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Ice road bikers 4 months 2 weeks ago #4200

Hellifield railway station cafe is one of the more quirky cafes that we've previously visited and it did come pretty close to being awarded Pozzles Cafe of the year award for some amazing ginger gateaux but today's ride was an exercise in tenacity as we carefully picked our way along a rather icy cycle route that follows the path off the A59 past Clitheroe and on to Sawley in the company of riders from Blackburn CTC. I'm curious as to what they hold in those rather bulky looking saddle bags they all seemed to have fitted.
The Copy Nook is a sad looking pub these days and it was near there that the CTC and the Bus Stops parted company.
Thankfully the station cafe was open at Hellifield but the lavish cakes were sidelined in favour of hot sarnies.
Heading back westward the low bright sun proved tricky but looking northward I did catch some impressive views of some snow capped Yorkshire Dales.
Thank you for the team effort as we dealt (I thought rather efficiently) with a thorn related puncture at Waddington. But things were to get far more exciting for Andrea and myself as we competed for the "Spectacular Fall/Slide Award" on the next leg heading towards Whalley.
I'm not sure who won't but I've used up a tube of antiseptic cream on grazes to elbow and right buttock. Ow!! :S Gonna be limping tomorrow!
Anyway, thanks to Stephen for the organisation, good to see GazWid in the saddle, Wally for helping out with the technical stuff and Andrea for the spectacular competition :lol:
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Ice road bikers 4 months 2 weeks ago #4201

Great day out, thank you Steven for putting on the ride enabling me to get in my first ride of the new year, one or two squeaky bum moments and almost blinded by the low winter sun on the way back couldn’t dampen my enjoyment, not to mention our very own Torvil and Dean performing their own interpretation of Bolero on bikes
Punctures? What a let down
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Ice road bikers 4 months 2 weeks ago #4202

Pozzle may be interested in this article on the saddlebag. www.classiclightweights.co.uk/components...dice-components.html
Originated and still made in Nelson, makes me wonder if they should be compulsory.
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Ice road bikers 4 months 2 weeks ago #4203

......and a pretty in depth article relating to Carradice Saddlebags of Nelson. East Lancashire is an area with a rich history in smaller scale bicycle related production.
I've very recently become aware of Hill Cycles, a well respected manufacturer operating from Padiham in the late 1940's early 50's.
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Ice road bikers 3 months 4 weeks ago #4210

people who come on the midweek rides will be familiar with my Carradice panniers which I use on my work-a-day bike. Just right for carrying my butties, newspaper, change of clothes and a couple of breeze blocks just in case they are needed.
If you ever go to Nelson you can visit the factory and have a look around. It is not the most high-tech workplace but they knock out some lovely saddlebags. I think some of the ranges are made abroad but the cotton duck bags are still being riveted and stitched here.

Karrimor was a Accrington name in the past where cycle bags were made, now it is just a brand name owned by Sports Direct churning out Far East manufactured tat to line Steve Ashley's pocket..
I am the voice of humility.... and don't you forget it!!
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Ice road bikers 3 months 3 weeks ago #4213

The ice road bikers were back out on the road today. It looked a bit menacing as we set off and the Tockholes road was a bit slippy but we managed to negotiate that ok. As we turned to do the Rivington climb people coming down were warning of "sheet ice" at the top. At one such warning Stephen took a (non-ice related) tumble.We decided to carry on regardless but at the top, we elected to go by foot for a short while. The descent into Rivington was done gingerly but without any more drama.
After that the ride was almost in spring-like conditions as we explored Standish, Coppull and Chorley before a welcome soup and sandwich at Wheelton caff.
A very good ride and well planned route by Stephen. Good to get out and about on a Sunday ride for the first time in 2018.
Thanks
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Ice road bikers 3 months 3 weeks ago #4214

Thanks Jim for being brave enough to come. Ride reduced to 35miles due to venue change but the Cafe was Ace, only let down by lack of cycle parking, understandable given it’s location. Bit hillier than I expected and I suspect if Andrea had been with us with Strava she would have logged the slowest descent ever from Belmont, average speed a miserable 9.7 mph.
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