Author Topic: Have you been out today?  (Read 2201580 times)

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22650 on: August 26, 2019, 07:01:30 pm »
Yes to a pub that decided to stop serving food earlier than advertised. Now back and baking omelettes .

Cudzoziemiec

  • Solar powered, tea fuelled cycle-wol
Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22651 on: August 26, 2019, 07:47:15 pm »
Unlike other people, I haven't actually found it that hot today. Probably mostly because I just tootled along the BBRP into Bath, ate a sandwich and came back; a lot of that is in the shade of trees. Also spent some time sitting on a bench with a book.  8)
sideways bounding monkey lounging under fruit tree

ElyDave

  • Royal and Ancient Polar Bear Society member 263583
Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22652 on: August 26, 2019, 08:15:06 pm »
I definitely noticed the difference when I went through shaded areas
“Procrastination is the thief of time, collar him.” –Charles Dickens

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22653 on: August 26, 2019, 09:31:21 pm »
41 miles along the seafront to Bexhill and then home inland via Ninfield and Catsfield to bag a couple Veloviewer squares.

Rather hot but a decent ride although some of the driving and 'parking' along the Cooden Beach road was a little interesting.

I don't think I've cooled down yet mind - maybe setting off at midday wasn't the best plan.
Miles cycled 2014 = 3551.5 (Target 7300 :()
Miles cycled 2013 = 6141.4
Miles cycled 2012 = 4038.1

Kim

  • Timelord
Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22654 on: August 27, 2019, 12:03:55 am »
Seriously, who finds riding in this heat enjoyable?

It was quite pleasant when I rode home (mostly downhill) at about 10pm.

But yeah, riding in this heat tends to make me a bit unwell after a few hours.  It's still somewhat preferable to sitting around in this heat, because at least when I'm cycling I expect to be hot, and there's a bit of airflow.
To ride the Windcheetah, first, you must embrace the cantilever...

T42

  • Tea tank
Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22655 on: August 27, 2019, 10:02:39 am »
I've been out, if you could call it that.  No food for previous 12 hours 'cos being let blood this morning for doc to tut-tut over, then a banana/chocolate sarnie & onto the bike.  Sarnie obviously didn't work fast enough for I conked out on the first climb & crawled home. A sparkling 5.75 km. Mañana is also a day, as me old pal Georg used to say.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22656 on: August 30, 2019, 04:07:26 pm »
With CBH and her "Aged Mum" heading to their holiday home for the week, I decided to take the day off to celebrate do some cycling and get ready to care for myself and the 11 moggies for the week.

So, come this afternoon after 120 pouches of cat food and a large bag of frozen chips had been purchased, I took myself off to Haughton with the view to doing a 50km ride down the old Roman Road to Brewood and then back via Penkridge. I had plenty of time so was looking forward to my longest ride in ages.

Anyway...best laid plans of mice etc..... I got as far as the turn off for Wheaton Aston and decided that the headwind which I now note was blowing at somewhere north of 25kph was too much for me to returned back to my car with a total of 30kms done. I would love to say that the headwind at the turning point became a tailwind but of course it didn't!

Overall, it was nice to get out and my average speed is still increasing but still nowhere near where it should be. I'll try again on Sunday: tomorrow is to be spent trimming her bushes/ cutting down trees.
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 #22657 on: August 30, 2019, 07:15:09 pm »
Well I had a half day of holiday that needed using up by tomorrow so escaped work early and got out for a bike ride. I was a bit slow setting off so only did 23 miles in the end but it was very pleasant being out in the sun.

Stopped for a pint at the Chalvington Yew Tree but had to walk around drinking it as staying still resulted in being beset by wasps.
Miles cycled 2014 = 3551.5 (Target 7300 :()
Miles cycled 2013 = 6141.4
Miles cycled 2012 = 4038.1

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22658 on: September 01, 2019, 06:44:44 pm »
Mum's and back (overnight) last weekend (we've been away in-between and this is my first chance to report).

I'd planned to go cycle-camping last Saturday but with the glorious weather everything was booked. So, knowing mum would enjoy a visit, I decided to cycle to hers on Saturday, stay overnight, and get the train back on the Sunday. It's about 40 miles as the crow flies (if the crow followed the A38) but on the bike ended up being about 45. The weather was fantastic (despite something of a headwind) and discovering the NCN54 between Alrewas and Lichfield was a delight.

Although I was on my heavier touring bike, and 45 miles is the longest ride I've done this year, I felt great at the end of the ride. I had a nice evening with mum (takeaway chinese, bottle of wine) and got up ready to get the train back in the morning. Except that the trains were having industrial action, and threatened to make me take a bus for some or all of the way. And I don't think buses carry bikes.

However, the weather was still brilliant and my legs felt surprisingly up for it. Plus, the wind was still blowing from the south, meaning it would be behind me, so I rode back!

90 fabulous miles in a weekend, and a nice evening with mum.

 :thumbsup:
L'enfer, c'est les autos.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22659 on: September 01, 2019, 07:10:38 pm »
Perfect weather for a wandering group ride to a local garden centre. Loads of cyclists out and about, including a formal charity ride which seemed to include a wide range of riding options. At least one on an old Pashley PO bike.
Get a bicycle. You will never regret it, if you live- Mark Twain

bludger

  • Randonneur and bargain hunter
Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22660 on: September 01, 2019, 07:40:50 pm »
Did the Windsor bun run with the club (Richmond Park to Cinammon Cafe in Windsor and back). The ride out was OK and the bun was good but the route back is very road-y. I much prefer going out to Surrey tbh.
YACF touring/audax bargain basement:
https://bit.ly/2Xg8pRD


robgul

  • HoECC & Cycle:End-to-End webmaster, S Warwickshire Bike Shop in Wellesbourne
  • . . cyclist, Cytech accredited, manages an LBS
    • Cycle:End-to-End
Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22661 on: September 01, 2019, 08:50:20 pm »
London Sightseer Audax (well actually a slightly truncated version involving the Canary Wharf ferry to make it about 54 miles as we had a deadline to be home by) - saw a few familiar faces including Dave a.k.a. LWAB

Great ride as always in perfect conditions - - must be the 8th or 9th time I've ridden it.

Rob

Cudzoziemiec

  • Solar powered, tea fuelled cycle-wol
Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22662 on: September 02, 2019, 01:13:20 pm »
Got on my bike yesterday and toddled out through Chucklepurch, up Hinton Hill, long wait to cross the A46, then some smiling COR on the Fosse Way to Malmesbury. Went to the cafe in the town hall and had a cup of tea and a slice of apple cake – and a sandwich! Then decided to go on further to Purton. Diverted along some bridleways and then some not bridleways before going on to Somerford Common, which is actually wooded rather than a typical common. Spent ages looking at various butterflies, bees, flies and a huge yellow and black dragonfly with a whippy tale – it really showed how they got their name! Eventually reached Purton via some new roads, then home through Luckington ford and so on.

Really nice day. Didn't meet many motorists at all – more bikes than cars on the lanes either side of Malmesbury – and no bad driving. Great weather too!
sideways bounding monkey lounging under fruit tree

IanN

  • Voon
Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22663 on: September 02, 2019, 01:29:21 pm »
Really nice day.

And not a mangled bicycle in sight! (unlike our failed ride on Saturday  :facepalm:)

Cudzoziemiec

  • Solar powered, tea fuelled cycle-wol
Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22664 on: September 02, 2019, 01:36:43 pm »
I wasn't going to mention that... Thank goodness for Argos! (Note to any forumites who might be alarmed: the only mangled item was a bicycle. No riders were harmed. The plastic wrapper from a *Welsh" pasty  :sick: was the culprit and I fear any Celtic fraternity that might have existed has been lost.)
sideways bounding monkey lounging under fruit tree

T42

  • Tea tank
Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22665 on: September 05, 2019, 02:52:26 pm »
One of those rides today: breakfasted for 100+k ride, got out on road & woke up old 2013 sacroiliac trouble, rapidly joined by recurrence of 2011 ankle cartilage annoyance. Persisted until pain convinced me that persistence was daft, turned home & got a puncture 5k out.  Hauled home by MrsT in the jalopy.

Aye well.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22666 on: September 06, 2019, 11:47:05 pm »
Just back from a 3 day (2 night) trip to the FFCT gite (which is not really a gite as I understand the term) with the club, which will make the report thread if I can manage to write correctly. More interesting was the result of tuesday's short (20km) test ride before going on this jaunt.
 For various reasons to do with weight and an anticipated 4000m of climbing I decided to take the Vitus (also because the position was sorted with short cranks, which seemed a good thing). I had already put a dt lever for the front mech as the "brifter" thingy is only double, not triple. The ride showed that the mech wouldn't shift to the little ring (except by passing to the outer ring first, which could be a bit inconvenient going up a mountain), the rh shifter was doing anything and all but what God intended (although it was working fine with the double set-up) and the pump on the seat tube bottle holder was bumping my leg.
After the ride I shifted the pump bracket, slackened the front mech cable and adjusted the throw a bit and put a dt lever instead of the brifter for the rear mech. How I love non-indexed levers for getting you out of trouble. Result two whole days (one full and two halves) of bliss. I kept the brake levers, no time to change them and even if they were a bit flappy it really didn't matter. I think another set of Sunrace indexed dt levers will be on order shortly.

BrianI

  • Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's Lepidopterist Man!
Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22667 on: September 08, 2019, 02:41:43 pm »
Actually I have been out today, first bike ride since my laparotomy on the 9th of July. A gentle 18.5km pootle on the MTB to christen the new tyres. Dunfy through Fordell estate, then up to Crossgates, Halbeath then home.

Didn't feel to sore, just a bit uncomfortable on my surgical scar while sat in the riding position.

T42

  • Tea tank
Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22668 on: September 11, 2019, 09:40:37 am »
Managed a coffee-shop run yesterday despite nagging sacroiliac, which wasn't getting better lying around the house. Amazingly, when I got home it had completely stopped hurting and still doesn't.  OTOH the season's glut of plums had me contemplating the phases of matter (plasma excepted) as I approached home.  84k added to this year's meagre log, 1.3 kg lighter this morning. :o :D
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22669 on: September 14, 2019, 08:04:55 am »
I made a mistake on Thursday going to see the Tour of Britain in Pershore. Not that going to Pershore was a mistake: its quite a nice little town and the chps for lunch were of an acceptable standard. Nor was it a mistake going by train, although three changes were a bit of an effort especially given that I changed at the wrong Worcester station on the way back, no, my mistake was not taking one of the five bikes I own with me.

Why you may ask. Well, despite looking at a map before I went in order to find where the start/end of the TT course was, I failed to calculate how long a walk it is from the station to the town itself. The answer is 1 3/4 miles according to the road signs. Now, for a fit me, walking that distance would be no issue at all. However, with my bad back (which seems to be getting more and more painful  :( ) it took a considerable effort. Indeed, I estimate it took me nearly and hour to manage meaning I didn't get to the spot I had planned to watch from.

So....why didn't I take a bike? I decided not to take one as travelling with a bike on British Trains can be a right pain. While I know West Midlands Trains/ London North Western have a "come, all welcome" policy, the same does not go for Great Western Trains who insist on booking a spot and, as the last leg of the journey was on one of their trains, I decided against it.....forgetting I have a folder which is free on all trains normally  :facepalm:

However, come Friday I got it right when I took my road bike on London North Western to Atherstone to catch the race there. However.... blimey have I lost fitness in the year since the professionals last visited the town as the hill out of town by the golf course seemed to be three times as hard as it was but coming down was fun...37mph! The town seemed less busy this year than last but after riding the route a few minutes after the race had gone, I did get a few cheers from the school kids which were amusing.  Only 10 miles but, despite the hills, cycling is so much easier now than walking.

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 #22670 on: September 14, 2019, 02:01:35 pm »
Went for a steady 100km this morning. East out of Sheffield through the small villages around Rotherham and then into some lanes towards Retford. Back through Worksop and into the same lanes/villages as the outbound leg.

Stopped for a coffee in Mattersey which I enjoyed sat on the curb in the sun. Didn't realise there was a tailwind on the way out until I turned at Retford...

Wowbagger

  • Dez's butler
    • Musings of a Gentleman Cyclist
Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22671 on: September 14, 2019, 09:07:45 pm »
18 miles out to Wakering Stairs where I picked some blackberries. I saw a fair few swallows and house martins twittering around Barling Magna, so some of them are still around.
Oh, Bach without any doubt. Bach every time for me.

Tim Hall

  • I want to eat the fleeting shade of your lashes
Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22672 on: September 15, 2019, 02:00:36 pm »
Yesterday, I guess on the, despite the name, Friday Night Ride to the Coast.  Getting to the start was the first challenge, as the trains were a bit b0rked due to "trespasser on the line at Balham". As the Wise Old Elf pointed out, that was an excuse Reggie Perrin didn't use but should have.  Rounded up three other London bound miscreants at Gatwick and whizzed to Blackfriars then trundled along the South bank, past a gathering on the shore, the ingredients of which seemed to be FIRE, weed and drumming. Arived at the start where I was asked several times if I was Adrian. It was a large ride, with almost 80 riders, although two of these were running late,so Tim Decker was asked to wait for them and catch the ride later.

We took the classic route, modified to allow for starting at the National Theatre rather than Hyde Park Corner, so over Westminster Bridge then along and back over Chelsea Bridge and away to Clapham Common where Titus was dealing with a puncture and Adam, having been delayed by Trains, met up with us. After a brief stop it was off south to Tooting, Mitcham, Wallington and Coulsdon.A longer wait at the foot of Portnalls Road where Tim Decker and the two Very Late Riders finally caught us up. Adam did some quality brake reach adjustment to a hired bike. Grind up through Chipstead then to the top, swiftly followed by the bottom, of Reigate Hill, which was busy with motorised traffic as the nearby M23 was closed.  Top marks to the Stobart lorry driver who stopped their wagon to let 76 riders out after the regroup and patiently stayed behind all the way through Reigate until we peeled off for Lonesome Lane.

Horley, Badlands and then we were at The Edifice  I love it that they thank us for coming.  Off out into the beginning of the dawn, which was colder than predicted. Turners Hill, then the long drift down to Ardingly, where we dealt with our only major mechanical.  One of the Very Late Riders, a young French woman, full of enthusiasm and riding a second hand bike towards the BSO end of the spectrum had been keeping us company at the back of the ride. Not struggling exactly, but finding the going a bit tough. Her left hand pedal fell off, which was exciting, and possibly an end of ride event.  The threads in the crank looked banjaxed and as Adam went to refit it he discovered it was the right hand pedal that had been forced into the left hand crank. Fortunately there was a left hand pedal in the right hand crank. We carefully removed it and swapped them round, doing them up ever so gingerly. Thanks to a mixture of good luck and steel cranks the bike held together for the rest of the ride.

Suddenly it was light and we were in Lindfield, followed by the marvels of Slugwash Lane and Streat Lane then finding our way up Ditchling Beacon. No family hatler coffee stop, partly because mini (now 6'2") hatler was riding with us. Some walked, some rode and we all got up. The whizz into Brighton failed to trigger any speed cameras and we meandered across to the 'spoons at Brighton Marina where Adrian was conspicuous by his absence.  FEB followed by a couple of pints of brown beer and I was off to look for a train. Finishing as I started, the trains were b0rked, this time down to "an obstruction on the line".

Some photos are here:https://photos.app.goo.gl/sTa1524bDmUALB5f7
There are two ways you can get exercise out of a bicycle: you can
"overhaul" it, or you can ride it.  (Jerome K Jerome)

Wowbagger

  • Dez's butler
    • Musings of a Gentleman Cyclist
Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22673 on: September 15, 2019, 10:29:20 pm »
Great ride report! It's more than 13 years since I did my first FNRttC. I think perhaps...

Oh, the link to your photos seems to be in the same place as the trains.
Oh, Bach without any doubt. Bach every time for me.

Tim Hall

  • I want to eat the fleeting shade of your lashes
Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22674 on: September 15, 2019, 11:02:42 pm »
Hmm. Bloody Google.

Does this work?

https://photos.app.goo.gl/3JsLfL3G1R9y665V7
There are two ways you can get exercise out of a bicycle: you can
"overhaul" it, or you can ride it.  (Jerome K Jerome)