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Cycling / London to Paris...Completed!
« on: September 07, 2017, 11:39:42 AM »
Just a quick line to say thanks to Syd for sponsoring me. Team Cider Riders set off from Eltham Palace, in the borough of Greenwich, London last Thursday morning around 7am. We rode to Dover where we caught a ferry to Dunkirk.

The following three days involved some great riding in northern France on closed roads (we had over 30 motorcycle outriders) so no need to stop at junctions/traffic lights etc.

We arrived at the Arc de Triomphe around 2pm on Sunday afternoon after riding up the Champs-Élysées, which had been closed for the event.

Over the 4 days we rode 483k, climbed 4696 metres, spent 25 hours and 16 minutes in the saddle and burnt off 14,614 calories.

We've currently raised £3837 for the Royal British Legion who organised the event, and if you'd like to add to this then simply follow this link to our just giving page:

I'd put up some photos but have only got a Photobucket account which unless I pay for an upgrade won't allow me to share them, but if you are on facebook you can see a few on our Team Page:


If so, and you fancy a beer or 3 beforehand let me know. Plenty of good little pubs nearby.


Morning chaps.

I bought this jacket last year after reading the Mod Culture Review here :

Yes, it was a silly price, but hey ho, it's only money and you can't take it with you. The only problem was I went for a Medium which was a little "snug" on me. No problem I thought. Stick it away until the Spring, loose a few lbs and it will be fine. Got it out of the attic yesterday along with a load of Summer gear and it's still too tight. I'm a bog standard 40" chest so this is perfect if you're a 36"-38"

It has the features we like or in this case doesn' no side pockets, making the shape really sharp and fitted. Usual big E on the red pocket tag etc.

End Clothing have a large on their website for £289

I did wash the jacket once on arrival as it looked too new if that make sense, but apart from that it's never seen any action.

I'm looking for a little less than £289 so for just £75 inc postage I think this is a great bargain for someone with the right dimensions. I will post overseas but the additional postage costs would need to be covered by the buyer.

A few pics taken this very morning. Can supply more or additional details if needed. Just shout. Paypal, bank transfer to cash on collection are all ok.

Not listed anything for some time, but to be fair neither of these will be worn so may as well look for a new home.

1st up is an unworn Mendoza black roll neck sweater. Picked this up a few months ago and despite being a large 40" it's just too tight and a little short for me. It's a lovely piece, but really and I mean really fitted. I'd say this would be ideal for a slim chap with a 38" chest. If you're carrying a little too much Christmas excess this isn't for you. I should have sent it back but totally forgot about it until the weekend.

They still have them on their website for £50 plus postage.

I'd be happy to take £30 including posting

Next is a jacket that I've not worn for sometime, well over a year in fact, and it's just way too nice to be sitting in my wardrobe. It's a Harrington like no other. Made in the UK by Crombie it's a superb garment. Soft peach fabric, fitted not baggy with no loud tartan lining making it so much easier to match with what you want to wear beneath.

Size wise it's a Medium 40" and fits me spot on. Some lovely touches like the red thread and horn button pockets. Elasticated at the cuffs and hem. Crombie isn't cheap but I was lucky with this one...I've checked their website and there aren't any on their, but we all know they don't sell cheap tat.

I'm asking £100 as it's in perfect order and I doubt you'll find another one. This will include posting within the UK including Northern Ireland. Happy to post elsewhere but the buyer picks up the additional cost.

Some photos just taken:

Banter / Some Feedback Please!!
« on: October 03, 2016, 12:41:03 PM »
Hi guys, I'm just after a little feedback if I could (happy if this is moved to another sub forum).

I've signed up to cycle from London to Paris next September. I'll be doing this with 3 other friends. We're all from Bristol and like the odd pint of cider, so we've come up with The Cider Riders as our team name. It's a charity ride in aid of the Royal British Legion.

The logo below is what we'd use to go on our cycling jerseys, Facebook page, Just Giving Page plus other material that we'll use in order to raise our target of £4k

We're all 50+ so the logo has incorporated a Penny Farthing and a cider press. We'll also (hopefully) add a poppy motif too.

Just looking for any feedback, both positive and negative.

Thanks in advance,

Cycling / New Winter Bike.............
« on: September 27, 2016, 11:22:46 AM »
Not much happening in this sub forum (best not mention TUE's  :() so thought I'd post up my latest acquisition. I've been looking for a bike to take me through the Autumn and Winter. Wanted something that could handle muddy canal & river paths, maybe the odd gravel track too, as well as my usual road riding.

Went to the Cycle Show at the NEC on Friday to get a few ideas, and look at specs/prices etc. Anyway, after some considerable weekend research, I've ordered this today. It's a 2016 model (the 2017's are out now) so it's been discounted by 21% from new. I love the colour scheme and full Ultegra with Hydraulic discs seemed a bit of a bargain, especially when up against the 2017 models.

The full spec list is:
Frame, Aluminium Superlite, Double Butted, Advanced Mechanical Forming, Internal Cable Routing, Disc Only Fork CUBE Cross Race Disc, Carbon, 1 1/8" - 1 1/2" Tapered Rear Derailluer Shimano Ultegra RD-6800SS, 11-SpeedFront Derailluer Shimano Ultegra FD-6800, 31.8mmShiftersShimano ST-RS685, 11-SpeedChainsetShimano Ultegra FC-6800, 46x36T, 170mm (53cm), 172,5mm (56/59cm), 175mm (62cm)Headset FSA Orbit Z-t ECO, Top Zero-Stack 1 1/8" (OD 44mm), Bottom Integrated 1 1/2"StemCUBE Performance Stem Pro, 31.8mmHandlebarsCUBE Compact Race Bar Front Brake Shimano BR-RS785, Hydr. Disc Brake (160/160)Rims Mavic Aksium Disc, Center-LockTyres F+R: Schwalbe X-One Kevlar, 33-622SaddleCUBE Prolight, 27.2mmSeatpostCUBE Prolight, 27.2mmGripsCUBE Grip Control.

Should arrive by Thursday or Friday so I'll put up some more pics then along with some initial thoughts too.

I'm struggling to find something suitable to fit the brief of a pair of casual shoes/boots to take me through to the Spring of 2017.

I have plenty of leather shoes and boots for wearing with suits, or jacket & trousers etc but need something to fit the more casual end of the spectrum.

I can find plenty in suede but they aren't practical. I don't want DM's, Monkey boots and the like either.  Clarks do a leather dessie but the crepe soles are next to useless on a damp pavement, and trainers aren't something I wear either.

Prefer something with a rubber kind of sole, and a leather upper, in a mid to dark brown, and not looking for Chelsea boots or Chukka's either.

Any suggestions??


Picked this up from a seller on Facebook last week. Cost him £100 from Oi Polloi and arrived with tags & receipt in unworn condition as described. I paid just £40 inc delivery, but the damn thing is just a shade too big for me  >:(

Not too big, just on the cusp if you know what I mean, but being a fussy git, I just know despite it being a stunning bit of kit, it won't get worn and will just linger unloved. I'm a 40" / Medium and I thought the XL in Beams sizing would be ok, but it looks like a large would have been perfect for me. This would be more suited to a 42" chest fella.

So, a brand new (tried on for 5 minutes tops) made in Japan, Beams pop-over for just £40 inc postage in the UK. Happy as before to send overseas but buyer picks up the additional cost.

Mod fashion and style / Personal Carry.........
« on: June 29, 2016, 12:01:36 PM »
Think this is quite a relevant topic as none of us likes to carry bulky keys and wallets around, well I don't anyway  ;).

Unless I've got a bag to stick everything in I've always carted a thick wallet around in my back pocket and a bunch of keys in a front pocket, that was until I came across a couple of solutions from down under.

Bellroy & Orbitkey are both Australian companies that have come up with what I feel are stylish solutions to avoiding bulky pockets.

Bellroy have designed their wallets so they use less leather and in turn produce less bulk. You do need to address what you need to carry but for me it made me clear the clutter in my wallet, like cards I rarely used etc. I went for the High-Line as I like to carry my notes unfolded, but there are other smaller offerings, and although quite expensive, the quality is superb.

Likewise I used to carry about half a dozen keys around with me, but now I just have the 3 main ones I use most days and they no longer rattle around in my pockets, contained as they now are in a nice leather strap. Simple and effective.

I picked up a couple of the "sport" polos from JS at the end of last Summer at a good price. Oddly despite being both medium sizes one has come up smaller that the other. I never got round to returning it, but it's too small for me so am willing to offer it to someone here. A medium in the other one fits me spot on, and I'm a 40" chest, so this would be ideal for a 38"

It's 100% Sea Island Cotton, made In Great Britain as usual, but the fabric has and open weave/waffle texture so really good in hotter weather. The hem & cuffs are ribbed as usual.

For those logo haters, it really isn't fact I quite like it. It's smaller than a Fred Perry Laurel and to give you an idea can be covered by a 10p coin.

The colour is a gold with black and white tipping, and is much deeper in colour than shows in my photos.

I think I paid £50 or £60 last September but I'd be happy to accept £40 and include postage too.

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