Liverpool-Chester-Liverpool ride

The Liverpool-Chester-Liverpool cycle ride is this Sunday 2nd July. I did this ride last year and found it most enjoyable, even the climb out the Wallasey Tunnel.

Keep your wits about you if you dont want to end up as an accident statistic, I saw 3 crashes and 2 of them looked like they were ending up in hospital. A bit of a shock to the system on a charity event, so take care.

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My Wirral Circular Route (35-45 miles)

I’ve been riding this circular wirral route now for over a year now, in some cases 3 times a week. Todays ride involved taking a picture of Seacombe seafront for an easy beginers route that I will post once I can get mapping sorted.

This route was published in Cycling News as a favourite ride by Tony Bell, a colmnist of the magazine.

http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/news/Rides_The_Wirral_article_85686.html

The web article has lost a lot of the detail that was in the magazine namely the map and I’m still working out a way of posting the route in detail, it maybe a tracklog or a pdf of the original article. Hardest point on the route is getting out of West Kirby but i’ll speak more about that at another time.

Looking at the route for some reason it goes down the Chester High road when a far better route would have been though Ness and Burton which is the route I would take every time. 

Cycle Computers

It’s well worth fitting a cycling computer to whatever cycle you ride for reasons that are not obvious to a begginer. Apart from speed and distance the most useful function that a cycle computer needs is an average speed reading.

I’ll explain, my current average speed is 13 mph, if I plan to do a 40 mile ride this will take me approximately 3 hours. Maximum speed on todays run was 40 mph down a steep hill, minimum was probably about 7mph. As you clock up the miles the figure becomes a reflection of what terrain you are riding,your effort and which way the wind blows. The figure can be used to give others a guide to when your going to arrive at a destination or if there is a change of plan you know how long it will take you to get home.

Tesco,s do a cycle computer with average speed for £7 so it needn’t break the bank.

Cycling wear for XL upwards

It’s hard enough getting everyday clothing thats going to fit you if your overweight but trying to get cycling clothing in the largest sizes possible is fraught with difficulties.

Your going to need a set of cycling shorts with padding and for a bloke he should be looking for a pair of bibshorts. The reason for getting bibshorts is they are not going to roll down over your gut or catch on the nose of your seat when you go from a standing to a seated position. Either way it’s not a situation you want to get into.

If youve got a problem with body image wear tracksuit bottoms over them, they keep you a bit warmer in winter too. Sizing between different manufactures remains a mystery but they are all on the small size.

To cut to the chase on shorts try Decathlon Sports in Stockport they have a blue tag range thats cheap and go up to XXXXL in some ranges, they have changing facilities too.

Aldi and Lidl have cycling clothing and equipment at various times of times of the year under their weekly offers. I started out with this kit, it well made most of it and very cheap. Just be at the front of the queue when the doors open. If it fits buy two of them, as one of them is going to be in the wash.