- still chuffed with the XP, primary object of biking lust remains the '08 model with German-A suspension- but having seen a TSR30 in Evans Cycles a couple of months back, still like the look of it, and curious how it compares for ride and handling. Probably a bit faster than the XP, but I'm slow anyway (40 miles in 2 hours...not likely!!!)- I can get to 23, with a tailwind.....
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