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Re: Route London to Southend on Sea

31 December 2014 - 8:35pm
ANTONISH wrote:..I don't think the Tilbury ferry will be running but I should think the Dartford river crossing will still be running a free bike shuttle service.
Tilbury - Gravesend Ferry does not run on public holidays (nor on Sundays).

Dartford Crossing shuttle is no longer 24/7. There is no cycle/pedestrian service on any day at the following times:- 09:00 - 10:30, 14:00 - 15:00, 21:00 - 22:30, 02:00 - 03:00.

Re: Ten Miles a Day

31 December 2014 - 7:28pm
Mrs P and I both took up the challenge this year, and we both made it
My total for the year is 4114 miles; 206 736 feet, in 381.7 hours over 168 outings.

Lots of ways you can break that down...

11.3 miles/day
566 feet per day
50.2 feet per mile (I.e flat compared to Cornwall!)
24.5 miles per ride average
1230 feet per ride
10.8 mph average
7.3 hours per week of moderate exercise

Not bad given that I was a complete couch potato a few years ago. Going to work on my E-number next year and hopefully do a 100 mile ride...

Cheers,
Alan

Re: Snow

31 December 2014 - 6:55pm
It's because Britain is right where the polar cold air and the warmer southern air meet. There seems to be a constant battle between the 2 air masses with one side advancing then retreating. That's why there's such a variation in temperature.

Re: Ten Miles a Day

31 December 2014 - 6:35pm
Looks like is going to be 22.15 miles/day for 2014.

A guy at AUK, Steve Abrahams I think his name is, is having an attempt to break Tommy Godwin's year record.

His target is 75,066 miles in 2015.

Re: 10,000 miles in a year finally

31 December 2014 - 6:30pm
10,048

Re: 10,000 miles in a year finally

31 December 2014 - 6:22pm
10,514

Re: 10,000 miles in a year finally

31 December 2014 - 4:37pm
nez dans le guidon wrote:How about this chap? A report by the ever readable Jack Thurston
http://blog.brooksengland.com/wps/ride- ... eat-x-365/I wonder if this is the chap I was chatting to when I did my Cotswold Challenge Audax in May from Meriden.

I was riding for a while with someone from MK who had cycled to Meriden that morning (60miles?) and was doing the 100mile (160k) audax then cycling back to MK that same evening. I was a bit amazed at this and wished him well but glad it wasn't me doing it!

Although I can't remember him to look at specifically, he does have a similar look about him.

I must put a comment on his blog.

Re: 10,000 miles in a year finally

31 December 2014 - 4:29pm
Ended up with 9008 always enjoyable miles (apart from regular close calls with motons). Totally goalless, just riding round in circles. But wish I'd put more effort in?

When I used to be a Longstaff trikie back in the early 90's there was an Irish chap who'd do regular year on year 3 wheeled 25000 miles - Pat Kenny (killed by a moton 2011) - he was an inspiration.

And as a chap (Vantage) on this very forum uses as his signature

“Ride as much or as little, or as long or as short as you feel. But ride.” ~ Eddy Merckx

Amen

Re: Route London to Southend on Sea

31 December 2014 - 4:08pm
Here's a route I've used a few times. Depending on where you are in north London you might be able to skip the trafficky bit through Epping Forest. After that it's pretty good going though could do with a few tweaks - there's a nasty enormous double roundabout just north of Battlesbridge, for instance. It goes right round the houses at the end but that's worth it for some quiet country lanes which feel much more remote than they actually are.

Re: Snow

31 December 2014 - 2:53pm
Mick F wrote:What's going on with this weather?

9am here yesterday it was -3degC
9am today it was +11degC

That's a 14degC difference in 24hrs.

The men in black have been saying for years that due to global warming and stuff, extremes in weather will become more frequent and worse in future. Before long the holiday companies will be advising customers to pack both string bikinis and full Antarctic gear for day outings to the seaside

Re: Snow

31 December 2014 - 2:48pm
scoot wrote:foxyrider wrote:try these http://www.planetx.co.uk/i/q/TYSCSNST/s ... wired-tyre

They look a good price. Regrettably we aren't going to get any snow down here
Paul

I bought a set this morning after reading that a member of the bike club broke his leg after hitting black ice in Coppull near Chorley. That and last nights ride was a wee bit slippery in places and this morning there was frost everywhere. I don't really anticipate snow but the steel nobs on those tyres will come in handy on the icy bits I think. I hope!

Re: Snow

31 December 2014 - 1:14pm
What's going on with this weather?

9am here yesterday it was -3degC
9am today it was +11degC

That's a 14degC difference in 24hrs.

Re: Ten Miles a Day

31 December 2014 - 1:12pm
Mick F wrote:By the way, I've just started a new spreadsheet including feet per mile per day.
I'm aiming for 1,300 feet per day for 2014.

1,263ft so far.
I need even more hills. Didn't manage it.

I finished my cycling year at 4,516.86miles and climbed a total of 427,465ft.
That's an average of 12.37miles per day, and 1,171ft per day.

Mind you, I had 140 bike rides, so I've averaged 32.26miles per ride and climbed 3,053ft per ride.
That sounds a lot better!

Re: Snow

31 December 2014 - 12:22pm
foxyrider wrote:try these http://www.planetx.co.uk/i/q/TYSCSNST/s ... wired-tyre

They look a good price. Regrettably we aren't going to get any snow down here (Essex) to try them I work with an actual genuine witch (so she says) and she informs we won't have any so I'm not going to dissagree just incase she turns me into frog

Hope you enjoy bit oooop norf.

Slightly more seriously: I am now on the mtb with knobblies. Last year we didn't have snow so no probs there, the year before we had nearly 2 weeks worth and I came off 3 times. I am convinced that no one tyre would be suitable for: soft snow, hard snow, Ice under snow, slush etc. Given that my commute is both countrry and town 50/50 I don't think there is anyway I can cover all eventualities. But I will still be on my bike.

For info I don't have a 4 wheel option, its either cycle or motorcycle and I prefer to fall off slower rather than faster with the added weight of engine etc

Having said that I will still make it in more than likely on time which is more than some of my car driving colleagues that actually live closer!

As they say what doesn't kill us can only make us stronger

Paul

Re: Ten Miles a Day

31 December 2014 - 11:33am
So that's my year of cycling done! (actually it was done a few days ago)

After completing the Rapha Festive 500 Challenge my mileage total for the year is set at 4462 miles. That's over 1000 miles more than last year and well above my target for the year so I'm pretty stoked about that. All were "leisure" miles as I don't cycle commute to work. I don't think I'll exceed that number next year due to different goals, but I'll probably aim for 10 miles a day again anyway.

Rounded out the year averaging 12.2 miles per day!

Re: Route London to Southend on Sea

31 December 2014 - 9:13am
SteveHunter's suggestion is good. I might do Battlesbridge, Hullbridge, Ashingdon, Rochford, Southend, instead of going through Hockley.

Re: Route London to Southend on Sea

31 December 2014 - 9:12am
Google will plot a route if you set it to walking and do it in steps between the places you want to visit.
North of the A127 is good advice.
You could try riding back south of the river via cycle routes to Woolwich ferry or Greenwich Foot tunnel ( I'm assuming your start point is north of the river.) - I don't think the Tilbury ferry will be running but I should think the Dartford river crossing will still be running a free bike shuttle service.
either way you are unlikely to be far from a station.

Re: Route London to Southend on Sea

30 December 2014 - 11:10pm
In Essex I would stay just north of the A127 all the way to Rochford, it's a bit longer but it's nicer. I don't know where y you are starting in London but Brentwood through to Billericay, Hanningfield, Rettendon, Battlesbridge, Hockley, Rochford, Southend.

The area south of the A127 is not the best for cycling in my opinion, I live just north of it in Wickford.

Personally I'd be tempted to take a nice scenic route out and then get the train back, it's about an hour from Southend Victoria to Liverpool Street.

Re: Route London to Southend on Sea

30 December 2014 - 10:21pm
London's not my strong point, neither's Essex.

Have a play on cycle.travel, usually comes up with something sensible.

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