Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Catching up with the Legend

Good morning my readers,
I know its been quite awhile since I've posted in this blog but as you can imagine real life takes priority at times.

The Legend and I have been riding so I'll condense a few blog posts into this one seems the best way to get everyone up to date with the happens.

First up is a short little ride with my cycling partner in crime Mr. Orange on the 5th Dec 2015. Nothing was really planned other than going on a short 20ish mile ride along the Thames towards the Thames Barrier and back. We've both done this ride a number of times and is an opportunity for the photographer part of us to come out and play.

Here are a few snaps I took on that Thames Barrier Ride....

Mr. O Master photographer & Brompton Rider
I must return here in summer time with my InfraRed camera to take a shot as I think this would look really good and different in the InfraRed part of the spectrum with this tree in the middle of the curved building.

Mr. O getting the best angles
Big thanks to my cycling partner in crime Mr. O for a nice relaxed ride, much appreciated.
Legend at the Thames Barrier

LBC Ride: New Year's Day 2016

Our next ride was on New Year's Day which was a nice little  ride that David Parkinson has done for the past few years. It was a very chilled out ride as everyone probably recovering from stuffing themselves in the holiday season.

Some new riders also managed to come which is always good to see as well as hardened vets.

LBC line up
A spin on "Jenny Hung Selfie" shot

This snowman looks well happy

Always happy with my LBC Clan

Well that's all the rides that I have been on of late, nothing really more than that. The holiday season is normally a little quiet as everyone has family stuff going on so its a little harder to get together for rides. I will post a 2015 review type thing in another post as this one is pretty long and scrolly.

I almost forgot a great close member of the LBC gave me a little present in the last ride.

They are awesome. I love them. Thank you Chris xxx

till the next ride, bee safe.....

till the next ride, bee safe..... & (abit late) HAPPY NEW YEAR

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Another good tyre goes bad.....

Right in really annyoned.

A few days ago just about to commute home I found another flat tear tyre. Ok I'll just go home by bus & fix in comfort. 

I get home and replace inner tube and checked the tube and found a huge hole. Checked the tire but found nothing to suggest anything went though. 

Very odd. 

Put new tube in, inflated & found yet ANOTHER Schwalbe Marathon Plus side wall failure. I think this is about the 3rd or 4th one I've had in a short space of time too. 

So I spent the 3hrs trying to get this new Schwalbe Marathon Plus,  on but would it? 

No it wouldn't go on. I've just come home from a long 12hr shift at work so probably over tired. Threw the wheel on the floor and went to bed. 

That was over 3 days ago & this morning I just tired an experiment. I took the inner tube out completely and just tried to put the same tyre on. It went on with not to much trouble with just my thumbs. Within 10 mins.  

My theory is that the new completely flat inner tube was sitting in the central channel in the rim that the tyre needs to sit in to finally fit onto the rim properly. But because I was overtired from work I didn't see it. 

I got 2 new Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires here but they will be the last ones I ever purchase. I'm going back to normal Marathon tires

I may get more punctures as a result but atleast i'll get the proper mileage out of them before I need to change them.

NOTICE: This is an old entry that I didn't publish back in December 2015. All sorted now with the my last set of Schwalbe Marathon +

till the next ride, bee safe.....

Sunday, 6 December 2015

The Bumble Bee Effect

After a great review from my cycling partner Mr. OrangeBrompton regarding the bobble hats from Big Bobble Hats last month I just had to check to see if they have a suitable bobble hat for me.

Well ofcourse they did and I just had to get it.

I won't do a review as I can't really improve on my cycling partner's review to be honest. I will put the link in at the end to his post.

So here is a few snaps on the Bee Big Bobble Hat.

Also last week I found this great little shopping bag at my local Wilko store for only 70p

If' its black & yellow, 9 times out of 10 I'll be having it :D