Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by gbb, 30 Mar 2008.
Can you post the route ?
Might be a bit I don't know.
A functional trip today, all in Glasgow. South then East.
If anyone is looking for a cafe heading east out the city, Tollcross rd. Wellshot cafe and dele.
Tea and a fantastic scone £2:60.
Here - start from the Squiggly bridge (just before the Riverboat casino), take the South West cycle route.
Pollock park confuses me. Cycled through it loads of times and never seem to come out again where I expect to be.
Nice place though. We are lucky in Glasgow having so many parks.
Just as I set out on my mountain bike it started to rain. Now I had planned to go out in a westerly direction, but with the clay round here I wimped it. At the bottom of the village I turned left, towards Cambridge.
The bridle way here was fairly clean all the way to Coton village.
I then took a footpath up to a Madingley cemetery, then a bridle way down the side of the cemetery and on to Madingley village
The A428 verges still have some colour.
Into Dry Drayton then more bridleways over to Childerley. I saw a lovely buzzard here.
In all it was one of those uninspiring rides, so I came home after 12 miles
Roll on spring!
The wind was brutal... didn't enjoy it...turned round and took a short cut home..an unenjoyable 27 miles.
Now going to spend the afternoon at the pub as my reward!!
another trip to the east end of Glasgow this morning then headed back into the city via Glasgow green and along the clydeside to Yoker.
On to the canal and headed back to Maryhill .
The canal passes over the River Kelvin here.
The hill in the background is the street I was born in ; Fingal St. ; 62 years ago.
The high flats are famous ....Craiglang, Still Game, Jack and Victor live there..
I passed @Pat "5mph" favourite bike counter as well.
3,600 already this year.
Great numbers considerin nug many people use the gate a few yards up the road.
Afternoon edit. I wasn't in long and was asked to pick up a couple of things from the shops
Hybrid + panniers and off again
A Saturday morning ride for me for a change. 27.8 miles out to Arlingham and the far end of Frampton and back. A bit breezy, but the rain just about stayed away. The roads were filthy though, with slippery mud all over them. Had a great wildlife encounter this morning, as I rode through Elmore. At the far side of a field to my left, a fox was scampering along at exactly the same speed as me for about 30 seconds, so I had a really good view of him, with his brush flying out behind. Made my day. A few pictures:
1.Newnham on Severn (& Forest of Dean beyond) seen from the Old Passage at Arlingham:
2. The church at Newnham:
3. The Gloucester & Sharpness Canal at Frampton on Severn:
Oh well, that's it from me. Cheers,
Excellent XC ride today ,20 miles on my hard tail following SinL ..shattered.
I was just starting to cramp with 2 miles to go..
then had to go to work to sort a flood..
So whilst the South of Germany has been experiencing record snowfall, here it has just been incessantly raining for weeks. So with full waterproofs on, I decided to head out today and give my new Gravel Tyres a test. I headed of into the forest, just to west of my house, and spent a happy fifteen kilometres meandering over a combination of gravel Tracks, dirt tracks, cobbles and sand. Navigation was challenging, with no two maps agreeing on which paths existed, so it was a case of keep heading west over anything that looked vaguely possible to get through. The only obstacles to hinder me were the large patches of sand I encountered from time to time. After reaching the next town I crossed the river and took the National cycle trail that follows the south side of the river home. Again it was a combination of single track and gravel roads. Great fun was had despite the teeming rain and I needed hosing down before my wife would let me back in, I was absolutely plastered in mud!
In total it was 34km with an average speed of 18.1km and a maximum of 28km which was on one of the short sections of road. Overall I'm dead impressed by the tyres and the way it transforms my old Super Galaxy into a gravel bike. I've had a lot of fun and it's opened up a whole new world of possible routes for me.
Out on the Giant this morning and the forecast warned it would be breezy, but blooming 'eck!
I'd sort of half formulated a plan to head out into the "breeze" to Otley with the theory I'd have a nice tailwind virtually all the way back.
Coal Road and Red Hall Lane were slow going, but the sprint down the A58 was better, then Whin Moor Lane to Shadwell and the climb up to Slaid Hill lights were frankly a bit of a grind. I stuck with it though and turned left onto Wigton Lane for the run to Alwoodley Gates, still into the wind.
I was making slow progress even on the drop down to the traffic lights and then when I saw Alwoodley Lane was closed for roadworks the decision was made - Otley was cancelled!
I turned round and headed back along Wigton Lane, now wind assisted and where I'd been struggling to maintain double figures heading the other way, I was now bowling along at over 20mph while trying to plot an alternative route in my head.
Left at the end onto Wike Ridge Lane and through the dip, then another wind assisted shove along Tarn Lane all the way to Scarcroft, where Ling Lane took me back to the A58 for the downhill run to Collingham.
I briefly stopped on the edge of Bardsey for a pic by the sign for the ABC thread and then deciding that any lingering plans for a metric half were out of the window, turned into the village for a couple of pics, outside the church and The Bingley Arms, England's oldest pub:
Back on the bike and out to the A58 and on to Collingham (another ABC pic), before deciding I'd had enough of muppet drivers (more of this later) and it was time to get onto some quieter lanes.
For reasons that aren't entirely clear, I chose to ride up the Col de Jewitt Lane.
My fitness has definitely taken a dip over the last few months, but I hauled myself up the first section, passing a couple of MTB'ers, and popped my lungs back in as I took every last drop of respite from the very slight dip / level section that followed before it ramped up again.
There is a bale out onto Compton Lane about 50 yards shy of the summit, but being obstinate I ground out every last inch of the hill, before the sheer pleasure of the slight drop over the crest.
Jewitt Lane is then generally gently downwards between the fields for a good mile or two which gave me an opportunity to recover, but now I was being blasted by a solid side wind at every gate and gap in the hedges.
Enough was enough and as I climbed up onto Holme Farm Lane I decided it was time to head for home. This meant riding into the wind for a bit, then more side wind shenanigans along Milner Lane before the drop into Thorner.
Once in the village I nearly took Carr Lane, but decided I'd instead straight up Sandhills - I'm not going to get fit taking the easy option am I?
It wasn't pretty, but it wasn't as bad as I'd feared, although I did get passed by a couple of groups of riders on the way.
Skeltons Lane was into the wind (again), but then I got a bit of a push down Coal Road and the local roads to home.
21.72 miles in 1h 53m at just 11.4 mph with 1,177 ft climbed and an average temperature of just 4.0°C
It would have been nice to get another point in the half century challenge, but it just wasn't happening today.
It seemed like a bit of a grind at the time, but it's probably character forming or something and at least I got out for a couple of hours.
That looks unlikely for tomorrow as with even stronger winds of 30-40 mph forecast any Sunday cycling will be on the turbo trainer.
I don't know if today was just one of those days, but I genuinely lost count of the number of close passes and general cockwomblery by drivers out there today. If I had cameras on the bike I could probably keep the local constabulary busy for a week.
Anyway - to end, the map:
I am attempting a Round the Year Randoneurs Award which entails completing at least a 200km ride in Audax time every month, 12 months in a row. If you skip one (even if it’s your 12th) you start from scratch again. I am entered to do a ride at the end of this month, but as there is the slight possibility we may get hit by the Scandanavian Snow Bomb, I thought I would be cautious and do one today in case. (I am 10 months into the challenge) For what was forecast to be a dry and warm day, it chucked it down for the first 6 hours! Lucky it was warm. This ride wasn’t scheduled or planned, so earlier in the week I had done 2 hard turbo sessions, hand dug ditches for 2 days and done tree and hedge work for 2 days. I was exhausted before I even got on my bike this morning at 06:00. How I got round today is anyone’s guess.
The Spa Cycles Elan slacking up against a fence again.
Allo allo. This morning I saw a tink p*ssing by.
60km headwind accross Salisbury Plain today. Exhausted.
Since I dislike hills, I figured that for 2019 I'd try and do more of them, focusing on elevation gain rather than distance. Anyone who lives along the Thames will know how flat it is, so climbing is done via a series of shorter hills, typically 30-60m climbing on each. Anything bigger means a longer ride to the Surrey Hills etc etc.
This morning was 18 miles with 332m gained, pathetic!!
On the plus side, I've just invited myself on a work colleagues ride into Wales, which promises @ColinJ levels of climbing
First proper ride on the modified Trek, and a great success it is too. Forgot camera again...
Familiar NCN27 route via central Tavistock, NCN270, then out to Clearbrook on 27 itself.
Given that I'm riding a bike 10lb heavier than before, I was going to see if the revised gearing could get me up the Col de Leg O'Mutton any better than the 2 stops I managed a few weeks ago. Switching it right down to 28/34, I actually pedalled all the way up in one go! Yay! Mind you, felt like I only just survived it...Then on out to Clearbrook and return. Descending was much more fun than on the Scott, mainly due to more confidence in the much more powerful brakes. Full four-finger levers can do quite a job on V-brakes!
And so comfortable on the big City Jets.
So much more fun than the Scott that I'm seriously considering doing similar things to the Claud Butler so that both my bikes are this much fun.
Anybody want a flat bar roadie?
Edit: 17.7 miles, 8.9mph, overall climb 675ft.
Today's ride was a multi-purpose trip - I had a pair of Aftershokz headphones delivered earlier in the week thanks to Premium Bond prize money, so why not test out how much battery and data conusption they take out of the phone while streaming some radio, and at the same time get a bit of food & drink in for the weekend.
There was no hurry so I used the Voodoo to do a mixed on/off road route starting out heading in the 'wrong' direction to get to the first off road section of Candlet Track, then in to Felixstowe where I picked up a very slow puncture somewhere on the second off road section of Hyams Lane - so slow I could still do another 3 miles after I felt the rear tyre going soft to pick the spot by on the seafront to replace the tube while sat on a bench. Once fixed, I carried on into the Town centre and back along the seafront following my commuting route before cutting back inland to get the shopping. After that it was up into Walton & across the A14 to start the run home which was mostly off road again along a bridleway that follows the Dock rail freight line and then up through Christmasyard Wood to Trimley. Normally I'd use the Keeper's Track/Gaymer's Lane bridleways, but the railway crossing point is closed off due the dualling of the line to accomodate extra freight traffic adding a 3 mile detour to a very pleasant, slow paced ride.
Just for info - 2 1/4 hours out in total (including shopping, stops & puncture fixing), 55mb of data used streaming 5live on BBC iPlayer radio app and 15% battery used with Bluetooth connection for the headphones (Moto G4 phone) plus the ride stats below
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