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  • Better things to do than work on Fridays – Episode 1

     Gunner updated 11 years, 9 months ago 6 Members · 13 Posts
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  • Poucher

    Member
    14 August 2009 at 4:35 pm

    Well, we finally did it today, Harry and I have been threatening to have a ride to Danby for a cup of tea and a cake for a while now, and we managed to fit it in to our hectic schedules now that i am only working 4 days / week. 😀 😀 😀

    Harry brought his new steed out today for its inaugural shake down run :-

    ISAAC SONIC CARBON FIBRE

    Very nice it is too, with a kind of Bluey sheen to the lacquer coating.

    However, just as we hit the Seamer road Harry had a visit from the puncture fairy, we stopped and I put some Stans liquid latex in it, but 5 miles later it was down again.

    We also felt a few drops of rain, so were feeling the ride has a bit “Fated”

    Harry had a can of Vittoria pitstop with him, so we tried that, …5 miles later it was down again! Got to Westbrooks by then, so Harry used the rest of the Vittoria pitstop – half went in his tyre and the other half went all over the wall of Westbrooks! 😆 😆 …5 miles later it was down again !!

    So as a last resort, I used all the Stans latex I had ( would have sealed a tractor tyre 😯 ) and at last it did the trick, no more bother for the rest of the ride! 😀

    Also the weather had picked up and things were looking good! 😀

    We soon got through Kildale, up Percy Rigg and turned left for Westerdale and the climb up from “Toilet Farmhouse”

    HARRY CLIMBING UP FROM TOILET FARMHOUSE

    Down towards Hob Hole then left to Dibble Bridge and the 2 step climb up there

    ME CLIMBING UP FROM DIBBLE BRIDGE

    HARRY CLIMBS IT

    Once into Castleton we were soon along the road and into Danby, where we had a pitstop at my very favorite tea shop, The Stonehouse Bakery

    HARRY BUMPED INTO 2 OLD GIRLFRIENDS THERE 😆 😆

    A corned beef pasty each and a slab of morrocan orange cake really hit the spot and Harry was impressed with the view and the surroundings.

    WISH YOU WERE HERE LADS, …..PITY YOUR AT WORK 😀

    After we’d stopped for 20 mins and ate cake, put the world to rights etc

    we decided to head for home.

    HARRY ON RETURN LEG

    We had a good ride back and called in at Westbrooks briefly, before making our way back through Seamer and Yarm.

    We just felt a few spots of rain as we crossed the A66 so the ride was timed to perfection, we were almost home, and dry! 😀

    A lesiurely ride today, a few stats :-

    67.3 miles ( Harry did about 16 more )

    4hrs 28 mins

    14.8 mph ave

    41.4 mph V max

    139 ave HR

    174 max HR

    3547 calories burnt ( could be dodgy that reading, on / off the bike too much 😕 )

    A great day out, thanks for your company Harry. 😉

    Such a pity you Lads couldn’t make it eh 😆

    Colin

  • grant

    Member
    14 August 2009 at 6:14 pm

    Colin and Harry

    sounds like you’s had a good ride must do this ride some time soon

    Harry that is some bike you have there what’s it like compared to the prince and the ridley ❓

    i think i will get my days changed at work to wed and thursday instead of wed and friday so i can get out with you’s two .

  • johnc

    Member
    14 August 2009 at 7:04 pm

    that bike is a beauty, looks like you had a good ride, I’ll be doing plenty of riding next year when my company closes after xmas 🙁

  • grant

    Member
    14 August 2009 at 7:12 pm

    That’s sad news john.

    🙁

  • HarryB

    Member
    14 August 2009 at 7:16 pm

    The ‘puncture’ thing has mystified me. I was sure after five attempts to fix it that the ride to Danby wasn’t to be and I was annoyed that I was letting Colin down as I knew he’d been looking forward to the ride. Persistence paid off though and we got there in the end.

    A great ride and the tea room/bakery is a real discovery and I’ll certainly be back. No wonder Colin likes it so much. The Corned beef pasty scored 7/10, the Moroccan orange cake 10/10 and the tea 10/10. Three cups from a pot has got to be a winner. It’s places like this that make ‘living the dream’ of being a full time cyclist even better than it already is.

    Colin is not only working on getting his work reduced to a three-day week but is also trying to persuade Paul at Westbrooks to sell him his Prince frame.

    A couple of teething problems with the bike (always happens with a new steed) apart from the puncture but the lads at Westbrooks will sort it out. There is also a ‘cosmetic[‘ issue to sort out. Should I leave the yellow Mavic stickers on or take them off. I really can’t make my mind up. Opinions please.

    Thanks to Colin who not only paid for the lunch but was great company throughout. A great day that I’ll treasure.

    Lessons from the day.

    1. Punctures on tubs are a bloody nuisance

    2. Work is grossly overrated

    3. I can ride tough hills with a 23 cog on the back no bother at all

    4. Never take a new bike on a long run on its first outing.

    5. Always stop off somewhere nice for a bite to eat.

    I’ll do my impressions of the bike later to keep Grant happy 😆 😆

  • HarryB

    Member
    14 August 2009 at 7:19 pm

    that bike is a beauty, looks like you had a good ride, I’ll be doing plenty of riding next year when my company closes after xmas 🙁

    Fingers crossed things work out on the jobs front John. If not think postively and make the most of the cycling

  • hugo15

    Member
    14 August 2009 at 7:19 pm

    Sounds like you two had a good ride.

    Nice bike Harry. That is one beefy head tube on it. I see what you mean about the wheels. I agree with you that they don’t really match the bike. Think my choice would be Zipp 303’s http://www.zipp.com/wheels/detail.php?ID=11.

  • hugo15

    Member
    14 August 2009 at 7:30 pm

    Oh and I really like these at the moment too

    http://www.eastonbike.com/PRODUCTS/WHEELS/09/wheel_ea90_sl_%2709.html

  • hugo15

    Member
    14 August 2009 at 7:33 pm

    I’ll be doing plenty of riding next year when my company closes after xmas 🙁

    That’s rubbish news John. 🙁 .

    I always tell my boss that if he ever has to make me redundant he better do it in the spring so that at least I can get out on my bike 😆 .

  • HarryB

    Member
    14 August 2009 at 7:46 pm

    Sounds like you two had a good ride.

    Nice bike Harry. That is one beefy head tube on it. I see what you mean about the wheels. I agree with you that they don’t really match the bike. Think my choice would be Zipp 303’s http://www.zipp.com/wheels/detail.php?ID=11.

    Steve, the head tube is lovely. In fact the whole bike is lovely. I’m very, very impressed.

    As for the wheels I’m afraid I wouldn’t have any Zipp wheels at even half the price. The hubs are rubbish and they are not that light, of and they have lots of spoke problems.

    The wheels on the Isaac are real ‘superwheels’ but I agree with you about the decals. I have a cunning plan though. These are the wheels http://www.pearsoncycles.co.uk/product/3470/MAVIC_COSMIC_CARBONE_ULTIMATE_TUBULAR_WHEELSET_2009

  • hugo15

    Member
    14 August 2009 at 7:54 pm

    As for the wheels I’m afraid I wouldn’t have any Zipp wheels at even half the price. The hubs are rubbish and they are not that light, of and they have lots of spoke problems.

    Didn’t realise that the Zipp’s had problems, just like the look of them. They are waaayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy out of my price range.

    Those Mavic’s are a bit cheap and cheerful 😉 .

  • HarryB

    Member
    14 August 2009 at 8:46 pm

    As for the wheels I’m afraid I wouldn’t have any Zipp wheels at even half the price. The hubs are rubbish and they are not that light, of and they have lots of spoke problems.

    Didn’t realise that the Zipp’s had problems, just like the look of them. They are waaayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy out of my price range.

    Those Mavic’s are a bit cheap and cheerful 😉 .

    I know quite a few people who’ve had Zipps and got rid of them. The Yanks and triathletes turn a blind eye to the problems.

    The Mavic’s were cheap and cheerful. I almost stole them. Less than half price.

  • Gunner

    Member
    15 August 2009 at 5:42 pm

    Great write up Colin, and some superb photos. Well done. 😀 😀

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