Time for the winter bike…

The summer has definitely left us now and we’re into full on autumnal weather. Time to switch my summer and winter cycling drawers! I don’t mind the cold too much if I’m well wrapped up. It’s only if it’s cold, wet and windy all at the same time that it gets a bit frustrating! Although I do look back fondly on those days of cycling through snow and wind when getting fit for RideLondon!

I tried to do the Sufferfest video Rubber Glove last week but my heart rate monitor was all over the place so I abandoned five minutes before the end. No point in hurting myself when I’m not getting anything out of it! It’s taken my legs a while to recover, I think I’ll leave it a while before trying again. I’ll concentrate on just getting fit and pushing the distance as much as possible. Hopefully my heart rate monitor will stop spiking so much, I changed the battery but that didn’t help.

I’ll be taking my eldest son to see the London Six Day in a couple of weeks at the Olympic velodrome, really looking forward to seeing Cav and Wiggo in action, hopefully Cav will have been successful in Qatar. I’ve got to admit to feeling slightly uncomfortable about the whole TUE saga – Wiggo (and Cav) were what got me hooked on cycling and to see his performances called into doubt does not sit well. Even if it’s all legal, they must have known how it would look to outsiders? Especially the medication used. Froome comes out of it looking more respectable if anything.

Will be back out on my bike tomorrow and will try to push past 50km for the first time since I came back. Hopefully I will be able to catch up with a friend which will make the cycling effort slightly easier! I’ve got the winter bike all ready to go with a new chain, just need to fit the rear mudguard again. I’ve got some shiny new lights too so I should be a bit more visible!

Old chain vs new chain (plus bonus chain tool)
Old chain on the top, new chain on the bottom. Need to make sure I keep the new chain a bit cleaner!


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