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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22300 on: January 14, 2019, 01:57:53 pm »
11 of us fighting the wind to obtain cafe calories. Good to be out and about. Return trip was fabulous.  New Brooks pro will probably settle down in a year or two.  ::-)
Get a bicycle. You will never regret it, if you live- Mark Twain

Wowbagger

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22301 on: January 14, 2019, 05:00:54 pm »




Yesterday, just over 10 miles on the leccy tandem.

Oh, Bach without any doubt. Bach every time for me.

diapsaon0

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22302 on: January 14, 2019, 05:27:58 pm »
Just a couple of miles on the Brommie to the doctor's to pick up batteries for my hearing aids.  Oh, the joys of getting old!  21 again in just over a week!
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Blodwyn Pig

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22303 on: January 18, 2019, 06:04:32 pm »
usual chilly 40 km commute today (total) , but on the  way in, I decided to alter my seat a tad, so out with the hex key, (always a mistake when its -1 deg.  )  PING! went the bolt............BUGGA said I. Sat and thought for a minute, and had a look at Olive, thinking ''where can I pinch a long bolt from''  Luckily, fairly recently, I removed the handle bar stem, and fitted one of those locking collar/spacer things. This allowed me to 'borrow' the center star nut bolt, although I could have used it anyway, as the stem is clamped tight. Job done and feeling quite chuffed I carried on. 
On the way home I found I was having to trim the front mech a lot. oh bugga! the rh crank had come loose,. and I didn't have an 8mm hex key. I manage to nip it up with a smaller key, and a screwdriver, ::-) then limped home, via 'Ye Olde Bolt Shoppe', and the local  motor factors for some thread lock.    :thumbsup:

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22304 on: January 18, 2019, 06:13:21 pm »
^
Cool problem solving  :thumbsup:

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22305 on: January 19, 2019, 06:30:23 pm »
Did nothing Mon to Fri as I had a cold that was kicking off my asthma for the first four days and then last night had a thumping headache roll in that had me in bed by 7pm with a bucket next to me because I also thought I was going to throw up.

I then slept thirteen hours straight and after a morning of faff went out for a 35 mile bike ride. I was slow, and full of snot, and the hills seemed hillier than they ought. But I feel good now, just had a nice cup of tea to warm up with ginger nuts to dunk in it and once I can move my knees again there's a hot shower that I'm going to linger in.

I did go for a Veloviewer square but after first taking the wrong bridleway and then finding the correct bridleway was across a field of wet grass that was steep enough that I lost traction every second or third pedal stroke I gave up and will return either when it's drier or on foot instead.
Miles cycled 2014 = 3551.5 (Target 7300 :()
Miles cycled 2013 = 6141.4
Miles cycled 2012 = 4038.1

Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22306 on: January 19, 2019, 10:25:42 pm »
Along the old railway path from Bath to Bristol. On foot. We'll ignore the irony, because it's the 21st century. The great thing about walking that route is you notice loads of things you'd never see or explore on a bike. The remains of Saltford station with a curious slag heap at one end and a small, perfectly square pond just beyond it, full of very dirty water. A huge tree house up in the woods on the bank, so large I'd call it a tree complex. Probably the (abandoned) home of forest-squatters rather than a kids' den. And I met a group of about eight Celtic warriors, all woaded up, who'd captured a couple of Roman legionaries and were marching them back to Aquae Sulis to collect ransom money. Also saw two police officers (one proper, one PCSO) on the path towards the middle of Bristol, which is good. Unfortunately my left knee is rather unhappy now.
The earth is vast and beautiful and contains many miraculous places. (Chekhov)

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22307 on: January 20, 2019, 08:42:57 pm »
A very quiet 20 miles on the Brommie, Route 6 from Derby then Sandiacre canal back to Trent Lock for a brew, very cold and very glad I spashed out on a light weight Feather and down jacket, just enough to stay warm than home.   The upgrade of seat height setting gadget tested today, stupid price £8,50 for a bit of plastic, but its great to always get the seat height right.  Will really help when loading for camping.

menthel

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22308 on: January 21, 2019, 11:08:46 am »
80k out to Windsor and back yesterday morning- bloody chilly at 7.30am but the roads were fine. Had burning fingers and toes at the cafe but then sun and relative warmth on the way home. Really nice ride.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22309 on: January 24, 2019, 10:57:06 pm »
Hoped onto a train from Portsmouth to Petersfield after work and then zig-zagged my way back to Portsmouth across the South Downs.

Lovely evening for a ride though my feet were frozen by the end.  First longish ride on the new Disc Trucker too though after taking in a stretch of bridle path its now caked in mud. :facepalm: 

Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22310 on: January 27, 2019, 07:51:46 pm »
A jauntle to Chipping Sodbury for lunch with IanN. Cold wind, but sunny and dry. After lunch a certain incident happened which showed why it's a good idea to have pliers or similar in your toolkit – no more details to protect the guilty and the prematurely senile :-X – we were saved by a friendly motorist.

Edit: I forgot to mention the little stretch of COR. No good ride should be without some! In this case, it was entirely down to me heading along there and giving Ian no choice. And that we ended up doing a loop back to almost where we started was down to... chance. I had no idea where that track led!
The earth is vast and beautiful and contains many miraculous places. (Chekhov)

LittleWheelsandBig

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22311 on: January 27, 2019, 08:30:15 pm »
Out on the fixed with HK on her MTB commuter to meet the Marlboro for lunch. Good fun chatting with the old boys about winter roughstuffing (because summer was for racing without mudguards), post-war rationing and how all real cyclists knew the pubs and cafes that gave the biggest feeds. The several of sleety showers there and back were not best pleasing.
Wheel meet again, don't know where, don't know when...

T42

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22312 on: February 02, 2019, 04:41:20 pm »
First ride in almost 3 weeks, did it on 2 bikes.

Trek: 10k. Back tyre (worn) goes phut--> call missus -->home-->new tyre, new tube-->horror! Rim cracked round spoke hole-->imprecations.

Lunch: BBC sandwich (bacon/banana/chocolate). Missus looks on aghast.

Ti Warhorse: 45k. God this bike is stiff, and beateth ye arse to ye pulp. Can't believe I did almost my entire Audax career on it. Maybe I didn't run the  23mm tyres at 7.5 bar, though - can't remember.  2x11 body language mapped onto 3x10 is curious, too: I seemed to spend most of my time on the 50T or the 30T, with the chain doing things no gentleman should ask of it. It's nippy, though.

Brought missus (heart of gold) an escargot aux raisins from coffee stop. Hell, it's Saturday and she loves them.

Home again. Sore. Shower. Tea. Ahhhhhh...
Tout à gauche sur le plat

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22313 on: February 02, 2019, 04:45:31 pm »
Yes nice low intensity ride along a nice cycle greenway.  Fast enough to stay warm but no more.

PaulF

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22314 on: February 03, 2019, 10:20:15 am »
Just 5 miles



Heavy going



Even for this



T42

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22315 on: February 03, 2019, 01:06:01 pm »
Pretty. Looks like fun, too.
Tout à gauche sur le plat

PaulF

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22316 on: February 03, 2019, 01:12:54 pm »
Was hard work breaking trail but good going where the farmer had taken his 4x4. I went 100 yards past where he’d obviously got stuck before deciding that it was too tiring

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22317 on: February 05, 2019, 09:16:59 am »
No snow for me.... I would have been very worried if there had have been as I did some laps of Derby Velodrome.  :thumbsup:

After riding the track at Manchester, I thought I would try my "local" track next and frankly, I enjoyed it more than Manchester although once again how unfit I am was confirmed by the fact I was knackered at the end of the session.

Why did I enjoy it more? Well, the place felt more homely and the coach was more involved in the session giving us instructions each lap including insisting we went well above the half way line. Also, unlikely Manchester, the lights were on around the track so I could see where I was going!

Next up for me is a trip to try the Glasgow track: I can get there and back on a Saturday by train for around £25 which is extremely cheap. I am also planning to do the London track towards the end of March leaving only the track in Newport and the one near Southampton to do.... this latter one is causing difficulties in getting to as it seems miles from anywhere.

T42

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22318 on: February 05, 2019, 05:08:29 pm »
Another 45k loop on the Ti Warhorse with much the same sensations as last time, i.e. pain. Already had a complaining quad from aerobic firewood-hauling, now I've got that in spades with a sore arse to boot but please don't.

Also came up the last hill, a 3-stage effort that goes 9%-6%-8% and rises 60 metres, on 39:21 and now I'm buggrified. Didn't used to be but used to be more crepit.
Tout à gauche sur le plat

Adam

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22319 on: February 05, 2019, 08:50:46 pm »
A quick ride along the prom into town to post some packages, and then out of town to NCN2 and the A259 cyclepath with my Sustrans hat on and a claw hammer, to remove some screws which seemed to have been deliberately inserted across the path at one point in the last couple of weeks, with about 1-2 cm left exposed. 

Fortunately most people around here seem to ride massive wide tyres which means the heads had got bent over but if a road bike had hit one it could have been nasty.

So about 12 miles overall.
“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.” -Albert Einstein

hulver

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22320 on: February 06, 2019, 11:28:16 am »
A quick ride along the prom into town to post some packages, and then out of town to NCN2 and the A259 cyclepath with my Sustrans hat on and a claw hammer, to remove some screws which seemed to have been deliberately inserted across the path at one point in the last couple of weeks, with about 1-2 cm left exposed. 

Fortunately most people around here seem to ride massive wide tyres which means the heads had got bent over but if a road bike had hit one it could have been nasty.

So about 12 miles overall.

Is it anywhere near here?

https://road.cc/content/news/255796-screws-found-embedded-recently-opened-ps2m-west-sussex-cycle-path-are-result

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22321 on: February 10, 2019, 02:37:45 pm »
Yes. Only out for an hour. Tad windy which was shown by the 5k splits. Yes was slightly up hill to start then slightly down in way back but had over a 4 minute difference between slowest and fastest split.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22322 on: February 13, 2019, 06:19:34 pm »
Small group out in glorious but a little windy weather for a 33 mile loop. Wonderful. Roll on spring. Daffs seem early this year.
Get a bicycle. You will never regret it, if you live- Mark Twain

IanN

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22323 on: February 13, 2019, 08:52:58 pm »
About 110 km into the wilds of Somerset and Wiltshire. Off to Bath through commuter traffic, past Wellow and turn left into pastures new. Skirted Frome through the fly tipping epicentre of the area, it seems. I would have thought a pedal car was domestic waste and no problem to take to the 'recycling centre', but what do I know. (Very little). Stopped in Westbury

A plate of yellow food at the White Horse cafe, and a possibly ill advised climb up the escarpment over the real White Horse, the sound of small arms fire adding some excitement. A fairly wiggly route back via Chalfield.

It's hedge cutting season - Thorns 4 : Hampsterskin 0 . Just the one flat, but it took a while to dig the blighters out.
(or was that Thorns 4 : Thorn 0?)

It was September when I last rode over 200km, and I've lost a lot of fitness and speed. I think other life stuff hasn't helped
Fiddling around on claggy lanes chasing veloviewer squares hits the average kph as well.

Cudzoziemiec

  • Solar powered, tea fuelled cycle-wol
Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22324 on: February 13, 2019, 10:01:48 pm »
A plate of yellow food at the White Horse cafe,
Is that the one we stopped at on a 200 of your devising back in, ooh, must have been summer 2017? Or might have been spring 2018. ISTR we selected the cafe on the basis of it being the only one open...
The earth is vast and beautiful and contains many miraculous places. (Chekhov)