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A nice ride out

Posted in Cycling, GF2, Harrogate, Lumix LX5 on July 6, 2013 by sojournerphoto

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With a day off and nothing planned until the girls’ sports afternoon I had planned a ride out to Brimham Rocks via Knaresborough and along the bridleways. However, I was late departing and slower than I hoped, so missed out the last section from Shaw Mills to Brimham. I rode the newish cycle path though the back of Bilton and then along Bilton Lane to roll down the Beryl Burton to Knaresborough.

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At the bottom was a perfectly functional looking bike, standing on its empty forks – not sure why!

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From Knaresborough to Ferrensby, along the bridleway past the Hollies

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Then on the Occaney, through fields alive with poppy infested rape. As it comes into flower everything is fresh and pushing for its place – the bridleway is pretty overgrown and I walked one section as I couldn’t see the ground beneath my wheel.

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Towards South Stainley, as I rode away from Copgrove, a stoat ghosted across my path and a jay flew to a copse alongside.

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From South Stainley the track is easy riding and runs through some lovely country.

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Across the Ripley – Fountains road, through a very operational farm, along a track and a couple of recently mown fields to the road and down into Shaw Mills. Then home via the path back to Ripley and the Nidderdale Greenway.

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Out on the Surly

Posted in Cycling, Life, Lumix LX5 on June 6, 2011 by sojournerphoto

I finally finished building the Surly Long Haul Trucker. It’s a pretty simple build with a pair of 26 inch wheels that Spa Cycles built for me last year using Rigida Snyper rims on Deore hubs, which already had an 11 to 28 cassette fitted. Brakes are XT v-brakes and front and rear mechs are Tiagra. The chainset is a Stronglight triple with 46, 34, 24 chainrings and I’ve fitted bar end shifters as the downtube seems a long way from the bars and the STi shifters don’t pull enough cable for v-brakes. Really it’s a bitsa – the seat is ex-Orange Evo2 as Sue complained that it was too hard and narrow(!)in it’s original application and the bars and stem were picked up from ebay. Thanks to Spa for helping with all the little things like cutting off the mudguard stays and finding bits of brackets to fit them closely to the tyres.

The first ride was just back from the garage after taking Sue’s car back again to attempt to have a battery drain issue fixed again. It’s only a coup[le of miles, but the girls wanted a drinks stop on the way:)

Tonight I got out for a longer shakedown ride and did just over 20 miles around the lanes. Everything seems good with the bike. It’s comfortable and the set up feels pretty good from the off. The Schwalbe Marathon Racer tyres in 26 by 1.5 inches (40 by 559 for the metrically minded) roll much better than I expected and once the bike is on the move it just drifts along nice and easily, allowing you to enjoy the sunset as you go.

The tyres also absorb a lot more than skinny, high pressure road bike tyres, making progress feel very different. On the way I rode through Copgrove, where some friends got married what must be more than 20 years ago. We’re visiting them for the first time in years shortly, so I called in to the church as I passed.

The light was fading fast and I was starting to rely on my bike light to see as I rode through the trees, but I love being out on a summer evening as the light fades, the sky takes on its deep inky blue and peace settles after the busyness of the day. It says that God came to spend time with Adam in the cool of the day.


Posted in Life, Lumix LX5, Uncategorized on February 3, 2011 by sojournerphoto

This evening

Posted in Life, Lumix LX5 on November 6, 2010 by sojournerphoto

I’ve never shot fireworks before and suspect that digicam in one hand and 5 year old in the other is not the best way to go about it, but it’s up to date and quickly on the web!

Edited to add that there’s much more in the shadows on my calibrated monitor. The nightmare of web reproduction…