Mayday, Mayday, We’re going down!

[Note from Munky: Nasty pictures of injuries ahead if squimish look away now]

I am once again humbled by the trail gods, I have clearly not been paying them enough attention.

Maybe because I have been riding on the road so much they thought that I must be punished,

Maybe it is because they have not had their pound of flesh [literally] from me for the use of their domain and they saw fit to take it at that moment,

Maybe they just wanted blood!

What ever their reasoning and as a mere mortal man it would be impossible and heracy for me to assume that I know or understand the reasoning of the gods. Yesterday I binned it….. at speed!

I was almost home on the XC route from work and had just enjoyed a fast descent through the field path, dropped the knee and took the 90° turn at speed with a nice amount of rear wheel slide.

I strightened up and hammered the cranks for home,

On the path there are two options a smooth thin line or a rough wide line. I chose the smooth thin line….. i chose poorly.

The thin line as but one flaw a series of humps that are usually fun to ride, but this time I made a fatal error. I looked where the trail disappeared into the creek.

Now I have learned that usually where I look the bike will go…… and it did.

Once the front wheel had slipped down this route I was buggered! I turn to try and retrieve it but the bank was too steep and off I went.

The front wheel stuck, I carried on as i was doing about 15mph at the time and landed knee and shoulder first. OUCH!

[and now what you’ve all be waiting for…… the damage]

Of course being the keen blogger I am I instantly whipped out the camera to take some pictures of the injuries for this post…. sad ain’t it.

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Instant damage

dsc02325The view when I got home

dsc02327and the shoulder… I have similar grazes all the way down to my wrist.

So today, I got back on the stead and rode the same bit no problems at all. I hope that the gods are now satisfied with their offering of blood [hopefully it’ll be enough for the season]

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Closing out March

dsc02162Today I needed to go pick up a parcel from the post office, the card “postie had left stated that the parcel was not in my town but the next, so I set off early and rode out my college route there upon arrival I was informed that said parcel was not there but in fact at my local depot.

So back on the old iron horse to the other post office where as it was before their opening times I had to beg the woman for my parcel. I was eventually successful and set off for the office.

Some people would be mad that they had to run around for an hour and a half due to the wrong information card. But why should I be mad that I got to have a near on 2 hour ride on a nice warm morning!

In fact Thanks for the mix up postie!

But….. My ass hurts due to a saddle sore that has gone mental!…. sorry……. but it’s good to share.

Stats:

2 weeks data as last week I only rode for a couple of days.

  • Time: 9:43’57
  • Distance: 136.43miles
  • Average Speed: 14mph
  • Max: 32.4mph
  • March Total: 381.2miles

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Stretch it out

This mornings ride wasn’t quite 30 miles but it felt like it thanks to a fantastic 17mph headwind! [i checked it was that hard]

Ride info:

View Interactive Map on MapMyRide.com

  • Distance: 21.22
  • Time: 1:30
  • Ascent: 505ft
  • Descent: 575ft
  • Average Speed: 14.15 mph
  • Calories burned: 1172

The 1st part of the ride was great and I felt strong and was whipping along quite nicely, I made sure that I drank regularly and  was able to get to the 14 mile mark in relative comfort it was at this point the situation changed some what.

I rounded a corner and was immediately blasted by head wind which cut my average speed as I was seeing it from a healthy 18mph to a suffering 13mph and the suffering in the head wind continued for the next 7 miles and this 7 miles is the 7 miles on the busiest road that I really could have done with zipping along, but it was not to be, today I suffered in the saddle but I’m sure it’ll all be worth it later.

Very sleepy now.

Single Speed Fit

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I’ve been cycling for about two and a half years now in the cycling regularly / being addicted to it sort of way.

I’ve worked hard to get fit and thought that I had fairly strong muscular legs…. apparently not.

My legs have under gone some sort of transformation, they’ve changed in a month from legs to cycling machines!

They are like two pink hairy pistons hammering away at the pedals, i’ve got visiable muscles sticking out in places that I didn’t know they grew! It’s awesome and probably why my running has come on so much.

Also I have found that all of me has toned up since I got the single speed bike, my upper body from the pulling up when climbing and lower from hammering the cranks so much.

So we have a top Highwaymunky training tip for you.

If you want legs that are like the pistons of of an ocean liner engine, that go like the clappers and look pretty good [i think]

Then single speed is the way to go!

Although I am looking a little odd with great arms and legs and a podgy tummy sticking out of the middle but that’s a work in progress.

Hard week in the saddle,

I think it’s because I’ve seen significant improvement in my strength and fitness on the Langster that I feel like I’m training for something, but I’m not, should I?

Yesterdays ride to and from college was just as fast as the week before but the return journey home was 2miles longer than the week before!

Oh and I have some stats [geek out time]

  • Days – 7
  • Time – 7 hours 33 minutes
  • Distance: 102.29 miles
  • Average speed 13.5mph
  • Max 40.1

My legs were feeling very heavy at the end of yesterday but the ride home in particular did feel loads better than the week before I was faster up the hills by about 1mph and recovering much quicker I’m hoping this is due to an increased fitness.

I am starting to see a much more rapid decease in the fat stomach area and if I can manage to get some runs in / gym this week I’ll be doing well.

Today’s duties have been exchanged with the wife she’s in the saddle and I’m on the school run with the rest of the cagers! I think a day out of the saddle will do me good as up until a few days ago I’ve been neglecting my rear and developed a saddle sore, it feel loads better than it did a few days ago thanks the assoss chamoix cream and regular applications of sudacreme seem to be doing the trick! Not nice!

But it’s good to share. Later Y’all.

RWC: Getting bums on saddles. A political plan!

How do we get the weekend warriors to become winter hard core commuters and how do we get the cagers to become any sort of cycling commuters, because once they start they’ll get hooked as we all have done and the only problem will be the mad silly commuter bike races everywhere every morning and evening.

So how do we do it?

One word [being an engineer] Infrastructure

Yup it’s cycle lanes!

When I come to power it will happen this is the plan and it’ll really could work, if we put cycle lanes everywhere it will be the making of this country.

[warning this covers lots of trains of thought but there’s method in my madness] 

We are currently plunging our way into recession and possibly depression, loads of people are out of work and the world is choking to death on car fumes… Basically we are buggered.

Enter the simple bicycle, this simple device will fix our country’s, nay the world’s problems.

Now to build the cycle lanes we need money, but the country is flat broke so how do we get the money?

 

1st we need bikes and lots of them.

Materials shall be reclaimed from scrap yards and all the cars sat in huge car parks around the country doing nothing and the cars we confiscate off lazy people and they shall be made into bicycles.

But who will do this work?

All the people who don’t have jobs will be given a job in factories making the bicycles, learning manufacturing skills and earning a crust (the wages will be pulled from money saved later) to produce thousands of various types of bicycles.

We have loads of bicycles now what to do with them…. Sell them for cheap £50 each for good reliable lightweight bikes made out of ford, Vauxhalls and range rovers.

 

But how will this solve the country problems?

National Obesity Crisis.  Problem Solved

Some people don’t cycle because they are unfit and over weight due to sitting in front of the TV for 10 years. Give all obese people bicycles, take away their TV’s then they will cycle when they get bored enough and then loose weight. Problem sorted!

Saving the NHS millions every year.

 

Smoking addiction. Problem Solved

Give all smokers bicycles, they cycle and still smoke for a while but in order to get faster they would quit. So we get no smokers again saving the NHS millions every year!

The Money saved shall be reinvested into the building of cycle lanes.

 

Traffic congestion.  Problem Solved

The average road is 8m wide 4m each lane, in this space you can just fit one car and one bicycle next to each other, but with just bicycles we can fit 4 cycles next to each other basically quadrupling the volume of traffic we can fit in the current road system.

Saving the country millions every year in lost revenue from people being late due to congestion!

But who will build the cycle lanes?

 

Over crowded Prisons Problem Solved

We have thousands of people lounging around in cells, watching TV and playing pool, Prisoners are the answer. Given the chance / no choice to get out and graft we have a massive workforce available for manual work.

So we shall create cycle lane building chain gangs, thousands of blokes and women’s in jump suits on the streets guarded by men with shot guns should get things moving along quite nicely! 

Chances are that most of those on short sentences will object the 12 hour days grafting at the side of the road and won’t want to re-offend and go back to prison, so the numbers in the prisons will reduce.

With all the roads getting thinner to accommodate the new cycle lanes the speed limits will have to be reduced to 20mph every where…. Well at that speed it’s just as quick to cycle! (See where we are going)

The last part of the plan is to install SAT NAV type system into every car to control the number of vehicles on the road and it should work like so.

  • Get in car; enter destination post code / address.
  • Car calculates the distance with the following results:
  • Less than 1 miles car does not start and flashes up advice note saying “Walk!”
  • Less than 5 miles car does not start and flashes up advice note saying “ Ride your Bike”

This will remove all short journeys that could be walked / ridden = loads less cars!

So we have a country of fit healthy people cycling every where.

Car manufactures give up and start making bicycles!

Co2 emissions reduced dramatically as we all cycle every where.

The rest of the world follow suit, creating the possibilities to cycle round the world in cycle lanes!

 

This is my plan for when I come to power to get more people cycling!

 

Vote Highway Munky

  

P.S. If you are upset and angry about any of the above comments I apologise and will have you a sense of humour posted out immediately. 

1st college commute for the Langster

Well we had a good blast to college and back yesterday shaving 15 minutes off my commute time. I knew the mountain bike was slower but a whole 5mph slower as an average speed! I followed the same route as last time and it was amazing how quickly the ride went by, there were a number of factors contributing to the new turn of speed.

 

  • Skinny Tyres – Yes, skinny tyres are fast… who knew!
  • Attack! – Other than suffering in the saddle it is the only way to get up the hills!
  • Rabbits – Pass no less than 7 other cyclists on my way in but as my Food Chain Number is 4 on the Langster everyone else was lower down the food chain than me.

The track bars are starting to grow on me, I’ve got a good grip climbing position now and thanks to the expertly applied bar phat [Thanks Darren!] they are comfy.

The other great thing about yesterdays ride was that it is warmer! Yes the endless cold snap appears to be over and the need to draped in waterproof has lapsed for the time being. YES!!!

 

Today I managed to get my 1st puncture and realised I’d forgotten the spanner to take the wheel nuts off…. Eek, I managed to get round this as I found the offending metal staple and patched up the tube using the excellent Park Tool Super patch Kit.

 

I was re-inflated in no time thanks to the co2 air gun pump…. Seriously they are so worth the cost to re-inflate and be on the road again in a minute is a thousand times better than standing there pumping away for 10 minutes trying to get something like the right pressure.

 

So HighwayMunky tip of the day for your saddle bags are:

 

Park Tool Super patch Kit.                                   SKS AIRGUN With CO2 Cartridge