Aldi shoe/pedal nettle patch face plant

Discussion in 'UK and Europe' started by Gordon, Sep 24, 2004.

  1. Gordon

    Gordon Guest

    Like all the other fat middle aged sad blokes I too have become Aldi man
    from head to foot. Some years since I last used cleats on shoes but thought
    I'd have no probs getting out in a hurry. In fact, once the pedals were set
    up I didn't have any hassle until I managed to nudge the front and back
    change levers simulaneously on the new Hardrock whilst crawling up a short
    steep stretch of the lovely cycle track round Alton Water (near Ipswich).
    Result? Instant lock up of the whole shebang, despairing wail, one foot out,
    one foot in and a decidedly ungraceful fall to the left.........face first
    into the biggest bloody nettle patch on the route. Ended up looking like a
    plague victim, much to my wife's amusement. Sensible lady, has refused my
    offer to buy her a nice new pair of shoes.

    If anyone in Suffolk is still looking for Aldi cycling stuff, try the one in
    Meredith Road, Ipswich as they still have loads left including the really
    cheap shirts and shorts from a couple of weeks ago. Having paid outrageous
    prices for not especially good kit in the past I welcome their efforts. When
    I was really into cycling (about 25 years ago) a pair of rubbish shorts
    would cost about half a weeks wages, compared with the cracking Aldi touring
    ones at three quid. Thought I'd died and gone to heaven

    Gordon - returning after many years and too many curries
    Specialized Hardrock for the roughish bits
    Holdsworth Mistral in 531 with mix of Shimano 105 and Suntour Cyclone, for
    the black stuff (bet you young muffins ain't seen one o' them)
     
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  2. >despairing wail

    I've made that sound too... Pretty soon the clipless will become second nature
    to use and the number of despairing wails will dramatically drop ;-)


    >Ended up looking like a
    >plague victim, much to my wife's amusement.


    ROTFLMAO... sorry, the mental picture you conjured up almost cost me a keyboard
    ;-) Seriously - I hope the swellings go down soon - antihistamines are good for
    this!

    Cheers, helen s






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  3. Jack Ouzzi

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    On Fri, 24 Sep 2004 17:54:31 +0100, "Gordon" <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >Like all the other fat middle aged sad blokes I too have become Aldi man
    >from head to foot. Some years since I last used cleats on shoes but thought
    >I'd have no probs getting out in a hurry. In fact, once the pedals were set
    >up I didn't have any hassle until I managed to nudge the front and back
    >change levers simulaneously on the new Hardrock whilst crawling up a short
    >steep stretch of the lovely cycle track round Alton Water (near Ipswich).
    >Result? Instant lock up of the whole shebang, despairing wail, one foot out,
    >one foot in and a decidedly ungraceful fall to the left.........face first
    >into the biggest bloody nettle patch on the route. Ended up looking like a
    >plague victim, much to my wife's amusement. Sensible lady, has refused my
    >offer to buy her a nice new pair of shoes.
    >
    >If anyone in Suffolk is still looking for Aldi cycling stuff, try the one in
    >Meredith Road, Ipswich as they still have loads left including the really
    >cheap shirts and shorts from a couple of weeks ago. Having paid outrageous
    >prices for not especially good kit in the past I welcome their efforts. When
    >I was really into cycling (about 25 years ago) a pair of rubbish shorts
    >would cost about half a weeks wages, compared with the cracking Aldi touring
    >ones at three quid. Thought I'd died and gone to heaven
    >
    >Gordon - returning after many years and too many curries
    >Specialized Hardrock for the roughish bits
    >Holdsworth Mistral in 531 with mix of Shimano 105 and Suntour Cyclone, for
    >the black stuff (bet you young muffins ain't seen one o' them)
    >


    Hey, Gordon, my man ............... you sound just like me !!!
    I have also started up again after 25 years, I also have 105 kit (on
    my fixie) and Suntour Cyclone stuff (on my tandem)

    Bloody good kit at Aldi I have to say !!! Well good enough for me
    anyway .............

    Well you sound nearly like me ............ I aint got a spotty face
    like you !!

    Good luck mate ............ keep goin!!

    ps

    I have a spare (new) Suntour Cyclone front mech and lever (braze on)
    if you are ever in need !!
     
  4. Rob

    Rob Guest

    On Fri, 24 Sep 2004 17:54:31 +0100, "Gordon" <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >Like all the other fat middle aged sad blokes I too have become Aldi man
    >from head to foot


    Puts hand up sheepishly (clad in Aldi shirt and Aldi glove)
     
  5. Gordon

    Gordon Guest

    "Rob" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > On Fri, 24 Sep 2004 17:54:31 +0100, "Gordon" <[email protected]>
    > wrote:
    >
    >>Like all the other fat middle aged sad blokes I too have become Aldi man
    >>from head to foot

    >
    > Puts hand up sheepishly (clad in Aldi shirt and Aldi glove)
    >
    >


    When I say head to foot I mean from the pointy bit at the top to the wiggly
    bits at the other end. Aldi wooly hat, Short sleeved cycling shirt, summer
    cycling jacket, erotically charged bib pants (also available from that very
    nice Ann Summers shop at ten times the price and with more holes), Aldi
    cycling socks, dem dreaded shoes, and finished off with Aldi gloves. Total
    cost less than a chicken biriani night out with far fewer calories and no
    f*rts at all.

    Gordon
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  6. Rob wrote:

    > On Fri, 24 Sep 2004 17:54:31 +0100, "Gordon" <[email protected]>
    > wrote:
    >
    >>Like all the other fat middle aged sad blokes I too have become Aldi man
    >>from head to foot

    >
    > Puts hand up sheepishly (clad in Aldi shirt and Aldi glove)


    I'm wearing a Lidl shirt and Tchibo shorts, just to be different.

    I fit 'fat', 'sad', and 'bloke' too. Does 31 count as middle-aged these
    days?

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  7. Roos Eisma

    Roos Eisma Guest

    "Gordon" <[email protected]> writes:

    >When I say head to foot I mean from the pointy bit at the top to the wiggly
    >bits at the other end. Aldi wooly hat, Short sleeved cycling shirt, summer
    >cycling jacket, erotically charged bib pants (also available from that very
    >nice Ann Summers shop at ten times the price and with more holes), Aldi
    >cycling socks, dem dreaded shoes, and finished off with Aldi gloves.


    I'm failing to get the anatomical picture right here. Your toes are in the
    gloves?

    Roos
     
  8. Andy

    Andy Guest

    "Rob" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > On Fri, 24 Sep 2004 17:54:31 +0100, "Gordon" <[email protected]>
    > wrote:
    >
    >>Like all the other fat middle aged sad blokes I too have become Aldi man
    >>from head to foot

    >
    > Puts hand up sheepishly (clad in Aldi shirt and Aldi glove)
    >
    >


    I might have ridden to work this morning wearing the Aldi
    waterproof trousers :)
     
  9. >>Like all the other fat middle aged sad blokes I too have become Aldi man
    >>from head to foot

    >
    >Puts hand up sheepishly (clad in Aldi shirt and Aldi glove)


    Hello, my name is Helen and I am Aldi woman. The only saving grace is this is
    not quite as bad as C&A woman ;-)

    Cheers, helen s


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  10. Gordon

    Gordon Guest

    "Jack Ouzzi" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > On Fri, 24 Sep 2004 17:54:31 +0100, "Gordon" <[email protected]>
    > wrote:

    Snipped
    > Hey, Gordon, my man ............... you sound just like me !!!
    > I have also started up again after 25 years, I also have 105 kit (on
    > my fixie) and Suntour Cyclone stuff (on my tandem)
    >
    > Bloody good kit at Aldi I have to say !!! Well good enough for me
    > anyway .............
    >
    > Well you sound nearly like me ............ I aint got a spotty face
    > like you !!
    >
    > Good luck mate ............ keep goin!!
    >
    > ps
    >
    > I have a spare (new) Suntour Cyclone front mech and lever (braze on)
    > if you are ever in need !!


    The mech I have on my beloved Holdsworth is the very curious Suntour Cyclone
    one that sits *on top* of the downtube, allegedly to reduce wind resistance
    (early marketing bollox in my view) but does make it easier to reach. The
    really neat bit is that because the front and rear changers are integrated
    into one unit the designers linked them so that when you change up on the
    rear mech the left hand lever moves slightly forwards ( along the axis of
    the downtube, not rotating about its pivot point). It moves the other way
    when changing down. The net result is to adjust the front mech, preventing
    chain rub and removing the need for manual adjustment. Difficult to describe
    in words, but take my word for it, very nifty in use!

    As for the spotty face (and left arm) the marks are fading, but the pain
    remains. May persuade wife to rub cream into affected area later - also
    found some other painful areas she can do as well..................

    Gordon
     
  11. Sue White

    Sue White Guest

    In message <[email protected]>, Gordon <[email protected]>
    writes
    >Like all the other fat middle aged sad blokes I too have become Aldi man
    >from head to foot.


    Beware of too much matching kit, it causes a karmic imbalance that
    results in frequent falls. We had a rider who'd been given a Trek
    jersey to match his bike, he was off so often he tore the jersey. Once
    he'd bought a different one he was fine.

    >face first
    >into the biggest bloody nettle patch on the route.


    Round here we're grateful for a nice soft nettlebed, mud puddle or
    cowpat. It's the huge knobbly flints that really hurt.

    --
    ];:))

    What goes down must come up again - Confucius' Law of Mountain Biking
     
  12. DG

    DG Guest

    31...Doesn't even come close.

    With average life expectancy (for males) pushing into 80+, at 31 you are
    still young.

    At 48 I am well on my way downhill and well past middle-aged, by pure
    mathematics.

    Oh well, just have to make the years count.

    BTW Lidl, Aldi, Tchibo... so what. If it keeps me on the bike, I'm happy.

    DG

    "Keith Willoughby" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > Rob wrote:
    >
    >> On Fri, 24 Sep 2004 17:54:31 +0100, "Gordon" <[email protected]>
    >> wrote:
    >>
    >>>Like all the other fat middle aged sad blokes I too have become Aldi man
    >>>from head to foot

    >>
    >> Puts hand up sheepishly (clad in Aldi shirt and Aldi glove)

    >
    > I'm wearing a Lidl shirt and Tchibo shorts, just to be different.
    >
    > I fit 'fat', 'sad', and 'bloke' too. Does 31 count as middle-aged these
    > days?
    >
    > --
    > Keith Willoughby http://flat222.org/keith/
    > Train whistle blowing, makes a sleepy noise
     
  13. DG wrote:

    > BTW Lidl, Aldi, Tchibo... so what. If it keeps me on the bike, I'm happy.


    Damned straight.

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  14. Gordon

    Gordon Guest

    "Sue White" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > In message <[email protected]>, Gordon <[email protected]>
    > writes
    > >Like all the other fat middle aged sad blokes I too have become Aldi man
    > >from head to foot.

    >
    > Beware of too much matching kit, it causes a karmic imbalance that
    > results in frequent falls. We had a rider who'd been given a Trek
    > jersey to match his bike, he was off so often he tore the jersey. Once
    > he'd bought a different one he was fine.
    >
    > >face first
    > >into the biggest bloody nettle patch on the route.

    >
    > Round here we're grateful for a nice soft nettlebed, mud puddle or
    > cowpat. It's the huge knobbly flints that really hurt.
    >
    > --
    > ];:))
    >
    > What goes down must come up again - Confucius' Law of Mountain Biking
    >


    It ain't the pain I'm concerned about. Flints, razor wire and even brambles
    produce honourable wounds that generate concern and respect. Try walking
    down your local High Street with your face poxed to blazes by nettles and
    you begin to realise that the only way to stop the public from mocking,
    staring or dragging their kids to the other side of the street would be to
    invest in a good handbell and practice bellowing "unclean" at the top of
    your voice............

    Gordon

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  15. Jack Ouzzi

    Jack Ouzzi Guest

    On Fri, 24 Sep 2004 21:49:35 +0100, "DG" <[email protected]> wrote:

    >31...Doesn't even come close.
    >
    >With average life expectancy (for males) pushing into 80+, at 31 you are
    >still young.
    >
    >At 48 I am well on my way downhill and well past middle-aged, by pure
    >mathematics.
    >
    >Oh well, just have to make the years count.
    >



    So my 53 ain't lookin too good then ............... ??

    Your only as old as the Aldi clad body your feelin :)

    Anyway I'm as fit as a cello ...............
     
  16. Nick Kew

    Nick Kew Guest

    In article <[email protected]>,
    "Gordon" <[email protected]> writes:
    > Like all the other fat middle aged sad blokes I too have become Aldi man
    > from head to foot.


    Oy! Not all. This fat middle aged sad bloke doesn't have anything from Aldi.
    In fact he doesn't even know what Aldi is.

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  17. Nick Kew

    Nick Kew Guest

    In article <[email protected]>,
    "Gordon" <[email protected]> writes:

    >> >face first
    >> >into the biggest bloody nettle patch on the route.


    Hehe.

    (well, if your missus found it funny, it can't have been too serious
    to laugh at:)

    >> Round here we're grateful for a nice soft nettlebed, mud puddle or
    >> cowpat. It's the huge knobbly flints that really hurt.


    Yeah. When I came off on Sunday (see "sheer stress" post) I watched
    the big jagged rocks - fixtures in the nice friendly dirt track -
    rising up to meet me. One was heading straight for the head at first,
    but fortunately I was able to divert it - the same fall in nettles
    would on balance have been a good deal nastier.

    > It ain't the pain I'm concerned about. Flints, razor wire and even brambles
    > produce honourable wounds that generate concern and respect.


    You tried brambles? My blackberrying produces a general redness of bumps,
    blotches and scratches that is neither dignified nor sympathetic.
    Of course, part of that is the symbiotic relationship of nettles and brambles.

    > Try walking
    > down your local High Street with your face poxed to blazes by nettles and


    Hehe.

    Something a bit like that happened to me a very long time ago, as a child.
    I don't recollect it generating any particular reaction.

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    James VI did, for us poor sassenachs with no acceptable leaders?
     
  18. Sue White

    Sue White Guest

    In message <[email protected]>, Gordon <[email protected]>
    writes
    >
    >It ain't the pain I'm concerned about. Flints, razor wire and even brambles
    >produce honourable wounds that generate concern and respect. Try walking
    >down your local High Street with your face poxed to blazes by nettles and
    >you begin to realise that the only way to stop the public from mocking,
    >staring or dragging their kids to the other side of the street would be to
    >invest in a good handbell and practice bellowing "unclean" at the top of
    >your voice............
    >


    Love it - you can come on our Comical Mass ride !

    Watch out for the itch that follows the pain though.

    --
    Sue ];:))

    What goes down must come up again - Confucius' Law of Mountain Biking
     
  19. taywood

    taywood Guest

    "Nick Kew" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > In article <[email protected]>,
    > "Gordon" <[email protected]> writes:
    >> Like all the other fat middle aged sad blokes I too have become Aldi man
    >> from head to foot.

    >
    > Oy! Not all. This fat middle aged sad bloke doesn't have anything from
    > Aldi.


    Me too until today. I was Mr Lidl.
    Today (Sat) I bought a Gilet, waterproof pants and winter jacket.
    They still had lots of stock at the Fleetwood Aldi.
     
  20. Steph Peters

    Steph Peters Guest

    [email protected]omcom (dirtylitterboxofferingstospammers) of AOL,
    http://www.aol.co.uk wrote:

    >>>Like all the other fat middle aged sad blokes I too have become Aldi man
    >>>from head to foot

    >>
    >>Puts hand up sheepishly (clad in Aldi shirt and Aldi glove)

    >
    >Hello, my name is Helen and I am Aldi woman. The only saving grace is this is
    >not quite as bad as C&A woman ;-)


    Well Aldi woman is somewhat more up to date than C&A woman, given that C&A
    (UK) went bust 10ish years ago. Strangely C&A are still going strong in
    some other European countries, and I find plenty to buy when I go in there.
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