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Slim

Quote from: DavidL on October 16, 2020, 21:22:55 pmWhy do you feel the need to use additional lube to GT-85? I've used that for years, it's always done the job for me

Yes, fair point - it does work; my old hybrid used to make do with GT-85 mostly. But dedicated lubes work a bit better and last longer, and they will resist moisture on the chain a lot better when it rains. Excess friction doesn't just wear chains down more quickly, it costs a bit of power as well and I don't need that on a long ride.
Lies run sprints, but the truth runs marathons.

Nick

Another 3 horse riders met this morning plus numerous tractors the size of houses towing trailers.
Everybody's got to evalate from the norm.

Nïckslïkk2112

No horses for me today and all the tractors were out working the fields, they'd left a lot of muck on the roads though and I came back with tan coloured tyre walls - not something tubeless tyres can have as they're too leaky.

Went out through Tibshelf - ah, Tibshelf - today, for the first time since March, used to be a weekly thing for me. Then skirted Ogston reservoir and up to the tops from there. I remembered why I've only ever been that way once before - there's some bloody steep ramps. I don't like steep. Even had to engage bottom gear today, not very often I do that. At least I got to go down Slack Hill - not going up it - but I'm not that keen on going too quickly downhill, better to be safe than sorry.

Nearly got taken out by some twat in a shiny BMW 7 series near home. It was parked up at the side of the road and I pulled out to go round it and the prick set off - no indication of doing so, obviously hadn't paid the money to have them wired up - pulling away from the curb as I was passing, I then had to move out and encroach into the opposite carriageway as something was coming along. Second time of palpitations today as someone had pulled out across Mrs S when she had right of way at a box junction as we went up to my dad's today. Good job she can still emergency stop.

https://www.strava.com/activities/4207716017/
Legend in my own Mind<br /><br />

Not enough war
Not enough famine
Not enough suffering
Not enough natural selection

Slim

I woke at about 0600 this morning and briefly entertained the idea of getting up and setting off on a bike at about 0700, but fortunately I fell asleep again and didn't get up until 0945.

Didn't seem the best day for a bike ride, really. A bit cold and gloomy. But I wanted to add at least 45 to the October score. I wrapped up warm and set off on the Boardman at about 1130.

Low winds today so I had the unusual luxury of heading off in whatever direction I fancied but in all honest I didn't really fancy any of the usual rides much. I think I've done them too often recently. I decided to pursue the southbound route, maybe as far as Gilmorton (24 miles away) then turn back. But by the time I got to Gilmorton conditions had brightened up nicely and I'd decided to make a Fondo of it. I was somewhat too warm by this point as well. But I stopped for a snack on a bench and stuffed my nylon outer layer into the back pocket of my jersey and was completely comfortable after that (though I suspect that the temperature dropped a bit as well).

I pressed on along the usual route to Welford and the Northamptonshire border, but rather than going down that way I took a left to take me past Husbands Bosworth Airfield. I thought I might see a glider or a light aircraft taking off or landing. Shortly after I took the following pic, a small aircraft came in to land and taxied past the gate. The pilot and a young lad in the back both waved, so I waved back.



I'd done a bit more than 31 at this point so I turned back. I stopped at Gilmorton again seven miles later, donned a face covering and acquired a sandwich, a pasty and some chocolate from the village store. Annoyingly, their coffee machine wasn't working, so I bought a diet coke instead for my afternoon caffeine shot. Not sure how much of a hit you get from that (actually quite a lot less than coffee, just googled it. Maybe I should take Pro Plus with me for use in similar emergencies). They still haven't redeployed the tables and benches outside, but the bench across the street was very adequate.

I had thought that I knew the route well enough to do it without using the eTrex but nope, I took a wrong turn on the way back, which I realised when I found myself approaching Lutterworth. I stopped on the outskirts and consulted Google Maps, then plotted a new course that would take me up to Ashby Parva and Frolesworth. This tunred out to be quite a fortuitous mistake because I really enjoyed exploring the five or six miles of new roads - a really quiet, pleasant diversion. I'll have to fashion a (more coherent) route that comes back that way.

I rejoined the usual route at Stoney Stanton and came back the usual way from there (mostly - I did a deliberate detour around Bagworth incurring an extra mile or so, because coming back along that stretch always seems abit of a grind).

I hadn't brought a proper front light because I didn't think I'd need one, and I wouldn't have if I hadn't messed up the navigation and added another 6 miles or so. It was getting quite dark as I got to Battram, where I took this pic, with about five miles to go. But fortunately the whole rest of the route along the B585, Ellistown, Donington le Heath then Standard Hill and home was illuminated by street lighting and the LED blinker on my handlebar was adequate.



I was quite annoyed by a succession of chavs in oncoming hot hatchbacks doing 70 or so in a 40 zone, through Newbold Verdon. There must be a strong case for bringing back National Service. Apart from that though, and an excess of mud on the roads, really an enjoyable afternoon.

Listened to the footy on 5 Live and Huey on 6 Music, then started the next Reacher audiobook. Different in feel from the first three interestingly and I think a trick has been nicked from Iain Banks' Complicity - the second person narrative describing the villain's thoughts or actions that pops up here and there.

https://www.strava.com/activities/4207916350

Home on 68.09 and that's a pleasing 301 this month.
Lies run sprints, but the truth runs marathons.

Nick

Different route today and yet again had two horse meetings, I seem to have an equine curse.
Everybody's got to evalate from the norm.

DavidL

Quote from: Nick on October 18, 2020, 16:20:31 pmDifferent route today and yet again had two horse meetings, I seem to have an equine curse.
I'd have liked an equine blessing (well, perhaps in  my younger years ;D )

Jonners

GT85 isn't really a lube in the proper sense. it does actually have the opposite effect on chains and cassettes, and you must NEVER GET IT NEAR THINGS LIKE YOUR BOTTOM BRACKET, HEADSET OR PEDALS
The new songs are an abomination

DavidL

Quote from: Jonners on October 18, 2020, 20:26:41 pmGT85 isn't really a lube in the proper sense.....
It is in the GT85 specification sense!

Actually, I bought some Muc-Off Dry Lube today. I was already bloody quick ;D ;)

Nïckslïkk2112

Well, that was probably my last Fondo for the year, much as this weekend last year was. Very similar ride to last year's last Fondo, but slower and with a bit more climbing - which could explain the slower.

Once again no horses on the roads - not even on the road with two riding schools on it - but plenty of evidence of them having been out - lots of shit slaloming going on - and lots of them in horse boxes being pulled by SUVs, maybe there'd been an event going on somewhere? Thankfully the tractors were all in the fields too, the shit drivers were still out in force though.

Wish I'd cleaned and lubed the chain before going out. I'm sure a dirty chain will have been the reason I was so slow up the Beeley Moor climb today. Maybe I should have dropped down a gear though. No, better to blame the chain.

https://www.strava.com/activities/4212985448/
Legend in my own Mind<br /><br />

Not enough war
Not enough famine
Not enough suffering
Not enough natural selection

Jonners

Big crash yesterday, why is it always me.

Pulling off a main ish road onto a smaller road, wheel got wedged between some cobbles and I went straight over the handlebars according to my mate behind, me, I dont remember a great deal of it to be honest.

Lost skin on elbow, hip, shoulder, and left thigh has had a big impact. No obvious heamatoma but no bruising as yet, but really hurts and struggling to walk.

Big bang on the head as well, helmet got a proper dent in it so will have to replace that as well as most of the bike!

I cant be arsed with the helmet/no helmet debate. It saved me hurting myself very badly yesterday. Why the hell wouldnt you wear one is beyond me, even riding at granny pace it will prevent injuries.
The new songs are an abomination

DavidL

Quote from: Jonners on October 19, 2020, 10:10:39 amBig crash yesterday, why is it always me.

Pulling off a main ish road onto a smaller road, wheel got wedged between some cobbles and I went straight over the handlebars according to my mate behind, me, I dont remember a great deal of it to be honest.

Lost skin on elbow, hip, shoulder, and left thigh has had a big impact. No obvious heamatoma but no bruising as yet, but really hurts and struggling to walk.

Big bang on the head as well, helmet got a proper dent in it so will have to replace that as well as most of the bike!

I cant be arsed with the helmet/no helmet debate. It saved me hurting myself very badly yesterday. Why the hell wouldnt you wear one is beyond me, even riding at granny pace it will prevent injuries.
Christ Jonners! Rough luck. Hope you're not too shaken to get back on the bike soon. Glad you're wise enough to appreciate the benefit of a helmet.

Hope you heal quickly mate

döm

October 19, 2020, 12:28:37 pm #4361 Last Edit: October 19, 2020, 13:03:12 pm by döm
Quote from: Jonners on October 19, 2020, 10:10:39 amBig crash yesterday, why is it always me.

Pulling off a main ish road onto a smaller road, wheel got wedged between some cobbles and I went straight over the handlebars according to my mate behind, me, I dont remember a great deal of it to be honest.

Lost skin on elbow, hip, shoulder, and left thigh has had a big impact. No obvious heamatoma but no bruising as yet, but really hurts and struggling to walk.

Big bang on the head as well, helmet got a proper dent in it so will have to replace that as well as most of the bike!

I cant be arsed with the helmet/no helmet debate. It saved me hurting myself very badly yesterday. Why the hell wouldnt you wear one is beyond me, even riding at granny pace it will prevent injuries.
Nasty Jonners.  Hope your recovery is a quick one.  Thanks though for proving the value in wearing a helmet if that's any consolation!
When the truth offends we lie and lie until we can longer remember it is even there. But it is still there. Every lie we tell incurs a debt to the truth. Sooner or later, that debt is repaid

Jonners

I will probably be told to get back on the indoor bike as soon as I feel I can to get the leg and muscles working again.

Confidence its what it was just really unlucky
The new songs are an abomination

zoony

Quote from: Jonners on October 19, 2020, 10:10:39 amBig crash yesterday, why is it always me.

Pulling off a main ish road onto a smaller road, wheel got wedged between some cobbles and I went straight over the handlebars according to my mate behind, me, I dont remember a great deal of it to be honest.

Lost skin on elbow, hip, shoulder, and left thigh has had a big impact. No obvious heamatoma but no bruising as yet, but really hurts and struggling to walk.

Big bang on the head as well, helmet got a proper dent in it so will have to replace that as well as most of the bike!

I cant be arsed with the helmet/no helmet debate. It saved me hurting myself very badly yesterday. Why the hell wouldnt you wear one is beyond me, even riding at granny pace it will prevent injuries.
I know we argue like cat and dog mate, but I'm glad to hear it wasn't more serious. Hope you're back to full fitness soon.

Jonners

Quote from: zoony on October 19, 2020, 16:48:51 pmI know we argue like cat and dog mate, but I'm glad to hear it wasn't more serious. Hope you're back to full fitness soon.
Thankyou sir. We argue about good/fun stuff, not stuff that really matters. Good to keep it that way.
The new songs are an abomination