26 January 2014
Due to the weather at the weekend being a complete washout i decided to dig out my old trail shoes. Last Sunday was my first run in probably nearly a year. It was lashing rain, mud was upto my eyes and flooding, what more could you ask for, oh yes strong wind as well. I a planned a local loop not too far away from home so i could cut sections off if i blew. Well after an hour i got back and was soaked to the bone but checked the mileage on the Garmin and decided to add an extra loop on, 1hr 16mins in total. Today the weather is just the same- pouring rain, cold, wet & muddy but the wind is even stronger so back out again on the local trails. Did the same loop as last Sunday, 4mins quicker and felt ok so added another 32min loop on. Duration 1hr 32min and my feet & legs are sore now. I should really loose a stone or two before starting to run again but what the hell need to get out there. No surprise that i never seen anyone out on a bike both times but Arran did follow around today on his Mukluk, he loved it - well going through all the mud and massive puddles!
24 January 2014
Today was the last ride on the ST1.0 for this week. Everyride has been wet & muddy so it was time for its first proper wash down. I have been using Fenwicks cleaning products for many years. I buy the Fenwicks undiluted cleaner and dilute it down to make the FS-10. Its very good value as the one litre bottles were half price last year! Simple to use, gently hose off the mud build up, squirt some FS-10 on everything. Leave it for a few minutes then start to wash the bike. I also use the FS Foaming Degreaser, i have used this since it first came out onto the market a few years ago and have not used anything different since. Depends on how much grease/grime to are trying to remove sometimes i put on a second application. The foam stays in place and unlike liquid degreasers tends not to go all over the place and waste it. After that i dry the bike off and squirt some GT85 over the mechs and some Finishline lube on the chain. Thats it ready for some more offroad miles.
22 January 2014
My new Eastway ST1.0 got dragged out again for a quick blast along the lines which were still flooded in places and very muddy. On the plus side it wasnt raining but misty / overcast. After the first few muddy/wet rides on the Eastway there was alot of spray from the bottom of the front mud guard but i found an old mudflap and it has sorted out 90% off the spray. Worked out cheaper than buying a full set of new guards. The front brake has developed a squeal when applied so i will check the toe in on the pads, apart from that its a lovely comfy bike to ride. The Sram Apex gears are very smooth and quick to change and plenty of gear ratio for everything i have ridden so far. This is bike is going to be stopping in my fleet for many years / miles to come.
19 January 2014
|New one, not sure if they have changed any design features, looks the same apart from the colour and graphics|
|Original one that was sent back|
18 January 2014
17 January 2014
Finally got out on the bike for a couple of hours today. Its been a very busy week with work and just not had a chance or the motivation to drag myself out. Finished early and off out for a road ride around the local villages / country back lanes surrounding Durham. Managed 32 miles in just over 2hrs with 2000ft+ climbing. The weather was not great - windy at times, cold, overcast, wet oily roads, light rain but its all part of the fun!
I got an Endura baabaa short sleeved base layer for crimbo so decided to wear it today for the first time. It was wicking well and felt very comfy next to the skin. I normally buy the transmission model but you have to wash them after every ride. Time will tell how it performs and i will report back in Spring.
14 January 2014
12 January 2014
here on the boots. Another good thing is the range of sizes they manufacture the boots in. The fit is good and you dont have to size up much if you wear standard winter socks.
11 January 2014
Rest day on Friday for a longer ride today as the forecast was looking good. Up early and away out the door just before sunrise. A few miles into the ride the sunrise was fantastic which was a good start to the ride. The ground was frozen in places with an overnight frost but where it was sheltered there was still plenty of soft mud! We headed over to Broompark and up the old railway line to East Hedley Hope, then a off road farm track upto Towlaw. The wind was blowing a gale and straight into our faces which made it very hard going on the open / exposed sections. From Towlaw we did a road section instead of crossing over the Moor as the last section will have been under 2ft of water. The country lanes were like an ice rink, had to take it very steady. It was then back onto farm tracks to join in about 2/3rds up the Waskerley Way. From here it was straight down to Consett, turn right then back to Broompark & home. We had to have a refuel at Lanchester as our legs were running low on energy by this point. Great 39miler is some serious headwind, icy roads & freezing cold. It was that cold with the windchill factor i didnt take that many photos but below are a few, enjoy
|Sunrise just before 8.30am|
|Energy Bar frozen by the time we got to Tow Law|
|Ideal shelter from the wind|
|Didnt stop long here, you could hardly stand up|
|Lanchester food stop|
|Cooling the pies down in the wind, they had just come out of the oven|
|Nearly home, only another 4 miles|