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

March 12, 2007

It doesn’t take much

Filed under: bikes — dgpowell @ 10:58 am

Just a couple of posts ago i was full of vitriol after Other People got in the way of my nice ride (literally and figuratively). Yesterday, along a similar route – the 3 towers route via some extra woods and then back over winter hill/rivi for the sake of it – all was right with the world.

The ground was strangely dry, so dry in fact, that i could still see my shins sticking out of the 3/4 shorts when i got home some 6.5hrs after i set off. The Scandal seemed to relish the extra grip on offer and i honestly felt like i was flying along lots of the route. Downhill i skimmed over rocks and tricky sections like they didn’t exist and i climbed quite well too (not “like a god”, that wasn’t the idea of the ride), i cleared all the nadgery bits in holcombe valley (and left a load of fully suspended riders behind in doing so) and generally loveed every minute of being able to steer without immediately having to countersteer, lean over and try to regain some semblance of directional control. Marvellous.

Not only was the ground and weather in fabulous condition (if you ignore the crappy wind – which i did whenever i could) but people’s attitude seemed to be a million times better than normal too. I passed quite a few walkers over the course of the day and even the ones who never leave the security of the car park (you know the type, walk 30m away from the nearest cafe and start thinking they can put the world to rights about who should be allowed where) were well mannered and cheerful – the walkers who dare leave the security of the sight-line of the cafes are almost always pleasant.
I saw and road with lots of types of cyclist during the day, from a group of mtbers near holcombe valley who were all happy and chatty (yes, the ones i left behind), through talkative roadies, that made the somewhat less than interesting tarmac sections more pleasurable, to a group of downhillers pushing their oversized rigs up the belmont to winter hill climb. All of them stepped out of the way as i rode past and even offered encouragement as i reached each tricky bit (which i didn’t need as i rocked). Marvellous.

Now i’m stuck back in work (boo) waiting for the rest of my New Road Bike to arrive – very impatiently.
The spec will be:

  • Planet X Superlight Team frame (still waiting to arrive)
  • Planet X full carbon forks (still waiting to arrive)
  • Shimano 105 groupset (still waiting to arrive)
  • Shimano R550 wheelset
  • Vittoria Rubino pro tyres/tubes
  • FSA CarbonPro bars
  • ITM racer stem
  • Easton bar tape (blue…)
  • WTB Trilite CS saddle (the one i used on the transalp)
  • cheapo seatpost (the original one from my old ‘dale)
  • XT SPD’s (not buying more shoes, so mtb pedals will have to do)

It should be lovely once it’s all here. I’m hoping beyond hope that everything turns up before or on thursday so i can get it built and ready to rock for friday’s 8hr planned ride: it would be great to do the pendal pedal route again (with extra hills) as it’s first ride.


  1. Mountain bike pedals on a road bike? Madness ๐Ÿ™‚

    I need to do a long road ride (further than Matt’s 103 miles!) but the weather isn’t cooperating. Might jump on the Pompino and head to the coast in a bit. 50 or 60 miles on a fixie = 110 geared miles I reckon ๐Ÿ™‚

    Comment by Simon — March 12, 2007 @ 11:16 am

  2. I have mtb pedals on a road bike.

    Comment by matt — March 12, 2007 @ 11:20 am

  3. I have the pedals but no road bike to put them on


    am currently working on a nice new route to add on to the end of my big hilly (pendal pedal) route that takes in southport and the coastal roads round that way…should end up somewhere in the region of 160 – 170 miles
    it would be ace…might even give it a go on friday if the new bike is ready

    Comment by dgpowell — March 12, 2007 @ 11:46 am

  4. that’s far too much time on the bike I struggled to retain interest over 5 hours.

    I might just ride around aimlessly on Friday.. last time I went towards Southport I ended up on too many horrible dual carriageways.

    Comment by matt — March 12, 2007 @ 11:50 am

  5. You guys get things easy! At least you *can* put MTB pedals on a road bike.

    Look at it from my possition, as a road cyclists whose just taken up MTBing. I went the obvious route of installing road pedals on my scandal.

    First off, streth its hard engaging the pedal when you have suspension, you can’t stomp on the pedal!

    Then there is mud. Bit of mud, and the pedal just won’t engage whatever you do.

    Then there is road shoes, you know the kind with ventilation holes in the sole. Oh yes, in bud those holes become great ways for the mud to get in!

    All in all, road pedals on a MTB: disaster.

    I’ve resigned myself to getiing a cheap set of eggbeaters, and a second cheepo set of shoes. Must say that given the choice I’d prefer to spend money elsewhere!

    Comment by David — March 12, 2007 @ 12:09 pm

  6. You had a better ride than I did yesterday.

    I did the Open5 event in Sutton Bank. Virtually everything that could go wrong, did.

    1. Forgot my running shoes, so had to buy some more.
    2. Crashed
    3. Rode past 2 check points, and had to go back for them.
    4. Took ages to find another.
    5. Went the wrong way twice. The second time was near the end. I had plenty of time to get back but went the wrong way up the road for 1.5 miles. I only realised when I was thinking how nice it was that the wind had turned round into a tail wind.
    6. Got back late thanks to my previous wrong turn.
    7. Lost the pin holding my rear brake pads in.

    On the plus point, I found lots of nice trails. Will have to go back some time, when it has dried out.

    Comment by Richard — March 12, 2007 @ 12:42 pm

  7. Position: 38 Number: 234 Name: Richard Cowan Team: Points: 355 Time: 5:00:42 Loss: -2 Final Points: 353

    from here

    Comment by dgpowell — March 12, 2007 @ 12:50 pm

  8. 38th! WOO!

    Comment by matt — March 12, 2007 @ 3:37 pm

  9. Ace, I’ve never been 38th in anything!

    am currently working on a nice new route to add on to the end of my big hilly (pendal pedal) route that takes in southport and the coastal roads round that wayรขโ‚ฌยฆshould end up somewhere in the region of 160 – 170 miles

    That’s rather a lot ๐Ÿ™‚ Some nice roads around that way.

    Comment by Simon — March 12, 2007 @ 5:54 pm

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