17th April 2015

Worked from home again today, I was pretty maxed out all morning  and afternoon :-(

As I didn’t stop, I decided I would break away at 3:30 for a ride, then finish off work when I got back home!

The Garmin had the ride as…

40.32 mi Distance
18.0 mph Avg Speed
934 C Calories
2:14:05 Time
997 ft Elev Gain
58.6 °F Avg Temp

Route here…

It was relatively warm in the sun, but there was an unreasonably strong chilly breeze blowing, it was one of those hindering winds that never seemed to help!

16th April 2015

Worked from home today, as the car was at the Renault Garage.

I managed to break away for a quick ride at lunchtime, it was sunny, but not quite as warm as yesterday, I decided to take the Giant out to test the gear’s, it was a very nice positive gear change :-)

The Garmin had the ride as…

28.01 mi Distance
17.3 mph Avg Speed
2,018 C Calories
1:37:17 Time
856 ft Elev Gain
63.2 °F Avg Temp

Route here…


15th April 2015

Worked from home today :-)

I had to drop the car of at the Renault garage for them to look at the rear window – the drivers side rear packed up a month ago and was down to a failed regulator, now the passenger side rear has packed in, and yes its another regulator (A known issue with UK Renault Megane, Renault pay 75% of the parts), it was quite cool, parking up, unloading the folding bike from the boot and cycling home :-)

1.69 mi Distance
14.9 mph Avg Speed
113 C Calories
6:48.4 Time
56 ft Elev Gain
55.0 °F Avg Temp

Route here…

With the car dropped off, I settled in to work, I did manage to break away for a swift lunchtime ride, the weather was stunning!


The Garmin had the ride as…

24.95 mi Distance
17.5 mph Avg Speed
1,838 C Calories
1:25:42 Time
712 ft Elev Gain
69.4 °F Avg Temp

Route here…

This evening I replaced the rear dérailleur on the Giant, it had been getting a bit irritating on gear changes, up shifting and down shifting would not always return you to the same gear, it would also change gear automatically under load, my weekends maintenance activities highlighted that the link pins were HEAVILY worn and the whole dérailleur had a massive amount of play in it, I replaced the Shimano RD2200 now obsolete with a nice new Shimano Claris, shifting is now back to being smooth and precise :-)

14th April 2015

Took the Montague Urban Folding bike to Warwick today and went out for a quick spin at lunchtime, the new route I plotted is almost perfect, if not a little lumpy!


Google maps wasn’t very clear that the turn off Kites Nest Lane was a wee bit of a farm track! not to bad when its dry, but may be a bit of an issue in the wet!


It was nice not to fight any traffic on busy A roads :-)

The Garmin had the ride as…

15.60 mi Distance
16.0 mph Avg Speed
529 C Calories
58:21 Time
764 ft Elev Gain
62.9 °F Avg Temp

Route here…

It was gorgeous hot and sunny, although there was a hell of a breeze blowing!

13th April 2015

Night off, played computer games :-)

12th April 2015

Simon and myself arranged to meet up and head down to Shaftesbury for a wee wobble up Gold Hill (That famous cobbled hill from the Hovis advert), in conversation last night Gary decided to join us, it had all the potential to be a strugglefest of a ride!

Gary arrived suitably early, for a cup of tea and a chat, Simon called at 8 to say he had his second puncture of the day, on his second bike of the day!

At 8:20 we set off, and true to form Gary shot off the front, so I gave chase and passed him :-) Simon quite sensibly did not raise to the bait! At the top of Rowden Hill Gary did the same thing again, I was not having any off it and passed him as if he was stationary :-)

Things sort of settled down to a constant battle into a headwind, and me trying to destroy Gary for the first 55 miles :-)


There was an almost constant headwind, that at some points proved to be rather awkward, note Gary drafting Simon out of Longleat, he appeared to be drafting almost constantly, until it came to a hill, then he would suddenly have shedloads of energy and sprint up the hills (Strava has a lot to answer for!)

We decided to stop at Stourbridge for a quick tea stop, perhaps in hind sight it was to near Shaftesbury, and certainly far to expensive!

Simon was dispatched to collect Tea/Coffee and Bacon Rolls :-)


He returned in due course with tea, but no bacon!


Apparently they didn’t do bacon rolls! so he was dispatched again to collect sandwiches :-)


Had we have known two tea’s one coffee. two cheese sandwiches and two chocolate brownies would have come to £20 we wouldn’t have bothered!

After the tea stop and a sit in the sun, we continued to Shaftesbury, at about 54 miles we arrived at the base of Gold Hill…

At least I didn’t have to walk up it :-)

We sat in the sun at ‘The Salt Cellar’ cafe looking back down ‘the’ hill.


Cream tea was off course essential, unless you are Simon then you don’t eat!


After I paid up, I thought it would be a jolly wheeze for Gary and me to move our bikes and hide around the corner whilst Simon visited the little boys room :-)


Irritatingly he obviously knows me to well and didn’t grumble or curse at all :-(

We set off back out of Shaftesbury towards home, within a few miles Simon had his third puncture of the day, he refused to let me show him how to replace the tube properly, and insisted on demonstrating his normal kack-handed approach, whop on earth fits the inner tube to the wheel, then fits the tyre over the top of it? madness!

We did at least have a helpful tail/cross wind. All of the effort was starting to tell, and the climb out of Mere was unreasonably slow, Simon and Gary obviously raced each other up it, I did pay back by cranking up the speed on the descent and held quite a nice pace through the Devrills :-)

We followed the route through Warminster to Westbury and continued over Westbury White Horse, again Gary and Simon decided to race up it, I held a more sensible pace!


When we reached the top, as the sky was starting to look a little grim all around, we decided to modify the route home, we agreed to head straight back through Ashton Keynes, Melksham, and throw in another hill (Bowden Hill), at the top Simon and Gary headed back to Calne/Devizes and I headed on home :-)

The Garmin had the ride as…

100.89 mi Distance
15.3 mph Avg Speed
3,727 C Calories
6:35:48 Time
6,122 ft Elev Gain
56.5 °F Avg Temp

Route here…

The headwind out made it quite a tough day, but we were so lucky with the weather :-)

11th April 2015

Got up and dressed into cycle gear, it was windy, overcast and raining :-( I decided to lounge about and not rush out! at 9:30 the sky cleared and it was sunny, although the wind remained!

I decided it would be fun to chase the Chain Gang! they had a 5 minute lead on me, but if I put a bit of effort in, it was feasible for me to catch them, I got to Tytherton Lucas, and I met up with Jim, who had a flat, I stopped and chatted for a while, blowing any chance I may have had to catch the chain gang!

I continued the ride, it was damn tough battling into the headwind :-(

The Garmin had the ride as…

40.46 mi Distance
17.4 mph Avg Speed
1,459 C Calories
2:19:17 Time
1,063 ft Elev Gain
51.7 °F Avg Temp

Route here…

When I got back home, I took the dogs for a nice long walk, then washed the car, followed by an afternoon of extreme bike cleaning!

10th April 2015

Worked from home today, I was reasonably busy :'(

I did manage to break away for an hour at lunchtime ang go for a swift 20 miles in the sun 😅

9th April 2015

Worked in Milton Keynes today, as per usual I took a bike with me :-)

I went out for a nice leisurely ride in the sun with Mick, Gary and Ray…

14.29 mi Distance
16.2 mph Avg Speed
453 C Calories
52:54 Time
341 ft Elev Gain
61.6 °F Avg Temp

Route here…

8th April 2015

Back to work today :-(

It was gorgeous sunshine on my way home, so I had the roof down on the car :-) unfortunately it looks like the passenger side rear window regulator is now  playing up, as the rear window was stuck up…

I wasn’t sure if the roof would close properly, but thankfully it did…with no issues :-) so now I am looking at more expense for another regulator replace!

After my first day at work, I am feeling a little pooped, so not cycling/running for me today!

Cycling Stats 01/04/15

Road (+ Roller) miles...
4,198.78 Miles in 2008
9,504.17 Miles in 2009
10,808.93 (763.77) Miles in 2010
11,790.49 (287) Miles in 2011
10,906.37 (682.2) Miles in 2012
9,242.14 (842.63) Miles 2013
10,833.49 (83.7) Miles Cycling 2014
293.12 Miles Running 2014

1,879.91 Miles 2015

Rollers/Turbo 2015
156.72 miles

Running 2015
26.25 miles 4 Hours 18 Minutes

Miles on
Surly Pacer
Cassette: 70
Chain 1: 70
Chain 2: 0
Chain 3: 0
Chain set: 7,926.39

Genesis Equilibrium
Chain 1: 0
Chain 2: 0

Genesis Croix De Fer
Cassette: 271.57
Chain: 271.57*

Genesis Day One

Giant SCR4
Chain/Cassette: 0

Montague Urban (Folder)

*Currently fitted chain