I stopped posting in November because I stopped riding. Why? Because my wife was expecting our second son and being 10 miles away on a pushbike when she was going into labour seemed like a very bad idea indeed. Plus riding became stressful as I was constantly worried I'd miss THAT phone call and really screw up.
Anyway, Dylan was born on New Years Eve at about Midday. He rocks.
So back onto the bike as soon was realistic. The 6 weeks off really killed my fitness but what I had is just about back now but those first few rides, which coincidentally were in the snow, really hurt.
Since then I have been getting out generally twice a week during the week and once at the weekend. I have been making a conscience effort to go out even if the weather is awful and there is no one else to ride with.
Riding Things that have Rocked so far this year: 1) Snow, until it got boring. 2) Shimano MW80 Boots - warm feet all the time. 3) Howies Softshells. 4) Solo nightriding - it's not that scary really. 5) Sombrio Haymaker Shorts, good looking warm Baggy Shorts.
Riding Things that have Rocked so far this year: 1) Snow, when it gets boring and then melts. 2) Broken Spokes 3) Cracked Frames, my favourite ever bike - RIP.
A suitable replacement has been selected for the cracked Red Bike and I suspect it might just be up to the task.
In the meantime, I will be singlespeeding which should make me "Strong as Mighty Ox" before the Dyfi Enduro at the beginning of May.
The Yorkshire Dales? In November? It really shouldn't have come as a surprise that it was more than a touch damp.
The drive up from from Leicester was more than a little nervy with rediculous amounts of water on the motorway and floods on the roads leading into the Dales. The high winds chucked the van about a bit too.
However once we got to the Dales Bike Centre, got bikes tucked away in the Bike Lock Up with the crazy loud alarm, and had a beer we were feeling knackered.
On Saturday Morning the weather was looking up and the Dales were looking good in a golden glow.
There was enough wind to make you think about launching drop offs as you got blown 2 foot to the left or right as the wind caught you. The climbs were all scenic enough to take your mind off the pain and the descents were grin inducing even though you had to keep pedaling hard to keep your speed up due to the wind.
The weather was fine in the Morning but got very wet in the afternoon. A few mediocre photos:
The last road drag back to the centre was proper grim, with gloves being squeezed out every five minutes and a spontaneously cramping quad coming through Reeth.
Back at the centre, hot showers and coffee warmed us up though.
After a few beers the night before I was a little slower out of bed on Sunday morning, however another ace breakfast courtesy of Stu sorted me out though.
The weather was much nicer today and we had sunshine and blue skies for lots of the ride. The route was similar in character as the day before just more sunny and shorter.
A few more mediocre photos:
After the ride we grabbed more coffee, food and some really excellent cake at the Cafe at the Centre.
If you are heading to the Dales for riding or even walking, to be perfectly frank, you'd be daft not to stay at Dales Bike Centre, they have everything you need sorted. Great accomodation, awesome food and coffee, well stocked bikeshop, hire bikes, bike lock up. It's just really well sorted and run by great people.
Distance: 22 miles Time:2hrs ish Bike: Singlespeed Tunes: Alkaline Trio
Went out for a ride cough be damned. Wasn't as bad as I'd thought, only coughed when stopped. Felt alright to be honest. Did the same loop as last weekend but with an extra bit. Lots of horses out, all very nice and friendly. Bike was fine, maybe square taper cranks and BB's are the future on the singlespeed?
In Moustache News:
Not coming along badly at all. My lighter fuzz takes longer to be noticeable though. 3 more weeks to grow a good 'un!