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, 20 July 2010

Variety is the spice of life...

Back to normal, the dramas of yesterday are put to bed and I pedalled in via the City Centre route for a change after all of those battles with Frankley Beeches. As I've alluded to a few times, varying my route in and home is vital for morale. I'm sure I'm like all of the cycling commuters who read this Blog in that I can remember every crack and pothole in the road on my routes. Just think what we're not remembering by remembering that sort of stuff!

It was raining again this morning, I am now resigned to getting wet every day this week looking at the met. Oh well, that's cycling! Rain means no helmet cam too.

I made a slight alteration to my road bike at the weekend too, after last weeks bout of forgetfullness re the bum bag with my tools in it I got a Topeak saddlebag, that way everything is on my bike at all times. It's big enough for a spare tube, multi tool, tyre levers, puncture repair kit, a cloth and even my mini pump!

While I was at it I put my lights back on the bike. I didn't enjoy that. That has a load of negative implications that I don't even want to think about!

Anyway, the finished article looks something like this:

Stats for the ride:

Started: 20 Jul 2010 05:41:53
Ride Time: 40:03
Stopped Time: 0:00
Distance: 11.86 miles
Average: 15.51 miles/h
Fastest Speed: 46.29 miles/h
Climb: 333 feet
Calories: 592

Mucking about with my bike got me thinking. Do you ever arrive at a perfect set up for your bike? It seems to me we're always changing components, altering bits'n'pieces, tweaking this and that.

So here's the question for you.

What is the longest time your bike has stayed in one form without you mucking about with it or adding and removing stuff?


  1. Yeap, I think the same, rain just means you are going to get wet. To many days of rain anymore you can't let them take the ride away.
    Yeap about the lights, my light back on is the rear flasher so others can see me on my after work rides, later comes the front light so I can see.

  2. I think I have managed about 2 weeks when everything felt / was spot on, but then I needed to fiddle with gears etc! It is a never ending saga for sure

  3. I don't think I've ever gone more than a week or two with out changing something.

  4. Two weeks without changing anything on my bike and that is only because I am riding my other bike at the moment

  5. There's always something that needs adjusting, but I rarely tweak the fit, adding accesories is the main thing, like my cycle computer, a couple of weeks ago.

  6. canny beat a wee tweak of a bike...
    if the commuter then always in work time!

  7. Am I missing something Clive? Why is putting lights on your bike a bad thing?

    As for changing the set up, I change something every couple of weeks. Maybe it's a bloke thing.

  8. Putting lights on a bike Toby means that darkness is approaching! That's why I was annoyed about it mate.

  9. You must have at least a month until you need lights in the morning?

  10. Not the time I set out mate, it's definately getting darker at 0530hrs, the cars have got there lights on already.