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Two out of three is not bad, I am talking about bike rides. In my last post I said that I was intending to ride Sunday, Monday and Wednesday, well I managed Sunday and Wednesday. Monday and Tuesday (a possibility of late afternoon ride if I did not ride Monday) were wet and windy. Sundays ride did show one deficiency, no front brake. On closer inspection the pads were pretty worn and very glazed so I spent Sunday afternoon trying to find a set of disc pads. I needed to purchase them over the counter as opposed to mail order as I would not be able to order them till Monday (or at least that when the order would be processed) and I had to have them by Tuesday morning so I could fit them for Wednesday. I tried three local bike shops on Sunday and no one had them. Fortunately I managed to get a couple of sets Monday morning and got them fitted before the rain came down (it started as I put the bike away).

Sunday was just a simple short ride to make sure that my knee was able to cope with riding, which it was. Wednesday was a different story. While my knee coped well, the engine room had serious problems. I left home in thick fog and arrived at Swinley on a dull grey day. By the time we set out for the ride the sun was starting to shine through the clouds and warm up. Within 4 four minutes on the first little rise I was a over heating gasping wreck. The nice thing about Swinley Forest blue trial is it is broken down into small sections, by the end of the first section I was off the bike removing my jacket and pumping up the tyres (new hi volumes tyres needed more than the usual amount of air). Thankfully my riding buddy was happy to wait for me (or though I was wishing he did not have to) at the end of each section, I was now a little cooler and the tyres were better but not perfect. It was not until a little further round that I gave the tyres another pump and this time they were a lot better, he bike was not squirming around under me any more. The end result is I am not going to be ready for the ride next Saturday, I am just going to have to take it as it comes.

Only likely to be one ride this weekend as apart from the heavy rain and gusty 30mph winds forecast for tomorrow, I have a lot to do. A part from the shopping and banking I need to fit the new cassette, chain rings x 3, chain and jockey wheels to the bike ready for next weekend and I want to do it tomorrow so I can test the gears when I ride on Sunday (which is supposed to be sunny).

All the decorating is done, the carpet has been laid and we now have a lounge we can use again. This means that I have to go fish tank purchasing this weekend, I have three in mind (two of them are in sales so I need to decide soon) and I need to do it this weekend if I am not here next weekend.

And finally, I go back to work on Monday…………………….joy!!

Almost forgot the video, no music this time (unless you are a petrol head), watch this video of the Pikes Peak Challenge, simply get up the hill as fast as you can, watch out for the road cone around 8:22 (detail of the car are on the Youtube page.

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OK lets play catchup, diet, losing weight but slowly but at least it is in the right direction. My knee, still not right but a lot better than it was, have to go for an x-ray on my knee (when I remember to book the appointment). Still not been out on the bike, either because of my knee or the lousy weather, hopefully next (Easter) weekend. Decorating, not finished yet but the end is in sight (by Good Friday) then we can get the new carpet laid. So that is what I have been up to for the last few weeks.

As far as decorating goes, the wife is already talking about the next room to be decorated (the bedroom). As you can imagine I am over the moon at this idea although it would be nice to get the damaged ceiling repaired after the water tank leak last year and to be perfectly honest. To be honest I did start decorating the bedroom some years ago (had to install some fitted wardrobes) and it never got finished. Not sure I am going to enjoys this.

Going back to cycling for a minute, since the new year I have amassed a small supply of new cycling bits. I have a new chain, new cassette (that is the nine gears on the rear wheel for you non-cycling readers), new chain rings (that is the three gears where you pedal) and new jockey wheels which will all be fitted once I have wrung the last once of life out of the current items. Two pairs of tyres, one pair I am using now and a pair for the summer. I have also purchased a new cycling helmet, a Mucky Nutz mudguard (click on the link if you don’t believe me), a pair of cycling shoes (something I have never had, always used old trainers) and finally a new pair of sun glasses and guess what? I am not even cycling at the moment, I think the last timed I rode my bike was on the 20th January, really need to sort this out.

Finally communication companies why are they so difficult to communicate with? I have fallen out with two of them in the last 24 hours. The first were 3 the mobile company, they have been chasing my daughter after a hic-up at the bank. She has phoned them and resolved the problem, but do you think they understand that? Not content with phoning the home phone everyday this past week they phoned the home phone 4 times yesterday (Saturday). On the third phone call the wife explained again that the daughter was not in and was at work and to please stop calling us. Well a little while later the 4th call arrived on our home phone. Again it came from a far east call centre where understanding what you were being asked or told is difficult enough. But I just exploded at the women on the phone, I told her that our daughter was not at home and she was working. I told her that I know my daughter had had a problem and she had contacted 3 and resolved the issue and that under no circumstance were they to call us again otherwise I would really blow my top. I think she might of userstood as we have not had another call………………..touch wood (an old style office desk).

Secondly I was trying to watch iPlayer last night and it started to buffer, the internet had been a bit slow for the past few days. So I went along to SpeedTest.Net and ran a test, below is the result

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For those technophobes out there, I have a 10mbps connection the above results is very poor. Having recently found Virgin Media have a Facebook page I posted the above picture and asked what was going on. I went back to the Virgin media Facebook page about 20 minutes after posting and my post had been removed. Hope they are that quick to resolve problems when I phone them tomorrow.

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