Twinkly Dave – Mud splattered bicycle and pizza enthusiast Growing old disgracefully

May 8, 2006

I need a hero!…

Filed under: bikes — dgpowell @ 10:23 am

bike and brew My helper for SSMM might not be able to make it, so if you know of anyone who’d be willing to mix energy drinks / unwrap energy bars for me on the 24th – 25th June please let me know. Knowledge of how to fettle bikes would be a bonus, but is by no means essential…
Obviously I will pay for their food, drink and possibly even a massage (not by me)…and they could even have a (small) share of any winnings*

Over the weekend the weather did it’s traditional “stay nice up until ride-day then turn crap”, but that didn’t stop rich and i heading out over Whins Fell for a last ride before next weeks attempt at clic24 solo – my first ever solo 24hr race and mid-training test for SSMM (did i mention i need a helper for that?).
The ride was suprisingly devoid of mud, given that the Trough usually only needs about 5mins of mild drizzle to turn in to a quagmire, which made everything faster – nice.

During the ride, Rich and i learned that we will never be able to retrain as sheep dogs, after i inadvertantly forced a lamb THROUGH a gate (the first i knew about it was a strange “mee-eh-eh THUMP” noise from below me). Before i could grab it, it had squeezed itself through the gap between the slats and had bounced off in to the next field, looking rather confused. We tried coaxing it (it seemed unsure as to wether to trust us or not), hiding from it with the gate open and trying to herd it using all our combined knowledge from years of watching One Man and His Dog on telly**
Of course we failed miserably to do anything apart from drive the poor beast further and further away from the gate.
We eventually gave up when rich said “Sod him, he squeezed through once, he can do it again” as the wooly terror lapped him for about the third time…

*I have no chance of winning anything
**I, at least, have never knowingly watched One Man and His Dog, i cannot speak for rich, but i doubt he has either


  1. Looks like your weather was as good as the Trek 642 mate. It turned into a mudfest, the Kula Primo kept mis-shifting and i couldnt find out why, faffed with that damned rapid-rise mech loads but couldnt tune it so got the Caldera out, had to anyway because Pythons arent good in the mud! Found out this morning ive bent my chain and it was hanging on by half a link so i did a 2hr expert race and 3hrs of a 642 race and somehow didnt snap it. Good ol SRAM eh?

    Comment by Steve — May 8, 2006 @ 7:22 pm

  2. Does he have to be fresh from the fight?

    Comment by matt — May 8, 2006 @ 9:32 pm

  3. he/she can be as fresh or as grimy as they like

    Comment by dgpowell — May 11, 2006 @ 9:27 am

  4. Gears were your problem there, Steve.

    Comment by matt — May 11, 2006 @ 10:28 am

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