Recovering From Saturday Night
There must be something in the water - like The ZappoMan, I had to force myself to get on the bike this morning to blow away some of last night’s cobwebs - in my case a little too much of that nice fizzy French wine, washed down with some other wine (hic!)
And also like the Zappoman, I was on duty to take children to a party this afternoon, so after rising late, there was no time for a 50 mile ride. Instead I headed inland via the route I took earlier this week to Newcastle, and then down the Scotswood Road to the tank factory, before heading home via Gateshead and Byker. Annoyingly enough, I’m certain that pretty much every single set of traffic lights I got to was on red . . . .
The ‘out’ leg of the journey was just great - averaging 19.8mph, and feeling indestructible. There had to be a reason for this, which I discovered at the turnaround point - that’d be a tailwind then!
Also for the three miles or so either side of the Scotswood bridge, it was raining. I was riding Gina - my SCR LTD road bike. The one that I came off during the Stratford Triathlon in the rain. No, I didn’t fall off this time (I’m not completely useless after all), but I did find the handling somewhat edgy in the wet - rear wheel prone to locking up under even very gentle braking (for those red lights), and even a little prone to skipping a little on cornering. I’m not sure if this is a factor of the frame geometry (can’t see how, but what do I know?), or the tyres . . .
. . . but to be on the safe side, I picked up a new pair of 700×23 Specialized Pro All Condition Armadillos from the Edinburgh Bike Coop’s 15% off sale (ended today), while I was dropping Gina off for her six-weeks’ tune-up (a little late, but who’s counting?) this afternoon.
So with the headwind on the way back, my average dropped to 17.5mph, but this is nothing to get stressed about on such a great day. After all, while I was topping up on fuel on the Swingbridge, the Gateshead Millenium Bridge opened to let a boat pass. Now that’s a sight worth seeing - one of my Three Beautiful Things for today, though I’ll keep the others to myself!
- Type: Cycle
- Date: 06/24/2007
- Total Time: 1:54:00.00
- Distance: 33.25 miles
- Average Speed: 17.5 mph
- Max Speed: 32 mph
- Average Cadence: 98
- Max Cadence: 130