Friday, 30 January 2009
Check out his myspace, looks like there are quite a few clips. Oh and the LBT in huddersfield seems pretty decent, not too big so even if you're on the backrow of tier 2, like us, you still get a good view and no big qeues at the bar, I wasn't drinking but the bar didn't look over priced and parking is only £1. Just don't get stuck in traffic on the way and check your directions first, it's actually pretty easy to find.
Thursday, 29 January 2009
Oh yeah Bontrager mud X tyres, got one of these for the back of the singlespeed a while ago, so the verdict? Pretty darn good, they roll down the road like a 50 pence piece but for offroad at this time of year they're crackin, bit smaller (2.0) than I normally run so a bit harsh on rocks but dig into the soft stuff well, can't remember spinning them out yet and I haven't noticed any sideways slide off camber or cornering (the mythos on the front is getting a bit worn so that is sliding a bit, must change asap). I like 'em.
Friday, 23 January 2009
from drizzle to the shiz'nizzle
Alright I'll stop now. Yesterday started grim, loads of rain (yes that fine stuff that soaks you through) and I thought I was gonna get soaked. Anyway halfway to work the rain stopped (and I was still warm and dry) and the weather got dryer and colder, nice one. The trip home was uneventful and I had a tailwind unusually, got home grabbed the inbred and went out for a niteride. I tried one of the trails I found this summer and realised I couldn't find my way at night and it's not a suitable for winter - too muddy but once on my usual trails it was fun. Got home knackered but happy and sank into a red hot bath, good way to end the week, nice easy day on the train tomorrow then hopefully local ride on saturday and I want to check out lee quarry on sunday.
Wednesday, 21 January 2009
Last week as I was going round a bloody huge roundabout some guy in a van was making screeching noises and leaning out of the window seemingly trying to pat the ground (you know like chimps do when they are excited) I think the point he was trying to make in his own simplistic apelike manner was that I should have been in the cycle lane on the roundabout. The one thats sticks to the very edge and you have to stop and give way at every exit. Hmm, give way to people approaching you from behind? Nope seems a bit of a no brainer that, I'll stick with the tried and tested method, stay in the flow of traffic and follow the rules everyone else does (or should) and hopefully enjoy the benefits of people approaching giving way to you when you're already on the roundabout.
I'm sure I've said this before, 33% of cycle lanes are bloody stupid and/or dangerous, 33% are a good idea but not mandatory so people drive over them at busy times (i.e. dangerous times when you need them most), 33% are mandatory and in a good position but still get driven over cos no one seems to enforce it anyway. Are cyclist involved at all in the planning of these things? All in all not massively effective.
Monday, 19 January 2009
Monday, 12 January 2009
Took the maxlight out for it's second outing, I've replaced the phaons with vanillas and while I missed the wind down lower front end on the climbs the bike felt better the rest of the time. It was damn cold but I managed in shorts with knee warmers. My cheapo aldi jacket was great as ever and the matching gloves were fine for most of the ride. Usual winter hill climb followed by kennel and jons 200 downhills then over to rivi. Found a mental line in the china gardens where someone has been carving smooth turns down a really steep section like they were skiing. At first it looked like a water channel but on closer inspection it was tyre tracks, very impressive but I doubt united utilities will be happy. Since they cut back all the rhododendrons there loads of stuff to explore, could be a proper playground for bikes if they dont get banned. Up to the pike and back down to georges lane, down the first section of jons 200 again cos its so good, and then to the TV mast on winterhill, I saw a few bikers heading down the road which got me thinking, why? Whats the point of riding down a straight road? But when I got to the belmont road descent I was thinking they might be right, this is a very fast downhill and the top was full of ice so I was taking it very easy at first but then the ice cleared and I started to rip. This bike is hard work, it's fast, fun and confidence inspiring but it's still not full sus and your legs have to work hard to absorb all the bumps. Decision time at the bottom it's 2:45pm and I've got no lights can I fit in a quick run to Darwin tower? Course I can, when I hit ice on turton moor I wasn't so sure and nearly turned back twice but I persevered. I pushed it pretty hard on the climb up cartridge hill, the top section was frozen solid so I was flying across to the tower. Erosion has made the drop into darwin more fun but I started to bonk pretty bad (going DOWNhill told you this bike was hard work) Doubledecker turkish delight and a cherry coke at the bottom sorted that tho. But I was still 8 miles from home and it was getting dark and the temp was plummeting. Pity I didn't have my lights I could have ridden offroad at a reasonable pace instead I had to charge down the road as fast as I could before it went pitch black. Decent ride, a not bad 34miles with a respectable 4600ft climbing I've done 40miler lakes rides with less climbing, just remember your lights next time Dave.
Thursday, 8 January 2009
Goals for this year, hmm.
*Last year I managed over 5200 miles but most of that was on road this year I think 4.5k but with atleast 2.5k offroad miles.
*Mary townley loop (again).
*A century road ride with proper hills in it hopefully Fred Whitton route.
*More rides with other people.
Erm thats it for now will add more when they come to me.
Oh and if anyone knows any decent addins for a ride diary/calculator please let me know.