Friday, 27 December 2013

Pre-new year checks

So over the next few days I will venture out on the bike for the first time in 4 months.

During that time I have done almost nothing to my bike.

So if like me you are being lazy when the dark nights rolled in here's what I will be doing before my first ride:

1. Check and inflate wheels/tyres to 110psi
2. Check brakes and gear cables for wear/fraying
3. Check gears run smoothly/changers are all good
4. Check lights, replace batteries
5. Repack saddle bag
6. Tighten cleats and check pedal tightness
7. Check and tighten handlebars and seat post
8. Grease chain, bearings and any other exposed nuts, bolts etc

Now most of this probably sounds obvious - but for a bike that hasn't been touched for a good few months I recommend it.

Also remember that I carry the following in my saddle pack:
1. Spare tube
2. Tyre levers x 3
3. Puncture repair patches (scabs)
4. Multi-tool
5. Emergency £10 note
6. Space for keys/phone
7. Frame mounted pump/CO2 inflator and canister.

That should cover most events that happen on a ride. If I am in a very isolated location I may also carry a thermal foil blanket just in case.

Everyone has their own opinion of what to carry. I prefer to carry as little as possible but the number one rule of a pack is if you use something - REPLACE it before your next ride.

Until next time.

Monday, 23 December 2013

London the Brighton 2014

So - it's that time of year when everyone begins to think of resolutions, etc for the new year.

I for one thought that I would get more miles under my belt this year - I only clocked up a pathetic 278 miles.

So I have raised for £1500 for the BHF with just one event, and I have even tried to make sure I stay reasonably fit by playing football at work on a Friday evening.

So my fitness goal this year is to aim for 100 miles a month - this could be on the trainer or on the road - either way - I want to increase my riding so that the London the Brighton ride becomes easy.

I will be looking at logging my rides on here, however not all of them are going to be on here, just down to the time it takes.

I will be making sure I update any big rides - but the odd hours may get lost.

If you want to donate to our team ready for the 2014 ride you can do it using the "SPONSOR ME" link at the top left of the page

This blog has already had over 5500 views in the year - I am amazed - as I thought it would have been a blog only a few people visit - but I was wrong - I cannot wait to see what this year brings - I have lots to look forward to - I will be a dad for the first time in April/May - so we will see what happens to my training then!

All the best for 2014 and have a very Merry Christmas!