Thursday, 29 September 2011

Ah cycling bliss

After yesterdays train journey on the 0823 hrs cattle waggon from Penketh to Manchester Oxford Road where I sat with one butt cheek on a seat facing some suit on a laptop, a bloke on a kindle a lad on his I- phone on the next table was another suit on a laptop whilst texting on his mobile a bloke with an mp3 player and another knob who made 6 phone calls on the 30 minute journey and spoke loud enough so the whole carriage could hear him..... Today was bliss

A leisurely 27 mile bike ride in glorious sunshine with Dave my next door neighbour who has just bought a bike after retiring (lucky sod) and Tony , we headed off along the trans pennine trail and made our way to Red House Farm tea rooms where a very nice sausage and egg barm was consumed before riding back.
I am used to riding with Tony but not with Dave who is just getting into cycling really and on the way he ended up catching his handlebars on my leg he came off his bike, luckily no injury other than a bruised elbow but I don't suppose you are a proper cyclist untill you have come off once or twice.

Me and Dave

Me and Tony

My diet at the moment is not good I'm either eating too much or nowhere near enough in a day as life is still on its head and I need to get a grip of it.
But I suppose this journey has both ups and downs and I think, no I know I am currently on a down but I will sort it

A good day today they it was good to get back on the bike

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

It's doing me swede in

As previously mentioned I have to work in Manchester city centre this week and in all honesty its doing me head in. 0823hrs train ( sorry cattle waggon ) then herded back again, no seats. too expensive and there is some right smelly bastards on them, and the country wonders why the public transport system is failing.
AND to top it all the weather is bloody gorgeous !!!!!!!!!! and I cant get to ride my bike, commuting by bike is so much better than sitting on a train or in a traffic jam.
Hopefully by tomorrow my work there shall be done and I am having Thursday and Friday off..... Yippee and I shall be heading somewhere on my bike with my shorts back on if the weather keeps up.

There are some funky bikes in town though, where would you buy a bike like this from ?????????

Sunday, 25 September 2011

Had a trip to The lavender barn tea rooms today with Tony and Rob a couple of mates, all in all an enjoyable morning ride clocking up a nice steady 28 miles there and back.
Weather was a bit damp but not too bad and we avoided most of the rain whilst we sat and eat our cheese and bacon toasties.

A well deserved cheese and bacon toastie


I also fitted my whyte with a Zefal Swan Mudguard which did a reasonable job of keeping my fat arse dry.
Sorry about the crap picture

You can just about make it out




Saturday, 24 September 2011

Saturday weigh in and stress !

Well folks the weight is now going in the right direction and this morning I weighed in at 14 st 10 1/2 lbs
(206.5lbs) that's 2.9 lbs down from last week.

Life at the moment though is very stressful and I think some of that weight loss is down to stress, my diet at the moment is not good and I'm probably not eating enough !, but that's another story.

The cycling has been very on and off this week and it's another crap week for mileage probably about 50.
Next week wont be any better as I have to work in Manchester city centre and carry some kit with me every day so it will be the train for me all week, I will try and get a day off in the week if not I'm down for 9 days in a row from Monday Whoopeee.

Tomorrow weather permitting I'm out with a couple of mates for a 25 miler in the morning to the Lavender barn tea rooms and back for a breakfast ride so that should be good.

Sorry about the lack of posts but life is a bit on it's head at the moment

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

My wish came true

Yup, this morning it was dark and raining !

Did the 23 mile commute today.
It's funny what you see while riding . As I trundled in this morning (I always tend to trundle to work) as I passed a junction some bloke appeared riding some sort of electric bike and a full face BMX helmet, It didn't look like a pushbike and it didn't look like a moped I think he had made it himself ! he pulled out right behind me as I passed but try as he might he couldn't get past me I could hear his little electric motor whizzing away behind me he looked like one of the Chuckle Brothers on Crack !!!!!! I bet he doesn't get the piss taken out of him off his workmates when he arrives.
Then further down the road I came up behind a tracksuit wearing chap with no lights on smoking a fag while riding his full suspension £40 mountain bike. mind you it did smell good as I cycled past ( eh eh steady on)

Food good again today

Monday, 19 September 2011

Puddle Hunting

When I left for work this morning it was neither raining or dark Humph !!!!!!

Seldom do I wish for this but wanted to test my new mudguards and reflective stripes out......... Never mind I had to be content with hunting for puddles to ride through left over from the rain last night.
The ones I found tested the mudguards out and I can confirm they appear to work, well there still attached to the bike anyway which is a miracle in itself with my mechanical prowess.

Did the 23 mile commute today and all was well apart from nearly being carted by a Doris turning right at a no right turn.... such is life

Food management good today also

Here's me on Cheadle high street this morning

Saturday, 17 September 2011

£1.65

Having fitted mudguards on my Giant in readiness for winter commuting I decided to brighten up it stealthy looks, after all when commuting it's always good to be seen by motorists especially on those dark winter mornings and nights.

After a short trawl on Ebay I spent the grand sum of £1.65 with free postage for some reflective stickers, here are the results

New stickers in daylight

New stickers in dark

Here's hoping Monday morning is both raining and dark

Saturday weigh in

I have just re-read my post last week for my weigh in and it appears I made a mistake I put my weight as 14st 1 1/8 lbs I WISH.
It should of read 14st 13 1/8lbs I dropped 10 lbs by the type of the keyboard, If only it were that easy.

Anyway what has this week brought......... Well for the first time I started this blog I have not lost weight.
Not only have I not lost weight I have put weight on this week !!!!!!!!!!

On the scales this morning my weight was 14st 13 3/8 lbs (209.4 lbs)

Yes I have put on 2/8 lbs or 0.2 lbs

After this week I will take that as a positive
I am still under 15 stone, 2/8 lbs is nothing , as Peter Kay said about Slimming World " A pound whats a pound I shit a pound".

Most importantly this week I'm still off the fags,  hence the food has been somewhat on and off this week but only a tiny bit of damage has been done.
Roll on next week

Friday, 16 September 2011

Busy Busy Busy

But no bike riding, My Missis  went to London yesterday, She used to work down there and has gone to see some old workmates, so I have been on school run duties and as yesterday was payday shopping as the cupboards are bare, so I have no time for a ride even though I'm still off on holiday.

However my mudguards arrived yesterday from Amazon so I had half an hour spare before picking the kids up from school so I managed to fit them.They were a bit fiddly and I had to improvise with another bracket on the front and put longer bolts in than the ones they had sent.

Here is the result...... looks OK I think I just need some rain now to test them




Today is take the kids to school, take my Mum and Dad to Manchester Airport, Get my hair cut, pick up kids and then swimming lessons and tea ! so unlikely I will ride today too.

PS. Day 3 today of no cigarettes I'm starting to feel more positive, food management crap though but I'm focusing on getting off the weed this week.

Thursday, 15 September 2011

A confession

On 13th November 2009 I gave up smoking and it was probably the best thing I ever did, You see I know exactly how bad cigarettes are for you and if you do anything in life for your health it's "DON'T SMOKE".
In my opinion you are better being overweight and a non smoker rather than being thin and a smoker.

I haven't really put weight on since I stopped probably a bit but that is just down to me being a greedy bastard and loving my Curry, wine, beer, chocolate, pies, chips, cakes and sweets etc etc etc.

When I smoked I smoked between 20 and 30 a day depending how long my day was , I am not one of those so called "social smokers" who only smoke when they have a drink or smoke two fags on a weekend then none till next week I was always an all or nothing smoker.

Well over the past couple of weeks life has gone a bit Pete Tong and what did I reach for, yep you guessed it the trusty Benson & Hedges.....AAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHH.

I am so really really really angry with myself that I did it but I did

Well folks today is day 2 of no cigarettes I cannot and will not smoke anymore, apart from the health benefits of not smoking I can't bleedin afford to.

I am sharing this on here to give me a focus as this blog has done with my weight loss.
So sorry If I have rambled on a bit and bored you, but its also here for me to re-read should times have me thinking about the dreaded weed

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Another wet and windy one

I'm off work on holiday till Monday now so rather sit on my large posterior I decided to try and keep up with the peddling while I'm off, so Today I headed out to the trans pennine trail and went the opposite way I normally go towards  Spike Island which has such a pleasant description on Wikipedia (not) and onto the Runcorn Bridge.

As usual the wind was in my face and it was very showery but I pressed on along the canal path knowing it would be an easier ride back.

The Runcorn Bridge

I headed back past this odd looking structure I have absolutely no idea what it is, it looks like a collection of stolen hubcaps from Liverpool all thrown together on a giant stick

Art ???

17 miles in total today.
I'm not too sure what will happen this week with the weight although I have been riding I know I haven't been as disciplined on the food front this week but we shall see what Saturday brings.

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

First commute on the Giant

Today is my only day in work this week, I have booked some time off but couldn't get out of a meeting today in Bury so had to work, I didn't have to be in till 10 am so I did the 29 mile route wanting to give the Giant a good go at commuting and I must say it went well.
It was an absolutely glorious morning with the sun shining and it was quite warm.
I even managed 26 mph on my best descent of the commute which is about what I get on my Whyte and when I looked at my computer whilst riding on the flat I was bobbing along at about 19 mph........ Pretty good.

I drove to Bury home of the delicious Black Pudding for my meeting and when I came out of the building to drive back to sunny Stockport, it was raining sideways !!!!


It was torrential !!!

Back at sunny Stockport the weather was fine again ??

The journey home though was tough the wind had picked up and I was blown all over but there you go.
I have decided to take David's advice though as my Giant is smaller and has 26 inch wheels as apposed to 700c its easier to fit in the car , So I have ordered some full mudguards for those winter commutes. I shall update you when they arrive and I "try" to fit them.

Monday, 12 September 2011

6th Birthday

The boy Bill likes his new bike

16 miles to nowhere

I got out this morning on my new steed to give it a bit of a test run.
I was out for an hour and 45 mins and had a right good tootle round and went no place imparticular, and only clocked up 16 miles in that time but I don't care it was good to get out and just chill for a bit.
I took my deaf pod and had a few tunes too as I knew that most of my riding was going to be done off road.
I had a ride down Sankey Valley park which runs along the canal.

Sankey valley park

I made my way over to where the M62 crosses over this is miles from the canal but there is an old dry dock here so I presume at some time the canal must of come this far

Dry Dock
From here I doubled back on myself so I didn't have to go back on the road and made my way over past where I had come from and made my way over to the Transpennine trail and followed this for a bit till it reached the river Mersey

The river Mersey looking a bit choppy today

The transpennine trail

I even stopped for a bit of contemplation

Me contemplating (didn't take long)

Then back on my new steed

The Giant
Well the bike was good, It definitely is different to the whyte and feels more like a mountain bike and can be thrown around a bit more but it is still pretty nippy with 38 mm slick tyres on.
Now I know I am not the fastest rider in the world and will never ever be so, but I can put on a bit of speed if I have to, but some cyclist are just so slow and get in your way.
In the 16 miles I did I got stuck behind this cyclist for the last 7 miles and no matter what I did I just couldn't overtake her and had to stay behind her (until she rang the police)




PS. Happy Birthday Billy


Sunday, 11 September 2011

I almost felt patriotic yesterday

Absolutely nothing weight or cycle related

But yesterday I almost felt patriotic



England won their opening match in the Rugby world cup. ( even though I live in Warrington and we have Warrington Wolves who I know are rugby league I don't know the rules of either league or union but I do like watching it)

Then last night I caught the end of Last night at the proms on Telly. Again I'm no classical music buff but watching the proms in HD with the surround sound on playing Rule Britannia, Jerusalem and God Save the Queen was good, although I think I missed them playing Land Of Hope and Glory which in my opinion is the best one..

It was good to see so many Union jacks and St George cross flags flying


I almost stood up at one point.

Anyway that's enough of me being patriotic till next year

Normal blogging will resume tomorrow

Saturday, 10 September 2011

Pictures of the new bike

A short update on the new bike

I gave it a good clean, adjusted the handlebars and headset, as it had been in a crash they must of had a whack and were soon adjusted straight, I set the saddle for me, tightened up all that was loose, As I previously mentioned the front brake needed looking at so I was going to take it to the LBS, but thought I would have a look first not that I know anything about disc brakes my reckoning was that if I buggered it up it was going to the LBS anyway, I took the pads out gave them a clean, couldnt see anything else wrong so put it back together and hey presto it works fine now.
I cleaned and lubed the chain and anything that needed lubing, put on my lights and computer and gave it a spin around the block.
All seems well but I shall give it a proper test ride on Monday when the kids have gone to school

Heres some Piccy's as promised

After a good clean

Cleaned and lubed chain

This is probably the worst of the scratches

Fitted the lights and computer

Tucked up in bed with the Whyte awaiting its first outing

Now then what was next on the agenda for today

Ah yes

Saturday weigh in

Well folks this morning my step on the scales produced a weight of
14 st 1 1/8 lb (209.2 lbs)........
I can't believe I am now under 15 stone I do not remember when I could last say I was 14 stone something it was probably in the 90's sometime.
I have now lost over a stone and a half.
On the cycling front I have only managed a measly 84 miles in the last two weeks, so my weight loss can only be put down to food intake, I just wonder what it would of been if I had managed to cycle more but as they say a loss is a loss and I will take that no problem and I am more than pleased with it.

Busy day today this morning is my lad Joe's first football match of the season and he's got new boots £30 effin quid so I have told him he has to score (no pressure then).
Billy is off to yet another bloody kids birthday party he has 3 this weekend !!!!
Straight after football me and Joe are off to pick up Billy's bike for his birthday from the LBS where they have kept it for us. I shall also pick up a new spare inner tube for my new Giant and shall be giving it a good clean and lube.
My missis is off to Glastonferry tonight a local music festival which is held 3 times a year one in spring one summer and one tonight at the Ferry tavern a local pub near us which is on the banks of the river Mersey ( and no there are no ferries to get across it) they are 20 miles up the road in Liverpool. It is good but I only like the summer one, the thought of standing outside drinking beer in inclement weather doesn't appeal to me.
So tonight for me is making home made pizza with my boys and a bottle of red wine (for me) and unfortunately watching the dreaded X Factor....

Have a good weekend all

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Signed and sealed

Did the 23 mile commute today a lot better day weather wise but I'm bloody sure the wind only blows one way where I live and its always in my face !

Anyway a deal was done today that would put some of the brokers on Wall St to shame, yes folks I have made a purchase, negotiations were tight and at one time nearly collapsed, God only knows if this deal had fell through how the European and International money markets would of coped.

I PURCHASED MY NEW WINTER HACK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Here it is a Giant Escape M1


As I mentioned in a previous post someone at work was selling it after they had been knocked off it and had lost their nerve a bit for cycling. It is just short of 2 years old and shall be used during the shitty days of winter and as you know there are plenty of those.
It hasn't been ridden for a couple of months so needs a good clean and lube and one or two things straightening out after its bump, and the front brake needs looking at but when that is done it should be fine, I shall fit some mudguards ( Fenders for fellow blogger David ) and all should be well.
The frame is only small but as I'm such a short arse 5' 8" I can just about get away with it
It has one or two scratches on it but I don't mind that I know I can leave it in the bike shed now without the fear of getting it scratched.
I will post some more pictures after a good clean, So it's no riding tomorrow as the bike is at work so I shall drive in and collect it in the car tomorrow.

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Problem Sorted ?

NO IS IT BOLLOX


I think my estimate of a few weeks was a tadge short sighted, I have spent the last few days trying to iron it out and at the moment I can do no more, so there is no point now worrying any further about it and time will sort it one way or the other. As Forest Gump's mum said "Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what your gonna get" so on that note I have decided to just crack on with things.

SO what have I been up to

Well I didn't do the Manchester 100 as I couldn't spare the time, but I was gutted I couldn't do it ( there is always next year ) All at work who did it finished bar 1 who diverted off and did the 100 km instead. Some were suffering though as they hadn't done enough preparation. But hats off to them all, they did more than me.

Saturday was a very quick trip to the LBS to buy Billy a bike helmet for his birthday for the BMX he wants and after said hat was purchased he realised the BMX he wants is no longer in the shop for sale so he was a bit peeved ( good job we have bought it then and its in storage till next week ha ha).

Sunday as I didn't go on the ride I put my Felt road bike on eBay and by Monday there were 40 watchers and  loads of questions asking me if I had a buy it now price and all sorts of other daft questions like would I take £50 for it and they would pick it up later that day ! Yeah right jog on.
I had a message from a chap who only lived around the corner asking to view it, I rang him and he came round with his son in about 5 mins and bought it there and then and paid what I wanted for it without any bartering. He has bought it for his son to use next year both he and his son are getting into road bikes and he wanted a proper bike. He was a really nice chap and I'm glad its gone to a good home and will get used.
It just about fits his son with the saddle all the way down so next year it will be fine ( I didn't realise I was such a short arse).

Today I was back in work , last Thursday was the last day I peddled and it was good to get back on my bike. As I only have one bike now my choice of bike today was er ? my one bike.
Did a 23 mile commute today but how the weather has changed, On the way in this morning I managed to dodge the rain but it was dark and damp with loads of slippery leaves over the roads Autumn is definitely here.
On the way back Cheadle high street was chocker as was traffic into Gatley and Burnage so when I got to Timperley I decided to branch off and take the canal towpath and eventually the transpennine trail back to my car.

After today's commute I have decided its time for mudguards ( Fenders) the reason being this.


I was going to go for some SKS Hybrid commuter mudguards however because I have to keep putting my bike in and out of the car I think I will need something a bit more bendy so I think I will get these

Also today I broke out my winter bike jacket a Altura night vision This is the 3rd year of use and I would recommend it, I had a problem with the zips when I first got it but once I sorted them its been a diamond of a bike jacket and very reflective


And finally thanks to all who commented on my last post much appreciated.

I'M BACK

Friday, 2 September 2011

Goodbye ( But just for a bit)

Well life has dealt one of those low balls that it sometimes throws at me.
Subsequently I have a few things I need to sort out and it's not for this forum, so for now I will have to put some things on the back burner.This blog being one of them.

I WILL be back in a few weeks though as I thoroughly intend to take this weight loss journey to its end.

I will still be peddling and managing the weight loss whilst away.

But until I sort this problem out I shall not be blogging

SEE YOU SOON