Sunday Mar 22, 2009

Summer bike ride

Why is it that riding a bike that is lighter, more aerodynamic, has better gears & brakes and does not have a generator on the front wheel leaves me more knackered than riding my winter bike. I know, it just wants to go fast so you end up thrashing the engine which is the same one as on all my bikes.

Today I had to be back by 10 so I only had time for a short ride.

58km and an average of 26.2km/h. This includes all stops as the computer on my summer bike is awaiting three, yes three new batteries, I should have stuck to wired computers. So all from the GPS.

Saturday Mar 21, 2009

Summer bike back on the road

I've just completed one of the best jobs of spring. Putting my summer bike back on the road. This year it has the obligatory new chain and cassette (I ended up splashing for the Record cassette as I could not find a Chrous one), new cables and jockey wheels. Here is a top tip if your bikes gears no longer change as positively as they did when new,replace the cables and jockey wheels. I also replaced the G springs and the broken front brake spring.

The things I never thought I would wear out were the bottle cages:


I'm not sure the picure does it justice but almost half the profile of the bars have worn away which has had two effects. The cages no longer hold bottles securely and the aluminium wearing off on my water bottles means they look horrible. So I have new carbon fibre (but thanks to the credit crunch not Campagnolo) cages:


Finally the obligotory new handlebar tape and I'm done. The tyres are still good for a few more miles.

As always even just getting on it to test things are o.k. is a dream compared to my winter bikes. The trouble is it leaves me with no excuses for being slow.

Sunday Mar 30, 2008

Riding to Wisborough Green

With the clocks going forward that allows me to bring out the Summer Bike. Even when the weather when I got up was less than promising but since I 've been waiting to get back on the summer bike for some time, counting the days, nothing was going to stop me. I've not got around to fitting the GPS on this bike yet and with the Helmet Camera already mounted on the handle bars and a “traditional” bike computer it is hard to see how I will. So today I just hit the start button and put it in my pocket to get a track of where we went. I'm glad I did.

On arriving at the meeting point there was no one there but after a few minutes a single rider joined me and suggested we try and ride the South Western spring ride route in reverse, but not all of it!

With just two riders who are reasonably evenly matched this made for a really great ride. None of that hanging around waiting at the top of hills, well not much, so we ate up the miles and were really glad to find the Cafe in Wisborough Green again. On leaving Wisborough Green we found ourselves on the route of the South Western Ride again and had hopes of find the hill only to find that we were taken back to Wisbourough Green again so we decided to take the other road that went north and find our own way home. The route turned out to be really good even if it did have a sting in the tail in the form of Pitch Hill followed by Coombe Bottom.

My “traditional” bike computer claimed 82 miles and the GPS 78. Having seen how the GPS has not really kept enough points for an accurate track I'll take the 82 miles.1. 16.4mph average.

I've uploaded the route to http://mapmyride.com. It was really good and I would recommend it.






1I know I'm not fooling anyone as if the GPS milage had been higher I would have used that on the basis that it would have less calibration error. Clearly Garmin need to make a GPS that will store more than 3 ½ hours of data at 1 point per second.

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