Archive for December 2009

Day tour of Muntervary (Sheep's Head) peninsula, in better times

The lingering vile weather prompts me to describe a trip we did in August last. Mick Lehane (a sunny and very witty optimist) and Donie O'Keeffe (our group pessimist, who has elevated pessimism to the level of an Olympic Sport) drov

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Cycling Lands End John O'Groats 2010

Mrs Taylor has announced that she's going to walk Coast to Coast with her cousin in June 2010. So I said: "Right. I think I'll cycle Lands End to John O'Groats." She said: "Good idea." Of course she's only saying that because she knows she won't be coming. When I've mentioned it in the past […]

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Freedom…of a sort…

After 11 days the ice came to an end, to be replaced by industrial strength rain, a 30 mile-an-hour northeasterly gale and a snug 4 degrees centigrade. Now am I going to stick my face out in that or not? I have more rain-gear than sense so I put BMX pedals on my trusty steed […]

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Another Audax Christmas tale

Merry Christmas! Mary's post about her Boxing Day Audax ride on the Isle of Man could have made me feel really envious of the comparatively good weather she has had on the island. It sounded very rewarding so rather than feeling low I'm happy to wait (fairly) patiently for better weather here before I take […]

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Post Christmas Audax ride

Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas day, and that you are all fit and well, and looking forward to the new year of cycling. Due to the fact and one, that I keep forgetting about – my other job – that of Mum, Wifie and chief Christmas organiser, I was FAR too busy to get […]

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Happy Christmas everyone!

We still have ice here in Cork, but may get a bit of a thaw tomorrow. I haven't cycled for an entire week, which is unusual for me. I'll try to go out to earn my turkey late tomorrow morning.

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I haven't been able to cycle for six days!

AAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Cycling weather forecasts 9° difference

No cycling today. Temperature 0° and snow on the ground. Regular cyclists will be looking at the weather forecasts to see when the conditions will become suitable again. But which forecast? As the BBC News Front Page is my default home page I tend to click "weather" in the left side menu for a quick […]

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Snow in East Yorkshire

I know, it's hardly Hallmark quality, but here is a picture from this morning of the first snowfall where I live. I use this route to miss out a big roundabout. (I've never stopped to notice the graffiti before.)

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Around Great Island

Today despite predictions we had nice cycling weather, 5C, northerly wind and sunshine. I love this kind of weather. I decided to do a tour of Great Island (Cobh, Queenstown formerly). The island it's on is Great Island, an tOileán Mór in Irish, which means the same thing. Oileán in Irish = Eilean in Gaelic. […]

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Eddington Number (Cycling)

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Stanley_Eddington The Eddington Number is defined as E, the number of days a cyclist has cycled more than E miles For example an Eddington Number of 70 would imply that a cyclist has cycled more than 70 miles in a day on 70 occasions. Achieving a high Eddington number is difficult since moving from, say, […]

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Raleigh Chopper in the sunshine

I'm feeling SO much better today, maybe because the sun is still shining. Although the morning started a little frosty, I knew it would develop into a nice cycling day. I decided to get out my Raleigh Chopper and go out for a spin. I checked the brakes and tyres, clipped in my Garmin 705, […]

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Cycling in the dark in the rain wearing glasses

Cycling in the dark can be fun. So can cycling in the rain. But both together is just plain dangerous if your eyesight is poor. My brother wears spectacles and also commutes on his bike all year round. He crashed recently, when he rode over the edge of a pothole he didn't see. A couple […]

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To the Eagle's Nest and beyond

Yesterday on a cold day with northerly wind we headed north. Three of us, Mick, Donie and myself. I met the lads at the Angler's Rest pub and headed north through Cloghroe, keeping due north. It was cold and my feet were cold throughout. A misty day with occasional mizzle.

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Ateing Road

Well, eating road, but pronounced as above in Cork Cycling! Yesterday I had a fitful sleep and having got up early for breakfast went to bed and missed my cycle with my friends. This has happened me twice in more than 20 years. I rang them and they told me they were heading for Mallow […]

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Scones, and Sunshine!

Finally, the weather is on our side! Sunshine and no wind, what more could a cyclist ask for at the weekend. During the week, Paula, one of my cycling friends invited me to join her on the Scone Run. The Scone Run is an organised weekly ride by one of the cycle clubs on the […]

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Still we have sunshine!

The weather is still sunny and bright, though still cold too. It’s winter! You can’t have clear skies without it being cold! I made it out for a ride yesterday – 30 miles this time! My Malaise seems to be coming and going, and yesterday it came again, but not to be beaten I went […]

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Local cycling goodies

Goodies, as in nice places to cycle, not cycling equipment. The nearest goodie to me is Winter Hill. Cycling up to this vantage point takes about thirty minutes from where I live, or 25 if I try to keep up with my sons, which is only possible when they have a hangover and I don't.

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Sunshine at last!

Hello everyone, this is my first blog on here! I managed to get out for a short 17 mile ride this morning, it was my first ride in over three weeks. I’ve been ill – or should I say ‘not well’. The doctor described it as a ‘malaise’. The dark and damp winter weather really […]

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Cycling through Barden, in the Yorkshire Dales

After I buy my new bike my next major purchase will probably be a decent digital SLR camera. My current compact digital is a Kodak 3.1 megapixel CX6330. It cost me £150 and is probably worth about a tenner now. The background in this picture looks washed out – I don't think it was as […]

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Cycling and landscape photography: perfect partners

I've taken landscape photos as long as I can remember. Before digital cameras they were always black-and-white, processed in a darkroom in the attic, but there's no need for that with a Canon G9 and Adobe Photoshop. The process of colour photography is quite different to monochrome, which tended to be the medium of choice […]

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Forewarned is Forearmed and Forefooted!

On Thursday we got frozen, as described in previous post. Hadn't had such cold hands for years. Enough. Went to Cork on Saturday and bought a 63 Euro pair of Berghaus Goretex mountaineering gloves. I have had a pair of Porelle waterproof socks for years but I devised a technique some years ago to stop […]

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WWW (Westerdale, Wheeldale, Whitby)

There was a time when a cyclist in my part of the world would see www and think of only one meaning: Westerdale, Wheeldale and Whitby. The Three W's was a special stamp you would claim for your Youth Hostel Association membership card – or the blanks that you'd stuff in the little plastic wallet […]

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Gloomy December, great for cycling

When I lived in Melbourne Australia I found it hard to cycle very much. Too hot and nowhere safe to ride. So I walked along the beach with my camera for a couple of hours each day. I got to know a woman at the beach, and she also walked, so we sometimes walked together. […]

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An ill-wind

Is olc an ghaoth ná séideann do dhuine éigin. It's a bad wind that doesn't blow for somebody. Today Mick, Donie and I met as usual and headed north to Cloghroe, then east and up the road that runs along the Shournagh river. A little rain was forecast. It was cold, only 4 centigrade and […]

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How to get more people cycling

The Dec-Jan edition of 'cycle' – a magazine published by the CTC (the UK's national cyclists' organisation) – reports that the National Cycling Plan announced in June 2009 by the British Prime Minister Gordon Brown to promote cycling as a mainstream form of personal transport is unlikely to go to public consultation. So the CTC […]

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