Mountain Bike Shenanigans

February 17th, 2012

There’s some irony in the fact that the one day I managed to ride to work this week not only did I get rained on commuting home, but some genius in a white Transit van tried to kill me by not signalling and turning right as if they were parking up alongside the kerb and then swinging left across the road into a driveway. The ultimate cut up. Still not like a bus driver tried to kill me.

I’ve done some power output efforts on the Watt Bike trials a few times, but I’ll never come close to this: 2,500W power. Awesome (even for an Aussie).

Snow is Here
February 6th, 2012

Managed to ride three days out of five last week which seems to be about average at the moment. I suspect I will probably struggle to match it this week. It’s been cold on the bike too. Cold enough to arrive at the destination of the ride with an ice cream headache even with a Giro merino cap on under the lid. I may have to resort to the standard issue merino fleece lined beanie if the temperature stays sub zero.

The weather turned from cold to snow on Saturday here in Manchester. It started falling around midday and stuck straight away. We were heading up to Carnforth and as we drove out of the city on the M61 there was a lot of slush and poor driving conditions. The Bridgestone A001 winter rubber was great and was a sound investment. Ironically the conditions just south of the lakes were snow free and 3 degrees warmer (albeit still on the cold side of nought degrees).

Whilst the thaw started late Sunday, there is still plenty of snow on the ground. I’m still hoping to get out for a proper ride soon. Fingers crossed.

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