Sure, I’d received an email about this ride… and completely forgot about it. So when another reminder came in a few days ago I decided to take part in Evans Cycles RIDE-IT Medway ride. Suitable for many rather than few the ride had three courses – 31, 51 and 82 miles in distance. I had about six hours until our social event in Essex, so I decided to ride the long one.
Google has cooked up an app that tries to recognise user moves while they are drawing and suggest shapes that seem to be of vsg type. Excellent for your mock traffic signs and posters.
Buy a new bike from Evans and save £25 on average by getting a free ride in the RIDE IT series. I’d have preferred King of Downs or Hoy 100 though these are not included. Fair enough – a lot goes into organising these events and labour is not free.
I’m taking part of Medway ride tomorrow and chose 82 mile / 132 km route. Parts of have been covered during some club rides and parts are new. The long route is available here https://www.strava.com/routes/1218238.
It seems to go like this – first 20 miles is relatively flat, then the route will climb over the next 10 miles at about 3% average, quick hop and then into valley again. From Hadlow it starts climbing again (throwback to Fool’s Errand), over the Carter’s Hill at 89km mark and then mostly down through West Malling back to Chatham.
Thanks to MG for drawing the route.
Recap to follow after the ride and recovery over the weekend.
Second achievement during this trip to Geneva – Mont Saléve. A bit of a struggle for starters, as back was still making itself known following Lac Leman ride two days earlier.
Perhaps it was late start due to a few glasses of wine with friends last night. Or temperature that by 11:30 when I was ready to go was over 30 degrees Celsius. Total ride time came in at 7h 31min for 115 miles. The last 10 were a bit of a challenge, to be honest. Not quite as I expected.
School break is with us and this means an opportunity to get away with the family. This time we’ll do a loop in Europe, starting with Switzerland, then Germany and Belgium. And I aim to cycle in all of them. It’s likely we’re stretched for time in Stuttgart so might give a break to my trusty Sequoia.
I’ve recently noticed creaks and squeaks emerging from the bottom bracket area when put more than average pressure on the pedals. Exact source is yet to be discovered… and fixed. Fortunately there’s a ton of information out there on potential areas that need attention. And then there’s LBS… But a hardened home mechanic would not turn to LBS unless it’s something that needs way too specific tools and skills. Or when it’s overly time consuming.
When starting out with nothing you might just do your homework and end up with right amount of gear.
However if you already have something and are not willing to burn money just because there’s an ideal setup, you’d try to use what you have. This is the frugal approach.
It’s second month since I go my CX bike. Since then I’ve questioned the choice on a few occasions when I feel I could do with a lighter one. It’s also transpired that I spend most of the time on tarmac and less off-road that I envisaged to be the case when choosing the bike. Two months of riding has resulted in about 800 miles covered. This mostly in M20, M25 and A2 triangle. There.