03 March 2009

recovery reconnoiter


I tagged along with Simon on his recce for a forthcoming NATS ride. Even though I was riding with Simon, who only has 3 speeds; fast, faster and stop, I was hoping for a gentle recovery ride. Something to stretch the legs but not too taxing.

We sat in his car at Morrisons in Chesterfield not able to see out of the windows but could hear the weather outside. We decided to wait for the hail to pass. Within minuets of being in the saddle we were both saturated but at least we weren't at work. In amongst the quagmire there were some really juicy little bits of trail. The kind where you have to think a little bit more than you first thought.

Due to wetness and lack of braking power on both bikes we had to cut the ride short. The only downside to this meant the chippy wasn't open yet. My legs have been more than stretched and once again there is a pile of gritty, mud clogged kit that I don't know quiet what to do with. Thank you Simon....and I do mean that sincerely!

10 comments:

Red Bike said...

Another mud lover!

Single speed and V-brakes aswell.

jumbly said...

Mental amount of mud there! Did you climb a tree to take the picture?

trio said...

Sounds fun! We only had rain, no hail!

I must sort my ss out, he is looking at me now as if I am mean!

kate said...

redbike-i wouldn't say love, more of a general acceptance ;)
jumbly-weird angle is 'cos the photo is upside down, on purpose of course!
trio-no hail, you obviously weren't high enough ;) now fix the rig!

ultra collie said...

and all that mud for a no-chip reward..hope you had a good stash of cake:)

GenghisKhan said...

It's a cool angle on the photo, but all that mud makes me think of a lot of clean up--a lot! Good luck!

Red Bike said...

I've just realised that the bike is spotless! (Trio told me single speed bikes don't need as much cleaning.)

I've come to a generaly accept that i'm never going to like mud much.

kate said...

uc-i always have a stash of cake ;)
GK-you're right! spent a few hours this afternoon giving the bike a little tlc
rb-you have a very good eye, it was taken right at the beginning of the ride!

Simon said...

I had fish and chips from Valley Road after the clean-up :-)

kate said...

i still owe you chips simon ;)