There is a 4 days MTB ride here in WA called the Cape to Cape. I have entered to ride it this year, should be a hoot with 4 days of off road riding of about 60km per day. Have been considering a multi-day event for some time and I recon this will be a great introduction.
Fortunately I have a cousin that lives down that way that I will be able to stay with during the time there. – I dare say I won;t be much company, likely to fall asleep by pm each night but we’ll see how we go.
It starts in about a month, better start riding some more km!
Finally finished the single speed bike over the Christmas/New Year period – I recon it looks pretty good.
Compared to building motorbikes and motor-scooters it takes much less time, in fact, took me just a day to assemble once all the parts where to hand. The stripping of the frame of paint took many hours and was a real pain.
Have done around 150km on it so far over 4 outings. It rides well, very quiet but boy does it make you work on the hills!
Gear ratio I used is 46:17 which is pretty comfortable for me so far.
Some technicals specs of the bike… Frame: Giant Cadex CFR-1 from the early 1990’s. Lugged carbon stripped to bare carbon and alumium and then clear coated in two-pack. Saddle and post: Look Carbon post, Selle Italia Flite Gel Rear Wheel: White Industries Eno Eccentric Hub, DT Spokes, Velocity Deep-V rim, 17T White Industries freewheel Bottom Bracket etc: Shimano Dura-Ace 7700 Bottom Braket and cranks. Fyxomatosis 46T chain ring, Izumi Chain Bars and Stem: Fyxation Rodeo Pursuit Bar, old Ritchey stem I had laying around, Cane Creek brake leavers. Front Wheel: Shimano off my existing road bike till I decide what to do up front.
After riding to and from work 3 times a week for around 3 months now the following has happened.
I’ve bought my own bike after borrowing a friends for the past 3 months It didn’t cost me a great deal but its had very little use in its 6 years of life and it has full Shimano Dura-Ace (but not the wheels). It was a bargain
Despite getting faster the cycling doesn’t get easier. You are always pushing yourself the same amount but this just translates into faster times. I log my rides on Strava so I’m always inclined to get better and better – faster and faster, I’m not sure how long this can go on given eventually the improvements will become smaller and smaller but I guess I’ll find out one day and I recon I’m some way off.
I’ve started riding the long way home a couple of times a week which is around 28km while the normal way is just 14km.
Hills are hard work and I have note really started on some super big ones yet.
I have become acquainted with what my heart rate is when I’m really pushing myself – its anything above 176 bpm and I can kind of feel when my heart rate hits this or exceeds it, I guess it has something to do with blood pressure or something.
In cycling there are some real freaks that can just power up hills, I’m not yet (and may never be) one of them and when I look at the power output for some of them in Strava I’m about a third of what some of the real freaks are pushing. They either have a biomechanic advantage over me or they are more fit than I am or they are comfortable with the real pain of pushing yourself up a hill. I;m still working on trying to enjoy the pain but I can see how you get a kind of sick addiction to it – it feels good when you stop.
So I have done bugger all exercise now since I finished rowing in 2004, that’s 8 long years of doing stuff all.
I have been meaning to start doing something again for a few months and after getting sick and tired of the bus trips to work taking an hour (for a 14km journey) I though I may as well cycle to work.
Luckily a mate had a road bike he didn’t use, another mate lent me his cycling shoes and gave the bike a once over and so now, I have started to ride to work. This weeks the first week, its hard work but if I ride to and from work I’ll do close enough to 30km a day – that’s 150km a week if I ride every day. I’m guessing that doing this should have the desired effect of getting me fit and loosing the extra 5kg’s or so that I have slowly put on over the last 8 years.
I have installed a widget that displays my rides I upload to www.strava.com on this blog if any one cares to look.