Sunday, 7 July 2013

CYCLING LOG: 1-7 July 2013

Not a very exciting week this week -- 95.51 fairly routine kilometres. The exciting stuff all kicks off tomorrow!

Sun, Jul 7, 2013 - 9.10 km 
9.10 km in 00:32:02 hours at 17.04 km/h on Surly Cross Check.
Home to Aldi (Hatters Lane) for the cycling sale; then back home - conquered the mountain up Chaul End Road for the first time! end odo 1404.9
Sat, Jul 6, 2013 - 19.55 km
19.55 km in 01:18:38 hours at 14.92 km/h on Surly Cross Check.
Home to Creasey Park football grounds, then to the Hub, then to Lark Rise school, then home. end odo 1395.8.
Fri, Jul 5, 2013 - 13.48 km
13.48 km in 00:46:13 hours at 17.50 km/h on Surly Cross Check.
Home to the Hub and back. end odo 1376.2
Thu, Jul 4, 2013 - 13.70 km
13.70 km in 00:47:23 hours at 17.35 km/h on Surly Cross Check.
Home to the Hub and back. end odo 1362.7
Wed, Jul 3, 2013 - 19.66 km 
19.66 km in 01:28:06 hours at 13.39 km/h on Surly Cross Check.
Home to the Hub, then round Dunstable doing the cycle parking audit, then home. end odo 1349.0
Mon, Jul 1, 2013 - 20.02 km
20.02 km in 01:09:45 hours at 17.22 km/h on Surly Pacer.
Home to Harpenden for a full-body sports massage - bliss! Was so relaxed, couldn't work up much speed on the return journey. end odo 3282.8

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Collecting Potholes

As in many areas, our rural roads suffered a lot last winter. Unfortunately, the local authorities are not in a position to undertake systematic patches/repairs. If a pothole is not individually reported, it won't get filled.

Here are the ones I am reporting this week. I don't 'worry' much about rough surfaces per se. I take note of holes that are big/deep/rough enough to (a) potentially bring down a cyclist if hit with a front wheel or (b) cause a cyclist a lot of difficulty if he's being crowded by a fast vehicle behind or overtaking.

Slip End by the PAIGE car park.
While not particularly deep, a cyclist not already familiar with
its location is presented with a last-minute
"which way to go round it" decision to make,
usually with a few cars that had to wait behind you
at the traffic lights now itching to get past!

In Woodside: a rough and bumpy mess on a sharp descent
to a T-junction. Negotiating this while braking hard
and preparing to indicate is not fun. 

Manor Road between Woodside and Caddington:
another "which way to go" dilemma for the unwary. 

Manor Road:   just... ouch.  Hate this. 
I hope these will be filled in sometime this month.

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