Author Topic: Have you been out today?  (Read 2197118 times)

Kim

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22625 on: August 14, 2019, 08:49:33 pm »
I spent several hours riding around Windsor in the rain trying to get the bottom bracket on the trice to preform the I am seizing up trick it played on me yesterday spoiling my plan's for a visit to Wolverhampton to visit nobby. Of course it is running fine today  ::-).

What *again*?

Seized BB, not visiting nobby.  Though maybe they're related?
To ride the Windcheetah, first, you must embrace the cantilever...

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22626 on: August 15, 2019, 08:21:33 am »
I hadn't considered that, you could be right  ;D.
I must get the problem sorted out before the September camping weekend  :)
the slower you go the more you see

T42

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22627 on: August 15, 2019, 09:32:04 am »
Excellent news.

Thanks, Chris.  It's wonderful to have that nonsense out of the way.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22628 on: August 15, 2019, 12:18:56 pm »
We were in Edinburgh again this weekend, and Mrs. F wanted to do a route of around 120k as a final ride before her 2-day Ride the North event.

We did the route of the Tour of the Borders event which runs from Peebles.
This turned out to be a very nice route: you are on traffic-free roads pretty much from the start all the way to the finish.
I could have counted the cars on my fingers.

Pretty much all new roads for me, bar the odd section here and there from some Audaxes.
One big hill: the climb out from Talla.

Saturday turned out to be a weather window between the torrential rain of Friday and Sunday, and we got lucky and stayed dry.

I'd definitely recommend this route.
One thing to be aware of is that you pass *nothing* in the way of food stops or shops, except the Gordon Arms pub at the point where the loops meet.
We stopped at the pub on the first passing at about 62k.
It's decent enough, and plenty of cyclists seem to stop there ( because there's nowhere else! )
So plan accordingly.


https://www.strava.com/activities/2607433297/

I was so impressed with this run when I did it in Feb, I dragged some clubmates down there last month.  We started in Broughton, and made our Gordon Arms stop on the 2nd passing of it.  Yes, it can get very busy with cyclists.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22629 on: August 16, 2019, 08:37:03 pm »
Out today route testing for the club's 100k bunfight next april. Due to Bordeaux regional politics this has fallen to me (there's a first time for everything).
Planning on Openrunner got complicated and today when push came to shove I opted for planB - which worked out really well, except that I am now over distance.

So a gorgeous day for a ride and, after a delayed start fixing the car, I got under way on the bike just before 10 which was great 'cos it put me in the right place to test the picnic site, which turned out to be ideal (even public loos not far away). I thoroughly recommend Alloue in the Charente Limousine as a picnic spot (apart from the number of cars sporting GB plates  :sick: )

Final count for the day 107kms (by my computer which may be a bit optimistic, I will have to do a rollout test and check this) which is the most I have done in a day for a couple of years. About 7 hrs total time (including my picnic and a lot of faffing about), 6hrs riding time. The morning was quick, after lunch was slow (more climbing, hotter and I didn't feel like pushing on).

I learnt that they had refinished the parking at Montrollet, halfing the number of places (which could complicate things if there is a wedding same day) but also that there is a second one hidden away. The lunch place is at 44kms by my count but can be reached in little more than 2 hours (if I can do it anyone can). The climbing is concentrated in a few big slopes and the rest is a lot easier than our club circuits tend to be. Now I have to look at the over distance side, but I know where to reduce that if necessary.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22630 on: August 18, 2019, 08:11:49 am »
Up early Saturday to fit in a ride before people arrived for the day. Got bike out of shed and it was raining so got the jacket out of the saddle bag and put on. Went out front of house and it had stopped and remained stopped except a few minutes drizzle. Mostly lovely 60km. Well most of it down pretty much deserted roads so loads of wildlife, deer, buzzards, several yellow/green woodpecker and possibly a barn out at distance. Had to return straight down A12 cycle path into a headwind as needed to get home for guests arriving which was less scenic and a bit of a slog.

Only downside is my left knee started hurting. Wondering if the new cleats aren't in the same position as old or have less float as less worn.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22631 on: August 18, 2019, 06:15:34 pm »
5 miles around Slough. My get up and go had gone before I got started 🙄
the slower you go the more you see

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22632 on: August 19, 2019, 08:06:56 am »
Nothing excessive in the grand scheme of things but it was nice to do 50km over two rides this weekend, the fourth and fifth ride back from injury.

The first took me from Newport Town FC ground to Gnosall and back, out via the “hilly” route and back along the disused railway path. I’ve not been along the path in about a year. Its really sad that the council spent so much to resurface it but have no money for its upkeep. In places the path is now less than a metre wide due to plant growth and soon may be impassable again. Newport beat Coven 4-2 in the match.

Sunday saw me do one of my favourite rides from Haughton down to Penkridge then over to Church Eaton before returning to Haughton….surprisingly there was a headwind all the way! What pleased me most about this ride was that I averaged over 12mph for the first time since my return…..okay, 12.03mph but the 0.03 is important to me!

My back and neck are quite painful at the moment but hey ho, its good to be back, despite being so slow!
Cats to the left of me, cats to the right of me, cats sitting on my keyboard making far more sense than I do.

T42

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22633 on: August 19, 2019, 09:56:30 am »
Yesterday, another of those rides where my power simply tanked at ~10km. Shoved in a banana/almond bar & did another 5 before jacking it in and going home.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22634 on: August 20, 2019, 06:17:02 pm »
I'm starting to enjoy cycling again! Okay, just 20km after w*rk but I managed to find a lane I have never cycled on before: Sherdicote Lane, just south of Bradley.

What a lovely lane....okay the surface was horrid but there was a lovely slope from the south which was the type which makes you work without pulling your legs off.

Not the fastest ride ever but just turning your legs over and earning your chip tea....CBH is out tonight...makes it all worthwhile.  :thumbsup:
Cats to the left of me, cats to the right of me, cats sitting on my keyboard making far more sense than I do.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22635 on: August 20, 2019, 07:40:54 pm »
I'm starting to enjoy cycling again! Okay, just 20km after w*rk but I managed to find a lane I have never cycled on before: Sherdicote Lane, just south of Bradley.

What a lovely lane....okay the surface was horrid but there was a lovely slope from the south which was the type which makes you work without pulling your legs off.

Not the fastest ride ever but just turning your legs over and earning your chip tea....CBH is out tonight...makes it all worthwhile.  :thumbsup:

I’d avoid it in winter though - mixture of floods and deep cow leavings!

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22636 on: August 20, 2019, 07:47:47 pm »
A slow Potter with jhonathan notp to Marlow and back. A very pleasant warm sunny ride  :)
the slower you go the more you see

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22637 on: August 20, 2019, 11:20:28 pm »
A stiff ride tonight, there were 6 of us - 43km and 1,050m of climbing.

From Sheffield up to Stocksbridge and up Pea Royd Lane, through some lanes and back via Midhopestones. A quick break for a pint at Ye Olde Mustard Pot and back via High Bradfield. Lovely stuff!

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22638 on: August 21, 2019, 08:29:38 pm »
6 of us on a ride out to the outskirts of Cambridge and back. Scary bit of Ermine Street on the way back with heavy artics far too close, one incidence of which we are going to formally complain about,  as he nearly sucked a rider under his wheels,  but this stretch is somewhat unavoidable for the route as they always seem to forget the cycle path or indeed pedestrians when building a bypass (and there being a strip of at least 10 feet of ground to the side of the road). Took the tourer as my road bike chainset chatter needs sorting,  it therefore seemed to be quite hard work compared to normal. Otherwise wonderful ride in perfect weather.

Some excitement before riding out, our local helicopter med team landed in a local park very near to my house. I don't know why and nothing has been reported in the local media. We did watch the vehicle take off later whilst sipping coffee at our local meeting place. Local kids were most chuffed, should have taken photo, oh well.
Get a bicycle. You will never regret it, if you live- Mark Twain

Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22639 on: August 21, 2019, 08:36:09 pm »
I'm starting to enjoy cycling again!
Enough said!  :thumbsup:
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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22640 on: August 22, 2019, 04:15:48 pm »
Took the Moser with S-A 5sp hub for its first ride (which was a sort of "shakedown" ride). Out about 3 hours for 45 kms according to Openrunnner but there was a lot of faff readjusting and retightening things that should not have needed it. Problems started 5m from the front gate with a flattish rear tyre. Why can't I get the gear cable adjustment to stay right when I take it off and put it back (and I really should use my reading specs to get it right!). All in all a nice little ride with co-operative wind. The hub is as sweet as a nut in 1,3 and 5 and a bit of a scratchy beast in 2 and 4 (pity as I set it up with 2 and 4 as the important working ratios). Brucey is right, you do have to overchange, particularly going from 2 to 1, 5th didn't seem to play up in the same way. And it doesn't like backpedalling before starting from lights, skips a beat when restarting before settling down as if nothing had happened. An AW hub is still probably easier to live with but I am going to have fun with this one over the winter. 5th is particularly nice and smooth, I may change the gearing to make it more useful. At present I have an 84" (6.7m for the Europhiles), putting on a 22t sprocket gives 80" and 67" in 4th which might be better. (I know, I am a wimp pedalling baby gears  :facepalm: )

Edit: A day late but still a photo is nice. This building is meant to be a bridge but not much water flowing in the drought

T42

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22641 on: August 22, 2019, 04:39:10 pm »
120k toddle with El Prez to local hilltop tourist trap. Usual sort of El Prez ride with me dawdling on the flat to conserve his battery, then me gasping up the long climbs while he sails away blithely ins blaue hinein.  At cake stop had a Paris-Brest in honour of my wind-blown chums sweating away in the western marches of this fair land.  Saw a lizard about the size of a toothpick, many tractors hauling pig product and one in full cathartic splatter, did one climb (mercifully short) over a carpet of pine-needles, slipping and sliding all over. Reckon the drought's killing them.  Had a cracking headwind all the way home - it was supposed to drop to zilch by three but never made it.  Had a great game of Audax roulette for the last 40k. Won.

Sore legs now but when ever not? Fun ride.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

tiermat

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22642 on: August 24, 2019, 12:15:56 pm »
Yes, at 5 am as it was too damn warm to sleep (the Garmin said 16C).

A nice, fast, rolling 10 miles
I feel like Captain Kirk, on a brand new planet every day, a little like King Kong on top of the Empire State

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22643 on: August 25, 2019, 08:18:01 am »
Rode out to St Albans and back with a friend. 63 miles.  :)
the slower you go the more you see

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22644 on: August 25, 2019, 12:41:10 pm »
My return to cycling carries on a pace...well, a slow pace but it carries on at least with my longest ride since my return: 21 miles. Okay, not huge in the grand scheme of things but comfortable in the sun/warmth.

And, yet again a new lane. Starkeys Lane near Wheaton Aston. I was not planning to go that way but Lapley Lane was closed so diverted along there as the plan was to go back to Penkridge via the aforementioned village. Trust me, I won't be rushing to go back that way as frankly the lane was almost impassable for a normal road bike.

Returning to Lapley Lane to take a sit on my favourite roadside bench, it was funny to note how many cars ignored the "Road Closed" signs only to have to return several minutes later when they found that the sign actually applied to them!  :facepalm:

Finally, my average speed is on the increase as I was a massive 0.04mph faster this Sunday than last! I'm still 15% below where I want to be but it will come with more riding/some weight loss!

 
Cats to the left of me, cats to the right of me, cats sitting on my keyboard making far more sense than I do.

Kim

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22645 on: August 25, 2019, 03:28:16 pm »
Yes.  I think I caught fire.
To ride the Windcheetah, first, you must embrace the cantilever...

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22646 on: August 25, 2019, 04:17:52 pm »
I thought I was going to catch up with a soot-equipped coureur while I fetched the bread, just to say "hello" but then he ignored two red lights.
Then I went out for a more real ride on the Gitane which now has 165mm cranks back on to try and counter painful rubbing in a painful sort of place. The idea was to check/set up the saddle height in real conditions. It needs to be sorted before the club trip to the Auvergne in 10 days time.(I could put a triple on the Vitus which I know is ok but the SLX sp brakes on the Gitane are so much better than the 600 dps on the Vitus).
Result - a short ride of 39kms in just under 2 hours plus a faffing stop to put the saddle a bit higher. I forgot to reset the counter but could remember everything from the last 100. Nice to get around 20km/h even though that wasn't the object and it didn't feel fast.
I think the rubbing is getting sorted, much better now than it was :thumbsup:

ElyDave

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22647 on: August 26, 2019, 05:22:31 pm »
Out today with SWMBO, kids and carers to Thetford Forest. To  avoid one of us having to sit in the dicky seat in the boot, or take two cars, I rode over there  :thumbsup:.

Did the Go Ape with daughter and Mrs ED, had lunch and then rode back in the heat.  Cool shower, coffee and a litre of fluids later and my head is still a bit fuzzy and that's with 2x750ml bottles each way.  Garmin said 35.x degrees on the way back. 

Totals 40km there, 50km back. 
Nice light winds so I managed to keep up a brisk clip at a 28.2kmh average, on the roadbike.  The 50km back only took about 15min longer due to the wind directions.

Reason for road bike was I'm hacked off struggling to get the Cbruzbike into the car and haven't got hold of a bike rack yet. Wanted to see if my back and hips would hold up, which they did.
“Procrastination is the thief of time, collar him.” –Charles Dickens

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22648 on: August 26, 2019, 05:35:09 pm »
Yes, only 3 miles each way to the football but I think I have melted!!!!

Seriously, who finds riding in this heat enjoyable?

Anyway, easy victory for Brocton over local rivals (and a team I dislike) Stafford Town so worthwhile.

Cats to the left of me, cats to the right of me, cats sitting on my keyboard making far more sense than I do.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #22649 on: August 26, 2019, 06:41:57 pm »
11 miles locally including a Potter around black Park. Another nice warm day  :)
the slower you go the more you see