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Ner Ner Ner Ner Nine

29 Sep 2007 at 12:06 Filed Under:

Finally managed to get back on the road after what seems like endless bad days. Today wasn't great, still windy, however, the new tyres on the Roadster seemed pretty damn grippy (until the last corner when I hit a manhole cover and I nearly got punched by the tarmac again) - they really grip, I hit a roundabout with a pretty hard lean and didn't slip, then hit another corner hard enough I managed to keep about 18mph all the way around with the bike acting uncharacteristically stable. Possibly swapping back to the Easton Circuit front wheel helped too.

I got severely punished by the thick-humid air and hard wind which blew my legs apart like they were made from matchsticks. I just had to dig in and get on with it, but it wasn't fun at times.

56.51miles (20.5avg) | V windy, Mild, 14°c, Some Drizzle

Extra! Forgot to say, got a puncture about 4 miles from home, probably a thorn or something, then, predictably the Blackburn Mini Pump broke again, because it's shit DO NOT BUY ONE OF THESE - THEY ARE SUPER RUBBISH - luckly I managed to borrow a pump from a passing rider, a Specialized Air Force, really really nice action, pumped the tyre faster than the Blackburn ever did.

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Simonhttp://www.simonbarnes.net

12:15 29 Sep

What tyres did you get?

I think I must have been sheltered from the wind by the hill today, barely felt a breeze. Well done on 9000 miles :)

matthttp://mattmagic.com

12:23 29 Sep

The wind's moved to North East, the last month or so's been North West or South West, Not sure what parts of the hill are sheltered or not, but it's got ot be better than the last couple of days with a direct Northerly, which really screws up pretty much every direction.

Obviously you weren't travelling as fast as me either...

Tyres: erm.. Dunno, something with the word "Tech" in it and an actually grippy pattern, not like the previous which I reckon only work well when the tarmac's warm, which is something that never happened this year.

I've looked : Vittoria Rubino Pro Tech... essentially what I was running though 2007.

Simonhttp://www.simonbarnes.net

12:30 29 Sep

> Obviously you weren't travelling as fast as me either...

No, but I did hit over 20mph down the ICR :)

matthttp://mattmagic.com

12:34 29 Sep

Blimey, where the hell did you do that? You *must* take a different line to me.

Simonhttp://www.simonbarnes.net

12:41 29 Sep

Straight down the middle, near the end. There were rocks flying everywhere :)

matthttp://mattmagic.com

12:43 29 Sep

Oh I go slow there as I never pedal down the whole thing, and can't be arsed trying at that stage :)

I usually start fast and get slower and slower!

Simonhttp://www.simonbarnes.net

12:47 29 Sep

I was quite slow on the middle bit as I'd scared myself by going too quickly at the top. Hit 25mph on Jon's 200 yards as well, I was riding like a hooligan. Rarrr!

Richhttp://blog.dynamite.org

13:20 29 Sep

Nice to see you're still on for 12000 miles this year :)

matthttp://mattmagic.com

15:11 29 Sep

Maybe, all depends on the weather, if it's like last year then yeah, not too hard, if it's crap, snowy, icey, then who knows.

I reckon 11,200 is probably more likely.

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