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Future Where’s the Brew stop? Cycle touring group rides

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The main aim of future ‘Where’s the Brew Stop? Cycle touring group rides, is to build up group of folk who are interest doing cycle touring rides with a bit of rough-stuff on some of the rides, meeting up every Sunday at around 10am for brew and cake in various cafes around North Lancashire, South East Cumbria and Western Side of North Yorkshire. Then heading out for ride to explore the delights of these three counties, the lunch stop will usually be some where with good view so you need a pack lunch and then calling in a bit later in the ride at another cafe for afternoon brew cake before heading back to starting point of ride.

The reason for meeting up at cafe at around 10am, give folk like myself  opportunity to ride out to start of ride and others who live a bit further away to drive there. Also if you start ride from inside a cafe, it give everyone opportunity to get know before setting off on the ride.

The starting point for each ride will usually between five to fifteen miles away from Lancaster, one week ride may start in Conder Green and next week’s ride may start in Kirkby Lonsdale this will allow more folk to ride out to start of ride if they wish.

The mileage on the rides from the starting point to finishing point of the ride will usually between 25 miles to 35 miles in the Winter months of the years and in summer months between 45 to 50 miles. High percentage of the ride will be on tarmac and small percentage of the ride may be off-road like the pass from Sadgill in Longsleddale over to Stile End in the Kentmere Valley or parts of Pennine Bridleway in the Yorkshire Dales.

The rides are aim at folk who like Carradice Saddlebags, Brook Saddles and maybe shop at Spa Cycles so please come on bike suitable for ride ie what the cycling press call’s adventure cycle touring bike this is touring bike with 35 mm tyres or bigger.

The ride will be usually led by Simeon Orme or if some one as better ideal than him at morning brew stop by them. On the ride faster riders will wait for slower rides to catch up so that the party will stay together until after afternoon brew stop where riders will usually peel off from ride to head for home as ride get nearer finishing point for ride which is usually some where near morning cafe stop.

Information about next week’s ride will usually posted up on Next week’s ride page on the Where’s the brew stop website, posted on Simeon’s Twitter and Facebook accounts and email to anyone on Where’s the Brew Stop e-mail list (the mailing list is for users of this site to send each other e-mails via one e-mail address, the list is moderated by the webmaster, you join mailing list at this link) on Monday or Tuesday evening by Simeon.


I did not get far on today’s ride due to puncture

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The above photo of a cow in a field was only photo took on today’s ride this was due to only making to outskirts  of Carnforth where I manage to get puncture in the back tyre, when I came to  get out of the spare inner tubes out of the saddlebag to my horror I found that they fitted with schraeder  vale instead Presta vale which in the inner tubes on my bike. Yes got the  inner tubes at same time I bought bike and yes I should have check the inner tubes before put in saddlebag but it case of trusting the cycle shop to supply the right thing but at end of the day its was my fault for not checking the inner tubes. Any way there was not much point trying using the inner tubes fitted with the schraeder vale and could find where the air escaping from the puncture inner tube, so decide it would be easier as I only a few miles from home to push the bike home which took me about hour to do.

After having some lunch, I swap bikes and rode into Lancaster to buy some new inner tubes and after coming home manage to put patch on the puncture inner tube and new inner tube in the back tyre.

So hopefully I will better luck on next week’s ride and mistake that I not going make again, yes I was lucky that I was only few miles from home when it happen and if you live near me I have two 700 x32 -50c inner tubes with schraeder value looking for a new home, which you welcome to have.