Author Topic: Have you been out today?  (Read 2473598 times)

SoreTween

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #23650 on: June 28, 2020, 07:34:29 pm »
22km mostly off road noodling about in the forest, very windy today so one to stay among the trees.
I knew my riding has been pathetic this year but my total on strava for the year is less than I've done in a day before :(  I shall be out after work tomorrow and Tuesday to ensure I exceed 1x Amesbury Amble in 6 months.
2020 targets: None
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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #23651 on: June 28, 2020, 08:14:35 pm »
An not too early jaunt to deliver a card for the wife. She could have posted it but hey any excuse. First bit was nasty windy and my planned route was scuppered by a police road closure. I had ignored the fact someone said the road was closed coming the other way as generally they are not closed to bikes which can be carried round but this was proper shut. Reports are one dead and one arrested for death by dangerous driving with drink and drugs added.

Back into the wind due to rerouting. Card delivered and back via a circulous route. Loads of cyclists out. Probably in the region of 200 seen and most seemed in allowed groups and friendly enough. Another reroute as another road closed. Some cyclists were getting through but think the road work team were getting pissed off. It was signed closed for a good mile.

Last little bit after that was hard. Felt the battle into the earlier wind but over with the 40ish K today I've without aiming to got to around 400km for the month.

Will be celebrating by buying a helmet cam after a couple of badly executed overtakes as detailed in today's motorised moron.

Feanor

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #23652 on: June 28, 2020, 08:29:12 pm »
Took the MTB for another spin around Bennachie.
The rain started the moment I set off, and didn't really let up much all the way round.
I omitted part of the planned route due to the poor weather.


Bennachie in the murk by Ron Lowe, on Flickr

https://www.strava.com/activities/3683830903

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #23653 on: June 28, 2020, 09:45:07 pm »
A 30 mile spin into Surrey with Mrs h and a guest appearance from mini. Beautiful out there (if a little windy). Lots and lots of bikes out.
Rust never sleeps

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #23654 on: June 29, 2020, 01:15:50 am »
Saturday 200km loop, anti-clockwise from Sheffield to Wetherby via Sherburn in Elmet, returning via Kirkstall where a friend lives and I stopped for an awkward coffee.

I got wet and dried off a few times. A good test for my new merino jersey which performed well, keeping me warm when wet.

The first 100km was relatively flat with the bulk of the 2200m elevation in the last 50km, some nasty little buggers on the border of West and South Yorkshire.

It was a ride which used the full variety of roads, including 4 lane roundabouts near Leeds, the awkward "CS1" between Leeds and Bradford and the Spen Valley Greenway which is ideally surfaced but busy with dog walkers and young 'uns, liberal use of the bell was needed.

A good day out but would've been improved if I'd not missed the chip shop in Wetherby by 10 minutes.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #23655 on: June 30, 2020, 09:59:32 am »
An early rise for 50km before work out to Linlithgow and back.

Got home somewhat deflated after experiencing bad driving at the spots where I tend to be on highest alert levels.  A triple crown of awful driving if you will. 

- Drum Brae RAB where my 3rd exit right turn can occasionally be fraught due to prevailing traffic on a dual carriageway mostly going SO.  This morning it was a delivery lorry coming towards me wanting to go left ie same exit as me but refusing to stop sufficiently to confirm definitively that hed seen me and then driving dangerously close behind me after that to the extent that I chose to go onto the pavement and stop for my own safety.  I think I'll avoid this RAB in future now that lockdown levels of traffic are well and truly a thing of the past. 
 
- Dangerous rat runners heading for the M9 at the staggered crossroads at Threemiletown (both ways)

- Folk flying along the A803 between Linlithgow heading towards Champany, making my right turn to the minor road to Kingsfield nigh on impossible.  No doubt folk here also heading to the M9.     
   
I mean I've been riding these roads for the best part of 50 years and have developed a sense of what to look out for and where.  Heaven help folk who aren't expecting bad driving.  It reminded me why I used to do quite a lot of wattbike cycling in the gym, avoiding the fight that this crap ^ represents. 

Beautiful morning too, should have been so much more enjoyable. 

https://ridewithgps.com/trips/51670013

CrazyEnglishTriathlete

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #23656 on: June 30, 2020, 03:58:02 pm »
Early morning 40km circuit ridden purely to take in the lane from Hound Green towards Chandler's Green that I haven't ridden in donkey's years.  If it wasn't for requiring a busy section of the B3349 from Hook towards Reading I would ride it more often but at 5.30am I had the B-road to myself.  If I was into such things I would probably be creating a sizeable cube on Veloviewer at the moment, but I'm just happy taking roads less travelled at the moment.  I was passed by 2 cars on the whole trip. 
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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #23657 on: June 30, 2020, 04:58:34 pm »
First commute in ages due to not having a bike. Picked new one up on Sat but not tested due to the tropical west coast weather! 50km today on it and it felt quite good to be back on a bike again but as mentioned above, the driving today was shocking, likely down to the shops opening up properly now and people in a rush to get there  :'(
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Feanor

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #23658 on: June 30, 2020, 09:18:01 pm »
The day grows old. Somewhere in the distance, the wail of a great klaxon breaks the silence. I am inexplicably drawn to follow it, through the hungry gaping maws of the great iron portals leading to the mines of industry.

Recalled from furlough from tomorrow.
Now remind me, how do you put clothes on? It seems awfully complicated.

So one last hurrah, a spin around the route of the Dee Lechtable 200k audax, which may or may not run later in the year from my home town.

https://www.strava.com/activities/3693639416

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #23659 on: July 03, 2020, 08:21:54 am »
12 miles yesterday evening around Burnham beeches  :)
the slower you go the more you see

T42

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #23660 on: July 03, 2020, 01:29:28 pm »
A right shambles this morning.  Realized when wheeling the bike out that an 'orrible rubbing noise was coming from somewhere, and eventually traced it to my nice new 28mm tyre grazing once per rev the upper crosspiece between the seat stays of my supposedly 28mm-rated frame.  A frenzied bout of tyre-changing later and I rolled out with El Prez and a scunner against Conti, whose 28mm tyre is more like a young 32.  Over the first decent climb & down into the valley, El Prez says "I don't feel too well, I'm going home" and confides that his BP this morning was 98/60 mmHg, which is somewhat bloody low.  So we trogged the 10k to his abode at a very sedate speed.  After leaving him there, still breathing, I didn't feel like going anywhere else so I turned for home, only to be stricken halfway with a dire attack of the screaming shits.  No adequate cover and nowhere with accessible bogs to hand, climbing back over the initial hill was sphincter-cracking agony; and the final clenched-buttocked sprint into the house was probably quite entertaining for any onlookers, especially given the cleats.

24k, last time I looked at the GPS, which is still on the bike in the workshop and probably not switched off.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #23661 on: July 03, 2020, 02:18:30 pm »
A bleak, drizzly, windswept 88km in yonder Peak District. Went up an absolute doozey of a climb at Stoney Middleton that goes up onto Longstone Edge past a quarry, starts around 20% and eventually slackens off to a moderate 6-7%. Been a couple of years since I went up there and I've shaved over a minute off the really steep bit according to the Strava.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #23662 on: July 03, 2020, 03:05:43 pm »
Went out for 60km last night. Totally different weather from last week. Left home in heavy rain but jacket was off after a couple of K. Unfortunately we headed into the rain and as was warm didn't bother putting it back on. Fairly uneventful ride after a complete womble decided to overtake down a lane thats one car wide. Started to chase down but calmed before caught him. Glad I had my tourer with full guards and dynamo lights as was very wet and pretty dark as we for towards end of the ride

Highlight was probably seeing a tawny owl. Seen plenty of barn owls but no tawnys. Home in the fairly dark and started to cool as got nearer home to the point when I jumped in the shower my fingers were tingling.

Socks

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #23663 on: July 04, 2020, 03:50:19 pm »
We drove to Corbridge (nice little market town in the Tyne valley), then while the current Mrs Socks mooched around the town I cycled back home.  Muggy and dry to start with and a nice ride on minor roads then a cycle route along the riverside.  By the time I got back to 'civilisation' (otherwise known as Chester-Le-Street) steady drizzle and stayed damp for the last hour back home.  Nice to get on some roads that I haven't used for a while instead of my usual Covid loops.  Traffic has become a nuisance again though.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #23664 on: July 04, 2020, 04:00:25 pm »
Out early doors to try and beat the rain (unsuccessful) and get a decent run on the new bike. Nice to be out after a long wait for it but got a right soaking for the final 20km's

https://ridewithgps.com/trips/51889256

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Tomsk

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #23665 on: July 05, 2020, 09:50:07 am »
Did a daylight Not The Dunrun from home out to Aldeburgh yesterday. Nowhere as busy as I expected pub/shop/cafe-wise, though I did stop in Bures on the way back for a pint to celebrate Goodbye America Day. I spotted a couple of Stars and Stripes - heard that the pubs opening here on 4th July was a big headline in the States. I found a couple of lanes new to me, including a lovely one from Wickham Market heading for Blaxhall, that deteriorates into an unrideable (on road tyres) deeply sandy track to a level crossing. 144 miles, half of it back into a stiff breeze.

Btw, I noticed a handful of Dunrunners pass the house last night around 11pm.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #23666 on: July 05, 2020, 10:24:17 am »
Out early doors to try and beat the rain (unsuccessful) and get a decent run on the new bike. Nice to be out after a long wait for it but got a right soaking for the final 20km's

https://ridewithgps.com/trips/51889256

Corrected:
You were too keen.  I left it until 1PM and went round a 100km loop over the Dukes and got it dry all the way.
How are you liking the new bike ?

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #23667 on: July 05, 2020, 10:50:40 am »
Out early doors to try and beat the rain (unsuccessful) and get a decent run on the new bike. Nice to be out after a long wait for it but got a right soaking for the final 20km's

https://ridewithgps.com/trips/51889256

You were too keen.  I left it until 1PM and went round a 100km loop over the Dukes and got it all the way.
How are you liking the new bike ?

Getting there, a few adjustments to saddle required but it feels good so far.
Mind of a cyclist, body of a dart player.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #23668 on: July 05, 2020, 01:57:45 pm »
Boxhill loop with Mrs h including a stop at Destination Bike.

Hard work on the way out. Flying on the way back. Boxhill was oddly quiet compared to when we were there about five weeks ago.
Rust never sleeps

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #23669 on: July 05, 2020, 06:12:13 pm »
Went out for a loop over Ports Down to Wickham, across to Botley, down to Park Gate and then a rather wind-assisted blast back along the A27 to Pompey.

I'm not saying the westerlies are strong at the moment, but I rode this 32-mile loop a full eight minutes quicker than a couple of weeks ago, when the wind was from the south-east. ;D
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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #23670 on: July 05, 2020, 09:37:40 pm »
We decided to get our static caravan at Bunn Leisure in Selsey ready to stay in, now that we are allowed to again.  Mrs CET drove down and I used the excuse of needing to work on the garden down there to ride down and back.  Added a few tweaks to the route down and back to reduce the distance done on busy roads, although there is nothing that can be done to avoid traffic between Chichester and Selsey.  The winds were pretty fierce at times but mostly crosswind so the hedges gave a lot of protection and the pure headwind sections were mercifully short.  181km all told.  And the garden down in Selsey is all weeded and tidied up ready for us to stay next weekend.
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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #23671 on: July 05, 2020, 10:34:01 pm »
I rode home from my sister's this morning, after her birthday party - nothing quite cures a hangover like a ride around the North Pennines.

Very sensibly, I used the old colliery lines to hide from the wind, up through Lanchester and across Hownsgill Viaduct to pick up the Waskerley Way, then across Waskerley Dam and to Wolsingham via some lovely tracks. A final bit of offroad up to Todd Carrs with the wind bringing a conveyor belt of showers down the dene was a bit much at times, but the howler of a tailwind back up to Hill End and along Weardale to Harperley made up for it (I had planned to go back over Bollihope, but not in that wind).



Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #23672 on: July 06, 2020, 06:30:49 pm »
Yesterday, I rode over to see my mum in Rochdale, went over Snake to Glossop and took as many lanes and back roads as I could see on the map for the rest of the journey. Strong headwind all the way out, the forecast said 20mph, I believe it.

Returned via Holmfirth taking the A635. Stonking tailwind and heavy downpours. Everything got wet and then I got splashed by a driver going through a big puddle, lovely...

The rain calmed as I got back into to South Yorkshire coming over Hade Edge back in via Langsett and Stocksbridge.

I was mostly dry when I got home, except my feet, twice in 10 days I've had soggy feet.

136km & 2500m of climbing, good ride but I'd like less weather please.

Kim

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #23673 on: July 06, 2020, 08:44:06 pm »
I rode to Badger, but didn't see a badger.  Just a bastard northwesterly.
Careful, Kim. Your sarcasm's showing...

Pedal Castro

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #23674 on: July 06, 2020, 08:47:52 pm »
Anniversary of Richard III's coronation so rode from his birthplace to where he was killed in battle. 193km there and back. We had planned to also visit his burial place on the way back :hand: but as Plague City was closed...