Author Topic: Have you been out today?  (Read 2366738 times)

Tim Hall

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1400 on: September 01, 2008, 10:58:39 am »
Back from a week of no cycling in Spain, I got up fairly sharpish and did 55km out and around the Ashdown Forest. Stopped in Forest Row to see Darth Ian, bought some new brake cables. Tried to buy a new cone too, but no luck. Back for coffee and tea cakes for brekko.
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Adam

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1401 on: September 01, 2008, 05:10:57 pm »
About 18 miles, just pottering around going to a few shops (including the LBS to get a new gear lever for my son's bike).

After popping into Tesco's to get some shirts for his school uniform (yes, I know I've left it to the last minute) I found they'd replaced the normal bike stands made out of the thick tubing similar to the enclosures holding the trollies, with a pathetic rectangle of light tubing.  It would only be able to fit 4 bikes and the thing wasn't even bolted to the ground, so anyone could have just turned up and lifted it all into a van. 

After locking my bike to the back of the trolley park, I made a swift complaint to Customer Services.
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Wowbagger

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1402 on: September 01, 2008, 07:03:09 pm »
Mrs. Wow and I, on tandem, normal pootle.

Very windy at times, but we averaged over 12 mph! 16.48 miles in 1h 22m 05s. We were belting along the sea front at about 22 mph for a couple of miles, much to the amusement of a number of motorists. One didn't find it so amusing: she decided, in the common manner, that we were only cyclists and could easily be overtaken and suddenly found herself with a bollard looming and nowhere to go but back behind us again.

The last couple of miles were a real slog, mostly uphill and into the wind. My aim at the half-way point was to keep our riding average over 11 mph, but we did rather better than that. The legs are feeling it now.
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border-rider

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1403 on: September 01, 2008, 07:06:30 pm »
Only as far as the paper shop

It's been bucketing down all day - the moorhens have left the pond and are marauding round the garden cos it's wetter :)

Jasper the surreal cyclist

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1404 on: September 02, 2008, 09:21:14 am »
Yesterday climbed over the downs at Arundel. Rode around the lanes before taking Duncton Hill. I did stop at the viewing platform, because the view is fantastic, especially with the shadows of clouds skittering around the valley. A couple more hills and then home, windy it twas but also stayed dry....
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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1405 on: September 02, 2008, 09:24:55 am »
A very wet 30km hill repeat session.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1406 on: September 02, 2008, 09:32:22 am »
sounds like my ride last night - 20k of short intervals (4 x 3 minutes, 3 minute gap between them), with one extra thrown in at the end because I was nearly home and it was starting to rain quite hard. 

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1407 on: September 02, 2008, 09:35:29 am »
A beautiful sunny commute on the very-obviously First of Autumn here.   :thumbsup:
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FatBloke

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1408 on: September 02, 2008, 09:39:11 am »
No! 'Tis pishing down!  >:(

I also have to transport the loin fruit to school at 10:30.  :-\
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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1409 on: September 02, 2008, 01:25:04 pm »
No! 'Tis pishing down!  >:(

It wasn't too bad, it actually stopped raining for about 10 mins just after noon. Two breakfasts at Roundbush and 40 odd miles.

Wowbagger

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1410 on: September 02, 2008, 07:32:46 pm »
Once the rain stopped, Mrs. Wow and I did the same loop as yesterday but got our time down to 1h 15m 41s. 12.9mph! That's almost respectable!

I think we'll do a longer ride Friday and try to keep up >11 mph over 50 or so miles.
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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1411 on: September 03, 2008, 10:58:51 am »
A quick 8km ride to Fishponds to test my new addition to the stable !

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1412 on: September 03, 2008, 11:28:30 am »
I went out last night, as it was threating with rain, and managed to get a personal best avearge speed over 20miles, of 17.3mph!!  Ok, it's in no-mans land speed wise, but give me another month or so and I'll have it up there with the best.
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border-rider

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1413 on: September 03, 2008, 11:30:29 am »
Had a very, very nice 2 hour run (on legs not a bike :)) dodging the showers in the hills and forests yesterday.  I must take a camera...

Just getting soggy here now, so I may not get out again today (tho' I've been to the paper shop on the trike this morning)

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1414 on: September 03, 2008, 06:40:24 pm »
A quick 8km ride to Fishponds to test my new addition to the stable !

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Another 20km ride out to Chipping Sodbury - very windy !

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1415 on: September 03, 2008, 06:52:23 pm »
Is it me or is there some kind of wind tunnel thing going on in Londinium at the moment - felt like my wheels would be blown from under me at some points on the commute...


Tim Hall

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1416 on: September 03, 2008, 07:16:24 pm »
Made myself go out last night on the fixer. "This Sceptred Isle" on the MP3 player, dry night, bit of wind, 35km.

A few errands today saw 20km on the 'bent.  Same stuff on the MP3. Windier today mind you.
There are two ways you can get exercise out of a bicycle: you can
"overhaul" it, or you can ride it.  (Jerome K Jerome)

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1417 on: September 03, 2008, 07:30:13 pm »
Is it me or is there some kind of wind tunnel thing going on in Londinium at the moment - felt like my wheels would be blown from under me at some points on the commute...

I don't think it's just you, I find whenever I go past any large buildings, you get all sorts of strong and odd wind directions.  I guess the buildings tend to funnel and concentrate the wind, sometimes in the opposite direction to the prevailing wind.  Luckily I only have a couple of places on my commute, like on Queenstown Road opposite Battersea Park, where there are big buildings that do this.
Actually, it is rocket science.
 

alan

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1418 on: September 03, 2008, 07:30:59 pm »
I was told that a local club was organising a 10 mile TT starting about a mile from home.
Despite persistent precipitation I went down to suss it out & there was no-one there.Bugger. :(
so I drove back home ;D

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1419 on: September 03, 2008, 07:42:23 pm »
buggery bollox, that was windier than I expected.  

Tonight was meant to be 90 minutes of hard work, with 15 minutes warm up and 15 minutes warm down.  The hard bit was 30 minutes tailwind (weeeeeeee :D) then an hour of headwind - v. poor route planning on my part!

Belting ride though, my thighs are on fire now....

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1420 on: September 03, 2008, 08:33:16 pm »
I was told that a local club was organising a 10 mile TT starting about a mile from home.
Despite persistent precipitation I went down to suss it out & there was no-one there.Bugger. :(
so I drove back home ;D
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Jasper the surreal cyclist

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1421 on: September 03, 2008, 08:35:21 pm »
Sodding windy down here too. Can still hear the roar in my lugholes....
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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1422 on: September 03, 2008, 11:26:51 pm »
First time on the bike for about a week and a half- I was beginning to get withdrawal symptoms.
Only about 9 miles- to and from football along the Fallowfield Loop and then to and from the pub.
I got a puncture just as I arrived at the football venue (Armitage Centre). That'll teach me for thinking "don't need to take the puncture kit- it's not far". The Fairy knows. Thankfully, a friend had his kit so I was spared the indignity of putting the bike in someone's car. Since the tyre had done ~2900 miles since it was fitted and this is the 1st time it has suffered, I can't complain. Big up for Pasela TG.


Arthur

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1423 on: September 04, 2008, 12:10:00 pm »
I'm another one who picked up a pun**ure on this mornings ride. Luckily it was when I was only about 200 yards from home.

As I had to pull the back wheel off to fix it, I also got round to re-greasing the bearings and trueing out the very slight wobble in the wheel that's been niggling me for ages. And then I regreased the front wheel bearings and I've got the chain submerged in a tub of white spirit for a good clean.

If the fairies hadn't stuffed a shard of Stella bottle into my tyre, all of these jobs would have been ignored for at least another few months. Thanks ladies  :thumbsup:

clarion

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1424 on: September 04, 2008, 04:00:16 pm »
I had to ride out to a meeting today.  It looked like it was going to rain as I started off, but it was fine.  On the way back, it did rain a bit - peerfect excuse for nipping to a cafe for a cup of tea before trundling home through the back roads of Southwark.
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