A record of my cycling trips in Britain and abroad


New gear

No, not that sort of gear.

A quick thanks to Tredz bike shop. I ordered a whole load of things from them last Thursday. I actually only meant to order some new lights and gloves… but then saw something else I wanted… and something else. Oh dear. Still, apart from new chainrings I don’t think I’ve bought any new bike stuff this year, so I guess it isn’t so bad. Anyway, I ordered the things last Thursday, and they arrived yesterday evening. That’s pretty good for international post! And from a company based in Swansea, no less.

Testing of new items to follow - watch for the next post for a review.


Saturday Sprint (ish)

I woke up this morning to the sound of rain outside my window. My room felt fairly chilly too (though my bedside thermometer was reading 15.7 C), and it was snug and warm under the covers, so I wasn’t feeling that inclined to get up! However, parkrun was calling; and by the time I’d cogitated on the world for a while, and actually risen and dressed, the rain had stopped anyway. It was still chilly on the way though, and I was almost regretting not wearing gloves.[Read More…]


Hadrian’s Wall

dscf0527.jpg Here’s a writeup of a ride I did a while ago. It feels appropriate to write it up now, since it was about the same time of year. It was a couple of weeks later, and though it felt rather warmer, the trip definitely had a fin de saison feel about it. In the end, that proved to be true, as it was the last chance for a proper bike trip that year before the winter winds set in.
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Autumn Arrives

Yes, autumn is here. I cycled to work this morning wearing a cycling tshirt with a long sleeve top over that; I think that’s the first time I’ve done so since Easter - and I was still chilly! I might treat myself to some new midweight cycling gloves, too; the ones I currently use in autumn and spring date aren’t proper cycling gloves, so they have no padding. They do an ok job of keeping the wind off, but I’ve had them since Cambridge days (I can remember buying them sometime before my alps trip), and the cuff is getting rather slack, which tends to leave an uncomfortable breeze around my wrists. Unfortunately I haven’t yet found a bike shop near here with a good range of clothing, so I may have to make an online order.