Weekending 29 Aug 2010

Another none riding week with only the Eureka Anniverary Ride on Sunday.
The new Edge 800 got announced during the week and by all accounts looks good.
One problem that I forsee with it is the touch screen, it’s not going to work with a gloved hand if it relies on capacitance like an Iphone.
It’s going to be interesting to see if the “make you own maps “filters down to the 705 too.
Still unsure what’s happening at work but lots of square pegs being put into round holes.

Putting the Eureka ride into the Edge wasn’t a 5 minute job, “Turn right at red sign” is a bit obtuse when trying to plot a course on Google map based sites. I wouldn’t mind but I’ve ridden it before.
 The site has a new theme that I’m still playing around with.
A new Dummies guide is in the pipeline too.
More after the ride.
Eureka 81 Anniverary Ride: Desided to do the 81 mile ride to Holt and the 50 mile from Holt to the Eureka.
Swapped the Course with another rider at the Eureka using the ANT option. This was the first time I’ve tried it and it worked quite well. Takes a few minutes but gets there in the end.
Set off at a steady pace only to get passed by the guy I’d given the Course to.  Punctures were to play a part in the ride with the Liverpool Mercury having their first at Dunkirk.
Passed another two guys that had just repaired another. This was on the bit that drops down to the canal at the back of Chester Zoo. The climb up the back had me glancing back to see if I’d dropped them on the climb. I had but there was a loud bang from what must have been a pinch puncture exploding.
It started to drizzle with not much sign of it blowing over so it was was time to put the jacket on.  Just then the Northend steamed through, no stopping them.  The route turned out to be pretty good taking in Utkinton, Beeston and Fardon in a 38 mile stint. Stopping at the lights by the bridge at Farndon there is a shout as a large contingent of Liverpool Mercury screech to a halt behind us.
After the stop at Holt its time to head back on the 50 mile route as its blowing a gale.  About a mile out I rode over some glass with the inevitable puncture following.  There was quite a large cut in the tyre with the glass still in it which required a patch on the tyre.
Will have to see how it holds out or thats £35 down the drain. Lezyme pump was put to good use, getting up to a hard enough pressure that didn’t have that must put some more air in when I get home feel.
Got to Saltney Ferry bridge thinking the riders walking over it were soft only to dismount myself as the wind was that strong. Not only that, but as I dismounted it blew the bike sideways. There was discussion among the Liverpool Mercury about taking the Dee cyclepath, probably because no-one wanted to be stuck on the front doing 11 mph into a headwind. I opted to take the route back through Blacon and Upton and over the A5117.

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