25th November 2015

Worked from home again today, again I had shed loads to do :-(

I managed to break away for a swift ride at lunchtime…Just as I got going it started chucking down with rain :-(

The Garmin had the ride as…

Distance: 15.05 mi
Time: 1:02:23
Avg Speed: 14.5 mph
Elevation Gain: 246 ft
Calories: 674 C
Avg Temperature: 47.9 °F

Route here…

24th November 2015

Worked from home today, I have been uber busy :-(

I did manage to break away for a swift lunchtime ride (Otherwise I would have been sat indoors ALL day and night)

My Garmin has gone back to Garmin HQ, so I borrowed Simon’s :-)

Distance: 21.46 mi
Time: 1:24:44
Avg Speed: 15.2 mph
Elevation Gain: 354 ft
Calories: 957 C
Avg Temperature: 43.4 °F

Route here…

23rd November 2015

Worked in Warwick today and as I was given a lift in a van I took the Day One for a wee lunchtime spin, it was ferkin freezing!

The Garmin had the ride as…

Distance: 15.60 mi
Time: 1:01:08
Avg Speed: 15.3 mph
Elevation Gain: 804 ft
Calories: 589 C
Avg Temperature: 36.1 °F

Route here…

On a plus note I phoned Garmin and they are replacing the Edge 1000 under warranty :-) Hopefully the replacement wont forget where it is in the world!

22nd November 2015

Had family things to do today, so only had a short chance to go for a cycle ride…

Distance: 21.47 mi
Time: 1:22:29
Avg Speed: 15.6 mph
Elevation Gain: 377 ft
Calories: 1,392 C
Avg Temperature: 34.6 °F

Route here…

21st Nov 2015

As the weather forecast for the weekend was cold and windy (Very Windy), and Wifey was free today, I decided to do a single direction ride with as much tailwind as possible :-)

So I got up at 7am and set off towards Milford on Sea, the route was initially 20 odd miles with a cross wind, then at Rode I turned and should have had a fee ride….

It as always didn’t work quite as planned, there was a number of places where the plan came together, but more often than not I was working damn hard….to hard! I also sort of regreted taking the Day One, it was a wee bit cumbersome for some of the steeper hills :-(

At around 60 miles I entered the New Forest..





I stopped for a spot of lunch at Hyde then set off on my merry way.

I do wonder if the New Forest is somewhat poorly named, most of it was pretty damn woodless…



When I reached Sway the Garmin decided it didn’t know where the hell I was…



It started bleeping every few minutes, lost course, found course, lost satellite found satellite… I started to zoom the map display to work out where the hell I should be going, it worked ok for a while until I got lost :-(

I ended up using Google Maps on my phone to get me the last 2.5 miles to my destination (The phone had no problems with finding satellites)

I will be back on the phone to Garmin on Monday, I want this unit replaced! it only has one job to do and it is to unreliable to trust!

The Garmin had the ride as…

Distance: 93.77 mi
Time: 6:55:13
Avg Speed: 13.5 mph
Elevation Gain: 5,207 ft
Calories: 6,256 C
Avg Temperature: 37.1 °F

Route here…


20th November 2015

Worked from home today, again I had shed loads to do, I did manage to break away for a freezing bike ride.. (Ok not freezing but a lot colder than it has been)

The Garmin had the ride as…

Distance: 21.52 mi
Time: 1:25:34
Avg Speed: 15.1 mph
Elevation Gain: 420 ft
Calories: 604 C
Avg Temperature: 45.3 °F

Route here…

When I got back from bike ride, I noticed that some eeejut had driven down the side of the van, and off course in this modern self centred world left no note, so I guess I will have to pay to fix it!


At least there is no dents just a scrape and the trim has been knocked off, I am obviously a little annoyed.

19th November 2015

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

I set of with Dave and Mick, and returned with Dave, we appeared to lose Mick somewhere around Cranfield University, we went back to look for him but couldn’t find him anywhere :-( we assumed he had taken a short cut, when we got back to work he wasn’t there :-( he also wasn’t answering his phone, Dave went hunting for him in his van…

In the end Mick had taken a longer ride (I think he was a little annoyed we weren’t hanging around) , Dave was recalled from his search party…

The Garmin had the ride as…

Distance: 15.51 mi
Time: 56:06
Avg Speed: 16.6 mph
Elevation Gain: 440 ft
Calories: 1,109 C
Avg Temperature: 43.2 °F

Route here…

18th November 2015

Dare I say it…I was to busy to go for a cycle ride!

17th November 2015

I took the Day One Alfine with me to Warwick today with the intention of going out for an early lunch ride, unfortunately Chris (my temporary chauffeur) had to head back home almost as soon as we arrived…

It does put my daily commute into perspective, up at 5am, off to work at 6am, arrive at work 7:30am, we left at 9:30am and got back home at 11:30am.

By the time I got back home the rain was lashing down and the winds had already picked up to gale force :-(

I settled down to work for the day, packing in at around 5pm to have a roller session (the first one of the season)

TrainerRoad had the session as…


Ultimately it was a mere 14 miles in 1 hour, the focus was on cadence, not speed or distance.

16th November 2015

Night off, played computer games…

Spoke to Simon today, it appears he did some proper damage when he came off his bike yesterday…

Quote from farcebook…

Hmm : so Sunday’s fall has resulted in 3 or 4 small chips out of my left ankle and a bit of ligament damage but on the plus side there are no major cracks or fractures so the hospital said I don’t need plaster which is a massive bonus. But it does mean I have to keep my leg elevated for a couple of days to get rid of the inflammation, compression, and no weight on it till the weekend. It maybe didn’t help riding 40 miles home on it but arguably the damage was done by then, and oddly I was more concerned about my right knee at the time which is of course perfectly fine now???

Pure genius insane that he does serious damage and still insists on riding 100 miles.

Cycling Stats 17/08/15

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

6,608.71 Miles 2015

Rollers/Turbo 2015
156.72 miles

Running 2015
42.54 miles 7 Hours 0 Minutes

Miles on
Surly Pacer
Cassette: 1,144.70
Chain 1: 1,144.70
Chain 2: 0
Chain 3: 0
Chain set: 9,001.09

Genesis Equilibrium
Chain 1: 120.9
Chain 2: 0

Genesis Croix De Fer
Cassette: 610.27
Chain: 610.27*

Genesis Day One

Giant SCR4
Chain/Cassette: 2,944.80

Montague Urban (Folder)

*Currently fitted chain