February 18, 2006

A short ride around warwickshire

It's just too muddy to face mountain biking right now; an hour round Cannock would mean another hour cleaning crap out of the drivetrain and another hour cleaning car, clothes, and anything else that had been within 50 yards of the bike. So something else has to do.

However, bouyed up by beating the car in the "go green week" bike vs. car leamington-campus race earlier this week, I thought it might be fun to take the road bike out for a spin. And indeed it was. The roads were (mostly) dry, the weather was warm enough that I didn't need 8 million layers (note to self: still need thick socks though), and the views were pleasing. East of leamington there's a great network of little villages joined up by quiet roads, and this route takes advantage of many of them. The GPS said 34.5 miles, in about 1hr 50, which I thought wasn't too bad considering the large number of hills between Napton and Burton Dasset.

Bike route east of leamington

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  1. Robert O'Toole

    Sounds great. This is a nice area that we live in, if you can be bothered to explore it as you have done.

    I particularly like the area between Napton and Priors Hardwick, which I found to be surprisingly rural, almost remote. Good byways around there too.

    18 Feb 2006, 19:38

  2. Leigh

    So great that you got out on your bike today. It was all rain where I am – torrential at times. YUK!

    18 Feb 2006, 23:37

  3. Chris May

    Rob: Yes, it is nice. We very nearly bought a house in Priors Marston a few years back, but the vendor pulled out at the last minute. Probably just as well because it's bloody miles from anywhere except Daventry…

    Leigh: I hope your weather picks up soon :-) You must buy that pink WSD Trek; it rocks.

    19 Feb 2006, 22:54

  4. Steven Carpenter

    It's just too muddy to face mountain biking right now;


    I had to double-check this was your blog.

    20 Feb 2006, 09:21

  5. Steve Rumsby

    The GPS said 34.5 miles, in about 1hr 50,

    I always knewI was slow. Now I know exactly how slow! That ride would probably take me nearer 3 hours…

    20 Feb 2006, 09:40

  6. Chris May

    I blame the bike, not the rider, for the speed. It really is much easier to go fast on a road bike. I think there are two major contributors:

    • the more aerodynamic riding position; Once I'm tucked down I can roll without pedalling at ~20MPH on even the gentlest of hills. I hit 35 MPH+ four or five times on that one ride, a speed that I don't think my MTB has ever even heard of.

    • Lighter weight – and especially lighter rotating weight in the wheels and tyres – makes it much easier to accelerate. Come to an uphill, kick down, bike leaps forward. On the MTB it's more like 'kick down, change down, grit teeth, start spinning…'

    20 Feb 2006, 10:33

  7. Steve Rumsby

    OK, so I really do need to get a proper road bike, then. Time to accelerate progress on that "dream list" of mine…

    20 Feb 2006, 13:40

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