Your ride today....

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by gbb, 30 Mar 2008.

  1. pjd57

    pjd57 Über Member

    Going by their on line reports last night , yes they are suffering, I'll be interested to see how they get on today.
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  2. jongooligan

    jongooligan Guru

    Behind bars
    Once did a charidee ride from Knottingley to Scarborough (about 70 miles) with some blokes like that. One renowed tight fisted git had turned up on a BSO wearing jeans. He absolutely refused to spend any money on bike maintenance or specialist clothing. Fair play to him, he got to Scarborough.

    Where he threw his bike into the sea and vowed never to ride again.
  3. Reynard

    Reynard Guru

    Cambridgeshire, UK
    Can't "like", but mend quickly xxx :hugs:
  4. Old jon

    Old jon Veteran

    Bright again, how wonderful! Not had a ride since Friday last but today is the day to cure that. Wheel out the geared bike and head off on a route that my subconscious popped into my head.

    Not strictly accurate of course, I have been intending to do this ride for a while but other stuff intrudes now and then. A bit of Holbeck first, it is the easy way to Office Lock and the canal towpath. Ride along to the usual spot to leave, cross the river and start the climb up Cardigan Road. It is a rare day that Headingley is quiet, today was not rare at all. A left turn at the end of North Lane provides the chance to ride up to Lawnswood, and once across the Ring Road another left gives a further test of stamina as the road, and this rider, continues uphill to the water tower at Cookridge. Keep on though, the downhill starts soon. And shortly after the next left turn it is back in the low gears again. Cross the Bradford to Harrogate road, heading for the top of the Chevin, a quick and interesting descent into Otley, one I have not ridden in some time. Loads of fun! Now for the popped bit, cross the river and turn right onto Farnley Lane. No surprise, this is uphill. But the other side is not . . .

    After the end of the video, the road crosses the River Washburn. The third river today and the only crossing with a bridge house. Probably called that ‘cos it is next to the bridge. Anyway, turn right here and ride to a different junction with the Bradford / Harrogate road to turn right yet again, heading for Pool in Wharfedale, given its Sunday name to let you know the River Wharfe is about to be crossed again. The direct way back is up Pool Bank, a bit steep and long for today. Turn right and ride the very familiar road back to Otley, where a couple of left turns point me up the Leeds Road for a hill I can ride up.

    This is odd. All morning there have been lots of folk on bikes. It is Tuesday, a working day for many, and I have seen more riders than would be expected on a Saturday. Couples and single riders, no big groups. On minor roads, roads where I rarely see anyone. Such quiet roads that I am rarely passed, not that I have any speed, just that the roads are little used. So, Leeds Road out of Otley and three cyclists pass me before the bypass roundabout is reached. Four or five more before I reached the top. And lots going the other way, as has been the case all morning. Good to see.

    Still travelling homewards though, through Bramhope and straight on at the roundabout at the end of the village, the A 660 all the way until Headingley is reached again. Still lots of other cyclists about, and after the right turn to Kirkstall and the return to the towpath, that had extra added riders also. The towpath is a good warm down, if that is the correct term, and if I need such a thing. Whizz through a bit of Hunslet, up the last short rise and home with a grin after thirty four miles, and a disappointing two feet less than 1800 of climbing. Such a good ride though!

    Ups and Downs, and round and rounds

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  5. 13 rider

    13 rider Guru

    Ouch . Heal quickly @gavgav
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  6. Donger

    Donger Convoi Exceptionnel

    Quedgeley, Glos.
    Hope you didn't drop the catch, @gavgav . Wishing you back on the bike ASAP. Cheers, Donger.
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  7. gavroche

    gavroche Getting old but not past it

    North Wales
    Lovely day today and after finishing the kitchen cupboard doors for my stepdaughter which I will fit tomorrow, I went for a 26 miles ride with the intention of showing you some photos of the beautiful countryside here in North Wales.
    With that in mind, I took my favourite pocket camera and went. When I stopped to take the first picture, the bloody thing wouldn't turn on as the battery was dead flat!!:angry: Needless to say, it is now on charge and you will have to wait until next time I ride or next time I am in the mood to take pictures.
    I enjoyed my two hour ride and the scenery that came with it.
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  8. Reynard

    Reynard Guru

    Cambridgeshire, UK
    Another ride today - about 12 miles in total plus about three miles on foot - once again in the company of Wiggy #2, the Chartres, to investigate other spots where I know there are filberts in the hedgerows.

    So off via Downham Common and California and onto the Ely Road. Orwell Pit drew a blank - that hedge has been cut back so hard that you can see right through it. An about face was called for and I retraced my wheel tracks along Brick Kiln Lane. There I make a swing for Bield Drove heading to Chettisham Meadows and Wood Fen.

    Bield Drove is gravel, just about passable on a hybrid, but then that peters out and becomes a rutted grass track. So it's off the bike and wheeling it along for about a mile and a half. This would be great on a hardtail, but I don't have one... Yet... :whistle:

    It's a fair while since I was down there, and some of the bushes I remember picking from in years past have been cut down. :sad: The remaining ones had been well picked over except for the top and bottom branches - it's an area very popular with dog walkers. I did pick some as I'd taken the trouble to get down there. But I won't be going back as the nuts are small and not of any particular quality.

    So I made my way back to my favourite spot and stripped what I could reach, filling another pannier.

    And then I rode home. :smile:
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  9. gavgav

    gavgav Guru

    That’s what I was more annoyed with, I did and he went on to get a 50! :thumbsdown: Thanks for the good wishes :okay:
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  10. Aravis

    Aravis Here for the ride.

    I tried to write up yesterday's ride on the day for once, but was falling asleep on the keyboard.

    I hadn't headed westwards much this year, and as were now in late summer, Hay-on-Wye with a return through Herefordshire's Golden Valley looked a good idea. The outward ride took me through the centre of Hereford, approaching across Mordiford Bridge over the river Lugg. Before that there's another Golden Valley, near Newent. This one, I think, is named on account of a seasonal display of yellow flowers rather than golden fields of wheat or a pun on the name of a river. Who knows?

    Nowadays I have a stress-free route through Hereford, no jousting with traffic, but soon after leaving the city I started to seen signs indicating a road closure at Dorestone [sic] which meant riding the best part of the Golden Valley was in doubt. Never mind, I carried on as intended along the other B-road heading for Hay through the drumlins near Moccas Park. This road was designated as the diversion, not that you'd know it from the very sparse traffic. I crossed the river Wye at Bredwardine and at Whitney. At the latter there were cars getting in a right pickle with the traffic lights and the automatic toll barrier, something which didn't inconvenience me in the slightest! ^_^

    After Hay I began to pick up a following wind and progressed, slightly anxiously, towards the threatened closure. There was a gentleman stationed to prevent cyclists trying to get through, but there's a little road on the other side of the river by-passing the obstruction and rejoining the main road at Peterchurch. On this bit I joined up with an 82-year-old called Stan who was riding an e-bike. He'd been a 100-mile and 12 hour time-triallist in his day. Haven't they all? He also spoke disconcertingly about what he used to do when he was young like me. After we parted at Peterchurch he pointed his machine at one of the steepest hills in the area. A nice encounter.

    The bit of road I had to miss probably has the best views of the valley, which is a shame. But I have a couple of pictures to capture the essence:


    The return journey was pretty uneventful. The natural route involves a few miles on the main A49 to Ross, which with the wind largely behind was mercifully quick. It amazes me that stretches like that used to be my roads of choice.

    This was a day that seemed to start in autumn and finish in summer. The final distance was 112.3 miles, at a pace which allowed plenty of time to enjoy the views.
  11. AndreaJ

    AndreaJ Well-Known Member

    Ouch GWS
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  12. DCBassman

    DCBassman Veteran

    Oof, sore, get well soon!
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  13. Rickshaw Phil

    Rickshaw Phil Overconfidentii Vulgaris Moderator

    I also can't give a like for this. I hope it'll heal quickly.
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  14. Rickshaw Phil

    Rickshaw Phil Overconfidentii Vulgaris Moderator

    August hasn't been a brilliant month for weather so far so I hadn't got my imperial century challenge ride in yet. Yesterday looked reasonably good though so I got ready for an early start and aimed for Lake Vyrnwy using the Raleigh.

    I was on the road by 7am and headed round the edge of Shrewsbury to Montford Bridge, Shrawardine, Pentre, The Royal Hill, Crosslanes, Measbrook, Waen Wen and paused for my first stop of the day in my usual spot at Llynclys. I got on fairly well for this first bit and there weren't any incidents worth of note. The forecast was for a westerly wind all day but for the first couple of hours it was actually more south or south-westerly which suited me just fine.

    Starting off again, the next stage is up the Tanat Valley. I needed to cross the notorious Llynclys crossroads which was busy so took a little while to get a gap. Fortunately a kind motorist on the main road slowed and waved some of the traffic across otherwise I'd have been there even longer.

    I had a bit of a moment at the Llansantffraid turning when a driver waiting to turn right failed to see me and started pulling out into my path. The brakes work well on the Raleigh.:okay: That was followed less than half a mile later by someone overtaking me into the face of oncoming traffic.:ohmy: Fortunately the rest of the trip up the valley was better and I just trundled along against what was now a headwind.

    After the turning near Llanrhaeadr the road has been surface dressed since I was last here but is a rare example of it being done well as I didn't find many lumps hidden by the new surfacing.

    After Pedair Fordd there was a welly in the road - looked fairly new and like it was an expensive one. I suspect there is going to be a very annoyed farmer around somewhere.

    At Pen-Y-Bont-Fawr the climb up through Hirnant begins. Last time I was here I found that I struggled for energy up this climb, but not so today. I wasn't quick but it never felt too much of an effort and the descent the other side was great with the road being quiet so I could take a line to avoid the worst of the bad surface.

    I had another pause for a bite to eat upon reaching the dam then set out for my first lap of the lake. With legs tired after the climb over the hills I wasn't expecting too much but the speed wound up to around 16mph which stayed a comfortable cruising speed pretty much all the way round.

    Back at the dam I headed for the Old Barn Cafe only to be reminded that it doesn't open on a Tuesday so had to settle for Artisans instead (There is nothing wrong with Artisans other than it being the first place visitors see on arrival, so it tends to be very busy). As I was locking the bike up a chap with an electric bike asked whether I was just starting or just finishing. He looked crestfallen when I said where I had come from and that I was at the halfway point.:shy:

    Having had my coffee it was time for the second lap of the lake. I took this one a bit more gently to start with (cafe legs) and paused a few times for photos. I came across a couple of ladies having trouble with a slipping saddle but they appeared to have sorted it by the time I arrived. There were a few more cyclists about by now - I did a couple of overtakes but the majority seemed to be going in the other direction. There were more motorcyclists about as well so having my lights on for where it's dark under the trees seemed a good idea.

    Once at the end of the lake I picked up the tailwind I'd been hoping for all ride so far and the speed crept up until I was cruising along at a comfortable 18-20 mph .:hyper: Really enjoyed that!

    After another stop for my packed lunch I dropped away from the lake down towards Llanwddyn, heading for the second climb over the hills. Before reaching the village, something large and buzzy got into my helmet. Pulling over to get rid of it I coincidentally stopped right next to a prototype of the next generation Land Rover Defender.

    Once again, the climb into the hills was easier than last time I was here and I took the alternative way back past Cwm Fedw. Once the climb after Pen-Y-Bont-Fawr was out of the way the tailwind swept me back down the Tanat Valley at a very pleasing rate of knots. The traffic could have behaved a bit better but it didn't spoil the enjoyment. I had a pause at Llynclys again then headed through The Wood, Argoed, Kinnerley, Pentre, Great Ness and back to Montford Bridge for the last few miles to home. The traffic along here was less well behaved and I had three overtakes that were too close to pinch points for my liking so when I started to flag a bit along Roman Road it wasn't too hard a decision to head for the cycle path instead.

    105.2 miles for the day at 14.3 mph average with a 34.4 mph maximum. I really enjoyed that one - the bike just felt right the whole way round.

    A bit too early in the day for a pub stop. The Black Horse at Maesbrook.

    A pause at Pedair Fordd.

    The speed patrol is out at Pen-Y-Bont-Fawr. :whistle:

    On my way up Cwm Hirnant.

    Arrival at Llyn Efyrnwy.

    At the cafe stop.

    About halfway round the second lap of the lake.

    Sparkling water as I get near to the dam again.

    Land Rover prototype on test. They are probably en route to go up and down Bwlch Y Groes a few times.

    Heading back over the hills again on my way home.
  15. srw

    srw It's a bit more complicated than that...

    The first one is bugging me. It's a fairly typical design for a 19th century cemetery chapel, but with some unusual characteristics that make it very distinctive - and very familiar. Is it in Abingdon or just nearby?

    And the second is the County Hall. The Town Hall is an ugly 60s building tucked away down a side street.
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