Monday, 21 October 2013

A new home for mactually

A new home. A fresh start (with all the old stuff too).

More frequent posting? Perhaps.

Saturday, 12 October 2013

Cross at Hamsterley

Rode up to Hamsterley to ride some of the red trails on my Cotic X.

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

30 in 30

(Belated catch-up post.)

Tried doing 30 rides in 30 days, with an hour of riding being needed in a day to 'count'. Enjoyed it, did just over 500km in the month over 27 hours, so almost managed it. And all within the town as well.

Manchester Velodrome
 Wooded singletrack
 More gravel

Had fun, found a few new trails and rediscovered some more. Got faster. Going to do it again in the spring, I think.

Friday, 12 April 2013

Quick ride out - new bike!

Quick local ride out on my shiny, new bike-a Cotic X. On the first (even shorter) ride, the bike felt a bit big for me but it felt a lot better this time. Think I might need to try a slightly shorter stem though and move the brake levers about a bit. Gears are taking a bit of getting used to, but it seems fast and I like it :)

Distance: 22km (map on Strava)
Surface: Road
Time: 1:00
Weather: Cold but dry
Bike: Cotic X

Sunday, 7 April 2013

Whinlatter in the snow

Whinlatter in the snow

We were in the Lakes for a short family holiday, but the bike came along. On the final morning, my brother-in-law and I got a lift up to Whinlatter for a lap of each of the red routes; bizarrely, we've never ridden together before.

Found the climbs surprisingly easy despite this being only my second ride of the year. Commuting on my 'fast' bike this winter must have helped me make some more higher-intensity efforts. Or something.

We had to take it very easy on a lot of the descents as they were very icy, but they were still enjoyable.

Distance: 21km (map on Strava)
Surface: Off-road (plus a road descent)
Time: 2:00
Weather: Snow and ice on the ground
Bike: On-One Inbred SS (with 2.4″ tyres, 32:17)

Sunday, 3 March 2013

First Ride of Spring - local Darlington loop

Beech Woods singletrack

I have a pile of marking to be doing, but couldn't let today's weather pass so went out for a local spin. Mix of cheeky singletrack, kid-built jumps, council-built 4x and pump tracks, gravel farm tracks and bike tracks. Dappled sunlight and crunchy leaves.

Distance: 28km (map on Strava)
Surface: Road and off-road
Time: 2:00
Weather: Sunny and dry and spring-like
Bike: On-One Inbred SS (with 2.4" tyres, 32:17)