Testing the knee morning ride.

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Today was suppose to be a huge πŸ’― mile ride to celebrate the winter solstice.

Leeds based bikepacking kit company Restrap posted a Strava Century challenge, and being a Strava wan&Β£r I wanted that badge.

But the nasty pain in my knee running on Friday said no! And I’m hiking up a mountain next week so beat not push it.

So a nice cold ride up and down the Chevin (big-ish) hill in North Leeds was a reasonable substitute.

No knee pain to speak of so it’s an impact issue rather than a movement & pressure issue I think.

Cycling it is until the Christmas get away.

Ilkley moor Koop with some off road fun

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This picture in no way does justice to the hill up ahead… just straight up, next to biggest cog, out of the saddle until my legs were gonna pop the sit down up one gear and grind it out to the top!

Was worth it for the view

So I put it to google that it needs cycling type option… cause I’m riding a road bike and this is getting more off road!

And more off-road…. I may have brought the wrong bike?

But what an amazing find, a little wood on a road ride, was so quiet there

And then the paths stopped and it was a muddy boggy line across a field… on a road bike… with skinny tyres…

But I did it! Cleaned it, no walking or even a dab! Thank the gods because my white road shoes! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Great ride, bit of adventure. Loved it!

Gravel bike on the road.. up the hill.

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The stiffer carbon frame really makes a difference to how this bike pulls up hill.

I was able to get some good time out of the saddle…. I’m no Alberto Contador but had some good hills attacks… against my self.

But the bike has a rattle… something around the headset… very annoying, and stopping to take lights off and adjust things kind of added time but overall gravel bike on the road. Awesome!

Gravel!!

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New gravel bike, 40th birthday present to myself.

Stop start ride getting the bike dialled in, things adjusted and setup but once I did she flew!

Was loads of fun to ride, the flared handle bars are really comfy the tyres take up a lot of the small stones but I was quickly reminded it’s no mountain bike on the Rocky sections.

The 1 x 11 gears are smooth and I’m going to take them for a proper run on the hills tomorrow.

All about the pink jerseys

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This is my absolute favourite cycling jersey. It’s really old and I’ve almost worn it to death, but it’s comfy and bright and outrageously pink.

So when I was looking for a cycling club to join for regular rides the nearest and pinkest club was always gonna be a winner.

Enter my new cycling club Albarosa Cycling club

Now I’ve my club ride cherry. Had a great time with my little group of 4 for the ride.

The route took in some beautiful country lanes around Otley and Ilkley Adel and north Leeds,

Some good (hard for me still) climbs and fast descents.

Quick pint at the Stables pub and then home.

I’m running the Alpkit Boson main light at the front and it’s so bright the guys kept thinking a car was approaching.

Lasted the whole ride no issues, should be good for 3-7 hours on the higher settings.