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Old 07-01-12, 05:04 PM   #1
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Dunwich Dynamo: I did it!

Dunwich Dynamo is this wonderful, unsupported, turn up and ride event that leaves London (Hackney) on a Saturday night and heads north east for 120miles (200km) to a sleepy Suffolk town - Dunwich. Numbers are 1500-2000 (they provided return transport for 850, and there were lots of people getting home other ways).

Anyway,last year when my mileage increased so I thought I'd do this year. Unfortunately, this year I hadn't been doing as much, but a week ago decided I would give it a go anyway. First imperial century, first metric double century (actually, I only did 191km in the day), all up about double my previous maximum.

Loads of different bikes: I saw a lot of Bromptons, had a nice chat with a Merc owner (he likes it, but said the quality wasn't up to Brompton), was passed by another Mezzo, saw a pair of Airnamals on the beach.

No penny farthings this year, but they have done it previously.

Took a quick snap of my ride when i got there. I cable-tied a bottle holder to the stem, got a Carradice bag with SQR for the luggage (amazing number of Carradice bags on the ride).

http://southwarkcyclists.org.uk/content/dunwich-dynamo
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Old 07-01-12, 05:50 PM   #2
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Wow that's excellent!
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Very cool!
I read over part of the link and it sounds like a blast. Good timing, too- getting ready for my own first night time century. Wed is a holiday in the US and I work nights, so was dreading the effects of that single "day" off in mid week util I decided to stick to my regular vampire schedule and just go out riding all night instead of punching in at work. But this trip will be on big wheels since my folder still has no lights- soon, I hope.
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Old 07-02-12, 04:47 PM   #4
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Thanks guys.

Riding through the night on July 4th? Wow. Be wary that there'll be some drunks on the road. And rug up warm, the desert is cold at night, isn't it? Good luck.

Forgot the most important thing for this group: getting home. I had booked a ticket from the nearest station to Dunwich, and got to the station in plenty of time. By the time the train arrived there were probably 1/2 dozen regular passengers, 20 or 30 with full sized bikes and me. The guard got off the train and announced it could only 1 bike! I was fine, there is no restriction on folding bikes on British trains. As there is only one train every two hours with room for a total of 7 bikes, most of the others were going to have to cycle another 30 miles to the next big station, and probably buy another ticket when they got there.

+1 for folders!
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Amazing!

Congrats. Gruelling is the word that comes readily to mind.

dRider Demographics please, lots of women/men/old/young?
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Riding through the night on July 4th? Wow. Be wary that there'll be some drunks on the road. And rug up warm, the desert is cold at night, isn't it? Good luck.

Forgot the most important thing for this group: getting home. I had booked a ticket from the nearest station to Dunwich, and got to the station in plenty of time. By the time the train arrived there were probably 1/2 dozen regular passengers, 20 or 30 with full sized bikes and me. The guard got off the train and announced it could only 1 bike! I was fine, there is no restriction on folding bikes on British trains. As there is only one train every two hours with room for a total of 7 bikes, most of the others were going to have to cycle another 30 miles to the next big station, and probably buy another ticket when they got there.

+1 for folders!
Doh, what a nasty surprise! When I do a long one of whatever length, my body somehow figures out that it only has X left to go, and when I get "there" I`m through. To find out I had another 30 miles to ride would have been like getting squashed by a giant hammer! It looks like the group organizing the ride arranged for transport for at least some of you. I guess there were a lot more riders than transport spaces? Sure hope the folks who rode on to the next station were able to get home from that one!

Drunks: I hope not- hour two or so of my route is between home (the biggest city in the area) and a popular recreational spot, but after that I don`t think there`s any more chance of drunk problems than any other day. And yeah, we see a pretty big day/night temperature difference, but it`s been so hot lately that the night air is refreshingly cool. I take my breaks outside all night long and hate having to come back inside.
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Well Done - must do it, sounds great fun !
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Demographics? Dominated by young men (a lot of fixies) and MAMILs, but lots across all age groups. Fair number of women, couples, lots of grey hair, and apparently there was a 7 year old joining his father for the last 60 miles!!!

Yes, being surprised by another 30 miles would have been a horror. I won't go on a non-folder without a return ticket. They had sold out before I committed to going.

Happy 4th, Rodar: hope your solo century went well.
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Demographics? Dominated by young men (a lot of fixies) and MAMILs,
MAMIL = Middle Aged Man In Lycra

I had to look it up, though maybe all I really need was a mirror.
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Sorry, I wasn't trying to be obscure.

Here (waaaaay off topic) is my favourite picture of a MAMIL. It was taken during the Olympic practice race last year when lax security let joy riders join in; love the expressions on the MAMIL (so happy!) and the racers (so cross!)

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Sorry, I wasn't trying to be obscure.

Here (waaaaay off topic) is my favourite picture of a MAMIL. It was taken during the Olympic practice race last year when lax security let joy riders join in; love the expressions on the MAMIL (so happy!) and the racers (so cross!)

So funny! Just look at the gut!
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Sorry, I wasn't trying to be obscure.
Not at all, I learned something today and had a laugh. Thanks.
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Well done Wonder Woman lol!
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