28 April 2013

Winter Kit back out again

Decided to take the kids out for a longish one today for some training. Forecast wasent looking too good and windy so planned a route in one direction with hopefully a tailwind. We headed of upto Park Head Cafe @ Waskerley. Had to put the lights, windscreen wipers and heater on the van on the way up. Got out and it was 2.5 degrees and you could hardly stand up in the wind. Gear on and went for it, not a soul at cafe and only passed five brave riders heading up towards to the cafe. Once we dropped to Hownsgill it was more sheletered but still cold & cloudy but no rain. We turned right to head towards Broompark instead of dropping down to Birtley. Had a quick break at Lanchetser and alook at Diggerland on the way back down the lines. Not many people out today walking dogs / horse riding and the lines were nearly mud free. Once back to Bearpark we headed to Durham for an icecream (hoping the hut was open), thank god it was open but didnt stop around long as it was freezing. 4 miles back home nearly all uphill warmed us back up again. Nearly 27 miles but hardly no climbing.

Took the Dale Super X Hi mod out today for a change and was strange to ride at first as its been a while since its turned a wheel. By god its fast compaired to Fat Bike along the lines but less comfortable. I forgot just how light it was, it was flying up the steep short clicks / dippers. On the other hand the deep section carbon wheels are a pian with strong side winds and the bike being so light. Going to get a some more miles on it over next few months to try and get my mileage back up again.

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