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Old 12-05-04, 06:08 AM
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Hello from North East Scotland

HI, I am Shen and am located just to the south of Aberdeen in a town called Stonehaven.

I work on an oil production platform in the Northern North Sea and am currently at work there, some 100 miles NE of the Shetland Isles.

I am now fifty and returned to cycling some three years ago in order to get fit and try to partly undo some of the damage I incurred from a smoking habit which is now thankfully history.

I ride a touring bike, a Dawes Super Galaxy, and my interest is in long day rides. I managed my first metric century last July, 2003, and my first "proper" century the next month. Then September last I achieved my first Audax 200. Sadly this year due to work patterns I have been unable to do any audax events and have in fact struggled to get many rides over 50 miles.

However from the audax news group that I subscribe to I did get a very good idea. A camper van. I now own one and she and I, plus bike and dog have had amazing fun visiting places this year. I have been over to Skye, to Mull and around the west coast, revisiting places I went on holiday to as a child. I also was lucky enough to have some truly wonderful weather on these trips and so caught some great pictures.

Anyway enough of this, this is I.

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Old 12-05-04, 07:13 AM
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caught some great pictures
Share them with us.

Welcome, I notice you have already added your experiences to the 50+ forum. Thanks.

Enjoy.
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Old 12-06-04, 01:40 AM
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I will as soon as I figure out how to...LOL I am on a learning curve here. Again.. LOL
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G'Day Shen, Mate I didn't know they still produced the "DAWES" in any shape or form, going back many years I bought my first "paid for bike", a "DAWES Clansman" in 1953. It was equipped with a three speed Simplex a 13-15-17 set of ratios and a 48T chainring, steel wheels, with galvanised spokes, steel seat post, steel bars and stem, down bar shifter, Brooks leather saddle and low pressure tyres. Needless to say it was as heavy as lead but it made me work harder especially up hills. Up till that time I was only able to afford a "Bitsa" out of my paper round money, it used to be my pride and joy, now that was a real steed if ever there was one ?

I was only able to afford the "DAWES" out of my appreniceship wages because my Father stood guarantor for me. The total price was 17 Pounds, that had to be paid back at two shillings and sixpence a week for what seemed to be forever. My father took a dim veiw of me modifying the beast when I took the deralier off and turned it into a fixed wheel of 48x16 giving me a 78 gear,,that produced muscles on my scrawny legs like I never had before.

It also gave me the freedom that I had craved for such a long time, and I started to ride longer distances with the local cycle club "Leyton Cycle Racing Club" East London.

At the time my big brother was married and living at Weston Super Mare, Somerset, so I was allowed to ride to his home from my home at Manor Park on the East end of London, now if you know anything about the geography of the old country it represented a ride of 125 miles, and took me about six and a half hours until I started to get strength and the fitness that only comes from hard work, eventualy I could ride it in five and a half hours non stop, using the the old A4, which ran through the centre of London, Ealing, Uxbridge, Slough, Reading, Newbury, Chippenham, Bath, Bristol and into Weston Super Mare.

Needles to say the traffic in those days was not as bad as today and the motorists were much more responsible and considerate to people who rode bicycles.

Winter curtailed the activity a little as the darkening nights made the jorney a little hazadous, still I was able to keep the up, for about a year, until I went with one of the other members of the club to Holland one weekend to race. Then I was hooked and that became my main aim in life, with ferry trips across the pond, until HM asked me to shoulder a rifle in 1856. Now that's another story.

Enough of that, have you ever thought of taking a set of rollers with you to the platform, it might assist you with the fitness, as the more you ride the bike not only will it keep the cardio vascular in good order but also give the legs a good work out, as well as helping ot keep the weight at a managable level. My mate here in OZ also works on a drilling platform and he does just that, "to keep his bike legs he says"
Just a suggestion, most evryone I know here in OZ ride rollers as an addition to the road or track, have a good day keep the wheels in motion. Daotenac>
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Old 12-06-04, 06:32 AM
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There is in fact a cycle on rollers out here but finding the moral fiber to go to the gym after shift is a differant matter all together.
I'm glad I was able to set you off down memory lane and Dawes are alive and well though some more costly than of yore....LOL

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G'Day Shen, yes mate I know what you mean about after shift, not that I have the problem now, being retired is what rattles my chain. Having said that I have a good read of the appropriate bike mags they are usually enough to get me on track so as to speak.

I have an American friend he's into nutrition and health in a very precise way, he suggested a slow release protein supplement, available from health food shops, body building supplies, it will give you a boost when doing the hard work in the gym.

I know it can be because of mental fatigue that one lacks the get up and go, so I would also suggest having a go at meditation, it may sound a bit way out but believe me the peace and tranquility that is achievable is to be savoured. It's not hard and you can do it in private if others find what you are doing a bit disturbing.

Usually the people who find objection to others doing such things are lacking the moral fibre to have a go for fear of being judged by their peers, this in turn is because they too are judgemental in their approach to others.

There are many books available to show you how to meditate but just learn to sit quietly, usually somewhere that is not too noisy and just allow yourself to not think of anything. Sounds difficult but it is not and comes with practice, you don't need to chant if you don't want to, however if you find that easy to do then do what work for you.

It is an aquired skill, I started to meditate about fifteen years ago and the difference it has made to my life is well worth the effort. I used to be like a lot of folk, up tight and strung out with work etc., my doctor a "Western Trained Chinese Gentleman" suggested that I start meditation to over come the need to take blood pressure medication, guess what, it works, but I have to continue with the process. Once you get into the zone, it is almost addictive, like a special world that you don't want to leave but can do at the drop of the proverbial hat.

Sorry to go on but if that helps with getting motivation then consider it my gift to you, you're more than welcome! Have a good day, kep the wheels in motion, smile.
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Old 12-07-04, 09:02 AM
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I had a quick look at up loading and see it needs the pics down to 100k. I will reduce a couple tonight and try to up load again tomorrow.

Thanks Daotenac, meditation is not an area I have ventured yet though I do use hypnosis at times for relaxation and an aid to sleep. It is a matter I should persure further but time, time,,,

Anyway I will sort some pics out tonight and try to upload tomorrow as I say. I will probably put a thread on the 50's group and start there.

Laters,

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Old 12-08-04, 03:51 AM
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Well I tried and got them to 950 which is a start but I am very limited with the software I have here. So back to the drawing board I suppose. Mutters and another coaster too...LOL
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Old 12-08-04, 07:12 AM
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Try downloading Irfanview - it is free and works great. Do a Google, and you will be in business!
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Old 12-09-04, 05:50 AM
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I was using Irfan. When I reduce them to that 100k size they are just postage stamp blurs.
By the by I cannot download anything at work.

I will need to wait until I get hjome and use my good software to do it. Never mind the wait may be worth it...
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Old 12-09-04, 06:40 AM
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I've spent a few weeks in Scotland, Dunoon & Kinloss, loved the people and loved the hills. After experiencing the weather, I'm guessing you don't get alot of sunny days.
Do you ride irregardless of the weather? You probably have good rain tires & Gore-Tex.
Look forward to hearing more about Scotland.
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Old 12-11-04, 05:27 AM
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I rode 17 miles in heavy rain and apart from a wet head from the rian getting in through the vents of the helmet I was dry enough. On getting undressed I found I had a small damp spot on my left sock. So yes I am geared up for it and ride in wet or dry weather. I humph a bunch of clothes with me in panniers so I dinna get caught out very often and as I am riding for fun and fitness then the extra weight does me good. and of course I need to have the camera with me too.
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Old 12-11-04, 05:47 AM
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Welcome Shen, it is a joy to hear from someone who seems so at peace, give it a while and you will soon be as cranky as the rest of us!
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