Thursday, January 11, 2007

Hi

Welcome to my new blog. In this blog I will be writing down some of the odd, random thoughts that go through my head as I cycle to work each morning - a journey of around 8 miles, up and down hills, along narrow yet amazingly busy roads.

To start off with, I will set out my theory about the weather and cycling.

Wind: If there is a noticable wind it will be coming from within 45 degrees of the direction of travel. Even if I only cycle a couple of miles to the shops, by the time I start the return journey the wind will have changed enough to be blowing in my face again! Failing this, winds will come in strong, unexpected gusts from directly to one side or the other, threatening to blow me either into the path of an oncoming bus or 4 wheel drive, or into a ditch or hedgerow.

Rain: It is never raining when I set off on a journey - NEVER! However, if there is any rain to be had, it will arrive in huge amounts when I am on the most exposed stretch of road for miles around. Sometimes it only rains where I am. I once rode along a cycle track with a narrow strip of cloud directly overhead and got soaked. When I rejoined the main road it was totally dry.

Temperature: The relationship between temperature and the clothes being worn by the cyclist is simple and absolute. Regardless of the temperature when I set out, it will rise or fall to cause the maximum discomfort. If I set off in water proofs and fleece jumper the temperature will soar until I am riding along in my own personal, mobile sauna. If I am daring and set off less well covered the temperature will plummet so that I am in danger of dying of hypothermia before I reach my destination. The only exception to this is at the height of the very short English summer, when I can go out in shirt and shorts and only risk sunburn and skin cancer.

Having said all that, I love cycling and dread the day I am not fit enough to make the journey and have to resort to something more conventional, safe and comfortable!

4 comments:

Logziella said...

Yay!! You are blogging!!

Your post makes me want to get out and ride my bike too. But it's too cold here. We plan to get a 'tag along' bike for Logan (5 yr. old) this summer and the girls can ride in the bike trailer we have.

Looking forward to reading more from you John! :0)

James said...

It made me NOT want to cycle! The funniest part was imagining this little personal black raincloud following you about on your bicycle about 5 feet over your head....Keep it up John you will soon be on your 100th post...

mr zig said...

I totally agree with you! I found the same thing to happen when I was cycling to and from work this past summer! - But at the same time, it made me wish it was summer again so I could cycle... it starts the day off right...

John said...

You are correct, it does start the day off right. If I do not cycle for some reason I don't seem to wake up until lunchtime.