October 2009

01 Oct 2009 Barbara’s spin class then the  gym. Chance to bury yourself in the spinning class and a proverbial mile on the treadmill. Weights, rowing machine and I  was done. Proved to be a turning point as weight gain is now weight loss again.
02 Oct 2009Had planed all sorts for a free day as it turned out it was relag  a hot water tank and pick up some expensive Rokon cables from Keith at EurekaCycleSports.
Iphone addiction also features, this partially ruled out a ride a  weather warning flashed up as soon as i uploaded the app.
Picked up a Scott Addict which weighed f…..All.A nice bike but I think I need to get away from team bikes and kit.

Well under UCI weight limits.

The Toy weighs similar to it if I take off the saddlebag and the bottle or two.

Easier to hit the gym again rather than buy a new toy, hit the road and do the miles.

An Iphone is a double edged sword, too much information at times. I stopped a ride I should have done on a weather warning.
The Iphone has opened me up to the world of podcasts, Dave Gormans being good along with others.

10 Oct  Rode to the Eureka for breakfast, it was a chance to test the Nokon cables I’d spent the evening fitting.
The fiddely bit was drilling out all the Shimano fittings to pass the liner through.  Dave came in and we had a chat. Was about to leave but got talking to a chap outside who asked what the number was for. That was the start of another conversation. Etape details out on the 14th.
Bought another Aldi HRM the other day as the old one called it a day with the strap parting company from the case. The strap was starting to split too.
Had good use out of it and only 14 quid to replace.

14 Oct  Etape route is out. Finnish is on the Tourmalet with 2 ascents beforehand.  Do-able but you’d have to train before hand.  Having done one and looking at this I wouldn’t do it if I couldn’t get my weight down to what it was and that means putting in a lot more effort. At some stage I’m going to knuckle down and have to get back into it.This means going out even if it is pissing down as it shouldn’t matter with the amount of gear I have.

I’ve finally upgraded the Cateye El830 lights that I have for night time rides. Output has gone up from 17-19000 Lux to 23-26000 Lux and is noticeably brighter. It wasn’t as straight forward as some of the Candlepower forum articles would suggest but did cost buttons to what I originally paid for the lights.

It would normally warrant a post of it’s own and a few night time rides will tell if it’s worked or not. It has awoken the homebrew element in me again as why pay £300+ for something that can be made for £30 or so and a bit of time.  I popped into Cyclesurgery the other day and they were still pedalling the EL530 from Cateye which I don’t rate at all.

16th Rode to the Eureka for breakfast. Had a chat with Dave  who uses GPX routing to good effect on his 705 so will look into it. Andy showed me the Garmin phone app for his Nokia which looks quite good.
Ended up doing 47 miles around the Wirral, picked up a knee injury, nothing too serious but a bit niggly when you want to have a go.
Downloaded the OS map app for the Iphone on Sunday. Full OS mapping for free.

Tickets for the World Track Champs arrrived so thats where I’m off to on the 1st November.

28 Oct Rode out to the Eureka, only to find the road blocked at 12 ish. This was a bad sign. Rode through the block to the Eureka to find that two cyclists had been hit by a truck. It turned out to be 2 Northenders, Mary and Dennis. I’ve rode with them in the past and for them to be have been hit by a truck is a gross misjustice.

The whole point of what I’ve been riding recently is not to antagonise the boxes, don’t jump lights, use a cycle path if it’s  reasonable.
That being , one of Johns CTC tailenders nearly hit me on the A5117 cyclepath as I was heading out to Cheshire Oaks for what are the worlds most expensive batteries. 2 X cr123 from Maplin, boy did I look out of place there.  Twice got told about the cycle racks where I couldn’t see the toy. Bought an Ultrafire WF-501B torch on Ebay and the batteries cost nearly as much as it.
The CTC incident, it was a ride on the grass or ride into  a pile of horse shit incident as the two tailenderders were in a different world. So much for sticking to cyclepaths.

Bumped into a chap at the Eureka that was researching a 705 so the trip home was with it routing me backwith the latest map.
It got the message eventually after a few deviations from it’s course. I’ve had mine for over a year now and had tens of thousands of visitor to the site and still learning to use the device. Still better than MemoryMap as the autorouting gives you roadnames which match up with what you see in realife. We are talking lanes here, quiet ones with next to no traffic. Quite impressed with the onboard routing once I got my way with it and it had recalculated it’s way a couple of times.

The torch blows away anything I’ve seen for the size. A Mini Maglite is a mere candle in comparison, the 3w Tesco torch falls way behind too. Yet to try it out on the road but it looks good at first glance. Trouble is that I know there are some P7 900 lumen beasties out there for not much more. Sourced on Ebay for under £20 from a UK seller.

10 thoughts on “October 2009”

  1. Have you fitted that new cassette yet Frank? You were telling me that it had arrived when we chatted on the Wild Wales. Based on some of your blogs I have been sourcing Ultegra triple components to fit to the old 531c. Some amazing end of season bargains (especially as 6600 is phased out). I reckon that a triple (30,39,53) is a must for next season as I walked up too many hills this year. I know its all about the legs but I just need a little bit of help. After a traumatic period at work I have added a few kilos which I need to get under control.
    Heading off to Oxford this afternoon for the Blenheim Palace sportive tomorrow, a pleasant 100 miles in the English countryside. Well, at least thats what the brouchure says! Zero preparation as I have just arrived home from overseas after 5 weeks. This will probably be my last organised ride of the year. Got anything planned yourself or are you easing back in gradually?
    Take care, Tony

  2. Never get tired of looking at your etape pics and hearing the war stories from it Frank. Glad that you’re back in the saddle after the bad few weeks/months you’ve had.

    I’m doing ok, reading this blog and Gaz’s blog are ideal motivational tools. I bust the hour home time and dropped below 20 stone this week. Little land marks that make me more pumped to crack on.

    I’ve bought some winter gear now, overshoes, and the missus got me some winter tights from Lidles, only a tenner and they seem pretty good. Amazingly they fit which is a bit of a surprise.



  3. Hi Tony, not yet but I have paid for it. Ultegra SL and Dura Ace now has Campag like cable routing, the Nokon cables allow a loop under the bar for something similar.
    6600 is probably at pre devaluation prices.
    Good luck with Blenheim.
    Nothing planned, the Northend ride clashes with Jack and my mums birthday. Probably going to do more hours in work and try and get out at night so looking at decent lighting options.

  4. Frank, What about the Paris – Roubaix? my cousin has just signed up for that (100 quid deposit and balance in April). He is nagging me to sign-up too but not sure that it is really my thing. I think we could probably manage that (my fatcyclist.com cycle shirt is on order!!). Am currently assembling the bits to build a “Best” bike but not sure that I want to destroy it on the cobbles.
    Cheers Tony

  5. Hi Frank,

    Sorry for your recent troubles.

    I have been using the B.I.cycle app on iphone and am very impressed. Which OS App are you using?

    Been taking your advice and doing spinning classes at Warrington Total Fitness and love them!

    Really want to do an Etape but Ventoux this year and Tourmalet next have me a bit worried – however as the wife says I won’t be 46 forever!

    Anyway I am sure you will get back in the groove.

    All the best


  6. Hi John, it’s iOSMaps 1.1
    The editorial in this weeks cycling weekly give a warning about the Etape next year. It’s going to be even harder than the Ventoux.
    I haven’t made my mind up about doing it but whatever you do don’t leave it to the last minute. I’ve looked at my times and started 6 minutes in front of the broom wagon and couldn’t afford for anything to go wrong.
    People were getting pinch punctures in the holding pens and just after the start. They had probably put new tyres and tubes on the day before.
    I’ll be doing more rides next year come what may along with a weightloss program again as every extra kilo is a kilo too much.


  7. Hi Frank,

    Right 2011 it is for me.

    Are you doing the Cheshire Cat next year? My young feller did it 2009 and his cleat snapped on the Wincle/Macc Forest climb!

    So hoping to do it but leisurely.



    PS Have you heard about a new version of the 705 coming out?

  8. Hi John,
    Not done the Cheshire Cat. I’m still pondering over the Etape as it looks a lot harder than the Ventoux. I see all the STI Etape Training Rides are already booked up for next year.
    The 220 Euro ride only entry is a bit offputing.
    I’m planing of driving down and doing some classic climbs and watching a few stages of the Tour. I’ve a Mini Cooper S clubman on the way so it should go in the back of the car.

    Not seen anything about a new 705. The current 705 is just about sorted now.



  9. Frank, I hope Mary and Dennis are ok, but a report here doesn’t sound great though we should remember that journalists will often jump to the conclusion that cycling accidents are always serious without actually finding out the details first – http://iccheshireonline.icnetwork.co.uk/0100news/0100regionalnews/tm_headline=unidentified-cyclists-8220-seriously-injured-8221-after-lorry-crash-in-ellesmere-port&method=full&objectid=25037054&siteid=50020-name_page.html

    Hopefully see you at the weekend at the Mills.

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