Spring Series 2014 – Cannon Hill Extreme

This was an unusual ride for me. I wasn’t stretched due to riding with my mate. We both at the end of the pack. Such beautiful country side in the area surrounding Birmingham. Really good ride and well organised with timely directions. 

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Clarence and myself along with fellow cyclists at Umberslade Farm Park. 

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My upgraded Whitney (my Triban 7) with 105 groupset.

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Injuries

September 2013

Was riding the Barrie Williams Challenge 2013 route when I came across a wide trail of cow shit across the road in a sharp corner a bit from Levedale on the Levedate road towards Bradley. I was actually speeding through the corner and got caught in the shit! Lost the rear wheel (they were Schwalbe Lugano tyres) and went head over heels off the bike! I don’t know how but I did knock my head on the ground at least once. I was a good distance from the bike when I looked around. Nice chap who I had passed just moments ago on a MTB helped me up and out of the shit.

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This is why it’s vitally important to have a good helmet on when cycling! Also, have a mobile phone too. I was able to call a mate to pick me up. A very good mate too, as I was covered all over with cow shit! Three weeks off week that cost me! Another thing to have on long rides is a first aid kit. This is what I had in my saddle bag (another important item not to leave home without):

Masterplast Compact First Aid Kit
Masterplast Compact First Aid Kit

At only £1.30 plus free delivery you can’t argue with that!Only to be found on Amazon for that price:  http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B003JZ0KM6/ref=ox_sc_sfl_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A33EWFX0HR9EQ I have seen numerous first aid kits on the internet, from Wiggle, Evans Cycles and others both cyclist specific and general purpose that can fit in a saddle bag. None though at the great price. I was very happy I had it with me, as I was able to clean my wound (I had to, it was shit in the cuts!) and bandage it until I got home.

The knee had remained swollen for weeks. Limped around the first two weeks with a cane. Even now occasionally I am limping and still feel pain in the knee. I guess the second accident is the may cause of that. Yes there was a second accident about a month after Levedale.

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This is the left side of my bum. Nasty large bruise that took a long while to heal. No time off work this time. Had to suck it up and get on with it. This injury was the result of my front wheel getting caught in the tram lines in Bilston. It taught me a very important lesson where tram lines are concerned. Cyclist make sure your heads are screwed on when riding over these things! I landed on my injured knee then the bum. Slid for a short distant hence the bruise. The tights was damage bad enough not to wear again which is surprising when you think about the bruise I got. It took me a while to get up and pull my bike out of the road. Traffic was almost non existent  as it was an early Sunday morning, but there was a tram approaching from ahead. He actually stopped and asked if I was okay which off course I said yes.

This injury proved the undoing of my recovery of the previous injury and I think I may be carrying this one to the grave. The knee is still weak, I suspect the ligaments took a bashing on both accidents hence the long road to recovery. I am back on the bike nonetheless but taking it easy and slowly. So far the longest distance ridden is 30 miles and that was just yesterday – 29th December 2013.

Garmin 510 GPS Cycle Computer

It’s been sometime now that I have gotten the Garmin 510 Team Bundle Blue (since June 2013). It replaces the iPhone with the Panobike Speed/Cadence sensor and Cyclemeter.

The Garmin 510 bundle including all fittings, sensors and power.

The actual computer makes me feel like a pro:

So far I have found it not easy to set this up to my liking, but I have done it. I love the data this thing throws in your face. Add to the fact that you can actually navigate with it by preparing the route on sites such as http://ridewithgps.com/ making sure you create cue sheets and save the route to a TCX file format (Garmin file format actually). You can get on the bike and ride! No detail maps though not on the 510 but direction arrows with time and distance along with street names too. Just amazing!

What I love about the bundle is that you get the out front holder too. This thing by itself cost £35! It’s just ahead of the bike cockpit right where you are looking anyway. Just the perfect position.

This is the reason why I choose the Garmin 510 instead of the 500. The idea that I can be traced by my family was a deal breaker.

Cannock Chase

Wonderful day at Cannock Chase on the Bank Holiday Monday May 27 2013. The Sunday before I did 35 miles on a round trip to the Holyhead Road near Cosford to Walsall and back home. Did 8 plus miles at Cannock Chase but it felt like it was 20 miles, rough terrain does make a difference.

Cannock Chase Blue Route
Cannock Chase Blue Route

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The Ride To RAF Cosford

I aim to ride with Whitney to RAF Cosford. I have been advised that I should do so in stages, so sometime ago I rode to Pattingham Golf Club. Then on the second trip I only made it to the heart of Wolverhampton and had to retire – a double puncture that had me walking home. Well not so this morning.

http://app.strava.com/activities/56310770

Now don’t go believing everything Strava says, their algorithm is a bit off. Cyclemeter reports 35.87 miles in 2:15:15 hours. I know this isn’t Grand Tour time for 60km but I am an old man!

Whitney at the A464 Holyhead Rd sign 26/05/13

Whitney’s New Sensor

So Whitney (my beautiful B’Twin Triban 7) has had an upgrade. I got the Topeak Cadence and Speed Sensor yesterday and installed. First run this morning to work proved everything A-Ok. Max cadence: 94 rpm Avg: 53 rpm. Have no idea if these are good figures but it’s good to know that it’s working.

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