Mountain Bike Shenanigans

One Foot Forward
June 23rd, 2009

Went running at the weekend, nothing spectacular. It’s the first time I’ve been on a proper run in about 6 years. New trainers were okay. Legs felt okay afterwards and my back hasn’t been impacted by it, so that’s good. Only did a 5km run from the house, but it was a chance to check out some new things – like the BMX track that has been built in the local park – and test the new kit. The Nike+ probably needs some more specific calibration, but it wasn’t far off the Polar calculations of calories burned. I suspect that my HRM needs some fine tuning too, so in all I’m pretty impressed. Cross training is back on the cards.

Holme Valley
June 15th, 2009

Many years ago I bought Mike Pearce‘s route guidebook for the Peak District and Derbyshire on the basis that although I thought I knew a lot of riding areas in my local spot, in reality I only knew a handful and ended up riding the same old (albeit fantastic) trails all the time. So this weekend, I picked out another route from it half thinking that I had done it before, but the reality was that I hadn’t and that realising this midway through the ride was a nice surprise. Great weather, company and empty trails topped off with an ice cream at the car park at the end. Summer riding in the Peak District doesn’t get better than this.

In the Peak District

So this route has prompted me to try and complete the last few routes in the book that I haven’t yet ridden and also it has me thinking about one of the Grand Tours that I’ve been talking about for a few years. I’m thinking that with a Bivvi mid way, Manchester to Leeds off road in two days along some amazing trails isn’t really a crazy idea… Then there’s that other even bigger one I’ve talked to friends about, but can it really be done in four days?

Seeing Red
June 11th, 2009

Commuting to work has recently been very uneventful. I did eventually fettle the brakes on the cross bike, the front having being squeaking when used for ages, but when the back one started, I admitted defeat and adjusted both. Despite the heavy rain we’ve been getting at irregular intervals, I seem to have avoided it so that riding to and from work has at least let me stay dry. This morning’s ride in was worthy of a mention as a cheeky scoundrel dressed in full fixie fashionista regalia jumped every set of lights on the way in. His pop culture outfit was slightly undone by the fact that he clearly wasn’t man enough to ride fixed, or even singlespeed and was riding on some non-descript road bike. He wasn’t going very fast either. I contemplated ‘having a word’ when I caught him up, but then as I didn’t fancy ending up under a bus I never did. Cock.

Nike+
June 5th, 2009

I needed some new running shoes and decided to try the Nike+ system which links into my iPod touch. We’ve been talking about getting students using the system at work, so it’ll be a bit of real world product testing too.

NikePlus trainers

Summer Belatedly Here
June 3rd, 2009

Fine weather has eventually reached Manchester. The curse of the Cross Bike is lifted and biking now doesn’t involve getting wet and grumpy with the climate. A road ride on Sunday took the monthly total comfortably over 100 miles and it was interesting to crank around some of the lanes in Cheshire that I used to train on. There’s even the possibility that I might do more road riding, the Indy Fab does make for a nice cruiser, but still isn’t enough to take the back aching bumps out of the road surfaces.

IMBA: Long Live Long Rides