Last ride on my summer bike
By user12625760 on Oct 21, 2007
Next week the clocks go back so today was the last outing for this year of my “summer” bike. I've already stopped riding it to work as I need lights to get home, so I did not know until I got on it this morning that the speedometer is not working, I hate riding without a speedo. Silly I know but I have just got used to it.
It was cold. Despite having proper gloves and a hat on my hands got cold (normally I find that if I keep my head warm my hands are o.k. at all but the coldest weather). I should have put my thick gloves in my pocket. We rode out to Byefleet and Pyrford and then up Newlands Corner. By the time I reached the top I was then warm and beginning to regret agreeing to a short ride but a deal is a deal. So along to Dorking and then Breakfast at Leatherhead. Two of us to a slight detour over Ranmore, via one of my least favourite hills, White Down, it has two 1 in 7 stretches and I find it really hard to get a good rhythm going on it (code for I need a smaller first gear). We still got to the Cafe first though the others suffering a broken spoke which slowed them.
Return journey was fast and uneventful until we reached Esher and I turned off with a rider who lives in Weybridge to head for home. Two proper roadies went past, did not say good morning, and then failed to get away from us. I know it is not big and it is not clever but I could not resist putting my head down and seeing if I could drop them. The other rider from BBT followed and we had dropped them when I turned off. However they were looking like reeling in my riding buddy which I felt bad about as I started it.
No idea how far or how fast.