Posts Tagged ‘Fixed Gear Bike

28
Jun
11

juneathon day 28: i hear thunder

After the heat of yesterday, it was nice to wake up to a more civilised temperature this morning. Civilised, that is, if you have to go to work or do anything remotely strenuous… if you can just laze about and do nothing, give me the hot sun and high temperatures of yesterday, instead. But today did call for both a spot of exercise and a spot of work so I’ll settle for cooler.
And once again another bike ride was planned owing to the still nagging, achey sensation in the right foot. Today’s weapon of choice was to be the fixie again, which I prefer for short sharp blasts in and around town or basically anywhere that is a) not too far and b) does not involve steep descents. So a workmanlike 22kms out and back route along roads that were neither scenic or inspiring. I was able to just put my head down and go though and that in itself can be a rare pleasure sometimes. The route was along a main “A” road so no real junctions or turnings to watch out for so just switch to autopilot, be aware of the traffic and keep the legs turning. Which is not to say it wasn’t enjoyable as it is nice to disengage the brain for a while… And nice to get the days ride out of the way before the heavens opened and the lightning started an hour or so after I arrived back home
2 more days of Juneathon left and normally by this point I am dying for it to be over. Not so this year as I think my inability to run for the last bit of Juneathon has made me crave the idea of getting out for a run. I have the Cranleigh 10km on the 10th of July and hope to get in a couple of short training runs before then so long as the foot feels better. Oh and a 120 – 140km training bike ride planned for Sunday 3rd July. There really is no rest for the wicked.

27
Jun
11

juneathon day 27: be prepared

Just as the under-endowed man overcompensates with a big car, my inability to run has caused me to overcompensate by performing 2 seperate Juneathon relevant activities in one day.
As it was forecast to be hot today, descending into heavy rain and storms from mid-afternoon, I thought I’d get some exercise out of the way early so packed myself off into the garage where the weights and bench live and spent an hour repeatedly picking up and putting down heavy objects. One hour later, sweaty and a little shaky, I returned to the house, showered and started work. I was glad to be working from home today, it was really muggy out and the thought of having to travel into London on the motorbike, or worse still the tube, was something I fortunately did not have to worry about.
This evening, SonNumberOne was to do his cycling badge at cubs so I volunteered to cycle with him and his friend to the feild where the Cubs were due to meet. I dropped them at just before 7pm, leaving me an hour and a half to kill before having to pick them up. As the predicted storms had not arrived, I could not think of a better way to kill 90 minutes than just riding around on the fixie with no particular destination. So I set off on a meandering and random route which ended up being 32.77km by the time I’d collected the 2 cub scouts, now both proud recipients of their Cycling badges

24
Jun
11

juneathon day 24: going postal

Another busy day and with it another quandry about how to fit in todays bout of cycling. I was mulling it over as I was falling asleep last night… can’t do anything after work as I’m out in the evening, can’t do anything at lunchtime as I am supposed to be meeting up with someone. Could do something before work though…
Then this morning I awoke to find it bright and sunny outside and that was all the encouragement I needed. A little fuel in the tank (for “fuel” read “cappuccino”) and I was off. And what’s more, like divine intervention, I now had a mission too as Mrs eatingtrees wanted a letter posting. So, I jumped on the fixie and set off to the furthest-but-still-doable-before-work postbox. A round trip of 12.51kms.
Like Mick Jagger said… “You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you just might find, you get what you need”

22
Jun
11

juneathon day 22: the importance of being impatient

Another day, another bicycle ride. This time a 26.41km jaunt to do some more spying. And a massive downpour on the way back meant that I arrived home soaked and had to shower and change before heading back out for yet more spying this afternoon. The Juneathonitis of the Second Metatarsal appears to be slowly getting better but I have a dilemma…
I am beginning to hanker for a run. But I am concerned that running with Juneathonitis will cause it to worsen. And I don’t want it to worsen. And I made a solemn vow on this very blog that I would execute this year’s Juneathon using only Vibram Five Fingers and the bikes.
But… I have been sent a very beautiful pair of Kinvara 2 running shoes from those nice people at Saucony. And they are currently just sitting in the bottom of my wardrobe. But if I listen very carefully, I can hear their barely perceptible voice asking, no pleading, for me to run in them. So the question is… Do I break my Juneathon vow and risk aggravating my right foot and go for a run in the Saucony’s? Or do I abstain, cycle until the foot is better and then try them out? Decisions, decisions.
The problem is made a little worse as I had to plead (just a little bit) with the Sauconians for them to send me a pair. So I feel a bit cheeky having received them but not used them yet.
But they are, as I said, very beautiful. And incredibly light. So light that when the parcel arrived, I thought they might have sent me an empty box by mistake. At this point, let me mention that I have a problem with white running shoes. I don’t like them. Aesthetically, they look to me like someone running with pillows on their feet. Or socks. So imagine my delight when I opened the box to see these.

Beautiful Saucony Kinvara 2 Running Shoes


And I thought that even if they don’t make me run any faster, I’ll actually look like I’m running faster because they look so very fast. And, I also realised that they would go beautifully with my smug t-shirt that I like to wear to annoy people.

Beautiful Smug T-Shirt Used To Annoy People


Unfortunately, t-shirts are not made for running in. And running shoes are not made for wearing whilst sporting annoying t-shirts. Shame though, because I think matching t-shirt and shoes is possibly the way forward for the fashionable man about town.

21
Jun
11

juneathon day 21: against all odds

Paranoia – A second to learn, a lifetime to master.
And if I didn’t know better, I’d think the universe was conspiring against me to make the final 10 days of Juneathon as difficult to complete as possible.
Firstly with the Juneathonitis of the Second Metatarsal making it difficult to run. Secondly, my trusty laptop seemed to have caught a bit of Virtual Influenza that caused it to stop me from accessing the internet. In addition to not being able to connect, it would not allow me to open any program and insisted instead on producing little pop-up windows telling me that my computer was infected and that I needed to download an anti-virus program. Clicking on the anti-virus activation button would have, apparently, either signed me up for some rogue anti-virus program or installed a keylogger on my system allowing my credit card details to be copied. Beware…

Although I have Anti-Virus on my machine, this particular litle fella still got through. It took all last night to clean up the laptop as I couldn’t download the virus removal tool myself so had to rely on a friend of mine who knows about these things to download a virus removal tool and burn it to disc for me to install on my machine. So yesterdays blog post was partially written and posted on a combination of SonNumberOne’s laptop and my iPod Touch.
Today, I was fortunate enough to be sent on another spying mission for work. This time, the stores I had to visit were realtively close to home so I was able to combine a spot of work and a spot of Juneathoning by cycling to my intended targets… a total of 19.7kms on the fixie. It’s another day of spying tomorrow so intend to cycle to those as well.

16
Jun
11

juneathon day 16: bikes, boats and bovines

Having spent all day staring at the uninspiring screen of the laptop, I was delighted when it finally stopped raining for long enough to get out for a spot of Juneathoning. And I’d been promising SonNumberOne that we’d go for a bike ride so that is what we did. We set off along the canal towpath that has been the scene of many a run throughout June. Firstly we came across these little beauties that featured quite heavily in last years Juneathon activity…

Bloody Hell! Cows! Hundreds of 'em!

Then we saw some of these…

Before stopping at the furthest point on our out and back route…

A total of 18.01kms on the bike. Yes, I know today was supposed to be a run day but my right foot still hurts and I just couldn’t summon the enthusiasm. Besides… a run on my own or a cycle ride with my Son… no contest.

14
Jun
11

juneathon day 14: fix up

Today I had a job to do. A job for work. To some this may not sound much like work, some may even dream of doing this for a job. Today I had to do a “comp shop”. This means that I catch the train into the West End and spend approximately 6 hours walking the length of Oxford Street, Regent Street, Carnaby Street and parts of Soho taking pictures of shop window displays. Sometimes I have to photograph the interiors of stores and this obviously requires some stealth and cunning as the people who own the stores or who work there do not want me snooping around with a camera. I sometimes like to see how obviously I can stand and take photos without being asked to leave or being forcibly ejected. That helps pass the time.
It does however grind you down, shop after shop. And you end up spending money. Many lovely things pass before your eyes and it is like slowly being brainwashed, with everything clamouring for attention and screaming “Buy me, Buy ME, BUY ME!”. Also, assume that, at a conservative estimate, I cover 2 miles an hour as I saunter around the streets and shops… that’s 12 miles walked today.
Although, walking around the West End had one advantage. The fixed gear bicycle is the cycle couriers transport of choice and many are to be seen chained to lamp posts or nipping through the traffic. Almost all are customised or tricked out in some way and it was great to look at the variation and individuality on display and to see a bunch of wiry limbed couriers with crazy facial hair stopped for lunch and try and marry up the courier to the bike from the assorted ones leaning up against the wall.

My Lovely Fixed Gear Bike


All of this served as inspiration for today’s Juneathon activity… I knew I was going to cycle today but had planned to get the singlespeed out and have another ride on that before London to Brighton on Sunday. Instead, I grabbed the fixie from the garage and completed 24.46kms of narrow handlebarred, continuously pedalled fun.




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