Monthly Archives: September 2015

Heaven for Strava nerds

If, like me, you love seeing your rides on Strava (and I have lots!) then I highly recommend VeloViewer. At only £9.99 a year it gives you an almost infinite number of ways to view your ride (and run) data. Some beautiful graphics as well such as this one from the Blenheim Palace Triathlon a couple of years ago:

blenheim

A great British one man business that is doing something very creative and useful. Worth Supporting.

Conference travel coming up :-)

I’m attending a conference at Cliff College starting Friday lunchtime and ending Saturday lunchtime.

Fortunately, it makes a great cycle ride there and back. Current route is just over 63 miles so I might need to go the wrong way a few times to increase it a bit 😉 I’ve made it go on minor roads to increase the climbing to just over 4,500 feet as light training for the BearBones 200. It will mean a bit of an early start though.

You can see the route on Strava and it will tick off 2 of the remaining 7 60+ day rides to get my Eddington number up to 60 by the end of the year 🙂

As I’ll have finished preparing my Bike for Life for the BareBones 200 I think I’ll sort out my packing to use it in light weight bikepacking mode (essentially 2 drybags in WildcatGear Lion and Tiger harnesses plus my Lioness bag for bits). I might add an Alpkit Stem Cell for snacks.

And for anyone interested the conference is “Marriage and Relationships: facilitation training event” for the Methodist Connexion 😉

Why such dangerously aggressive driving?

At lunchtime today I was heading home from the Harvest Festival Service at Rothley. Going up Hallfields Lane approaching the traffic lights at the Red Lion I was catching up a mix bunch on bikes.

Not sure who this group were (some looked like they were dressed for a Tweed ride, some clearly didn’t cycle much) but what I don’t understand is the way drivers were treating them.

Some of them were very slow going up the hill, but they were in single file. They didn’t jump the traffic lights and they had ride leaders who were keeping an eye on them. When they got split up by the traffic lights they regrouped by waiting in Hickling Close.

So this was a group of ordinary people in normal clothes out on bikes on a beautiful autumn Sunday lunchtime.

Yet drivers were being hatefully aggressive to them, swearing at them, hurling abuse and passing far too close (even when it was obvious they were going to be stopping for the car in front any moment).

What is it about driving a car that creates this aggression, hatred, violence, anger? Why do drivers get to believe that that have rights over everyone else?

Closer to home as so often is the case drivers basically abandon their cars all over the pavement, blocking corners and blocking dropped kerbs. Then other drivers try to force their way past people on bikes forced into the centre of the road by the parked cars.

All this from people causing deaths through pollution, through the crashes they cause and through wars and other injustices over oil.

Drivers should be approaching the rest of society on bended knee, begging our permission to take over our space, poison our air, squander limited resources and put our lives at risk through their lack of care.

Enough of this injustice!

Bike for life 9,000 mile, 3 year service

Big Service time for my Bike for Life! Although I am slightly jumping the gun by describing it as 9,000 miles and 3 years (currently 8,500 miles and only 2 years 10 months so far).

I’m jumping the gun not because anything was noticeably wrong but because I wanted to do the preparation for the BareBones 200 in two weekends time. I thought I would use the opportunity to catchup on a number of things that are on my when I get round to it to-do list.

So far the jobs include:

  • Removing the Plug II USB charger as it hasn’t been working since part way through my sabbatical. As that required the headset star nut I’m putting in a Hope Head Doctor.
  • Putting in some more Frame Saver to protect the inside of my frame from rust
  • Replacing the Rohloff Shifter with a “Wave” style one, courtesy of a friend. Should be easier to grip, particularly in the wet (replacing the cables at the same time as the ends are chewed and rethreading them is probably not an option.
  • New Ergon grips as the BioKork ones have worn out. Going to try Ergon GS1 Grips
  • New oil in my Rohloff hub (a bit early but while I’m doing all these jobs).

The rest is just cleaning and stripping off all the general transport stuff (mudguards, racks, stand etc) & changing tyres for offroading during the BB200.

Given the everyday use over nearly 3 years this is not much at all.

Fun and games 🙂

Visualising my Sabbatical

I like this graphic of my sabbatical bike rides (click for larger version):

wheel

This is thanks to the brillant veloviewer.com website which collects all my rides from Strava and presents them in lots of creative and useful ways.

Here is a similar wheel for my LEJOG ride in 2012:

wheel

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