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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22625 on: August 14, 2019, 08:18:02 pm »
I spent several hours riding around Windsor in the rain trying to get the bottom bracket on the trice to preform the I am seizing up trick it played on me yesterday spoiling my plan's for a visit to Wolverhampton to visit nobby. Of course it is running fine today  ::-).
the slower you go the more you see

Kim

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22626 on: August 14, 2019, 08:49:33 pm »
I spent several hours riding around Windsor in the rain trying to get the bottom bracket on the trice to preform the I am seizing up trick it played on me yesterday spoiling my plan's for a visit to Wolverhampton to visit nobby. Of course it is running fine today  ::-).

What *again*?

Seized BB, not visiting nobby.  Though maybe they're related?
To ride the Windcheetah, first, you must embrace the cantilever...

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22627 on: August 15, 2019, 08:21:33 am »
I hadn't considered that, you could be right  ;D.
I must get the problem sorted out before the September camping weekend  :)
the slower you go the more you see

T42

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22628 on: August 15, 2019, 09:32:04 am »
Excellent news.

Thanks, Chris.  It's wonderful to have that nonsense out of the way.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22629 on: August 15, 2019, 12:18:56 pm »
We were in Edinburgh again this weekend, and Mrs. F wanted to do a route of around 120k as a final ride before her 2-day Ride the North event.

We did the route of the Tour of the Borders event which runs from Peebles.
This turned out to be a very nice route: you are on traffic-free roads pretty much from the start all the way to the finish.
I could have counted the cars on my fingers.

Pretty much all new roads for me, bar the odd section here and there from some Audaxes.
One big hill: the climb out from Talla.

Saturday turned out to be a weather window between the torrential rain of Friday and Sunday, and we got lucky and stayed dry.

I'd definitely recommend this route.
One thing to be aware of is that you pass *nothing* in the way of food stops or shops, except the Gordon Arms pub at the point where the loops meet.
We stopped at the pub on the first passing at about 62k.
It's decent enough, and plenty of cyclists seem to stop there ( because there's nowhere else! )
So plan accordingly.


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I was so impressed with this run when I did it in Feb, I dragged some clubmates down there last month.  We started in Broughton, and made our Gordon Arms stop on the 2nd passing of it.  Yes, it can get very busy with cyclists.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22630 on: August 16, 2019, 08:37:03 pm »
Out today route testing for the club's 100k bunfight next april. Due to Bordeaux regional politics this has fallen to me (there's a first time for everything).
Planning on Openrunner got complicated and today when push came to shove I opted for planB - which worked out really well, except that I am now over distance.

So a gorgeous day for a ride and, after a delayed start fixing the car, I got under way on the bike just before 10 which was great 'cos it put me in the right place to test the picnic site, which turned out to be ideal (even public loos not far away). I thoroughly recommend Alloue in the Charente Limousine as a picnic spot (apart from the number of cars sporting GB plates  :sick: )

Final count for the day 107kms (by my computer which may be a bit optimistic, I will have to do a rollout test and check this) which is the most I have done in a day for a couple of years. About 7 hrs total time (including my picnic and a lot of faffing about), 6hrs riding time. The morning was quick, after lunch was slow (more climbing, hotter and I didn't feel like pushing on).

I learnt that they had refinished the parking at Montrollet, halfing the number of places (which could complicate things if there is a wedding same day) but also that there is a second one hidden away. The lunch place is at 44kms by my count but can be reached in little more than 2 hours (if I can do it anyone can). The climbing is concentrated in a few big slopes and the rest is a lot easier than our club circuits tend to be. Now I have to look at the over distance side, but I know where to reduce that if necessary.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22631 on: August 18, 2019, 08:11:49 am »
Up early Saturday to fit in a ride before people arrived for the day. Got bike out of shed and it was raining so got the jacket out of the saddle bag and put on. Went out front of house and it had stopped and remained stopped except a few minutes drizzle. Mostly lovely 60km. Well most of it down pretty much deserted roads so loads of wildlife, deer, buzzards, several yellow/green woodpecker and possibly a barn out at distance. Had to return straight down A12 cycle path into a headwind as needed to get home for guests arriving which was less scenic and a bit of a slog.

Only downside is my left knee started hurting. Wondering if the new cleats aren't in the same position as old or have less float as less worn.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22632 on: August 18, 2019, 06:15:34 pm »
5 miles around Slough. My get up and go had gone before I got started 🙄
the slower you go the more you see

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22633 on: August 19, 2019, 08:06:56 am »
Nothing excessive in the grand scheme of things but it was nice to do 50km over two rides this weekend, the fourth and fifth ride back from injury.

The first took me from Newport Town FC ground to Gnosall and back, out via the “hilly” route and back along the disused railway path. I’ve not been along the path in about a year. Its really sad that the council spent so much to resurface it but have no money for its upkeep. In places the path is now less than a metre wide due to plant growth and soon may be impassable again. Newport beat Coven 4-2 in the match.

Sunday saw me do one of my favourite rides from Haughton down to Penkridge then over to Church Eaton before returning to Haughton….surprisingly there was a headwind all the way! What pleased me most about this ride was that I averaged over 12mph for the first time since my return…..okay, 12.03mph but the 0.03 is important to me!

My back and neck are quite painful at the moment but hey ho, its good to be back, despite being so slow!
Cats to the left of me, cats to the right of me, cats sitting on my keyboard making far more sense than I do.

T42

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22634 on: August 19, 2019, 09:56:30 am »
Yesterday, another of those rides where my power simply tanked at ~10km. Shoved in a banana/almond bar & did another 5 before jacking it in and going home.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22635 on: Yesterday at 06:17:02 pm »
I'm starting to enjoy cycling again! Okay, just 20km after w*rk but I managed to find a lane I have never cycled on before: Sherdicote Lane, just south of Bradley.

What a lovely lane....okay the surface was horrid but there was a lovely slope from the south which was the type which makes you work without pulling your legs off.

Not the fastest ride ever but just turning your legs over and earning your chip tea....CBH is out tonight...makes it all worthwhile.  :thumbsup:
Cats to the left of me, cats to the right of me, cats sitting on my keyboard making far more sense than I do.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22636 on: Yesterday at 07:40:54 pm »
I'm starting to enjoy cycling again! Okay, just 20km after w*rk but I managed to find a lane I have never cycled on before: Sherdicote Lane, just south of Bradley.

What a lovely lane....okay the surface was horrid but there was a lovely slope from the south which was the type which makes you work without pulling your legs off.

Not the fastest ride ever but just turning your legs over and earning your chip tea....CBH is out tonight...makes it all worthwhile.  :thumbsup:

I’d avoid it in winter though - mixture of floods and deep cow leavings!

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22637 on: Yesterday at 07:47:47 pm »
A slow Potter with jhonathan notp to Marlow and back. A very pleasant warm sunny ride  :)
the slower you go the more you see

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22638 on: Yesterday at 11:20:28 pm »
A stiff ride tonight, there were 6 of us - 43km and 1,050m of climbing.

From Sheffield up to Stocksbridge and up Pea Royd Lane, through some lanes and back via Midhopestones. A quick break for a pint at Ye Olde Mustard Pot and back via High Bradfield. Lovely stuff!