Summer is here… so get it while you can……


Sunday on the Bristol Bath cycle track is always a lovely affair. Yesterday Kim and i took the opportunity to support the dinotour, a joint event run by three different councils. yesterday it was lovely to see families out, sports cyclists swooshing along, old bikes dragged out of the shed and given an airing, there were even some time travellers from the 40 dressed to the nines and jiving to a jazzy beat, all these different folk with a bicycle as a common thread, all seemingly at one with the world and co- existing happily. We had a lovely day, a few chats along the way with cycle advisers and other cycle path users, a big breath of steam train and an obligatory cup of rosie lee at Warmely station, it was very nice way to get some exercise, some shopping and have the chance to purchase the most expensive pint I think I have ever bought, 4.50 for a Peroni in a fosters glass anyone…..i think the jolly sailer in Saltford is having a laugh…..

It was also the first outing for Kim’s new Rodford bicycle, freshly equipped with a new Brooks B18 lady saddle, we rode off into the summer sunshine in search of dinosaurs, Sainsbury’s and a little adventure.
Kim has been used to three speed bicycles up to now, and getting on fine, but the 7 speed shimano was a welcome upgrade, hills were less hilly and I had the new experience of getting overtaken if I dilly dallied. It is a useful thing to be able to ride with a new bike owner, to see if the gearing is fine, the seat is adjusted properly, little things that are easy to rectify if you know about them. In Kims situation, the gearing was fine, using 7th gear only once or twice and 1st gear on the steep bits was twiddly enough. Halfway around the seat post was upped by an inch and that made the hills easier too…with a bit of confidence the getting onto a higher saddle becomes easier and then riding with correct leg extension gives more power for hills and helps with comfort.

All in all a nice day, Kims is very happy with her new Rodford bicycle and I am still enjoying pelican 001. Thanks to organisers of the dinotour and just remember that the summer does not last for ever, so if you haven’t dusted off your bicycle this year, get on with it because it’s a very nice way to spend a day. (Just check the beer prices before you get a round in…….! )

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