I am off to the Netherlands in May. I am riding the Ronde van Nederlands, and have given myself 10 days to do it. before I bought the route map I worked it out to be roughly 600 miles. Now I have the route map I can see it is 750 miles. That's 75 miles per day. A few people have commented to me that it is a bit too much, but I am doing it regardless. I can always shortcut and use the train to catch up some miles if I get behind (but I don't want to)
As the weather gets colder, it is all too easy to forget riding a bike.
For some it is....
For me, there's nothing quite like a crisp morning ride to get warmed through. With temps hovering around zero, it is watching for ice, not the cold that is the main problem.
Last Sunday I met a few people for lunch in Pocklington, and I rode there with a bloke called Damian from Beverley. It was his first proper ride since getting his new bike. We rode a lumpy route there, but on the way back I got him to ride up a big hill to get the climbing out of the way. We were then treated to 6-8 miles of downhill and gentle rolling hills instead of a constant 14 miles of up and down by reversing the earlier route.
When I first started really riding lots of miles 4 or 5 years ago, I used to get a bit of a sore bum. The last 2 seasons have been the highest mileage-wise, but no real problems. Even so, I decided to buy a Brooks saddle (B17), and have done about 30 miles on it so far.
My initial thoughts are good. The 'load' seems to be spread over a wider area, thereby reducing pressure 'hot spots'.
My only gripe is I tend to slide forwards a bit, but am putting that down to 'newness'. I have moved the seat forward a few mm on the rail, so time will tell.
I did tilt it back one notch on the seat post, but that instantly put pressure (that I did NOT enjoy) on my gentleman's selection, so I tilted it forwards again.