Real fun and sketchy ride in a frozen world yesterday.
Most of the main trails in Epping and Hainault were covered in ice resulting from snow packed by walkers footsteps and after going sideways a few times to many I gave up my plan of riding further out, but instead rode some single tracks trails that are typically too boggy to ride with CX tyres at this time of the year. Pretty surreal conditions.
Had to use hot water at home for the ice to thaw before I could clean the bike from the little spashes of frozen mud, yet it was so cold that the soapy water would freeze back onto the bike! That was a first..
Yes to CX tyres and freeze!
No rides this weekend... this morning's conditions are a hint as to why 😏
It was too cold to remove gloves and stop for a photo opp but I realised that a couple of months' running doesn't do much to help cycling form. I was chugging along but thankfully had some sun and turned a headwind on the way out into a nice tailwind coming back.
Seventy five mile ride on the tracklocross with a friend on Sunday up to Gaddings Dam above Todmorden. Conditions were bliss - felt like April! (Relatively) low wind, temperatures around 13C, the sun even came out a little.
15C turnaround compared to last weekend, (-1C to 14C).
Chiltern roads showing some sign of budget holders emerging from hibernation and sanctioning some pothole repairs. Traffic volume, (cars/vans etc. down, cyclists up).
South Bucks roads largely unimproved with drifts of debris across and along the lanes north of Slough. Also many hedges flailed with resulting debris filling roadside ditches.
Not a weekend ride but might be useful intel, I rode up the River Lea from Leyton to Hertford East station today, sun out and wind on my back most of the way. The towpaths were in surprisingly great shape, a bit of mud between Dobb’s Weir and Rye House but nothing I couldn’t cope with on my steel single speed road bike with Marathon Plus 700c x 26. Got the train back to Hackney Downs, it was empty.
Did the bit to Enfield last Saturday and it was indeed already in decent shape
Lovely weather, about a month or two too early which tends to sometimes cast a bit of a shadow over the fun of the day
Not to mention the impact on agriculture
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