With 160 miles as my previous biggest ride, 250 was quite a significant jump up. But I was confident that I could do it, even if it meant waking at 2:05 in the morning! So off went the alarm and up I jumped surprisingly awake and definitely ready for the day ahead. I don’t know quite how I managed to be so sprightly at that time in the morning but it was a really good start.
I have a long ride coming up, 250 miles, in a single day. I’ll post more about that in another dedicated post but for now I wanted to justify the purchasing of new tyres. My current tyres are starting to get towards the end of their life, I will aim to eek out some extra miles from them later in the year but for the big ride I wanted some that were wider and newer. So after much studying of the options I’ve decided to go for the Hutchinson Fusion 5 in the ‘All Season’ guise and in the 700x25c size. Continue reading “Hutchinson Fusion 5 All Season Tubeless Tyres 700x25c”
I knew it was going to be a tough hill climb when I started feeling a little queasy, in fact I had to come to a complete stop and even had to take a moment to compose myself. And I hadn’t even arrived at the hill yet!
Continue reading “Exmouth and the Devon coastal hills – Salcombe Hill #12”
I can hear it now – “I thought you didn’t get punctures with tubeless!”. Unfortunately this is not true. You get a whole lot fewer punctures and those that you do get are usually not disabling; so you can often complete your ride. But occasionally you get some bigger gashes, cuts and damage. And of course you can indeed patch them.
Continue reading “How to patch a road tubeless tyre”
Back in February I wrote about the Yaxley Riders Reliability Trial, “One Year On – Reliability Trial 2016“. It was my first repeat event and I felt rather pleased with my progress. The Hunstanton Fish & Chip ride was my next ‘one year on’ repeat ride and again, it went well!
Tubeless tyre technology has become a huge thing in the mountain biking world. It arrived properly several years ago and has gone from strength to strength with a huge range of tubeless wheel & tyre options available today. I too joined in, as a relatively early adopter, with a self assembled wheelset based around Mavic XM-819 rims and paired them with some UST Schwalbe Nobby Nic tyres. But what about road cycling? Continue reading “Road Tubeless – My views (2016)”
Traveling down from Edinburgh many people would take a well advised break during the trip. It is 6 hours of driving after all, so stopping at Leeming Bar services for a Big Mac and fries is popular. I however, prefer to stop elsewhere and get in a few hills. Numbers 59 and 62 have now been added to my list! Continue reading “Working in Scotland; riding in the North Pennines – Hills #59 & 62”
It’s not the longest climb, it’s not the climb boasting the greatest elevation gain either and it’s also not the climb at the highest altitude but. I’m tempted just to leave it at that; just a lingering ‘but’. If Rosedale Chimney isn’t the steepest climb in the UK then it’s pretty well close to it! Continue reading “The hardest road climb in England? #55 Rosedale Chimney”
‘You’re a stronger man than me; pushing out a gear like that up here’, came the comment from the guy on the red Specialized as he slowly eased past me. He’d clearly noticed my chains position on my cassette as he’d followed my wheel for a while, I was riding with my chain turning the 17 tooth sprocket, not out of choice, but out of necessity. Continue reading “Taking on Holme Moss – In Single Speed!”
As I came over the brow of a shallow rise I saw them; little red blinking lights, off to the right, stationary and no I wasn’t seeing things. Even after 70 km in the rain following a day’s work I wasn’t quite that tired! As I drew closer and I could see the jerseys in the dusk I recognised the riders, they were the group I would have gone riding with on this particular rainy evening had I not chosen to ride the 90 km from work instead. They had stopped to fix a puncture which although a pain for them was a relief for me; after 70 lonely kilometers I was relishing the opportunity to ride in a group again, having someone to talk to and a wheel to follow. So I stopped, greeted them and offered around a few Jelly Babies. Continue reading “Full 55 mile Commute to Work”
I must say, it did seem to be very close to our camp but I also felt a little silly popping my head around the edge of the tarp and seeing nothing there. Maybe it’s the way that sound travels up on the moors that makes the sound of the Dartmoor ponies braying in the morning seem so close. So I went back to sleep for a little longer, which gave the early morning mist a little more time to clear.
Leaving behind your ‘way out’, the car that can take you home. Heading off into the moors, not knowing what the trails will be like, not knowing which will be ridable, which you’ll have to push up and carry over and which will provide the long lasting buzz that doesn’t die down for weeks. Not knowing exactly where you’ll end up camping but knowing full well that you’ve got the kit, the drive and the ability to make it all work. That almost sums up the feeling as I pedal off on the first day of one of my 3 day bikecamping epics.
One moment I’m stood wondering if I should go left or straight on and a few minutes later I’m pushing hard sweating my way up one of the most wonderful cycling climbs in the UK. At this point I’m convinced that I got the loop the right way round and I am indeed riding up climb #30 from ‘the book‘.
Take away Fish & Chips is a big tradition here in the UK and everybody has their preferred Fish & Chip Shop, but even so cycling a 150 mile round trip would generally be considered a little over the top! But that’s exactly what we did on Sunday with a journey that took us from Peterborough to Hunstanton and back. Continue reading “Longest Ride Yet; 150 mile loop for Fish & Chips”
The weather often plays a part in the memorability of a ride and my recent ride during a visit to Scotland certainly had plenty of both; weather and memorability! This was a stop-off ride, just off the A74(M) from Abington on my way up to Glasgow. Continue reading “Awesome Ride Through Hail and Hills”
We all have our regular routes and places that we get to ride frequently, ocassionally and infrequently. I’m fortunate in that I have a job that requires me to travel and I also have a car big enough to carry my bikes. So I get to ride in lots of different parts of the UK. Aberdeen however is not a common haunt even for me. So when I got the chance to go there this week and I found myself with enough time to squeeze in a ride, I couldn’t resist. Continue reading “Another day, another hill – Cairn O’Mount”
My main recollection of waking up on Day 3 was the feeling of getting out of bed in full view of the passing public. It wasn’t that we’d slept in or that we’d mistakenly camped in the town square; it was only the odd couple of dog walkers and joggers but it still felt strange to be stretching and crawling out from my shelter at 6:00 AM in front of people busily going about their morning routine. So as we had on Day 2, we promptly packed up our stuff, back into our bags and for the final time headed off to find supplies. Continue reading “Exploring the North York Moors – Day 3”
When you decide to ride somewhere, far from home and with little local knowledge you just don’t know what you’re going to get. In someways it makes the ride more exciting and when you discover a gem there’s that moment of pure glee; when the ‘explorer’ comes to the surface and marvels at his discovery. I guess you could call it a ‘discovery ride’. Continue reading “Up Hill & Down Dale – An Evening Dovedale Ride”
I always check on the weather before going out for a ride and the forecast said sunny. What I forgot to check on, as usual, was the wind conditions. Ah well, at least I remembered to pack my Buff, windy ride it is then. Continue reading “A little bit of local knowledge goes a long way”
The phrase “no pain, no gain” is one that’s no doubt very familiar to most serious cyclists out there. Usually referring to training, personal bests and physical improvement. But on certain rides like Tuesday’s the pain is 350m of altitude and the gain is coming back down. Continue reading “Pain & gain in equal amounts”