Well, looking back, no doubt I had a superb cycling week end!
Friday I went exploring the city by bike and with my film camera, then I met PB after work to cycle home together, but half way home he surprised me by treating me to a nice Japanese meal : D
And on Sunday, as you can never do too much cycling, PB and his friend Ste invited me to tag along for a bike ride… destination… a cycle wonder that eventually ended up in Chorlton.
A cold, bitterly winter day but with a glorious sunshine was the perfect day for it! I wore nothing techy, just my usual layering of warm clothes 😉
Woolly tights, smartwool socks plus another pair of socks plus my warm boots. My trusty pair of black linen shorts, which work all year round and few layered t-shirts. Not forgetting the woolly wrist warmers. With those and my combo gloves+mittens I have beaten the ‘frozen fingers’ problem, yay!
I noticed that one of my foot is slightly bigger than the other, so for my left foot I forwent one sock layer, because I’ve noticed that if feet don’t have room for maneuver (aka wiggling your toes) then they will freeze just as if you aren’t wearing warm stuff… and as my left foot was far too snug, I removed one sock layer, and voila! Problem solved, two warm feet!
We met Ste in Fallowfield, then headed into town. Towards the MMU the boys stopped, conferred and decided to go towards Castelfield via the ‘back way’ (i.e. down Medlock Street, then onto to City Road East, which turns into Great Jackson St, then on Chester Road and down Castle St, where Dukes92 is)… and I followed. Glad I was on Barolo (the tourer) as its lightness helped me keep up with them, although in all fairness they were very nice and made sure not to lose me ; >)
I’d never been down that way, what an amazing scenery! The canal was frozen in most parts, quite a sight… Although the path was rather narrow at times, and I was too close to water for comfort… but you know, I just got off and pushed the bike in the tightest spots… don’t have to be a pro first time round!
The boys aren’t fast racers, but they are both over 6ft tall so their legs-pedal-power is… well… double mine! But it is nice, once and a while to up my tempo.
Wished I’d taken more photos, but it was freeeeezing… and I didn’t want to take my gloves off!
We ended up in Chorlton, at The Bowling Green pub… for a nice pint with friends and a bowl of chunky chips!
I look forward to going back in the spring, the muddy tracks made for difficult cycling, which was a shame. I don’t think it’d take a lot of money to provide a better surface.
One thing I noticed, annoyingly, is what a neck/shoulder ache I got from riding drop-down bars. I realised it’s because I still keep my head up high (as much as possible) so I have clear view of where I am going, road traffic etc… maybe I am too used to Pashley? I really like the riding difference I get with the drop-down bars, but if this pain is unsolvable then I may have to revert to straight handle bars… booo! Any suggestions?
Wishing you a great start to your cycling week 😀