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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22700 on: October 13, 2019, 03:19:26 pm »
First ride in 9 weeks or more with my broken clavicle.  We are probably moving house for my wife's work so this was a chance to test a commuter route to the new house and back.
basically raining for the whole time.  Found the good bike rear tyre would not pump up so out came the fixed. Most of the route is on NCN 54 and 549 which is disused railway.  A lot of standing water and 3 sets of gates but reasonable surface.  I may have to invest in some slightly bigger tyres as the winter progresses.

I stopped for breakfast on the way back at "The Shed" in Hilton, Slowish service and the sausages were stodgy and tepid.  Latte was good though.

43.5km in 2hour 7 mins  not bad after the layoff.  Great to be back out again and the clavicle does not hurt at all

T42

  • Tea tank
Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22701 on: October 13, 2019, 04:11:25 pm »
 :thumbsup:

---o0o---

Meanwhile, I haz done 101 km and had "cleans a big, big carpet" going round in my head since I got home. What's an order of mag when there's a jingle at stake?  Rather killing ride: it turned out that a road I had thought existed didn't and I had to divert via a succession of short sharp hills that left me gasping, which admittedly isn't hard these days.  Barely made it to my favourite patisserie before it closed, but they love me there and had no problems about feeding me twirly pastry things full of confectioner's custard and probably too much coffee. Half an hour's repose left me fully recovered only 75% dead so I was able to crawl home in fairly good order, despite the best efforts of some twat in a Peugeot to wipe me off the road while she was considerately overtaking a buggy & pair without slowing down or looking for oncoming cyclists. Bloke driving the buggy had a good laugh, stopped when I asked if he'd got her number - "no, why?"  There are some arseholes on God's green Earth.

Wildlife encountered: one pheasant (not common here, disdained by hunters - who needs 'em when you can bag boar all year round?), one buzzard not taking off from its post until I was up close. They always look as if they're wearing long underwear and want to cover it up quickly. Millions of bloody little flies with a fixation for gaping, gasping mouths.

That's about it. Now full of tea and recovery food (crystallized ginger, salami, chocolate), legs solidifying nicely.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

telstarbox

  • Loving the lanes
Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22702 on: October 20, 2019, 05:06:02 pm »
Couple of hours around Bromley's quietest suburbia. Nothing special but as ever, better to ride than sack off the opportunity.
2019 🏅 R1000 and B1000

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22703 on: October 20, 2019, 06:18:09 pm »
First ride in 9 weeks or more with my broken clavicle.  We are probably moving house for my wife's work so this was a chance to test a commuter route to the new house and back.
basically raining for the whole time.  Found the good bike rear tyre would not pump up so out came the fixed. Most of the route is on NCN 54 and 549 which is disused railway.  A lot of standing water and 3 sets of gates but reasonable surface.  I may have to invest in some slightly bigger tyres as the winter progresses.

I stopped for breakfast on the way back at "The Shed" in Hilton, Slowish service and the sausages were stodgy and tepid.  Latte was good though.

43.5km in 2hour 7 mins  not bad after the layoff.  Great to be back out again and the clavicle does not hurt at all
Due to closures elsewhere some of use have been using the cafe in Don Amott’s emporium in Hilton occasionally.  Very welcoming, decent food and excellent service.

bludger

  • Randonneur and bargain hunter
Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22704 on: October 20, 2019, 06:34:30 pm »
Did a 130km ride to Brighton with 1600m climbing. I have lost fitness after my few weeks off the bike with the rib bruises and probably gained some weight. It didn't help that I was packing an audax bag full of repairs for new club members who didn't turn up because it was cold. Anyway I had a good ride. Bonkers about 3km before the 90km café stop but was right as rain after that and managed up the deacon without pushing.
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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22705 on: October 20, 2019, 06:39:11 pm »
First ride in 9 weeks or more with my broken clavicle.  We are probably moving house for my wife's work so this was a chance to test a commuter route to the new house and back.
basically raining for the whole time.  Found the good bike rear tyre would not pump up so out came the fixed. Most of the route is on NCN 54 and 549 which is disused railway.  A lot of standing water and 3 sets of gates but reasonable surface.  I may have to invest in some slightly bigger tyres as the winter progresses.

I stopped for breakfast on the way back at "The Shed" in Hilton, Slowish service and the sausages were stodgy and tepid.  Latte was good though.

43.5km in 2hour 7 mins  not bad after the layoff.  Great to be back out again and the clavicle does not hurt at all
Due to closures elsewhere some of use have been using the cafe in Don Amott’s emporium in Hilton occasionally.  Very welcoming, decent food and excellent service.

That was where I was planning a stop having been there with cycle Mickleover. However I passed the Shed and it had an award for best out of town cafe or something. Don Amott next time!

Cudzoziemiec

  • Waking up now, put the kettle on!
Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22706 on: October 21, 2019, 05:44:43 pm »
Went out yesterday (Sunday) on a just because ride, an all too rare event this year. Rode out to Malmesbury, had some lunch and a big chunk of coffee and walnut cake, then headed on east. Having got up Hinton Hill earlier without resorting to my lowest gear (gasp!), I decided to go up Pavenhill. Then turned round and went home.

Some early COR (a badly chosen bridleway) had resulted in a soggy sock – I think it was mainly from wet grass rather than the puddles of cow piss, tractor oil and whatever agrichemical it is that leaves dark green pools at the bottom of the puddles, but I've washed my woolly socks anyway(!) – and although people say wool keeps you warm even when it's wet, that's only in comparison to cotton, not an absolute. So on the way home, as dusk fell, I stopped on some handy grass, took off my shoe and sock and gave my toes a circulation restoring rub. Perhaps it's time for winter boots already. Legs felt fine in three-quarters though and didn't need long gloves. Mileage reached triple figures, measured in km obviously, which I think makes it the second longest day ride this year for me. Ah well there's always next year. Or so they say.
I do not ride a great big Mercian, gangster tanwalls, fixed cog in the back.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22707 on: October 22, 2019, 01:54:02 pm »
First ride in 9 weeks or more with my broken clavicle.  We are probably moving house for my wife's work so this was a chance to test a commuter route to the new house and back.
basically raining for the whole time.  Found the good bike rear tyre would not pump up so out came the fixed. Most of the route is on NCN 54 and 549 which is disused railway.  A lot of standing water and 3 sets of gates but reasonable surface.  I may have to invest in some slightly bigger tyres as the winter progresses.

I stopped for breakfast on the way back at "The Shed" in Hilton, Slowish service and the sausages were stodgy and tepid.  Latte was good though.

43.5km in 2hour 7 mins  not bad after the layoff.  Great to be back out again and the clavicle does not hurt at all
Due to closures elsewhere some of use have been using the cafe in Don Amott’s emporium in Hilton occasionally.  Very welcoming, decent food and excellent service.

That was where I was planning a stop having been there with cycle Mickleover. However I passed the Shed and it had an award for best out of town cafe or something. Don Amott next time!

Slightly off topic - but Cycle Mickleover! I’ve spotted a few about. When I was a lad I was the only cyclist in the village ( and Mickleover was a village separated by fields from Derby. There was an independent who lived down Havenbaulk Lane, but he was one house into Littleover. How things have changed!

Feanor

  • It's mostly downhill from here.
Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22708 on: October 27, 2019, 05:43:34 pm »
Today was the local Falling Leaves Reliability Ride.
Choice of 100 miles, or 100k.
I set off in the 100 mile group of 6 at 0900, the 100k group set of at 1000.

We set off West into a fearsome block headwind, but we worked well in a rotating paceline into the wind. Short turns on the front, no heroics.

But the rain started the moment we left and it got heavier and heavier, turning to hail as we gained height.
We were all ill-equipped for such a torrential downpour, and got thoroughly soaked.
After the long fast descent from the Queen's View into Tarland, we were all frozen.

One of our number bailed at Tarland, and I realised that I was becoming border-line hypothermic, and unable to operate the brakes or gears. There was no way I was going to go up onto the proper high ground over the Lecht in this condition. So I turned South at the next junction, and made for safe refuge in a cafe in the sanctuary of Aboyne.

30 mins later the remaining 4 bedraggled and frozen riders appeared too, having bailed at the next junction.

Still, I live to ride another day!
https://www.strava.com/activities/2821281145/overview

Turns out the 100k riders got a slightly easier time of it, since they missed the torrential downpour, and only had the wind to deal with!

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22709 on: October 27, 2019, 06:58:05 pm »
There was snow on a lot of the peaks this morning.  First I've seen this winter.  I got much kinder weather for a diy 200 , with only a tough headwind at times to deal with. 

Kim

  • Timelord
Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22710 on: October 27, 2019, 07:06:58 pm »
Just a short ride, but the first outing of the winter longs.  They appear to have expanded.
Careful, Kim. Your sarcasm's showing...

bludger

  • Randonneur and bargain hunter
Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22711 on: October 27, 2019, 07:11:42 pm »
100 km cafe ride. Nothing lumpy. Audaxing next week so cleaned the bike up after.
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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22712 on: October 27, 2019, 08:05:13 pm »
I pottered out to Uxbridge and back getting home in the dark. I had to force myself to go out but really enjoyed it once I got going   :)
the slower you go the more you see

LittleWheelsandBig

  • Whimsy Rider
Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22713 on: October 27, 2019, 08:15:00 pm »
Pottered about in the vicinity of Loughborough with Mr Hopper, both of us with an elegant sufficiency of wheels.
Wheel meet again, don't know where, don't know when...

Socks

  • FFCT rally, France 2012
Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22714 on: October 27, 2019, 08:17:27 pm »
A short pootle along the Derwent walk - a multi use former railway path - to Consett, then largely downhill on minor roads back to the start at Swalwell.  We set off early so avoided the usual hazard of loose dogs and looser owners, with just one exception requiring an emergency stop.

It was quite spectacular with the trees changing to their autumn colurs and lovely views across the Derwent valley.  Only 28 miles but a very enjoyable bike ride.

Tim Hall

  • I want to eat the fleeting shade of your lashes
Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22715 on: October 27, 2019, 09:04:38 pm »
Out on Tim Decker's Sherlock Holmes themed Sunday London Ride.  I rode to the start from  the Isle of Dogs on my Bendy Bike,  a Trek something or other that's a rebadged Dahon*. A lovely ride round bits of London in the autumn sun, finishing at the splendid cafe in  Russell Square. Back to the Isle of Dogs, making something approaching 40 miles for the day. Just need to sort out the annoying creak and alarming wobble coming from the handlebars.


*bought from the sadly missed jogler.
There are two ways you can get exercise out of a bicycle: you can
"overhaul" it, or you can ride it.  (Jerome K Jerome)

T42

  • Tea tank
Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22716 on: October 28, 2019, 08:45:59 am »
Yesterday: set out early for favourite coffee retreat, planning to take quite a hilly route, but found I was labouring on even the mildest climbs. Knocked it off and went home in a huff for just 55 km and no coffee. Sore legs today. :o
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

ElyDave

  • Royal and Ancient Polar Bear Society member 263583
Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22717 on: October 28, 2019, 03:38:18 pm »
last two Sundays both of 45-50km, by different routes.

Last weeks full of skog and harvesting debris - beet season in the Fens is not for "good" bikes, mudguard clogging at one point. Plus a bit of COR on the NCN by the river to avoid a fast A-road left the bike ultra manky, but cleaned for the next day's turbo session. It was not a recumbent day.

This week different route, but expecting equal nastiness after last week's storms, but pleasantly surprised at dry roads and only a bit of mud.  Wind strengthening as I went, with the return into the wind I just failed to make 28km/h average.  This would have been a decent recumbent day.

Only one DOTD out yesterday, decided to try and overtake me on a blind RH bend on a narrow road, not two cars wide round the bend, only to find another car coming the other way on the exit. I was glad I'd defensively drfited right or I'd have ended up with him reactively chopping across my front. By my reckoning I impeded him for up to 15 seconds. There's nothing that urgent in the Fens, ever.
“Procrastination is the thief of time, collar him.” –Charles Dickens

Blodwyn Pig

  • what a nice chap
Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22718 on: October 31, 2019, 06:13:59 pm »
yes,  last ride of the month, and I seem to have cycled more this month than any other month for a very long time. I know some folks rack up stellar mileages,  so its all a bit subjective,  but for me 1127km is a fair bit in a month.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22719 on: October 31, 2019, 09:47:39 pm »
Pub ride.  Last after-work ride of the year.  Was cold but quite peaceful.
Never tell me the odds.

T42

  • Tea tank
Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22720 on: November 01, 2019, 02:43:31 pm »
48 k in the wet. 6°C, cloud squatting on the hills; entertaining.  First ride in full winter kit, took half an hour to find the bits.

Roll on spring.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22721 on: November 01, 2019, 07:44:50 pm »
94kms in a lot of rain. "Pluie faible et averses faibles, fiabilité de prognostic bon." Balls! This was not "driving" rain so much as "curling up in bed with a good book and a hot water bottle" rain.
The objective was to ride the 100km route for the club for next year. Sign off on it as it were. Except that riding the route always shows up the faults, which is why we do it! Today was no exception. A 3km stretch of country lane turned out to have a lot of COR, a ford, no way of accessing the section without doing a left turn off a busy main road (that's a right turn for the lefties) which wouldn't be too good with groups and the only way through seemed to add about 3kms to the total which wasn't the object of the exercice (our lot moan if it's 2kms overdistance). So today I spent a lot of time and quite a few kms going round in circles to test all the options. Result the lunch spot was reached at 52kms instead of 34 and I abandonned the plan of doing the full circuit (which I will have to modify and remeasure - hello Openrunner). But we still had to ride back to the car and the rain only got heavier. I finished with all the "invariable" bits tested on the return loop.
Final bit of the story - at about 500m from the finish I felt my back wheel was thumping and bumping a bit nastily. Back at the car I looked and there was a 1/2inch circle where the tread wasn't, the threads were visible and the tube was starting to push through. Good job I hadn't gone for the extra 6kms to make the ton. I wasn't carrying a boot either (never needed one before, there's always the first time :facepalm: )

T42

  • Tea tank
Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22722 on: November 02, 2019, 09:03:55 am »
94kms in a lot of rain. "Pluie faible et averses faibles, fiabilité de prognostic bon." Balls! This was not "driving" rain so much as "curling up in bed with a good book and a hot water bottle" rain.

We always seem to get what Météo France promises with a 2-hour shift.  Right now we're supposed to have heavy rain and 30 kph winds gusting 50, and it's dead calm with drizzle.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

MikeFromLFE

  • Previously known as Millimole
Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22723 on: November 04, 2019, 07:06:50 pm »
After three weeks of feeling seriously unwell following a tussle with the dentist (surgical extraction > Amoxicillin > Metronidazole) I decided to do the short route to drive Mrs M back from her gym session.
After 40 minutes I wasn't feeling anywhere near as bad as I expected - and looking at the stats I did the ride in slightly better time than usual.
Bloody sleepy now though!

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Too many angry people - breathe & relax.

T42

  • Tea tank
Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22724 on: November 05, 2019, 04:55:02 pm »
95k over a lot of lumps.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.