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

October 13, 2008

If at first you don’t succeed

Filed under: bikes,rubbish weather — dgpowell @ 3:31 pm

A welcome (ish) return to training began last week, with a few days at base pace to get the old internal engine a bit better at utilising fat as fuel. It was almost enjoyable as there’s still enough light left after work to actually see some of the countryside I’m riding through, in a couple of weeks time it’ll be pitch black and miserable, but for the next week or two it’ll be all autumnal and pretty, lovely.

Took Friday off work to go and ride a bit further, chose to head out on the cross bike along the roads to Wray, via slaidburn and such places then come back over salter fell for a bit of off road playtime. Wow. The weather had obviously been building itself up for my return to riding and unleashed all sorts of fury on me as i grovelled round the route. Well, i say grovelled, for the first 30 miles I was blown round by a crazy strong wind that saw me beat my fastest ever times (set on the road bike) without getting out of breath. Of course, from the halfway point onwards it was chuffing awful, leaving me grinding along the flat at 14mph with my jaw hanging down near the top tube as I gasped for enough air to keep my legs going.
The off road section was rockier than I remember it and came with it’s own sideways rain that managed to numb my face to the point where I didn’t realise i was dribbling. Still good fun though, the cross bike demanded much more attention to what I was doing and I felt like a proper tough northerner as i battled the elements up on the exposed moors. Or at least I did until i misjudged the depth of an innocuous looking puddle and flung myself over the bars.

salter fell track in summer

Did the same ride again on sunday, this time with far less wind and a fair bit more sun and managed to get round 22minutes quicker than friday, with an average heart rate 1bpm higher. Nice. It would have been 30 minutes quicker but I spent 8mins at the side of the road fettling the brakes after they somehow started rubbing on the tyre, despite nothing moving. Very odd. Lots of other people were out riding on sunday as well, many of whom were on cross bikes…in fact i saw the most cross bikes i’ve ever seen in one day (outside of CX races, obviously). Of the riders some where chatty, some polite, some ignored me completely (and got destroyed up the hills for it, ha!) and some looked positively miserable when they realised I’d caught them up. I avoided the puddle of doom this time though, which more than made up for other people’s misery.

The shimano pedals are far better for riding – much more secure – and, although they’ve developed a tiny bit of play in the bearings, it doesn’t seem to be getting any worse so I’m happy with them.
Sadly my 17,000 mile old diadora chili shoes died while i was removing the old eggbeater cleats* from them to fit the new shimano ones. I’ll miss them, they were uber comfy and put up with everything i threw at them for nearly 3 years without falling apart (until they fell apart…). I’m replacing them with a pair of mid range shimano jobbies that I bet won’t be anywhere near as good 🙁

*Another eggbeater problem; they eat the soles of your shoes.


  1. Sounds,like you had a good day sunday, i did the first route I ever went on with you guys. it was fun to wander down memory lane got a pinch flat on the belmont decent which is now 10x worse than when we last rode it. but it was nice to come out of the clouds and into the sun

    Comment by Wayne — October 13, 2008 @ 5:33 pm

  2. Good show ! After a disapointing team effort at 10 @ relentless (repo later) im off the cycle training for a month … by the time i take it up again ill be in the southern hemisphere … hope the winters good to you dave. Doing the puffer this year ?

    running and swimming for now ! and neither very serious !

    selling old faithful !! not sure what to replace it with 🙁

    Comment by terry — October 13, 2008 @ 6:13 pm

  3. aye, sunday was quite a nice spin, i did think about heading over to rivington but though it might be a bit busy.
    we’ll have to sort out a mid week ride in the lakes sometime before the weather turns for good

    terry, i wondered how long it’d be before you started rubbing the whole NZ thing in 😉
    you lucky sod!

    yup, puffing it again this year, having another crack at solo…and have started stockpiling brake pads already 🙂

    ps, you need a scandal

    Comment by dgpowell — October 13, 2008 @ 10:03 pm

  4. Might go to rivi one night, it’s never busy then do you fancy it?

    Comment by Wayne — October 13, 2008 @ 11:02 pm

  5. aye dave , its on the list but i cant over look the fact id be paying roughly double what i can buy a top drawer 26″ bike … damn my boss for not stocking any brands that produce 29ers !!! a rohloff for the rig is always an option !

    Comment by terry — October 13, 2008 @ 11:16 pm

  6. yeah, a night ride’d be good, i can do wed/thur this week or tue/thur/fri next week

    Comment by dgpowell — October 14, 2008 @ 11:03 am

  7. You missed an interesting ride on Sunday. A full report can be found on the Bolton Mountain Rescue website here. There were 2 mountain rescue teams out, the air ambulance and a police helicoter. One of the women from the bike club went over her handle bars coming off the the decent down the side of the pike.

    Comment by Rich — October 14, 2008 @ 11:57 am

  8. you didn’t end up having to ring anyone’s parents from the hospital this time round did you? 😉

    Comment by dgpowell — October 14, 2008 @ 12:07 pm

  9. No awkward telephone calls this time, which was a bit a of a relief

    Comment by Rich — October 14, 2008 @ 12:36 pm

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