Windcheater…..?

Windcheater? Who me? 🍒 picking again? Not taking the rough with the smooth, eh? I have to be careful here…..in the cycling world, there’s something called a ‘sense of honour’. Hard to define it exactly, but as in the world of yoga every posture has a ‘contra-posture’, so in the world of cycling….every downhill has an uphill, and every tailwind should have a headwind……life on the bike can’t be permanently downhill with the wind behind you. If opposites didn’t exist, the world would lack equilibrium. So today, I’ve done my little bit to unbalance the world……

You see, I thought I could use a bit of prestidigitation (let’s call it magic) and conjure up  a whole day’s ride to  have the wind behind me all the way. Dishonourable, I know….and I deserve all the scorn that more compliant roadies might vent……but I may have been caught on the cameras of some road surveillance system watching out for cycling cheats like me. Well, I’ll just have to sit it out now and wait for a potential ‘slap on the wrist’ from a Dixon-of-Dock-Green type bobby who may call at the door at any time. D’you think I care……?

 

I took a 10km ride to a nearby town to climb on a bus, enjoyed a free 2 hour ride to Buckingham (the joys of the bus pass….😊) and then caught the wind in my sails and headed in a north easterly direction. I’d like to say it was plain sailing all the way, but it never is…..IMG_20171123_125207556

Yes, I chose my spot to have an instant puncture, when the air just exploded out of my tyre, and was completely flat before I could stop. Beside a noisy road, and with 30-40mph winds, it was well nigh impossible to locate the blow-out, and then I couldn’t find the cause. It’s always a bit nervy when you put a fresh tube in the tyre without knowing what caused the puncture, but I did…..but that wasn’t the end of the story. When I had finished inflating the new tube, as I tightened the valve, the pin broke….hey ho……but the tyre kept its pressure, so I continued my journey with all fingers and toes crossed.

However, should I feel guilty about such brazen 🍒 picking? Would you?

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Posted on November 23, 2017, in Cycling UK and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. oh yes I use my bus pass but I take my dahon folder with me. How do you get a full size road bike on the bus

    • …in the luggage hold (it’s a coach, really). No hesitation from the driver, but I suspect ordinary luggage would always take precedence.

      • yes up here they are just ordinary buses so I take the dahon onboard. I go early though to avoid the peak times. We pay 30p before 9.30am but I know in other areas eg Northumberland its full fare. I got caught out on that one. I have also taken my camping trailer as well so that set up works well.

      • ….yes, we too pay full fare before 9.30. But the bus I caught is technically inter-city (Cambridge to Oxford), but also serves as a local service for intervening stops.

      • that’s interesting t know Frank. From the Boro its easy to go north to Newcastle and beyond but getting south isnt the same. There are no local services down to York so its either book a bus but no bike allowed it travel by train. I find it quite baffling

  2. Oh, I’d do that in a second if we had ready transportation like that!

  3. That was me yesterday as I finished swimming in Kim high street off for 2nd breakfast!

  4. 7 mile run to Kimbolton and an hour swimming – I need more than a recover snack! A full English in Olivers will do very nicely….

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