Saturday, 31 July 2010

Final cycle for the July 150

Had to get a couple things from Croydon, has is normal for me now cycled there and back.

I am very happy to have completed the July 150 there were times after my accident thoughts of doing 150 leisure miles seemed like flying to the moon,but have risen to the challenge. So would like to thank Phill for giving me the incentive to cycle more than just a very short trip to work.

I have noticed that my average moving speed seems to be getting a bit quicker, not fast by any means compared to others, but none the less an improvement for me. Today's trip back my average moving speed was 12.5 mph don't think I have ever cracked 12 mph before so very pleased with my progress.

Route to Croydon

Route to Home

Final July 150 Stats

Leisure Miles 157.52

Commuting Miles 20.07

This Bear is so happy he could dance

Friday, 30 July 2010

July 150 challenge Beaten 12.75 miles today

Went for a short ride today, wasn't without incidents, first was a woman on a bike I won't call her a cyclist. I was cycling across a major junction lights were in my favour, when this stupid woman decided it perfectly acceptable to ignore a red traffic signal, so I had a go at her for ignoring the red lights, so she sarcastically said " just because your a professional cyclist " to which I replied "no I am not a professional cyclist but I know what a fucking light looks like and it cunts like you that give cyclist a bad name".

Next incident seemed like Deja vu as I was cycling towards Tooting a woman in a side road started to pull as I got within 5 feet of her. I hit my brakes hard, my back wheel skidded but that was all never came off, the noise of my tyres made her stop in time I didn't say anything except I gave her daggers.

My Route Here

July 150 152.45 miles

I won a Columbia HTC shirt off ebay from Hongkong £16,99 free p&p arrived today, eleven days it took to get here. And no I wasn't wearing it when I had the argument with the woman, was at home when I got back.

Link to the seller here He sells all sorts of cycling team shirts he does shorts as well definitely worth a look.

Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Final Commute for July 150

No Drama's to and from work

Route To Work

Route To Home

Final Commuting miles 20.07

Ride of My Life: The Story of the Bicycle

Robert Penn having his ultimate Bike built with parts from all round the world


A very interesting watch

A trailer for said programme

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Commuting miles

No drama going into work

To Work

Coming home was a different story had an altercation with a driver of a small off roader but no drama. Am totaly ok bike is fine.

Route Home

Commuting 16.16 Miles

Monday, 26 July 2010

Commute to and from work

I am glad to say absolutely no drama's going to work or coming home.

To Work Here

Back Home Here

Commuting 11.77 miles

My Trip to the Physiotheraphy department St Georges Hospital

Got up at 8am got myself ready, left home 8.45 got to St Georges Hospital at 9.15, there was plenty of bike parking. My slot was between 10-11am. I was shown several exercises given a printout of exercises I need to do, have a return appointment in two weeks time. The Physiotherapist said she could tell by my movement there is still a lot of stiffness in my arms and shoulders. Left the hospital by 10.30. Very impressed with the service I received.

Route to the Hospital Here 3.04 miles

Cycled home via Sainsbury's Savacentre to get some shopping

Route home Here 3.77 miles

July 150 Total 139.70 Leisure miles

Sunday, 25 July 2010

Conquered that Bastard Hill without pushing the Bike

Got up at 8.30 this morning got myself ready for today's ride, had porridge for breakfast.

I left home about 9.45 but this time on my scott with the intention of getting up the hill that defeated me last Sunday Blog here

So cycled to Carshalton had to stop at the lights at the beginning of the hill, the lights changed so I set off anyway, I got I suppose about quarter of a mile and I had to stop my legs were feeling it, so sat on my bike had a drink must have sat there for 5 minutes, decided lets go for it so I set off again determined that I wasn't stopping again till I reached the top, from bottom to top must be about three to four miles. Anyway I kept going and going till I reached the top. I had a rest at the top for about ten minutes, where I consumed more drink and a Lucozade energy gel.

Set off again feeling pleased with myself even though I stopped once, I headed down to Beddington Park where I completed a couple of laps.

After leaving Beddington I set off for home via a roundabout route because I need more miles to complete the July 150

My Route Here

20.14 miles today pleased with that, arms and legs ache just a little.

July 150 Miles 132.89

Saturday, 24 July 2010

Cycle to B&Q and back but not for work

I had to buy a couple of small things from B&Q, so I decided cycling was a lot easier than driving, it takes about the same time, today was a lot quicker on the bike has the traffic was horrendous.

To B&Q

Back to home

July 150 now stands at 112.75

Commuting 8.34

Friday, 23 July 2010

A day with my eldest daughter Tammi

I spent a lovely day with my daughter Tammi and my grandson George, had a fantastic day,
I cycled there and back so added 8.34 more miles to the July 150.

I know most people who read this blog know how Tammi and I was reunited with Tammi our story here

Route there and back

July 150 miles 109.26

Commuting miles 8.34

Thursday, 22 July 2010

Second commute eleven weeks since my accident

I cycled into work last night eleven weeks since my accident there was times in the early days that I was wondering if I would ever get back on my bike,but that wasn't the final scenario I am glad to say.

To Work

Cycled home via Asda's Route Here

Got a surprise in the post today, I have got a choice of appointments for physiotherapy next week it is a walk in advice clinic.

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

First commute since my accident

Commuted into work last night with know problems I did give a cursory glance when I got to the school where the car pulled out in front of me causing my injures.

Route into work

Know problems commuting home via Tesco's

Route Home

Commuting miles 4.13

Monday, 19 July 2010

Happy Happy Bear I have just completed 100 miles in July 150

Went on a very short ride to Tesco's this morning served two purposes one to get some shopping the other it meant I would break 100 miles in the July 150.

The Bear is very happy about this specially as nearly eleven weeks ago broke both my elbows although nowhere fully fit I am back on my bike, which makes me very very happy.

Also would like to thank everyone for there support you have all helped a lot.

Back to work tonight, here is my short Route

Sunday, 18 July 2010

A ride on my cheapo mountain bike 16.13 miles

Got up this morning had my normal pre ride breakfast of Porridge. Left home at 11.10 on my Mountain Bike which weighs about ten pounds more than my Scott Sub 10. Anyway I had only gone about a mile and a half my legs were feeling, not a great start. I made my way through Carshalton .

But this is where my trouble started as I left carshalton I started a steep climb but I could see know end to it in the end my body could take know more, I am afraid I had to get off and push the Bike I was disappointed about this. I did pause the Garmin while pushing the Bike so the stats are pure cycling.

Anyway near the top of the hill there was a bench, so I sat there a tad disappointed, I took the opportunity to have my Lucozade Alert, if you have not tried one of these I don't know if they work, but can tell you they taste of a very bitter Orange. Don't know if it was my imagination after about five minutes, felt like a pain in my forehead only lasted for a few moments.

After a ten minute break decided that now was the time to change direction so went left of the hill but the climbing was not finished, but from now on there was know getting off the bike.

Set off for home via a couple of laps round Beddington park and a short trip into Asda's

I do feel disappointed about getting off the bike and pushing it. After I got home I spoke to my Eldest Daughter Tammi on the phone, she said to me that I shouldn't feel bad as I have only been back on my bike less than two weeks. Which if you look at it that way she is right. Thank you Tammi for your support very much appreciated.

July 150 Total so far 98.59 miles

Here is my route here

Friday, 16 July 2010

A short Cycle into Croydon and back 4.83 miles only

I took the Scott Sub 10 for a short cycle into Croydon, I needed to get some new shorts for work, also some food. The cycle in was into a strong headwind. Only met a couple of idiots one a young bloke who saw me but still carried on walking and nearly walked in front of the bike, a car driver who thought it was OK to get a bit close to me because he couldn't wait for me to get past the traffic island.

After getting my shorts I bought Lucozade energy gels energy bar and also bought Lucozade alert these are for my planned cycle on my mountain bike Sunday.

Anyway as I left Croydon it decided now was a good time to rain, as it is only a couple of miles I decided against putting my light showerproof jacket on.

Well within a mile from home a idiotic woman decided she should open her car door without looking luckily I wasn't close enough to cause me a big problem. But I did shout at her why didn't she look.

Got home without further incident accept as I got home it stopped raining and the sun came out.

No cycling Saturday as I am attending Crystal Palace v Chelsea pre season friendly 3pm KO at Selhurst Park

My total for July 150 is now 82.46 miles I am hoping by Sunday will crack the 100 mile mark.

My route to and from Croydon

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

West end and back 23.28 miles

Got up about 8.30 made myself some porridge for breakfast, got myself ready left home just after 10 am. My route took me through Tooting Bec Common Clapham Common Saint James Park and various main and side roads.I got to piccadilly just after 11 am, no dramas to report except when I got to Buckingham Palace couldn't cycle up constitution hill as I planned do to the changing of the Guard.

Route to West end

I done what I needed to do then set off for home, on my journey back I saw several cyclist who thought that red traffic signals didn't apply to them, they are the sort of people that give cyclist a bad press.

I stopped in Battersea Park to eat a chocolate energy bar and have a drink. I also stopped at Waitrose to pick up a couple of bits for dinner.

Got home about 1.15 pm well that energy bar didn't really do the trick because the last three miles was hard going.

But pleased with my progress since getting back on my bike since my accident. My right arm in particular is feeling stiff while cycling and also after I get back, I think it will take time to fully heal. But am really enjoying being back on the bike. Also pleased about I used the big front ring a few times to raise my pace not something I have realy used before.

I have signed up for the London Skyride

My Route Home

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

My Planned Route for wednesday 14th July

Clean and lubed the chain on my Scott Sub 10 for tomorrow,looking forward to my cycle.

This is my planned route for tomorrow, I haven't cycled in the west end before so could be very interesting. I don't know if I will stick rigidly to this route, only time will tell.

So could be another twenty odd miles off my July 150

First time I have used mapmyride will definitely use again for route planning

Sunday, 11 July 2010

Out on my cheap ebay special mountain bike 20.93 miles

Yesterday with Keir's help fitted new inner tube on my Mountain Bike. So today my bike was ready to go after new inner tube.

Got up about 9.30 made porridge for breakfast go my self ready, left home about 11.10 this bikes weights about 10 pounds more than my Scott Sub 10 which is my usual mode of transport.

I followed NCR 20 to wandsworth this route is mainly through parks and shrubby tracks, hence my choice of transport.

I made my way back mostly on NCR 20, got home 4 hours later, I must admit was happy to get home felt knackered. My right arm does feel stiff. But know other ill affects.

Also notice from the first picture I am wearing an helmet I have learnt my lesson after my accident

My Route Here

Friday, 9 July 2010

16 Miles on the bike to the home of The Champions and back

I decided that I would go for a little ride today I left home about 12.30 I got back at 3.45 but I did stop a couple of times, was very pleased and surprised when I got back and found out that I had cycled 16.40 miles. My arms are aching but I suppose that is to be expected.

As can be seen in the pictures unlike Tot*****m I didn't park the bus but I did park the Bike.

I did have a run in with a lorry that decided to turn across in front of me, I gave him a mouth full of abuse, his mates where he was delivering to shouted back abuse, so I gave them as good as I got. But decided to carry on with my journey specialy as there was five or six of them.

Don't forget the Bear video at the end

My Route here

This has been a LTMWB Production

Thursday, 8 July 2010

No Bike ride today :'( :'(

I had intended to go for another little jaunt on my bike today but my right Elbow is aching a little, so thought it was wiser to stay of the bike for today, hopefully I will back up and running tomorrow.

As I needed to go into Croydon to get my glasses repaired I decided for the exercise I would walk to and from Croydon a distance of five miles in total, but I probably covered between seven and eight miles with the walking around Croydon.

Went into Evans Cycles I bought an inner tube for my Mountain Bike, I want to fit it to the rear so I can go out on my mountain bike at the weekend, Elbows permitting. Also made an enquiry about the FREE Maintenance Training Course This looks a good deal after the course you are given a free goodies bag

A Card From My Friend Scott Sub 10

Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Second Bike Ride The Happy Happy Bear is Back Oh Yes

Got up this morning had breakfast got myself ready to go on another ride on my bike. Left home about 10.30 it was a very pleasant 10 miler only one slight Joby moment when a car drove a bit close.

I am not feeling any affects apart from slight soreness in my right elbow but that goes after a short while, getting jelly legs which only lasts bout two minutes oh yes my arse is a bit sore from me Brooks Saddle but that is to be expected since my arse aint been near a saddle for nearly ten weeks.

Here is my my route

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Back on my Bike but am I turning into Joby

Well after my chat with the consultant yesterday, today was the first time on my bike since 21st April yay.

Well I set out it felt good straight from the start well that was untill I was cycling up the road and an idiot bloke walked out in front of not to close so that was ok until less than five seconds later a woman just walked straight out in front of me I pulled up sharply and that fateful night came back to me, I shouted very loudly "OI why don't you look" she jumped out of her skin.

I decided to pop into Tesco and get a bit of shopping I was queuing up when some idiot tried to push in front of me, obviously I confronted him about there being a queue, he reckoned I was agressive to right I aint standing in queue for the benefit of my health. He said no wonder I had an helmet on to which I replied "I am wearing a helmet because some cunt in car nearly killed me" Anyway my Joby moments over. Just in case you thought I meant I was turning into a fat northerner.

Anyway back to the ride I realy enjoyed my first time back on the bike got that buzz back straight away,my right elbow felt a little stiff when I got home but has eased up, I also got the old jelly legs for a couple of minutes so good to have that feeling back.

So first ride 6.75 miles so only 143.25 miles to go in Phills July 150

Route here

Monday, 5 July 2010

Hospital Appointment injury update yay

Got up at seven this morning as I had my 9.30 appointment at the fracture clinic, had some jam on toast for breakfast, I had me shower got myself ready decided I would walk to the hospital as it is only about 2 to 3 miles. Left home 8.30 got to the fracture clinic about 9.10 absolute nightmare.

Walked in no receptionist a queue of about ten people in front of me, know one seemed to know what was going on, to make matters worst it was really hot in there. After ten minutes or so the receptionist decided to turn up, to say she was rude would be an understatement. She told everyone to go into the waiting room and she would get it all sorted. She was very rude to the Nurse she was a complete arsehole but I digress.

Anyway I managed to get a seat right next to fan because not only was I roasting but I thought I am going to be here for the duration, after waiting for about fifteen minutes the nurse calls out my name so I think result, then she says "have I had an xray today" no I replied OK she says. Five minutes later she calls me again saying I can go in now and see the consultant and he will decide if I need an xray.

Anyway after giving my arms a thorough examination he say well Mr Bear your injuries are clearing up very well, and I am to ditch the slings. He has given me a certificate for a further two weeks just for added injury time.

I asked him about cycling and my concern about potholes and uneven roads, and he said yes you can get back on your bike but just be careful so I am like a Bear in shit so happy.

So tomorrow I will be out on my bike first time since April,will only be just up the road for starters but I cant wait.

I have signed up for Phill's July 150

I would like to Finnish by congratulating Joby on his Manchester to Blackpool and back home cycle ride well done matey