23rd October 2014

Night off, went out for a family meal ;-)

22nd October 2014

Got in from work, got changed and went out for a wee bike ride ;-)

It was really quite fun, I was rather lit up like a Christmas tree, Monkey light on the back wheel, uber bright Magicshine on the front and a bright Lezine back light ;-)

The Garmin had the ride as…

20.74 mi     Distance
17.2 mph    Avg Speed
746 C          Calories
1:12:20       Time
348 ft          Elev Gain
49.4 °F       Avg Temp

Route here…

21st October 2014

Worked from home today, I was avoiding commuting in the gale force winds!

I opted to not risk life and limb cycling, I had contemplated using the rollers this evening, but as I have had a back ache for the last couple of day’s I have decided to rest up a little!


20th October 2014

Night off, played computer games… Tonight it was Borderlands: The pre-sequel ;-)

19th October 2014

I was a billy no mates today, I decided to head out in to the forecast wind and have an easy ride home with a tail wind ;-)

I thought it would be nice to head down to Cheddar, via Wells and Wookey Hole.

I plotted a nice little 90 mile route.


What I didn’t look at too closely was the elevation profile of the outbound route, and I really didn’t factor in how tough riding into the headwind was going to be.

After climbing through Monkton Farleigh, descending into Batheaston and climbing through Conkwell (You can tell when you are on a proper lane when the grass grows down the middle)


Descending Winsley Hill ascending the 25% lane through Limpley Stoke and then carried on climbing…


I descended into Midford then followed a very lumpy ride that was either climbing or descending but with a statistical upward trend culminating into a fantastic descent into Wells :-)

It was a tadge early for lunch and I was conscious of how long it had taken to cover the 40 miles (It had taken nearly 3 1/5 hours to cover a measly 40 miles!), I decided to press on and have something to eat at Cheddar ;-)

I set of through Wookey Hole, then I spied the road ahead of me climbing, it was relentless and steep!

At Priddy I decided to head straight on to Charterhouse instead of following my route down to Cheddar, I will do that another day, but the relentless terrain coupled with the head wind was making it a very slow slog!

I descended the Mendip Hills and stopped for lunch at Chew Valley Lake, I had a rather pleasant Cream Tea and a Cheese and Pickle Sandwich.

After lunch I followed my normal route back home, up and down the lanes through Penford, Compton Dando to Saltford, where I picked up the Bristol Bath cyclepath to Bath.


Instead of heading straight home from Bath, I thought I would throw a few more hills in! I climbed Bannerdown and carried on to Colerne and Ford, I climbed Slaughterford Hill and then descended back home to Chippenham.

Although it was only 88 miles it was a damn tough 88 miles ;-)

The Garmin had the ride as…

88.11 mi       Distance
12.8 mph     Avg Speed
3,379 C        Calories
6:53:23        Time
6,355 ft        Elev Gain
59.4 °F         Avg Temp

Route here…


18th October 2014

Got up early and set off on an early morning chain gang route, I picked up Jim as I passed his house at 8am.

It was quite wet and windy ;-(

The treaded tyres were a bit of a drag, but I would prefer that and stay upright rather than make it easy and risk falling!

The Garmin had the ride as…

40.62 mi      Distance
17.2 mph     Avg Speed
1,633 C        Calories
2:22:03       Time
965 ft           Elev Gain
56.4 °F        Avg Temp

Route here…

17th October 2014

Worked from home today ;-)

I got up early and headed out for an early morning pre-work 40 miles.

It was noticeably harder work with the part worn Schwalbe Marathon Plus tyres on, but equally it felt an awful lot safer on some of the muddy stretches ;-)

The Garmin had the ride as…

40.22 mi      Distance
15.9 mph     Avg Speed
1,272 C         Calories
2:31:19         Time
1,007 ft        Elev Gain
49.2 °F        Avg Temp

Route here…

At lunch time the new tyres arrived so I swapped the tyres, new ones on the Genesis Equilibrium and the part worn back on the fixed gear ;-)

16th October 2014

Got in from work, the promised torrential rain had not made an appearance ;-)

I got changed into running gear and took Milo out for a swift run, Milo was his normal dawdle butt.

I decided to change the route slightly to take out a wee bit of boggy terrain.

The Garmin had the run as….

3.26 mi               Distance
9:30 min/mi     Avg Pace
402 C                  Calories
31:00                  Time
151 ft                   Elev Gain
Route here…

15th October 2014

Worked from home today, I woke up early and got out on the bike at 6am for my normal 40 miles.

It was dark…very dark..after an hour n half it started to get light!

I managed to stay upright this time, all of the recent rain has washed the roads clean.

The Garmin had the ride as…

40.26 mi      Distance
16.7 mph     Avg Speed
1,129 C         Calories
2:24:46        Time
1,007 ft        Elev Gain
47.7 °F         Avg Temp

Route here…

I fitted the worn 25mm Schwalbe Marathon Plus tyres from the fixed gear on to the Genesis Equilibrium Disk and they fitted nicely ;-) so I have ordered a new pair from wiggle ;-)

14th October 2014

Today was the first day since the summer where I left home in the dark and got back home from work in the dark :-( I hate the long dark nights!

When I got in, I got changed and took Milo out for a drag run, it was dark, raining and miserable…but I think we enjoyed it ;-)

The Garmin had the run as…

3.24 mi             Distance
9:48 min/mi   Avg Pace
394 C                Calories
31:46                Time
127 ft                Elev Gain

Route here..

I was going to swap tyres around on bikes this evening, but I am chilling and reading a book instead, so the tyre swapping will happen tomorrow ;-)

Cycling Stats 21/09/14

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
8,269.60 Miles 2014

Rollers/Turbo 2014
83.7 miles 3 Hours 31 Minutes

Running 2014
232.8 miles 37 Hours 57 Minutes

Miles on
Surly Pacer
Cassette: 2,657.69
Chain1: 1,044.87
Chain 2: 995.40
Chain 3: 683.20 *
Chain set: 7,655.69

Genesis Equilibrium

Genesis Croix De Fer
Cassette: 271.57
Chain: 271.57*

Genesis Day One

Giant SCR4
Chain/Cassette: 405.50

*Currently fitted chain