01 October 2009

first cake of the month

"it's a flat ride, with a few hills at the end" said simon, "about 25 miles". ok, sounds good, just what my legs need, i thought. the only problem being the on going saga of my inability to maintain a working bike. i'm sure changing brakes pads shouldn't be a dark art but mine just seem intent on impromptu resistance training.

proving i'm not entirely incompetent, simon also confirmed that the brakes are in fact, a bit rubbish. with some brute force and loosing a little fluid the wheels could almost spin freely. oh well, lets ride bikes.

the trails were perfect. dry. dusty. hard packed bridleway. conkers are falling and leaves are crunchy under rubber. stopping for secret ingredient flapjack under the dappled shade of an oak tree we couldn't believe it was october.

legs are far too sore for such an easy ride. pudding was required. a school dinner-esque, sloppy, lemony delight.

12 comments:

jumbly said...

Nice looking bit of pud!

Jo said...

Truly 'tis Pudding Heaven! (BTW still thinking about food: what's this 'secret ingredient' stuff with the flapjacks? No secrets from your bloggie pals pls, well not when it comes to food!)

trio said...

I remember my hayes 9's, needing at least 20miles before the ride was no longer resistance training! Christmas isn't far away time to ask for new brakes?

kate said...

jumbly- tasted great but was one of those puddings that created a disproportionate amount of washing up!!

jo- the flapjack is simon's. he mass produces about 10kg a week. the challenge is to guess what 'store cupboard' ingredients have been used! this week was coffee, which i didn't get. last time was coco, which i guessed correctly without hesitation ;)

trio- not only do they rub but the rear doesn't really fit in the frame properly. it's just slightly too large. the scandal is begging for some tiny, lightweight, stopping power! any suggestions?

Chris said...

You might be interested in these:

http://www.natsmtb.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?p=4229#4229

Nice pud action!

kate said...

thanks chris :)

trio said...

I am a hope fan, but I would ask on stw what brakes ppl recommend for the scandle as the mounting means certain brakes don't work!

Holdfast said...

Fixie's don't need brakes, and it's lighter too ;-)

"Can't believe it's October" - believe it. Around these parts it appears Autumn stuck it's head around the corner sometime a couple of weeks ago, decided it couldn't be arsed to hang around and got Winter to cover it's shift. Half a metre of snow fell last week, a couple of hours drive north of my place, and the old lady across my street had me changing her car tyres this morning to studded snow versions.

kate said...

trio- i've done better than that and asked chris and simon ;)

holdfast- aah, proper seasons! i remember a winter trip to sweden when we got in the hire car and immediately squirted screen wash on the windscreen-obviously it froze. a quick lesson learned ;)

Groover said...

I know I said this before but you are quite the poet. Love it, love, love it. What are conkers? Oh, just one little complaint! Where is the recipe for that delicious mess that you are showing us? LOL

kate said...

groover- i'm going to take some photos to explain conkers. and i can't tell you the recipe, far too many calories ;)

Red Bike said...

Got a flat tyre from a conker earlier this week then hit by one on the back while repairing my tyre so i'm not the biggest fan of them at the moment.

Go for Hope brakes Kate. Definately the best i've ever used.