TwoLegsTwoWheels

A record of my cycling trips in Britain and abroad

Mar
20

running!

Not a cycling trip… and ok not a trip at all… but my running is improving. I’m definitely blowing my own trumpet here, but why not - it’s my blog after all :) Two victories in two weeks at my local parkrun. Pb next week? Let’s see…

Jan
21

Wicklow Wramble

I went out for a short spin yesterday with a pal from work, heading out for a Sunday morning ride (not the Sunday morning call) from Dundrum to the Wicklow hills. The forecast was for clear skies, but a light drizzle was in order instead, and I was glad we’d committed to heading out otherwise I might have been tempted to stay in till the rain cleared (although my bike might have thanked me if I had, as it’s rather in need of a good clean and oil at the minute - one of the drawbacks of commuting being that I don’t keep it as clean as I’d like).

We did a nice little loop in about 2 hours, through Eniskerry, climbing up to the Jonny Fox pub, and then heading deeper into the hills along Pine Forest Road. I could see why it got its name!

A nice loop, and one I’m looking forward to doing again. (Apparently there’s also a steeper way up the hill - we may have to tackle that next time…)

Jan
21

Muddy Mountains

Some would call them hills - but hills or mountains, taking my mountain bike into the Wicklow National Park last Saturday was fabulous! With the Great Sugar Loaf behind me, I turned onto the trails above the waterfall at Powerscourt. This is the highest waterfall in Ireland, and I should really pay it a closer visit sometime; so far I’ve only seen it from the far distance, too far to really appreciate it.

I headed up and down the Dargle Valley, along forestry trails and some great singletrack routes. It’s not as extensive an area as the trails say in the southern Mournes, but it made for a really enjoyable morning. In fact, it was perhaps the perfect place to start back, since I haven’t been mountain biking for the best part of a year, and the trails here were enjoyable without being difficult, which made it a perfect re-introduction. The weather helped, too; I was fortunate that the wind had dropped from the morning and the rain held off, which meant that my lightweight, super-breathable jacket was just right to keep the chill off on the descents without making me overheated on the climbs.

I do need to sort out the suspension however, both the front and rear. The forks in particular and feeling a bit spongy, and are definitely due an oil change at least. Finding a place to do it in Ireland seems like it might be a challenge though, as the first bike shop I tried suggested shipping the forks over to the UK…! I have a link for another one, local to Dublin, which I’ll ring this week to ask if they can service them. I would try servicing them myself, but I don’t have a convenient space to work in.

Jan
08

Gilet

Man, it’s taken me a long time to get round to reviewing the rest of the gear I bought! Anyway; here’s a quick picture of the gilet I bought. It was on sale, but more importantly the environmental aspects of the brand aren’t as bad as some others. Other than that, it’s a gilet. It fits. Hopefully it will last - apparently it’s a decent brand as regards quality, too, though I’ll reserve judgement on that until I’ve had it longer. (My climbing jacket has lasted my 15 years and is still going strong - why are clothes like that so hard to find?)[Read More…]

Jan
04

New Year, new server

Happy New Year, dear reader! Welcome to 2019; may it bring you health and happiness…

And with the New Year, I’ve moved to a new website host. I’ve taken the opportunity to upgrade this blog to work with a newer version of php, too; so if you see anything that looks wrong, it probably isn’t supposed to be that way - please drop my a line and I’ll try to fix it.

Happy reading! :)