I thought I would start a cycling thread. It would be great if we could make it all inclusive, so whether you currently just enjoy bike rides but are interested in taking it further, or already train seriously, please post what you are up to and what your aims are. By sharing knowledge and experiences, hopefully we can spur each other on.
If you want to, please post a quick biog of how long you have been cycling, how much you currently cycle, and what your goals are.
And for those who wish to engage in a bit of bike porn, please feel free to post what sort of bike you ride!
Just hopping on to report my first tumble! I had a fight with some barbed wire and have a fantastic bruise on my inner thigh where the handlebar got me. I've got a ring imprint and everything. Dp is so proud!
Wow viva well done on your mechanic skills, amazing
Also wondering (having finally made it through this leviathon of a thread - great reading) if you live somewhere near me ladymud? Am in east Cheshire.. Just wondering if you know of any good routes locally. I tend to use the old railway lines and canal to get on to some cross country and to ride up the cloud and mow cop? But would like to expand my horizons a little. DPs friends tend to head over to Delamere / Cannock / llandegla occasionally. I'd like some routes I could do with my girlfriends as I never get out with do due to childcare and lack of bike transport.
I've been reading but not posting due to arrival of DD 9 weeks ago. I cycled up til the day before going into labour - 12 miles in 26 degree heat with a 15kg toddler on the back was my last pregnant ride at 39+5.
She's been out and about in the trailer already (with Weber infant insert) and this week we've clocked up 15 miles or so already, mostly just getting her big bro to/from nursery, trips to park etc, taking it gently of course (speed bumps are my main concern!). Feels so good to be back on two wheels! I have not enjoyed being forced onto public transport during a heatwave, urgh.
You can all stop being in awe of my mechanical skills!
Did about 1.5 miles today before total mechanical failure. Pedals jammed, chain jammed - nothing would work.
Started pushing it home. Some nice roadies stopped to offer assistance. They reckon its my chain guard (tubing) which is getting caught - I didn't shorten this when I shortend the chain. Couldn't be fixed at the roadside so I had to carry on pushing it home.
I'm going to cut the chain guard down....but I'm not sure its right anyway - there was a lot of jumping/lurching from the pedals/chain before they got jammed up.
Ok, got the chain guard off. Dh came home at this point and one of the chain links was twisted.....looks like I'd fucked the chain up when shortening it. Ooops.
Have trimmed the chain guard to size, taken the broken link out, added a few more links in.
Just done 7 miles with no problems, chains not jumping and gear changes seem smoother then before. Probably not as smooth as on my road bike but I guess as the chain is 2.5x longer than a normal bike that's maybe normal.
Anyway it feels good, goes bloody fast downhill. Some daft cow in a car had a good go at squishing me. She overtook a stationary car on her side of the road and underestimated how fast I was coming towards her!
I am tired out after today's London to Brighton effort, currently hiding from the children (secretly hoping they'll put themselves to bed (5 and 2 so not likely!)). But I only pushed my bike up the very last bit of Ditchling Beacon so I am feeling quite proud! Maybe if I'd bought that new bike I'd have made it to the top!
Anyway, time for a beer and to start thinking about a short family tour at half term, inspired by the uniS family..
London Brighton is pretty good. no shame in walking some of the dreaded beacon.
Boy was racing on friday* night, so the weekend has largely been uneventful as he was knackered, just a short ride to church today and we spent saturday morning fettling bikes. DH has a new commuting bike, put the saddle up on DS hybrid and tryed him on the tandem with regular cranks to see how far he has to grow before we take the kiddy cranks off ( about another year I think) . * he came 4th in his age group boys.
I'm doing a 30 days of biking attempt, trying to get on a bike ( any bike) every day this month. JUST managed it so far, but it was a very brief scoot on the boys bike on friday. Must try for a longer ride one day this week when boy is at school.