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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1025 on: July 10, 2008, 08:14:10 am »
Yesterday was horrendously wet.
The drying room at work was not drying anything as the heater was on the blink.
There is not much worse than having to put on wet lycra after a day at work to cycle home in the rain.

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1026 on: July 10, 2008, 08:29:14 am »
I just went to meet a friend for pint, only a couple of miles away and the rain stopped just before I set off so I arrived dry. We spent a very pleasant hours sitting under a large umbrella designed for the smokers (it was too hot in the pub). During the course of the hour it went from light rain to torrential by the time we left. The ride home was just brilliant, rain bouncing off the road, light fading and a tailwind. I was beaming from ear to ear by the time I got home.  :)

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1027 on: July 10, 2008, 09:00:16 pm »
Second time this week  :thumbsup:

20 miles of fairly steady spinning tonight after Monday's hilly ride and before the pastry encrusted delights of Saturday. Chesterfield - Tupton - Holmewood - Stainsby Mill - Ault Hucknall - Palterton - Heath - Chesterfield. The rain held off too :)

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1028 on: July 10, 2008, 09:10:55 pm »
2nd chaingang ever. To Kirkby Lonsdale and back to Lancaster on the A683. I am rather pleased to have lasted much longer than on my first ride. 24mph average.

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1029 on: July 10, 2008, 09:51:30 pm »
Long ride out, over the downs at Arundel and onto the wilds of Sussex. Saddle started creaking so stopped at South Down Cycles in Storrington. Martin who runs it is as mad as a barrel of monkeys, but quite affable. Sorted, across country to Steyning for lunch. Climbed Bostal Hill with a cream soda float inside me (mmmmm). Down into Worthing and then into the wind all the way home (should have gone into Hampshire). First day this week without mudguards, hooray...
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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1030 on: July 11, 2008, 09:39:43 am »
Cycled into Bristol last night to meet friend for Curry Club at Wetherspoons - heavy rain all the way there, thankfully GoreTex kept top half dry but Rainlegs let in water, dry for the ride home though.

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1031 on: July 11, 2008, 10:44:08 am »
Pleasant London Festival of Architecture ride shepherded by Southwark Cyclists last night.  Started approx 100m from my work, so I had to, really.  Visited various interesting buildings, and learned a lot about the regeneration of Waterloo/Southwark.  Got an opportunity to go inside a few places.  Well worth the trip, even if concrete is boring, and a bit crap as a material.
Getting there...

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1032 on: July 12, 2008, 07:42:14 pm »
I went as far as the garage and the turbo.  10 mins' warm-up at 52 x 21, 20 minutes at 52 x 18 and 10 minutes' warm-down going through the gears.

Better than nothing, I suppose, and I sweated buckets.
And Darkness and Decay and the Coronavirus held illimitable dominion over all.

Martin

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1033 on: July 12, 2008, 08:23:42 pm »
100k up Los Tres Bastardos (Cob Lane Ditchling Beacon and a new bastardo up to Patcham windmill; now feel completely wasted. Lots of riders in Ditchling something big goin' down; also did Devil's Dyke which is shut tomorrow for a ride (Capital to Coast?)

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1034 on: July 12, 2008, 10:21:29 pm »
Two short runs today - both about 4 miles.  One on the tandem with MiniQ to go and get a cooked breakfast at The Village Centre in Chinnor, and the other a quick sprint on the Pinarello to drop off a rucksack of stuff for MiniQ so she could have a sleepover at her mate's place.

Well, that's 8 miles car use avoided  :thumbsup:

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1035 on: July 12, 2008, 10:36:45 pm »
I went off to Duxford for the airshow & back.  90 miles in just over 5½ hours.  I'd got a jacket in my back pocket, and didn't have to put it on, as there was only a light shower heading through Stevenage. 

In fact it was raining there on the way back as well, but I guess that's not surprising as it's a bit of a hell hole (apologies to anyone who lives there).  I ended up doing about 5 miles more than I needed to, due to the daft road layouts and lack of proper signs.

Still, it was a very nice, gently undulating ride with quite a bit of sunshine in places, and lots of very picturesque villages.
“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.” -Albert Einstein

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1036 on: July 13, 2008, 09:08:46 am »
Was going out today but an old shoulder injury is playing up. I know from experience not to risk it. When I tweaked it climbing in the Alps I then went on a four hour mtb ride. I was in extreme pain for two days afterwards.

Of course now the sun has come out, it is taunting me. Plus I was meant to be leading a ride today.

Would wine with my breakfast be bad?
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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1037 on: July 13, 2008, 02:25:37 pm »
100k up Los Tres Bastardos (Cob Lane Ditchling Beacon and a new bastardo up to Patcham windmill; now feel completely wasted. Lots of riders in Ditchling something big goin' down; also did Devil's Dyke which is shut tomorrow for a ride (Capital to Coast?)
Do you mean Mill Road (ex A27 - taken on its own, not all that steep - even I can do it - just a mile-long drag) or one of the more 'challenging' routes up further south e.g. Windmill Drive (used to go up that one as well in my younger days ::-))?  But I suppose, after the Cob and DB, anything is going to seem 'challenging'....

Pete

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1038 on: July 13, 2008, 02:37:43 pm »
No great shakes, but at least I managed to fit in 40 modest miles this morning, so it wasn't a wasted Sunday ... made High Cross my end-point, that somewhat under-publicized Sussex landmark (it's a mile or two west of where Peli & co passed by yesterday).  Landmark, did I say?  A bit of poetic licence, though you can get a prominent view of this bit of tacky ersatz kitsch from a point just off the A22.  Go any nearer and you're liable to get shot.  Shot, that is, at the behest of one of Sussex's most conspicuous intermittent residents - 'intermittent' seeing as he spends much of the rest of the time 'resident' courtesy of Her Majesty's ....  but it's good cycling country around there.   I did not meet up with the aforementioned landlord  ;D.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1039 on: July 13, 2008, 02:38:50 pm »
Another good club run. Lancaster, Wray, Bentham, Clapham, Austwick, Settle (cafe stop), Wray, Brookhouse, Littledale, Lancaster.

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1040 on: July 13, 2008, 06:53:50 pm »
115 miles or so with Reading CTC to the Royal Oak at Wooton Rivers via the Tutti Pole at Hungerford.
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et avec John, excellent lecteur de road-book, on s'en est sortis sans erreur

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1041 on: July 13, 2008, 09:40:09 pm »
Sunday morning was a success, of sorts. I had to break into my flat two days ago, and in the process of launching myself through a small gap above my front door, in a smooth athletic sort of leap, I discovered that I had probably broken a rib.

Two nights of sleepless pain, and this morning I decide to attack the steepest hill out of town. It starts just 100 meters from my flat, and is an unforgiving 5km climb, that gets steeper and steeper as you progress. Halfway, the serious gradients start, with no chance of a sensible warm up. I took the easy option of the mountain bike, because I was feeling crap.

It was a wee bit painful, but despite it's reputation, it really was a kitten of a ride. The worst section meant just ten minutes of panting, and possible loss of dignity.

This really made me think of how I prepare myself, and why I become afraid of things when I don't do them enough.

So opening a beer is painful, but a big hill just feels like a big hill.

Interesting.

PS  the 5km hill was just the start of the ride. There were more hills to follow...

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1042 on: July 13, 2008, 10:03:27 pm »
About 55m today- 8-9m into and back from MCR with GF to the start of MCR-Blackpool. Waved her off and then went home (back to bed for a while).
Later, a ride with Chorlton Wanderers on the "Tour de Macc".
Everyone else said that this ride was 52m so maybe the computer on the MTB under reads.
Great weather all day though GF had developed a more startling biker tan than I have. *

MTB rolls surprisingly well compared to the Super G.
Didn't use the Super G 'cos "New Super G" has arrived and LBS is changing over the "special" bits from the old SG to the new one.

* She's just come out of the bath. Startling is an understatement.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1043 on: July 13, 2008, 10:23:51 pm »
About 9 miles "round the block" to test the lighting rig for Dunwich.  I'd forgotten how draggy a dynamo hub is when active; switching the light on and off is quite noticeable*.  I'm going to use a crappy little battery minilight until I really need to see where I'm going, which should give me an hour-and-a-half of easier pedalling at either end.

*a SON pulls about 7W at my usual speed of 17mph, which is 5% of total output.  It's only 65% efficient (the normally quoted figure) at around 10mph.

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1044 on: July 13, 2008, 10:26:12 pm »
No, but a nice hilly hour's run (of the running kind) up through woods onto the Offa's Dyke long-distance path and back along an obscure footpath through fields.  Lovely :)

I paced it well, trotted round and felt good the whole way.   Could have gone longer, and it's been a while since I felt that way on a run. 

A good day.

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1045 on: July 13, 2008, 10:28:09 pm »
Bloody cyclists riding on footpaths  ::-)
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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1046 on: July 13, 2008, 11:05:54 pm »
I did a fairly easy 45 miles, 26 of which was the London Bikeathon Scenic route, from the Royal Hospital Chelsea out to Richmond Park and back, and 19 of which was cycling to and from the start!

If I'd been doing it by myself, I guess I would have done the 52 miles option, but I was doing it with some friends from work, and I think 26 miles was enough for them!
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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1047 on: July 14, 2008, 08:42:21 am »
I rode 100 miles over the North York Moors yesterday, including tackling this for the first time:



It really is very very steep.

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1048 on: July 14, 2008, 08:43:08 am »
I rode 100 miles over the North York Moors yesterday, including tackling this for the first time:



It really is very very steep.

chapeau, did you make it up there in one?
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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #1049 on: July 14, 2008, 09:08:07 am »
I rode 100 miles over the North York Moors yesterday, including tackling this for the first time:

..

It really is very very steep.

1.3 what?  I though gradients were always either 1 in X or X%.
Actually, it is rocket science.