I went out on the Colnago bike yesterday to see if the mystery noise that developed on my ride in Dorset last week had disappeared of its own accord.. but no such luck
It was a kind of creaking sound and only occurred when I was pushing hard like going uphill or on rough roads and I immediately suspected the saddle as that is often the source of strange hard to find noises. After my ride last week I tried twisting and turning it, pushing and pulling it, bouncing the bike up and down but I couldn’t replicate it again so I began to suspect the bottom bracket, but it wasnt really rhythmic enough for that or at worst a cracked frame !! I will return to this later. First an account of yesterdays ride….
It was just a short ride as I had had a few ride-less days and I was hoping for a longer ride today (Thursday). I was short of time yesterday so I just went out in the brief time available just before lunch.
It was another of my Ouse Valley rides, the valley offers a few options ride wise and I chose the shorter harder version for yesterday. I made it into a hard ride for myself by pushing on from the start. I knew that on the Garmin Connect site at the bottom of the dashboard it selects a 40km/25mile rides to show your best performance over that distance. My previous record for the ride was over a year ago but I wasn’t sure what the average speed was, I only decided to have a go ‘on the hoof’ as it where once I was on the way, otherwise I would have checked before I left.
I had a feeling it was into the 17mph zone but as I am now using km’s on my Garmin I had to do some mental calculations as I rode and I worked out that 17mph equates to something around 28kph. All these calculations where going on in my head as I rode.
I knew I had to keep the average speed up around the 28kph mark which was fine on the way out with a tailwind when I got up into the 29kph area. Then I turned into the wind and and I saw the speed dropping gradually for a while and then with the aid of a couple of fast descents it crept up a bit despite the wind. When I changed direction again is when the hillier part of the route kicks in. The speed dropped again for a while to around 28.2kph by the time I got to the top of the hill at Ravenstone. After that it was pretty much descending or flat with a tailwind for the rest of the way apart from a bit of a climb back into Olney.
Pretty much as soon as I got home I connected the Garmin to the computer and found I had broken my record which I had though had been somewhere in the 17′s was in fact 16.9mph and my stats converted my 28.5kph kph to 17.7mph so I did it, and quite easily !!
Today, despite the threat of impending rain I set off to Earls Barton to meet up with long time friend Cyril who lives in Wellingborough. On the way over I was still being troubled by the mystery noise and had a sudden thought that maybe it was where the steel framework enters the plastic base of the saddle and that maybe it had dried out in the recent heat and that I would maybe try to spray some lubricant in it when I got home… However the roads where still wet from overnight rain so I had the idea to ride through a roadside puddle and in so doing spray some water up under saddle as I have no mudguards on the bike. Voila!!! it worked a treat and the rest of the ride was carried out in peace and stress free.
I met Cyril at the appointed bus shelter in Earls Barton and we carried on with our ride together over a familiar route to the cafe overlooking Pitsford reservoir. After some liquid refreshment in the form of coffee we were off, again over a familiar rolling route back to Wellingborough where we went our separate ways again. It was a ride of just under 50 miles for me and a bit more relaxed than yesterday but just as satisfying.