Thursday, 7 May 2015

New bike

I visited Bicycle doctor in Rusholme Manchester the other day as I have had my eye on a bike for some time now and have always wanted one. I just called in for a look as you do. Guess what 10 minutes in the shop and I hear myself muttering the words " yep I will have it " I've not got it yet as I get my bikes through the bike to work scheme . But when I get it all will be revealed. Whoooohooooo.

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

The GT rides again

I resurrected the road bike today after fitting it with some new boots a pair of schwalbe marathon plus  tyres, in my opinion the best commuting tyres going. I parked my car today in Altrincham and cycled into work from there with a colleague the 8.5 miles to work. It was a nice ride in but we got a right soaking on the way back and I did feel a bit smug when my colleague punctured riding home. It was lovely changing the wheel in the rain though ...........not.

My GT in the works bike store


Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Let there be light


I bought myself a new light. My decent bright light ( read cheap Chinese copy ) has decided it is not coming out of retirement and has given up the ghost. I need a decent light as some of my commute home when I build up to cycling all the way will be done sometimes in the dark along either unlit country lanes or an unlit transpennine trail. So I have purchased a Moon XP 330 front light for 50 Great British Pounds. From first impressions it looks pretty good and is USB rechargeable. I haven't used it in the dark yet but shall let you all know how it fares.


Moon XP 330





Saturday, 25 April 2015

Gatley Bikefest

I passed by and called into Gatley bikefest today. Gatley is near Stockport and had a chat with the owners of these two bikes. Different ends of the spectrum but both interesting.



Penny farthing


You don't see many of these things around, the owner said it was nickel coated and from the 1800's with a solid front tyre. The one below is also a rare species in these parts too.

A Surley big dummy


Both cool bikes, it was a good afternoon dodging the rain.




Friday, 24 April 2015

Back in the saddle !!!!

If anyone is still reading this I'm back on my bike..

Just over two years ago I stopped riding my bike,s I kinda lost my nerve, I fell off my bike one night riding home nobody's fault but mine and ended up breaking my ribs, that coupled with not being in the best place in my life at the time I sort of gave up on things. However I'm glad to say I'm in a much better place and life is good.

I have started to ride my bikes again and am thoroughly enjoying it. I have done a few commutes to work ( hard work indeed ) and a few pootles around where I live.

I probably won't be blogging as much as before but I will try to publish something every so often, if anyone out there is interested if not I will just read it back from time to time.

Here's a few piccies of my 11 mile jaunt yesterday in the sunshine