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By Herring (Sun Sep 16, 2007 at 06:55:37 AM EST) (all tags)
Back on the wakeboard for the first time in months.

It's funny how stuff shrinks. In the few short months I've not been wakeboarding, my life vest shrank to the point where doing it up was difficult (I am talking about a neoprene comp-vest here, not a puffy "lifejacket" or anything that might actually save your life when unconscious and face-down).

What's odder is that my bindings seem to have shrunk too. Took ages to get my feet into and then out of them. With that and the pain in the knee, I decided to skate the 2nd set. Felt excellent to be back out there again - although I am horribly unfit.

There was a guy taking pictures today, hawking his wares as a "sports photographer". He was doing freebees - presumably with a view to charging later. Allegedly mine should be available on the internets at some point. Bear in mind that I was riding crap.

Lovely to be out - sunshine etc. A little bit choppy but OK. The chavvy pub is closed for refurbishment at the moment so on a Sunday, it's lovely and quiet down there. We all hope that the plan is to take the place a bit up-market when it reopens.

A side note: the consensus is that is was actually some of the staff from this place that burnt Stew's shed (and equipment). But there's never enough evidence.

Took Small Boy cycling in Richmond Park yesterday for a change of pace. It's nice enough, but too many of the roads have too much traffic and with an unsteady SB, I didn't care for it that much. Need to find somewhere that's got a flat loop of maybe 3-6 miles and ice-cream vending facilities.

Once I have had my knee done, I want to get back into cycling and lose some of this weight. The double-whammy of not smoking and not exercising has not helped.

Running out of time on the MFC. Mind is still a blank - well, not on the music front, I can do the music. There is the option of spending hours going through recordings of speeches and the like looking for samples, but I can't get excited about that.

I think I should keep moving this afternoon, otherwise seizing up is a distinct possibility.

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Weekend stuff | 11 comments (11 topical, 0 hidden)
Richmond Park by jump the ladder (4.00 / 1) #1 Sun Sep 16, 2007 at 01:39:27 PM EST
Too much traffic. Also cyclists can get fined for breaking the 20 mph speed limit there which is pretty easy to do on the downhill biits...

Fined? by Herring (2.00 / 0) #2 Sun Sep 16, 2007 at 02:22:11 PM EST
Well, it's not going to happen to SB but on my own, I regularly break 20mph on the flat.

Didn't see a lot in the way of enforcement.

You can't inspire people with facts
- Small Gods

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Very Occasional crackdowns by jump the ladder (2.00 / 0) #3 Sun Sep 16, 2007 at 10:45:57 PM EST
So you've got to be very unlucky...

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LOLWHAT? by Breaker (2.00 / 0) #4 Mon Sep 17, 2007 at 01:39:53 AM EST
How can they prove that you knew you were cycling faster than 20mph?

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Radar gun, timing you between two points by jump the ladder (2.00 / 0) #5 Mon Sep 17, 2007 at 02:43:12 AM EST
Read it on a cycling website...

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But by Breaker (2.00 / 0) #6 Mon Sep 17, 2007 at 04:34:16 AM EST
It's no legal requirement for a cyclist to have a speedometer, therefore you're unaware of the speed you're going.  In which case you have not wilfully violated the law, surely?

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does intent really matter? by garlic (2.00 / 0) #7 Mon Sep 17, 2007 at 07:48:29 AM EST

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In UKian law by Breaker (2.00 / 0) #8 Tue Sep 18, 2007 at 02:17:52 AM EST

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so in your car, by garlic (2.00 / 0) #9 Tue Sep 18, 2007 at 03:45:33 AM EST
driving around with a busted spedometer excuses you from the speed limit?

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Nope. by Breaker (2.00 / 0) #11 Tue Sep 18, 2007 at 08:42:36 AM EST
Not only are you guilty of speeding, you're also driving a car not fit for the road.  Double pointage!

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There's no requirement to have by ambrosen (2.00 / 0) #10 Tue Sep 18, 2007 at 04:35:03 AM EST
a blood alcohol meter. But there's still a threshold above which you're breaking the law by driving a car.

And 20mph is definitely fast enough that you can make comfortable progress and safely be below it.

Not sure what I think of the rule, though. Especially as it applies on the purpose built MTB riding course, IIRC.

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