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Had an epic ride today, was aiming for a hard pelt into the RNP and back home, about 120km , but my drive train did an unplannned somersault at the top of bald hill and I came to a complete stop, fell over landing on the kerb (catching the garmin I might add) and then had to work out why ( after I checked I wasn't about to be run over) !
A quick look at the drive train and my plans of a long ride were toast, it looked horrible, so started reaching for the phone, but with the help of BLC, cobbled a single speed out of the wreckage and I made my way home at a very steady 22kph plus a few single right left drills for good measure. The der hanger looked terrible but will be all better by Wednesday the mechanics at the bike shop nodded approval at the jerry rig.
As the day wore on I've managed a nicely bruised shoulder and I reckon I've broken my pinkie on my left hand (again) thank the lobster for beer and electricians tape.
It was a beautiful day for it though.
Glad to hear you survived without too much damage to yourself. The photos of the bike trauma on the other hand ..... surprised you managed to ride home. I was surprised also that you actually carried a chain breaker to fashion a limp home mode. I wonder how many would have been so equipped.
Rode the Noosa Strada last week, great fun on pre 1992 steel bikes, 130 km with 50km of gravel. (OR 85km)
We climbed 1830mts for the day, mark it in your calendar's next year for a great weekend in Noosa.
Thanks Guys, Ill be fine in a day or two. As for the bike, luckily my multitool has a chainbreaker and with a quick link on the chain it was a pretty straightforward bit of macgyvering. As a bonus I got to catch up (well they caught up with me) a few guys on the way home, so I had company. Was quite a good day out despite things
Would love to do that ride. But it means buying another bike
If you are keen there are loan bikes for the day. Locky has a shed full
I've been able to get out every day since last Friday and have almost knocked this lurgy on the head......only to be met with galeforce winds....aaargh!
At least I'm able to get out and spin them up though.
Always good to see some great rides happening in this thread.
Hope you heal up quick Grant.
pushing up hills is ok when you got the wind pushing you up mongrel when your heading in to it but newcastle was pretty strong in the wind department on todays ride!
For the first time in a long while I wimped out of my Tuesday morning ride, it was so windy when the alarm went off, just couldn't do it.
Happily some motivation in the form of a parcel from CRC was waiting for me when I arrived home from work, a nice new ti Brooks B17 which is now sitting on the R3 so I'd better get out tomorrow morning and commence the breaking in, might be wearing double knicks for a while!
Welcome to the Brooks owners club Grant. I love them. So much so that I have 3 team Pro's and a Colt.
Re the break in, you'll be fine. Every Brooks I have got had been comfy from the get go. Just remember to tilt the nose just a little up. Goes against logic but it seems to rotate your hips back and gets the landing gear up so it doesn't get squished and chaffed.
Thanks SSS, I love the Brooks saddle, I have 4 of them now, but have never really enjoyed the breaking in period. The current (and preferred) broken in B17 special (7 years old) is nearly 3cm longer than the new Ti one! There's going to be some pain along the way to comfort I fear.
With limited time online lately I started getting things up to date last night. Finally got around to adding the Shogun to the Shogun Appreciation Society thread and put an update of the last couple of training rides in the Tour da Country thread.
Outside of that, I lost a week to sickness this month, the first weekend of that not even getting out of bed and missing my target of making a minimum 10000 steps for every day of the GCC, a bit of a shame but getting better had a lot more importance than meeting that target. Taking it easier through the week while I recovered also hurt the overall target for the challenge but with Tour da Country training about to ramp up I'm still hopefull of beating last years total.
With the car getting serviced on Monday on decided to take the 29er and do some exploring in the area. I think I ended up spending as much time pushing/carrying the bike looking for trails as I did riding it but have now got a much better idea of where to start next time. Took this shot at a dead end of a trail in Lane Cove National Park. Garmin maps told me there was another trail down at the bottom so that's where I headed.
Managed to find the trail and follow it to a junction before heading up to South Turrumurra for a lunch break. From there it was back down and across the river to successfully head back along the track I should have taken in the first place. Saw plenty of other tracks heading off to the side to explore next time. Was good to get out and do some exploring on the 29er but damn I was stuffed for such a short ride. Hoping to get out for a much longer one this weekend, I believe things are a little flatter down Nowra way though aren't they mugglechops? Having someone who knows where they're going should also help a lot too.
Yes mate much flatter Is 8am good for you at South Nowra Macca's or do you want to leave your car at my place.
If anyone else is keen for 100kms of off road fun this Saturday send me a PM.
A couple of good, though windy days in the saddle for me.
Yesterday, got to ride with a few of our local NRS Pros - they took it easy on me!
Today, cracked 7,500Km for the year and am happy to say that despite the crazy winds I'm riding in, I'm feeling as though the dreaded is well and truly past me. Now, just have to stay well until the warmer weather arrives!
Keep up the good work all.
Had a few days off last week, so cracked out the CAAD10 for a few decent rides, some racing and some recovery - managed 369Km for the week and felt really good - also did 64Km today!
I am going to go for the 1000Km this month - have 5 days to get 250Km, so we'll see how we go. If the weather is good, I may get there.
I've done 4000Km on the CAAD10 now and am absolutely loving it - a ripping bike.
Keep up the good work all!
PS - nice ride today SSS.
PPS - jealous of your culinary fare grantw!!!
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