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.

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Back down the canal!

And the reason I commuted in back down the canal this morning was because as I was breaking all records with my pedal home yesterday, done in an Earth shattering 39.37 minutes, (my first ever sub 40 minutes for the journey home) I broke a spoke in my back wheel. Or rather should I say the spoke broke with no help from me. A random break as it were!

I heard a twang by the Black Horse traffic lights but thought it was a stone or something just flipping up and hitting my wheel, but when I got home I heard a twangy type noise as I was putting the bike away and saw a black spokey type object dangling from the rim. It had broken right on the hub. Bugger! So wheel off, jumped in the motor and shot straight over to Northfield Cycles, right by the Black Horse where I first heard the twang to drop the wheel off for Neil to fix for me. I'll have it back today or tomorrow.

As I intimated above the pedal home was pretty quick, I went via Harbourne and the Bristol Road and felt a million times better than I did in the morning. Stats here:

Started: 12 Apr 2010 15:06:09
Ride Time: 39:37
Stopped Time: 0:00
Distance: 11.44 miles
Average: 15.08 miles/hr
Fastest Speed: 48.53 miles/hr
Climb: 341 feet
Calories: 900

So to today, my Ridgeback had an unexpected outing after the fun of the NCR5 bash with JB, and very enjoyable it was too, although I wished I'd put my full finger gloves on as my little pinky's were freezing this morning, pretty painful actually!

The cut is starting to put its Summer coat on, flowers in bloom, waterfowl all full of the joys of Spring honking and quacking away, quite a few Narrow Boats parked up, but best of all is the traffic free solitude. I just love it. All pedalling should be like this! I never saw a soul.

Stats here:

Started: 13 Apr 2010 05:29:09
Ride Time: 50:02
Stopped Time: 0:00
Distance: 11.89 miles
Average: 13.30 miles/hr
Fastest Speed: 29.96 miles/hr
Climb: 318 feet
Calories: 867

You can see the difference between a MTB and a Road Bike there!

Going back to the Rugby I spoke about yesterday, here is the Program article about the session I ran on Sunday.


I thought sticking it up here would be a good place to preserve it for posterity! Please excuse the self indulgance...

Oh, and a new Bike Radar article here.


  1. Toby looks like James Corden and you look like John Thompson. ;)

  2. Who????????????? Never heard of any of them, are they cool dudes? Are they famous?

  3. Clive (John Thompson) big difference in the stats mate over a relatively short distance

  4. Clive - here is John Thomson

    And here is James Corden

  5. excellent stats Clive
    the difference with mountain bike is slightly slower ive noticed