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Kent, UK dwelling teacher without any hills

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  1. I used to fire up the Gaggia for an espresso before I went out on my early morning starts but the grinding and the pumping (!) used to wake the kids up which would delay my departure. Now look forward to a good, long pour over with my eggs when I get back… »

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  1. As the name suggests the beginning, middle and end are one and the same for me but I still try to seek out the hills. Fortunately I am not completely devoid of lumps in the rolling  south east Kent, UK countryside but they are short and not always steep. »

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  1. Greta piece that touches on many points. I am always telling my students about the joys of stress free early life jobs which incorporate something you enjoy. Mine were beach cleaning and gardening – plenty of time outdoors, could surf when the waves were … »

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  1. Lovely article – I get to ride once a week and even then I sometimes question the sense of it but when I am out it always feel like the right decision. »

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  1. Rebirth indeed – physio to be booked up to sort out fucked hip, sportive to be booked up as a goal. Nothing like the signs of spring, and the start of the racing season proper, to get you fired up… »

We are the Keepers of the Cog. In so being, we also maintain the sacred text wherein lie the simple truths of cycling etiquette known as The Rules. It is in our trust to maintain and endorse this list.The Rules lie at the beginning of The Path to La Vie Velominatus, not at the end; learning to balance them against one another and to welcome them...

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  1. guess you have all seen this? http://youtu.be/TEhySzO14ik »

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  1. @turbozombie must be something about the 29th as that was when I broke mine!! Although they told me the other day day that mine was actually only about 85% broken which may explain why it am now thankfully only on one crutch and have been given the all cl… »

  2. I can’t wait for the FRB after my recent broken hip which was itself done on a FRB – a cold and frosty morning, damn you rules #5&9!!! »

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  1. @frank would this site exist without this mantra? »

  2. This brings to mind Rule #6. If you feel clear of conscience that you have tried to follow the rules, or are on the path to full adherence, then perhaps your ride will be more fulfilling. And praise be to the Masturbation Principle! »

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  1. @Teocalli I did try to get back on, honest. I only called for help after I had crawled from the middle of the road to the kerb, dragged my bike next to me, had a ten minute lie down and failed twice to stand up. »

  2. Wet and windy then I am afraid I am weak. Cold and sunny – these are the best bad days. But as @pash has pointed out a fall, mine on ice, is not gorgeous at all. Now looking forward to early morning spring rides »

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  1. Thanks @frank and @teocalli. Just gutted that after finally having some time to recommence riding I am now off the bike again but I have a recovery plan sorted out and a few weeks off work to just chill and catch up on reading. the injury seems more commo… »

  2. This article now means more to me as I have just returned from hospital where I was undergoing surgery for a broken hip ( metal plates and pins) sustained after slipping on some black ice last Sunday. It was a bright sunny morning, the first for a while a… »

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  1. New shoes for me but not here until after Xmas. also got some cash so may invest in some artwork like @RedRanger s for my new house. Looking forward to a 2014 full of riding and good health. All the best to you…. »

I’m a naturally loud and weird person who expresses excitement through volume. Also, alcohol is supposed to be a depressant, but it doesn’t appear to work for me; all it does is make me happier (and louder) – until I have a little too much at which point I get weirder (a too-happy, too-loud kind of weird). But being a happy pers...

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  1. @VeloSix Got ya – it’s a good job I ride alone in that case then. »

  2. @VeloSix Care to explain? »

  3. I am wondering, as I try to follow the rules, which ones are the most important for me to stick too? Or is it a case of once one is broken you may as well give up? »

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  1. As a History teacher I love these articles and photos - great to use in the classroom as they often generate a lot of questions and allows me to talk about a great passion of mine and hopefully inspire some of my pupils. »

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  1. It’s very true about how quickly you can lose condition  - oh how this is true. Three months off due to moving house and back to work has taken it’s toll but the road back starts now.. »

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  1. Hi, Been reading the site for a couple of months and thought I would now join the community. I live about 25 miles away from Northern France, albeit across the channel, and feel the ethos on here sums up how I deal with my riding – no real hills, windy a… »