Charge Plug Grinder schwag grab: we have a winner!

You told us where you live and now we're coming rou…oh wait a minute!

by Dave Atkinson   October 21, 2010  

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 to pick a winner. And that winner is...

... pregnant pause ...

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!


A shiny bike! A shiny bike to give away, to one of you, for free! Thanks to the inestimably generous Charge Bikes one lucky 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 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 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!

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mad_scot_rider wrote:
I can either be Southern Scotland or Highlands & Islands - don't spend a lot of time north of the wall, do you?

Don't feel too hard done by, it's not much more use for me to say "London", given that it covers over 7 million people!

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posted by timlennon [229 posts]
14th October 2010 - 9:15


beautiful machine...........please

posted by manuka [36 posts]
14th October 2010 - 11:05


Done the deed, lets hope I am lucky enough to win such a pretty bike, so well put together.

Regional news/info would be great.

posted by wymthg [4 posts]
14th October 2010 - 16:00


im in

and keeping everything crossed , if i dont win then this competition is "fixed"....get it ?

posted by scrapper [66 posts]
14th October 2010 - 16:34


Thanks to the guys that run this site for quickly fixing the wee 'location in Scotland' issue. I've changed to Glasgow & The West. I feel right at home now Wink

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posted by Dutchie [64 posts]
14th October 2010 - 21:56


All done - ta!


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posted by Swordfish812 [5 posts]
15th October 2010 - 16:49



posted by Pifko [99 posts]
15th October 2010 - 18:05


count me in!

posted by polo [35 posts]
15th October 2010 - 18:29


I'm Done, great colour btw Batting Eyelashes

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posted by Tubby Trotter [40 posts]
15th October 2010 - 18:38


charge me officer Big Grin

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posted by xcstu [105 posts]
15th October 2010 - 19:09


Alright then

posted by DM [44 posts]
15th October 2010 - 20:15



posted by wildrnes [16 posts]
15th October 2010 - 20:54


I'm in even with the hills! (no, I am not that 'Mike Cooper!)

posted by mike cooper [17 posts]
18th October 2010 - 16:28


i am now offically "repping my ends"... which i believe is the current street vernacular...

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posted by richmitch [51 posts]
18th October 2010 - 16:42


Have room, yes please!

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posted by onlyonediane [167 posts]
18th October 2010 - 21:45


Um, yeah alright, go on then.

posted by my1minuterant [10 posts]
19th October 2010 - 10:16


count me in please.

Bianchi on the road.
NMD in the water.

posted by rowes [60 posts]
19th October 2010 - 16:02


Love the colour.

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posted by TiNuts [97 posts]
19th October 2010 - 16:48


Why does the NW of England get rolled in with Isle of Man? Confused

Rode the E'Tape Caledonia - first sportiv ever and thoroughly enjoyed it

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posted by badbunny [71 posts]
19th October 2010 - 16:58



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posted by xcstu [105 posts]
19th October 2010 - 17:10


- have I done it?

posted by youngoldbloke [94 posts]
19th October 2010 - 22:29


would look good in waterford mite help get sum more subscribers,haha Big Grin


posted by cian power [5 posts]
20th October 2010 - 2:25


Nice and flat for a singlespeed in Reading!

posted by steve9686 [10 posts]
20th October 2010 - 8:10


Job done !!! Can i have a delivery date please >>> Smile

posted by jonboy [39 posts]
20th October 2010 - 17:26


me please Smile

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posted by pllb [53 posts]
21st October 2010 - 13:53


Ok. Followed instruction. But just like my TV: am I South East, London, or East Anglia. Can I have an option for no man's land?


posted by OneLooseNut [12 posts]
21st October 2010 - 13:54

1 Like

Me please? please? Please?

posted by captain_pink [10 posts]
21st October 2010 - 13:56


oh go on then - i'll have it if you insist! Wink

posted by mauricebeaton [32 posts]
21st October 2010 - 14:25


ooer, I'd love it to bits

posted by SimpleSimon [114 posts]
21st October 2010 - 16:21


Yay! I didn't win, thank feck for that...

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posted by andylul [418 posts]
22nd October 2010 - 11:29