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Re: 10,000 miles in a year finally

30 December 2014 - 12:55pm
eileithyia wrote:Mick F wrote:eileithyia wrote:
Nooooo don't do it, life's too short... No one has on their headstone, 'he had a perfect garden and well painted house'

Nor do they have "he spent most of his spare time on his bike" but then I can't talk

All I do is cycle, last year with pesky things like a job getting in the way, this year just free to cycle when, where and how often I like

Gary
www.longbikeride.co.uk

Re: Snow

30 December 2014 - 12:13pm
Hard frost and sudden patches of ice (some of which are hidden under the frost just to make it doubly nasty) around here. Beautiful ride out into the countryside - amazingly picturesque with the bright sunlight glinting off the frost.

Re: Snow

30 December 2014 - 11:18am
Frosted in.

No snow at all, but we've had two nights of hard frosts and as our drive is long and steep (plus north facing) and we live on a steep narrow lane, both the drive and the lane are treacherous. The car is like an igloo and has been since Sunday.

We would be ok (just) in the car, but there's no way that I'm getting the bike out. I couldn't even get down the drive.

Re: Snow

30 December 2014 - 10:49am
Still @ 8" outside my place this morning - now compounded by overnight frost! Still riding the Sport Contacts at the minute.

Re: Ten Miles a Day

29 December 2014 - 8:59pm
I only started cycling in May this year after a very long break of approx 15 years. I am only averaging 5 miles a day but it's better than nothing, so that's 1145 miles so far this year, mainly done on 20 ish mile rides.
I will do better next year as the distance is becoming easier to do now.

Well done to all those of you who manage such high mileages as those posted above.

Re: Snow

29 December 2014 - 8:13pm
In Hull where I was staying with my folks there was a 20 second smattering late on Saturday and that was it, not a peep otherwise, nothing to the immediate West, North or East of the city, Lincolnshire certainly had some as there were remnants as I drove back this afty. Letchworth had a few flakes apparently but can't have been much.
Normal tyres for me on my Christmas day ride and also got a good ride in Sunday morning in glorious sunshine (if not a bit parky at 0C..lol)

Re: Ten Miles a Day

29 December 2014 - 7:50pm
Total mileage this year is only 3,329- I've failed this year but will try harder next year!
My downfall are the school holidays when I miss my 7 mile commute.
Well done to everyone who hit their targets & especially those who hit 10k miles
Happy new year
Mark

Re: Snow

29 December 2014 - 5:53pm
Si wrote:I would disagree - if it's just snow and no ice then a good mud tyre with deep, well spaced tread will grip and shed much better in my experience. However, as an all rounder, where ice may be present, then any losses on snow are more than made up for on ice.

Yes, in fresh snow, a knobbly tyre is better. And a tyre made for snow is even better. But a studded tyre is good, too. And yes, it's performance on ice makes it a good ll rounder in winter

Re: 10,000 miles in a year finally

29 December 2014 - 5:05pm
foxyrider wrote:No idea how many i've done but its @ 8k Well done!

As for the 75,000mile target described above, I think it's barking mad to even think about attempting it.

Re: 10,000 miles in a year finally

29 December 2014 - 2:37pm
No idea how many i've done but its @ 8k

Re: 10,000 miles in a year finally

29 December 2014 - 2:36pm
nez dans le guidon wrote:I think my wife would want that living room a bit tidier.

i used to have a 2 bed flat with the second bedroom being my bike shed, but it was rather tidier than that......

19 to go....... the advantage of potentially icy back roads meant i used some lesser main roads i have not used for awhile..... though an 8 mile loop into very cold fog was not appreciated.

Re: Snow

29 December 2014 - 2:33pm
Limited in sizes though, I just looked for 700cc ones and they only have 40mm width available which won't fit on my bike.

Re: Snow

29 December 2014 - 2:28pm
Plenty of snow up here, @ 30cms at home when i left this morning but Planet X are selling winter tyres cheap at the moment

http://www.planetx.co.uk/i/q/TYSCWIN/sc ... piked-tyre

Re: Snow

29 December 2014 - 1:32pm
I would disagree - if it's just snow and no ice then a good mud tyre with deep, well spaced tread will grip and shed much better in my experience. However, as an all rounder, where ice may be present, then any losses on snow are more than made up for on ice.


Anyway, having come home and made that first post yesterday, I find my decision vindicated. I came home along one road which appeared frost covered and has a sharp bend in it. I had no trouble at all on the bend and was thinking that it was only a bit of frost and not really icy. Mrs S came home a little later and told me that she'd just seen a car go off sideways at the same bend. There but for the grace of stud.....

Re: 10,000 miles in a year finally

29 December 2014 - 1:22pm
I think my wife would want that living room a bit tidier.

Re: 10,000 miles in a year finally

29 December 2014 - 1:21pm
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/
Wow that's some target to achieve !

Without wishing to be rude to Steve from reading what he has already achieved he also proves that you do not need to be either whippet thin or rich as well.

Re: Grab Theft - handle bar kit

29 December 2014 - 1:21pm
A similar method was used in Leeds to rob a couple stood at the back of their car - its not just cyclists that fall victim to this and oh yes in Leeds they spoke with 'an east European accent'

Re: Awful, awful cycling and I feel totally incensed

29 December 2014 - 1:09pm
Tonyf33 wrote:


I drove alongside for a short distance and told him what a twonk he was and that cycling like that is likely to get you killed & what peeves people off and makes it worse for the rest of us but he just blanked me..probably because he knew he was completely in the wrong.
I really wanted to pull up further and confront him but I suspect idiots like that don't give a flying one and won't learn until something drastic happens.



Personally i would've considered reporting you for threatening behaviour, you had to think twice about something whilst driving and thought verbally attacking the individual whilst sitting in your box was a good idea. If someone did that to you on your bike you'd think they were a right twonk and ignore them - just as this chap did.

Re: Awful, awful cycling and I feel totally incensed

29 December 2014 - 11:30am
TL:DR version:

A cyclist cut you up at the lights, so you drove alongside and verbally abused and harrassed him for a bit.

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