Decided to get off my arse and start cycling to work again, so after getting back from karate last night, I gave the hybrid a once over, packed the pannier with a change of clothes for work, and this morning cycled in.
Nice wee gentle 40 minute ride – I can hammer it in about 25 mins on the cyclecross, but I was up early and in no rush, as the gym at work doesn’t open till 7.00 so I didn’t want to be waiting about till it opened to get a shower.
By 7.0 I was showered, changed and in the coffee shop reading the paper.
Nice way to start the day.
On Wednesday, I’d taken a day off work after checking the weather forecast, and decided to cycle the 21 miles from the house to Balloch.
I’d been wanting to do this for a while, but the weather and the timing had been off. On Wednesday, everything just clicked.
I’ve not done this before, but getting from the house to join NCR7 was simple enough and I joined at the Bells bridge at the SECC before heading for Balloch.
The route takes in Clydebank, Yoker, Dumbarton, Renton and Balloch following the Forth and Clyde canal.
It’s a really nice ride once you’re out of the city, and I completely lost track of time. Before I knew it I had arrived at Balloch and Loch Lomond.
I was getting a lift back from my wife, so I gave her a call, and while I was waiting I grabbed some breakfast.
So a great wee morning out. Really enjoyed it and will definitely do it again, but extend the ride to finish at Luss
Boats moored at Bowling
The Maid of the Loch
The trusty steed at Loch Lomond
So that’s three days in a row I’ve cycled 5 miles to work, and followed it up with 30 minutes of yoga, instead of just grabbing a coffee and a muffin.
Then at the end of the day there’s the 5 mile cycle home again.
As long as the weather allows I’ll keep up cycling. I don’t mind the rain, but it can get really windy, and I don’t fancy being blown off the bike. The yoga will happen regardless of how I get to work.
Monday is the only day I don’t/can’t cycle, as I have karate in the evening and go straight from work, and the bag full of karate gear on top of the change of clothes for work, is too big for comfortable cycling, but again, the yoga will still get done.
The shop got the problem with the bike sorted, so that’s great. The tension on the rear derailleur needed adjusting.
I really need to do a wee course on bike maintenance, as I feel that things like this, I should be able to do myself.
In other news, there’s a been a deluge of emails in work over something really simple. It really was a case of too many people getting involved, and every time I opened my email there was another going on about the same thing. In the end I went down stairs and spoke to the person I was needing a signature from, and she agreed with me that it was a storm in a tea cup.
People need to actually READ their emails before responding, and cc-ing other people in just adds to the noise and makes getting a solution to something really simple, that much harder. A fine example of ADMINISTRATIUM – the densest element known to mankind. Once administratium gets added to a situation, it can take forever to solve.
Tags: bike, work
The gears on the bike are playing up.
Pretty much can’t use the third largest cog on the back, as when it’s under load, it slips into the next smallest, then jumps back up, the slips/jumps/slips…..you get the picture.
Further down the cogs, there’s a little rattle as if it’s not aligned right and is about to change, but it doesn’t. Then, down at the 6th smallest, changing down jumps you to 8, and you have to change back up to get into 7.
All of the above only happens when the pedals are under load. Stick the bike on a stand, turn the pedals and it happily changes up and down without any problems.
So, at the moment, I’m basically only using one gear, and fortunately it’s the one that I find suits my riding the best. But if I’d wanted a single speed, I’ve have bought one.
Bike is getting dropped off for a service tomorrow. Fortunately the shop I bought it from give free servicing for a year after purchase, and it’s only 4 months old.
Got a free service for the bike today, courtesy of my work, which arranges for Dr Bike to come in ever so often. It was needing the gears adjusted, as the cables are stretched now and the gears were slipping. Since it had already had the post purchase service from the shop, I would have had to pay £20 for a basic service, just to get the cables adjusted, so this was good timing, and it saved me £25.
I also picked up some info on the bike servicing courses they run, and will definitely look into doing them in the near future. If you know what you’re doing, you can go to the shop and hire a service bay and all the tools, for £4 an hour, which is damn good. But first I have to know what I’m doing 😀 (They do have mechanics on hand to help out if need be).
What I thought was pretty cool, was the checklist they gave me with what they’d done ticked off, had a box for comments from the mechanic. In mine he’d written “Great bike”. Made my day.
So, this Friday, I’ve got a test ride on the Cannondale organised. If it feels right, when the cycle to work scheme starts in just over a week, I’ll be picking it up. They’re going to give me a Genesis to try as well. It’s supposed to be similar, so they want to give me an option. It’s a bit more than I want to pay, and to be honest, even if it wasn’t, I think I’m pretty sold on the CAADX, so the Genesis will have to be something special to sway me.
Tags: bike, cycling
The cycle to work scheme should be kicking in again next month. I’m seriously considering the Cannondale CAADX Sora Disc
as my commute/longer run bike, to complement the Giant escape M1 that I currently own.
To be honest, I’d probably be happy enough with one of the B’Twin road bikes that I had a try of in Decathalon, BUT, the cross bikes have wheels/tyres that will be more forgiving on the roads of Glasgow. That, and the fact that with the savings I’ll make via the scheme, although the Cannondale is almost double the price of the B’Twin, I’ll end up paying about the same or just over. So more bike for my buck sort of thing.
We’ll see, but if I go for a Cross, it’s probably the Cannondale, and if I (for some reason) go road, then possibly B’Twin.
Despite promising myself I wouldn’t get a second bike, I’ve applied for the bike to work scheme again.
That could be considered a fail, or a win.
Anyway, going to go for a cyclocross bike, as I couldn’t decide between a mtb and a road bike. OK, I won’t be attempting anything that I could kill myself doing on a mtb, BUT I can commute faster, AND do some single track as well. Looking forward to a bike with drop handlebars again as well.
Pics to be posted when I get the bike.
(*REALITY CHECK – Last night I realised that I just don’t have the space to store another bike. Since I don’t want to get rid of my current bike (a Giant Escape M1) I’m putting the new bike on hold. It’s going to give me a chance to decide if I want to go back to drop bars or not. If I’m still keen on the idea next year, I’ll sell on the Giant and get something else. – Or we could just get a bigger house with a garage…….)