Yesterday I took a day off work to do a recon of the Tour de Lauder route on the M5. It was below freezing when I woke up so I waited until around 11 a.m. before setting off. Even at that time it was still pretty cold! It was one of those days where all … Continue reading Back to Reality
I commuted in to work by bike today - early start at 4.40 am to get to work for 6.30. All was going just lovely until I came round the roundabout outside Newtongrange just before you go under the viaduct - the bike fishtailed out from under me and I hit the deck at speed … Continue reading Crashed Again 😦
This week I had the mighty Fuego in for some TLC at the Bicycle Works after a winter sitting neglected and collecting dust in the garage. The trike has been the number one ride over the past few months, but now it feels like time to get back onto two wheels. The gears were skipping … Continue reading Reacquainting with an old friend
I had terrible insomnia on Friday night - something I periodically suffer from. I gave up at 3.30 am and got up. So what to do? Well, by 5 I had drunk about a gallon of coffee, had plenty breakfast and was on my way round the 65 mile Ettrick Loop! I was physically quite … Continue reading Things to do when you can’t sleep
We got out for a 2 hour blast on the tandem last night after work. The weather has been incredibly mild for February - about 10 degrees when we left. Very windy though! Up the back road to Heriot and hang a left up to the Granites. It was getting dark by the time we … Continue reading Night Ride
We got out for the first tandem ride of 2019 today - round the usual 40 mile Innerleithen loop. The weather was gorgeous when we were preparing to go. When asked if I thought we'd need overshoes, I immediately said nah, spring is here, we'll be fine without. 1.5 hours later, it's bloody freezing again, … Continue reading Keep your mouth shut!
Yesterday I took the trike to work and back - a round trip of 65 miles. Up at 4 a.m. for a 2 hour ride to work and nearly 3 hours home again. I tend to take a detour on the way home to avoid rush hour traffic on the A7 - there's some nice … Continue reading First commute of the year
Had a nice weekend of cycling last week - took the Tarmac out for a 2 hour blast on Saturday (puncture and 50mph winds - 'interesting' conditions!), and then got my first ride of 2019 on the M5 CHR on Sunday. I've been doing a few more updates to the CHR which I will hopefully … Continue reading Breaking out the big guns
I was out for a 3.5 hour trike ride on Saturday, over some decent sized hills. The temperature was just below freezing and there was some mist on the tops making it colder. I get Raynaud's quite badly in my hands and feet, so keeping the circulation going can be a huge challenge when the … Continue reading Staying Warm
Happy new year folks, hope you all had a good one. We had a very quiet one in the house which is just the way I like it! When I woke up this morning the sky was completely clear, and although the sun wasn't yet up I could see it was going to be a … Continue reading Start as you mean to go on!