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PostSubject: Riding the Silverwing on Cobblestones    Riding the Silverwing on Cobblestones  I_icon_minitimeWed Sep 07, 2022 4:28 pm


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PostSubject: Re: Riding the Silverwing on Cobblestones    Riding the Silverwing on Cobblestones  I_icon_minitimeWed Sep 07, 2022 9:27 pm

Personal experience gone wrong??
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PostSubject: Re: Riding the Silverwing on Cobblestones    Riding the Silverwing on Cobblestones  I_icon_minitimeThu Sep 08, 2022 3:19 am

No, it was a crossover from another topic about 'poor man's hyperpros'. However, it got me thinking about how many Cobblestone streets there are left which are still used for traffic?

I know of one in Crewe, Cheshire and one or two in Oxford. Apart from the rough ride they're treacherous in the wet small moped
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PostSubject: Re: Riding the Silverwing on Cobblestones    Riding the Silverwing on Cobblestones  I_icon_minitimeThu Sep 08, 2022 4:01 am

Alston used to be cobbled until recently. Besides the discomfort and risk of a slide I hated the sound of every part of the bike rattling.
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PostSubject: Re: Riding the Silverwing on Cobblestones    Riding the Silverwing on Cobblestones  I_icon_minitimeThu Sep 08, 2022 4:02 am

Your mentioning Oxford and slippery roads reminds me that when I was at college near Oxford, Queen Street, a major thoroughfare in central Oxford, was pedestrianised.
As is usually the case, buses and delivery vehicles were still allowed access.
What no-one considered was the surface of the beautiful stone slabs laid down until, that was, the first bus drove on and put its brakes on.
No prizes for guessing whether or not the bus stopped!

Edit: I survived West Flanders for four years; many streets are cobbled there, not least in Bruges, close to where we lived and which we visited almost daily.


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PostSubject: Re: Riding the Silverwing on Cobblestones    Riding the Silverwing on Cobblestones  I_icon_minitimeThu Sep 08, 2022 1:11 pm

I grew up in Carlisle and there were plenty of cobbled roads, streets, and lanes in the city centre back then. All traffic on it's way to and from Scotland on the A6 came through Carlisle back then.

A few cobbled side streets still exist, I used a couple as a short cut to the Hein Gericke store back in the day. I can also think of a few West Cumbrian towns where there's cobbled streets.

York has cobbled streets, from the narrow medieval Shambles, to areas round York Minster where period houses and cobblestone streets are popular for television crews filming costume dramas like ‘Gentleman Jack'.

North Yorkshire market towns like Richmond, Skipton, and Thirsk have large areas of cobblestones which when weekly markets aren't on are used for car parking.

Haworth, a village in West Yorkshire usually associated with the Brontë sisters has a very steep High Street. I was there last year and was very impressed to watch a couple gritty middle aged ladies from the Queensbury Queens of the Mountains Cycle Club pedalling up it.  Respect ladies. 👍

Of course cobblestones can be treacherous when it's raining, but so are roads where the surface has been planed grooved and left for weeks before resurfacing.

I used to enjoy an occasional ride into the Yorkshire Dales for a meal a Skipton Pie & Mash before it closed.  It was located in a Victorian building near the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. There was limited off street parking in the yard beside it.

The yard was surfaced with large rounded cobblestones, very uneven, with a gutter running along the length of the cobbles. Riding in and out was OK, but parking the Silver Wing, and later the Forza was a bit of a challenge. If I was lucky I could use the main stand, if not there was a bit of juggling to find the right place to use the side stand securely.
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