Friday, 30 January 2009
I've read all of the books listed below (in alphabetical order) and can honestly say every one of them is a very good read, especially for the cycling enthusiast. Particular favourites of mine include, Breaking The Chain, French Revolutions: Cycling The Tour De France, In Search Of Robert Millar, It's Not About The Bike, One More Kilometre And We're In The Showers and The Death Of Marco Pantani.
A Bike Ride: 12,000 Miles Around The World - Anne Mustoe
A Dog In a Hat - Joe Parkin
Breaking The Chain - Willy Voet
Every Second Counts - Sally Jenkins
French Revolutions: Cycling The Tour De France - Tim Moore
In Pursuit Of Glory: The Autobiography - Bradley Wiggins
In Search Of Robert Millar - Richard Moore
It's Not About The Bike - Sally Jenkins
One More Kilometre And We're In The Showers - Tim Hilton
Put Me Back On My Bike: In Search Of Tom Simpson - William Fotheringham
Rough Ride - Paul Kimmage
Sex, Lies And Handlebar Tape: Jacques Anquetil - Paul Howard
The Death Of Marco Pantani: A Biography - Matt Rendel
The Eagle Of The Canavese - Herbie Sykes
The Hour - Michael Hutchinson
The Rider - Tim Krabbe
Thursday, 29 January 2009
The 4th photo at the bottom features the financial district known as the City, in the east of London. In the middle left of the photo is the Lord Foster designed Gherkin skyscraper. Betty and I live a couple of miles north of this area.
Friday, 23 January 2009
Tuesday, 20 January 2009
Friday, 16 January 2009
Monday, 12 January 2009
As you can see the water inside the bottle is half frozen. I believe the photo was taken on returning home from the ride. James tells me the temperature was hovering around -2 Celsius. He called the ride character building. Now I'm not adverse to heading out of a morning into the cold on my daily commute to work but to go out into the slippery country lanes when you could be tucked up in bed with a hot cup of tea. I know which one I'd choose. Well done lads your braver than I!
Sunday, 11 January 2009
The Cannondale is mine and the LeMond is Betty's. As I've mentioned before the Cannondale is currently in retirement. When I purchased the De Rosa Neo Primato I took most of the bits off the Cannondale and used them on the De Rosa. At some point next year I'm going to convert the Cannondale into a fixie. There is rear hub by White Industries called the Eccentric Eno that can be used on frames with vertical dropouts, like my Cannondale, to convert the frame to a fixed wheel. (Pretty much all road frames come with vertical dropouts these days). Without a special hub like this it isn't possible to convert a frame with vertical dropouts to a fixie because the dropouts don't allow for chain tensioning.
The wheels you see on the Cannondale are Shimano Ultegra from a few years back. I no longer have them because the rims were completely worn out due to all the breaking over the years. I have to say the £300 or so I spent on them was money well spent. I never once had to have them trued. I'd have brought 2 pairs had I known they were going to be as bomb proof.
You might also notice the rear mech on the Cannondale is actually from a moutain bike. I have to admit I had it fitted along with the dinner plate of a cassette to help me haul my ass over Alpe D'Huez and the Col du Galibier. It was the cheapest option for adapting my bike for an assault on these legendary mountains. Without this adaptation I don't think I'd have made it.
Thursday, 8 January 2009
Saturday, 3 January 2009
Thursday, 1 January 2009
Feeling a little jaded after last nights New Year Eve celebrations my fiance and I made the effort to head out for a short run up Klut hill earlier today. Although it was pretty cold again, around minus 3 c, we soon warmed up with the effort of running up the hill. It was so nice to get some fresh air and shake off the cobwebs from the night before. I hope to get back out again tomorrow using the same route before we fly back to London from Hannover in the evening. Below are a few photos of our little run today.