The midweek conversation went a little like this, me…”I don’t fancy driving anywhere, and I don’t fancy hills, shall we do a flat ride to the Waterpark?”, Simon “Done”
I say to Wifey “We are going to do a shortish flat ride to the Watrepark”, Wifey “Ohh you do that in the Winter why don’t you go to Slimbridge?”
me to Simon..”Why don’t we got to Slimbridge?”…Simon “Done”
So I plot a ride to Slimbridge and back…It turns out to be neither short nor flat!
Simon cycled over to meet me at 8am and off we set in the sun, I had plotted a very interesting route to Oldbury on Severn that was almost entirely on unclassified roads,it was very quiet and very scenic
The ride from Oldbury to Slimbridge was very flat and very quick we stopped at the Black Shed for some refreshments, whilst sat outside in the sun Simon’s front tyre decided to spontaneously and rapidly deflate! it did mean we could have a few more minutes sat in the warm sun
We set of from Slimbridge and headed to Frocester, where we ascended the hill, me rather slower than Simon! at the hill we regrouped and descended into Nailsworth (me rather quicker than Simon) before ascending to Minchinhampton, with all the planned climbs done all that remained was a nice quick ride to Foxham for a refreshing pint of cider or two
Obviously the cider went to my head because instead of riding straight home we took a circuitous route via Wick Hill and Hazeland.
The Garmin had the ride as…
|Avg Speed:||15.8 mph|
|Elevation Gain:||4,029 ft|
|Avg Temperature:||63.8 °F|
I woke up and changed into cycle gear, when I checked my emails I had an email from Jim Baggett asking about an early morning ride, so I called him and agreed I would ride past his country mansion at 8:30
So at 8:10 I set off (on the Surly Pacer as it was to clean to wash and I wanted to clean all the bikes!), I got about 100 yards up the road and the wind through my hair just felt to good, I had forgotten my helmet, so I turned around picked up the helmet then set off again!
There was a nice healthy tail wind and I arrived at Jim’s with 1 minute to spare After Jim finished faffing I set off with purpose, Jim was happily sucking my back wheel.
We averaged around 20 mph for the first 20 miles, then the helpful tail wind turned into an unhelpful headwind, I did my best to ignore it but failed
When we turned onto Chippenham lane at Biddestone the speed cranked up quite nicely again
|Avg Speed:||19.3 mph|
|Elevation Gain:||1,007 ft|
|Avg Temperature:||55.9 °F|
When I got back home I set about cleaning ALL of the bikes (that were not already clean). The only clean bikes were the Genesis Equilibrium, Genesis Croix de Fer and Peugeot Optimum 14.
I also made sure I had photo’s of all of the frame numbers and bikes (I am sure I have taken the frame numbers before but I cant find them!)
The only bike I didn’t look at was the Merida Cyclo Cross 5, The wheel rims are worn out, the headset bearings are shot and I cant see me using it again, I have never been comfortable not stopping with the cantilever brakes!
So the bikes are…
Peugeot Optimum 14, circa 1993 steel road bike
Viking FX fixed gear – budget steel fixed gear, made from cast Iron and weighs about the same as lead!
Giant SCR4 – Aluminium entry level road bike, that flies
Surly Pacer, comfortable big framed steel road bike
Genesis Croix de Fer – Steel cross bike kitted out for touring
Genesis Day One Alfine – Steel Alfine hub geared bike for winter hassle free riding
Genesis Equilibrium Disk – Steel disc braked bike because I am hacked off wearing out wheel rims!
And talking about wheel rims, they are worn out on the Giant, so I thought I would fit my spare winter wheels, when I picked them up and started checking the dimensions and fit, I noticed the rim was cracked
I guess they were in this shape when I was using them on the rollers over the winter!
I have now bought another cheap set of wheels for the Giant….
These bike things aren’t cheap!
Worked from home today, got up early as per usual and headed out on a pre work 40…
Its getting colder, darker and slower….damn irritating!
|Avg Speed:||17.5 mph|
|Elevation Gain:||994 ft|
|Avg Temperature:||48.0 °F|
Its not going to be long before I have to switch to a shorter ride ;-(
Today worked out rather well
I had been hunting for an Android app that would send a text every 30 minutes to wifey with the time and my current location (To be used when out on a bike ride), EVERYTHING I had found all suffered from the same problem, they all needed data turned on and thus were a battery killer
1 Get Location (Source ANY timeout 100 Sec)
2 Send SMS (number xxxxxxxxxx message %TIME at http://maps.google.com/?q=%LOC
3 Wait 30 minutes
4 Goto 1
I exported it as an App and installed it…And when it runs it sends a text to the number xxxxxxxx with a message containing a time and a hyper link to Google maps with my location
I had it running all day today, the phone hardly used any power, and no data connection was required the ONLY down side is that the app needs to be manually stopped and the configuration is coded in, I now have a solution to wifey worrying about where I am that wont kill the battery
When I got back home I had to sort out a dodgy Micro SD card issue with Amazon, they provided a partial refund that just about covered the cost of the replacement!
By the time I sorted everything out it was a little to late to go for a run and my legs were still aching from yesterday anyway! I ended up taking the dog’s for a walk instead of a more energetic pursuit
We woke up early at Hayfield and set off back home at 7 am arriving at around mid day, it was raining!
We hoped to stop for some proper breakfast on the way home, unfortunately the services we stopped at offered no real food ;-( only Burger Think or Costa
When we got back home, I chilled for a while ate some light lunch, then went for a wee run with Milo in the rain
|Avg Pace:||10:15 min/mi|
|Elevation Gain:||241 ft|
Shame really as I was hoping to do 10 miles, but Milo and me were a wee bit damp, so we short cut home.
I woke up and changed into cycle kit, I had a cup of tea and porridge with wifey.
I set off to Marple in the cool late summer sunshine, I am not sure what I expected for my 7 mile ride from Hayfield to Marple, but I certainly didn’t expect such steep climbs, and the off road section was certainly not what I envisaged!
|Avg Speed:||9.2 mph|
|Elevation Gain:||938 ft|
|Avg Temperature:||48.2 °F|
Now I was at the start, so I started…and the Garmin did the ohh you have finished the route thing…I also thought ‘I need a proof of passage’ for the Audax, so I headed back in to town and bought a £1 parking ticket, then headed back to the start. Again the Garmin got upset, so I stopped and restarted the route and took the navigate me to the start option…Ohhps I was at the end of the Audax not the start! so I worked my way to the start!
|Avg Speed:||8.5 mph|
|Elevation Gain:||102 ft|
|Avg Temperature:||51.9 °F|
Now finally I was off, and this time in the right direction!
The first Audax control was at Holmfirth, there were a few small lumps and then Holme Moss, I guess I should have studied the route a wee bit better before setting off, I wasn’t really expecting a 1700 ft climb
The evidence of the TdF was still clearly visible…
Holmfirth was at the end of a very long and pleasing descent from the top
I stopped at the Riverside Cafe for a round of Beans on Toast and a spot of tea
I set off from Holmfirth and headed to the second control at Edale, it was not quite so Peaky, more sawtooth in profile, with 50 miles done (In an incredibly slow time) I stopped for a tea, cake and bacon/sausage roll, I almost forgot to get my Brevet card signed!
Feeling fully replete I set of for the last major climb of the day up Mam Nik, I was already prepared for this and knew all about it, I climbed it yesterday! I think it was the longest steepest climb of the day!
With the climbing done I set about making up some time on the return to Marple
I followed the Garmin all the way to the now familiar end point, then used the phone to navigate to the Audax arrangers house to return the Brevet card.
The Garmin had the ride as…
|Avg Speed:||12.3 mph|
|Avg Moving Speed:||12.4 mph|
|Max Speed:||38.1 mph|
After a short chat, I headed back to Hayfield to meet up with wifey, I opted against my outbound route, I didn’t really enjoy the off road section!
|Avg Speed:||14.2 mph|
|Elevation Gain:||502 ft|
|Avg Temperature:||61.0 °F|
I quite enjoyed the ride around the Peak District, unfortunately the local cyclists are even more serious and down right ignorant than the ones in Wiltshire!
If I lived here I would definitely have to abandon my real bikes in favour of plastic ones, either that or think about seriously loosing a shed load of weight!
The Genesis Equilibrium Disk performed flawlessly and I was more than happy with the disk brakes They are now a little burnt blue!