Category Archives: Cycling

Whistling through the spokes.

10°C, strong W, gusts to 45mph. Cycling (twice) and indoor climbing. https://www.mapmyride.com/workout/3329530504 Two rides today. One at dawn, the other at dusk. Both dry and very windy. No less fun though; at times, the road speed dipped so I did … Continue reading

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The fizz is back

8°C, light grey with minimal breeze NW. Dry too. https://www.mapmyride.com/workout/3327217420 Okay, not very fast but the important point is – it felt right. It’s funny how you can actually feel warmth at 8°C after days near to freezing. Some of … Continue reading

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It can only get better

8°C, light W, dull and dry. https://www.mapmyride.com/workout/3317449414 January is possibly the most miserable month of the year, but things can only get better. January is in competition with December, mainly because December contains the detestable Christmas stress fest. Anyway, today … Continue reading

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Gloomy on the bike

3°C still, grey, dry and cold https://www.mapmyride.com/workout/3314266726 Everything I hate about january was found today. The worst feature was the dark, the day never really broke out of twilight all day. At least the bike was good though the front … Continue reading

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2019, ride no. 1

8°C, sunny with N breeze. https://www.mapmyride.com/workout/3308972827 Very slow but no setback. Sometimes, when you return from illness you can undo some of the recovery but coming back too soon. By taking a flat route at a slow pace, I have … Continue reading

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Major Chestikov.

https://www.mapmyride.com/workout/3294022513 Ill again. It started during this ride home from work. Shame because I was looking forward to it. The route that runs along farm tracks in the dark is quite an experience. If it wasn’t for the rain, it … Continue reading

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Angry in the letters page.

A letter to my local paper: “Whilst I can sympathise with letter writer Michael Swann’s plea for cars (#1a) to consider cyclists when they are coming out of side roads, can I ask him and other cyclists to also take … Continue reading

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Metric century.

5~7°C, grey, dank and a S breeze https://www.mapmyride.com/workout/328970721 Slow but long. 4h 40′ and the headlight lasted (though the orange warning light came on). Better still, the phone’s battery (a Motorola g6) ran down to 87%. My old phone (a … Continue reading

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Commute: moonlight, windswept and cold.

5°C, strong SE, dry and clear, moonlight https://www.mapmyride.com/workout/3285512167 I love it, the blackness and a probing circle of light to ride into. Potholes and ripples in the tarmac are in sharp relief in the headlight. Either side, wet fields and … Continue reading

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Was it a good ride?

…not really. 11°C, W wind with clear sky. Dry of course. https://www.mapmyride.com/workout/3281311537 Not the ride I wanted. The canal section was spoiled by a fishing competition and then a puncture. The self-sealing tubes failed to seal the leak. I blew … Continue reading

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