Saturday, January 31, 2009

Heights Training on Buttertubs

Helen and I went out today by ourselves to have a ride. She initially wanted to go to Tan Hill, but what she actually wanted to do was go over Buttertubs Pass with the big drop on the left hand side. This was to get some practice of riding near sheer drops in anticipation of going over the Pyrenees in June this year.

It was quite cold today and some of the roads were still damp in places. We headed out at about 10:45am and proceeded to our first stop at Settle for a coffee. We travelled via the M66/A56, over Sabden and via Sawley to Settle. A handful of bikes about in Settle but it was mainly cars parked up.

After the brief stop we headed out to Hawes taking in the great roads via Ribblehead Viaduct. On our way through Hawes Helen stopped at the toilets which I didn't noticed and had to turn around when I eventually realised she wasn't behind me any longer.

Ribblehead Viaduct
Because she wanted to do Buttertubs Pass with the drop on the left side I got the map out and planned a route via Askrigg and Muker to get to the start of Buttertubs Pass. However we took a left turn too early and headed up a dead end road (missed the sign at the beginning of the road), took another left turn and we were confronted by about 200+ sheep coming in the other direction.

Sheep Convoy
After eventually coming to the end of the road, we turned our bikes around and headed back to the main road. We eventually found the right lefthand turn and went over the top of Askrigg Common and on the way down encountered a 1 in 4 descent at Crow Trees.

View from Askrigg Common
We eventually got to Buttertubs Pass and Helen actually drove on the right side of the road for once and braved riding near the edge. We then stopped in Hawes for some much needed supplies and headed home back via Settle, Wigglesworth, Sawley, Saben and the A56/M66.


Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Helen's New Screen & Mudguard

Helen's Screen Just after Christmas Helen ordered a new Givi screen for her bike from Hein Gericke. We went and picked it from the store in Salford today. I then fitted it later on that day. It was very easy to fit, just a matter of removing 3 screws to take the old screen off and then using those screws to fix the new screen back on with. Helen says that the new screen is better but make the wind sound more louder.

Helen's Mudguard I have also recently modified Helen’s rear mudguard. We initially removed it because it was very large and ugly. But we found that loads of crap was getting on the bike without it on. So I decided that we could remove the bottom bit of the mudguard and just use the top half. So I went at the mudguard with a hacksaw and cut off all the mudguard that was below the number plate. The mudguard is now functionally but not spoiling the looks of the bike anymore.


Saturday, January 17, 2009

First outing of 2009

Helen and I have been out today for our first ride of 2009.

We met up with CJ and Ella at Rocket Centre. Then the two of us went over to Settle for a brew Via Sawley and back. Roads dry and damp in places, not dry enough to really instil confidence to push too much. A few bikes at Settle but not that many out today.