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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #24250 on: January 18, 2021, 07:04:08 pm »
I went out again today, to take advantage of the calm before tomorrows big storm. 48km, 750m.

It wasn't that calm. 24km into a griping headwind and 24km back with it behind me. Foggy at the top of Fiddlers Elbow/Ringinglow/Burbage Edge.

Pleasant and now I have beer.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #24251 on: January 18, 2021, 08:43:58 pm »
20 min at 53 x 17, 95rpm, on the turbo.  It was actually ok.  Used to do 52 x 17 over 25 years ago.  I wish I still had a "proper" turbo, though; this magnetic one is rougher, not much quieter, and I don't want or need different resistance settings, just "flat road".  If I want it to be harder, I'll use a bigger gear.  I'm not the sort of person who drops two grand on a Zwift setup.
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citoyen

  • Occasionally rides a bike
Have you been out today?
« Reply #24252 on: January 18, 2021, 09:04:36 pm »
Had the day off work today and made the effort to use my time well by going out for a bike ride.

Unfortunately, I got two punctures within the first 12km, and nearly decided to abandon my outing and head home, worried there might be something wrong with the wheel or tyre. But I thought no, it’s just bad luck and I probably won’t get another, so I carried on and ended up doing 70-something km in total, with no further problems. Hurrah!

Made up the route as I went along - makes a pleasant change to do that. I’m normally out with a purpose, hunting for tiles or something, so it felt a bit more relaxed. I just took it easy and enjoyed the scenery.

Went past Manston and saw the well drilled lorry park in operation. Seems to be flowing quite smoothly and not causing too much disruption to local roads.

Also stopped for a coffee at Reculver. Was slightly surprised to see the cafe open, what with there being a lockdown on, but since it was open, I took advantage. And it was mild enough outside to sit on a bench and enjoy my flat white.

Overall, a very enjoyable outing.
"The future's all yours, you lousy bicycles."

Blodwyn Pig

  • what a nice chap
Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #24253 on: January 19, 2021, 12:07:50 pm »
VERY blustery 35km on 'hilda , with a visit half way round. Funny , I had a premonition of a visit, some 3-4 minutes beforehand, maybe my brain had detected a squishy rear end..Anyway this flint was large and razor sharp, .....think........'skinning a Woolly Mammoth type sharp.'

Kim

  • Timelord
Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #24254 on: January 19, 2021, 02:36:54 pm »
Pretty much that, but with rain to take my mind off the headwind for the second half.  No mammoths were harmed.
Careful, Kim. Your sarcasm's showing...

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #24255 on: January 19, 2021, 04:00:37 pm »
An outing on my recumbent in the mildly moist and breezy weather.  Just long sleeve merino base and gilet on top half as so mild.  Been doing a hills loop, so down one, up another, down one, up another etc. One shallow flood but otherwise avoided the ones that form locally.

About 2 hours I think.

Blodwyn Pig

  • what a nice chap
Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #24256 on: January 21, 2021, 12:00:24 pm »
Another VERY windy ride, 37km on Olive, yet another visit, 2 rides, 2 visits, 2 different bikes. Managed to get home before fixing it. Ho hum.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #24257 on: January 21, 2021, 03:50:47 pm »
An outing to test new Zefal Espion Z56 mirror I’ve fitted to my recumbent.  Couple of hours and only saw one other cyclist on the last 17% hill on final leg back home. Resounding success with full road width view behind, no longer half blocked by shoulder, as per previous mirror.

It’s breezy, but Storm Christoph has mostly bypassed Hertfordshire.


Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #24258 on: January 22, 2021, 03:08:40 pm »
Yes, 40km that started badly and got gradually worse ! Anything 3% and over I was walking. In my current state I’m may well have to give it up all together.
Mind of a cyclist, body of a dart player.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #24259 on: January 22, 2021, 03:14:22 pm »
Yes, 40km that started badly and got gradually worse ! Anything 3% and over I was walking. In my current state I’m may well have to give it up all together.
Ach Jim, that's not good. Can't offer you any advice, just sympathy. I spent a couple of months last year on the verge of packing it all in, eventually diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, now under control with some scary meds.
Really hoping you get this sorted, all the best.


bairn again

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #24260 on: January 22, 2021, 05:00:09 pm »
Yes, 40km that started badly and got gradually worse ! Anything 3% and over I was walking. In my current state I’m may well have to give it up all together.
Really hoping you get this sorted, all the best.
+1 to that.  Hope you're back firing on all cylinders before long.     

 

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #24261 on: January 23, 2021, 12:41:30 pm »
Outing in the freezing fog with the odd bit of black ice and ice. No frost.  Met couple of mtn bikers but otherwise quiet in the lanes. Guess others were waiting for the ice to melt. Sun burnt through towards the end, which I wasn’t ready for, wearing a beanie rather than cotton cap with peak. Roughly a couple of hours.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #24262 on: January 23, 2021, 02:16:08 pm »
A standard loop out to the Surrey Hills. Gorgeous out there.
Rust never sleeps

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #24263 on: January 23, 2021, 07:01:37 pm »
Another 40k today, went out more in hope than expectation. Bought some new shoes yesterday, nice flat footed ones, Specialized 2FO half price from the local Evans, And after a very nervous flat 10k or so i felt a bit more confident enough to try and clip the right foot in which went ok as long as I had the left one unclipped.

I stuck to the flat wide roads to try and build the confidence again which seemed to help me as i then ventured on to the col du Muirhead (which is about 3%) I had to get off and walk this yesterday so i was delighted to make the summit today, albeit with the arch of my left foot balancing on the pedal but right foot still clipped in! HR was through the roof though. Called it a day after that as it was bitterly cold despite the sunshine on offer.

May try again once the pedals arrive and hopefully they'll help too, Shimano A530 touring one's with a bit bigger surface area for me to balance on.
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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #24264 on: January 23, 2021, 09:47:38 pm »
I managed 61k just within 3hrs, sticking to bus routes until it warmed up a bit. I still found a few ice patches in the lanes.  My route shows some strange zig-zags as I followed my nose (in the general direction of...).

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #24265 on: January 23, 2021, 10:14:02 pm »
Wasn't planning to cycle today but sunshine and blue skies drew me out. 43 miles and whilst it was cold I wasn't uncomfortable. Got my layering pretty much right. Little bit of achilles pain towards the end but a soak in a nice hot bath appears to have done the trick.

Miles cycled 2014 = 3551.5 (Target 7300 :()
Miles cycled 2013 = 6141.4
Miles cycled 2012 = 4038.1

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #24266 on: January 24, 2021, 12:58:00 pm »
Managed 20km through the lanes near home (Soar valley). Bluddy freezing but ok once I got going as I’d wrapped up like Nanook of the North, a couple of dodgy moments negotiating frozen streams across the road from draining fields. In the end discretion was the better part of valour and called it a day, happy I did as it’s snowing  like hell at the moment

A

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #24267 on: January 24, 2021, 05:52:25 pm »
A late afternoon outing on my recumbent in the snow, a little before sunset. Great fun especially when I overtook a struggling 4x4. He should have put winter tyres on  ;D




Socks

  • Clennel Street on my touring bike
Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #24268 on: January 27, 2021, 01:43:33 pm »
A zigzag 28k around my local lanes.  It was a bit milder today than recently, although still a few patches of ice to avoid.  Used a nice new cycle path for part of the ride, unfortunately it was covered in hedge clippings thanks to the farmer.  No visitations so they must have been old enough to have softened a bit. This was my first outdoor ride of January, reasons being:

- I no longer commute to work
- dodgy weather (cold, wet, icy) for much of the month, I'm a bit cautious now in slippy conditions
- no events and rides restricted to the local area so less of an incentive to get out, turbo is a better option for a hard workout

If I hadn't gone out before the end of the month this would have been the first time since 1984 that I hadn't done any outdoor bike rides in January, so I'm happy to have made a start on 2021 cycling. 

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #24269 on: January 27, 2021, 04:45:57 pm »
Variation of one of my local loops, about 3 hours.  Snow of weekend now gone and warm enough in Herts not to need gloves.  Little bit of flooding in places, but fairly shallow.

Blodwyn Pig

  • what a nice chap
Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #24270 on: January 27, 2021, 06:05:43 pm »
Skoggy 44km today, Olive needed a wee clean.  (not a clean with wee  ::-))

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #24271 on: January 27, 2021, 06:15:48 pm »
A exceptionally mild ride today. Shorts and knee warmers and once going could have coped without the knee warmers. After far too many visitations recently decided on an little route to Interbike schills in Marks Tey.

Took advantage of a road closed to cars due to a damaged bridge which is lovely now its really quiet. Going up a short sharp incline I shouted across to my cycling buddy I'm going soft while standing up and leaning forward. He initially thought no your not as was passing him up hill but then realised what I meant. Visitation dealt with continued onto the cycle shop to restock then a direct route home for just over 40km

Putting some heavier tyres on tomorrow as well as changing the rear brake pads which have worn away incredibly quickly. I guess even with cleaning the rims the sheer amount of skud on the roads means its pretty much grinding paste a lot of the time

TimC

  • Old blerk sometimes onabike.
Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #24272 on: January 27, 2021, 09:06:38 pm »
I have been out today! First time not on a turbo in 2021. 23km around the parish, avoiding the many hills as much as possible, and doing battle with genuine fords as well as temporary floods. It was all rather pleasant, if very muddy.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #24273 on: January 29, 2021, 07:17:35 am »
Too nice yesterday, so I went out twice...

I know, I know... infringement of the lockdown guidance, but I always ride on my own

Blodwyn Pig

  • what a nice chap
Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #24274 on: January 29, 2021, 10:52:49 am »
Went out this morning for a  1/2 arsed ride, really felt lethargic, struggled into strong wind, sat on a bench, then though bllx, I'm going home. A pathetic 17km. Sat indoors with a hot coffee, and it came over dark, (was sunny), now, 1/2 hour later its hammering down.  Sometimes you just know, don't you.  ::-)