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Postby EKE_38BPM » Thu Nov 29, 2012 21:04 pm

Hoopdriver wrote:You are indeed to be envied.

Cheers. Not quite photographing big cats, but still enjoyable.

I love the fact that everyone has a smile on their face. The trainees, the instructors, the teachers in the schools, the parents, the traffic we are holding up, the pedestrians we pass. Everyone.
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Postby msmancunia » Thu Nov 29, 2012 21:47 pm

Thanks for the one-handed lesson EKE - will be practicing!

(I'm aware how dodgy that could sound, but can't think of any other way to put it!)
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Postby EKE_38BPM » Thu Nov 29, 2012 22:18 pm

msmancunia wrote:Thanks for the one-handed lesson EKE - will be practicing!

(I'm aware how dodgy that could sound, but can't think of any other way to put it!)


Practice with one hand, then practice with the other. Keep doing it until you're all hot and sweaty. Send us pictures.
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Postby Veronese68 » Thu Nov 29, 2012 22:32 pm

EKE_38BPM wrote:It surprises me how some kids just get it but others don't.

I'm constantly bewildered that my daughter doesn't get it. I'm certain it's just a confidence thing with her. She's probably like the kid you describe that can answer all the questions. She's done Bikeability 1 and 2 and told me all about it. But, when it comes down to it she's rather ride her scooter. :?

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Postby Hoopdriver » Fri Nov 30, 2012 07:44 am

My older daughter was like that and I had pretty much given up on the idea of her ever riding, but then one day out of the blue she picked up her younger sister's bike and just pedalled away. Just like that.

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Postby EKE_38BPM » Fri Nov 30, 2012 07:56 am

Hoopdriver wrote:My older daughter was like that and I had pretty much given up on the idea of her ever riding, but then one day out of the blue she picked up her younger sister's bike and just pedalled away. Just like that.

She can ride OK, I'm talking about things like road positioning, signalling, shoulder checks etc.
If you ask "How far away do you ride from parked cars?", she is the first to pipe up "The width of a door and a little bit more.", exactly as she's been told, but when she's actually on the bike she passes cars so close that she is almost ducking underneath the wing mirrors!

Final day with this group today so we're taking them in a long ride. At around an hour, this will probably be the longest ride most will ever have done, and sadly, probably the longest some will ever do.
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Postby Hoopdriver » Fri Nov 30, 2012 12:15 pm

EKE_38BPM wrote:
Hoopdriver wrote:My older daughter was like that and I had pretty much given up on the idea of her ever riding, but then one day out of the blue she picked up her younger sister's bike and just pedalled away. Just like that.

She can ride OK, I'm talking about things like road positioning, signalling, shoulder checks etc.
If you ask "How far away do you ride from parked cars?", she is the first to pipe up "The width of a door and a little bit more.", exactly as she's been told, but when she's actually on the bike she passes cars so close that she is almost ducking underneath the wing mirrors!

Final day with this group today so we're taking them in a long ride. At around an hour, this will probably be the longest ride most will ever have done, and sadly, probably the longest some will ever do.

Good luck!

And let's hope they will continue cycling...

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Postby EKE_38BPM » Fri Nov 30, 2012 22:42 pm

EKE_38BPM wrote:Final day with this group today so we're taking them in a long ride. At around an hour, this will probably be the longest ride most will ever have done, and sadly, probably the longest some will ever do.


We went to the park and then we took them to see aeroplanes taking off and landing at London City Airport today. We were so close that we could smell the tyre rubber when the planes landed.

Have I mentioned that I love my job?
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Re: I love my job!

Postby walkingbootweather » Fri Dec 21, 2012 12:17 pm

Anyone else looking for an EKE type job?

The Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames are looking for 2x Senior Cyclist Instructor & Assistant Coordinator. Be quick though as the closing date is today.
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Postby EKE_38BPM » Fri Dec 21, 2012 13:28 pm

walkingbootweather wrote:Anyone else looking for an EKE type job?

The Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames are looking for 2x Senior Cyclist Instructor & Assistant Coordinator. Be quick though as the closing date is today.


You would need to be already qualified and have experience, so no good for newbies, but I've forwarded to a couple of colleages.
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Postby Veronese68 » Fri Dec 21, 2012 17:34 pm

walkingbootweather wrote:Anyone else looking for an EKE type job?

The Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames are looking for 2x Senior Cyclist Instructor & Assistant Coordinator. Be quick though as the closing date is today.

Not very local for you though. But good pubs down here, if a touch expensive.

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Postby walkingbootweather » Fri Dec 21, 2012 17:56 pm

Veronese68 wrote:Not very local for you though. But good pubs down here, if a touch expensive.


My best mate's Mum used to have a place backing onto Richmond Park, so I do know the area (and pubs) a bit. Sadly I'm no doubt wildly under-qualified for this job, and as you say the commute might be a bit much on the bike :wink:

I'm originally from the South and have worked and studied in London, but much prefer it up here now thank you very much, even if our beer is not a patch on yours.
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Postby EKE_38BPM » Sun Dec 30, 2012 00:50 am

Whilst riding to work before the Xmas break I started chatting to a bloke on an obviously brand new bike with REALLY rattly mud guards. It turns out that he is the co-owner of the manufacturer of the bike he was riding and was looking to offer cycle training to new customers. This could be lucrative for me, especially as the company has some good corporate links (he says) so I can charge more than I would to, for example, a failing inner city school.

No names yet, but watch this space.

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Postby Veronese68 » Sun Dec 30, 2012 16:15 pm

EKE_38BPM wrote:Whilst riding to work before the Xmas break I started chatting to a bloke on an obviously brand new bike with REALLY rattly mud guards. It turns out that he is the co-owner of the manufacturer of the bike he was riding and was looking to offer cycle training to new customers. This could be lucrative for me, especially as the company has some good corporate links (he says) so I can charge more than I would to, for example, a failing inner city school.

No names yet, but watch this space.

I think I may have said this before, but I love my job.

Excellent. Just seeing this thread title makes me smile.
I do hope customer's bikes are put together better than his own though.

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Postby EKE_38BPM » Sun Dec 30, 2012 20:44 pm

Veronese68 wrote:
EKE_38BPM wrote:Whilst riding to work before the Xmas break I started chatting to a bloke on an obviously brand new bike with REALLY rattly mud guards. It turns out that he is the co-owner of the manufacturer of the bike he was riding and was looking to offer cycle training to new customers. This could be lucrative for me, especially as the company has some good corporate links (he says) so I can charge more than I would to, for example, a failing inner city school.

No names yet, but watch this space.

I think I may have said this before, but I love my job.

Excellent. Just seeing this thread title makes me smile.
I do hope customer's bikes are put together better than his own though.


He was trying out a new brand of mud guards. I guess the feedback would be along the lines of: "They look pretty, but they rattle more than the tail of a rattle snake."
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Postby jimmypippa » Tue Jan 01, 2013 12:16 pm

Hoopdriver wrote:I love my job, but I also loved reading your post about yours. That must be so rewarding, and what a lovely escape from the office routine! Congratulations! You are indeed to be envied.

Having seen some of the photos you took for your job I can understand...

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Postby EKE_38BPM » Fri Mar 08, 2013 15:09 pm

One of my trainees this week really opened my eyes and scared me a bit.
She was slightly on the chunky side, not obese, but she was so unfit that we had to take her back to the school once (after about half an hour of slow riding) and on the longer rides up to an hour (with short breaks to talk to the trainees) she kept on stopping and complaining of pains in her legs. She was very red in the face and out of breath and her colleagues were looking at her not understanding why she felt like that. I wouldn't be surprised if that session was the last time she exerts herself for a hour for the rest of her life as she obviously doesn't exercise, doesn't like exercising and doesn't want to exercise.

This is the first time I've seen such an unfit ten year old and it was a bit scary.

Reading this back, it looks like the hourlong rides are hard work. They are not. Think pootling through the park kind of speeds but with frequent stops (every 5-10 minutes or so) so we probably don't even cover 5 miles in that time.
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Postby Veronese68 » Fri Mar 08, 2013 15:43 pm

Yikes, that's really quite worrying. I know it's not hard work, my daughter told me all about it after she did hers.
I saw some kids out with their instructors just around the corner from mine the other day. I think they were practising right turns from a Give Way line. There was a group of them at the side of the road waiting whilst another one was doing her manoeuvre. It just made me smile, warms my heart every time I see kids doing their training.

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Postby EKE_38BPM » Sat Mar 09, 2013 14:02 pm

Veronese68 wrote:Yikes, that's really quite worrying. I know it's not hard work, my daughter told me all about it after she did hers.
I saw some kids out with their instructors just around the corner from mine the other day. I think they were practising right turns from a Give Way line. There was a group of them at the side of the road waiting whilst another one was doing her manoeuvre. It just made me smile, warms my heart every time I see kids doing their training.


We were snaking, which is riding with the lead instructor at the front, the trainees in a line behind and the assaistant instructor (me) bringing up the rear, and riding around the roads local to the school for the trainees to practice what we were teaching. We repeatedly went past a couple of cabbies who were cleaning their cars and chatting and they had massive smiles on their faces every time we went past.

Even cabbies like seeing kids riding bikes. Hows that for a shock!
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Postby jimmypippa » Sun Mar 10, 2013 14:21 pm

EKE_38BPM wrote:One of my trainees this week really opened my eyes and scared me a bit.
She was slightly on the chunky side, not obese, but she was so unfit that we had to take her back to the school once (after about half an hour of slow riding) and on the longer rides up to an hour (with short breaks to talk to the trainees) she kept on stopping and complaining of pains in her legs. She was very red in the face and out of breath and her colleagues were looking at her not understanding why she felt like that. I wouldn't be surprised if that session was the last time she exerts herself for a hour for the rest of her life as she obviously doesn't exercise, doesn't like exercising and doesn't want to exercise.

This is the first time I've seen such an unfit ten year old and it was a bit scary.

Reading this back, it looks like the hourlong rides are hard work. They are not. Think pootling through the park kind of speeds but with frequent stops (every 5-10 minutes or so) so we probably don't even cover 5 miles in that time.


I know - we took some kids for an introduction to fellrunning and one 11-yr old kid had given up on the half-mile walk to the start.


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