Thursday, May 21, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
Here's hoping that it wont be too long till that day .. Fingers crossed :)
Friday, May 15, 2009
I am hoping to hit the trails tomorrow though come rain or shine as 3 days is just about my limit. I also need to invest in a new Hi-Vis Jacket or vest as I am a major believer in making it impossible for cars.trucks,buses or anything bigger and faster then me on a bike to not see me so the brighter the better in my opinion!
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
chic cycling as its being called sees the bike being taken to the heart of the fashion world as style conscious women discover that the bike is a brilliant way of getting around be it for work or just for fun.
these women can be seen wearing the latest hot of the catwalk styles as they pedal their way along the high streets. Gone are the days of Lycra and fluorescent kit.
But I do have to wonder if this new hype has its drawbacks. for example is it safe to be speeding along pushing the pedals in High heels? There is also the visibility factor to consider I very much doubt that a chic cyclist would be seen wearing a hi vis vest never mind a helmet because god forbid they may get helmet hair.
That said though it is a boost for the cycling world as more people women especially are embracing the realm of two wheels. Being a mountain bike gal myself it does sadden me a little though as bikes are brilliant powerful machines finely tuned to deliver a top notch workout and should be treated as such not simply become a fashion accessory. Every time I see a bike with a basket decorated with flowers on the front I get a flash back to the " Dog in the Handbag" its just not natural in my opinion but then again that's what this is all about opinions everyone has the right to theirs and If this new movement is the opinion of some who am I to argue?
But I can safely say that I will never ever be joining that movement give me speed, Dirt and a forest trail any day!
( images for this post found on google search I do not own these pics nor do I claim to)
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
The roads were surprisingly busy today and I had my fair share of close calls most drivers are ok and will give you enough space to ride safely but then there are the few that seem to go out of their way to push you as close to the verge as possible and they seemed to be out in force today.
So anyways Id decided to head to the forest and do some trail work for a little while the ground was perfect nice and dry but not loose. I spent about an hour there then went on to visit my friend who lives about eight miles away from the woods.
After a nice afternoon of catching up and coffee drinking it was once again time to hit the road and try to avoid the blind/inconsiderate drivers on the way home.
All in all I did about 11 miles give or take a few inches. And right now I'm tired hot and hungry but still feel the sense of achievement that comes with every good days biking.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
The description included
- Soft Padded Top
- Stretch Fit
- Extra Gel For Comfort
Which is all true but after having used it for two days I've got to say that It's not worth the money. The gel becomes compressed when you sit on it for long enough and that is just as painful if not more so as it was with the original non covered saddle.
Also it's wider around the edges so there is quite a bit of thigh chaffing, And it does seem to add some weight to the bike admittedly not a lot but enough to notice.
But perhaps the most annoying fault that I have found is the fact that it absorbs moisture, Unlike the conventional saddles of leather or plastic which can be wiped dry.
So when riding in the rain it's like having a heavy duty sponge stuck to your bike and you can guarantee a soggy bottom by the end of the day!
Of course this is just my opinion and what Ive found- final statement " Don't waste your time, Money or Energy on a gel saddle cover"
A quick shot of one of the small trails
Friday, May 8, 2009
So after a slice of toast, Some coffee and a cigarette ( unfortunately I haven't quite managed to give up the dreaded weed just yet) I packed my bag with the essentials got my bike out and was on my way.
I don't usually plan my route just go where the mood takes me so I headed north for a while at a leisurely pace.
The newborn lambs where jumping in the fields and the birds were twittering away the light rain was actually quite refreshing I was enjoying the morning air immensely.
I noticed a couple of cyclists up ahead, These guys were the serious kind with the spandex shorts and speedy bikes so as a little challenge I decided to catch them up, One of them noticed what i was up to and made some comment to his partner probably about the little mountain bike on their tail. after a few seconds I was riding right next to them I said good morning and one guy waved then the race began they shifted into high gear and took off.
Not to be out done I did the same and once again to their surprise I was right next to them. This game of cat and mouse continued for another few minutes until i got bored and headed off down a little lane on the right.
My knees where starting to ache a little after all the pumping to keep up but I was quite pleased with myself and proud of my little bike It didn't let me down.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Cycling is the greener way to travel it's inexpensive and you feel so much better knowing that you powered your own journey.
Getting started couldn't be easier all you need is a good road worthy bike, A helmet and the dertermination to give it a go.
I was a late comer to the world of two wheels but now it is second nature.
My bike of choice at the moment is a " Probike Escape" Mountain bike. Some people say that mountain bikes aren't suited for road riding because they are too heavy etc. But for where i live its ideal as the roads have quite a few potholes and are often flooded or muddy, So the grip that mountain tyres offer is most certainly needed.
I have already completed a few day trips this year and this blog is basically going to be my experiances be they good or bad.
I will also offer some maintence and equipment help and support along the way. And hopefully will learn more aswell.
So until the next time- Have fun on two wheels, Live to ride and ride to live and remember safety first!