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Monthly archive for December 2013

Annual Dinner 2014

John Murdoch writes…. Please note that the Annual Dinner and awards presentation will now be held on   Saturday 1 March 2014 and not 25 January as suggested as a likely date in the latest issue of the West Surrey Cyclist, although the venue remains as The Mill at Elstead. Full details, including menu choices, time, cost, and booking arrangements will be published on the website early in the New Year. Alternatively, send a blank e-mail to me at *protected email*, with just “CTC Dinner” in the heading, and I will send those details directly to you as soon as they are available. Meanwhile, I suggest you reserve the date now, as it promises to be an excellent evening.  As previously advised, Josie Dew has kindly agreed to join us as a guest (with her husband and baby as well!) and will present the awards, some serious and some less

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Newark Lane ~ Road Closure

Richard Ellis has kindly brought to our attention the closure of Newark Lane, although that advice was unfortunately too late for Chris Jeggo and his group setting off from Send on Wednesday, and who had to take an alternative route. The closure is due to last 6 months beginning on 6 January 2014, and affects routes which head out from Send or Ripley to Clandon and the Horsleys.  The main diversion would be to use the Old Woking – Send route (past the Send New inn) and up to the main roundabout on the old A3. Depending on where the Newark Lane closure starts and finishes, it may be possible to turn left at the garage on the Send road, along Send Marsh Lane ending at the 7 stars pub on Newark Lane.  However, this could be tricky, as it is very narrow in parts and likely to be used

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Pilgrim Cycles – New Cycle Shop & Cafe at Westhumble Station

Louise Gagnon writes…   Whether it’s for a good cup of Java, a spare tube or an impromptu bike repair, Dave and his wife await you in their new and very welcoming cafe, located close to Box Hill and Polesden Lacy, at West Humble’s historical Grade II listed former station.  An ideal alternative to the Polesden Lacy coffee stop   Helmets, shorts, waterproofs, spare parts such as chains, cables, inner tubes, tyres and more Their open fire, known to have thawed out frozen cyclists, will be kept burning through the winter Or drop in for a refreshing ice cream on a hot summer afternoon! Sandwiches and tea cakes are on offer as well as home made cakes, flap jacks, cookies, fruit and crisps If you plan on dropping in with a group of more than 6, please call in advance. Group bookings for lunch during the week are always welcome.

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Conspicuity and Lamps #3

From Chris Jeggo I read John Murdoch’s reply with great interest, and it is very useful to have this debate. I agree with much of what he says.  In his second paragraph he talks about “very different conclusions”.  My conclusion was that there is no point in using a normal intensity rear lamp in fog, while his was that it is sensible to use only high-intensity rear lamps in fog.  Is there any incompatibility there?  In fact, last Wednesday I noted what high-intensity lamps Louise and Nick were using with the intention of buying one myself, to supplement my existing lamp and for use only in fog. They do dazzle, and I used that specific word, not ‘distract’ or ‘inconvenience’.  The problem with dazzle lies in the way the human eye works;  it adjusts its sensitivity to compensate for the bright object in the scene with the result that less

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Sartorially Splendid Cyclists of the West Surrey

In response to a comment about there being no photo of Don in his lederhosen – I can assure you there is: see October 15 ride – it would seem appropriate to re-post a couple of photos for everyone’s amusement. (And I thought I was the one into self-advertising!)

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Wayfarers Sunday Ride ~ 15 December

There was an amazing turn-out of people, especially considering it was a nasty damp, if mild, Sunday. Personally it’s the kind of weather I like, although a light drizzle is about all I want to have to deal with; on this occasion, the drizzle became rain and then stopped, only to start again a few minutes later and so it went on – never the same for more than a couple of minutes, so it was eminently easy to put up with. However, it was all made up for by the ride being along familiar, but beautiful lanes, between Godalming and Chiddingfold, where we enjoyed our coffee and cakes. Merry Christmas, the Wayfarers!

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Conspicuity and Lamps #2

From John Murdoch Cycle lights I read Chris Jeggo’s blog article on lighting with much interest, and with the suspicion that I might have prompted the writing of it, having made it clear earlier the same day that I expected all riders on the Midweek Wayfarers ride to use lights on my ride that day; it was extremely foggy and murky. Anyway, it is amazing how the same visual evidence can lead two people to come up with very different conclusions! Having followed a cyclist down the Vokes road who had no rear lights on at all despite the truly poor visibility, and then also seen how difficult it was to see some of our riders who had rear lights, but of poor intensity (I am sure I fell into that latter category!) my own conclusion was that it was sensible to use only lights with sufficient brightness. I then

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Conspicuity and Lamps

 by Chris Jeggo Scientific research has been done on this topic.  An important finding is that bright red and orange are the most conspicuous colours in daylight, but white is the most conspicuous at night.  DayGlo colours are even better in daylight because their fluorescent dyes convert ultra-violet to visible light, but they are no better than conventional dyes in the dark, when there is no UV around.  A good round-the-clock compromise is fluorescent yellow, which is why it is so readily available and so often used. Reflective fabrics are brilliant at night but pointless in daylight except when visibility is poor enough to make the use of lamps desirable, i.e. when cars have headlamps on.  So, “high visibility” does not mean one simple thing, it could mean fluorescent, or reflective, or both.  Likewise, vehicle lighting is never simple;  compromises are necessary.  Consider motor vehicle front lamps.  The compromise here

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Proof of Concept Test "Buzz Ride" – 24 November 2013

Louise Gagnon writes…  Buzz rides?  Yes, shorter, harder, and faster Sunday morning rides for those who are “time poor” due to family/career responsibilities and therefore can only afford a 3 hour outing. We are planning on starting such twice monthly rides in March 2014 but first we had to iron out the bugs. And thus 7 of us departed Guildford at 9 AM on our fast machines. We finished at 11:30 AM after a great 36 mile ride at an average pace of 13 MPH, including 700 meters of elevation. Much feedback was gathered at the coffee stop following the ride; thanks everyone!  All we need now is to secure the participation of enough Ride Leaders, preferably on a roster basis so that a leader only leads once every 6 weeks or so. Interested in ride leading Buzz Rides? You don’t need to currently be a Ride Leader- we’ll sort that out.  Please give me a shout at *protected email*.     L to

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December 2013 Rides #2

Next it was the turn of the ‘Sunday’ riders – those hard men who nevertheless enjoy a good Christmas nosh as much as anyone – perhaps more so: they’ve usually ridden further to get it! Once again it was an excellent ride to the Blue Ship, that well hidden gem wot sells ultimate flat beer. I tell you, I could so easily have had that second pint – and then struggled with the home run – big time! Thanks to Clive (on the right) for co-ordinating this motley group and leading wonderful rides all year. I hope you’re looking forward to being President of the club for about 50 years sometime in the future – you deserve it. And here are a few more shots from this superb day of cycling: the weather really couldn’t have been better for December. Don’t forget you can click on an image to see

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