Thursday, 26 February 2015

You are what you eat?

Two related articles that I wanted to share:
I'm not anti-science at all - everything we eat is chemicals and we're a bag of chemical-using biological processes - but I'd much rather eat a cake made at home using an egg from a chicken living at the bottom of our garden than one produced in a factory using "potato protein isolate" in place of the egg.

A cake Libby made, using eggs from our chickens
Our chickens, recently rescued from a local farm
Food for thought?

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Insufficient preparation

In July, I'm planning on riding my bike around a hundred miles a day for four days. I've done virtually no riding, other than my short commute, this year so this is possibly a Bad Idea. But, I quite like bad ideas.

I've got a few rides in over the Easter break so far: I borrowed my brother-in-law's bike while we were staying with them, and have managed three consecutive days of shortish local cross rides since we got back. I've been reasonably quick on these rides, and don't feel too beaten up despite riding rooty singletrack and rough tracks on an 'inappropriate' bike.

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

'New' commuter

Having commuted on my X since I got it, my Yuba Mundo want being ridden, so it's been sold to a worthy local cause. But the committing was taking its toll on the X and I was getting bored of needing to wear waterproof trousers because of a lack of mudguards.

So, my Solitude has been converted to commuting duties. I splashed out on some less fugly forks, plus sensible tyres, mudguards, new rear brake, and a bag/basket; and played musical handlebars.

Saturday, 22 February 2014

Route recce - Darlington to Thorpe Thewles

My sister recently moved to near Aviemore, so I'm going to ride up there in the summer. My plan is to follow the Sustrans Coast and Castles route up to Edinburgh over two days, then take two days to ride up into the Cairngorms.

So, I rode the first part of the route I'll take from home to Newcastle, following NCN14 toward Stockton before turning north toward the Castle Eden walkway. I was surprised at how much was off-road, and most of the continuation to Newcastle will be the same. Hopefully, it'll be a bit drier in the summer...

Next step is to ride the rest of the way to Newcastle, then get the train back. And buy some bike luggage and a GPS :)

Saturday, 1 February 2014

Not blogging

Apparently, moving to Blogger hasn't magically made me blog more but at least I'm not paying for not blogging.

Exercise summary... Still riding to work, still not riding much otherwise. Started running in December, broke myself, stored running, restarted more sensibly in January. Did a few weeks of 100pushups programme. Started doing a circuits session after work on a Friday, but my muscles haven't arrived yet.

Monday, 21 October 2013

A new home for mactually

A new home. A fresh start (with all the old stuff too).

More frequent posting? Perhaps.

Saturday, 12 October 2013

Cross at Hamsterley

Rode up to Hamsterley to ride some of the red trails on my Cotic X.