All 2 entries tagged Cycling
July 29, 2008
Writing about web page http://www.justgiving.com/jarvism
Once again me and Chris have completed yet another sponsored bike ride!
BHF Hearts First London to Southend Bike Ride 2008.
My speedometer clocked it in at 54 miles completed in a trip time of 4 hours 22 minutes.
The sponsorship page can be found here and is still accepting sponsors!
I’ll probably expand on this post at a later time, it was a busy holiday week afterwards and I have returned to a busier working week!
On a random note, one of my previous blog entries about the bike ride had been found by a rider who approached me at Battlesbridge and asked about it! I didn’t catch his name but I believe he was numbered 1679 (I think). I reckon he recognised my face from photos or more likely the air horn as, once again, I was the one and only “Horny Rider”.
April 28, 2008
This is what happens to a bike when you ride in excess of 8000 miles on it over at least 7 years. This happened shortly after my birthday towards the back end of February. I was cycling at the time and the fork half snapped, only the horseshoe shaped V-brake assembly and front wheel axle was holding it together. It wobbled all over the place, especially when braking as the wheel wasn’t true and the braking was uneven.
Over 7 years of rain, 8000 miles of pounding, hard braking and all sorts of abuse did this. It lasted through 6 London to Southend bike rides so helped me raise lots of cash for charity. The bike served me very well, although over the years, I had put on it 3 new front wheels, 4 new rear wheels, about 8 tyres, an entire replacement drive train (including rear gear derailleur, chain, cranks, front and back sprocket sets), new gear shifters, at least 10 pairs of brake blocks, 5 rear axles and associated bearings, 4 new gear cables, 2 new brake cables (including outer sheathing), countless inner tubes, new saddle, seat post, 4 sets of handlebar grips, 3 sets of V brakes arms, and god knows how many lights, speedometers etc…. but when you have a catastrophic frame failure like this, its time for a new bike.
I now have a GT Avalanche 1.0, 27 gears, front suspension, twin dual-cyclinder hydraulic disc brakes (which are the sharpest brakes on the planet), suspension saddle post and a heavy duty pannier rack for carrying all my shiz. All on this on the Warwick Cycle Scheme which I highly recommend to any Warwick Staff member.