Thunderbolt and Lightning, very, very frightening.

20/07/2019 18:55 | Anonymous member

The 5 brave Steel Baroudeurs were to set out on a steel trip to the Rare Breeds Centre for the second ride of the year. However the threat of lightning and rust put pay to that idea. So a decision was made to use modern bikes for the same ride. This allowed Paul and Miranda to join myself, Paul G, Ralph R, Del who has recently completed his Tour of France for Team Volvo and Dave L on his 50s fixie.

We left the sports centre at 9.15 in slightly changeable weather and put our rain jackets on, 5 mins later they were off as we were too hot. We headed out towards Frittenden and Biddenden at a good pace where we hit a traffic jam.

With no milk to be had we carried on to the Rare Breeds Centre where Dave was hoping to hand pick his Bacon sandwich (Only joking kids a rare pig was too expensive). We managed to get within 1 mile of the said sandwich when double trouble came out. 

Miranda got a puncture, and we found out that Continental tyres are too tight for any rims, however once Miranda had loosened the tyre, myself and Paul managed to get it off with a joint effort. Little did we know that behind us Dave also had a puncture.  

As you can see Del and Ralph adding great support. By this time Paul G was already enjoying his Bacon sandwich. You will never hear me championing tubeless (Glenn). Anyway new inners all sorted and we went for breakfast.

We then headed home to Marden in glorious sunshine with a uneventful ride except we were buzzed by 2 Spitfires close to Headcorn. The group photographer was too slow to catch them. 

When we got back we had a nice coffee and watched a bit of Cricket or rather we were watching for the Batsman to hit cow corner where Pauls car was parked.

43miles. 1631feet of climbing. 15.9mph average speed.

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