Originally Posted by monkeytassle
Totally right about needing to ride with someone else. Unfortunately the club I want to join meet on a Saturday morning which would really interfere with my drinking schedule
I tagged onto a guy yesterday for a few km and we took turns leading which is the first time Iíve really done that but he had to peel off a after a few miles. It did make a difference.
This weekend if the conditions are favourable Iím planning to reach Brighton. 108km which is the longest Iíll have been out but seems manageable and I have all day to do it. Iíd need to be self-sufficient which means a rucksack.
If you end up doing this let me know your route. I'm doing the Haywards Heath sportive 1st April and am going to cycle to my GFs in Brighton on the Friday 30th to prepare for it after work. Leaving from Canary Wharf I reckon it will take about 3.5 - 4 hours.
If I ever end up moving to the smoke I think it's going to be the Greenwich, Blackheath, Canada Water, Bermondsey sort of areas, so I'd be up for riding with you now and then.
Originally Posted by Cee Jay
I know it's considered a big no no...but I take ipod with me on longer rides.
Don't have it too loud and can still easily hear traffic, but does break the drudge of longer harder rides.
Otherwise sounds like you need a cycling buddy or a club to join
if you think lycra is bad...skin suits and aero shoe covers really top it off.
I used to ride with music all the time on my commute I only had one bud in and my logic was if my hearing is impaired 50% it just makes me look around more and so infact makes me safer as I was looking behind me every 100ms or so. The downside was I got carried away once singing a long thinking I was alone. When I looked behind me I had 2 guys on my wheel pissing themselves laughing.
BTW Monkey I have this:
Which hangs off your saddle and I have this :
Which sits on the support for when I do touring and very long distance rides. That bag is a larger one for long rides of several days, but you can get smaller ones which would save you having to wear a rucksack. I hate rucksacks personally on my back.
This is what it looks like on the bike:
It looks like it's touching the wheel but it's not. Might suit what you want.
Also if your saddle has saddle loops you don't need the support.