Cold, Wet and Grey
Back on the bike today after a break of almost a week due to work. I have not had a particularly healthy week, having stayed in hotels for three nights without exercise, driven about 700 miles and been out for a very big night in Liverpool.
So, I took the filthy Orbea out on a new route which runs in a 17 mile loop on predominantly fast roads. The weather conditions, as the title suggests, were grey and miserable, although the temperature was fairly mild and wind was not a real problem.
Part of the route took in a stretch of the A1088 which, although speed limited, is a pretty unpleasant experience as you get the usual car hassles plus a nasty right turn onto quieter roads. But equally, when cycling through villages with a 30 limit, I find my speed (around 17-20 mph) is sufficient to send some car drivers into a frenzy of frustration, such that they exceed the speed limit and pass me regardless. Hey, I’m a driver myself too, but since starting biking, my respect for, and tolerance of cyclists has increased immesurably.
Anyway, my average is around 18-20 mph at the moment. I’m not really sure about how this benchmarks with other riders in the great scheme of things, so would welcome any advice.
After the ride, I got to work cleaning the bike with hot soapy water, a stiff brush, and a pressure washer to blast off the stubborn stuff. It’s amazing how the bike responds to such treatment – all the gunk off the alloy rims, the rear mech spotless, I sprayed WD40 liberally on the mech and chain, as well as any exposed cables. Now she’s looking great again, holed up in the garage until next week.