2 December 2016

Sinterklaastreffen 2016

After a week of scraping ice off the car and -4C mornings I decided that if I was going to be going on my own that I would abort. Too cold and miserable on your own.

As well as that "fair weather biker" excuse I got a real one. Trying to catch the dog in the garden I twisted the end joint on my left index finger, making it so painful I couldn't even pull the zipper on my jeans left handed!  I am left handed BTW!  So pulling the clutch was o-u-t!

So with Meldrew's clubmate Cal pulling out with a knee injury I decided that abort was best.

Oh well!

28 November 2016

Movember 2016

It's 12 years since I did my first charity 'tache growing and that was with Tacheback. In fact I did Tacheback twice before it disappeared and was re-invented as Movember a number of years ago.

This year, so far, fund raising has been disappointing. That's the polite way of putting it.  All I asked was for my FB friends to donate one pound or whatever local currency they have. International charities like Movember can cope with different currencies, be they dollars or euro and a myriad of others.

I can't say it is hard work growing a moustache. After all, once your balls drop, hair tends to grow all over the place, the top lip being just one place.  

So one last time this is my mospace:  https://uk.movember.com/mospace/2865109

There are only two days left in this Movember and the mo will be revealed late on the 30th.  Please sponsor me,  if only a quid or a buck. They all count.

FT Aqua Jacket

Looking through my blog to see if there any embarrassing rants that need removing I came across this thread from just over two years ago.

I am still wearing this jacket most of the time. It is still waterproof. Over the years the colour has faded from black to a peculiar browny red tinge, but not all over.

Although I have a mesh jacket for summer and last year I bought a Steve McQueen jacket for summer wear.  The FT Aqua is still to go-to jacket.

New ARMR trews

Bike trousers that is.

With the weather turning cold I decided to spend some money on another pair of padded textile trousers. The last pair did okay for a cheap pair, but eventually (and embarrassingly) split around the crotch. I suppose I was trying to pack more in than they were designed for. Like and over stuffed sausage, something had to give.

The problem with being rather portly is that the trendy makes think that an XXL waist is 36"!  These companies, you all know who they are, cater for five foot tall Latin MotoGP riders in the main. Not that one of them will ever wear a pair of Cordura lined for all weather trousers.....

So after trawling about on Black Friday, something else we have accepted from our US cousins, I found one of the large online bike shops, Ghostbikes, selling larger sizes.  I entered the discount code and was pleasantly surprised to get a good few pounds off and free delivery.  Next day.  And next day it was.

The reviews are good from customers and all recommend a size or even two above normal jean sizes.  As they are lined I don't wear normal jeans under them, and for the waterproofness I take the liner out in warmer weather anyway and that makes them more comfortable.

First impressions are good. I tried them on on arrival and the leg length seems okay but the liner doesn't seem to fix at the ankle and so when they come off, the liner comes out too.  I'll have to investigate.

Here's a link to thr makers own webpage. http://www.armr-moto.com/product/hara-2/

Their first "action" will be the annual trip to Ostend on Saturday for the St Nicks Rally.  In previous years I have Jean Sans-Amis and last year fellow Meldrew Cal came and we had a good if not cold day out.  At the moment I am JS-A again.

16 November 2016

Ring of Red 2016

Sunday dawned nice and sunny. But cold.

After watching the Cenotaph Remembrance service I got toggled up and left about 1145. The idea was to meet other Meldrews at one of the service stations on the A2 but as plans go it was rather rubbish as none of them came, deciding to have breakfast elsewhere.

In the end I made the pitstop at Cobham Services and by accident I put super unleaded in the tank. Some goon had switched the nozzles over into the wrong holsters. And I didn't read the pump handle.so ended up paying 130.9 a litre instead of 116.9!!!

This year mine was the only bike there on the day  I caught up with another one on the A2 as we approached the M25 and then saw a few more as we entered the service area, which was packed with bikes. 

A large part of the car park was roped of for us and it was already pretty full when I arrived about 1310.

I hardly had any time to snap a few photos before we all mounted up and headed for the M25.

The ride itself went off pretty well. I only went as far as Clacket Lane and went past this time turning back at the next interchange.

The idea was that we should get onto the M25 and ride in single staggered file about 4 bike lengths apart. Reality was that loads of bikes we bunched up in large groups and then massive gaps...
Arriving home just before 3pm in time for late lunch and dog walkies.

In the end  we didn't complete the ring around London. Maybe because of the bunching and stupid gaps.


31 October 2016


With today being a school day, we had expected the kids to be around for their treats yesterday.

The pumpkin lights up..... sweets in the bowl. And. Nothing. Not a one.

So we expect them tonight, 'cept Claire at Pilates from about 1745 to after 1900, and me not home until a little before that.

What to do with a large bowl on Haribo?

27 October 2016

Movember 2016 - T-5

The first donation has been made to this year's Movember charity event.  It was me.  

Okay that might sound pretty dodgy, like the beggar that puts a few coins in the bowl to attract the passers-by to add to it, but not really.

At work we have had a Nespresso Dolce Gusto coffee maker in the cupboard. It was brought in by my boss for the department to use. Like many of these things it ended up not being used after the first flush of enthusiasm and was put away.

We had a look at them in a shop and I asked if I could borrow it to see if it was worth having.  My boss said I could have it.  And I said I'd donate to Movember for it.

I have and I am underway.  

The current beard and tache will come off over the weekend and I will start smooth skinned from Tuesday November 1st.

All I need now are people to sponsor me.


12 October 2016

Movember 2016

I have signed up again for Movember after a year off last year. I did Decembeard instead.

At the moment I have a beard but that will go very soon.

So should anyone feel like sponsoring me my mospace is: 

I have set a pretty low target of £100 but I doubt I'll get close to that.

It is very easy to post of Facebook and other social media about fighting cancer. But seemingly more difficult to pledge a few quid to help fight cancer for real and increase awareness.

22 September 2016

DGR 2016

This year I plan to turn up again on a non-hipster bike and enjoy the adulation of the assembled masses whilst raising some money for cancer charities.

Sadly my fund raising efforts have not gone too well. The main focus is through Facebook where I have 60 friends.

Some of them are outside the UK in the USA, Germany and the Czech Republic.

That does leave around 50 within the Sterling zone. Although as an international charity event sponsors can pay in sterling or Yankee dollars or euros or any currency that is internationally tradeable.

How many have contributed to my (currently) measly £21? ONE.

So with three days to go here's hoping for a few extra quid/dollars/rand/krone. Whatever.