Quick Spin at Sunset

Spent the day with the family in Bristol, visiting the SS Great Britain and the M Shed museum and then ate at Za Za Bazaar. Didn’t have long when I got home, but the warm sun and blue sky was too good to miss so I had a quick spin to catch the sunset.

I only did about 10km up to Oldbury Castle and back but it was well worth it, as I hope these GoPro pics show…

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Bucket List Bike

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WTB Vigilante / Trail Boss

If you find a list of “10 things a mountain biker should do“, building a bike is there among them. I honestly didn’t understand why you would do this. I had been looking for a new hard tail for some time and often came to the same conclusion most do, that “you couldn’t build that spec for that money”.  The buying power of bike manufacturers means that its very hard to beat them on price if you want to go down the self build route. Continue reading “Bucket List Bike”

3 Little Words

Misty View
Misty View

August Bank Holiday. Those 3 little words conjure up images from my childhood of days out in Pontypool Park, day trips to Weston-Super-Mare, Barry Island or Porthcawl. Sun and fun on the last weekend of the school holidays.

Wet Track
Wet Track

It should be the same today. Though now we live in Wiltshire those destinations are too far for a day out. We got to Southsea to see my wife’s family on Sunday and it was actually a very warm day. But Bank Holiday Monday saw my kids watching TV, us doing some final back to school shopping and generally wondering where on earth the summer had gone to!

Misty Thistles
Misty Thistles

But before all that I got out for a nice bracing walk with Brodie. 10km or 6 miles in old money in the wind and rain resulted in some time to think and reflect on work and the long list of things I need to do, and to wonder why I hadn’t been out on a bike this weekend.

Remembering why…

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This morning’s plan was to get a few miles in as a sort of training ride. I hate the thought of training as I ride my bike for enjoyment, and while training makes me a better/fitter rider and therefore more likely to enjoy tougher or longer rides – I still don’t like the thought of training. So I didn’t go out with a plan other than that of the distance I wanted to cover – 50km – the enjoyment was going to come from making it up as I went along.

Keeping an eye on the clock, the distance and of course the map on my Garmin meant I could make it up as I went along and keep an element of fun; rather than a Chris Froome TDF style head down pedal and not take anything in.

My ride ended up taking me through some of the local villages of Lacock, Biddistone and Corsham, before heading back along the old railway path from Chippenham. This is my token bit of off road to make the CDF feel a little more at home!

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Lacock is famous for its abbey and for being used in a number of movies including the Harry Potter series. There are some nice old buildings, all protected by the National Trust and a cool little ford. The cobbles were very slippery and I had to pedal carefully on the skinny wheels.

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Who doesn’t like a nice pub and bike photo?

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Villages are full of little treasures when you stop to explore rather the just whizz by. I remembered this morning one of the reasons I enjoy cycling wether it by by mountain bike or now even by the odd stretch of road.

I like to explore and I like to take photos, I if hadn’t been required back home for family duties I also had Castle Coombe in my sights today. I could have easily managed to fit this in to my ride but I was required back home.

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I couldn’t have covered the distance this morning on a mountain bike as easily and still have energy and reserves left over. I think I am going to be working up to a 100km and maybe even a 100 mile ride soon and exploring more of the smaller villages and possibly hidden pubs in the area…

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