Very short spin on the bike update on Lidl Bike workstand

After a breakfast of Porridge with sultanas and honey.


It was out for a very short ride which included a trip to Morrison’s for provisions.

I took maybe a last chance with shorts and a t-shirt was a bit windy but was fine.

Here is my Route

Lidl Bike workstand


Lidl publicity photo

Yesterday finally got round to taking the stand out of the box and assembling it not that there was a lot to assemble basically it was a case of sliding one metal tube into another, also fitting the magnetic tool tray which I haven’t done as yet, not sure I will need to do this. It is a very heavy and very well-built piece of kit, I have no fear of trusting it with either of my bikes. It comes with a three-year guarantee, Overall an excellent piece of equipment which I thoroughly recommend at £29.99 an absolute bargain. It sold out very quickly but I suspect they might do this again with other cycle gear. I have now signed up for there email newsletter so I don’t miss out on the chance of more cycling bargains. You can sign up Here While on the stand gave my chain a thorough cleaning and replaced the battery in the Garmin’s cadence meter, to replace the battery it is whole lot easier with the back wheel removed.

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Garmin Edge 500

I finally got the cadence to work properly this week, then suddenly the Heart Rate monitor stopped working 😦 didn’t matter how wet I made the contacts no joy. I looked through the handbook maybe new battery is needed, but as I have only had it for a month thought this was most unlikely, anyway put the new battery in switched the Garmin on within less than five seconds message said HR monitor detected 🙂 success.



Can only think battery was drained 😦 whilst sitting in the warehouse.

So next ride should have all my Garmin stats 🙂

London Skyride 29.05 miles in total


Got up just after eight had me shower, then fueled up with Porridge, left home just after 9.30 to cycle to Buckingham Palace a journey of just over nine miles, which took about forty-five minutes.

Route to Buckingham Palace


If the video don’t work this the link Here

I waited there for Pat and Keir my wife and Son, on their arrival we walked round had a look at a few things, we queued up to get my Bike marked by the Metropolitan police, but unfortunately they ran out the stuff they needed, but they gave me a form to use online.


After looking around and eating a sandwich, I bid farewell to Pat and Keir, and set off on the skyride.

By now it was just before 2pm and to say the route was very congested in parts would be an understatement, there was times where we came to a complete stop due to the volume of Cycles. Hence that is why it took 1 hour and 14 minutes and the average speed was 8.3 mph.

Skyride Route


Before leaving for home fuelled up on an energy bar, the journey was fine except my legs were starting to feel it a bit. 😦 Maybe because I done twenty miles in almost one hit . I had a really enjoyable day except for an epic fail on my Muvi footage I am not use to the controls so failed to record the footage I wanted

One positive though I have finally got the cadence to work properly on my Garmin Edge 500

Route Home

Happy Birthday Cycle to me, Don’t Judge A Book by it’s Cover, 10.82 Miles

I cycled to Sutton today only a journey of just over five miles still more miles for my pathetic August 150 ride was fine till I got to the roundabout in Middleton road, when an idiot in a car thought because I was going straight on and he was turning left he better turn left across in front of me, just another day in the life of the moonwalking Bear got to Sutton without further incidents.

I met Tammi, Kevin, and George, we went for a coffee and a nice chat, after quick walk round we bid our farewells.

I decided to have a look around Pearson Cycles


Don’t look much from the outside does it to be honest, as you walk in the door you think yeah another bike shop, but you must go further, go to the back of the shop through the open door, what greets you is a sign that say’s Pro Shop wow racing bikes to die for if you have plenty of spare cash 3k 4k bikes not all are that price but the ones I was looking at were, maybe I will get one of these for my birthday 🙂

So walked back through the shop still excited about the bikes I had just seen when I see a sign saying Bike Showroom upstairs, make my way up the stairs heart pounding wondering what was going to greet me, a long narrow showroom with bikes on the floor and on racks on the wall I am guessing sixty to eighty bikes then it dawned on me they were all Specialized mountain crosstrail stumpjumper bikes, these varied in price a few not so expensive and a lot of expensive ones. A guy came over to me and said “could he help me” I replied “no mate am just perving over the bikes” he said “have you looked out the back” I said “yes mate awesome” Has the saying goes don’t judge a book by its cover. Pearson Cycles

After the bike porn decided it was time to cycle home, just left Sutton met another idiot of a driver who decided it was ok to cut across me to do a left turn. Anyway got home without further incident but was gutted my average speed was 15 mph never ever achieved that before but just as I stopped my Garmin 500 said average speed 14.9 😦

Route To Sutton

Route To Home

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

Fitted the Cadence meter for Garmin Edge 500

Today I fitted the cadence meter to my Scott Sub 10, it took me about half hour but most people could probably do it in half that time, I also fitted a mount for the 500 on my cheap mountain but because it has an angled stem so had to fit it on the handle bars.

I have been using the Garmin Edge 500 for a few days , my first impressions are that I think it is a great bit of kit. My 205 served me well never let me down, but no HR Monitor no Cadence Meter no temperature gauge.The 500 has three fully customisable screens, which can be set to display the info you want, watch the video at the end for more info.




Short cycle to Balham and back 8.59 miles

I decided to cycle to Waitrose in Balham to get a bit of shopping, also chance to try out my HR monitor on my new Garmin Edge 500, but haven’t fitted the cadence meter yet. So far am very happy with the 500.

I was stopped at some red traffic signals, which was on stop for pedestrians, three cyclist were stopped including myself, it was a joy to see.

Whilst on the subject of traffic signals, stopped at some lights in Balham which have a countdown for Pedestrians. I personally think it is a very good idea, for more info check it out Here
Whilst cycling home stopped at some lights bloke on a bike decided that red traffic signals don’t count if your on a bike, anyway lights changed was catching him up when he went through pedestrian lights to be fair he did look for pedestrians but still ignored the light, but with the bit between my teeth I caught up and passed him yay Hare and Tortoise comes to mind. This is probaly where my BPM hit its high point 168.

To Balham

To Home

Commuting miles so far 14.54 miles

Aug 150 total so far 12.3 miles

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