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The B.A.D night ride - 30km, Tues 19 March 2013

posted 20 Mar 2013, 06:25 by Mike Stead   [ updated 27 Mar 2013, 12:57 ]
4 blokes, 3 flat tyres, 2 degrees, 1 moon.

Just how may blokes does it take to change a flat tyre? what about three flat tyres? At least it didn't rain. It was a cold but clear night, and with the lights off you could ride by moonlight - if you trusted HCC to have repaired all the potholes that is (not recommended). The route went through Binley, over the Andover-Newbury road and up to Ashmansworth, then back via Dunley, missing out the notorious pothole-and-flint-fiesta lane leading from upper Woodcott down to Egbury. 

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Being only two degrees, good kit was essential, and clearly gloves still need some work for everyone except Min 'HotHands'. During repair of the second flat at Ashmansworth a rather bemused farmer tramped out of his house to find out what the dogs were barking at. Four middle-aged guys in tights and hi-viz, as it turns out.

This ride will be cracking when it's warmer, lighter and less prone to flints all over the road - there's new Continental tyres on order right now to avoid this sort of thing in future.