It looks like I need to prepare myself for winter properly now. The last couple of days have been really grim. Yesterday was wet cold and windy, today is cold and windy.
I have had a couple of busy days, shopping yesterday and today was waiting in for delivery of materials for the fence/gate I am going to build at the end of our property onto the back lane. The materials arrived quite early so I had a few spare hours but it was just too cold. Instead I fitted up a spare TV in the garage for when I am pedalling my bike on the turbo trainer through the winter when I can’t get out on the roads. It’s a bit boring just staring at the walls for an hour or two.. The picture isn’t my bike but It was too cold to go down the garage and set mine up for a photo so I pinched one from Wikipedia..
Typical turbo trainer set-up (Not mine)
Tomorrow I will possibly go out on the midweek training ride with Team MK unless I have to wait in for the delivery of my BlackBerry back from repair. The weather forecast is not too bad for tomorrow I think? I doubt I will be doing more than 3 rides a week now and probably some spinning on the turbo trainer to fill the gaps
Rest day today after yesterdays exertions, well maybe not so restful. Had to shovel a cubic yard of topsoil into the garden from the back road. It was waiting out there as a nice surprise after a shopping trip.
Finally applied the finishing touches to the newest addition to the bike ‘stable’ today, the Felt carbon fibre bike. Looking very nice, makes me want to jump on it and ride, well maybe tomorrow.. ;o)
Had to wait in today for arrival of the ‘Felt’ bike frame and a few other bits I need for build up of the bike. Whilst waiting I busied myself with some garden work. Well, some major alterations I suppose. Removing a big section of concrete path to extend flower beds on one side of the garden. This entailed an early morning trip to Bedford to collect a concrete breaker before the school and work traffic built up. Made it there and back home by 8am !!
Once I got the hang of the breaker it was easy enough. Removed the concrete in manageable lumps to the back gate ready for dumping in a skip on Monday.
Worked through to lunch and during the ‘lunch break’ the frame and bits arrived so then i was anxious to get work finished in the garden and the breaker returned to Bedford to get on with building the bike. All went well except that I need a clamp for the seat pin, the frame didnt come with one..
The frame is so light, I thought I had an empty box delivered, it was like there was nothing in it. Finished as far as I could go around dinner time, just a sit was getting dark. The shopping list to make the job complete is the afore mentioned clamp, New handle bars 31.8mm centre section( I have the ones on there from the Specialized for now) so that I can use the Felt made handlebar stem, A new set of gear and brake cables and outers, again I have ‘borrowed’ them from the other bike for now. Hope to pick up the clamp tomorrow en-route to fishing trip and the bike up and running for the weekend which is nice.
Watch this space for a road test report..