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Old 05-17-03, 08:14 PM   #1
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Scotland is nice at this time of the year....

Usually

the rain has been coming in vertically on a cold wind for a couple of weeks. Here in Aberdeenshire that means 50 degree temperatures and a damp journey home at three times the speed you left at The main road near my house is flat enough for a fixed gear but busy enough to make the farm roads and tracks on the hillside look very attractive. I like to hammer a road bike over those muddy cobbles during the Flanders\Roubaix part of the pro racing season. This reminds me that, at 46, my best races have been run but the route I use describes a five mile circle around my house, so walking home with a bent rim or double flat tyre is no real hardship! In winter, the disposable mountain bike shows it's value and refuses to behave like a mere product. If I had to give up the custom frame, the tourer and the hack, this is the all purpose workhorse I would retain.

In the workshop, a 1987 Raleigh race frame is getting some attention. It has superficial rust spots which must be removed before next weekend when I plan to present it to my friend of 33 years, who will be visiting from our English Midland hometown. He commutes on a mountain bike and has never ridden a lightweight road bike. I want to make this a happy event and have sourced some good used components but wheels will need to be built or bought. I am fairly easy on equipment and haven't needed to build a wheel in years. Don't even true 'em much. Wonder if I can remember how to do it?

The Giro d'Italia moves into it's second week. The tv pictures are gorgeous but I doubt if I'll get a dozen rides in this summer dressed as sparsely as Casagrande and his buddies. Scotland should be the training ground for all outdoor clothing manufacturers. My threadbare woolly tights and endless pairs of shrinking gloves are eternally bent and curved to the shapes they are asked to assume; off the bike I am a scarecrow in a shop, a traffic light vagabond. Comfy, though.

The national cycle route passes close by on it's way to the Moray coast and on to Inverness. If I see you fighting the northerly blast, I'll call you over for a cup of tea and a towel Maybe your chain will need oiling or bags repacking? I can help with that.

The name's Eric, by the way. I shall use the nom de guerre of Flaneur on the boards 'cos I hung around and read other peoples' posts for ages before deciding to write myself. When the urge takes me, I range quite far afield with my bike- Mount Tamalpais last spring, the Alps the summer before.....maybe I'll meet up with you down the road?
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Old 05-17-03, 08:23 PM   #2
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Old 05-21-03, 11:15 AM   #3
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Yes! Welcome Eric....as a fellow East-sider, a bit further South tho`just over the border in fact. That North sea can blow some chilly stuff in from time to time.
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Old 05-21-03, 03:54 PM   #4
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Thanks for the kind words, guys,- also to ChrisL and GeorgeUpstairs. I get a bit sick of Smak forums....about cycling, for goodness sake....so I finally got round to contributing here....

Wonder if I'll be riding the hack all summer long this time? Then again, there's only one way this beautiful country gets to be so green
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Old 05-22-03, 06:38 AM   #5
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Welcome Eric.

I envy you living in Aberdeenshire. I did my second degree at Uni in Aberdeen; great cycling.

Moved away from civilisation to near Edinburgh, where the roads are a bit busier, but the cycling's still good.
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Old 06-06-03, 01:42 AM   #6
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Aberdeenshire is class, yeah. I've been up here for a couple of years, since moving from Edinburgh.

Excellent hills, quiet roads, couple of decent bike shops, fantastic weather....

Who could ask for anything more?
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