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March of The Hesitant Cyclist

Bev’s first day of cycle commuting, I did an extended pick up.


Nervous Shakedown

Gave the bike a great shakedown after its Spa session at Cycle Repair Shed.

Never underestimate the power of a good bike service, my bike has been off to Cycle Repair Shed this week for a Spa session and replacement cassette & chain. Stripped, greased, cleaned, replaced/reassembled and returned looking better than new. Rode it tonight and it is so much smoother and easier to ride than before, oh and no more squeaks.

So if you think your bike isn’t feeling quite right and, like me, you’re not mechanically minded give Dave a shout and see if he can help you love your bike again.

Caffe Bertorelli

Cake Stop ride with Bev, plus a little extra added on for me. Managed to get my average speed back into double figures after an auto-pause error meant I left the cafe with an average of 3mph :-)

Again and Again

Yet another slow and steady ride, another windy evening and dark before I got home.



And It’s Better Now

Went out in the wind today just for a slow and steady ride, I’m checking out my average speed when not pushing it in preparation for my 100 miler later in the year. Currently averaging 12-13mph in my unfit state, so if I was to do it now then worst case scenario would have me riding for just over 8 hours, I could cope with that.



Salty Dog

Did something I don’t usually do today, I headed out when it was windy. Normally I hide from the wind but today I decided to go out and enjoy the bit where the wind was at my back, didn’t seem to find that bit even though I rode a circular(ish) route.

Shorter distance than usual on this route as it seems the timer didn’t start immediately when I hit start and I couldn’t tell due to the Garmin searching for satellites, missed a massive 0.3miles or so…

Starting Over Again

For 15.5 miles I averaged 15mph+, the final incline killed me and my time :-(
Although my Druridge&Back segment average was 15.3mph and that doesn’t include the warm up and cool down bits to and from home to the place I start all my main segments so I’m happy with that. I’m getting back some of last years fitness that I seem to have misplaced ;-)

Drift Cafe

Today was the first of the Cake Stop rides of myself and Bev, The Hesitant Cyclist, yup we finally got out.

Bev was still a little tender after herĀ  Roller Skating incident last week but was determined to get out on her bike so we went. She felt every little bump on the way round but never gave up and managed 12 hard miles and a Full English Breakfast at The Drift Cafe, Cresswell. Bev’s account is here

Holy Rollin’

Just a steady ride out today, not pushing it.


Over and Out

Went out planning for 10 miles tonight, was too nice to turn around so carried on and did 16 :-)



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