Weekending 03 July 2010

Monday: New arrival Benjamin Stuart Kinlan entered the world at 02:18. 8 lb 14 ounces. Work was pretty hectic with tank overflowing and a high level switch getting submersed in water which didn’t do the electronics any good.
Tuesday: Work but got off early to go and see the little fella with Val.
Tour De France is uppon us and at the moment I’ve no plans to see any of it. Promises to be a good race, rooting for Team Sky hence the replica kit I’ve bought.
Followed a few of the links that come in to the site and resolved to tidy the site up.
Wednesday: First day off, paid off some bills, played about with the site and I’m just about to head out to the Eureka for breakfast.
Thursday: More work on the house.
Friday: Out to the Eureka for Breakfast , explained FourSquare to Anne and how it worked. Dave (The Mayor of the Eureka) logged in later.
Anne gave me details of the 81st Eureka Anniverary ride  as I promised I’d put it up on the site. Chester for Mini bits, Eureka Cycle Sports on the way back and then back to the Eureka for another chat. 30 miles, was going to do more. Washed and cleaned the car.
Saturday: Rode to Chester via Missing Link, Capenhurst and the gated path to come out at Mollington. Picked up the paint for the car and rode back via the Dee cycle path and Saugall.
It was nice to sit outside in the sun chatting about bikes, rides and the Tour.
Another cyclist killed on the A5117 near where I had just ridden with another injured going to work. The police told Anne he wasn’t wearing a helmet, as if that would have made any difference. Keith Boardman turned up in sandals as he’d left his shoes in the car so no waving to him. Rule 43  a roadie shall not be permitted to wave or acknowledge another cyclist who wears shorts and sandals.

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Weekending 27 JUN 2010

A really short post this week as I’m doing a course in Manchester.
Monday was a day to forget as it was an early start with a hectic schedule with 4 hours of travelling.
I’d have been quite happy to call it a day after Tuesday having completed the part of the course that is most relevant.
Wednesday meant missing the England game to try and catch up on the fault-finding exercises we were falling behind on. Cheers and groans echoing through the building when England scored and missed.
Wednesday evening was spent revising to make sure I don’t blow up in the practical exam.
Work at the weekend so that’s 12 shifts on the bounce.
Missed the Tour Series at Chester and missed the TV prog on ITV4, damn.
Thursday was a bad day, I’ve always prided myself on being able to work things out on my own, but like life things are better as a team.  There was a practical Profibus network faultfinding exam that I litterly blew up on. Things did not bode well for Friday so at the end of it I asked what my options were. Spent that evening working through the exercise, the trouble being if you make a mistake there is no one there to correct you.
Friday: Haven’t got to pick anybody up so save about 40-50 mins of travelling to the course. It’s  not an excuse but it has been a factor.
Had a good go as the other option was not siting the exam or worse. At least I had avoided a complete meltdown. As it happened I turned up at 10 to 8 for 8:30 start.
It was to no avail as despite Andrews efforts the tutorial was just too much a gap to bridge.
The thing was Andrews lad and Paul are part of the same network on the internet, it’s a small world.

Saturday: Work.Logged on to find out I’d  failed both sections of the Course. It’s not the end of the world as this is not my primary field of work. But for some it is.
Then get told this is a tough course by those that do it for a living.
Watched the US go out of the World Cup but prepped the bike as I have got Sunday off thanks to Ian at work.
Sunday: Ride day, If I don’t stop writing this blog I’ll miss it so more later.
Went out with the CTC’s A ride but suffered a blowout on the cyclepath  at Upton. This was on the new wheels so I ended up using my only tube. Called in at the Bikefactory for a replacement. Headed off to the Ice Cream Farm at a great rate of knot’s only to realise I am front of the group. Got there about 15 minutes early. After splitting with the group 3 of us rode on to The Pheasant at Higher Burwardley.
This proved to be an excellent location with superb views over the Cheshire plain.
Had a nice pint of Spitting Feathers and then it was back to the Eureka via the Roodee and the River Dee cyclepath.

The Pheasant

Lots of summer cyclists out today, typically on mountain bikes they have taken out of the shed or garage.
Eureka and then home for the match, missed 30 mins and 2 goals for Germany.
Wished I hadn’t bothered only good thing was Keith Boardman told me the National Champs were on Eurosport 2 and it was going to be hard.
True to his word it was hard with Team Sky getting the first 3 places.
Only about 12 finished on the same lap. Millar blew up too boot.
The ride was great, had the front tyre explode when it popped off the rim while out on Brian’s ride, had to stop at the Bike Facory for  tube and then headed off the Ice Cream farm at a greatrate of knots. Thinking Iwas behind proved not to be the case and I ended up 15 minutes early. It proved to be very quiet out with everybody staying in for the match. 60 miles but it didn’t seem like it.
One other thing, it was a day for replica kit races, I passed team Astana ( two guys on Treks and Astana kit) on the way out to the Eureka. Saw more replica kit out there and passed a chap in 2010 Garmin Kit on the way back to the Eureka. Broke a couple of “Rules” mainly not having the right replica socks.
Nice weather a great day and another grandchild due.

Pages

Page submenu,s are not working yet at least not in the way I want them to work. If your coming in from a link it shouldn’t be a problem. I’m working on it.

30 Jun Still editing bits and bobs around the site, deleted the Garmin page as there was no content on it. Same with maps, looked good to see all the rides when you start but 4 years down the line it’s not what people come to the site for.

Weekending 20 June 2010

Monday: Restday, did Barbara’s Spinning class at West Kirby as I’d booked it the week before. A full class.
Tuesday: Tex’s spinning class at the Oval followed by a few weight machines.  Tex’s classes are instructor led with you rarely getting a rest, usually getting told to push harder. Bought a pair of wheels from the Bike factory, Mavic Ksyrium Elites got them for a stonking price too, far better than anything you can see on the net.
Put the Conti Attack and Force tyres on them ready for a ride.
I had tried to buy a rim for the Bontrager Race Lites but was told it would be a different colour thus breaking the unwritten rule about not riding a bike with different colour wheels. Deeply ingrained in cycling are the Rules:.
Wednesday: Ride day, brilliant weather It was a hard job to leave the Eureka after chatting about bikes with Dave and Maurice. Headed out to Walk Mill and came back via Chester and the River Dee cyclepath. Stopped to take a picture of the A380 wing being loaded at high tide.  Pics in due course. Played around with the 705 trying to recover Sundays ride. Saved it as Course from earlier misshaps. Caught the sun so Rule: whatever won’t be  broken. 56 miles.
Wheels are good, found out what was causing miss shifts on the rear mech. It has Nokon cables on it and if moves it alters the position of the rear mech.
No Bikes
The toy at the Plough

Walk Mill

Walk Mill View

Thursday:  Various bits and bobs to do. Managed to recover 70 odd miles of Sundays ride thanks to TCXconverter.  Cleaned the Mini and picked up the missing pump and slime for the tyres.  An oil change is £180 or I can wait till 15000 miles and have it done on the TLC plan for free.
Friday: Work.

Bob Clift Memorial Ride 2010

Third time I’ve ridden this event but the first time I’ve entered on the line. This proved to be a bit of a problem later on as I was riding a two year old Course.
It wasn’t until the day before that I realised the start had changed.

Phil was at the sign on again entering on the day, been on some fast rides with Phil and he’s looking for something else as the Chester Road club rides are faltering. He had some common sense and downloaded the Course off GarminConnect.

Phil told me about Stan having to cancel some of his rides due to lack of entries which is a pity as they are damn good rides.  Phil is looking for an early finish so stays with the club guys up ahead.
I fall off the back and start following the 705 course from 3 years ago. Climbed the switchback at Delamere Forest Ok and all went fine until I went down this lane to find it closed. No problem just carry the bike around it. Re joined by a pub further up the lane only to see a group I’d passed earlier come into view, so I’m going backwards.

At Aldford Bridge we stop to watch the roadrace come through with the break at 20 seconds. The finish line is further down the hill, a small group of riders formed waiting for the race to go by and then it ws off to the first control at the Ice Cream Farm at Great Budworth. Pity they can’t make it car free but it’s been a nice ride up to now.


Ice Cream farm at Gt Budworth
The control point had a voucher for tea and a cake but also had the dog above who would sit up and beg for food. Janet of the Two Mills section came in just as I was leaving for the next section up to the Wizard of Edge.

As I was following a previous ridden course I took no notice of the Road Closed signs again thinking I could slip through a gap again. This was not to be as the picture above shows. Beyond the barrier is a main railway line with no bridge so I had to follow the diversion signs.
This resulted in an 8 mile detour trying to get back onto the old course.
More worringly I had a major scare when a nutter overtook a long line of cars after a long section of double white lines. He must have been doing over 70 and I’ve got my head down on an empty side of the road.
Back on Course I finally get to climb up to The Wizard of Edge. The climb isn’t too bad once you’ve done it a few times
Lot,s of nice places around this neck of the woods, in fact the whole ride has been nice.

After the hill at Redway it’s all downhill so to speak. The next control at Scotswood Nursery. Here they couldn’t do enough for us, bacon barms sausage barms, cakes and tea.
No more pictures after this one as it started to rain and finishing became a concern.

A trip through Macclesfield down hill with a car on my tail the rear tyre became soft I finally stopped on an unmade section of road not wanting to cause any more damage.
It  turned out to be the valve parting company from the tube. The carbon fibre pump got the tyre up to a rideable pressure but isn’t great. Rain clouds  finally broke and the Aldi jacket got pressed into service.
It didn’t come off for the remainder of the ride. Before Lock 57 control I bumped into 2 riders coming the other way looking for a sign, turned them around as ths was definetly the right way. The bigger guy was getting dropped by his mate on the climbs.

At Lock 57 control the heavens opened and I resisted the Cafe as once inside you wouldn’t get me out. As it was I hid under the M6 for 10 minutes waiting for the rain to die off.
Next stop is the Jessie Hughes Institute at Eaton.  On this section the Gamin 705 started to play up. First it would Auto stop and then restart a second or two later. Then it lost the map for some reason but still showed the course which was just as well as the route sheet was a bit sodden.
No shoes allowed in the Jessie Hughes institute as cleats would damage the floor.I didn’t stay long as time was getting on and I left at 5 past 5 with the check closing at 5:30.

The others in Lock 57 aren’t going to make this control as I’d set myself a target of an hour to do the final 15 miles.  The route back goes around Beeston Castle and drops down to the canal over the hump back bridge that has been hit by a car. Everywhere is deserted with a steady drizzle to keep you company.
You can see the church at the finish a few miles away and hear the bells, I’m still wondering if the were real bells or a tape.
The stats 102 miles, 7 hrs 23 minutes, 13.89 average.
Data is still locked up in the 705 so no GarminConnect  link yet.
Thursday: Still trying to recover the ride data, got about 70 miles of it now. It has got me thinking about how quiet the roads and lanes are midweek or just generally.  Off an A or busy B road there is next to no traffic at off-peak times.  Most of my rides have been on deserted roads and lanes.

Rules:

Copied from the Velonews forum. Now up to 41 and by the looks of things still growing. Some classics in there.
I break loads of them.

http://forum.velonews.com/topic.php?id=2086

Started by Garuda

Regarding Rule 23, I do happen to possess a pair of George Hincapies overshoes.


RULE 1:
 Obey The Rules.



RULE 2: 
It is forbidden for someone familiar with the rules to knowingly assist another person to breach them.


RULE 3:
 No matter how good you think your reason is to knowingly breach The Rules, it is never good enough.



RULE 4: 
It is, absolutely, without question, unequivocally, about the bike.  Anyone who says otherwise is obviously a ****waffle.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/It%27s_Not_About_The_Bike


RULE 5: Harden the f*** up

http://tinyurl.com/l2nxk9  

RULE 6: Free your mind and your legs will follow.



RULE 7: Tan lines should be cultivated and kept razor sharp.  Under no circumstances should one be rolling up their sleeves or shorts in an effort to somehow diminish one’s tan lines. Sleeveless jerseys are under no circumstances to be employed.

http://tinyurl.com/2evusn8


RULE 8: Saddles, Bars, and Tires
Match the saddle to the bars and the tires to black; or
Match the bars to the color of the frame at the top of the head tube and the saddle to the color of the frame at the top of the seat tube and the tires to the color where they come closest to the frame; or
Match the saddle and the bars to the frame decals; or
Black, black, black


RULE 9: If you are out riding in bad weather, it means you are a badass.  Period.


RULE 10: 
It never gets easier, you just go faster.


RULE 11: 
Family does not come first.  The bike does.



RULE 12:
 The minimum number of bikes one should own is three.  The correct number is n+1, where n is the number of bikes currently owned.  This equation may also be re-written as s-1, where s is the number of bikes owned that would result in separation from your partner.



RULE 13:
 The phrase “Gun Check” refers to an assessment of your legs and how much hurt they are capable of dishing out at any given moment.  Own your guns.



RULE 14: 
Team-issue shorts should be black, with the possible exception of side-panels, which may match the rest of the team kit.



RULE 15:
 Black shorts, or at least standard team-kit shorts, must be worn with Championship jerseys and race leadership jerseys, or accept that you will look like a douche.

http://tinyurl.com/2w6cqxq


RULE 16: 
Championship and race leader jerseys must only be worn if you’ve won the championship or led the race.



RULE 17:
 Wearing team kit is also questionable if you’re not paid to wear it.  If you must fly the colours of Pro teams, all garments should match perfectly, i.e no Mapei jersey with Kelme shorts and Telekom socks.


RULE 18:
 No road jerseys when riding off-road.  (Cyclocross is a middle-ground.  Best to wear cross-specific kit.)



RULE 19:
 No mountain jerseys when riding on the road.  (Cyclocross is a middle-ground.  Best to wear cross-specific kit.)



RULE 20: 
The remedies:
If your quads start to burn, shift forward to use your hamstrings and calves.
If your calves or hamstrings start to burn, shift back to use your quads.
If you feel wimpy and weak, get out and train more, ya wee lassie! 


RULE 21:
 Knickers, vests, arm warmers, shoe covers, and caps beneath your helmet can all make you look like a hardman when the weather warrants it. 



RULE 22: 
Cycling caps can be worn under helmets, but never when not riding, no matter how hip you think you look. This will render one a douche, and should result in public berating or beating.    The only time it is acceptable to wear a cycling cap is while directly engaged in cycling activities and while clad in cycling kit.  This includes activities taking place prior to and immediately after the ride such as machine tuning and tire pumping.  Also included are cafe appearances for pre-ride espressi and post-ride pub appearances for body-refueling ales (provided said pub has sunny, outdoor patio – do not stray inside a pub wearing kit or risk being ceremoniously beaten by leather-clad biker chicks).   Under these conditions, having your cap skull-side tipped jauntily at a rakish angle is, one might say, de rigueur.  All good things must be taken in measure, however, and as such it is critical that we let sanity and good taste prevail: as long as the first sip of the relevant caffeine or hop-based beverage is taken whilst beads of sweat, snow, or rain are still evident on one’s brow then it is legitimate for the cap to be worn. However, once all that remains in the cranial furrows is salt, it is then time to shower, throw on some suitable après-ride attire (a woollen Molteni Arcore training top circa ‘73 comes to mind) and return to the bar, folded copy of pastel-coloured news publication in hand, ready for formal fluid replacement. It is also helpful if you are a Giant of the Road, as demonstrated here, rather than a big giant douchebag. 


RULE 23: 
If it’s not cold or wet and you are still wearing shoe covers because you’re a pussy, your name is probably George Hincapie.


RULE 24: 
Speeds and distances shall always be referred to and calculated in kilometers.  This includes while discussing cycling in the workplace with your non-cycling coworkers, serving to further mystify our sport in the web of their Neanderthalic cognitive capabilities.  As the confused expression spreads across their unibrowed faces, casually mention your shaved legs. All of cycling’s monuments are measured in the metric system and as such the English system is forbidden.


RULE 25:
 The bikes on top of your car should be worth more than the car.  Or at least be relatively more expensive.  Basically, if you’re putting your Huffy on your Rolls, you’re in trouble, mister.



RULE 26: 
There is definitely an “optimal” angle at which the pedals should be when photographing a cyclist.  That angle depends on what the photo wants to say, but is probably around the 30 degree mark.  Not 90 or 180.



RULE 27:
Sock and short length should be like Golidlocks,

not too long

and not too short. 

(Disclaimer: despite Sean Yates’ horrible choice in shorts length, he is a quintessential hard man of cycling and is deeply admired by the Velominati.  Whereas Armstrong’s short and sock lengths are just plain wrong.)  No socks is a no-no, as are those ankle-length ones that should only be worn by female tennis players.



RULE 28:
 Socks can be any damn colour you like.  Black is good, but once again were given a bad image by a Texan whose were too long.  DeFeet Wool-E-Ators rule.



RULE 29:
 Saddle bags have no place on a road bike, and are only acceptable on mountain bikes in extreme cases.



RULE 30:
 Ditto for frame-mounted pumps.  Either Co2 cannisters or mini-pumps should be carried in jersey pockets.  The only exception to this rule  is to mount a Silca brand frame pump in the rear triangle of the frame, with the rear wheel skewer as the pump mount nob, as demonstrated by members of the 7-Eleven and Ariostea pro cycling teams. As such, a frame pump mounted upside-down and along the left (skewer lever side) seat stay is both old skool and euro and thus acceptable.  We restate at this time that said pump may under no circumstances be a Zefal and must be made by Silca.  It is acceptable to gaffer-tape a mini-pump to your frame when no C02 cannisters are available and your pockets are full of spare kit and energy gels.  However, the rider should expect to be stopped and questioned and may be required to empty pockets to prove there is no room in them for the pump.



RULE 31: 
Spare tubes, multi-tools and repair kits should be neatly bundled together with a rubber band and stored in jersey pockets, or in a converted bidon in a cage on bike.


RULE 32:
 Hydration packs are never to be seen on a road rider’s body.  No argument will be entered into on this.



RULE 33:
 Legs are to be carefully shaved at all times.  If, for some reason, your legs are to be left hairy, make sure you can dish out plenty of hurt to shaved riders, or be considered a hippie douche on their way to a Critical Mass.



RULE 34:
 Mountain bike shoes and pedals have their place.  On a mountain bike.



RULE 35:
 Road helmets can be worn on mountain bikes, but never the other way around.  No visors on the road.  If you want shade, see Rule 21.



RULE 36:
 Eyewear shall be cycling specific, i.e no Aviator shades or clip-on covers for reading glasses.



RULE 37:
 The arms of the eyewear shall always be placed over the helmet straps.  No exceptions.  We don’t know why, it’s just the way it is.



RULE 38:
 You should not make a habit of riding without eyewear, although approved extenuating circumstances include fog, overheating, and lighting conditions.



RULE 39:
 You should never leave home without your eyewear; when not worn over the eyes, they should be neatly tucked into the vents of your helmet.  If they don’t fit, buy a new helmet.  In the meantime you can wear them backwards on the back of your head or carefully tuck them into your jersey pocket, making sure not to scratch them on your tools (see item 20).



RULE 40: 
Tires are to be mounted with the label centered directly over the valve stem.  Pro mechanics do it because it makes it easier to find the valve.  You do this because that’s the way pro mechanics do it.  This will save you precious seconds while your fat ass sits on the roadside fumbling with your CO2 after a flat.  It also looks better for photo opportunities.



RULE 41:
 Quick release angle on the front skewer shall be an upward angle which tightens just aft of the fork and the rear quick release shall tighten at an angle that bisects angle between the seat and chain stays. It is acceptable, however, to have the rear quick release tighten upward, just aft of the seat stay, when the construction of the frame or its dropouts will not allow the preferred positioning.  For Time Trial bikes only, quick releases may be in the horizontal position facing towards the rear of the bike. This is for maximum aero effect.

Weekending 13 June 2010

Monday: Tex’s Spinning class at the Oval. Logged on to Foursquare and I’m now the Mayor of the Oval. More work on the house and managed to kerb a wheel on the Mini. Tweeted this and it got put on Facebook only to have John reply that I’m not having much luck with wheels lately, which is true. Managed to tip a tin of red paint over the bedroom carpet too so that must be the third bit of bad luck.
Not having much luck with the calorie counter on the Crane Sport Heart Rate Monitor, it’s reading about half the calories it should but it doesnt have all the functionality of the first one. Can’t complain about the price.

Barbara’s evening Spinning class at West Kirby, couldn’t have been more different to Tex’s class. Tex was going around driving everybody on so no hiding on the back row or the corner. Sweated buckets in both classes.
Tuesday: More work on the house in the morning but off to Southport for the Tour Series in the afternoon, via Quinns to look at wheels. Taking the camera as it was great racing last year.
A wet start had me doing Tex’s spinning class at the oval, Heartrate monitor had packed up too so no calorie counting. A first timer is really getting looked after with cups of water  so I make a comment about about the girl having it soft with the rest of the class joining about them not getting any cabin service either.
This then leads on to a comment that you only get this on a long haul flight and we’ll be landing shortly, all good stuff.

Dummies Guide updated, now off to watch the Tour Series at Southport.
Good night out, got a spot on Lord Street just as free parking came into force.
The bad news is £250 wheels are now £350 so I may as well ride old wheels.
Most wouldn’t want to spend that much on a bike.
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There was a nice Boardman print in a Gan time trial picture at a gallery in Southport.

Filled the memory card on the camera.
Wednesday: Rode out to the Eureka, the rides had gone so it was pretty quiet. The Mayor of the Eureka arrived so it was time to chat. Told Dave the Chigago Dave Twaites story which had us in tears of laughter. Bought a Lezyeme 19 function cycle tool for a stupid price as I had lost half my BBB one. Not to mention the one airport security took off me when I was leaving Spain.
23.5 miles in all and the wheel situation is still up in the air.
Took the Race Lite off the rear of the Trek and fitted the Race X Lite after swapping the tyre.
Stuck a Dura-Ace 11-28 cassette on for good measure. Yes you read that right 28 teeth on a Shimano cassette. Cost me £100 which is about as much as anyone would want to pay for a few bits of titanium and steel. Record 11 about £270 for a cassette these days.
Thursday: Work then home to watch Dauphine which was delayed due to the tennis. Should have sorted the route out for Sunday but read the comic instead.
Friday: Work till late but get to leave early on the Saturday to sort the bike and do some prep work for Sunday.
Saturday: Work but left at 4, watched the best race up Alpe d’Huez for a long time in the Dauphine.
Put the bike in the Mini for the first time, pity it had to go on it’s side.
Put the route in the Garmin from 2 years ago as I didn’t have a route sheet due to entering on the line.
This was going to cost me later more of which in a ride write up.
Watched the England game

Sunday: Bob Clift Memorial Ride, 100 miles around the Cheshire cycleway.
First 100 miler this year, never let anyone tell you it’s easy as it isn’t.
Wet ride for the last 40 miles, the rain at least blotting out the headwind.
Broke a few of the Rules today.

got to grips with the new software, new links to be added.

Site upgrade

I’m aware that the site upgrade is missing links to archive material mainly pictures and screenshots.  Aldi searches still come up with the site from 2 years ago so I need to keep it upto date just for the record. Some of the searches I’ve been doing  are going back a few years as that is when the kit was current.
My wheels are 2006  so current searches for Bontager Race Lite come up with the latest wheels by the shed load and nothing about mine. Google is good but it’s not infallible.

Starting to play around with menus as some of them are nested about eight deep and are off the screen. Links need sorting as the BHF don’t work again. Should keep me busy for a while.

A fresh start with the new look Blog

It’s time for a fresh start with the new look blog. I’ve virtually stopped blogging and riding since my dad’s death last September.  He was immensley proud of my Etape ride, telling the nurses that this was his lad and he’s ridden a Tour de France stage on visits to intensive care.
One of the results of of the decrease in riding is that I’ve put on 10 Kg  and it shows. I’ve only got to look back at the archive to see what I’ve been capable of. 

Thanks to Paul for sorting out the re-direction to this blog which is hosted by WordPress.The old blog was hosted by SwitchMedia who told Paul about the Garmin searches that end up here. The 705 page is going to get a rewrite as I’m still on the first page of most 705 searches and usually the first non commercial one (which does stand out).  I’m still getting mail from Pakistan glove manufactures wanting to give me free samples of gloves following the Aldi cycle clothing reviews.

Rides: Used to be one of the sites strong points thanks to the early use of GPS.  Missing out on the first part of the season means next Sunday is going to be my fist 100 miler of the year. Many I talk to look to starting out on a charity ride as their start to becoming a cyclist, so I’m toying with Liverpool-Chester-Liverpool mainly because you get 5 miles of riding under the River Mersey. Normal service should be resumed in 2011.
The Bike: Now starting to show its age or at least parts of it are. I’ve been messing around with the rear wheel for a while now replacing bearings a couple of times only to find the axle worn, this wouldn’t have been too bad if during the course of the repair I hadn’t found three cracks in the rim.
Comments: Over 2000 of them which according to Paul is a lot.  The aim is to get back to you within a day.
Garmin Forum: The new site should allow me to implement this idea and get more of your input.
Pages: Going to get revamped. Content updated, links if they are broken, fixed.

The picture: Etape 2009 by the Simpson Memorial.

Weekending 06 June 2010

Monday: Rode to the Eureka which was pretty empty for a bank holiday. Andy Walsh was there and he showed me more of his handiwork with a spraygun having recently repainted Barrys Trek Madone. I’ll post some of the pictures up or a link to them when I finally get around to get the blog hosting sorted.
Called in at CycleSurgery on the way home to look at the Sky Kit and see if they had anymore in stock, which they hadn’t. The latest craze is FourSquare It would make a good tool for locating cycle friendly Cafes to ride to. Opening times for them would be handy.
Tuesday: Tex’s morning spinning class at the Oval. More work on the house to do and a rear wheel for the Trek to sort out. Still not sorted after 3 bearing changes, putting it down to a worn axle. Missed the Aqueduct Challenge at the weekend and need to sort out if I’m going to do the Bob Clift Memorial 100 mile ride on the 13th. This will need a day off work.
Exporting the blog seems to have worked , the next thing is to get it hosted on WordPress so I get access to the latest themes and widgets.
Wednesday: Work , wouldn’t have been too bad with a late start on a decent day only to have The Mayor of the Eureka Cafe message me from FourSquare when he checked in.
Thursday: Work
Friday: Work, rear wheel of the Trek to sort out .
Saturday: Work,last day. Rear wheel finally sorted thanks to some input from Dean, 4 thou wear on the axle was sorted and I was going to do a tutorial but inspection of the rim revealed cracks.

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Three cracks in the rim mean it’s the end of the road for this wheel, which is a pity as they have seen some sights. I’m really attached to them and getting a better pair is going to set me back few bob. Bladed spokes mean they do really well in any rolloffs.
Sunday: Jack Day so no ride. Amazed how a 4 year old trainspotter remembers what class of train runs on what line.
What’s Cooking for lunch as it was Pauls Birthday the other day.