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Today's bike ride

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This time we cycled upright. Weather was wonderful, huge heavy clouds threatening rain, but we only had a few spots, so one application of factor 30 was sufficient to prevent burning of my delicate fox skin. It was quite windy though. Pleased with this distance
7th May 2007, 20:18   | tags:

70 miles in 2 days is good. You'll do the 3 day ride with consummate ease.

7th May 2007, 20:42

FilbertFox says:

had a days rest in between though. But not too worried at this stage.

7th May 2007, 20:58

Looking good.

I'll have to get up to see you on the ride. Let me have details of where you are stopping over (Manchesterish) and I'll come up to visit.

7th May 2007, 21:08

FilbertFox says:

and there was me worried you would not talk to us after we did try those horrid jaffa cakes!

7th May 2007, 21:55

JokerXL says:

50miles?!?
Well done that Fox!
When's this going down FF?

8th May 2007, 14:00

FilbertFox says:

29th June - 1st july.

the longest ride is 57 miles, which is fine, it's the doing 40 the next day which bothers me!

8th May 2007, 14:47

Geodyne says:

That's really impressive FF, you really are well on the way!

I did almost 40 miles on a tandem yesterday, with a stop in a lovely pub as a break. It was great fun. :)

8th May 2007, 16:54

FilbertFox says:

a tandem! never tried that.

8th May 2007, 22:09

Geodyne says:

You have to get the rhythm, communication and trust right - and much of what I saw was a very large yellow back! - but it was reallyreallyreallyreally fun. :D

9th May 2007, 06:55

FilbertFox says:

not sure i can trust the Mr, what with having been married so long and all......

9th May 2007, 11:12

tandems are great once you've got to grips with them, which takes some doing. damn things are so expensive though. just found a nice shop in ilkley that sells them... http://www.tandems.co.uk/index.php

9th May 2007, 11:41

Geodyne says:

I found it really comfortable and easy, but I was on the back and had a really experienced tandem rider on the front. And I think we were fortunate enough to discover that we have compatible pedalling styles.

FF, you may very well find that having been married forever is a drawback! ;-)

9th May 2007, 17:54

swamprose says:

every day more impressive.

thunder thighs. :)

10th May 2007, 03:33

just a thought: what kind of pedals do you have on your bike (ie are they flat pedals, do they have toeclips, or do you use cleats?) also what kind of shoes do you cycle in? with your ankle problem I stongly recommend that you cycle in shoes with as stiff a sole as you can get - I used to get numb feet a lot till I changed shoes - stiff soles really help with the weight distribution and so reduce strain.

11th May 2007, 12:36

FilbertFox says:

I have to admit i use the wrong pedals and shoes! I have seen too many people stuck to their bikes with cleats etc. Also, i have incredible wide feet and have yet to find proper cycling shoes that fit, but that is my mission this week.

Incidentally, my ankle pain is not caused by my ankle the physioterrorist says but problems with my lower back (all genetic) causing refered pain. The pain in my back and after wednesdays treatment extends to my toes!

I will search out the right shoes.

Fox on a mission, signing off.

12th May 2007, 13:22

I just ordered some new MTB shoes from my local bike shop (I too have very wide feet) - apparently, so he tells me, Shimano are the widest of the dedicated cycling shoe range, and even they are a slim fit compared to your normal shoe. I had a pair of shimano MTB shoes that I just couldn't wear, but I'm trying a different model. I have cleats for the road bike but not on the MTB as I hardly ever use it for distance riding, so good luck with your search, just buy a size or two larger than you normally would. recommendation: Kona jackshit pedals (linky) are really good flat mountainbiking pedals, nice and wide, slightly concave and studded all the way round so your feet won't slip off however wet it gets, currently down to £15 on wiggle.co.uk - I paid £25 for mine. bugger.

12th May 2007, 14:19