Archive for April 2012

Rainy days and Mondays

Well, that was the wettest April for more than 100 years. It's official. A bit back I fitted a DIY mudguard extension as a trial for next year's bad weather. Yesterday I was supposed to lead a group to Flamborough, but it was so wet, cold and windy that nobody ventured out for the start. […]

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Why? is much better without Hope!

Why?Bike's new wheels arrived earlier this week. After much deliberation I'd ordered Deore LX hubs built onto Rigida Snyper rims by Andrew at Spa Cycles. Why?Bike is meant as my expedition tourer, ready and waiting for my mythical round the world tour so I had considered going for the bombproof Sputnik rims but eventually decided […]

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GHS ride: 102 in 8.5, April 2012

In between Francis's first 100-mile bike ride and a much shorter ride with the Cottingham Road Club I squeezed in my second century ride of the year on April 15th. The GHS rides, promoted by the Yorkshire Cycling Federation, are held annually as close as possible to the birthday of George Herbert Stancer. The man […]

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Champlain Lookout

The ride to Champlain Lookout in Gatineau Park is the standard weekend ride for most Ottawa cyclists. Gatineau Park, in the province of Quebec, is right across the Ottawa River from Ottawa. It is closed to traffic until May 1st and every Sunday morning during summer, making it a cyclists' paradise. The return ride from […]

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Cottingham Road Club: first ride

On what turned out to be a showery day I finally started a ride with Cottingham Road Club, established at the end of last year by three keen cyclists who saw the need for something different from existing cycling clubs in the area. Pitched as being between CTC and the local road racing clubs, they […]

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3-valley bike ride round Snowdon

A498: Llyn Gwynant on the banks of Snowdon Nant Gwynant, Nant Peris, Nant y Betws. I don't know if they are official names for the three valleys surrounding the Snowdon Massif in North Wales but they are written large on my OS Explorer map of Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon's Welsh name). Nant means stream, small river, […]

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The National Byway: from the Humber Bridge to Beverley (and back along the National Cycle Network)

At the end of February I had been under the weather since the middle of January. Planned rides had come and gone but I had stayed put. So I took my Kinesis for a very short ride. I rode fewer than ten miles (along the Transpennine Way) to refreshments at Mrs B's Cafe at the […]

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What to do when it's wet outside – Rebuild the Hetchins

Well, its maintenance to the Hetchins Part Two – The Rebuild Up to this point, Hettie had had her worn out cassette, her old bar tape and bars removed, her ergo 9sp controls taken off, and her wonderful but uncomfy Brooks saddle removed. And thus, she lived in the cottage until a certain Easter rainy […]

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No hope for Hope hub

I've always been rather proud of the Hope hubs on Why?Bike, my 26" wheeled tourer that I bought second hand. Far more classy than common or garden Shimano ones I reckoned. Then this happened.

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Caistor Saturday 7th April 2012

More cofffee in Caistor. Northerly wind 10mph. Average moving speed 15.8mph. Almost an out and back. Good hot coffee, very cold feet.

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My River Avon to River Avon cycleway

My visit to 'Bespoked 2012' was actually the 'main dish' of a three-course cycling day. The 'hors d'oeuvre' had already been served very very chilled – a freezing, early morning ride to Salisbury train station to catch the 0730 departure to Bristol. The compensation was going to be a 'hot dessert' – my ride home […]

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My First 100 Mile Bike Ride

Magazines at various times have articles which suggest there are random things to do before you die/reach 50 etc. I have completed quite a few of the tasks that often appear (both legal and illegal) but one goal, which up to April 1st 2012 had eluded me, was to cycle 100 miles in a day. […]

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Bespoked 2 (the sequel) – more 'bike porn'

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Hilary's post regarding Bespoked 2012. I too attended the show and her photos reminded me of some of the fantastic craftmanship that was on display. Melanie, my wife. took a different view, accusing me of ogling 'bike porn' again...charming! Rather than repeat much of Hilary's post (and because her photos are […]

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ManxCat dilly-dallies in the Dales

I had entered The Marcher Audax in Shropshire organised by Andrew Seabourne and was looking forward to the challenge, until my health got the better of me again. I tested a 200km on the island and miserably failed it. As the Marcher Lord is a 3,000m climb Audax, I swapped it for the 100km ride […]

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Anglezarke Reservoir from Healey Nab

Heapey Fold Lane 1st April: Rivington / Sheep House Lane / Ice Cream Corner / Jepson's Farm / Waterman's Cottage / Hen Alley / White Coppice / Heapey / Wheelton / Heapey Road / Healey Nab / Parson's Bullough Road / Sheep House Lane / Rivington Almost the same spot, almost a year ago (later […]

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