After a few exploratory rides in the late summer / autumn and some time playing with maps and route plotters... here it is the new(ish) Cycle to the Sea route for 2020. The date is now set and enough support drivers recruited so we're up and ready to hear from those who might be interested. A few changes for this year but essentially the same - a full on, long day in the saddle to ride 100+ miles one way and raise some money for a great cause. Click here for more info.
Old dog, new tricks....
Since I retired I've had the invitation to help in a bike shop once a week. Financially this has meant a simple cash cycle where I earn a bit and spend it back into the shop! But, it's fun, it seems to help a friend and I'm learning stuff. Including how to use this odd looking gadget.
We call it the rocket. Regardless of what you thought it could be used for, it's for knocking out bearings from headsets and cranks.
Taking a lump hammer to a tool on my precious mountain bike took a bit of courage, some advice from my cycle engineer friend and I watched a few YouTube videos. Then, one firm smack with the hammer and the bearing was out.
Now, of course, it's just a matter of finding the right replacement and being able to fit it. Simple, yeah?
This old dog, is having fun learning some new tricks.
Tonight I went to our monthly gathering we call :Christians in a Pub'. Not that it's anything special. There are Christians in pubs every night of every week all over this town (village!).
There were ten of us tonight representing about five different Sunday congregations. We chatted, we prayed for our town and nation and specifically foe one another. We shared stuff and experiences from the Christian services we'd attended during the day.
And what's not so surprising about finding Christians choosing a pub to meet in? After all, Jesus' first miracle involved supplying an excess of wine for a local wedding. And he spent a significant amount of his time with publicans.
God bless us whenever and wherever we are.
Were it not for this, I wouldn't have
It was freezing cold in the morning and I could have jumped in the car with its heated seats and joined the traffic queue to work. But I chose to ride because having an electric assist option and totally puncture proof tyres meant I knew I'd get there, without getting all sweaty and without bothering about a flat tyre.
It also meant I wasn't bothered about the late return journey, even in the snow for all the same reasons.
I still prefer non electric rides for leisure, but for me the Freego bike gets me out cycling when I would otherwise drive. And it's not a moped! You do still have to work at it.
I came across this old video of mine earlier today.