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Posted: Yesterday at 14:47
My Ridley has a 52/36 semi compact Rotor chain set with the rest mechanical 10spd Ultegra. My winter bike has Sora, that and the Ridley are the first Shimano bikes I've had and I'm happy with them. Betty Bianchi has Campag like the other bikes I've had and I prefer it, no idea why, just do. I like the semi compact chainset, just that lower bail out gear than a 53/39 on a hill.

I regret not going Di2 on the Ridley though, even if just to see what it's about. I've nott got race wheels (yet) just some Campag Zonda and some Ksyrium Elite. The Shimano bike makes it easier to buy second hand or bargain in the sale though.

Ched Evans

Posted: 24/10/2014 at 20:52
They can have Aaron Bloody McLean if they want him.

What happened to the thread

Posted: 22/10/2014 at 18:16
Even by her standards she was on good form last nightm

TUC-led 'Britain Needs a Pay rise' march

Posted: 21/10/2014 at 20:22
It's not defeatist, it's pragmatic. Work to a compromise situation, the threat of legal action can be a powerful negotiating tool, even more so with a valid case but getting to court is a sign of failure in my opinion, it usually means one side has been unreasonable in their expectations.

I'd wager the final salary scheme, if it's still open, will be shut within a year and you'll all be a on money purchase group plan. Unless you're public sector.

TUC-led 'Britain Needs a Pay rise' march

Posted: 21/10/2014 at 20:02
Who wins dragging a case through the high court with solicitors and barristers on ??2k/hr? The employer, the employee or the union? The employer's costs won't come for free, it'll be at the expense of investment, recruitment or next year's pay settlement. It all sounds great, high court this, legal action that, but the only winners are the solicitors.

TUC-led 'Britain Needs a Pay rise' march

Posted: 21/10/2014 at 19:16
There would be greater inequality wealth without Unions?

Sir Titus Salt built a village for his workers who were p*** poor, he was as wealthy as the Abramovich's of today. I'd wager the Cadbury's weren't skint either, nor Cunliffe-Lister, yet the workers of the day were living in genuine piverty, not the no Sky TV and holiday in Magaluf poverty of today.

Unions do look out for their workers, but they're not above making a political point at the expense of their members. Look at the Glasgow shipyards of the 60's where modernisation was resisted at all costs, machines weren't allowed to do the job of men. Where did that end? Jobs for a few thousand or no jobs? The miners 30 years ago?

cut off times for Wild Boar Middle Distance

Posted: 21/10/2014 at 17:55

For hill repeats for run training Sutton Park is a good bet. In the park, there are some gradual hills and some much shorter, sharper climbs for hill efforts and lots of paths/roads for anything from 400m efforts to a 5k effort and longer if you need to. The MIdlands Fun Run has everbody worried about 'cardiac hill' just before Four Oaks Gate. I think I saw that you’re Erdington based so a little closer may be some of the roads leading off New Hall Valley such as Penns Lane, Wylde Green Road, Reddicap Hill (a good length and gradient IMO), Pilkington Avenue and some of the smaller roads around those areas. Braemar Rd (quiet) and Somerville Road (busier) close to the park might be useful. Roman Road at Little Aston is flat, but worth a run down, there are garages bigger than my house. A lap of the inside of the park from Town Gate is a nice run, maybe 6-7 miles, finishing for a brew and a bacon butty at the café, or start near Hartopp Gate and the Bistro for the same effect at double the price.


For cycling, there’s not an awful lot local. Pilkington Avenue is as steep as I can think of locally but although it's 10% ish, it’s short, a few 100m at most. My usual 100 mile route would take in no more than 1000-1100m of ascent and that’s without avoiding hills. To the SW of Birmingham you’ve got the Clent Hills, a few weeks ago I cycled around the South of Birmingham to West Brom, from Bromsgrove to Dudley via Stourbridge was perhaps 400-500m of ascent in under 15 miles IIRC. Further south you have the Malverns which is probably getting on towards the edge of my range from home even if I go down A38, the top of the Cotswolds is doable from Sutton, I went up a 2km long 10% average hill the other week that reminded me of home in Yorkshire. To the East you’re mostly on to the Trent Valley which is pancake flat although it starts to ripple a bit towards the Leicestershire border (The Whittington loop is flat but isn’t bad, on the bike or foot actually) although the hills off the A5 near Atherstone, Merevale Lane is one, usually have me blowing a bit, not sure how steep it is, 10% ish, can usually push close to 70kph going down it. To the North the bottom of the Peak District up towards Ashbourne and Uttoxeter starts to get hillier and Cannock Chase was on the ToB the other year. West of Birmingham to the other side of the Severn around Bewdley and Ludlow is more like home with some good hills. 9 times out of 10 sees me heading out one way or the other towards the Trent Valley and a café stop at Rosliston. IIRC one of the Coventry clubs has a map with local cycling cafés, obviously centred on Cov but a useful reference.


Local cycling clubs to you include Royal Sutton, don’t see their kit around much and the one email I sent them about club runs got an arsey reply, you see Lichfield CCC about a bit (At Rosliston café I once saw a family of three on identical Specialized bikes each in full LCCC kit, including arm and leg warmers, I couldn’t decide if it was a good look or not), Giro CC always seem a friendly bunch and there’s a new club pretty local to you call Boldmere Bullets, not strictly a club but a Strava based collective, (possibly to avoid any affiliation or insurance fees, I don’t know) who arranged a good series of individual Strava based TT’s and group rides called Le Tour de Boldmere and have a very active social scene. There’s also Concorde based in Coleshill although I don’t know much about them and BRAT, Birmingham Runners and Triathletes who have bases in the North (Sutton Coldfield) and South. Running clubs, Royal Sutton Coldfield AC is probably the closest, there's a more social group called Sally Ellis Fitness who run out of Wyndley Leisure Centre, BRAT again.

cut off times for Wild Boar Middle Distance

Posted: 20/10/2014 at 20:44
A 100 miler would be Lichfield, Kingsbury, Meriden, Rosliston and back home via the Sittles and Whittington. Occasionaly head up Abbots Bromley and Uttoxeter way or a bit further in to Leicestershire or south towards Wooton Wawen or a real long day towards the Cotswolds

TUC-led 'Britain Needs a Pay rise' march

Posted: 20/10/2014 at 20:08
And didn't Bob Crow earn a fortune yet still lived in social housing? But Union leaders aren't fat cats right?

cut off times for Wild Boar Middle Distance

Posted: 20/10/2014 at 19:29

Cake, JustPlodOn, Sutton Coldfield, drop me a PM if you're up for some rides out 

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