I`m done.....

iandg

Legendary Member
We've just left the EU - the forecast for the UK is bright and sunny :whistle:
Seriously though. Comes a time when we've all had enough of something.

I had enough in 1981 and stopped being a 'serious' racer, stopped chasing national ambition and returned to club runs and local time trials. In 1984 I went for a steady ride around local lanes to relax and clear my head after a day's revision for my degree and had an argument with a car driver who forced me into a ditch and then threatened me ( I was lucky to get away without a black eye/broken nose, he was a big guy). I decided that I wasn't getting the same enjoyment out of cycling anymore and stopped completely and started running.

I came back in the early 90s when my dad bought me a Saracen Tuff Trax mtb (out of some inheritance money from his brother). I started riding off-road at weekends on Cannock Chase and slowly the passion returned.

Take care and all the best. :okay:
 
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SpokeyDokey

Into my 64th
Moderator
It's been a mild winter so far. We've had much worse winters than this

https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/research/climate/maps-and-data/summaries/index

January was average rainfall and was 2 degrees warmer than average. The OP getting fed up with cycling isn't to do with unusually bad weather
Well, I live in the bit of Cumbria that's showing a lot more rain than the usual average and a lot less sun than the usual average which coincides nicely with my on the ground assessment of it being utter shoot weather this winter.

Being slightly warmer than average temperatures does you no favour whatsoever when you live in the lee of a mountain range that precipitates and decants sodden south-westerlies upon you. :sad:

Give me a north or north-easterly fueled chill any time over this grey skied nonsense.

:tongue: :smile:
 

BigMeatball

Well-Known Member
Being slightly warmer than average temperatures does you no favour whatsoever when you live in the lee of a mountain range that precipitates and decants sodden south-westerlies upon you. :sad:
if anything, being slightly warmer makes it even worse because you also sweat more :laugh:
 
Time for a fully enclosed velomobile? Or a rain jacket? :laugh:

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I've been where you are, only it was terrible drivers that did my head in and stopped riding for a good 6 months, sadly it was the summer months I missed out on, not this crap winter. I still don't cycle as much as I used to, but getting back into it now I've moved and have quieter and safer roads to navigate, buying a new ebike helped my motivation too.
 
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ColinJ

Puzzle game developer
No point in doing something you do not like doing if you do not need to, life is too short.
I wish someone had told me that 60 years ago! :laugh:

Just to make sure that I've fully grasped the concept - everyone should try to spend their lives doing important things, and preferably things that they actually enjoy doing? If so, I am going to have a go at living like that. Once I have finished doing the unimportant, boring things, naturally! :whistle:
 
I wish someone had told me that 60 years ago! :laugh:

Just to make sure that I've fully grasped the concept - everyone should try to spend their lives doing important things, and preferably things that they actually enjoy doing? If so, I am going to have a go at living like that. Once I have finished doing the unimportant, boring things, naturally! :whistle:
I wonder how many of us would do a lot of things differently if we had our time again. Could think of quite a few things.
 

ianbarton

Senior Member
Nope....January actual rainfall in the UK was 100% of the average for January. It was.....average. December was a bit wetter than average (117%), November was slightly drier than average (97%)
Interesting. I haven't checked our local stats. but it has been one of the wettest Autumns/Winters I can remember. We have only planted a bit more than 50% of lour winter crops. The fields are wetter than anyone can remember. Most winters we get some dry windy periods which dry things out, but we haven't really had any this year.
 

Roger Longbottom

Well-Known Member
Wales has had more than it's fair share of rain this winter. We have a field behind us and at times it has looked more like a lake.
Unfortunately a load more to come this weekend, but now being part of Boris's Post Brexit Reunited Kingdom loads of help and money will be sent from Westminster!!!!!
 

ColinJ

Puzzle game developer
The OP is a relatively young chap, plenty of life left for changes :okay:
Ha - old(-ish!) age creeps up on you while you are thinking that you still have plenty of time - example. I am another 12 years older than that now (and 19 years older than the teacher in the story)!

As for cycling in the wind and rain... I haven't cycled much since the end of October. I lost about 50% of my fitness, and need to get stuck in, but I agree with the OP about riding in these conditions. I went to do a session on my turbo trainer instead last night and... got a puncture! (Strictly speaking - a small split in a seam on the tube.)
 

vickster

Legendary Member
I'm on around 350 miles for the year, I don't bike commute now (usually 3 days at home, 1 day in London office, use public transport). I am trying to select my non-working day in accordance with bike-friendly weather :okay:
 

Dave7

Guru
Location
Cheshire
Must say i agree with you i am fed up of getting soaked and freezing cold then theres all the cleaning of both bike and kit. So i am taking a break until the weather improves and tbh looking forward to cycling again. will be keeping a look on gumtree etc never know may pick up a great deal?
I am with the 'fair weather cycling' club but what I dont understand is all this 'bike cleaning' malarky.
In my 20s (ok many years ago:sad:) I cycled to work all through winter & summer and dont recall ever cleaning my bike. Oil the chain and that was it. I dont recall any problems as a result. What am I missing?
 
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