The conspiracies of life

Since coming back from the Antipodes, life has conspired to keep me off the bike. And I’m not just referring to the un-spring-like weather. My road bike had developed a mechanical issue that took a few weeks to sort out. It would seem that my high mileage over the last 12-18 months ground a few bearings in the rear wheel to dust. Convinced it was the bottom bracket, I had that changed…..only to find that the problem persisted. But now it’s sorted, and it sounds as sweet as the day I bought the bike.

But then, along came a debilitating chest infection that had me lying low for the best part of a week, waiting for the course of antibiotics to kick in. I reckon the source of infection was the re-cycled air on the plane coming back from Ibiza. I have no proof, of course, but I am reliably told that ever since smoking was banned on flights, the air on board a plane is now re-cycled much less than it used to be, so becoming a more likely source of spreading infections than in the smoking days. This, of course, is not reason enough to reverse the ban, but…………


All Saints, Brixworth. 7th century Saxon church.

A glorious 90km ride today, that took me out to Brixworth in Northamptonshire, where there is a stunning example of a 7th century Saxon Church.



About Frank Burns

Looking for the extraordinary in the commonplace………taking the road less travelled……..striving for the ‘faculty of making happy chance discoveries’ in unremarkable circumstances. Click on the Personal Link below to visit my webpages.

Posted on May 21, 2013, in Aspects of Britain, Cycling UK and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Glad to see your chest is now good for 90km, Frank. We’re off to ride around Lake Constance from this weekend; five days of riding and none of them nearly 90km. But the scenery should be nice.

  2. Sounds as if you could do with some cycle maintenance instruction! Our generation never paid others to fit bits to bikes due to Purchase Tax. You avoided paying it if you bought spares and fitted them at home. If you bought new you paid the full whack – so you had to be rich or mechanically inept! So that’s why us older folk fix our own bikes without trusting them to others.

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