Today’s ride out

Just a short ride today. My motivation of late has been lacking.

I thought the Cycle path may of been busy, with it being a bank holiday, and the Bilton Gala, at least on the way out.

On the way to Ripley, I was overtaken by a guy on a trek bike that was making an awful noise. His drive chain was grinding away sounding like it was about to implode at any moment.

Following him for awhile, half expecting to be showered in pieces of rear derailleur detritus, I managed to set a new PB on a segment, achieving a time of 4:50.

On the way back, my front derailleur again refused to move up into the large ring, losing me a chunk of time, and something to sort out when I get back home.

I decided again to heft it up a short climb at the end of the cycle path, locally known as Gardners Hill, due to the pub at the bottom. When I was critically unfit this short hill would kill me, and I’d fail to even get a quarter of the way up it. But now, I can due it in under a minute. (Yes, it really is that short)

Back on the cycle path at Starbeck I swore and cursed at my derailluer to get its act together and move into the big ring, it steadfastly refused to move the chain. So a brief stop to again change the cable tension got it back in. But now, that barrel adjuster had reached the limit of its acceptable travel, but at least I had a working big ring. So it was a small test ride down to the Nidd Viaduct, and by now, the path was so busy with people.

And finally back home to sort out the issue with my front shifting. 

Longer Routes

So recently I have been trying not to ride less than 20 miles per ride. Its worked well so far. I can normally get to about 25 miles before fatigue becomes an issue, and its just a case of getting myself over that hill.

One of my new favourite long routes is along to Wetherby, the road is an interesting road, and really not to busy with most people taking the main road. On this route though, it really did hit hard on the way back. Having not had anything to eat for the day, my energy had dropped to 0, and I was running on empty all the way back. Really not a nice feeling.

So the moral of this story is always ensure your ready for a longer ride, and be prepared for the inevitable loss of average time if your not 🙂

I hit back in Harrogate, almost in the rush hour, and it never ceases to amaze me, that people are taking so long to drive the length of Skipton Road. They all complain about traffic, well, no, they cant complain about traffic, when they are traffic. I ride by on my bike, and get the whole road done in half the time. More people should realise, that the Traffic situation, is entirely of their own making, and they could, quite possibly cure, or in the very least help alleviate it, by doing their short journeys on foot, or bike.

Take this video for instance. The Range Rover that passes me, at the very top of Skipton Road, I beat all the way, and I took the long route round. He passes me just at the end of the Video, as I rejoin Skipton Road.