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Nick

Looks fantastic but I feel you also need some celeste pedal inserts, if they even exist as a thing.
Everybody's got to evalate from the norm.

Nïckslïkk2112

Quote from: Nick on April 02, 2021, 22:40:37 pmLooks fantastic but I feel you also need some celeste pedal inserts, if they even exist as a thing.
If they do exist, the current economic situation means they aren't available until Autumn 2025 :(
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Nïckslïkk2112

Managed another forty miler again today. Nice and sunny and warmer than yesterday. Could have got away with a short sleeved jersey today.

Bloody farmers managed to piss me off today. Went along one road on the way out and it was fine. Came back that way and a slurry tanker had been down the road covering the surface nicely with drippage. Stank to high heaven. Got a nice brown line down the back of my jersey now.

https://www.strava.com/activities/5063072875/
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Slim

A cold, cloudy, moderately windy but dry Saturday. I wrapped up quite warm with Long Johns under cycling tights and a few layers on top. The wind was coming from the east for a change so I decided on the classic fondo - Eastwell and back.

I set off at about 09:30 on the Cannondale, a bit later than I'd intended. I hadn't been out on it for months and spent ages looking for the right Allen key to tighten the handlebar mirror, which had come loose somehow.

Quite a pleasant run out east, although the headwind was annoying and I was too cold. Had a pleasant lunch at the bench at Eastwell.



On the way back I managed to annoy myself by missing the Clawson Lane turn; I've done that three times now albeit one of them in a car. So I ended up coming back through Melton Mowbray, rejoining the usual route near Six Hills. Added a few miles, but made a bit of a change I suppose.

I thought I'd end up taking off a couple of layers later on and stuffing them in my backpack, but although I was more comfortable later on, especially when the sun came out for the last 15 miles, I certainly wasn't too warm.

I stopped at another bench at Belton, about seven miles from home, and had a Bounty bar that I'd bought at the garage shop at Burton on the Wolds, and a tinned Starbucks that I'd brought with me. Very pleasant in the warm sunshine.

Back on 67.41 miles. April fondo done; there shall undoubtedly be another one before the end of the month.

https://www.strava.com/activities/5062372868
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Nïckslïkk2112

That was hard work today. I'm sure I've been out on windier days of late, but I just always seemed to be heading into it today and it was relentless, never dropping off, but occasionally gusting stronger. All the cyclists coming the other way seemed to be flying, most offputting.

I suppose I did get the wind behind me on the way back, but it's hard to remember that after so long slogging it out against the wind. I did look to see if I'd got up to 40 on the Gate Inn Drop and the Garmin had hit 50 so I was certainly getting some benefit. I managed to beat my best time on the full Cutthorpe descent, but I'll never trouble the "Big Boys" as I just don't trust myself to corner at high speed. Better to be safe than sorry.

https://www.strava.com/activities/5069458265/
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DavidL

Lovely ride this afternoon. I debated whether to go for just a short-sleeved jersey and shorts with no overshoes.....glad I didn't. It was sunny but still pretty cold out there. Even my toes stayed warm with the assistance of neoprene overshoes. Rarely have my feet been so comfortable.
Nice stop at Millets Farm just outside Kingston Bagpuize for a lovely Cappuccino. Back on 41 miles

Nïckslïkk2112

Ever a glutton for punishment, it was off out into the wind again today - hey, anything's better than household tasks Mrs S might line up for me if I stay at home.

Luckily, even though the wind was if anything stronger than yesterday, my chosen route was never quite as straight into the wind, so it was presenting as more of a cross headwind than a full headwind. Unfortunately I seldom got the same benefit of a tailwind as yesterday, but a lesser headwind more than made up for that. It also stuck another 41 miles into April's bag.

https://www.strava.com/activities/5074815867/overview
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Nïckslïkk2112

Well, that was my final Furlough ride today, as I'm back to work full-time from tomorrow. Wish last Wednesday's had been the last, it was warm then, warm enough for shorts and short sleeves.

It didn't feel that cold when I set off, a bit nippy, a bit blustery, but nice enough. Well, apart from traffic and forgotten about roadworks it was nice enough. Then after an hour the snow started. Decorated the newly cleaned bike nicely. Stuck there for ages too. I was going to have a ride out to Hathersage, but the snow and looks of the oncoming weather made me rethink that decision, so I just rode around randomly for a bit,

I was beginning to think I'd get home without any more snow, but then coming back down through Cutthorpe it started again and got progressively worse until I got home. At least this snow was warmer snow and it melted off all the snow still stuck to the bike, but it soaked into my gloves and froze up my hands. They've just about thawed out.


https://www.strava.com/activities/5080042393/
Legend in my own Mind<br /><br />

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Not enough famine
Not enough suffering
Not enough natural selection

Slim

The trouble with having a couple of days of warm weather is that it spolis you. I can't get any enthusiasm for going cycling in low temperatures at the moment.
Lies run sprints, but the truth runs marathons.

Slim

Rain this morning but the roads were dry-ish by the time I left work. I withdrew the Tricross with the intention of doing 30 miles; the cosy familiarity of a Twycrosser.

A bit windy but milder than I expected. I took a DAB personal radio as usual but there wasn't a great deal of choice; every BBC station was playing a simultaneous Prince Philip obituary programme. I imagine the Radio 1Xtra listeners were delighted to have an opportunity to listen to Sir Nicholas Soames' memories of the late Duke from the 1960s.The usual 5 Live presenters took over after the 5pm news, but even then Prince Philip was the only topic of discussion for the rest of the ride.

I could of course have listened to MP3s or an audiobook, and yet - while I wasn't really that interested in the Prince Philip content - there's something of value in listening to real time news during an important moment. There's a sense of community.

Anyway - nice run out, especially when the sun came out, and despite the wind. I picked up a few spots of rain and it did start to rain properly, though very lightly, about a mile from home. Gave the bike a quick wipe down in the garage. Happy to have had a run out for only the second time this month.

29.66 miles.

https://www.strava.com/activities/5097915285
Lies run sprints, but the truth runs marathons.

Nick

Did my usual route this morning, by this time last year I had spotted a swallow, so far this year nothing.
Everybody's got to evalate from the norm.

Nïckslïkk2112

No Swallows in NE Derbyshire yet - although they have been sighted in SW Derbyshire - and even the Curlew I saw a couple of weeks back seem to have buggered off, although I didn't get as far as the Curlew grounds thanks to a snapped spoke.

Never had a spoke go on me before. They make a fair old noise when they go. Thought it was the chain at first, but the fact I was still going forward as I pedalled soon put paid to that notion. Not knowing quite how serious it is to ride with a missing spoke I returned to base. Probably for the best as after getting home I noticed the tops looked covered in snow from the showers I'd been fortunate enough to miss.
Legend in my own Mind<br /><br />

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

Slim

April 11, 2021, 18:20:24 pm #4677 Last Edit: April 12, 2021, 08:26:14 am by Slim
Went out to the garage with the intention of going cycling twice this afternoon before being beaten back by hailstones. I finally set off on the Tricross at about 12:50, when I'd decided that it had stopped. About a mile later I was riding through a fog of sideways-flying hail. At least they were small hailstones.

I did an unusual Twycrosser, taking in a quiet little country lane called Redburrow Lane that was recommended to me by a cyclist friend when we were out walking a week ago. It was certainly quiet, but a bit muddy and gritty. Any view there might have been was obscured by tall hedges both sides.

The hail persisted on and off for the first hour but conditions were lovely later on - spring-like and sunny. I did pick up a bit of hail coming north from Bosworth over the last few miles despite it being still very sunny, but since I was riding into a headwind and blue skies with white fluffy clouds were up ahead I knew it wouldn't last, and it didn't.

Had to wait for a line of cows to cross the road between Sheepy and Twycross. You can just see them in the pic below.



Sad to see that a pub near Swepstone called the Odd House has changed its name to the rather more run-of-the-mill "Old Crown Inn". But they had a marquee out sheltering tables and chairs outdoors, so I may go there for a drink tomorrow evening. I noticed that no similar preparations had taken place at San Giovanni at Sheepy, though that's mainly a restaurant.

Listened to West Ham vs Leicester - a very significant game and Leicester nearly came back from a three goal deficit to level the game late on. But they didn't.






Really a nice run out, eventually. Back on 31.99 miles.

https://www.strava.com/activities/5109576876
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Nïckslïkk2112

I struck lucky today and managed to do the ride I'd intended for Tuesday. There were snow showers about, but I managed to avoid them all. When I was cycling from Grindleford to Hathersage it was looking a bit dodgy, there was a bit of haily snow (snail?) about, but the hill up to Surprise View where I was headed wouldn't have had a view as it had disappeared in clouds of snow. Fortunately by the time I came to make my ascent it had passed through and the roads were just wet, but I was left with a salt encrusted bike when I got home as all the work of yesterday's gritting got dissolved and sprayed off the road.

There were nice views over to Kinder today - clouds and snow permitting - as there was a good covering of snow on it, so it really stood out. Anyhoo, I got 52 miles in today, which was nice.

https://www.strava.com/activities/5110126402/
Legend in my own Mind<br /><br />

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

Jonners

Still too chilly for me, and there was snow in our parts yesterday

Seem to have qualified for a 25% of Stolen Goat kit via Strava, its quite nice gear, and the discount makes it manageable cost wise
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