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Bike n' Bricks 2012 (UK)

atkinsaratkinsar Member Posts: 4,272
edited April 2012 in Community and Events
Just throwing an idea out there, how about this summer we organise a get together with a twist. It's my understanding that there are a few people in the forum who like mountain biking, so would anyone fancy getting together at a suitable location to do a spot of mountain biking followed by some food and Lego swapping/chat?

No need for this to be exclusive to those who don't ride, let's make it a family fun day, if we choose the right location (and get the right weather), there should be plenty to do for everyone.
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  • LegoboyLegoboy 100km furtherMember Posts: 8,822
    Sounds like a great idea. I'm in! :o)
  • Si_UKNZSi_UKNZ NZMember Posts: 4,179
    edited April 2012
    Great idea!
    Definitely count me in. I can show you my local trails if you like.
  • LegoboyLegoboy 100km furtherMember Posts: 8,822
    Uh Uh.....Swinley Forest! :o)
  • atkinsaratkinsar Member Posts: 4,272
    Ha ha, I thought you might suggest that location. To be fair, it was probably the one I had most in mind as it caters well to all so if people want to come along and skip the biking there should be plenty to do.
  • LostInTranslationLostInTranslation UKMember Posts: 5,590
    ^ I'm glad you said that :)
    I'm in for food and Lego ... my biking is strictly of the stationary kind :)
  • atkinsaratkinsar Member Posts: 4,272
    ^ perhaps Aunty Lucy would like to look after my kids whilst I go and play in the forest?
  • Si_UKNZSi_UKNZ NZMember Posts: 4,179
    edited April 2012
    ^^^^ Yeah oh, gues we can ride round in a postage stamp if you must :)

    Actually Swinley sounds great, havent been there in ages. Plus a good play area for the little ones.
  • atkinsaratkinsar Member Posts: 4,272
    Maybe Swinley is the best bet to make it inclusive for families and non-riders, but Si I'd definitely like to take you up on your offer of showing me some local trails some other time.
  • SirKevbagsSirKevbags Fairy Land Member Posts: 4,030
    More than happy to stay safe with the women and children ;-)
  • collect_thatcollect_that Kidderminster, EnglandMember Posts: 1,327
    Although I don't wouldn't class myself as a 'mountain biker' I have been known to take the odd trip round the wyre forest (slowly) so I'd be in!
  • LostInTranslationLostInTranslation UKMember Posts: 5,590
    edited April 2012
    ^^ Good call. And the food of course :-)

    I'm more than happy to look after the sprogs. But I don't do nappies.
  • LegoboyLegoboy 100km furtherMember Posts: 8,822
    ^ Ohhh, your an 'over the handlebar' man. Better make sure the Shox are pumped!! :o)

    Lol to it all. I'll go anywhere, just an obvious reaction to Si's. :o)

    I'm easy, really. But, if families are involved, it definitely makes sense to be at Swinley. And Si, I've heard there are some good trails within MOD land up your end - definitely for another time. :o)
  • atkinsaratkinsar Member Posts: 4,272
    I've changed the description slightly to make it a little bit more family oriented, bring your partners and kids (where applicable). To those that know Swinley, is there an area where bbqs are allowed or is it that old chestnut of fire and forest don't mix?
  • SirKevbagsSirKevbags Fairy Land Member Posts: 4,030
    I can't be left in charge of the food supplies :-P
  • LegoboyLegoboy 100km furtherMember Posts: 8,822
    NO BBQs IN SWINLEY FOREST!!! We almost lost it last year!!



  • princedravenprincedraven Essex, UKMember Posts: 3,768
    edited April 2012
    Why is everything I want to go to hours away...
    Probably count me (+family) in, not for the biking though...

    Just done a google maps plan from my house and if walking it is 62.4 miles which is coincidently the exact distance I will be walking in a few weeks time for SCOPE, 100km.
    If anyone fancies giving to a good cause, please visit:
    http://www.justgiving.com/Geoff-Hawkins
    Thanks in advance....
  • atkinsaratkinsar Member Posts: 4,272
    ^ nice, I see what you did there. Swinley Forest is 2 hours away for me too, it's funny that flump seems to have a canny knack for manipulating events onto his doorstep ;-)

    ^^ Picnics all round then!
  • LegoboyLegoboy 100km furtherMember Posts: 8,822
    ^ [Not biting] :o)
  • LegoboyLegoboy 100km furtherMember Posts: 8,822
    They have no DMs left so no point in going back.....again! Having spoken to the store manager this evening, it seems some nut and his 18month old has been in and out all week and has now cleared them out! :op
  • Si_UKNZSi_UKNZ NZMember Posts: 4,179
    I was actually very good last time and only got a few. Believe it or not, I was there for Duplo land. I'm so glad I got my annual pass, LLW is so much better than going to the local swings.
  • LegoboyLegoboy 100km furtherMember Posts: 8,822
    That is exactly right. We treat it as the local park:- Sunday afternoon, got a couple of hours to kill.....LLW!!! Sunny day after school on a Thursday.....LLW!!!
  • HuwHuw Brickset Towers, Hampshire, UKAdministrator Posts: 6,809
    Count me in for some cycling, as long as my hybrid can handle it.
  • richoricho Member Posts: 3,830
    It's a good idea, but the title Bike and Bricks does have a touch of Alan Partridge about it!
  • atkinsaratkinsar Member Posts: 4,272
    Aha! Jurassic park.
  • richoricho Member Posts: 3,830
    It just reminded me of the episode where he is desperately trying to think of ideas for new programmes, and keeps coming up with ridiculous programme titles, like cooking in prison, or monkey tennis.
  • collect_thatcollect_that Kidderminster, EnglandMember Posts: 1,327
    edited April 2012
    Just found my Sunday afternoon viewing! Lol!

    "I know lying is wrong, but if the elephant man came in now in a blouse with some make up on, and said "how do I look?" Would you say, bearing in mind he's depressed and has respiratory problems, would you say "go and take that blusher off you mis-shapened elephant tranny"? No. You'd say "You look nice... John""
  • MinifigsMeMinifigsMe Member Posts: 2,844
    Maybe...bit far for us, but will play it be ear depending on places to stay/urge to visit LLW :)
  • pantboypantboy EnglandMember Posts: 211
    They have no DMs left so no point in going back.....again! Having spoken to the store manager this evening, it seems some nut and his 18month old has been in and out all week and has now cleared them out! :op
    I got back from 2 days at LEGOLAND earlier and as of 3 0'clock this afternoon they still had, and were giving away shirtless darth mauls in the Star Wars shop with purchases over £20 (one assistant was handing out 1 for every £20 i.e. spend £40 and get 2)

    They had them in a white crate under the counter, i could see that they quite a few left.

  • legonut80legonut80 UKMember Posts: 314
    We would like to, but I think it might be a bit far for just the day, I'm also wanting to visit LLW :)
  • LegoboyLegoboy 100km furtherMember Posts: 8,822
    Thanks for that @pantboy. Apologies, my comment was more of a not-so-obvious elbow to @Si's kidney. He's not allowed to use the bike trip as an excuse to visit LLW for the 100th time this week! :-)
  • Si_UKNZSi_UKNZ NZMember Posts: 4,179
    Just got back from LLW and i think ive finally looked round the place now! Honestly, with a mad toddler it takes 3 visits just to see the place!

    Anyway on to my point, we could make it a 2 day thing maybe? Bikes/ picnic / bbq maybe on the sat and llw on the sun. Those who dont want to do the outdoorsy bits just join us from sat dinner onwards ...

    Thoughts???
  • Si_UKNZSi_UKNZ NZMember Posts: 4,179
    Oh, well, resounding response on that one :)
    ==
    Anyway, on the subject of bikes and bricks, I just found this ....
    http://jamesdick.co.uk/?p=1602

    image

    plus, vote for this CUSOO project!
    http://lego.cuusoo.com/ideas/view/2195

  • atkinsaratkinsar Member Posts: 4,272
    edited April 2012
    Sorry Si, meant to reply but forgot. It's a good idea, I'll chat with the wife and start to think about some possible dates and get back here. I'm thinking I may even splash out and stay in LLW hotel!

    I'm so supporting that cuusoo project in a minute. Edit - oh, I already was!
  • legonut80legonut80 UKMember Posts: 314
    It sound like a great idea, we would like to come depending on dates. We wouldn't have the bike part as it would be me, my husband and 3 little ones.
  • MinifigsMeMinifigsMe Member Posts: 2,844
    ^^^he's got no feet! I reckon a mod on the existing bike would be halfway there. the tyres are what really make it (and yeah the fig position)
  • RedbullgivesuwindRedbullgivesuwind Brickset's Secret HeadquatersMember Posts: 1,917
    I would come to. Although I dont have a bike and I am not running alongside so will drink beer...I mean protect the women and children from bears and things.
  • LegoboyLegoboy 100km furtherMember Posts: 8,822
    Lol
  • jgadgetjgadget Member Posts: 192
    I'm tempted too.
    Two problems though:
    1) I'm rather unfit, as I haven't been out on my bike for while.
    2) My mountain bike is very old and fit only for the dump, so I'd only be able to use my road-biased hybrid.

    I know, I should buy a new mountain bike, but every time I just about get the money together, I buy some more Lego!!
  • RedbullgivesuwindRedbullgivesuwind Brickset's Secret HeadquatersMember Posts: 1,917
    ^Build one out of lego. That solves both problems :-D
  • LostInTranslationLostInTranslation UKMember Posts: 5,590
    @jgadget - just come for the excellent company :-)
  • atkinsaratkinsar Member Posts: 4,272
    Ok, seems like there are a few people interested which is great, so I'll just throw a date out and see how it goes down:

    Saturday July 7th?

    Just to reiterate, this will be a family affair so no need to exclude those loved ones. Ains (aka 'wife') has given her approval so I'll be bringing my family and it's looking very likely that we'll be stopping over at the hotel and going to LLW on the Sunday (despite the astronomical cost!).
  • RedbullgivesuwindRedbullgivesuwind Brickset's Secret HeadquatersMember Posts: 1,917
    Thats near my birthday so I shall be free and I will expect presents :-D
  • HuwHuw Brickset Towers, Hampshire, UKAdministrator Posts: 6,809
    On my next cruise around that date :(
  • bluemoosebluemoose Member Posts: 1,716
    Julie & I are planning to come along, depending on her work rota, for the excellent company ( none of this bike nonsense for us!)
  • atkinsaratkinsar Member Posts: 4,272
    ^ Excellent! and ^^ depending on how many can/can't make that date, it could change.
  • Si_UKNZSi_UKNZ NZMember Posts: 4,179
    edited April 2012
    Yup, that date's fine with me.

    PS Im sure people who dont have bikes and want them can hire them - James? Know of anywhere local?
  • LegoboyLegoboy 100km furtherMember Posts: 8,822
    The Lookout have a cycle centre there for those interested (@bluemoose) so there's no escape!! http://www.wellingtontrek.co.uk/bikehire.php

    I haven't needed to hire one, but from what I've seen, they're okayish - all well maintained.

    Date sounds okay to me but I will of course try to fit in with everybody else. Away for the last week of July and again for the last week of August but other than that am good I think.
  • YellowcastleYellowcastle Member, Administrator, Moderator Posts: 4,623
    On my next cruise around that date :(
    These constant "cruises" are starting to tingle my spidey sense. Has anyone actually seen pictures or ticket stubs? Is it possible that our Huw is actually moonlighting as a secret agent or superhero?

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