Saturday, 20 October 2012

Why I cycle

I got my spoke fixed yesterday so rode my GT road bike to work today.

At 6.30 am I set off from where I park my car near to the Lymm hotel and started up the sharp hill that goes for about 200 yards I had a nice steady climb and had anyone been watching me they probably would of thought I was Bradley Wiggins on the ascent of the Tourmalet, what goes up must come down and at the top there is a 200 yard descent where I just touched 24 mph the weather was a touch damp but not raining a nice autumnal morning with a few leaves on the ground.

I carried on along towards Trafford and pass over a small roundabout which drops down and you can maintain the speed along the road which at this point is a lovely buttery smooth surface, I shot along the flat at around 22 mph as a car waited at a junction for me I could see he was impressed by the speed and agility I was displaying..

From here I hit the quite country lanes for a few miles and the day was just waking up and getting a little bit lighter and you could hear the birds beginning to chirp and things rustling in hedgerows as you pass by, bidding good morning to another cyclist heading the other way I carried on.

From here I head through Altrincham and over the level crossing at Navigation Road train station where the barrier was down but gave me a chance for a breather and drinkas the tram passed then on into Timperley and Bagley.

Then it was under the M56 and around the roundabout with a distinct smell of diesel and a lovely rainbow trail all the way around, here I am an urban commuter staying upright on the slippery surface.

As I come off this roundabout there is a slight rise in the road where I usually feel the lactic in my legs so I ease off here for a few pedals but oh no not today for there it is in the distance......... The rear red blinking flash of another cyclist, I push on now I am Mark Cavendish sprinting to beat my opponent and beat him I do, It doesn't matter that he is an old bloke on a mountain bike with panniers on, what matters is that I won.

From here I get stuck at 3 sets of traffic lights but chance for another drink, I drop down the hill to Gatley nearly at work when I see red tail light number 2 ahead in the distance Cavendish takes over and target number 2 is soon dispensed with, what makes me laugh though is it was the same bloke who must of took the quicker route via the tip which I avoid because there is usually glass all over the road,

A few minutes later I am at work..

All day I feel rough not wanting to ride home chest infection still not cured but I have no option.

But as always once on the bike I am off and the ride home even though I told myself it would be a bimble it is one of pushing and panting and speed.

You just don't get this in a car


P.S. and not a single DORIS all day

P.P.S  Lights on on both trips today summer has gone.

Lights on the GT

Thursday, 18 October 2012

It's fixed, It's broke

I have had my Whyte repaired at the LBS £15 and it is now working again, new spacer and rear pads apparently the pads were nearly worn out despite only having done about 1500 miles I am told they are designed to last 10 times longer than pads on road bikes but it depends where you ride, if you get grit and shit in them they don't and with me using the trail a lot I suppose I wear them quicker.

With my Whyte still at the LBS yesterday, I went to work on my GT. and .......................................


AAARRRRGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH another bloody spoke broke . That is 3 spokes in 629 miles on this bike all on the rear wheel, Is there something wrong with the wheel or am I just being unlucky ?

I didnt even notice it yesterday and found it this morning after I had returned from the LBS picking up the Whyte. Looks like tomorrow I am going the LBS again.

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Back to the LBS

For those who read my blog regularly, or at least as irregularly as I post it over time you will have realised I am to bike mechanics to what chocolate is in the manufacture of fireguards.

Yesterday I Broke my Whyte again the little pin thing that hold the pads in place in the white thing at the back fell out !!! In other words my brakes broke.

now its something and nothing but I take it to the LBS to fix for a few of reasons 1 I know it gets done right, 2 For what it costs I save 10 times over in not paying petrol to drive to work and 3 If I go to my LBS for lots of little things he remembers me as values me as a customer hence I get a good service.

This picture shows the front brake with the silver pin thing there, the back one there is no silver thing and the pads are loose and scraping against the disc, It probably is dead easy to fix but I let the LBS do it.

27 Miles yesterday and coming back it was 13.5 miles of wet rainy riding.
I recently bought some Aldi winter gloves for £5 and was going to write even though they were only £5 that they weren't that good in comparison to previous years I have bought them as this year they have a lining in which if you don't remember to keep hold of when taking your fingers out the gloves it comes with them making it a bloody nuisance to get your hands back in when you come to put them back on.
Anyway yesterday they redeemed themselves a bit cos after 13.5 wet miles my hands were still dry and warm even though the gloves were wet through. I think time will tell with these I shall keep you updated on this fascinating subject ( if I remember ) over the next few winter months.

Untill next time Happy Cycling

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Wednesday V Thursday

Wednesday was the first day in a long time I woke up and didn;t try to cough one of my lungs up, so back commuting. Its true that every journey by bike is different here is the difference between my Wednesday and Thursday commute

Other cyclists on trail  7   1
Weather                    Dry  Damp
Doris's                       3    1
Rabbits                      0    12
Midges                       Millions both days
Coughing fits               1    None
Other bikes overtaking me   1   3

Death to midges

Wednesday I set off along the trail on my Whyte around 06.30 am and 7 cyclists came past the other way, today at the same time just the 1 ??

Doris's what can I say they are always lurking around

Rabbits why some somedays then none others where do they go and how do they know what day to come out ??

Midges arrrggghhhhhhh along the trail yesterday there were huge clouds of midges so to avoid eating them I put my head down at the last minute to avoid them...........  BIG BIG MISTAKE......This morning I woke up with the top of my head feeling like a scaled down version of the pyranees, they must have got into the vents at the top of my helmet and bit my head to bits the little Bastards ......And they were back today GGGRRRRR.

Coughing fits Wednesday I got about 4 miles into my ride when I tried to cough a lung up, today I didn;t I am getting better slowly.

1 bike overtook me yesterday and it was a bloke on a mountain bike with big Knobbly Tyres but I wasn't feeling too good, Today 3 but they were all roadies thats my excuse anyway.

Anyway 50 miles over the last 2 days and 77 since Monday I shall get there ( wherever i'm going)

I wonder what Friday will bring ?

Monday, 8 October 2012

At last.

Well at last for what is somewhere betwenn 3 to 4 weeks because of this bloody chest infection I have still got, today I finally got back on my bike and went for a ride.

I don't think I can ever remember being ill for such a length of time before and I STILL HAVE IT !!!!! It is just not as bad as it was.

So when Tony suggested we go for a ride today I said stuff it and we went. 27 miles round trip stopping off at Red House Farm for a sausage butty.

It was hard work and amazing after just a few weeks off the bike and coupled with I am still not 100 % how fast you lose fitness and I felt those 27 miles today but it was good to get back out on my bike.

I even gave my new Aldi spd shoes their first outing and they seemed ok, I usually just have flat pedals on my Whyte

Just to prove I actually got out Tony obliged and snapped this rare image of me out with my bike

Yep you cant improve on that

And on an even more positive note I have had a letter back from the hospital that following my recent stress echocardiogram there are no symptoms to represent underlying coronary artery disease, I havent heard how the others went yet but from that I am taking it that all is well........................... Phew

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Sad 2 Days

The last two days have been sad for Manchester with the 2 Funerals of PC Fiona Bone and PC Nicola Hughes May they Rest In Peace

Below are the flowers left at Hattersley last night.