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

August 20, 2009

Escape from New York Work / I Blame Matt

Filed under: bikes,lunacy - other peoples — dgpowell @ 9:04 am

One of the many reasons bikes are ace: escapism. After yet another harder-than-it-should-have-been day at work jamming a bottle full of nuun into the bottle cage of the cross bike and a quick change of clothes was all it took to run (well, ride actually) far far away from the office of headaches, demented car drivers, sulking dog walkers and all other general human misery. Within an hour I was here:

(clicky for biggie)

surrounded by…well, you can see what I was surrounded by. It was most definitely a warm, dry, sunny summer evening designed for best use in the countryside. The people I rode past were out enjoying themselves and cheery because of it. More were on bikes that walking which was a bit surprising but nice and the number of funny looks I got for riding a cross bike along the same tracks they were, on their big full sussers made for Smug Overload.
Scarily, I actually felt quite fast on a few of the descents, which isn’t like me on a cross bike at all normally. I didn’t feel fast on the climbs, but that didn’t stop me eeking out the limits of traction from a 35c semi slick over the dusty ground and pouring bucket loads of sweat out of myself, which must count for something, right?

Jason’s bought himself a new GPS thingy, which I’m kind of jealous of, so now I’m thinking of getting one so I can actually log all these rides – then you can have a go at them and feel smug too 😀

In other news: New Theme for the site! If you haven’t noticed, you’re presumably blind…or have images turned off…erm or are just reading the rss feeds…actually there’s loads of reasons you might not have noticed, but there’s still a new theme here anyway. Matt did it, in between riding too much and drinking red bull, so kudos to him (and blame him if it all falls over). Yay matt.

I’m back in work now, with little to show for yesterday evening’s ride, save a lingering sense of fulfillment and stinging arms and legs from the hyper-nettles that seem to have sprung up everywhere, so I gues I’ll have to get on with some work…
…oh look, 196 tweets to read 🙂


  1. Is that a PLANET-X UNCLE JOHN underneath all of the black tape?

    Comment by Harry the Spider — August 20, 2009 @ 9:37 am

  2. I couldn’t possibly comment 😉

    Interesting Fact: that is the loudest cross bike in existance, there is not a single moving part that doesn’t creak, groan, click or grind. Great for attracting attention!

    Comment by dgpowell — August 20, 2009 @ 9:44 am

  3. If you had joined us on last nights ride you would have needed a couple of rolls of black tape. It was like a brand that can’t be mamed owner’s club (B.T.C.B.N.O.C.) outing.

    The hub on my B.T.C.B.N.U.J. sounds like a bad afternoon in Beruit.

    Comment by Harry the Spider — August 20, 2009 @ 10:09 am

  4. I love this new esign dude – Well done Matt.

    Comment by Mark — August 20, 2009 @ 10:09 am

  5. yeah looks ok doesn’t it, it it essentially the site 😉

    Comment by dgpowell — August 20, 2009 @ 12:47 pm

  6. that was matt not dave, I seem to be logged in still.. WOOO time to write some post about how I like cake..

    Comment by dgpowell — August 20, 2009 @ 12:47 pm

  7. aah, i see my split personality is back, this could be interesting…

    Comment by dgpowell — August 20, 2009 @ 1:16 pm

  8. it could very well be (I can’t actually log out for some reason!)

    Comment by dgpowell — August 20, 2009 @ 4:24 pm

  9. lol

    Comment by terrahawk — August 20, 2009 @ 6:16 pm

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