Author Topic: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?  (Read 78988 times)

LittleWheelsandBig

  • Whimsy Rider
Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
« Reply #650 on: October 12, 2020, 02:08:10 am »
Yup, a 300 DIY with 200 to Essex and 100 to the Thames Valley. Had to belt the side of a motorised moron near the Essex border. The Chilterns can be nasty if you pick the wrong climb and I did. Parked cars were frosting up quite well after 11 pm (started pretty late) so I’m glad I packed a set of lobster mitts in the Carradice.
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Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
« Reply #651 on: October 12, 2020, 08:55:25 pm »
A 200 today from home to Ballingry - Muckhart - Dunning - Crieff - Comrie - Dunblane - Edinburgh.  Lumpier than Id normally choose for an Autumn 200 but I wanted to catch rural Perthshires Autumn colours.  It was a bit cloudy so that never happened!


How tricky is it to get across the A9 at Findo Gask? I've never tried it but there's roads around there to bag including an old bit of A9 that is normally clear.

It was reasonably safe, just a little worse than crossing the A90 dual carriageway around Edzell or Laurencekirk as sight lines as more limited. one to approach with a “proceed with caution” though Id probably not use it for a 50-100 person calendar event mind.   

However thats crossing it going north, doing the same route t’other way as myself and The Braw Stoker did a few weeks ago on the tandem is another kettle of fish due to the left hand curve in the road.  In that scenario visbility is poor (trees obscure a long view) and you are crossing three lanes - the slip road plus two lanes of 70mph traffic the fastest of which you cross last.  Im not sure Id be wanting to do that very often.

If it werent for the Tee Room in Dunning Id not have bothered but its a great audax stop off - audax portions, quick service and a friendly welcome even for sweaty cyclists - an “in and out” via Auchterarder might be a more sensible and less hilly option

FifeingEejit

  • Not Small
Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
« Reply #652 on: October 12, 2020, 09:09:58 pm »
A 200 today from home to Ballingry - Muckhart - Dunning - Crieff - Comrie - Dunblane - Edinburgh.  Lumpier than Id normally choose for an Autumn 200 but I wanted to catch rural Perthshires Autumn colours.  It was a bit cloudy so that never happened!


How tricky is it to get across the A9 at Findo Gask? I've never tried it but there's roads around there to bag including an old bit of A9 that is normally clear.

It was reasonably safe, just a little worse than crossing the A90 dual carriageway around Edzell or Laurencekirk as sight lines as more limited. one to approach with a “proceed with caution” though Id probably not use it for a 50-100 person calendar event mind.   

However thats crossing it going north, doing the same route t’other way as myself and The Braw Stoker did a few weeks ago on the tandem is another kettle of fish due to the left hand curve in the road.  In that scenario visbility is poor (trees obscure a long view) and you are crossing three lanes - the slip road plus two lanes of 70mph traffic the fastest of which you cross last.  Im not sure Id be wanting to do that very often.

If it werent for the Tee Room in Dunning Id not have bothered but its a great audax stop off - audax portions, quick service and a friendly welcome even for sweaty cyclists - an “in and out” via Auchterarder might be a more sensible and less hilly option

Ta,
aye, I'd not be sending a huge whack of people on any flat crossing* it's just a handy route onto the Strathearn roads for my road/tile bagging.
The 3 grade separated routes from Dunning into Auchterarder do nicely and it's well placed for a 2nd breakfast, I also discovered last time I was there that the smell of bakery at 7am comes not from the  Co-Op but a small bakery just down the hill; a mistake I won't be making again in a hurry!

* Annoyingly that rules out Sheriffmuir.

Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
« Reply #653 on: October 13, 2020, 09:40:49 pm »
Open Street Map reckons there’s a farm track (on the right coming from Dunning) that runs alongside the A9 from just before where you would cross it, ducks under the dual carriageway at the bridge over the Earn, then joins up to the old A9 just before that crosses the river on the 1930s bridge. Google aerial photos make it look like it’s probably muddy at this time of year but fine in the summer.

It’s on my “to be explored” list, along with the underpass 2/3 of the way up Cairnie Brae.

FifeingEejit

  • Not Small
Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
« Reply #654 on: October 13, 2020, 10:01:19 pm »
hm, looks MTB territory in Bing aerial and doesn't appear on the OS at all.

Old Cairnie Brae; it's a long time since I hurtled up that in a car on the section from Dalreoch bridge, as I remember it there was usually a blockage just before the house that's occupied up there (Cairnie cottage), suggesting that the field access just down from it was where we turned the cars for the return.  There is no evidence of the blockage on the Aerial photo so it may have been created for the purpose of the test.  There is a change of ownership at that point and the gask side was happy for it to be used, the other wasn't so it could only be run as an out and back, watched the last car (A series 1 military landrover) having it's clutch welded solid while waiting such was the delay.

The tar was still good then but when I think about it that was 2000ish!


Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
« Reply #655 on: October 14, 2020, 06:15:49 pm »
Given how prone to bursting its banks the Earn is, yes I would imagine it might be a bit muddy- unless it’s been paved or made up with hardcore for maintenance access to the underside of the bridge?

Turns out it’s a core path though- as is the route via the underpass higher up the hill, and the section of old A9 between the two:

https://www.pkc.gov.uk/media/10981/Core-path-plan-map-57-Aberuthven-and-Dunning/pdf/CPPmap57revKincladie.pdf?m=636102203205770000

FifeingEejit

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Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
« Reply #656 on: October 14, 2020, 06:36:47 pm »
Ah excellent,

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FifeingEejit

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Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
« Reply #657 on: October 17, 2020, 02:26:37 am »
I'm planning to head out at 6am, can't bloody sleep though.

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bhoot

  • MemSec (ex-Mrs RRtY)
Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
« Reply #658 on: October 17, 2020, 06:49:53 pm »
Hopefully my so far pointless season just got off the starting blocks (and will go no further) with a DIY from Greenwich to Dymchurch in Kent, and back to Otford which neatly makes up the distance and avoids the less than pleasant ride back over the north downs in the traffic. When I first got on the train my bike and I had a whole 4 carriages of an 8 car Thameslink train to ourselves! A few extra now, maybe 6 of us sharing the space.

Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
« Reply #659 on: October 17, 2020, 06:56:15 pm »
I'm planning to head out at 6am, can't bloody sleep though.

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Presumably not another attempt at your 600?

Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
« Reply #660 on: October 17, 2020, 08:50:31 pm »
Restarted DIY-ing after the lockdown induced shoulder issues of this spring.
The 2nd lockdown overhere resulted in very quiet roads for a late finish of a DIY 200 to Sankt Tönis. Since my grandfather grew up in the Viersen area I've probably ridden over a few roads he cycled on about 100 years ago.

Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
« Reply #661 on: October 19, 2020, 09:34:47 am »
Yesterday, An out and back with Roberto, using his "get it done route" https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=117129.0 An early start to catch the first ferry over the water and on to nice smooth rolling roads down to Lochgilphead and back.

Grey and cold all day and I suffered in the early part with cramp in the thighs again, especially on the long draggy uphill bits. Recently fitted a cadence sensor and got an av of 75RPM so will need to try and get it higher I think. Felt a bit better after the turn so made good time back, Heavy drizzle from Inverary back to the ferry was the only low point in the day. It does make a good get it done route due to the good quality of the roads and no navigation, very little climbing too which suits me fine.

https://ridewithgps.com/trips/57854243
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fboab

  • It's a fecking serious business, riding a bike
Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
« Reply #662 on: October 19, 2020, 11:44:15 am »
Recently fitted a cadence sensor and got an av of 75RPM so will need to try and get it higher I think.

There are differing opinions on that..

https://www.bicycling.com/news/a26305270/high-cadence-cycling-not-increase-speed/

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Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
« Reply #663 on: October 19, 2020, 11:48:44 am »
Recently fitted a cadence sensor and got an av of 75RPM so will need to try and get it higher I think.

There are differing opinions on that..

https://www.bicycling.com/news/a26305270/high-cadence-cycling-not-increase-speed/

Yes but I'm not interested in the speed just trying to use my legs a bit better, I always think I'm pushing to hard a gear and end up sore and suffer badly from cramp in the legs.
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LittleWheelsandBig

  • Whimsy Rider
Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
« Reply #664 on: October 25, 2020, 09:09:30 am »
Yesterday, a DIY 400, accompanying HK round her DIY 300 to Cambridge and back with an added early morning 100km loop to Reading. The 300 loop was based on a defunct compulsory route brevet but without enough updating for advisory routing and increases in traffic. Day started nicely but the rain kept intensifying through the afternoon till past midnight and the headwind for the near-200km to the finish didn't ease up at night. There were a number of flooded roads after sunset, some with passing vehicles providing an all-over body wash.

Frankly I don't know why I am bothering to work so hard to finish a crappy local 400 perm. For a foreign brevet or a 1200, it is worth putting in some real effort to finish but something meaningless like this doesn't actually bring a lot of joy. Pretty much any fun was over by midway and it was just a slog to the end capped off with two separate punctures in rain and darkness. The first with 40km to go and the last just after midnight and only 5km from home.
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Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
« Reply #665 on: October 25, 2020, 11:08:23 am »
A DIY 200 up into Northamptonshire from Hertfordshire yesterday.  A lot of new road further north in my route.  Lots of lovely lanes and almost lockdown levels of traffic. Very very quiet with no cars for long periods. The A428 to Northampton was closed. So had it to myself before once more off into the lanes. Nothing I’d change about my route really enjoyed it.  Could have down without the wind returning south. At least on the recumbent it is not so bad. Plus got home well before sunset and really heavy rain arrived. Total stopped of 45 mins.  Pleased with that as I’m trying low intensity and minimal stopping which seems to be working well for me.  Felt great at end, no aches and no appetite issues.

Re: Have you been out today on a Perm or DIY?
« Reply #666 on: October 25, 2020, 10:07:50 pm »
200km DiY.  Route submitted, using Ride with GPS, just over 201km but ride came it @ 200.1km, Wahoo Elemnt Bolt.  Need to plan for rides with a bit more leaway.