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  1. Bit late I know, but proposal for Wee Ring tomorrow. Leave Paisley for Barrhead, Possibly with or sitting behind Middle/Big Ring. Lochlibo Road to Canny Man, take a left for Dunlop. Splitting from Middle ring route. In Dunlop pick up the B706 for Beith. Turn left onto A737 for a short while to bottom of Beith, head for Glengarnock, and into Auchengree Farm shop for coffee (If it is open?) I have a feeling they dont open until 11am? If Not cafe stop will be Castle Semple/Lochwinnoch After Auchengree, we pick up cycle track and motor back towards Lochwinnoch and on to Paisley. https://www.plotaroute.com/route/817988?units=km 35miles, with options to increase if you wish. Post up please if you are planning on coming out, It really helps with the planning and organisation on the day. 😊   LOOK AT THE ROUTE AND FAMILIARISE YOURSELF WITH IT! You might be on the front when it's time to turn, make sure you know when and where! 😉   Nice leisurely pace, no one gets left behind, We ride at the pace of the slowest rider on the day and we wait at the top of hills etc.......  Bring a helmet, spare tubes, tools, nutrition and a drink Plenty fluids. Money for coffee/tea, and a mobile phone......and your bike!!    Leaving from Paisley Town Hall at 9am, so get there just before 8.50am!
  2. As the Club is running the 3 Ferries route across ALL Rings tomorrow, I thought I'd post a Wee Ring fun run for those not wishing to do the 3 ferries or struggling with time etc. Weather looking good for a summer saunter, plus I have identified a new Cafe Stop (The Coachouse in Bridge of Weir https://www.thecoachhouse-bow.co.uk/) that I think we should check out. Coffee and Roll, or Coffee and Cake £3.95. Bike racks, and entry to the beer garden from the rear of the premises, ticks all boxes!! So 2 options for tomorrow, both around the 30 mile mark and both with around 1700ft elevation, but nothing too strenuous, you've ALL ridden them before. Both would lead us out past airport into Inchinnan, past Ingliston Equestrian Centre. 1. Then we either turn right out past Gleddoch, and take the lumpy route to come out half way up the Clune Brae, into Kilmacolm and on to BoW for Cafe 2. The other we turn left, into Houston, into BoW, but take a left out Torr Road. Turning right at the end and head out towards KIlmacolm, before coming back into BoW and stopping. Again 2 options for getting back to base, 1. Cycle track from BoW to Paisley, or 2. Church st to Kilbarchan, and Beith Rd. through Johnstone Elderslie to base. https://www.plotaroute.com/route/712307?units=km https://www.plotaroute.com/route/712303?units=km Post up please if you are planning on coming out, It really helps with the planning and organisation on the day. 😊   LOOK AT THE ROUTE AND FAMILIARISE YOURSELF WITH IT! You might be on the front when it's time to turn, make sure you know when and where! 😉   Nice leisurely pace, no one gets left behind, We ride at the pace of the slowest rider on the day and we wait at the top of hills etc.......  Bring a helmet, spare tubes, tools, nutrition and a drink Plenty fluids. Money for coffee/tea, and a mobile phone......and your bike!!    Leaving from Paisley Town Hall at 9am, so get there just before 8.50am!
  3. Looks like the weather is set to stay good over the weekend, so proposing a nice wee Wee Ring route to get you all back out on the bike again? I personally have not been out much recently and although looking forward to it know my fitness has dropped off, So come and join me and your fellow Club members I'll make you look good!! 😂😂 Looking at heading out of Paisley towards airport, Bishopton, Houston and Bridge of Weir. Taking Torr rd up to the top of Carruthmuir, before taking a left down into Howood and cafe stop at The Boarding House (They are back on Summer hours) This is around the 22miles/36km mark. If that's enough for you on the day, there's an easy roll back towards Paisley through Johnstone and Elderslie. IF however, you are looking for a little more, we will be heading up Bowfield, before cutting left and topping out on Gleniffer Road just after Lapwing Lodge. Gleniffer braes road back down into Paisley and back to Abbey. All in 33 miles/ 53 km Plenty of options to bail early or increase your mileage, so should suit most......... Basically saying here, "No Excuses!" 😈🚲😈 https://www.plotaroute.com/route/805804?units=km Approx 33 miles, but a bit hilly in places. Post up please if you are planning on coming out, It really helps with the planning and organisation on the day. 😊   LOOK AT THE ROUTE AND FAMILIARISE YOURSELF WITH IT! You might be on the front when it's time to turn, make sure you know when and where! 😉   Nice leisurely pace, no one gets left behind, We ride at the pace of the slowest rider on the day and we wait at the top of hills etc.......  Bring a helmet, spare tubes, tools, nutrition and a drink Plenty fluids. Money for coffee/tea, and a mobile phone......and your bike!!    Leaving from Paisley Town Hall at 9am, so get there just before 8.50am!
  4. Posting for a friend of the Velo, £500.00 Size -51 Frame - Carbon Wheels -DW Swiss Group Set - Shimano 105 All New Below Tyres - Grand Prix 4000 Sii Chain Cassette Saddle -Specialized Gel Saddle Carbon Seat Post Break Cables Handle Bars Bar Tape Carbon stem Break Hoods Collection Only Erskine
  5. Looks like the weather is picking up heading towards the weekend, so proposing a nice wee Wee Ring route to get you all back out on the bike again? I personally have not been out in a while and although looking forward to it know my fitness has dropped off, So come and join me and your fellow Club members I'll make you look good!! 😂😂 Looking at heading out of Paisley towards Elderslie, Johnstone and Howwood. Up the Bowfield and across past Greenacres to Canny Man at Lugton. (Unfortunately it wont be open at that time!!) So we shall continue on to the Clerkland Farm Cafe stop just outside Stewarton. Coming out we head back on ourselves and turn right onto Kingston Road and head for Neilston and Barrhead. Before rolling back down into Paisley Plenty of options to bail early or increase your mileage, so should suit most......... Basically saying here, "No Excuses!" 😈🚲😈 https://www.plotaroute.com/route/424592?units=km Approx 30 miles, but a bit hilly in places. Post up please if you are planning on coming out, It really helps with the planning and organisation on the day. 😊   LOOK AT THE ROUTE AND FAMILIARISE YOURSELF WITH IT! You might be on the front when it's time to turn, make sure you know when and where! 😉   Nice leisurely pace, no one gets left behind, We ride at the pace of the slowest rider on the day and we wait at the top of hills etc.......  Bring a helmet, spare tubes, tools, nutrition and a drink Plenty fluids. Money for coffee/tea, and a mobile phone......and your bike!!    Leaving from Paisley Town Hall at 9am, so get there just before 8.50am!
  6. Sorry to hear this James. I've been away for a few weeks so not up to speed with what's happened? Hope you are alright, and not injured? Been a pleasure riding with you bud, and if you decide to return, you know where we are!
  7. Wee Ring this week is taking us out towards Johnstone, Bowfield, Lugton, Dunlop, Uplawmoor, Neilston Barrhead and back to Paisley. Café stop in Dunlop Clerkland Farm Café. https://www.plotaroute.com/route/424592?units=km Circa 30 miles Post up please if you are planning on coming out, It really helps with the planning and organisation on the day. 😊   A few new roads on there for a lot of us, so please LOOK AT THE ROUTE AND FAMILIARISE YOURSELF WITH IT! You might be on the front when it's time to turn, make sure you know when and where! 😉   Nice leisurely pace, no one gets left behind, We ride at the pace of the slowest rider on the day and we wait at the top of hills etc.......  Bring a helmet, spare tubes, tools, nutrition and a drink Plenty fluids. Money for coffee/tea, and a mobile phone......and your bike!!    Leaving from Paisley Town Hall at 9am, so get there just before 8.50am!
  8. Hello Guy's and Girl's, Christmas is coming! and if your loved ones are looking for a stocking filler for you, this could just be the post you are looking for!! I have been asked to re introduce a selection of "Off Bike" Club branded clothing, which we had successfully organised a couple of years ago. You've probably seen a few of us wearing it. Derek and I both sporting ours at the recent AGM. Unlike the Cycling Kit there are no minimum orders with this as the design logos are all in place from previous order, So IF only one person wants a baseball cap, then that can be done! Please feel free to have a look at the attached document, to see the range.....Happy to discuss sizing etc, and If anyone who has purchased previously would like to add a footnote as to how they found the sizing please do as it would be most helpful. If you see anything you like and would like to order, the please email me at [email protected] with: Product no.: Colour: Size: Qty: The prices shown were the cost previous time, I don't think there would be much if any change, but I can check tomorrow and confirm. I'll let this run for a week or so, and then collate an order. The turn around was pretty quick last time, but again I'll check if we can get an order in and processed for before Christmas. It makes sense to get as many done at once to make it easier to organise, and for the supplying company. I am still working out the best way to collect payment, but I can organise that once we get to the order stage. Any questions, drop me a line or ask here. Off Bike Clothing .pdf
  9. I found the Aldi winter Bib tights very good value, and good at keeping the water out too.
  10. Wee Ring this week will take us out of paisley via Ferguslie Park, Linwood, and Crosslee before picking up the Houston road and heading for Bridge of Weir. Prieston rd, and Lawmarnock rd. will take us up and over towards Howwood, where we will pick up the cycle track towards Lochwinnoch and beyond, before turning right and looping back round and picking up Corsefield rd. back into Lochwinnoch. Option for Cafe stop here as Boarding House not opening until 12 during the winter months. Bail out option here to take cycle track back to Paisley. Out of Lochwinnoch via Jonshill, turning right into Bridesmill rd, and roll into Howwood. Bail out option here again, with those short on time or energy, taking a left and following Beith rd. into Johnstone Elderslie and Paisley. The rest will climb Bowfield and head over towards Uplawmoor, turning right at the crossroads and heading back towards paisley along Gleniffer Rd, and dropping down into Paisley. https://www.strava.com/routes/16202097 Post up please if you are planning on coming out, It really helps with the planning and organisation on the day. 😊   A few new roads on there for a lot of us, so please LOOK AT THE ROUTE AND FAMILIARISE YOURSELF WITH IT! You might be on the front when it's time to turn, make sure you know when and where! 😉   Nice leisurely pace, no one gets left behind, We ride at the pace of the slowest rider on the day and we wait at the top of hills etc.......  Bring a helmet, spare tubes, tools, nutrition and a drink Plenty fluids. Money for coffee/tea, and a mobile phone......and your bike!!    Leaving from Paisley Town Hall at 9am, so get there just before 8.50am!
  11. Great turn out today on a pretty poor day weather-wise. 14 at the Abbey for 9am, (Plus Andy who caught up with us after an epic chase round Renfrewshire!) we all left together and rode together as one group, Quite appropriate on Remembrance Day. From the get go we were under pressure to complete a route and be back in Paisley at the Cenotaph in time for the wreath laying Ceremony. Aidan and Ian led us out of Paisley as a fair pace, which continued throughout the morning. To be fair we all were up for it, and Kudos to Stephen, our recent joiner and Caleb (First ride today) for coping admirably with the pace! The weather turned and the rain started, that wet rain that soaks right into every nerve and sinew. We proceeded out to Howwood, turned for Lochwinnoch then right again up towards Carruithmuir. We all took the climb at our own pace, and regrouped at the top. Can't hang about too long as getting cold, plus we were still on the clockwatching! Dropped down to Quarriers, and sharp right (Glad we checked our brakes before the descent!) into Torr Rd. Decision time!! How are we for time? Cycle track back to Paisley? or Continue with planned route? Confident that everyone was up for it and capable of it we chose to stick with original plan. Left and right and were heading for Houston (Not Texas!) Straight out The Georgetown road at a great pace, although the shout out to change up chain gang style seemed to cause some confusion in the ranks! and a few kicked into Chain gang mode! Phew!! Don't think I could have coped with any more increase in speed! Out the back of Inchinnan, and in past the Airport back to Paisley, Ian delivered us at the Cenotaph for 10.45 bang on his predicted ETA! Well done Sir! Great to see the Velo represented there today, and without any prompting every man removed their helmets, and as we approached 11.00 all caps were off too as a mark of respect for the fallen of all wars, recent and past. Once it was over we headed for The Little Coffee Shop in Causeyside St. For a heat! and some nice Coffee and hot rolls. The weather changed again for the worst while we were having Coffee, and the rain was bouncing by the time we left! Enough cycling for the day!, everyman for themselves, lets get home showered and heated up! Great company as always.... Why don't we do it all again next week? See you there! Vive Le Velo!
  12. What a gorgeous morning, good numbers at the Abbey … I think 18 in total? Big Ring and Wee ring split and Wee Ring headed out towards Johnstone. Derek, Scott, Gerry, Stevie, Temi, Stewart and I hit our first big challenge in Kilbarchan at Burntshields road climb BUT we all managed to get up it, and took a well earned rest at the top. (We wont mention the female runner who passed us on the hill! Well we did pass her again towards the top, and she was wearing a GB top so she must be a proper athlete) We continued the theme, of going "UP!" by turning right and heading towards Carruthmuir rd. At this point we were joined by Big John Downes, who was out out! He rode with us for a while before heading off for more miles in the direction of Kilmacolm. Puncture No1 came just after that, and we stopped at the highest most exposed spot ever to change the tyre! The wind was quite strong at this time and we were glad to get back on the road to heat up. We came through Quarriers Village, and had a nice Café stop @ Bernies. (Prices sneaking up!) where we once again bumped into big JD! He'd done an extra 10 -20 miles since we seen him last #mansamachine At this point Scott decided he would head on home as he was short for time. Great to see you out Scott!! We finished our skinny latte's and organic sundried tomato flatbreads, and hit the road, ( Think I managed to gloss over the flat whites and bacon rolls?) Following Dugald's route to the letter. Quick mention to the injured Dugald.... Great route dude! good mix of hills and descents, nice back roads, quiet and traffic free. That's where the Kudos ends bud! The local farmer must have heard we were due out that way and looks like he cut all his hedgerows in the last couple of days! Puncture 2,3 and 4 quickly followed and we must have moved a mile in about 45-50 mins!!! Finally was the cry as we hit the Barrochan road, a semi main road, hopefully no more punctures? Wrong!! I punctured again rear tyre this time, another thorn, which had finally made it through the Rubino tyre. Quickly changed! ….. Well by this time we have all had plenty experience!! Let's go! Times marching on...… Hang on says Temi! Guess what? FFS!!! Puncture No. 6!! At this point Derek is for phoning a shipping company to come collect us all and ship us home. Back on the road again JD and Stewart had to press on as their partners had search parties out looking for them, others phoning their wives, assuring them they are safe and well, and have enough food and water to make it home! We dropped down from Houston into Johnstone, and I split here to head up towards Elderslie, while the rest took cycle track back to Paisley, hopefully with no more drama? Another eventful day out with the Velo, always fun and great banter, even on challenging days like today! Looking forward to next week already! as it cant go as wrong as today! lol! Vive le Velo!
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