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Blodwyn Pig

  • what a nice chap
Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #24325 on: February 15, 2021, 07:28:31 pm »
a wet 51km this morning on Olive, (7.40am)  turned out sunny later. so went for a long walk

offcumden

  • Oh, no!
Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #24326 on: February 15, 2021, 07:30:13 pm »
One scary moment due to an idiot driver overtaking me into the path of an oncoming ambulance and then pulling in.  I've no idea what they thought was going to happen.
I doubt whether 'thought' really came into it.  As with the several morons who overtook me recklessly into the low sun.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #24327 on: February 15, 2021, 07:41:59 pm »
Best weather for two months? Yes! 26 miles or so after work, still plenty of snowdrifts and standing water on the lanes, but no ice.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #24328 on: February 16, 2021, 11:50:20 am »
35km today. Temp seemed to drop or maybe I dressed too optimistically but seemed warmer on dog walk. Saying that I was in shorts with knee warmers in February.

The wife and youngest monkey hsd done a card for a freind/their daughter respectively so offered to deliver Annoyingly having the week off the weather forecast seems to deteriorate daily and we were duely soaked in a very heavy rain shower - heavy enough to make the down hill section unpleasant as eyes stinging.

Card duely delivered started home and I commented I need to look at gears as shifting was a bit funny.  Shortly after dropped into little ring and the chain stuck. Derailleur was too far forward so fixed and spun the chain. Ah that'll be it one of the links was splayed open. Slight panic when I found I'd lost the handle to my chain tool but used an Allen key so quick repair and then home very much into the wind.

Whilst only being 35km in total but probably the best I've felt on the bike in a long time and have now managed two rides without a visitation

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #24329 on: February 16, 2021, 12:59:33 pm »
Just shy of 18 miles. Forecast was 30% chance of heavy showers. Map shied rain, but at 0.5mm/h. Went out. Within 10 minutes it was bucketing down. Got to the half way point, went through the “road closed” signs as I know they leave a bit for walkers and cyclists, to be confronted by today’s motorised moron, the drive of a 40t artic, that had tried to sneak past, and destroyed the nearside verge by sliding his wheels into the 1m deep ditch, leaving him beached. Turned around and went home. Rain stopped about 20 minutes out.

What is this I read? Surely in post-Brexit pre-colonial Britain sovereignty concerns would exclude nasty 40t continental juggernauts in favour of the good old british smoke-( and fume) belching 32t artic?
40t on 5 axles, 44t on 6 axles. Hasn't been 32t since... late 70s?





But I thought that's where BJ was meant to be taking you   ???


bairn again

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #24330 on: February 16, 2021, 07:23:32 pm »
yes!  Nice weather, if a little well ventilated.

50km all in out to the border with West LOthian, round the perimeter and back home.  Lovely to be out for a proper distance again. 

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #24331 on: February 18, 2021, 07:36:34 pm »
Yes, a 54 miles circular around where I live. Windy and wet moving to sunshine after lunch.

Snakehips

  • Twixt London and leafy Surrey
Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #24332 on: February 18, 2021, 09:49:46 pm »
Twenty three miles on my old Cannondale Synapse hack road bike which as of today is down to single speed. Roll on some better weather and longer days, a spot of maintenance required, or perhaps something more dramatic.
Mustn't grumble in the circumstances .

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #24333 on: February 18, 2021, 11:34:25 pm »
Some utility cycling and a Campsies loop to take me over 80km for the first time this year.  Felt fine though not sure I could do it easily in 1 go. The roads are really shocking after that cold spell.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #24334 on: February 20, 2021, 03:08:04 pm »
After my recent troubles with my ears affecting my balance https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=118147.0 I managed to make it out today at last.
Left early to try and get the driest weather and had no plans other than to try and ride up and down the main road. I went out with the dual sided pedals that i bought from Paul H on here and the new flat SPD shoes.

I made no attempt to clip the left foot in at all and just cycled with the right one clipped in, strange feeling but it felt ok if a little slippy at times.
Glad to report that i made it up all inclines without any issues and I was reasonably pleased at how it was going so decided to try and stay out for as long as the weather held. Surprised at the temps too, i went out with the 3/4 bibs, Base layer, jersey and Gilet combo and found myself to be overheating at times.

One slightly worrying issue is a high heart rate which has been a feature of any indoor or outdoor ride I've recently done !

76Km's all in and my longest run for a good while, the last 10k was a hard slog though as I was tiring and the rain had started. I also noticed the local roads have taken a beating over the winter months here and my bike was covered in a brown sludge which took ages to wash off but was just so glad to be out on a bike again.

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Mind of a cyclist, body of a dart player.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #24335 on: February 20, 2021, 03:25:18 pm »
Three hour loop in the lovely warm sun.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #24336 on: February 20, 2021, 07:21:05 pm »
My back is still not quite right but I was  comfortable enough on the trice to manage 31 miles out to maidenhead Riverside, Cookham, Burnham beechs, Black Park and home. So nice to get out on warmish day. I just hope that my back behaves itself so I can go and play again  :)
the slower you go the more you see

TimC

  • Old blerk sometimes onabike.
Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #24337 on: February 20, 2021, 08:52:36 pm »
Short 20km a few hours after my jab this morning.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #24338 on: February 21, 2021, 12:01:57 pm »
Bugger. Newbie error, overlapped wheels with Mrs h on a slight uphill in Oxshott. Came down heavily on my left chest (huh ?)  Now very sore indeed and unable to do much. Bruised ribs, bugger.

Came down on my left side, and wrenched the right shifter round 90 degrees. No damage to the bike whatsoever and after a quick re-alignment all worked perfectly.

Ouch.
Rust never sleeps

T42

  • *** fool in a hurry
Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #24339 on: February 21, 2021, 03:46:19 pm »
@hatler GWS. Glad it was no worse.

---o0o---

Meanwhile, I took my recently-buggered left knee for a 35k trot with a couple of potentially narsty climbs. It seemed to withstand the strain, albeit with a somewhat used feeling towards the end.

Met El Prez on our local cycling track when I was heading home.

El Prez: You've got a ladybird on your shoulder.

Me: you've got three metres of spiderweb trailing you.

Beautiful day, temperature got up to 16°C on the way home.  Well pleased.  Will be even more pleased if knee isn't like a football tomorrow.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #24340 on: February 21, 2021, 04:15:59 pm »
First rider (indoor or out) for 2 weeks. A pleasant warmish and mostly calm day. 3/4’s, long sleeved vest and a Gabba, mits, shoes with toe covers. Plenty warm enough, and I managed around 23 miles (new-to-me Garmin and I got it stuck on laps   ::-)). First outing this year for the Domane, amazing how much quicker (FCVO quick) it is than the Genesis steely. Roads mainly dry.
We are making a New World (Paul Nash, 1918)

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #24341 on: February 21, 2021, 04:37:55 pm »
42 miles and the first ride this year on my nice bike. Suspect some lanes are still rather muddy with the recent rain but I went a different route and all was fine.

Saying that some of the roads I haven't been along since autumn and they've gone from a bit pot holey to lunar surface over winter.

The loop round Beachy Head/Birling Gap was nice but I could have done without the several of motorcyclists who came past me close enough that I'd nearly be able to elbow them without taking my hand off the bars. Including one who managed to go past me twice and not learn from the first pass. Luckily at least that road was in good condition so I didn't have to dodge any potholes at the wrong moment.
Miles cycled 2014 = 3551.5 (Target 7300 :()
Miles cycled 2013 = 6141.4
Miles cycled 2012 = 4038.1

citoyen

  • Occasionally rides a bike
Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #24342 on: February 23, 2021, 03:03:31 pm »
Took advantage of it looking lovely out to go for a lunchtime spin. Didn't realise quite how windy it was though...

On the plus side, that meant a handsome tailwind across the Graveney marshes, which will be well known to veterans of the Whitstable FNRttC, who will also appreciate how much of a benefit this is. Wasn't even pushing that hard but according to Strava I registered a PB on the segment past the Sportsman.  :o
"The future's all yours, you lousy bicycles."

Marco Stefano

  • Apply some pressure, you lose some pressure...
Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #24343 on: February 27, 2021, 11:44:35 am »
52 km around the Fens yesterday by Fuego. Not been out on this bike for several months and knees are telling me so this morning. Still keeping it relatively calm as still in Covid recovery mode, but all seems good; couldn't resist getting into top gear and 52 kph down a slight hill (they're all pretty slight here). Beautiful day to be out, comfy temp when pedalling, cool when sun behind cloud, warm in sunny sheltered spots.

Socks

  • Clennel Street on my touring bike
Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #24344 on: February 27, 2021, 12:22:35 pm »
Yesterday, 45k 'lockdown loop' around my local lanes with a nice big hill in the middle climbing up to the appropriately named Quarrington Hill.  Lovely clear, sunny day with mild temperature.  I was on a 1990's 'Aerobikes' recumbent, testing out a couple of adjustments that I made to the brakes and handlebar.  A short walk as well, along a section where the farmer was kindly scattering thorn hedge cuttings all over the road.  Slight stiffness in the legs this morning, although I haven't done many miles I've been out on an upright bike (Thursday); five mile walk (Wednesday); upright bike (Tuesday) so a relatively active week.  Hopefully starting to get fitness back ready for the resumption of Audax events in April.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #24345 on: February 27, 2021, 06:40:59 pm »
First ride of the year :blush:
A familiar loop just short of 20km, to Glynde and back, with the sun setting over the hill. It improved my mood considerably.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #24346 on: February 27, 2021, 07:25:24 pm »
I didn't feel like a long ride, but decided to make the most of the fine, still weather, and ride the Orbea over to Welney.

Only 4 weeks ago, part of this route was under 4 ft of flood water!  :o
If it ain't broke, fix it 'til it is...

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #24347 on: February 28, 2021, 02:54:14 pm »
By eck was chilly this morning. Well actually I mostly didn't expect it to be as chilly as was. Glad I went for bib tights as nearly went for knee warmers having been in shorts Thursday

Very foggy, needed lights on and didn't start to clear till about 0930. Actually put my disposable gloves from my tool kit on under my gloves.

However it was a nice quiet ride with barely a breath of wind and fastest for ages although a lot of that was down to being on the fast bike instead of the tourer

Just over 50km in all with a dog leg chucked in at the end as was going to be just under. Was glad of a warming brew when I got home though

Cudzoziemiec

  • Eating all the pies and drinking all the tea.
Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #24348 on: February 28, 2021, 04:49:49 pm »
Gosh, I've been out on my bike two days in a row. It must be spring or something. Yesterday was just a bit of shopping, today was hardly epic either; just along the path to Bath and back. However, I can report three things:
Bath has become a ghost town (no shops, no tourists);
the Bristol-Bath Railway Path is seriously, ridiculously rammed – it's become almost one solid mass of people on bikes, on foot, scooters (and one motorbike but that was by the river in Bath), some fast, some extremely slow, lycra, jeans and jumpers, small dogs on extending leads – from end to end in both directions – but amazingly, no clashes, either of temper or bodies;
and my sit bones are seriously unfit!

Also, in Bath I saw a woman taking a parrot for a walk. Blue one with yellow and orange neck.
Faster than a walk, slower than a train, often slightly higher than a person. (David Byrne)

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #24349 on: February 28, 2021, 05:06:13 pm »
I have. Just the 18 miles this afternoon once the fog and frost had lifted and the temp had climbed to around 9. Tempered by a stiff north-easterly breeze, so glad of the bib-knickers, and wished I’d worn my full-fingered gloves (just like I wished Friday afternoon  ::-))
We are making a New World (Paul Nash, 1918)