Progress so far...

June 30th 2009 - 22 stone 4Ibs. Current weight - 17 stone 1Ib. Weight loss - 5 stone 3Ibs. Commuting miles - 3389.
Non commuting miles - 359. Mileage this week - 101 miles. Total mileage - 3748 miles.

Monday, 25 January 2010

A dirty job, but someone's got to do it...

Isn't it always the way? You get your bike gleaming and the next time you ride it it's persistently raining. Grrr.

My commuter was looking that good and riding that well I came through the City Centre and gave the cut a miss. I'll bite the bullet and get it muddy tonight. The pedal in was pretty quick with no Joby's to report. I was overtaken by a number 61 bus right by where I had the blow out last week, he carried on up the hill and then he had to go around the houses on his route. He caught me up again just past Selly Oak 6 miles down the road! I'm quicker than a number 61 bus! Hurrah!

I'm considering extending the pedal home tonight, just to get the extra in so I can do a 100 miles a week. It seems I am destined to never pedal in every day, I have consistently always done 4 pedals or less because of various mitigating factors like snow, meetings at work, rugby coaching or breakdowns.

I have one or two options open to me by carrying on along the cut tonight and cutting back around on the road back to my house. I'll need to do a bit of map work later to decide which loop is the best.

My latest missive on Bike Radar for What Mountain Bike.


  1. It does upset me a little this time of the year, the constant cycle of cleaning the bikes...

    Sometimes I spend more time cleaning than using!

    I think I may well strip down the winter bike this summer and get is stripped and powder coated...

  2. I'd love to get my Ridgeback stripped and resprayed. Even if I did get a road bike to commute on I wouldn't sell her, too sentimentally attached to her. If money was no object I'd restore her to her former mountain biking glory and rest her up for the remainder of her days in the garage under a dust sheet. Then when the Spawn of Satan is old enough, hand her down to his tender mercies.

  3. Whats this "cleaning" you talk of?