Archive for October 2011

Two chums do TrailQuest Isle of Man!

Tina had my arm behind my back….. “We MUST do the TrailQuest together’ she decided. I had done a couple of these events before and I never really enjoyed them. I am not a very good mountain bike rider, and I am not very competitive, it was easier to say no. Especially with all the […]

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A bike ride in the (other) Wolds

"I went for a bike ride in the Yorkshire Wolds," I say. "Where's that?" they ask. "East of York." The Lincolnshire Wolds are north east of Lincoln, south from Hull, and although this part of the country is separated from the Yorkshire Wolds by the city of Hull and the Humber estuary, it is similarly […]

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Musings on a day of a few overlapping halves

The cupboards are becoming bare so I'm off to Morrisons. It's daylight but the sky is murky enough for a hi-viz jacket. I wait until the day has warmed up somewhat, but I want to be home in time for Radio 4's Sunday afternoon drama, and some of the household clocks have gone back so […]

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Where in the Wolds? Why, Walesby!

Coming home at the end of the day. To East Yorkshire not to North Humberside For as long as I can remember I've hated the name 'Humberside'. I've ranted before about it (we also used to strike out the hideous coat of arms affair on our school exercise books and write 'Yorkshire' above it), but […]

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Tempting Fate!

A couple of days ago I put a comment on Mary's post that Apart from the odd shower it has been dry for ages here, I think I am a bit spoilt! What a foolish thing to say! Talk about asking for trouble, I don't think its stopped raining since!

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Laurier Avenue Cycling Lane

Cycling safety has been in the news lately. One cycling-related trial has just finished, another is about to start, and the province’s Chief Coroner has announced a province-wide inquiry into cycling safety. The City of Ottawa opened its first downtown cycling lane this year on Laurier Avenue. The city has needed this for a long […]

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And now… my winter bike

As I looked out of the window for the third time this morning – it was still raining! The BBC weather web site had promised cloud with a light rain shower. This was seven o'clock and a heavy pouring. I had been looking forward all week to my third CTC ride but didn't fancy getting […]

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Final Audax of 2011

Audax UK's calendar ends on the 31st October and as there are gales and storms forecast for half term and next weekend I am mountain biking on both days, I have just one more chance to up my AAA points. So, on Sunday, I sorted out my final AAA ride of this Audax Season. On […]

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DIY bicycle maintenance: time is money

Shimano Deore thumb shifter (jammed) How much of my time is worth spending fixing a broken thumb shifter? A week? That's how long it took Geoff Kuenning just to put his back together again. So let's see... £25 per hour x 7.5 hours x 5 days = £937.50. A new one is about £25 (my […]

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Brittany, Breizh, Bretagne, An Bhriotáin, whatever! Roscoff, Quimper, Brest, Roscoff

I'd been cycling in Brittany in the past, perhaps eight or nine times. My friend Mick Lehane had only been there once and twisted my arm for a late autumn tour as he hadn't been touring this year, so the Cork-Roscoff ferry was booked and off we went. The wonderful view of Cobh and its […]

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Sit bone pain… It's a pain in the ***

Saddle Review. The RIDO R2 Saddle Current saddles one each on my road bikes: Brooks Finesse – Ladies.

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Romsey to Burghclere, a short ride in chocolate box England

Mainland rides are like buses – none for ages then 3 come along! Dennis went to a meeting near Newbury on Saturday so I siezed the chance to get a lift with him and ride somewhere different. The weather gods have been exceptionally kind to me lately and it was a glorious autumn morning as […]

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Mountain bikes and cake… what could be better?

I havent been on my mountain bike for over a year. Reason: Rather a lame one... I dont really like mud. And, I always thought I would struggle to finish the Lands End John O Groats ride if I didnt do a lot of training miles. One of my road bike loves, is that I […]

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Trek carbon monocoque

What bike is this? I took this photo in rather a hurry as we queued to drive onto the cross channel ferry a couple of weeks ago. The owner wasn't there so I couldn't ask exactly what bike it was. After searching around for "trek carbon monocoque co-molded" (written on the frame) I think it's […]

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Gridiron 2011

This is the fourth time that I've ridden the Gridiron 100k in the New Forest. It makes a splendid day's ride from the Isle of Wight and the ride to and from the ferry takes it over the hundred mile mark. Typical New Forest cycling

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Belt drive bikes

Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) is a Canadian outlet for high quality, outdoor gear including products they market under their own label. (I believe Hilary's Mountain Equipment sleeping bag is a MEC product.) Last year they introduced a line of bicycles, which caused some consternation among local bike shops. As a cooperative MEC is subject to […]

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Thanksgiving 2011 – The Haliburton Loop

Thanksgiving is a North American holiday, supposedly celebrating the generosity of the native Indians when the original pilgrims were starving during their first winter on this continent. I read recently that, in fact, it was declared a national holiday in the U.S. by Abraham Lincoln to celebrate recent Union victories over the Confederates after three […]

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France: cycling around Loches

Loches is a small town in the chateau region of France. We know (or knew) it quite well from family camping holidays in the 1990s. It's not always a good idea to return to places from one's past but we did for a week this autumn with our bikes – Sandra and me, that is. […]

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Big Skies Bike Rides: Thixendale from Malton or Norton on Derwent

Big Skies Bike Rides is the name given to eight cycle loop rides 'launched' in 2010. They take their name from the phrase used by David Hockney when he compared the sky over the Yorkshire Wolds to 'the big sky' he experienced in the American West. This 21.5-mile route starts in Malton/Norton and passes through […]

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Glorious in Guernsey!

A few weeks ago we booked a bargain break to Guernsey. We had intended to go in the middle of September but as prices fell significantly on October 1st that was the day we booked to go. And what a great decision that turned out to be! Mid September was stormy but on October 1st […]

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A south bank century: a mystery ride to Misterton

Nothing much to report here, except on this, surely the last sweltering weekend of 2011 in my part of northern England, I dragged myself around a route that gave me what is certainly my last 100-miler of the year. Like many of my rides across the Humber I had little idea where I was on […]

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Drafty, not Mafty

We were not mafting in Ottawa this weekend – we were cold, wet and drafty. The Saturday forecast was for a period of sun in the morning so we planned to ride accordingly. Needless to say, the accuracy of the weather forecast was predictable, and it was mid-afternoon before we were on Lady CoMo for […]

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