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11th November 2012
Riders: Richard,
Adam, Wobbem, Rob, Rich Lonegroover and Terry
Tunnel Hill
Weather: 8°C

I bled the Hope four pot brakes on Saturday afternoon and swapped out the Continental Vertical Protection tyre on the front that I blamed for me crashing so much last time out for the WTB directional tyre. This gave me a good improvement in steering and braking power and inspired much more confidence in the bike than I have had for the last couple of MTB rides.

I also did my first ever mini-service of an SPD. Unscrew the axle from the M540 pedal using a small plumber’s grip tool and discover that the bearings whilst in plenty of grease are graunchy as fuck. Remove axle from a spare M520 pedal I have lying around which has a nice smooth action, regrease and rescrew into the pedal body. It really is that simple. Okay so I didn’t replace the bearings but I can’t imagine it’s too difficult looking at the components.

A rare trip over to Farnborough to ride the trails at Tunnel Hill and Porridgepot Hill sees us miss the worst of the soggy trails and have a decent morning's ride.

It's my first day back on the MTB since cracking a couple of ribs five weeks ago and the ribs have now healed well and I don't have any trouble with them.

It takes a bit longer to get used to being off-road again though and I struggle for the first hour to get used to the feeling of your wheels sliding around and being off-camber. Although I do get better I never quite get 'in the zone' but it wasn't a bad attempt for the first ride back.

I started off at the back of the group of six and Rob and Adam were flying up front. Adam is clearly benefiting from his change of lifestyle choice which gives him much more riding time. But as I loosened up and my rusty technique started to return I worked my way up the natural sequence of riders on a trail that forms in any group of riders.

But I didn’t push my luck too far and avoided the very doable drop. Well done to Rob M, Lonegroover and Batbling for cleaning it successfully.


 

 

 

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18th November 2012
Riders: Richard,
Rob, Cas and Tony
Road Ride: Richmond Park
Weather: 8°C

I was planning on an MTB ride over at Leith Hill but changed my mind at the last minute to join Cas, Rob and Tony for four laps of Richmond Park and 80km road riding which takes me to just 200km short of my annual target. Sounds a lot but I should knock that off easily during next week's cycle commute.

In fact I've had a monster week's riding. Following on from last Sunday's visit to Tunnel Hill I cycle commuted five days this week and 80km around the Park today saw me logging 368 km on Strava.

With the weather cold but dry and bright RP was rammed today, dozens of riders ploughing through the loops either clockwise or anti-clockwise.

Going back quickly to the week before last, the Tuesday morning commute at 7 a.m. saw my toes absolutely freezing in my lightweight Specialized disco slippers so that lunchtime I purchased a pair of DeFeet Woolie Boolies in Evans Cycles, Canary Wharf for what seemed like an expensive £12-49. But how wrong I was, they have proved to be an excellent buy that has kept my little piggies toasty warm ever since.

Maybe I could have used Bikehound to get them cheaper but my toes were cold there and then and I wanted them immediately. Just goes to show that sometimes you are prepared to pay for instant gratification.


 

 

 

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25th November 2012
Riders: Richard,
Wob, Rich Lonegroover, Adam, Terry and Rhys
Road Ride: Tunnel Hill
Weather: 9°C

Well, the forecast death and destruction due to an inch of rain and it being a bit windy didn't materialise so we took the opportunity to get out on our bikes; let's off-road! (I was going to mention armageddon but my wife reckons I can't spell it. It's not like it's the end of the World!)

Apparently the Surrey Hills are still very wet and over-ridden so we headed to the less well-known and certainly less ridden Tunnel Hill for a few klicks singletrack mountain biking.

And much fun was had as we hit up all the key areas and gained a few PR's on Strava at the same time. But most importantly I hit my annual target for the year (see top right on this week's page). A few weeks later than Cas but five weeks ahead of target is good enough for me.


 

 

 

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