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Re: Newbies.. Ask us Anything??

Post by TLS-Moose » Jul 29th, '19, 14:20

The best thing I can suggest is to put "Bridgwater riders" in your title description?
If there is significant interest it's technically possible to create a sub-forum, but to be honest I doubt there's that much benefit .....
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Re: Newbies.. Ask us Anything??

Post by billinom8s » Jul 29th, '19, 16:02

Yep, always best to stick your target audience up in the title.
As you know we don't stand on ceremony here so anyone can organise Rideouts, meets etc.

Also, have a look through the intro section and see where people have said they are from, then shoot them a pm or respond to the thread.
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Re: Newbies.. Ask us Anything??

Post by ptolemyx » Jul 30th, '19, 05:10

Are the ride outs starting at Tiverton really too far from Bridgwater?

If so, I give up.......
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Post by billinom8s » Jul 30th, '19, 06:17

Not everyone wants to travel 50 miles to start Brian.
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Re: Newbies.. Ask us Anything??

Post by DaveH » Jul 30th, '19, 06:39

I found the same when living in Taunton. That extra mileage means having to get out of bed 45 mins or an hour earlier. Now I’m in Exeter I’m hoping I’ll get on more ride-outs, but I feel for those SWBers up North. The only advice I’d give is announce ANY rides you are doing up there. People are joining SWB all the time and there are Zummerzet folk lurking. You’ll get some interest, and probably sooner rather than later :-)

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Re: Newbies.. Ask us Anything??

Post by TLS-Moose » Jul 30th, '19, 08:18

ptolemyx wrote:
Jul 30th, '19, 05:10
Are the ride outs starting at Tiverton really too far from Bridgwater?

If so, I give up.......
For the bigger rides, I tend to agree but if you want to pop out for a couple of hours of an evening, or a trip to a local bike night, the extra 30-45mins each way can make it impractical for many.

Likewise the early morning rides actually become late night starts for some, and the extra 1-2hrs people are out can make the difference between getting a permission slip or not as Mr Menzies will tell you .....
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Re: Newbies.. Ask us Anything??

Post by ptolemyx » Jul 30th, '19, 10:01

Completely agree Moose. I wouldn't expect anyone to come out on one of my spontaneous shorter rides around North Devon and Exmoor.

Centre of Bridgwater to Tivvy is 31 miles, which I think is perfectly okay for a longer ride that doesn't start at the crack of dawn. I often happily do the 49 miles to Bridge Motorcycles for rides starting there. The extra miles there and back makes for more of a day out for me. And, of course, I'll be happy to do the short trip up to Bridgwater (50 miles from home) when ride outs up there get posted.

South West Bikers, by definition, covers a large geographical area and like most of the forum I'm not likely to go on a ride that starts too far from home, but am happy to go beyond my own doorstep. I start most of my ride outs from Tivvy not just for my own convenience but to attract those nearer the northern end.
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Re: Newbies.. Ask us Anything??

Post by MellowYellow » Jul 30th, '19, 11:41

I've been down to Tiverton several times from Bristol including my very first ride out anywhere.

It's about 65 miles each way which makes some of the rides a very long way.

So I tend to go on those routes that loop east and / or north then fork off at some point. The Shepton Mallet ride was perfik.
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Re: Newbies.. Ask us Anything??

Post by Jug_Inspector » Jul 30th, '19, 11:56

Chard to Tivy is about 31 miles (or 45 mins) the way I tend to go, and I find that perfectly fine as long as the start time is not too early.

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Re: Newbies.. Ask us Anything??

Post by Mervin » Jul 30th, '19, 19:26

the best record i have seen for traveling to the start of a rideout was my mate Pete , from Hadleigh in Suffolk to Taunton then we rode to valley of the rocks from there
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Re: Newbies.. Ask us Anything??

Post by billinom8s » Jul 30th, '19, 21:58

Stickley and his Mate rode from Poole to Exeter for the start of the RTTB one year. I think they set off at 1am!
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Re: Newbies.. Ask us Anything??

Post by Jug_Inspector » Jul 30th, '19, 22:14

I'm surprised you weren't all home by then.

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