Just posting a couple of items that you will either like or dislike. The first one is a short video of the Tesco Rutland-Melton CiCLE Classic 2011 from a guy called Andy Waterman, he is a bit of a bike nut and writes for MBR magazine as well as photographs for a few bike related publications.
You can find out more about Andy, his video and photographs on his blog
The second is another picture from my gallery, Hungry New Forest Pony
But tomorrow never comes as my mum says
I woke up this morning to the sound of the wind howling and looking out the window the pampas grass was swaying around madly in the wind and the roads were wet with rain, just then the duvet called out my name so I went back to bed, this morning ride never happened. I wanted to go out riding this weekend but the inner wimp won the battle this weekend. While there is always tomorrow I am out for the weekly weigh in so I won’t be riding tomorrow either.
I spent the morning working on the Cannondale, only three jobs to do on the bike now, strip and re-grease the peddles, measure & fit the chain (see below) and then strip and re-grease the headset. I have not done a headset before but as this is a basic headset it has loose ball bearing (which I will probably replace anyway) so it is a case of strip clean and re-grease and re-assemble. I want to measure the chain to ensure it is the right length, as opposed to counting the links on the existing chain as I have had a lot of chain suck on this bike so I want to measure the length to ensure that the it is not to long and slapping about and causing the chain suck.
This afternoon I took a PC I had built from bits over to a friend for her daughter, only to get a phone call when I got back home saying the mouse is dead. Not sure what is going on but no amount of coaxing over the phone would persuade it to work. Unfortunately I can’t get over there until Tuesday night now.
While on line the other night somebody posted a link to a youtube video of some early mountain bike racing (XC type). Watch the video below, these pioneers of the mountain bike riding are not hanging around and take some hefty falls. While it is German video (I think), listen to the “OOo’s”, “ah’s”, applause and occasional gasp from the crowd.
Talking of falling off your mountain bike, I think I have worked out why my hip hurts, back in all the ice over xmas I fell of my bike and landed in a heap in the road on my right hip (thankfully it was a quite road). This morning I found that I can feel a metal bar through the foam padding on the drivers seat of my car. This bar run right next to my hip and I think the foam has moved. Not sure what I can do about the bar in the car seat but the car is due for replacement in July this year.
Well I am 8 tablets into my course of 28 and the heat and itching has subsided from my shin thankfully. My shin is looking better, not so red or swollen so it look like the medication is working. Not sure if I will ride this weekend, doctor said to rest my leg so I will see how it feels Saturday morning before committing myself.
Right I am all for free stuff but lets be honest a lot of the free stuff now a day is just naff. Well take a look at Sintel and download the video. There is a huge choice from 120mb right up to 500+mb for the HD version. It is only a short film but it has been made using completely free software that many hundreds of people have contributed to designing and then programming. Then using this free software they produce a quality piece of animation. This is why I like Linux and all that it stand for (anyone geeky enough to be reading this please don’t starting preaching to me about Linux, gpl and fos, I am talking to the unconverted here and I don’t intend to confuse or scare them off).
Tomorrow the car is in for a service, lets hope they do better than the four day it took for the last service. Then it is of to Southampton in the roller skate (as my kids call them, small hatchback type car) I get as a courtesy car for the day, bet it will have no fuel in like every other car I have had from them. I have to collect one of those basic all in one printer, scanner copier things that refuse to work from the local branch. Then all I have to do is get it to work oh the joy, at least it is Friday.
Finally well done to the Chile for the rescue of the trapped miners, 2 months ago very few people gave the miner a chance of being alive let alone a chance of getting all 33 out alive after so long.
Went out for a little bimble (eek, starting to talk like Clive!!) this morning with the wife. We had intended a nice early start (as daughter was working this afternoon) but I woke up at 5:15am, then went back to sleep and slept through the alarm and eventually getting up at 7:45.
We went out to Moor Valley and had a little play on some of the single tracks they have out there. Had an enjoyable morning until I hit a large tree root (at least I think it was a tree root, it was buried in long grass) after running wide on a corner. I was only 50mtr from the car so I carried on back to the car. Inspecting the rear wheel back at the car I noticed that the sidewall covering of the rear tyre was peeling off. I don’t know if this was a consequence of the tree root or not but it meant I needed a new tyre. I had already decided to fit the new rear wheel this weekend as the play in the freehub on the existing wheel was relating to 3/16″ off side to side movement at the top of the wheel. Now I just needed to buy a new tyre, not the best way to end an enjoyable 13 mile ride (maybe 13 miles is unlucky??)
We shot off home, dropped all the bike gear off, had a wash and brush up, grabbed a bite to eat and then off to collect our son from the daughter who had gone for a hair cut and to do some shopping (as teenage girls do) so she could go to work. Well since we had left Moor Valley there had been text message bouncing back between the wife and daughter about when and where we were going to meet to collect the son. We eventually meet her outside work (Sainsbury Local) at 1:00pm and her comment was “now your early I will have to start work early!!” she only been going on about how we must be back early so she can go to work……………………once the boy was in the car I just drove off otherwise there would of been an unpleasant exchange of words.
We visited the LBS and bought a Maxi Larsen TT tyre, as this is only the second tyre I have bought (the first being a set of mud tyres) I am not to sure how these will perform so we will have to see. After a bit more shopping it was home to fit the new wheel. An hour later the bike is sporting a new rear wheel, tyre, cassette and chain, a quick spin up and down the road confirmed that the gears are working OK. Will have to wait until tomorrow to see how it all performs.
On the home front the light at the end of the tunnel is still on and the door is still open but there is still a little way to go before life can return to normal but at least all the signs are looking positive. Work is going to be a little hectic over the next couple of weeks with new data links going live and PC and laptops to prepare before a certain date, I have to fit a weeks holiday in before the school holidays at the end of July. I took the car to the tyre centre yesterday as it had a slow leak in the rear near side tyre and came out with two new tyres on the rear. The car still has to go to the paint shop to repair the bump it had a couple of weeks ago (if the insurance company ever come back to me) and I need to get the brakes sorted and an MOT organised for the car before the end of July.
I will leave you with this little film clip (opps seems like we have lost the film clip) if it does not play , right click on the link and select save as and once downloaded play it from your PC. Hope you enjoy it.