First ever STW London Bikey! Pics and tales of daring-do…
Well, what a great bit of fun that was! I was lucky to just catch the Massiv as they rode off from the Eye. A nice, gentle pootle, through the heart of London, stopping for bagels in Brick Lane (while I went and swore at my shitty Surly Singleator (don’t buy one; they are **** useless crap) in Brick Lane bikes- top friendly helpful fellers), then up through some little back alleys (oo-er!) in the City, having a look at some really interesting stuff (Tip: Postman’s Park, nr. the Museum of London; read the memorial plaques), then past the big church thing built by Sir Christopher Wren, and down to the River. Along the north side, then across Tower Bridge, and on to the pub by the Golden Hinde replica thing. A good couple of hours riding, at a very relaxed and gentle pace, in some great company.
One puncture, one ‘unforced error’ (how did he manage that??), and a couple of irate motorists, but no Babylonian involvement, thankfully! Weather was ok, not too cold, although silly Flatboy didn’t dress appropriately for February (poor lad’s spent all his money on bikes, and cant afford clothes).
I think we may have actually spent more time in the pub, than actually on the ride itself! Did see a strange attempted suicide/man overboard incident whilst at the pub; river police were on the scene, and seemed to fish someone out. Dunno what the Fire Brigade were doing on the bridge, mind!
T’was really nice meeting everyone, and I’m sure this is just the first of many!
Spesh mention to LondonLady- aptly named; classy, refined, elegant…
Some crappy pics from compact dijical cam; sadly, no SFB with us.
A fine example of some for That London’s fabulous architecture:
Hucking; Rad, and indeed, Gnarly, Dude!
We obeyed all signs, as we are all law-abiding citizens…
Give to me booze!
‘I want something shaped like a shed, and filled with meat, please!’
Top stuff. I’m looking forward to many future London Pootles!Posted 8 years ago
Psychle- you silly sausage! You must have been only a couple of minutes too late! I must have got there about 10.15.
Deffo a next time. Praps a little more cohesion to the ride; a more defined route might be an idea. Little bit of a random wander, today. You really can’t go wrong, though.
Did that lass ever get to Brighton?
Lakes? Moors? Wales? Scotland?
London is where it’s at. End of story!!
I managed to clear my fave steps on the way home (the ones near St Katherines, with the San Francisco bit at the side). Never cleared even the bottom flight, before. Had to go and have another go! Found a few more fun bits on the way home, but then got a bit tired.Posted 8 years ago
well meeting you must of been a disappointment then.
Must have, GG. Please. We have standards.
She did say, ‘who’s that bloke who lives in the East End, does not in any way do hmself any favours?’
Can’t think of anyone like that, on here…. 🙄
Actually, GG, where were you?Posted 8 years agoGoodgeySubscriber
OK will post the route here as wellPosted 8 years agofingersMember
Nice!!!!!!!!!!!!!! great pics… looks like fun was had by all!
The Fire Brigade are used as spotters and placed on strategic bridges along the river to look out for floating bodies/people and then radio through to the police and fire boats for retreival.
May have to give the route a try after coming off duty one day……..or even join you all in the future, thanks for the heads up!Posted 8 years ago
Actually, GG, where were you?
On the North Downs(ish) (Warlingham-Farley-Keston way) with Marco and Addiscombe CC. Bit of a distance of me to get to your ride for 10am, might go on the next one though, if you do it again. Don’t quite understand what your ride involved (didn’t really follow the orginal thread) is a road bike no good then ? Apart for steps obviously.Posted 8 years agoCaptainFlashheartMember
Shame to have missed it! Let me know when the next one is, I’ll see what I can do to the diary!
Besides, my 6″ bike is now even more set for a bit of urban-street-core type riding, with an adjustable post!
Oh, and Gus, it’s “must have” not “must of“. I expect better from you, my dear old thing.Posted 8 years ago
I’d say a mountain bike with suspension fork is probbly the ideal sort of thing to have, although we did have aP and LL on CX bikes. S’more an urban pootle, innit. In and out, down steps, up kerbs, that sort of thing. Not at all technically demanding (unless you really want to launch yourself off stuff!).
S’not meant to be a thrill-a-minute adrenaline rush; more of a bit of an exploration of this great city. Look at things, check out the history of stuff, etc. aP; he’s an architect, and knows his buildings stuff. Has actually designed stuff we rode past!
People might knock the idea, but I reckon it’s as much fun as loads of other types of riding. S’all about getting out, stetching yer legs, having a laugh, in good company.
Today fulfilled all of that. Was a proper success, I think. I really enjoyed myself.Posted 8 years ago
Oh, and Gus, it’s “must have” not “must of”. I expect better from you, my dear old thing.
I’ve told him Flashy, I’ve told him.
Mind, he’s from sarf London; what d’you expect? 🙄
More than welcome on the next one, Flashy. You’re a man who appreciates this amazing metropolis, I know.Posted 8 years ago
Gus, it’s “must have” not “must of”.
Well I never knew that. But I’m glad I know now. ‘Cause I like to be posh and talk proper on here. As I knows that I is in poo-lite company.
Yeah RB, I was thinking of the pompino, as it’s a lot easier lugging in and out of trains than a mtb.Posted 8 years ago
Pompino should be fine. As long as it’s not fixed.
ctually, next time, we could sit outside somewhere, and point and laugh in a crual and unkind manner, at any fixie riders going past. Maybe even thow poo at them, although we might reserve the poo-throwing for when we can stand on one of the bridges, with one of those glass-topped tourist boats passing underneath…
Speaking about boats, how about that rubbish one today? Like a floating Portakabin! Proper rubbish! What a crap boat.Posted 8 years agoGoodgeySubscriber
As discussed I have set up a Facebook group as well for future urban eventsPosted 8 years ago
Erm, the two people in the pic rode up from Richmond, and I don’t really get the ‘overdressed’ bit. I’d say they were perfectly dressed, for 3-4 hours on a bike!
Sorry, we’ll promise not to have any ‘fun’ next time.. 🙁 And promise to ask your permission for whatever clothing we plan to wear.
MrNutt; that’s my Camelback, but it din’t have a bladder in it. Just used for bits and bobs.
Aleigh; t’was a right laugh. You’duv enjoyed it! Don’t worry, we’ll be having more, that’s for sure!
(Worries about what clothing will pass Sodafarls’ sartorial scrutiny, on the next Pootle…)Posted 8 years ago
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