Another song title heading.. what will be next ?? The silence though refers to the succesful eradication of the tapping noise I have been plagued with recently. Today was just the high-pitched hum of tyres, the wind rushing past my ears and my heavy breathing!!
Changing the bottom bracket did the trick I am happy to say! Just the satisfying high-pitched hum of 23mm tyres pumped to around 100psi. As I was mostly riding at around 15 or 17 mph into a 15mph wind it was rushing past my ears at 30mph’ish, quite noisy really. Mind you the bits with a tailwind were beautiful, just the aforementioned tyre noise which is a great sound to hear.
I rode into Northamptonshire today. Out through Salcey Forest and on to Roade via Hartwell. It was then across country to Towcester via Stoke Bruerne and a loop round via Pury End and Paulerspury to Grafton Regis. After that through Hanslope and then Castlethorpe and Haversham to Gayhurst and Filgrave. It was quite a tough ride, especially to start with as the wind was coming from the south-west direction so any part of the ride that had a ‘west’ in the direction was hard going. The outrun was also probably the hilliest part. I don’t think the average speed was much above 14mph for the first 20 miles, but hills are what I need to get into shape and the headwinds also added that little extra spice and workout.
Still much work to be done I think but slowly getting there and getting more aggressive with my riding again and able to sustain a bit more pressure now. A sign of the approaching Spring was the amazing number of wild snowdrops I saw by the roadsides so bring on the Spring lets get the shorts on again and some air around my arms and legs !!