What a week this has been

I must start by saying congratulations must go to the 33 Chilean miners and rescuers 69 days trapped underground. Stating the blindingly obvious but 69 days trapped underground is a long time to spend with your work colleagues, I can think of one work colleague that I wouldn’t want to be trapped 69 nano seconds with let alone 69 days mind you I don’t know anyone who likes this person so perhaps after 69 seconds there would be one less trapped B&Q worker.

I know my commute is very short just under two miles but a couple of nights I have been suffering with the very debilitating man flu but I managed to avoid taking the car.

Wednesday I cycled to St Georges for my regular weekly physio session, this involves manipulation and strengthening work for my muscles, to help with my movement, my left arm I can as near as damn it get it straight, but my right I can’t it just wont extend to fully straight and it never will. Don’t get me wrong I am not complaining at all, when I look back at my accident I think how very lucky I am so not being able to extend my right arm fully straight is such a small price to pay. My next appointment is in five weeks time. While on the subject of accidents spare a thought for Lost Sheep Ramblings who broke her collarbone whilst out on her bike Monday wishing you a very speedy recovery Anna.

On the way back from physio I stopped at the Doctors to get the result of my blood tests which I have every six months to monitor my blood sugar levels which is marginally higher than it should be, imagine my surprise when the receptionist told me they have come back normal blood result that is she said to me “must be all cycling you do” well I don’t know about that but am very pleased.

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Back commuting this week plus new and old bike swag

Done my usual commutes this week Wednesday night I nearly wimped out because it was raining very heavily but I overcame the voice in my head saying “Take the car Take the car”

Wednesday also saw another visit to the physio department of St. Georges hospital I now have to do my exercises twice a day, my muscles feel like they have been punched by David Haye.

On the way back I stopped of at Lidl Streatham to check out there cycling specials as I was very interested in their Bike Workstand but unfortunately they had sold out, so then went to Lidl at Thornton heath where they had one left, but as the item was so heavy no chance of me cycling home with it even though it is only just over a mile away. So quick cycle home to get the car drove back and it was still there so paid my £29.99 it comes with a three-year guarantee, will review this item when I have assembled it, I think it might be available again at a later date, looking on various forums and blogs there were several people disappointed that this item seemed to sell out very quickly. So count myself lucky to have obtained one well time will tell.

Very happy with my Cateye SL 120 orbit spoke lights they have performed very well in all weathers with no problems what so ever. I have no hesitation in recommending them their RRP is £19.99 But found them here for £14.38 plus £1.99 p&p this is for a set of two lights.

Completed September 100

Leisure Miles 100.49

Commuting Miles 38.92

5 mile time trial 23.59

10 mile time trial 52.36

Not a natural born Cyclist

Unlike a lot of people in this community I didn’t start riding a bike when I was a kid apart from a three wheeler which was similar to this one except mine was red and had what I can only describe as a bread bin shape container on the back for putting items. The container was approximately 20 inches across by 12 inches high. It was fitted with a proper bike chain. I remember riding it around the garden in the the late 50s but it possibly dated back earlier than that.


I didn’t learn to ride a bike till I was about 14, I remember a mate from school said to have a go on his bike, we was in a park at the top of a hill I got on and went down the hill coming off a few times, then bingo I managed it.

In about 1968 I was riding to work on my bike I stupidly had a bag hanging from the handlebars which caught in my front wheel over the bars I went, I ended up in the casualty department of Bollingbrooke Hospital just a few cuts and bruises no broken bones.

In the 80s I purchased a Tony Doyle Viscount Road bike to be honest I don’t remember riding it that much.


Move on to August 2009 I bought off ebay my £56 cheapo Mountain Bike


The idea being to use the bike for my very short commute to work less than two miles but that was it I was bitten by the cycling bug. In January 2010 I purchased my Scott Sub 10. As they say the rest is history.

Last Commute for twelve days

Commute into work last was fine except it was lashing down but had wet weather gear on so not a problem.

Route to Work

Commute home was fine and weather was dry I am still cycling in my shorts even though the temperature has dropped slightly.

Route Home

No cycling tonight as I have got to fill the car up with petrol ready for my and Keir’s trip “Up Norf” to Salford Uni on Friday. Plus no commuting next week, I am on holiday for a week but will be hoping to complete September 100 next week

These are my up to date stats for the September 100

Cateye SL120 Orbit Spoke Light Set

I have been looking at these spoke lights as can be seen in the picture and the video’s they are highly visible anything that makes you stand out at night can only be a good thing.

One reviewer stated he thought the best way to mount them for the best visibility was to face the front one to the kerb and the rear away towards the traffic.


All the reviews I have read have been very favourable I was wondering if anyone had tried them, whether you have or not your opinions would be most welcome.

Read reviews Here


Commute to work and a nice surprise

No drama’s to report to or from work, no getting soaked but a nice surprise I went into HR last nite at work to get a printout of my holidays got a nice surprise that I have got a weeks holiday next week, so will be able to put some miles into the August 150 but still don’t think I will complete it this month but lets see what happens.

Route To work

Route To home

Commuting 21.72 miles

Commute to and from work

No drama’s going to work felt a bit tired in the legs going in which is reflected in my top speed.

Coming home no drama’s apart from the fact it was tipping it down so cycled home in me shorts and used my Aldi £4.99 light shower proof jacket seemed ok except I was wet everywhere else.

Although fitted my cadence sensor Saturday was working before I tightened the cable ties up, but when I went for my first ride it wasn’t working, but with a little adjustment here and there it seems to be working ok.

Route To Work

Route To Home

Commuting Miles 18.38