Sunday, 25 January 2015

Rideye black box camera and a new mount for a rear light

It feels like it's been a long time since I kickstarted it, and it's finally turned up:

Not used it yet, or set up the time stamps so that they're accurate, but that's how it looks on the bike. I've heard that the mount isn't perfect. We'll see.

Having switched to my Brookes saddle, the Cat Eye Volt on the back has nothing to attach to as the saddle rails aren't long enough. Managed to drill a couple of holes in the Brompton's reflector mount to mount the saddle rail clamp to it. This does mean that the bike currently has no rear reflector, but that light is visible from space, so should be no problem.

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Sherwood Pines Mudbath

A group of four of us rode the trails at Sherwood Pines in Nottinghamshire yesterday. The temperature was mild for this time of year (9-10 degrees c) but it had been raining all week, so it was extremely muddy. Here's what my MTB looked like afterwards:

It was great fun, but the sucking of the mud made it so much harder than usual that I was exhausted by the end. The character of the course changes a lot when it's wet. Even on the harder and less muddy parts of the trail your speed is affected, as there are lots of puddles that could have tree roots at the bottom, so you can't safely splash through them.

Annoyingly we had to stop after the first quarter of the course to get one of the hire bikes changed, as it had bad brakes, gears and wheels. Another Sherwood Pines Cycles classic. The hire bikes are cheap, but we've had so many problems over the years that it's hard to avoid the conclusion that you get what you pay for!

Some more pics from the day:

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Boots, Gloves and a test ride

The last items I thought I needed for my winter wardrobe were a pair of gloves that are warm enough to keep my poor hands warm and that I could use with a phone, plus a warmer pair of boots. I don't know what the problem with my extremities is, but they get painfully cold when it gets down to 10 degrees celsius or below. I've invested in a pair of Lake MX303s on the boot front:
They are seriously toasty when paired with thick hiking socks and fit me well. Not bloody cheap mind...

On the hand front I wanted something that would keep my little and ring fingers together like my lobster gloves, but that were also touchscreen compatible. There was a deal for some E-Glove Snowboarding mitts that sounded perfect on a site so I bought them blind:
Obviously I removed the wrist protector (that is seriously uncomfortable when trying to climb hills out of the saddle) and there is another niggle in the forefinger, once the touchscreen tip is deployed from the insulated outer, it's basically impossible to get it back inside without removing the glove (defeating the point!). The thumb inner is fine on that front though.

The skiing version of the E-Gloves are probably a better choice for upright cycling as you can cinch the cuff to prevent the ingress of rain. On a recumbent with tiller steering however this isn't a problem as the cuffs are pointing downwards! Might need to tuck them in to my sleeves if I'm riding my brompton and it's raining, however.

My rides today were slow and difficult. It's been 11 months since I pulled the trailer on the Nazca and I was definitely feeling it.

As for those being the last items I thought I needed, it turns out that most of my winter wardrobe is now too big for me. Great.

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Back to it!

Aside from a trip to Sherwood Pines last month I've been concentrating on the half-marathon so almost no cycling at all. Now with Christmas approaching it's time to get back into the saddle. Planning a ride in Lincolnshire on Sunday.

Despite being off-topic, here's my half-marathon performance in a nutshell: ~2:18 at a pretty consistent 6:25 per km.

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Summer riding roundup

I've been training for a half-marathon, so haven't been cycling much!

During a difficult period at work my colleagues and I did manage to get out on our bikes on two of the hottest days of the year, for just about the same route; the first one on the Brompton:

And the second on the recumbent:

Plus we managed to get around to visiting Cannock Chase on the MTB. Was really not doing well on this route, needed a lot more cycling fitness:

As soon as the half marathon is over (28th Sept) I'll need to start training for my winter riding again!

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Off-topic: Apps and accessories for diet and exercise

Some people asked me about it on Facebook, so I thought I'd run down exactly what I use and why.

Fitbit One; Fitbit Aria; Wahoo Blue HR; Smartphone.

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Sherwood Pines: The Revenge

Made it back to Sherwood.

Two laps with neither illness nor injury this time. My legs felt very fatigued towards the end, but I felt pretty good.

Managed a complete lap almost without stopping as well: