Knee brace on, lets see how long it lasts.
High Five – Because we’re a friendly bunch.
I See An Opportunity – A small uphill section is coming up so the chance to get a tow off the bus was welcome. Unfortunately the knee didn’t like it and started screaming at me when I hit 30mph or so.
Wave Him By – I see no point in holding the bus up. If I carry on riding in front, the bus struggles to get by and traffic gets held up. If I stop and let him by everything flows a bit easier. Common sense. Bus driver said thanks too.
Could Go Faster – Speed “trap” on a 30mph road. Not bad.
Playing Chicken Or Stupid? – Both I think. Some kids just want to show off to their mates. I’m not exactly one to back down though 😉
This Is My Lane Micra – My lane positioning was definitely encouraging the driver to pull up along side (I would normally try and get central) but still, most hold back. Seems like my legs have better acceleration this time.
He Waved Me By – At the junction before he’d taken a really, really wide route to provide room up the inside but I didn’t really fancy getting squished. Around the corner I stopped behind in traffic and he moved right over and I didn’t really see any point in going forward but he waved me through so… thanks!
Scrape The Pipes – Listen and watch for the lean.
Smooth Filtering – It’s nice when you get a good line like this that I can ride straight down the middle. I did notice that one lady was texting away on her phone after editing this video though… Not the first and won’t be the last.
Shitty Cyclist – Slow and cautious when filtering but feels it’s fine to ignore the lights changing and just after a red light shows. My wording at the end describes my feelings towards him.
Music by Ryan Little
Not uploaded one of these in a while. I’ve been a little distracted… Sorry!
Fixed Gear Fail – I’m 95% sure this incident ruined my fixed gear. I’m not sure how the wheel dislodged so violently; I didn’t hit a pot hole. After repairing it at the roadside and carrying on my journey the bike felt “different” and when I got to my destination I checked it over and found there was a definite lean to the rear wheel… I think the rear triangles are bent…
The Squeeze – It always seems to be this particular island. I don’t understand why some people feel the need to cut in so close when I’m taking my line and there’s a second empty lane. They didn’t get far. I followed them all the way down the road until they pulled over in a car wash….
More Observation Required – Not from me… from this person who, for some reason, decided to pull out and block off the exit.
Cyclist Wanker – Seriously, this guy, again. I get the cycle rage, I really do. Firstly he’s flying down the path and if someone had stepped out of one of the drives without looking…. well it would have hurt! Then to jump onto the road and squeeze passed… I just think this guy is a dick.
Water Hazard – Just your casual burst water main!
Wet Drain Covers – I almost stacked it here! It was raining, obviously, I was soaked, my brakes were near useless and I wanted to overtake but after checking and seeing the car I thought I’d let them go by first. What I didn’t see was the drain cover… My front wheel hit it and slipped out but somehow I didn’t go down.
At Least He Gave Me Space – Well, that’s it really. I was expecting to get squeezed out there but no. Impressed.
Queue Ahead, Failed Overtake – I laughed. It’s not hard to miss a line of cars queuing but they totally mis judged everything and had to pull back in behind.
– Everyone loves a slow mo classic –
Sneaky Biker – I didn’t even hear him filter up next to me! The first I knew was when I suddenly heard the bike accelerate. Ninja!
Another GoPro – I thought I was the only one around here!
Shit Hit The Fan – Clickbait / Troll 😛
Soundtrack by Ryan Little
Track “Thank you For Playing (God Speed)”
A lot of riding but an uneventful week! It’s the summer holidays so the roads are a lot quieter when I ride (which is awesome!) so there is a lot less drama!
Trying To Hit / Scare Me – BF60 VOY – The traffic behind was stopped for a red light, as was the traffic in front so after letting the Audi out, the Hyundai waved me across. Unfortunately the Corsa managed to squeeze passed at that precise moment but instead of being all grown up about the situation the driver decided to accelerate hard towards me, stopping just before hitting my rear wheel. The sound of the engine accelerating and I believe some tyre squeal is heard in the original video.
Right Turn / No Right Of Way – I have NO idea what this driver thought they were doing. As the lights turn green they just decided to cut across the oncoming traffic to make the turn instead of waiting. Fortunately both the first and second oncoming car were making a left turn but both gave the driver a blast of the horn.
Dog Wants To Play – I’m assuming play anyway as the tail was wagging!
Calf Cramp – The pain! Out of nowhere, the pain! I had to roll a good way down the road before I could pedal again 😦
I Like Her! – She was awesome. You can see I look back to check what the traffic is like before indicating and moving across but this lady has obviously seen that and held back to give me space even before I indicated. Brilliant.
Any Chance To Draft – If I see a lorry, I see a chance of easy, fast cycling. Lorries and buses are slow at accelerating and provide a good cover so get behind one and it’s fairly easy to do 30mph up a fair gradient.
Vans Are Good Too – The tall ones like this provide some good cover but van drivers generally accelerate a bit quicker so it’s harder to catch and maintain the draft. I held back and waited for the amber light before pedaling hard to get in the draft and it worked.
Bare Roads – Mid road works and the top surface had been stripped leaving all the drain covers and service covers raised. The bad thing was not all had been marked and they were pretty tall so it was causing everyone to swerve and avoid them.
THAT Cyclist – Remember, from the “Bloody Cyclists” video? Well here he is riding up the wrong side of a busy 40mph road. He should either be following the same route I take or riding on the path behind the bushes. This idiot makes up his own rules though and feels it’s ok to ride up that road the wrong way before crossing over to the right side obstructing all the traffic.
Wise Words – He’s right you know, there are a lot (or at least it seems) of idiot drivers but you need to make yourself seen! Wear bright clothing even in the day and don’t go out in the dark without high viz or lights. I’ve just bought a set of See.Sense lights and while they’re not in everyones price range they definitely make sure people see you! They’re expensive but worth the investment. I’ll do a video on them shortly.
Song by Ryan Little
Track is Brag On You
It’s roadworks season! They actually brought the town centre to a complete standstill one day. Several sets of road works in one place, combined with large amounts of lane closures for no reason meant traffic just stopped. Luckily I got through it all on two wheels no trouble 🙂
Super Close Pass – BD14CZF – I don’t normally mind cars using the same lane to pass so long as I’ve got some wiggle room / I’m not affected by the turbulence or it’s matching my speed but this cockwomble didn’t want to wait and passed me within inches at close to 40mph.
Red Light Jump – NC09PER – Had plenty of time to stop on amber but decided he was too important to wait. Gave him a thumbs up but got no reaction.
Super Considerate – I was more than happy riding in the empty (oncoming) lane but this lady saw me in her mirrors and gave me loads of room to ride back in the “correct” lane. Thanks!
Late Overtake – VA04MJU – The driver coming the other way was not happy at all. I was given plenty of room (thanks!) but it seems the van driver forced the oncoming car to hit the brakes.
Taxi – Obviously they have right of way…
Awkward Stop – I think I had clocked the car coming round, but it hadn’t registered straight away so the stop was very last second. I was definitely about to pull out…
Mobile Abuse – YP11DJF – Fitzpatrick Group – He didn’t even care. Not even trying to hide the fact he has a phone in his hand, held against his ear. Idiot. I see plenty of people sitting in traffic on their phones but he’s taking the piss.
Road Closed – I don’t think so. This is what caused all the gridlock in town. Lanes closed off with no work force on the road. They’d closed off one lane of the entire “ring road” to work on one small part of it. I was actually tempted to move the cones and let everyone through… Later on that evening all the cones had gone due the massive amounts of complaints the council had received from the public and businesses.
Setting a PB – I love it when things fall in to place like this. I saw the bus waiting to pull out and figured I could tuck in behind it for the hill after the island. Although I lost the tow towards the top I still smashed my PB but unfortunately only got 10th place on the Strava leaderboard!
Awesome music again by Ryan Little
I’m enjoying editing. Finding new music and sitting down to piece a video together is quite relaxing sometimes. I’m still two months behind though!
Stupidly I edited these clips into small clips to save space on my hard drive so I haven’t had as much freedom with editing. I’ve also forgot to edit the correct number! Doh!
Attempted Left Hook – I’m not sure where they thought I was going to go in order for them to make that turn but I’m glad they suddenly realised I wouldn’t just disappear.
EO57XBR – Red Light Jump – I thought it was only cyclists that jumped reds…
Fast Lorry – My heart stopped for a second here. I saw the lorry coming…and it kept coming. I don’t think the driver saw me till the last second before hitting the brakes and stopping with the cab on the island…
Late Overtake – I’m not sure why I put this in. They give loads of room and indicate, I just think they were a bit nervous about pulling in front.
The incident where I pulled out in front of a car. Completely my fault. I was on my fixie, doing a tough hill start and had my head down. I’d checked left and right but not across and didn’t see the car until it was right in front of me. Stupid stupid mistake.
Potholes – Well more of a sunken drain, either way I hit it and it dislodged my rear wheel. I just about managed to fix it at the road side with the tools I had.
Motorbike filtering – Sat in traffic when you can sneak down the outside? Nah come on, just don’t twist the throttle too quick and end up in my rear. Sexy looking bike though 🙂
Taxi – Seeing me on the island and flooring it to make it in front. Standard. Sometimes I do it.
Invisible? – Again. Every week the same thing. Some people just seem to think that their car will fit along side me in the same lane. It won’t when I’m trying to centralise myself for a straight run!
7 Years Bad Luck – Someone’s day didn’t start too well finding out that some moron had smashed their mirror off in the night….
Look Before! – Not as you’re pulling out of a junction… You’re now stopped with your nose edged into oncoming traffic.
Pedestrian Jumps Red Light – Because it’s not motorised vehicles and cyclists 😉
Doors – Normally I wouldn’t filter up the inside but for the first few cars I did and then I was gifted with a reason to ride down the outside. Passengers don’t check mirrors!
MGIF Close Pass? – It felt close, only to hit the brakes quickly in order to stop for the traffic.
Sirens – Some people really seem to panic when it comes to hearing sirens. The Ford for example, pulled right off the road suddenly into a drive way for no apparent reason… the other side of the road was clear.
Ryan Little – Valley of Shadows
New music found through Free Music Archive! A artist by the name of BoxCat Games. I’ll feature some of their tracks in upcoming episodes.
AK13HTZ – Using a mobile while driving. Big No No. He’s not the only one I see, but the only one I’ve actually seen drive off still chatting away with his phone in one hand.
Must Get In Front – Sometimes… no… all the time, you need to plan ahead. I did, I’d seen the lorry about to navigate the island but this driver just wanted to get in front of me. He had to brake hard from not noticing the car stopping which forced me to brake harder and my rear wheel locked up and “snatched” at the steering.
Left Hook Attempt – It did leave me wondering, did they really think they could get passed me and turn before I’d made the junction. It looks like they thought they could and then had a change of heart.
Close Pass – It just felt quite rushed…ya know?
Right Of Way – This road is a load of crap. Potholes, bad road repairs, speed bumps. I try and avoid riding in the gutter but this driver had other ideas.
Undertake – Here again. Although there are no road markings it’s common sense the left lane is for left turns, not undertaking someone who moves over as soon as they’re safely passed the first junction.
Near Miss – How that driver didn’t see the bus is beyond me. I’d spotted it indicating back down the road and saw the gap open up for the bus to pull out. I was actually quite hoping the bus would hit them…
Wobble – He almost went into the car trying to squeeze through that gap…
Lorry Close Pass – I have loads of room to my left, yup, it’s where cars normally park but that pass felt so close. Probably all down to the wind that lorries displace…made me jump.
Pointless Overtake – I laughed. Overtook me to simply pull in less than 100m down the road. Good overtake from a bus though!
Activate Lights – These lights are so slow to react normally so I’ve resorted to waving to see if the sensor picks me up quicker…
Bike Love – Genuinely at first, when I heard a car slowly pulling along side I thought I was going to get some abuse. It was a nice surprise when the gent complimented my choice of bike.
Link to music:
Still lots of footage to go through! I quite like this editing lark though. The more I learn the less stressed I get. How is it for you viewers?
Just a short one this time. I don’t think I rode much this week.
– That island is badly planned. Three lanes in, two lanes on the island, three lanes out. Someone always gets cut up, it just happened I was obstructed from view.
– They really wanted me to move out the way so they could finish the overtake… Unfortunately I can’t move the traffic in front.
– Behind me at the island to turn right, pulls out behind me and then tries to dip up the inside. I always move over as soon as I’m passed that first exit to let cars by (like the blue car behind). They were just impatient…
– Filtering with a motorbike. I heard the guy coming so didn’t move out when I wanted and he offered for me to go first but seeing as he has the power I thought I’d let the motorbike lead. I’m just that little bit more agile to fit through the gaps though. The oncoming traffic had to stop at one point to let him through.
– And this is one of the reasons why cyclists need a bit of space. Some, like this gent, get tired and start to wobble around.
Filmed on GoPro HD Hero 2 w/ Chesty Mount
Song: Ryan Little – Sand Castles
– Now that’s a good driver. I indicated I wanted to turn right and despite having the chance to overtake me they acknowledged my signal and held back. Awesome.
– Cutting it fine was in reference to the overtake in this clip. I had to break to let them in. Meh
– This isn’t actually a bike lane. It’s a stretch of road that years ago ran two lanes side by side but someone deemed it too dangerous and limited the road to one lane thus creating a nice area to cycle in at the sides. It would be awesome if all roads had that space to cycle.
– Close pass. Well when a box of metal does pass you at 30+ mph it doesn’t feel nice.
– This happens a fair bit. Some drivers try and squeeze ahead of you before an island and when they realise there’s no space they either end up stradling two lanes or putting the squeeze on you.
– Overtaking on a solid white line, before a blind humpback bridge is never clever… Imagine if that car had been a little quicker…
– I never like having a large vehicle behind me so if I can pull in and wave them by I usually will.
Bonus Bad Bus Driver
Who knows what he was thinking! All the cars and me were indicating left but he still decided just to pull across and force his way in. Reported to the bus company. Not sure if anything happened.
Music by Ryan Little
Honestly, the fitness and training didn’t really go to plan. I did two, maybe three, 3 mile runs in prepartion, along with my standard cycling. Any form of diet went out of the window months ago so building up to this event I figured my calves were going to die a horrible death again. On the winter run I’d been able to keep pace with one of my friends but since then she’s trained non stop in order to crack the hour barrier… there’s no way I could compete with that.
Still, Sunday came, the sun was shining and I was ready to go. I knew Lou was going to try and keep pace with the faster runners so my first thought was to keep behind with our slow runners but after the first set of obstacles I found myself wanting to push on. They weren’t going fast enough. I made a decision to lone wolf it.
I ran on and started tackling the obstacles solo, helping a few others out but managing to get over / up everything by myself. There seemed to be a lot more solid running on this course compared to the Winter Wolf. I missed the mud pits, deep bogs and deep wades. I missed the log crawl and the hay bails. It seemed like a much easier course.
The running was good. I kept a steady pace and my body held together. I only suffered a brief, painful stitch, but managed to push through trying not to stop. I wasn’t going to chance the swim. It’s been years since I’ve been swimming and the combination of fatigue, icy waters and lack of ability seemed like a good reason to miss it out. Before I knew it I was at 7KM and pushing through to the finish. I somehow managed to complete the course in 90 minutes. I’m sure the Winter Wolf took us over 2 hours!
My favourite part? The slide. I took a nice big run up to get all the speed I could and ended up ploughing face first into the pool at the bottom… with an open mouth… but it seemed to wake me up and give me some more energy to get to the finish.
Of course I ran with the GoPro so I’ve put together a small edit.
I honestly felt great after the run. The severe aches and pains I had after the Winter Wolf were non existant. I was a little cold and in need of a burger but I could walk! Even this morning I could jump out of bed and walk around freely. It seems I did just enough training this time to get me through!
The Summer Wolf is already being booked. It’s on the same course as the Winter Wolf so slightly tougher, but I’m going to aim to improve on the 90 minutes. Bring on the next one!
Honestly, I’m not a runner. I haven’t ran any sort of distance since 2008/9 maybe. Back then I was going to the gym all the time, training for a few runs but ended up training too hard and screwing up my knees. That injury was made worse by several bad falls Snowboarding which again, resulted in a twisted knee. I don’t learn though, and I don’t let injuries heal lie I probably should so every time I’ve tried to run since then my knees give way after a few hundred meters.
It only makes sense then, that I’d sign up to a 10KM outdoor, cross country, obstacle run. That’s also after putting my back out at work and not being able to do any training before the run. I didn’t think this was going to end well…
I’ll tell you what though… it was amazing.
Sure the 10km absolutely destroyed me, my calf muscles tightened up a couple of KM in and ploughing through left me unable to really walk properly for a few days but I don’t regret any of it.
It was on the 2nd November and to be honest, despite the rain it was pretty warm for a winter run. I had on base layers, t shirt and shorts and even in the water I felt warm all the way around. At the start I made really good pace, keeping up with my super fit friend who ran ahead, but we got back with our group and my energy levels dropped. The field running killed me. I find it repetitive and dull. I came alive for the obstacles though.
The mud. The mud was awesome. Crawling through it under cargo nets, running through it and ending thigh deep in a thick gloopy bog actually brought my energy levels back up. I think that’s when the adrenaline kicked in. I was more than happy to throw myself in, wade through chest deep muddy pools and river crossings. I had no energy left for running at the end but the nets and the wall climbs recharged me enough to get to the end. I felt more alive on the strenuous obstacles then on the simple “easy” runs.
Not wanting to miss the opportunity for some GoPro footage I wore my “Chesty” mount. Unfortunately the case started to steam up, and I ran out of dry clean clothes to wipe it down so the footage deteriorates throughout. Hopefully you can get a sense of the run in this 20 minute video though:
It hurt to run that far with no training but I want to do more. I’m looking at doing all four Wolf runs next year and training has already begun. Sticking to what I know I’ve got back on the bikes but I’m going to be going on weekly runs with weighted back packs to get the legs used to running. I did another 5KM at the weekend and that hurt, but it ca only get easier right?
I actually have four bikes up and running now so I’ve tried to include them all in this one.
A week or two ago I went on a spur of the moment trip down to Snowdome. It was a lazy Sunday afternoon so the quick slide did me good. The GoPro came with me, stuck to my helmet so i did a bit of filming and knocked up this quick edit.
I’ve got so bad at freestyle now it’s embarrassing. Back when I was riding regularly I had a nice selection of go to tricks for the small box, and that’s not to say I was amazing because I wasn’t but now, wow, I can barely stay up on it. The backside boardslide/ noseslide was the first trick I learnt so it’s always the first one I tried, and tried again, and again. It really is true practice makes perfect.