Cycle Budda Life Ep1

Diary of a Lifestyle Cyclist and Tourer

I have several bikes in my shed, bedroom, cellar and conservatory.  All very different.  A carbon race bike that does not get much use.  A fatbike gets more use than the carbon bike.  A steel utility tourer with Rohloff hub and a cross bike in bits.

This morning I jumped on the steel steed and with all the snowy weather we have had recently a lot of salt has been put down on the roads.  When I jumped on it this morning I knew something was not right.  The Rohloff had spun around and the wheel was twisted.  How? I do not know, it was running fine the last time I got off it!  One thing for sure all the salt put down to combat the snow has not helped, even though I did give it a quick rinse before I put it away a few days ago.  I had to hot foot it back to the shed.  Choices, fatbike, no not this time, people might think I was riding it because of the snow and that had all gone.  Cross bike in pieces, Carbon bike, it will have to be even though I really did not want to.  I justified the decision with the fact carbon can’t rust as far as I am aware.  Now, the race bike had been serviced a few months ago and not been ridden since….. Chain Snap eh oh that is easy to fix.

My point…. I came across the saying the number of bikes you should own is n+1, with n being the current number of bikes you already have.

Now I love this.  I constantly look at bike websites and wish I had most of them.  I am not into slick race bikes anymore so I can give or take them.  But any sexy utility, tourer and everyday bike I am all over it!  But due to space I have been on a mission to find the perfect one bike!  Let me tell you I don’t think it can exist if only for the reason you need another bike to jump on to when your current one fails between your legs.  It is a bit like having an AA membership if you own a car.  You need a conveyor belt of bikes to go through in turn.  One you are riding, one in the workshop and two in ready in the shed waiting to go.  So if you are a lifestyle cyclist that needs a bike for commute, shopping and fun I will put a number on five bikes minimum.

Current Bike Project

The Cannondale cross bike that I have has been to battle with cycle touring and was showing the scars from a couple of coast to coasts and the excellent ride back from Spain on the Velodyssey route.  It was an amazing trip.  My partner her nine year old and myself all the way on the coastal route if you want to see beautiful things and jump in the sea then it is a must do tour.  You can see how we got on in previous posts.  Anyway the bike did an amazing job.  The only problem is that the paint work got a bit tatty.  So I have jazzed it up with a metallic purple powercoat which looks cool.

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It is also getting built up in a different style.  I am going for SOMA Sparrow bars.  MTB 1×11 shifting and Hydro disc brakes.  Brooks saddle.  It will look the bee’s knee’s when it is built up.  Some stuff is just starting to trickle through, so the tools are coming out.

So far the brakes and BB have come.  The handlebars should be here in the next week.  By the end of next week we should of seen some progress that I will share with you.

 

NHGS Cycle Fundrasier

Starting on the 15th July forty two teenage students are cycling the Way of the Roses route, coast to coast from Morecambe to Bridlington.  It is 170 miles over some tough hills in the Yorkshire Dales.  The really cool thing is they are carrying their own gear and cooking their own meals.  Being completely independent and showing grit and resilience.  It is the third time the school has done a coast to coast ride to raise money and the student manage to get about £10,000 each time the ride has run.  Please show your support to the students and donate on their Money Giving Page https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/NHGSC2C3 Please share this link with as many people as you can, the students will really appreciate it.

Eyewear

If you are in need of sport eyewear that has removable lens and can be made prescription please consider these specs from Sunwise.

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The profit, around £15 for each pair will go towards the C2C ride above.  Please contact:  Stewart Mitchell (Eyecare) LLP, 81 Godwin Street, Bradford, BD1 2SH, Call 01274 723362, http://sidneyfraser.co.uk/

Here to Help

I may be able to assist you in the following ways:

  1. You want to dust off your old bike and commute to work but want to build up some confidence.
  2. You would like a guided tour around Calderdale/Yorkshire.
  3. You want help setting up a local cycle club.
  4. You want to set up and host a cycle fund raising activities/event.

e-mail me at djugroop@gmail.com and we can talk about your cycling requirements.  No harm in asking to see what we can do!

Parent Support Amazing!

It is only about seven weeks now until thirty six NHGS students cycle 158 miles from St Bee’s on the west coast to Tynemouth on the east.

I have been spending the last couple of weekends meeting parents and students at Craggies Farm Shop to discuss kit and perform a bike suitability check.  I have one more weekend left to do but I have been overwhelmed by the support and the efforts of parents and students.

Firstly, the parents and students have had to support this ride with a minimum participation fee, but they also needed to buy pannier racks and other gear so the students, their sons and daughters could take part in relative comfort.  Not only have families paid a minimum fee but they have also gone far and away above that by collecting additional sponsorship money as well.  The students have been impressing me with their ideas and commitment to fund raising. Students have been selling tickets to host dinner parties for family and friends, been working for neighbours and selling bits and bats to make money.  Not only that, they are just so excited for the ride!  The students are going to be self sufficient carrying and cooking their own food. This trip is building independence, skills and resilience.  Really impressed guys.  Thank you so much!

If you would like to show your support please donate on the NHGS managed link below.  Last year over £11400 went to the school, we are trying really hard to beat this and we are 32% into our £10000 target.

http://www.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/NHGSC2C2

When they start the ride on the 9th of July you can follow their antics on www.cyclebudda.co.uk.

Image of last years group at the finish in Bridlington when they completed the Way of the Roses C2C route

Messages parents had left at the finish.

C2C Review

Six teaching staff members plus a friend we set off to to the Coast 2 Coast from St Bee’s to Tynemouth.  I have previously done the Way of the Roses C2C route before, once with my family and the other time was with 28 students that were raising money for a new sports hall.  I was hoping that this trip could provide as much challenge, beautiful scenery and enjoyment.  Plus it is always good when the route is sign posted, especially as this is the recce for when myself and some more teaching staff take 40 students on the route in July to again raise money for the sports hall that will be complete this year.  If you would like to donate to spur the kids along please click on this link.
So we met at Georges Square, Halifax at 0900 on the 9th of April.  I had booked a Whitehill minibus to take us and the bikes to St Bee’s and I arranged for them to pick us up from Tynemouth on Wednesday the 13th April at about 1700.  I knew the last day would be easy and it would only take us a couple of hours to complete the ride but I wanted to ensure we had time to account for a mechanical issue with the bikes etc.  We had six people travelling out and as we were meeting one of our party in St Bee’s we would have seven people travelling back.  Getting the six bikes and six people in was a bit of a squash and there was concern about our return journey, but I knew if we took both wheels off we should be able to get all seven bikes and people in the bus.
As soon as we got to St Bee’s it was a case of setting off to our first digs which was The Herdwick Inn situated just before Penrith.  Even though the whole route could be done in one day if you wanted a tougher ride I planned this to take three nights and four days as for this trip I wanted it to be more of a cycling holiday than a cycling endurance challenge.
The rooms and food at the Herdwick Inn were lovely and worth the slight detour off route to get there.  The whole trip was well signposted and the roads were really, really quiet.  There were only a couple of sections where I think a couple of cars might of come past us.  Also it worth noting that if you are on a bike that has wider tyres there are quite a few off road alternative sections that are also signposted.  The Sustrans cycling charity responsible for created routes up and done the country have done a very good job maintaining the route.







I hope you enjoy the images above…. And hopefully it will inspire you to get out on your bikes and have some adventurous fun.  You can also go to the google album by clicking on this link .

C2C Staff Ride

On the 9th of April until the 13th of April the staff at NHGS route are doing a recce of the C2C route we will be undertaking with forty students in July.  Every Easter we always go off on a mini tour.  In the past we have hiked the three highest peaks in Scotland, England and Wales, but we cycled between them.  We have done a couple of Tour d Yorkshire routes and also cycled to Belgium to take in some cobbled classics.  For this trip we thought we might as well kill two birds with one stone have fun and also do a H&S plan for the route with the kids.  As we normally like to do quite a few miles to keep us from the refreshments until a suitable time of day we have also prepared some extra loops just in case we get to the digs too early.  I have also included the extra loops we will be doing below as well.
On Day One this is our route.
This is the extra route if we need it.
This is Day Two.
This is the extra for Day Two.
This is Day Three.
The extra loop for Day Three.
And our final day!
Please donate to our NHGS Sports Hall fund. Forty teenagers riding Coast 2 Coast in July. The link is below.

Sports Hall Fund C2C

Forty NHGS students are cycling Coast 2 Coast to raise money to buy equipment and furnish the new sports.  The ride will take place from the 9th July 2017 – 14th July 2017.
Last year a group of 28 students rode from Morecambe to Bridlington and with your generous donations we managed to raise over £11400.

This year they are doing a different route which takes them further from home.  They are to ride the 150 miles from St Bee’s to Tynemouth.  To add to the challenge, the students will be self-sufficient and will carry their own gear and cook their own food on single burner gas stoves.

The route takes them through the Lake District and they will encounter some big long hills.  With a bike fully loaded with sleeping, cooking and clothes they will find this trip tough.  The students will need to show determination, grit and resilience to succeed.
Please show your support and make a donation to spur them on.  The money will go into the new sports hall fund and will provide an amazing environment for the students to learn about health and fitness and play sport.


Family Cycle Club Ride Spen Valley

26th March 2017
How Do,
Cycle Budda Family Ride is going to take in the 7 mile long Spen Valley Cycleway.  So the whole ride will be 14 mile if we go to the end and back, but remember you could turn round at any point to adjust the route and the mileage to suit your family.  The route sounds really good, FLAT disused TARMAC railway line and the all important TRAFFIC FREE.  Checkout the text copied from the Sustrans website.  You can also download a PDF of the route and lots of useful information here
The meeting point at 1400 is here at this link:
Park Rd, Dewsbury WF13 3TH 
From – to:
     Dewsbury to Oakenshaw

  • Length: 7 miles
  • Type: Disused railway path
  • Surface: Tarmac
  • National Cycle Network: Route 66
Route Description
The route is a wonderful green corridor running through densely populated urban areas with long distance moor-land views, it passes a wildlife reserve and a rolling golf course.
The path is also home to a collection of artworks including Sally Matthew’s flock of Swaledale Sheep, constructed from recycled industrial scrap, and ‘Rotate’ by Trudi Entwistle – 40 giant steel hoops set in a circle.

The route is traffic-free with a gentle climb from Dewsbury to Oakenshaw. From Oakenshaw, you can continue into Bradford using signposted cycle lanes and paths.

The path is also home to a collection of artworks including Sally Matthew’s flock of Swaledale Sheep, constructed from recycled industrial scrap, and ‘Rotate’ by Trudi Entwistle – 40 giant steel hoops set in a circle.

The path is also home to a collection of artworks including Sally Matthew’s flock of Swaledale Sheep, constructed from recycled industrial scrap, and ‘Rotate’ by Trudi Entwistle – 40 giant steel hoops set in a circle.

Family Cycle Club Ride Littleborough

Hello,
It has been a while since our last Family Ride because of the snowy windy weather one weekend and then my ski trip on the next.  Our next meeting is Sunday 12th March.  This weekend.

Starting at the White House pub at 1400.  The ride is about 4 miles all off road so no cars to worry about.  Below is a map of the starting point.  Below that part of the route as the google wont plot the whole thing as the footpath back is not mappable.  The route does just cut across and head back to the pub.  Lets get the kids out for some fresh air and enjoy some pop, crisps and beer at the pub at the end.  We should only be out in any weather for about an hour so nothing to fear.

Hopefully see the gang there.
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Upcoming Tours

Just thought I would let you know about some upcoming tours you may want to be apart of, or maybe just read about when they happen.  If you want to take part or help out in anyway, just drop me an e-mail and we can see what we can do:
  • April 9th – 12th:  Coast 2 Coast recce ride:  Whitehaven – Tynemouth.  B&B
  • July 9th – 14th:  Coast 2 Coast student fundraiser.  Forty students (13-15 years old) riding to raise money for their school sports hall.  The target is £10000.  If you would like to donate please go to the Parent Association Just Giving Link www.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/NHGSC2C2 The students are carrying their own gear and cooking their own food on single burners, so this is a massive challenge for them!
  • July 28th – August 28th:  Cycling from Santander, Spain all the way up the west coast of France and getting the ferry back to Plymouth.

C2C

Forty NHGS students are cycling Coast 2 Coast to raise money to buy equipment and furnish the new sports.  The ride will take place from the 9th July 2017 – 14th July 2017.
Last year a group of 28 students rode from Morecambe to Bridlington and with your generous donations we managed to raise over £11500.

This year they are doing a different route which takes them further from home.  They are to ride the 150 miles from St Bee’s to Tynemouth.  To add to the challenge, the students will be self-sufficient and will carry their own gear and cook their own food on single burner gas stoves.

The route takes them through the Lake District and they will encounter some big long hills.  With a bike fully loaded with sleeping, cooking and clothes they will find this trip tough.  The students will need to show determination, grit and resilience to succeed.
Please show your support and make a donation to spur them on.  The money will go into the new sports hall fund and will provide an amazing environment for the students to learn about health and fitness and play sport.