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Re: Cycling - 2
« Reply #2025 on: March 17, 2017, 13:57:51 PM »
Went to Ashby yesterday evening to meet up with a friend for beers, pizza and a couple of cheeky Scotches so I thought I'd take the hybrid, seeing as it's only 4 miles away. First time I'd used the cleat pedals in ordinary trainers, but it's quite doable if slightly uncomfortable.

Quite enjoyed the ride back in extreme darkness, though it was a bit cold. Even managed to take a telephone call from the wife without slowing down. And for some reason Alton Hill seemed really easy, despite being on the hybrid, clothed in jeans and regular footwear, and drunk. Might be the anaesthetic effect on the leg muscles of the alcohol.

https://www.strava.com/activities/903623314

https://www.strava.com/activities/903623312

8.4 miles, 149 this month.

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Re: Cycling - 2
« Reply #2026 on: March 18, 2017, 20:20:08 PM »
Why do I put myself though this? Slogging uphill and down dale in ever increasing drizzle which became full on rain. Why? Because it's great when it finishes :)
Actually the rain wasn't too bad, it might have been better if I'd put on my new rain jacket, but by the time the rain had become rain I was too wet with sweat for it to make much difference.
I did manage to fail in my quest to do a longer ride each Saturday, only ending up with 45 miles but the middle bit after Monsal Head was a tad steeper than I'd envisaged and then when I'd got to Eyam the road I'd intended to take to Grindleford was closed, so I just cut my losses, cycled down to Stoney Middleton and did my fastest time up Froggatt - fastest on the Hybrid - but only 21/49 for the day :(


That takes me to 218.7 miles for March, 836.4 for the year.

https://www.strava.com/activities/905146721

And for once no tunnelling on Relive, wonder if it's been fixed?
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Re: Cycling - 2
« Reply #2027 on: March 19, 2017, 18:22:00 PM »
A mild day if rather blowy and since I hadn't yet ticked the Nottinghamshire box in the list of neighbouring counties, I thought I'd head off to Zouch, over the border and back again. Absolutely flew eastwards along Ashby Road, propelled by a strong wind and Test For Echo, an album I've always liked on the whole.

Once over the Nottinghamshire border I took a left for Sutton Bonington then continued on to Kegworth. Hadn't been that way on my bike before. Decided to come home through Diseworth which meant about 1.5 miles of busy, brutal uphill dual carriageway into the wind, which was not a lot of fun. After that I had the wind to contend with for the rest of the way home and a bit of drizzle for the last two miles, but despite all that - an enjoyable couple of hours out.

Vapor Trails next, getting through them quite quickly I must say.

So I've now done Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and I think either Warwickshire or Staffordshire or possibly both, I'll have to check. Definitely still have to do the three tougher ones anyway: Lincolnshire, Rutland, Northamptonshire.

https://www.strava.com/activities/906577874

28.93 miles, 179 this month.

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Re: Cycling - 2
« Reply #2028 on: March 19, 2017, 18:29:37 PM »
Went and did a Sunday regular ride today. Quite late setting off as it was a bit breezy - Mrs S's rotary clothes line blew over - and it was supposed to ameliorate later, which it did. So it was bike maintenance time before going out, as usual for me this creates more work as I now need a new rear brake caliper thingy as I've ruined the tightening mechanism. Ho-hum.
Did a Sunday regular ride of 37.67 miles and managed it at 17mph as opposed to 16.7 last time, which was good, either I'm fitter or last time out it was even windier. Probably a bit of both. Probably.

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Re: Cycling - 2
« Reply #2029 on: March 19, 2017, 20:23:30 PM »
I did do Warwickshire and Staffordshire in a single ride on Feb 5th: https://www.strava.com/activities/856326574

So def just the three hard ones to do.

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Re: Cycling - 2
« Reply #2030 on: March 22, 2017, 16:34:55 PM »
And for once no tunnelling on Relive, wonder if it's been fixed?

I think it may have been, the Notts trip I did at the weekend is rendered entirely above ground here:

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Re: Cycling - 2
« Reply #2031 on: March 23, 2017, 18:36:36 PM »
A rather nice, sunny dry day if a bit blowy. Still not warm, though. I had two layers and a pair of leggings on and I still felt a bit chilly for the first three miles. British Summer Time this weekend, really?

I did the usual lunchtime route.

I was happily listening to 5 Live when I realised, after no more than a quarter of a mile, that I hadn't brought spare batteries for my DAB. Since I only had enough juice left for about 15 minutes I clenched my teeth, reached for my MP3 player and applied Vapor Trails. I think this was the first time I'd heard the remixed version and it hasn't improved matters for me considerably.

If I'm honest it wasn't all as bad as I remembered, though still firmly south of mediocre. I can listen to Earthshine or Ghost Rider, sure. I don't like them much but they don't offend my ears. But Freeze .. my god what were they thinking at the record company, allowing that to be printed onto CDs. It might have been a pointless but inoffensive instrumental, but the attempt to crowbar lyrics onto it really murders it.

I promised myself I'd never listen to it again, and hopefully I really won't this time.

As I arrived back at my garage it was still playing, but I'd absent-mindedly switched off the GPS. I started it up again and dutifully did another couple of miles, to suffer through the rest of Freeze and the awful Out Of The Cradle.

Ah well at least it's out of the way. Snakes and Arrows next  :-[


https://www.strava.com/activities/911541709

https://www.strava.com/activities/911541689

16.18 miles, 195 this month now.

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Re: Cycling - 2
« Reply #2032 on: March 23, 2017, 18:47:12 PM »
Three PRs on my single most oft-pedalled route. Surprising.

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Re: Cycling - 2
« Reply #2033 on: March 25, 2017, 20:22:17 PM »
Managed my first 60+ mile ride of the year today and being as it was sunny and being as at long last I'd got round to putting a new tyre on the rear wheel, I took the road bike out for its first spin of the year. Wish I'd indexed the gears before setting off though...
I'd intended going to Edale, but somehow missed the turning and ended up in Castleton. So, I thought I'd go to Edale on the way back. Somehow missed the turning again. I'm sure it's not signposted. Instead I went up through Bamford to Ladybower Reservoir, maybe I'll give Snake Pass a try next time I'm out that way.
Disappointed that my time up the Froggatt climb was no different to what I've been doing on the hybrid. That could be due to having a tailwind before and climbing into a headwind today, the fact that my gears kept slipping didn't help either. I did go by two other cyclists though, one was an old bloke - so probably my age - the other was a young lad - probably about 30 - so that was good. I normally hold back from overtaking going uphill in case I get overtaken back...
There were load of other cyclists out today lots of them were chicks too, must be the sun!

61.9 miles takes me to 936 for the year.

https://www.strava.com/activities/914199455

https://www.relive.cc/view/914199455
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Re: Cycling - 2
« Reply #2034 on: March 26, 2017, 09:35:33 AM »
Looked like a beautiful day for the year's first fondo yesterday but alas, I was in Harrogate all day, 100 miles from me bike. May get 30 or so in day but first I have to drive home.

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Re: Cycling - 2
« Reply #2035 on: March 26, 2017, 10:34:52 AM »
Just been out to Lidl and bought a Bicycle Maintenance Workstand for £24.99. I don't need Mrs S any more now :)
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Re: Cycling - 2
« Reply #2036 on: March 26, 2017, 12:41:08 PM »
Just been out to Lidl and bought a Bicycle Maintenance Workstand for £24.99. I don't need Mrs S any more now :)


 >:(   34kms or 21 miles this morning.  The 1st 5 to 10 were pretty tough going headlong into a pretty stiff breeze and I was really struggling. Got easier after that despite a couple of tricky (for me).


I've been driving out to Ardee through Slane and Collon for a course and that looks really hilly. The return trip would be about 60 miles so hopefully when I'm feeling a bit braver I'll give that a go later in the year!
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Re: Cycling - 2
« Reply #2037 on: March 26, 2017, 12:58:33 PM »
Nice little 36-miler this morning. Nice and sunny but a bit blowy.

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Re: Cycling - 2
« Reply #2038 on: March 26, 2017, 14:01:30 PM »
Just been out to Lidl and bought a Bicycle Maintenance Workstand for £24.99. I don't need Mrs S any more now :)
Having finished reading the Bremoaning M**l on S*nd*y, I've found out why the stand's cheap - No English Instructions! On page 5 it says in the booklet. Booklet starts in French on page 9, then French on page 10 followed by Danish on page 7. No bloody page 5 >:(
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Re: Cycling - 2
« Reply #2039 on: March 26, 2017, 18:08:23 PM »
I think I need a new saddle for the road bike. Not half got some chafing after today's ride, I think it may have been yesterday that started it off as the saddle wasn't in a very good position. Ho-hum, good job I have a large tub of Sudocrem.
It was a bit blowy out there today, nowhere near as windy as last Sunday, but it was a constant nagging ENE wind which also seemed to be coming from every other direction. Luckily for me, it was the right direction for the Bowshaw TT segment, I've been waiting for a wind  from this direction for ages, I'd been stuck at joint 10th on the list and now I'm up to 5th. result. :)

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