Barry's Bristol Ball Buster

by Dave Atkinson   March 21, 2011  

Any road.ccers going to be there? i'm doing the 200km, probably on Betty the 2spd raleigh Smile

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When is it Dave??

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posted by jboyslick [6 posts]
22nd March 2011 - 12:19

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saturday!

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7231 posts]
22nd March 2011 - 12:25

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Oh christ! i have work this week, will keep an eye out for some more Bristol / Bath rides that come up

Rgds James

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posted by jboyslick [6 posts]
22nd March 2011 - 12:31

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Hopefully it's Sunday or I (and a couple of mates) have got our plans ALL wrong.

After my exploding rim incident last year I'm going to get around the full 200k this time. See you bright and early for scones.

2spd - was it not hard enough last year?

posted by austen [33 posts]
22nd March 2011 - 13:23

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Sunday!

sorry, got a bit mixed up...

it was pretty hard last year but mostly because i was trying to keep on jon burrage's wheel and he was on some kind of mission across the levels Smile

this time i'll be taking it a bit easier, probs.

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7231 posts]
22nd March 2011 - 13:29

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i did 93km on the two-speed on sunday at the lionheart sportive and felt okay, i reckon 200km is do-able. but i guess we'll see, won't we? Plain Face

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7231 posts]
22nd March 2011 - 13:31

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i expect i'll be there.. hope its sunny (gone and done it now eh!)

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posted by Fringe [1081 posts]
22nd March 2011 - 14:22

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jboyslick wrote:
Oh christ! i have work this week, will keep an eye out for some more Bristol / Bath rides that come up

Rgds James

if you cant make this sunday, theres a few more.. off the top of my head
blackratcycle sportive in may sometime, expect the bristol belter (sept) will be on again and of course the cheddar audax (sept. again i think)

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posted by Fringe [1081 posts]
22nd March 2011 - 15:36

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Bristol Belter im in for and the Bath to London ride so far.

Will monitor any others

Rgds James

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posted by jboyslick [6 posts]
22nd March 2011 - 17:26

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A little unfair Dave! Yep, the 'mission' section was daft but I felt good at the time, probably a combination of WI pavlova, lemon drizzle cake and a handful of jellie babies + the flat. Must try and stay composed this year, though Im only doing the 100km ride with a couple of guys from the triathlon shop as we havnt trained in a few months.

Hope to see some others there, I will be donning a road.cc jersey.

Was good last year, nice weather and super company.

not all carbon is the same.

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posted by Jon Burrage [1080 posts]
22nd March 2011 - 21:33

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haven't you got a shop to open or something jon? Smile

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7231 posts]
22nd March 2011 - 21:56

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yep indeed! I have been ordered by Holly to have a day out on the bike, cant argue with that.

not all carbon is the same.

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posted by Jon Burrage [1080 posts]
22nd March 2011 - 22:37

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100km isn't a day Devil

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7231 posts]
22nd March 2011 - 22:48

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agreed - I shall stand in the corner and sob about my lack of bike fitness

repeat three times - I must try harder, I must try harder, I must try harder

not all carbon is the same.

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posted by Jon Burrage [1080 posts]
22nd March 2011 - 22:56

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dave_atkinson wrote:
100km isn't a day Devil

It is if you are trying to enjoy yourself

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4130 posts]
22nd March 2011 - 23:09

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With plenty of cake stops

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4130 posts]
22nd March 2011 - 23:34

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I certainly won't be missing any of the cake stops on the ball buster, they're legendary

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7231 posts]
22nd March 2011 - 23:39

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loverly weather today, and the cake flow'eth. them 212km went flying by, kind of.. Big Grin

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posted by Fringe [1081 posts]
27th March 2011 - 22:37

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i ended up on the 110k, riding with a mate who'd never done more than 40k in his whole life. so chapeau to him for getting round. My kisckshift stopped shifting after about 90km which made the last bit more interesting (and frustrating) than it might have been...

saw that jon burrage too, and the chaps from Cyclist #1...

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7231 posts]
28th March 2011 - 17:15

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90km, so just before Dundry Hill starts to kick in. lucky you!

similar to a few weeks back on the Dunkery Dash where some poor fellow got a puncture 10km from the end.

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posted by Fringe [1081 posts]
28th March 2011 - 17:35

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So will it affect what you wrote in your review then?

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4130 posts]
28th March 2011 - 18:20

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depends, need to find out what's gone wrong...

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7231 posts]
28th March 2011 - 18:43

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turns out the conical washer inside the hub had worked loose, causing the shifting mechanism to fail. who knew?

actually sturmey archer knew, and they sent me a nice powerpoint with step-by-step instructions on how to fix it. and now it's fixed. so well done them Smile

incidentally they'd also have been happy for me to send it back for a replacement, but i decided to fiddle with it.

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7231 posts]
5th April 2011 - 11:38

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Jon Burrage wrote:
A little unfair Dave... Must try and stay composed this year, though Im only doing the 100km ride with a couple of guys from the triathlon shop

composed, eh? i heard you were back in the shop by half past one Smile

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7231 posts]
5th April 2011 - 11:47

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disasterous. trying to keep up with a multi ironman finisher and a national standard time trialist was bloody awful. I need more will power (and fitness)

not all carbon is the same.

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posted by Jon Burrage [1080 posts]
5th April 2011 - 15:42

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you want a kickshift and some newbie mates. you can take all day then Smile

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7231 posts]
5th April 2011 - 15:47

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