After getting the little ones off to school this morning, I had to shoot home before heading out again for Yoga (my usual Monday morning class). I decided that I would just take a little detour from Mitchell Park up and over Fiveash Drive/Ayliffs Rd/Goodwood Rd rather than my usual route straight up Daws Rd to Goodwood Rd.
As I headed up Sturt Rd I knew that not all was as it had been on Friday... my thighs were like massive rocks weighing me down and stopping me… Continue
Added by Wombat on August 30, 2010 at 20:47 —
1st trip from Modbury to McLaren Vale via Veloway stalled by malfunctioning Deraillieur
2nd trip on a new bike made it though I did have 3 punctures.
3rd trip made it without bike problems though the headwind on the return ride took the shine off the day.
4th trip today. Spinning along nicely down Nth East Road and despite some quite thick fog I'm feeling good. Walkerville a loud bang and the rear end wobbles like a belly dancers muffin top.
Replace tube found the… Continue
Added by Clive Palfrey on August 28, 2010 at 18:53 —
Being injured gives you time to think but it's funny the different perspectives you get. My first thoughts were along the 'Oh No' level. Missing out on a big week of planned training how will I retain fitness blah, blah, blah. Then some perspective; with the weather the way it was last week I doubt I would have been able to ride before and after work anyway. So if I am going to have an injury then at least this is the right week for it. Then just as I thought I was recovering… Continue
Added by Robert Daniell on August 28, 2010 at 15:12 —
One single speed road bike, gearing 46/16 - check
One cyclist clad in totally inappropriate kit - check
One trip to school to drop off the kids and their bikes - check
One fairly sunny morning and big black clouds over the hills - check
Now, where to ride today? Outer Harbour? Mclaren Vale? Brighton? Nah... how about we give Mt Lofty a go!
Off we toddle... up to Unley Rd, Right at Cross Rd and up...
I have ridden up Cross Rd enough now that it no longer… Continue
Added by Wombat on August 27, 2010 at 21:28 —
What a crap week with the weather! I have only ridden with the girls (or at all when it comes to it) once this week, and that ended with us riding with the hand on the forehead (a la Carla) into a head wind. Not a nice way to end the school day for a 5, 7 or 8 year old.
Troopers they are, tho! They just get on with it. They sing a little and they laugh a little and we make it home.Thinking of their attitudes that day, I… Continue
Added by Wombat on August 26, 2010 at 22:47 —
Robert, help me out. I took apart a 10 year old Shimano cassette the other day. 58 ball bearings inside! All loose. Cleaned it, greased it, put it back together. Filled the big inside bearing race with bearings, tried filling the smaller outside race with bearings but at the end there was space for about 6 more of the little suckers. I definitely didn't lose any. So, my question. Is this right ie, should you have some free space in the bearing race?
1. I put too many… Continue
Added by Alex Messina on August 24, 2010 at 22:31 —
Well I was all set to start this one somewhat triumphantly BUT…I’ve succumbed to my first injury in rather embarrassing circumstances. I’ve strained my right calf – running across Rundle Mall to get out of the rain. I’ve
missed my planned rides today and I’ll rest tomorrow as well and hopefully it will settle down. I’ve still done most of my Pilates and weights session tonight but nothing on my legs.…
Added by Robert Daniell on August 24, 2010 at 22:00 —
I live in the gawler area and when the weather gets a bit better i want to start riding to work again, I start early and work at magill area, i leave at 4:30-5 in the morning, was wondering if there were any other riders out there who were interested riding along.
Added by dan on August 20, 2010 at 2:13 —
I've been a bit slack lately. Having come off the summer and maintained a fairly good ride regime for most of the winter, the last 4 weeks not been great. I've probably been on the bike 3-4 times in that time and a couple of gym/indoor trainer sessions.
Worst of all, there have been two weekends when I have had everything ready...knicks, undershirt, shoes etc out the night before...tyres pumped, bike checked...ready to go. And then...woken up to the alarm, heard the wind blowing hard,… Continue
Added by Steve Blight on August 19, 2010 at 20:40 —
As most of you know,i've been searching far and wide for the right set of wheels, to handle my weight on my new Orbea that i bought a few months ago
The original wheelset are Mavic Kysrium Elites,which by all reports,are a fantastic training wheel.Coming in at 100kg,the wheels had to much flex for my liking.They just had to be changed.
I visited most LBS around town and even looked on the net.Prices for the wheelset that i was after,were;nt at the lower end… Continue
Added by Vujos Ostojic on August 19, 2010 at 14:47 —
This has been the longest time I haven't cycled since I started cycling in January... 6 days. Why? Cars and rain. No, I haven't gone out and bought a car. I have borrowed (or rather been lent) two cars at different times in the last week or so... and it has rained... a lot.
So much for this "dry" winter the State Gov is telling us we are having. Are they messing with our minds? Are they trying to trick us into not using so much water on our yards (like we need… Continue
Added by Wombat on August 19, 2010 at 13:17 —
Hello everyone. I have been asked a number of times by members if I have any stickers, cards or flyers that they can distribute to help spread the word about Adelaide Cyclists. Until now I haven’t, but that is about to change.…
Added by Gus K on August 17, 2010 at 23:00 —
As you can see from my previous blogs I am in the lucky position to assign a reasonable amount of time to training. In the preparation phase it was 12 hours a week, in base 1 it will build to 18:30 a week and in
base 3 it will max at 20:30 a week. All up I have planned to allow almost 400 hours of training up until the Mutual Community Challenge Tour. By the time Coast to Coast comes around I will have done almost 490 hours of… Continue
Added by Robert Daniell on August 15, 2010 at 22:14 —
Thought I'd set off in good time for today's social climbers ride but fate had other plans for me. Got a puncture on the rear tyre half way along Marion Rd which cost me some time, then ten minutes later BANG and down it goes again. lost even more time finding the puncture in the first tube and repairing and then replacing it. Tried ringing the g/f for a lift home but no luck there, she'd just got home from night-shift when I called and was too tired. Didn't know whether to carry on as planned… Continue
Added by Patrick O'Kane on August 15, 2010 at 15:30 —
Speaking to a fellow cyclist a few weeks ago, the topic of hill climbs naturally came up. After discussion about Mount Lofty, Willunga Hill and the like, he told me about a "nice" little training ride.....an alternate route up Norton Summit
Basically, going up Norton Summit Road, at the start of the climb is a turnoff to Coach House Drive, which then intersects with Woodlands Way. Instead of weaving its way around the side of the mountain, it heads up the guts of it, in pretty much a… Continue
Added by Darren S. on August 8, 2010 at 20:00 —
Just a short one this time to update where I’m at with my schedule.
I have now completed my 4-week period of ‘preparation’. I’m very happy with how this phase went. I have lost about 3kg, did my longest ever run (since running cross country at primary school) at 90 minutes and my longest time on the indoor trainer, also 90 minutes. No real soreness to speak of although my drivers… Continue
Added by Robert Daniell on August 8, 2010 at 17:00 —
Normally on my rides, I am fairly alert for bad drivers. A regular occurence for me is the near miss, hence I keep my eyes peeled for silly behaviour from motorists. Everybody on a bike has experienced what I am talking about.......the cars that accelerate to overtake you into a roundabout. The guy that hammers past you, only to slam on the brakes and make a left turn in front of you. The drivers who don't follow the "A Metre Matters" message, and decide that 10cm is sufficient when… Continue
Added by Darren S. on August 7, 2010 at 21:39 —
It was one of those cold Adelaide mornings where I just didn't want to get out of bed. Finally, I manned up and got out. I was going to go find Checkers Hill and climb it for the first time. Numerous cyclists are talking about it, as it is an obstacle of the next Tour Down Under Challenge Ride.
I found Checkers Hill Rd, with the help of my trusty iPhone and its GPS. I headed along, admiring the scenery, thinking this isn't going to be that hard. However, I had a niggling suspicion that… Continue
Added by Nick Hortovanyi on August 7, 2010 at 17:00 —
Willunga Hill. Tick
Norton Summit. Tick
Wickham's Hill. Tick
Jim's bottom bearing on the Colnago. Tick, tick, tick.
Had a great ride today, added Wickham'sto the list of hills climbed, albeit very slowly. Weighing in at 68 kgs certainly helps when ascending. What you gain going up, you lose coming down, pedalling hard in 53/11 and Jim still pulled away on the steel framed Colnago and he didn't turn a pedal for 5kms.
Another musing to add to my list is… Continue
Added by Patrick O'Kane on August 7, 2010 at 14:46 —
I just organised a new bike for a friend of mine who spends way too much time driving cars, watching TV, and devouring too many late night Yiros's after a night out. Hopefully this will kick off a new life for him :
Anyway, in the hope of taking him from dsabled war veteran through to participant in a major group ride or 2, I have put together a little training program for him, in language that he can… Continue
Added by Steve OConnor on August 6, 2010 at 14:29 —