Author Topic: Have you been out today?  (Read 2689282 times)

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22850 on: February 23, 2020, 08:15:12 pm »
I went out for an hour this afternoon. West into the forever wind, I turned back after 10km (mostly uphill) into it.

Feanor

  • It's mostly downhill from here.
Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22851 on: February 23, 2020, 10:02:02 pm »
Did a club ride today, 120k.
I took my new Shand steel bike. On a ride with about 20 others on carbon fluff.
I was good till about 100k, then the weight began to count against me on the climbs.
Dropped off the back with 10k to go, was just hurting too much.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22852 on: February 24, 2020, 02:17:17 pm »
my fourth metric ton of the year so far. Just wonderful to have blue skies and dry roads - no bike to clean afterwards- yippie.


Looks very different today, heading out now under grey grey skies, wet roads and heavy sleet showers  ???

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22853 on: February 24, 2020, 09:58:11 pm »
my fourth metric ton of the year so far. Just wonderful to have blue skies and dry roads - no bike to clean afterwards- yippie.


Looks very different today, heading out now under grey grey skies, wet roads and heavy sleet showers  ???

Yeah, I was staying in Alnwick, and eventually left around 10 o'clock, and things didn't really improve until about 3-4 o'clock. Then the wind picked up.

I quite enjoyed the ride back to Darlo, though, even the slushy lanes. I might have set off the fire alarm in Morpeth Costa when I was trying to dry out my gloves.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22854 on: February 25, 2020, 11:32:23 pm »
getting into spring now, lovely warm sunshine at times, and a little hint of snow, something I have missed badly this winter.

some screenshots from the dashcam




check out that tarmac  :thumbsup:

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22855 on: February 25, 2020, 11:44:24 pm »
Rowan, you jammy bugger, are you up Hamsterley way?

I love that you love winter - it makes sense to love all seasons.  Unfortunately, I'm not having quite the fabulous experience of winter that you are!  I was out today for my half-hour medicinal ride through the hail.  I knew my hands were cold but the rest of me felt fine.  When I got in, I was surprised to be pretty much hypothermic for about half an hour - feeling sick and so on.  I suppose it's down to my sick heart not pumping the warming blood round as efficiently as when it worked properly!  I'm going to have to put more layers on.

Keep posting your pictures, though!  I'm originally a Durham lad and your pictures certainly look like home!  Could also be Lancashire, except I don't think we've got that much straight tarmac, except maybe round Longridge.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22856 on: February 26, 2020, 12:36:38 am »
Have always loved winter wish we could have more of it, it was always my favourite season for hillwalking / climbing, and now I love it on the bike too.  I do wonder how long it will go on for, recent years I have been suffering terribly from the cold in November, but by Feb I seem to acclimatise and can stay out all day and rarely feel cold.  As I get older I doubt I will acclimatise as well?

Very lucky here with some great quality tarmac,  Forestry and remote communities attract a lot of EU money to subsidies the logging roads. (what could possibly go wrong)

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22857 on: February 26, 2020, 01:18:38 am »
So, Ettrick, Eskdalemuir, somewhere like that?

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22858 on: February 26, 2020, 11:40:20 am »
Stonehaugh?  or Wark?

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22859 on: February 27, 2020, 11:26:43 pm »
Starting to feel a lot like spring, managed another metric ton


after showing off about the quality of some of the roads round here, thought I better start off with this image - couple of cracking pot holes


snows going


just love the views from up here


my best riding partner - never gets too far in front


back down into civilisation, (i'm not doing an evil kinevel over the fence, just holding up the bike to capture the view)


Jeez these things are big, mostly very well driven* and this is a perfect and careful pass, no complaints from me, but by feck they scare the bejesus out of me sometimes. (wish folk would drive SUVs as carefully)


Dashcam just doesn't pick up the night sky well, but tonights new moon along side Venus was just spectacular, so lucky to get my last 10 miles towards it.


[* like everything there are clowns amongst them]

bairn again

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22860 on: February 28, 2020, 02:19:33 pm »
managed to finish up work reasonably sharp yesterday and set off from Edinburgh looking to head west seeking out as much off road tarmac as possible.

From home to Roseburn on the cyclepaths then out to the Forth Rd Bridge on the NCN route, not much frost ice or standing water.  I lost the game of Forth Bridge roulette by plumping for the West path, so had to retrace to the east as I chose unwisely.

On road from the north end of the FRB to Rosyth and Dunfermalino was ok, the road round Pittencrieff park was very meh - a narrow 2 laner with no verge just a 4 ft wall each side and much traffic - a post ride recce of maps revealed a better route through the residential streets. 

Anyhow this was soon forgotten when i joined the West Fife cycle path - a new one on me but flat tarmac off road all the way to Clackmannan on the old railway line from the days when Fife and Clackmannanshire were civilised.  It got a bit dull and monotonous in parts but its always nice to try and new route (deffo better than the A985!).  Onwards then via the slightly convoluted path / quiet roads through the hooses and Cambus to Alloa.  It was dark by now but my hub light was braw and surfaces bone dry so no ice.  Back onto the road at the RAB with the A91 then onwards into the very stiff westerly to Causewayhead.  Corrieris?  Not tonight sir I was heading to Bridge of Allan for a fish tea in the Allan Water cafe.  About 65km all of it into the wind so some overdue and much needed hard work.   

It was bitter cold when I came out the cafe so any lingering notions of cycling back home were dispelled in favour of the train back, thankfully the station was but a few hundred metres away.  A wee 5k pootle home from Edinburgh Park station gave me a taste of what a tailwind would have been like!     

First day on bike since a 200km DIY in late December.   

T42

  • *** fool in a hurry
Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22861 on: February 29, 2020, 09:41:40 am »
Yesterday, set out on my usual 80k coffee trot but an old quad injury aggravated by schlepping too much wood at a time started nagging so I turned for home PDQ.   25k and a bloody bad mood.  Damned wood started up elbow tendinitis as well. :(
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22862 on: February 29, 2020, 06:07:26 pm »
Yes:

Wind
Hail
Rain
Sun
Clouds
More wind
Pedalling down hill to avoid slowing down

Crap, but still better than sitting on the sofa and eating biscuits.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22863 on: February 29, 2020, 07:24:45 pm »
Yes:

Wind
Hail
Rain
Sun
Clouds
More wind
Pedalling down hill to avoid slowing down

Crap, but still better than sitting on the sofa and eating biscuits.
something quite special about sitting on the sofa and eating biscuits after being out on such a day though.

After taking a bit of a battering myself this afternoon I'm going to enjoy sitting in front of the fire drinking beer.  It seems to go down so much better after a wild day out on the road

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22864 on: February 29, 2020, 07:49:52 pm »
Yes  like above but on the flat and very local  good view of the moon and venus this evening  :)
the slower you go the more you see

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22865 on: February 29, 2020, 08:36:20 pm »
List as for SpaceBadger, but with added snow.

This is the North Pennines, but I got out early hoping to beat the weather.
After 5 minutes I decided not to comit to my usual "3 big hills in two hours" circuit, so went up and down the first hill, then up and down the last hill. 
My neighbour had gone past the house as I left.  She is a few decades younger than me, but she was running up the hill faster than I could ride! 
Pleased to get home without getting blown into the ditch.

The weather did get worse.  My husband said "it was a good idea to get out early"

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22866 on: March 02, 2020, 12:03:22 am »
Another wild day on the roads, least it was dry today

just love trees at this time of the year and the complex random shapes


It looks the perfect day but that wind was just relentless


A peep over the wal into thumberland


Always nice to see the sun go down


My favourite time to ride, the hour after the sun sets, watching the sky change to night, first the planets come out, Venus and the moon were bright, then the bright stars, Sirus, Rigel, Procyon, Capella


Kept riding till about 8, the night sky was a real joy tonight.

SoreTween

  • Most of me survived the Pennine Bridleway.
Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22867 on: March 02, 2020, 07:39:45 pm »
Set out planning on a 50km/1000m loop.  Didn't happen.  I was dying on my feetwheels, a point brought into stark focus by a person onna shopping bike leaving me for the wheezing dead on Sandy Lane1, Hewelsfield Common.
Probably for the best I cut it short, the Peregrine Path was always a risky move with the recent floods.  I kept most of the hills, 800m in 35km.  The speed, or rather the considerable lack of, is depressing.

1There's something about routes yclept Sandy Lane, this is not the first I've had a Bad Day upon.
2020 targets: None
There is only one infinite resource in this universe; human stupidity.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22868 on: March 02, 2020, 09:20:23 pm »
Rowan, I'll try again!  Somewhere west of Consett?  I feel I've seen that brake lever before.....

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22869 on: March 03, 2020, 06:07:05 pm »
Rowan, I'll try again!  Somewhere west of Consett?  I feel I've seen that brake lever before.....
you had it before - Eskdalemuir way is not too far off, Bonchester Bridge, Kielder ...

was a bit further east the day, and what a cracking spring day it was too, met a nice wee horse half way round





Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22870 on: March 03, 2020, 06:28:59 pm »
I'm envying you your days out!  I've volunteered twice at Eskdalemuir on London Edinburgh London and always wanted to ride up there more extensively.  John Buchan country!  Keep posting!

Peter

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22871 on: March 04, 2020, 07:30:36 am »
On road from the north end of the FRB to Rosyth and Dunfermalino was ok, the road round Pittencrieff park was very meh - a narrow 2 laner with no verge just a 4 ft wall each side and much traffic - a post ride recce of maps revealed a better route through the residential streets.   

Cycling through Pittencrieff Park suits me fine, nice tarmac.

bairn again

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22872 on: March 04, 2020, 10:04:36 am »
On road from the north end of the FRB to Rosyth and Dunfermalino was ok, the road round Pittencrieff park was very meh - a narrow 2 laner with no verge just a 4 ft wall each side and much traffic - a post ride recce of maps revealed a better route through the residential streets.   

Cycling through Pittencrieff Park suits me fine, nice tarmac.
:thumbsup: will try that

bairn again

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22873 on: March 04, 2020, 10:14:34 am »
Yesterday saw the inaugural ride for myself and Mrs B.A. on our swanky new tandem (Orbit Summit Tour) that we'd collected at the weekend. 

From home near the Zoo in Edinburgh to Roseburn Path and out to South Queensferry via Cramond then up to Westmuir stables via the A904 and a rest for a few wine gums.

A retrace to Cramond via Kirkliston was planned originally but that was altered as we had modest gear cable troubles that wouldnt allow all the baby gears to be engaged (I blame our mechanic  :o) so we went via Newbridge and along the path by the A8. 

38km all in.     

+ points.  Lovely and comfortable / better going into the wind than a solo / people smile as you go past  :D

- points.  Efforts of pilot and stoker appeared to be mismatched more often than not (but that will improve with practice)   

T42

  • *** fool in a hurry
Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22874 on: March 04, 2020, 01:45:42 pm »
Yesterday, usual 80k coffee toddle. Lots of wind (meteorological), knackered on reaching patisserie but got blown home quite comfortably later. Had cold, cold rain for around 25k.  Woman in patisserie ordered & ate 6 beignets - think doughnuts without holes. She was thin, too.  Also saw dead deer by the roadside, not so nice.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.