I’ve picked up some new bike bits over the Christmas period that I’ve finally got sorted and fixed to my bike. Brooks Saddle The first part I got hold of was a new saddle. I wasn’t after one, but this came up for a price that was entirely reasonable so I decided to snap it up. I’d been considering getting a Brooks Cambium saddle for the Verenti for a while - it was either that or a Charge Spoon.
I managed to get out this morning for a short ride on my cyclocross bike - it’s been a while since I’ve ridden it as I’m using my Dawes touring bike for commuting and I haven’t had the chance to get out at the weekend for a while due to cadet activities. So whilst the weather was good this morning, I managed to get out and about before the rain that was forecast for the afternoon.
Eddington Number I’m a keen user of Veloviewer as it provides some excellent methods of viewing my Strava data in a way that Strava can or does not provide, whilst adding on additional statistics. I like it enough that I pay for the premium version (£10 a year) and I feel tha this is money well spent. Whilst I’ve said before that cycling isn’t all about the numbers, I do find myself as an engineer enjoying looking at the figures as well!
Pi Hole I had my Raspberry Pi lying around doing nothing. I’ve had a version 1 since they were released and I’ve had a version 2 for a while as well (in fact, I’ve been through two version 2’s). I’ve had this one in the draw for a while now doing nothing - it’s not really seen the light of day since I purchased my Synology DS116 as I had been using it as a home server and accessing my documents via SFTP outside the house.
Yearly Summary This year has been a roller-coaster year to be honest, full of ups and downs. January started with a new job on the outskirts of London - potentially meaning that I could get out on my bike a lot more cycling to work. However, I seem to have spent the majority of the time on my bike commuting to and from work and the social rides and just rides at the weekend have been missing.
Over the last few weeks, I’ve noticed that winter is slowly but surely coming - it’s getting darker both in the morning cycling to work and in the evening cycling home. However, it’s not yet cold enough that I can wear my Proviz jacket - not the Nightrider I reviewed back in 2014, but the REFLECT360+ that I purchased in 2015. The newer jacket still suffers from some of the same issues as the original one that I tried - I overheat very quickly within the Proviz jackets it seems.
I bought the Polar M400 sports watch not long after getting my Polar V650. I’d decided that the Polar ecosystem was quite good, and was something that I might want to focus on a bit more. The training features of the Polar Flow site seemed to be good. However, I wasn’t able to import data from other services, such as Garmin and even work arounds wouldn’t allow me to upload my own data to the service and make use of the training load graph.
This month, one of my domains was up for renewal. Currently I own four domains and they’ve all been with 123-Reg for many years. However, the service I’ve had from them and the communication in response to a query was pretty poor - I realised that I’d had to contact them the year before regarding a renewal as well! So all in all, I decided to take my business elsewhere.
This weekend finally saw me get the chance to ride my new bike. I’d made use of the Cycle to Work offer that my firm offer through Cyclescheme. The offer allows me to save money on the purchase of a new bike through tax savings - I’ve never really been hugely convinced that the deal saves me money (though I’m assured that it does), but it is a method of getting a new bike with interest free credit for 12 months.
The past few months have seen me try to increase my running at the expense of my cycling. Comparing my overall mileage for the year, I’m probably on the lowest distance to date since 2011. However, the running has improved and I’m hitting personal bests that I set whilst I was running during university. I have tried to maintain the cycling at least once a week though, cycling to work.