Your ride today....

ianbarton

Über Member
the hill, unfortunately when I got to the old railway bridge the road was flooded. It looked too deep to ride through and I couldn’t see the end of it so I had to turn round and go back through the mud up the hill and take a detour to Hampton Wood, Breadon Heath and back onto Stocks Lane by the school. Crossed over to the lane by the church to Lyneal, Northwood and home.
That hill is steep! I always try to go that way in descent. However, I wouldn't have fancied wading through that flood.
 

AndreaJ

Über Member
Yesterday looked as though it might be the only decent weather this week. After an unpromising start to the day when I took the dog for a walk in the morning the weather cleared up at lunch time. I decided to explore some of the back lanes in Whixall. It's very easy to get lost and there are skeletons of cyclists who have tried in vain to escape the confusing web of unsignposted lanes.

I turned off into Ash Lane from Ash Parva. This is usually very muddy, but the recent biblical floods have mostly cleared the road. There is a bit of a challenge crossing the A41. There is a gap in the Armco barriers which allows cyclists to cross over. The road is very busy and you have to pick your moment. If you survive crossing the road it's a pleasant ride into Tilstock, where I paused to photograph the Church. Once you leave Tilstock it's straight into the maze of lanes. I hadn't been down this road for a while, but luckily I emerged onto the T Junction at Hollinwood near to the canal and I regained my bearings. From here I was on my often cycled back lanes and soon arrived at the turn off just before Dobsons Bridge. From there it's straightforward navigation back to Prees and the steep hill up to the church. A long downhill stretch took me back to the A49. This is in the middle of a long straight bit of road, so you get a good view of HGV's as they thunder towards you.

Once over the A49 I headed back to Ightfield, where a light drizzle started. No worries I wasn't too far from home. 51km cycled and 300 metres of ascent. I realized that I hadn't stopped at all on the ride and hadn't eaten anything, so I enjoyed several mugs of coffee and some almond slices.



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Crossing the dual carriageway.

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Tilstock Church.

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I often get people who are lost in Whixall asking for directions, usually after they’ve been going round in circles for ages first!
 

Donger

Convoi Exceptionnel
Location
Quedgeley, Glos.
After my ridiculous encounter with a pilot whale on my last ride, I decided to return to the scene of the sighting, and headed for Framilode church, via another stretch of riverbank just a mile further downstream. Of course, nothing happened, and there was very little point in just staring at the water wanting a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence to occur again next time out. I did get a handful of photos of the area, though .... looking nice in the spring-like sunshine.
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So, after a few extraordinary sightings in the last few rides, to summarise my wildlife spotting on Severnside today:
Deer .. 0; Flocks of cranes .. 0; Pilot whales .. 0; Pheasants .. s**t loads. So back to normal then. 19.5 very enjoyable lycra miles.
Cheers, Donger.
 

twentysix by twentyfive

Clinging on tightly
Location
Over the Hill
What's the plural of crocus? Crocuses or crocii? Anyway Mrs 26 wanted to ride to Coddington to view the display. As we rode away from Malvern we bumped into John B of the local CTC. So we were able to have a brief if distanced catch up. Then onward by the bank of snowdrops at The Knapp & Papermill. After admiring the crocus Mrs 26 headed homeward from Peg's Farm while I ventured over the Munsley lump for a run alongside The Marcles. It had been a bit of a struggle in the wind at times but I now had it helping a bit as I headed back from Much Marcle. 2 ravens and the odd buzzard seemed to think spring is on the way. 53 smiles
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AndreaJ

Über Member
Another sunny morning so I decided to head into Whixall where I was fairly confident there would be no floods. Started out towards Northwood and into Whixall for a change I turned down Maltkiln Lane to cross the canal then back down the next lane to follow the tow path to Roving Bridge crossing back over the canal to the crossroads at Hollinswood. Keeping with the theme over another bridge to Fenns Bank, Fenns Wood turning over the last bridge to Alkington. Took the first turning to Tilstock then back to Hollinswood where I got a puncture ☹, another big thorn. At least it was almost warm and sunny this time. Sorted the puncture and carried on to Waterloo, Horton and home. 22.5 miles. Saw quite a few other cyclists out today.
Picture from the first bridge.
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ebikeerwidnes

Über Member
Normally read this thread and catch up

but not today

PITA ride where I was into the wind ALL the way back - then decided to go along a 'black path' at the back of our house to see what the people making all the noise with chainsaaw etc had been doing

hence left turn off road while slowing down
bike did NOT want to turn but did
so did another slow turn left then one right

and fell off!!!!

front puncture AGAIN
That'ss the problem with goo in the tyres - it fixes the damn hole so you can't find it

so THAT'S IS - the old tyre that came with the bike is going to the spares shed and I'm getting Marathons

must have had a puncture every 2 weeks or so recently!!!
 

gavgav

Guru
My first ride in 11 days, due to the snow and ice, followed by rain. Met up with Doug, after working and we set out into the cool and very windy early evening. Nice to head out whilst still properly light though, which means Spring is coming and I think we all need that, especially this year. Soon got dark though!!

We began by heading through Betton Abbots, with some nasty side winds making it tricky in places and then turned into the strong headwind to Condover, before the steady climb up to Berriewood. I’d lost Doug on this climb and paused before the steep descent and then climb back up to Frodesley, for him to catch up and to make sure he was ok. He was struggling a bit, having not ridden much for a while now, but still said he was enjoying himself.

From Frodesley we had the wind mostly behind us and got some good speed up down to Acton Burnell and Pitchford, before the climb up to Cantlop. I’d lost Doug again and so pulled in at the top of the climb, to wait for him. I’d started to get a bit concerned, as he didn’t appear for a while, but he eventually did and said he’d hit a pothole, which had put him off a bit. We checked wheels and all were ok. He was struggling quite a bit though and so he decided to take the shorter route back home, rather than follow me back to mine.

It was really good to be out again and I’m hoping the weather will allow some more regular rides again now, although the next few days look rubbish.

16.8 miles at 11.4 mph avg and a surprising 950ft of climbing.
 

Old jon

Guru
Location
Leeds
There’s a change! Little splashes in the bird bath. Yup, it is raining. Just as the forecast reckoned it would. Well, it might wash some muck off the Spa, as long as I take it out for a ride.

So I did. And it was good to be out and riding, I don’t think there has been enough of it this year. Might be the legs think otherwise, they had best become used to it. Mostly east was the intention this morning, and it happened that way. Out to John o’ Gaunts through Hunslet. Not the most scenic, post industrial mess might be a fair description. Through Woodlesford, passing the railway station, then turn left to ride under the railway lines. Canal, still flooded fields, and River Aire to cross next on the way to Swillington.

A bit of breeze assistance through there, most welcome. At the top of the descent to Garforth, you can also see Hook Moor wind farm. This morning I never noticed it, maybe because I intended to pass nearer to it later. Across the railway bridge, a bit more of Garforth and then cross the motorway, which looked busy. Ride right next to the wind farm on the way to the gates of Lotherton Hall and turn left. This is Lotherton Lane, and there is a bench seat at the top, properly placed but with a limited view. Good to lean the bike on while eating.

Down the hill, into Aberford, a right and a left, careful of the ironmongery spread across that last turn, and this is Cattle Lane. No beasts using it this morning, though there was one of those enormous tractors, travelling in the other direction, if that counts. This road goes up a bit and then drops to cross Cock Beck. And then climbs again to Barwick in Elmet.


After leaving the village it occurred to me that the A58 would still be closed to traffic towards Leeds. Had to put the grey cell in gear to try and work out a way around that. By the time I had left Scholes, yup, a diversion decided on. Still head for the A58 along Thorner, Skeltons and Red Hall Lanes, then turn right on the A58, as far as Whin Moor Lane. Then Shadwell, Slaid Hill and away from there to cross the Ring Road at Moortown, to take Harrogate Road towards Leeds.

Around two sides of Potternewton Park to aim for the end of Roseville Road, and then the usual route home, crossing the Aire at Crown Point, in the rain, and that last pedal to home and a grin. Thirty two miles and a bit more than 1700 feet made a welcome ride this morning.

Maps in two planes . . .

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Location
South East
A short ride to post the COVID test, and enjoy the last of the sunshine before the rain, and had to stop short in a pub car park to fix a snakebite!
I had just jumped a pothole, (which I knew was there) but being overtaken by a car, decided to keep my speed.
On landing, had an almost instant deflation and the tyre came off.
I left the wheel on, and tried the Scab, no adhesion, tried a Topeak patch, and again, no adhesion, so changed the tube.
Time saw me change direction towards the more local postbox, and I get home just as it started to rain.
So, just 5.5 miles today. Better than not going though.
2 tubes on order from Wiggle, due tomorrow, and a new patch kit, the old style, as I think that will be more reliable; I’m not sure why the 2 peel off patches didn’t stick?
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ebikeerwidnes

Über Member
A short ride to post the COVID test, and enjoy the last of the sunshine before the rain, and had to stop short in a pub car park to fix a snakebite!
I had just jumped a pothole, (which I knew was there) but being overtaken by a car, decided to keep my speed.
On landing, had an almost instant deflation and the tyre came off.
I left the wheel on, and tried the Scab, no adhesion, tried a Topeak patch, and again, no adhesion, so changed the tube.
Time saw me change direction towards the more local postbox, and I get home just as it started to rain.
So, just 5.5 miles today. Better than not going though.
2 tubes on order from Wiggle, due tomorrow, and a new patch kit, the old style, as I think that will be more reliable; I’m not sure why the 2 peel off patches didn’t stick?
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I prefer proper old type patches

but the ones I have at the moment - cheap from Chine but looked OK
are b***y awful - foil on the back peals off with difficulty
then you stick it on the rubber stuff
and then you are supposed to peal off the plastic covering on the other side
which is damn near impossible without also pealing of the whole damn patch

but LBS only has self adhesive ones now - or a full puncture kit which I don't need!!!
In the old day I could go to the LBS and get a pack of 20 (or so ) new patches and a bigger tube of rubber stuff to top up the original repair kit which always dried up a week after first use!
but nowaday we have the WWW - and you order stuff with no idea if it is good or rubbish

grumble grumble moan winge
 
Location
South East
@ebikeerwidnes yes, I’m beginning to agree, although, I repaired a tube on the tandem with scabs, and never even had to change the tube, even during the following 2 years!
I’ll go back to the glue and patch method, but at least I’ll have a spare tube with me in any case.
Not sure why though. It was a dry tube, but the patches didn’t stick, at all.
 
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