They say that a little knowledge is a dangerous thing but can too much knowledge also be harmful? I use the app. Strava to record my mountain bike rides and it provides masses of information. I’d looked back at the data from recent rides and found that my average speed was slower than normal. LookingContinue reading “A Dangerous Thing.”
I don’t usually leave 5 days between mountain bike rides but with a combination of some rain and my wife being on holiday from her work as a school teacher things have conspired against me. The only significant exercise I’ve had since my previous ride was a walk with our dog up Healey Nab whereContinue reading “Back after 5 days.”
Tulips are beautiful in spring and much prized. They aren’t expensive but this was not always the case. From December 1636 to February 1637 tulip prices spiked, rising 12 fold. Some special bulbs sold for the value of a modest house! This situation was unsustainable and prices quickly crashed. We have some bulbs in aContinue reading “Flower of the Week, 12th April.”
On my last ride I started in a controlled way and ensured that I still had plenty of energy left in the later stages to keep a good pace up. Today’s ride was always going to be shorter so to get good training value out of it I started more vigorously and maintained the effortContinue reading “Different types of training in one ride.”
The snakeshead fratillary is a meadow flower, often used in gardens. The petals have the appearance of snakeskin. It’s a real beauty and we have some in pots whilst others are doing well in a shady part of the garden.
The latter half of March was very dry with virtually no rain. Now in April, typically the driest month of the year in northern England, we’re getting drizzle and rain. Where I live, around 15 miles from the west coast, we get a lot of drizzle which can persist for long periods. Our town ofContinue reading “A trail ride after the first rain in weeks.”
Mountain bikes have a hard life and the often multiple suspension bushes and bearings will wear out in the fullness of time. I’d been noticing a clunking, knocking sound when I pedalled hard on my Boardman FS Pro and after wiggling the rear wheel I found the culprit. Just one of the main rear suspensionContinue reading “Suspension bearing change.”
I may seem to be rushing through the plants and flowers in our garden in North West England but nature waits for no one. This particular shrub flowers for only a few days in the year so if I don’t show it now it will be too late. It’s Amelanchier Canadensis which, as the LatinContinue reading “Flower of the Week, 3rd April.”
I haven’t ridden my mountain bike off road since Monday and now it’s Saturday. I haven’t been too lazy since, though, because I used my pedal powered boat on Tuesday, which is a similar form of exercise to cycling. I also used my bike on the road on Wednesday. I had to take our carContinue reading “Riding longer after an easy week.”
Things are progressing so quickly in our garden that Flower of the Week is looking more like Flower of the Day! Frosty nights are a danger to blossoms like Magnolia Susan so I thought I should catch it at its best.
Hellebores flower early and enjoy fairly shady positions in our north facing front garden.
Strange title? I sailed my pedal powered dinghy today and headed north on the 127 mile long Leeds/Liverpool canal to just beyond the place pictured above. The time worn graffito reads “Shirley Animal” and the spot is referenced in the names of segments in the athletics app. Strava in various different activity types, though canoeingContinue reading “Sailing to Shirley Animal.”
Our dog, Freddie, is totally unsuited to being a trail dog. I couldn’t possibly take him with me on a mountain bike ride for several reasons. He’s rather too small and could easily get run over but more than that he would be bound to find far too many interesting things to sniff at andContinue reading “Dogs and mountain biking.”
I thought I’d feature one plant each week in a Flower of the Week series. Nature, or more precisely our garden, decided otherwise. Spring is progressing quickly and it would be a shame to miss emerging plants at their best so I now intend to feature the plants not when I decide but when theyContinue reading “Flower of the Week, 26th March.”
The weather has continued to be gorgeous and the trails are almost bone dry so today was an ideal opportunity to ride one of my 3 classic mountain bikes. I already owned my 2004 Whyte JW4 before I realised that, just like for cars and motorcycles, a classic scene exists. I bought the JW4 asContinue reading “Riding a classic mountain bike.”
Today was a perfect day for a trip in my pedal powered boat with cloudless skies and temperatures of 18 Celcius. Any warmer may have been less pleasant since it takes some effort to drag the boat to the canal on a wheeled trolley. Once on the water it’s a recumbent cycling experience, laid backContinue reading “Clear blue skies for a boat trip.”
My wife, Ali, and I are fanatical gardeners. Few people ever get the chance to see our garden so I thought I should share it with the world. Each week I’ll feature one flower. This time a common one in the form of the daffodil. Spring is definitely with us and we are enjoying aContinue reading “Flower of the week, 23rd March.”
Last week I walked my dog, Freddie, up Great Hill which I often ride on my mountain bike. I’d spoken to a rider at the summit and found that he was intending to ride straight down the trail to White Coppice which was a route I rode with friends until about 10 years ago. IContinue reading “Trying something different.”
Unlike mountain biking, which can be enjoyable in a variety of weather and trail conditions, I’ve found that using my homemade pedal powered boat is far better in good weather. Today was perfect with cloudless skies and temperatures as high as 16 Celcius or 61 Fahrenheit. I waited until the afternoon to take the boatContinue reading “Boating in the sunshine.”
I like my rides to have a training value since I’ll only ever ride 2 or 3 times per week so today I rode to the top of Great Hill. Not only does the route involve a decent amount of climbing but it has a superb downhill from the summit. Returning over a smaller Hill,Continue reading “Riding Great Hill.”