ride was punctuated with a number of mechanical problems - mostly minor
- but ride-leader Paul unfortunately suffered from an almost
terminal bent chainring on his APB after an unusual manoeuvre (note,
while 'APB' stands for 'All-purpose bike' this probably shouldn't be
taken to mean that these machines can be pressed into service as
This necesitated an impromptu change of leadership allowing most
of the party to follow the planned route to the pub while Paul took a
short-cut and limped on to meet the rest of the group for lunch.
Emergency first aid measures were applied in the pub car
park involving a former bike mechanic (Aussi Dave) and
a mole wrench.
After leaving the pub we returned via Wimbledon Common, Richmond Park,
Ham common, Ham lane, through Ham village (and I had a Ham sandwich in
the pub). It was noted that none of the riders were Jewish or Muslim!
We returned to the North bank of the river via Hammerton's
(continuing the Ham
theme). While waiting for the ferry,
which was on the opposite bank and showing no signs of moving, it was
noted that to go around would involve a short detour of about 1.5 miles
"but where's the fun in that?".
Interestingly, while the Twickenham ride was under way, one lone rider
rode the ghost of a Meriden Origami past - you know who you are! More
pictures in the Flickr