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Cycling log - random events in the day of a cyclist

Discussion in 'off topic' started by avole, Jun 2, 2015.

  1. Moggi1964

    Moggi1964 Active Member

    25 mile with the wife and a small group from a village near Stockport. Pretty country lanes mostly. My first proper ride other than a few commutes since a tumble a year ago. I am mostly a commuter but every now and then will do some rides with my wife and son.

    Tumble damage https://photos.app.goo.gl/sip86cSXQGWmZy5f9
  2. foxwelljsly

    foxwelljsly Keep Music Vile

    Sorted a new short daily road ride straight out the front gate. 20 miles, 550m of ascent, currently nailing it in 85 minutes. 1 minute slower on the main climb today (Hollingbourne Hill) than I was on a century ride last July. :-(

    Next bit of bike maintenance will be to convert the winter commuter back to an XC hardtail with new tyres and freshly serviced fox forks. Will be used for both North and South Downs XC routes over the next few months.
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  3. sean99

    sean99 pfm Member

    I have fond memories of the South Downs Way - not too muddy, glorious views and quite a workout. Unfortunately that was back in the day of no suspension, so sore wrists at the end also.
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  4. foxwelljsly

    foxwelljsly Keep Music Vile

    There's a lot of horrible slimy chalk if you do it in winter. Did the stretch from Eastbourne to Brighton a few years ago. Seemed to be a lot of ascending. Planning to do it with my 47 year old knees over two days this summer, with a wild camp overnight.
  5. HarryB

    HarryB pfm Member

    Just spotted on my Strava that I've gone through 6,000kms for this year. That's despite a poor April because of a virus. Maybe I set my 2019 target of 12,000 kms too low?
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  6. HarryB

    HarryB pfm Member

    Test ride on the new steed. Smooth as silk. No issues. Lovely.

    85.7kms at 28.1kph. Bloody cold again
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  7. foxwelljsly

    foxwelljsly Keep Music Vile

    No mountain bike sorting today as I spent a delightful morning with the boy at Kearnsey abbey whilst the wife made the Bank holiday pilgrimage to the garden centre. Still did 2 laps of my loop in the opposite direction, though. Topped out at 45.6 mph according to Strava. My cheap as chips Planet X Pro Carbon does not inpsire confidence on those sorts of descents.
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  8. flatpopely

    flatpopely Prog Rock/Moderator

    How cheap is 'cheap as chips'?
  9. PhilofCas

    PhilofCas pfm Member

    What is it Harry?
  10. HarryB

    HarryB pfm Member

    Kudos on that. 45.6mph on any bike requires balls. On the PX pro carbon it probably deserves a bravery award :)

    I'm seriously impressed. No potholes down your way?
  11. HarryB

    HarryB pfm Member

    Another Pinarello. Bought frameset and built it up myself.
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  12. NeilR

    NeilR pfm Member

    After suffering from a heavy cold last couple of weeks have now been diagnosed with shingles. Suppressed immune system helped virus come out of dormancy apparently.

    Off the bike for a couple of weeks at least according to the doctor :(
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  13. Jono_13

    Jono_13 Duffer

  14. sean99

    sean99 pfm Member

    Bad luck Neil - hope you're soon back in the saddle. I did a new PR on a local 8 mile (hilly) time trial last week, then ran a quick (for me) 5k on Saturday and I tried cycling today (finally stopped raining) but the legs were not willing.
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  15. foxwelljsly

    foxwelljsly Keep Music Vile

    I think I put it together for a £900 4 years ago. It's since had the cassette, chain and front mech upgraded from 105 to Ultegra and some fancier pedals and saddle fitted. It's all-white. A cosmetic decision I have come to regret.

    Still, have burnt up plenty of fools in Rapha on DA Di2 equipped bikes on both this and the far fancier SRAM Red one I had before.
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  16. foxwelljsly

    foxwelljsly Keep Music Vile

    Nope, but its a gnarly old descent, with lots of patches worn through the scalpings. The PX Pro carbon wobbles and buzzes like a drunk bumble bee on it.
  17. windhoek

    windhoek The Phoolosopher

    Operation Close Pass is now live... somewhere in Scotland.

    I expect to get passed within arm's length all the time and rarely make a fuss unless it's very close or very fast. That said, I blame the infrastructure, not the drivers, because without a genuine commitment to keeping cars, vans, buses and lorries away from people who cycle, like a commitment to go dutch, then faster traffic will always want and expect to travel at the permitted speed (or faster), even if it means getting up close and personal from time to time with people who cycle... people like you and me.
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  18. HarryB

    HarryB pfm Member

    Crappy cold wind off the sea and tired legs from nine rides in ten days made today tough. Tempered by the pleasure of being on the new bike.

    66kms at 27.6kph with 671m of lumps and bumps.

    Much needed rest day tomorrow.
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  19. HarryB

    HarryB pfm Member

    Starting to get a bit of form back after illness. 98km at 30.1kph.
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  20. NeilR

    NeilR pfm Member

    Doctor told me to stay off the bike for another week :(
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