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Well we had a tremendous response to this rather special schwag grab, not surprisingly, and we now know where you all live (well, 1,100 of you anyway) which will help us in the long run to make the site more useful for everyone. More on that later. There can only be one winner though, so it was off to www.random.org to pick a winner. And that winner is...

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mers hanson!

Yup, South-East-based mers is our lucky winner! he/she hasn't been on the site long, but long enough to share this gem with the readership, for which we're very grateful.

Sorry to everyone that missed out this time around but at least you can take solace in the fact that you've helped to make the site a bit better. There'll be another schwag grab along in a minute to help ease the pain...

Thanks to the guys at Charge Bikes for the prize!

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A shiny bike! A shiny bike to give away, to one of you, for free! Thanks to the inestimably generous Charge Bikes one lucky road.cc user will be walking away with a Charge Plug Grinder in not much more than a week's time.

Not familiar with the Plug Grinder? Well, it's a singlespeed, fashioned from Tange heat treated tubing and painted in a city-friendly olive green. The fork is Tange steel too, and most of the finishing kit is Charge's own brand gear, including the wheels and the excellent Spoon saddle. You get a Sugino-Messenger-powered drivetrain (42x16) and full colour co-ordinated metal mudguards which makes it a superb all-weather commuting and round town bike.

We think it's a cracking looking bike, and we're not alone. Of all the bikes that have come and gone from road.cc towers, not many have been as much admired as the Grinder. It really is pretty. And it can be yours.

"What do I have to do to win such a great prize", I hear you cry? Well there's the thing. It's not about commenting this time. Let me write that in big:

It's not about commenting this time.

Here at road.cc we're dedicated to UK cycling and we're always looking to improve our site. One of the things we want to be able to do is show you regional content, be it events or news or whatever. Some of our content is already tagged regionally, but we want to do more with it further down the line, and to do that we need to know where you, dear reader, are.

To that end, there's a new bit in your profile to fill in, and this is what you do:

1) Log in and click your name top left, where it says 'Hi [your name], welcome back'
2) Hit the edit tab and then click on Location
3) Choose a region from the drop-down menu and click on Save
4) That's it! If you're regional, you're in the hat.

If you don't have a user account, now's a good time to be creating one, eh?

This compo will run from now until Thursday 21 October at tiffin o'clock. Usual Schwag grab rules apply, and you might want to look particularly closely at the one concerning overseas postage for this grab. 

If you think you could be in two regions, just pick the one you'd most like to be in. Cheers!

If you want to talk about the compo or ask us anything about it or to do with our perverse and arbitrary division of the country… such as where is "Central South?" (it's that bit that's north of the South, but south of the Midlands… sort of nowhere, Milton Keynes and similar latitudes to be exact), then feel free to comment below. But remember: comments aren't entries on this one!

Dave is a founding father of road.cc and responsible for kicking the server when it breaks. In a previous life he was a graphic designer but he's also a three-time Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling world champion, and remains unbeaten through the bog. Dave rides all sorts of bikes but tends to prefer metal ones. He's getting old is why.

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dave atkinson [6201 posts] 5 years ago
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Obviously it's not quite so clear how many people have entered this one, but don't worry: we'll keep you posted.

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yuggyp [2 posts] 5 years ago
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I already put my location
Will I still qualify for an entry?

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el.dudino [73 posts] 5 years ago
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Location edited  3

I was only town-specific before.  13

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andylul [410 posts] 5 years ago
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single speed? Meh...

Entered, but can I have a t-shirt instead? Or some stickers?

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charliemac74 [184 posts] 5 years ago
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All done.

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wwaswas [37 posts] 5 years ago
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slightly disappointed I can't be both South-East and Europe at the same time but hey-ho I'm sure a shiney new bike will ease the pain  1

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samanosuke [5 posts] 5 years ago
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I could do with a new bike!  26

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bobinski [226 posts] 5 years ago
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this will help me charge about!

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Tony Farrelly [2868 posts] 5 years ago
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Hi yuggyp if you were one of those people who joined after we put the regions in to user profiles yesterday and you selected a region then you are already in. If not, you'll need to select a region as well as giving us a more exact town city or wherever location. Those are really interesting but not so useful in terms of adding new functionality to the site cos people like me tend to list their locations as "Out there".

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pabryan [30 posts] 5 years ago
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It was certainly save me replacing my fixie that got nicked if I win this..

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emblsi [8 posts] 5 years ago
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me me me

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dannyg [27 posts] 5 years ago
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There we go...done and dusted...this'll look lovely next to the Ellis...i'm gonna hang them on the wall in the living room...too nice to ride!

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maci234 [68 posts] 5 years ago
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all sorted now very regional, crossing everything for luck

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OldRidgeback [2566 posts] 5 years ago
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A new bike would be nice.

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Simon_MacMichael [2448 posts] 5 years ago
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Oi! Do you mind?

"Sort of nowhere..." (writes Angry of Similar Latitude to Milton Keynes)

Actually, the geography is a bit weird up here... less than 10km to Gloucestershire border to the West, 4km to Warwickshire border to the North, I'd certainly never have placed those two that close on the map before moving to this corner of Oxfordshire.

Even the TV people can't sort it out - BBC local news has us as South, so we get lots of stuff about boats and suchlike despite being (apparently) the furthest town in England from the coast, while ITV has us as Central, so we get all the happenings in the urban grimness that is Birmingham. And between the two of those, we get very little that's relevant to the Cotswolds.

So, yeah, "Sort of nowhere" it is, I suppose  3

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The Great Cornholio [69 posts] 5 years ago
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Profile update done!

Looking forward to taking delivery of this retro looking SS!

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Doctor_London [4 posts] 5 years ago
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Completed.

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leelondon117 [17 posts] 5 years ago
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What is that natty top the test rider is wearing? (looks like an Henri Desgrange signature on the sleeve???)

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SPAM Naval [139 posts] 5 years ago
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would love it

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bobmilligan [65 posts] 5 years ago
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Mission accomplished.

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rwn [22 posts] 5 years ago
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Done. I am feeling lucky today!

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solentine [95 posts] 5 years ago
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Just what I need in the Cotswolds

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cyclingmax7 [36 posts] 5 years ago
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not sure where central south is - but can us northerners have some choice as well? southerners get to choose south west or south or central south or south east or just london.
everyone must live in one or more of them

up here we get south scotland & highlands - last time I loked neither contain edinburgh or glasgow.

there thats my anti-southerners moans finished. Can I have a nice new bike to cheer myself up PLEASE!!

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rojo [2 posts] 5 years ago
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Would love love love to get this bike! I think everyone on here would laugh to see what I'm cycling these days but, I do love it! Just needs to get pimped but I haven't the time to do so!!

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todeloo [23 posts] 5 years ago
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yep done

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Are We There Yet [53 posts] 5 years ago
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Nearly French you know !! only Nearly- Done and dusted.  4 4 4

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BoredMan [48 posts] 5 years ago
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London Town Innit

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gerrymc [41 posts] 5 years ago
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Already had my location set but checking to see if I'm included.

That's my favourite colour by the way!  3

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incoherent_boy [8 posts] 5 years ago
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Me me me!

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Fish_n_Chips [422 posts] 5 years ago
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South West is the best  19

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