Wednesday 30 December 2009

The New Commute

So I've moved house.

I lost my bike lights on the way (about £140 worth)
Not so great.

I bought some new lights after consulting with the purse-strings (i.e. wife).
Good. :)

I found my lost lights in the glove compartment of the car.
Oops! :oops:

Yesterday was my first commute to work from the new house in Torrance. I'm used to commuting 5 miles each way, now it is 10 miles with some extra hills thrown in (one is officially 12%). So here is a video of the first half of my commute which is rural/suburban.

I think I am going to enjoy this.


Monday 14 December 2009

My Last Cycle commute today...

....on my 5 mile each way route will be tonight on the way home. From Sunday (next day I am working), it will be approximately 11.5 miles each way (it can be 10 miles on busier roads) with a reasonable amount of climbing on the way home!

Hopefully this will offset the turkey/roast potato/cake/beer habit over the festive period!

Oh and from Wednesday I'll have a garage.

I'm a happy camper!

Tuesday 8 December 2009

190 miles

I have big plans for next year. As well as settling in to our new house (moving on the 16th) and having our third child (due in January), I intend to do a really big cycle. REALLY BIG.


Well, for charity of course....wait, WAIT! Don't click away from the page! Read on as this is going to cause me considerable pain!

So how far is this really big cycle? 190 miles to be approximate.

So how many days am I going to do this over? One.

One? One?!!

Yes I am going to ride 190 miles in a day.

The plan is to ride from my home to my in-laws. So Glasgow to Blackpool (ish). This trip is significant for a number of reasons. Firstly, my mother who died earlier this year from MND used to holiday in Blackpool every year. She took me down to Blackpool many times as a child. So this is a trip she would make often, although not by bike. It is also a trip that many other Glaswegians make every year. It's a bit of a tradition. So I felt the need to follow tradition, all be it on a bike.

Oh and my in-laws live there. So I would have somewhere cheep to sleep afterwards.

So once I have convinced my wife of this madness I will start hatching my plans. I will need a route (only approximate at the moment), I will need sponsorship and that is where you will come in, and I will need a bum made of Kevlar.

At the moment the plan is to do it late June early July 2010. So watch this space for more details....