Weston Chain Gang

Welcome to the Weston Chain Gang forum. We are a group of cyclists that ride regularly from Weston-super-Mare. We meet at Priory school on Saturday at 8:45. Rides vary in distance between 60 and 100 miles with a stop for cake. Ridet nec genere!

    Saturday 21st October - wind problem

    anti-climb max

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    Saturday 21st October - wind problem

    Post  anti-climb max on Wed Oct 18, 2017 8:20 pm

    Well, Hurricane Higgins now appears equally due on Saturday AND Sunday.

    This morning’s forecast for the weekend left me convinced that Sunday offered the only viable riding conditions. It now appears that 45mph winds might grace both of our precious weekend days.

    If the forecast stays like it is currently we’ll chance a wet weather run around Burnham etc on Saturday, but I’ll make a final decision on Friday when the forecast becomes more reliable.

    Be prepared for a Sunday switch if the weather gods dictate.

    Update - 20/10 3:55pm

    Yet again BBC breakfast forecast convinced me that we ought to switch to Sunday; however the current BBC website forecast says that strong SSW winds arrive at 11am on Saturday morning whilst Sunday morning has 40mph+ winds throughout. Both mornings are forecast dry.

    Let’s risk a southerly ride tomorrow (Saturday) at least we might get blown home.

    Usual route, sea front, Anchor then Burnham.

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    Ride Report

    Post  showmethecakes on Sun Oct 22, 2017 10:54 am


    Now for some club rules based on those provided by Westbury Wheelers.

    1. Don't leave your club rules lying around. This leaves the club open to abuse and ridicule through social media.
    2. Make sure you carry your club membership card with you at all times with personal details filled in. This is so that pimps can call at your house should you either run up a debt or make unreasonable requests of the staff. Acceptable clubs would be: Pink Rhino, Stringfellows, pussy Galore or Shag Fantastic.
    3. Before embarking on a ride make sure everything is fully lubricated and in good working order. A malfunction while on the job that incurs club expenditure in order to extricate a member will result in a visit under rule 2.
    4. Bring 12 spare inner tubes - one for each rider because they're all too lazy to carry their own. Tools should be kept tucked away unless responding to a call of nature (see rule 18). If pumping is necessary make sure this is done discretely behind a bush. Don't forget, long slow strokes are better at the start but always try to finish with a frantic flurry. If there is persistent softness get someone else on the job as they may be better equipped.
    5. Fit front and rear lights. Every so often either charge them up or replace the batteries just to let everyone else know they actually work. Don't forget - the brighter the better. If they don't burn out the eyeballs of the riders behind they're not bright enough. Make sure those with defective eyesight always ride behind. This way they don't have to see where they are going and they get free laser eye treatment without the NHS wait.
    6. Bring sufficient fluids so tank up the night before.
    7. Carry a mobile phone. This will enable the group leader to phone the cafe 2 minutes before arrival to let them know 30 grubby cyclists are about to invade their community, devour their cake and guzzle coffee whilst engaged in crude conversation and bawdy behaviour.
    8. Bring some cash for the cafe stop. Even if you do not intend to eat or drink you must bring cash just in case another member of the group has forgotten theirs. Never accept change in the cafe as coinage weighs too much on the ride home. Instead ask for a cheque, bank transfer or IOU. If you end up with change in your pocket immediately find someone you owe money to and pass it to them. If nobody else is owed money add it to the pot on the counter. This money all goes to the cyclists benevolent fund for those riders who turn up to a cafe without cash.
    9. Wear the Westbury Wheelers club strip if possible. This will insure that any poor road etiquette will be reported to the wrong club.
    10. Check the weather forecast. This will enable you to select the correct clothing and bike for your ride. Once you have done this check the forecast again. It will have changed and you must now reconsider your choice of clothing and bike. It is always a good idea to check the forecast once more before you set off. Once outside your front door go back inside and change into something more suitable.
    11. You must have a helmet. Female members must wear one.
    12. Arrive at the start location as close to the agreed departure time as possible. Do not start the ride until the group leader has arrived. This will allow you an extra 15 minutes in bed. Always congregate at the designated muster point. Under no circumstances should you mingle with proper cyclists.
    13. Join a group that is best suited to your age and ability. If you have any kind of talent for riding a bike go somewhere else.

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