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Poet's Corner in Coggeshall

The Braintree Easy Riders, twelve in all, Met at the library in coggeshall. One member, Ann arrived covered in mud, And explained that she had fallen off with a thud! Apparently on a track recommended by Mick, Where the mud was very slimy and thick! Leaving the library we cycled through the town, Pedalling up the hill to pass the cricket ground. Just then we heard Mave exclaim. Something’s happened to my chain! Quick as lightening the chain was fixed, ‘Who said girls need these maintenance tricks!’ Continuing on, towards Silver End Our new guy Alex struggled on an uphill bend, Gifford and Karen encouraged him along, Only to find the others had gone! A shorter route we then started debating,

'Mentenance'

Following positive feedback on both our ladies and mens roadside maintenance sessions, we ran the second session for our male riders plus we had a couple of ladies joined the second half to cover tyre removal. Key topics included changing parts of the drive chain (cassettes, pedals, cranks and chain wheels), chain removal and installation (use of quick links), gear and brake (v, cantis and disk) adjustment (macro adjustment via the cable bolt and micro adjustment via the barrel adjusters) as well as lubrication points/frequency. Mick led the day using a selection of bike parts to illustrate how they worked - particularly useful in showing how the limit screws operate within a derailleur and

Boats, Trees and Beards

Todays' ride was to Paper Mill Lock and to cater for those who wanted to do slightly less distance, we had a couple of starting points - Great Square and Great Leighs. Mick waited at Great Leighs and Jim led the ride from Great Square. Just as we were about to set off Jim had a call - there was only Mick at Great Leighs - it was clear the vast majority of Easy Riders felt comfortable doing the longer distance. We headed off towards Great Leighs to pick up our lonely leader and carried on towards Terling, Hatfield Peveral and finally 13 miles later arrived at PaperMill Lock, where refreshments were partaken. I reckon when you line up the Easy Riders they are as long as a narrow boat. Coming b

113.67 miles later

The day had arrived for a small band of cyclists to cycle a combined 620 miles overnight. Karen, Paul aka Compo, Ivan, Ian, Peter and I were dropped off at London Fields at 7.15pm on Sat 8 July by Team Dynamo Support (aka Mick and Tim). With the weather being dry and barmy the place was packed with people out for the evening as well as hundreds of cyclists awaiting the start of the Dynamo ride. Having been in the car for a while, we all naturally gravitated towards the loos but it seemed that everyone else did as well. After a brief discussion we decided to start the ride at 7.45pm and find a more convenient convenience on the way. So off we went to our first rendezvous at Moreton. The ride

Braintree Easy Riders is an affiliated community cycling group supported by Braintree District Council and Essex County Council
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