I’ve not managed to get out much recently, two rides this month. Most of the gremlins with the transmission seem to have been ironed out – only the odd slip here and there but I can live with that.
Last nights ride was the first chance I had to test out my new Helmet cam AND it was the first ride of the year in SHORTS!!
It’s very dinky, slightly smaller than my thumb and comes with a number of mounting brackets. For last nights test I stuffed it into the central cooling vent in my helmet. (only problem was it was pointing to far forward as the forthcoming video clip shows)
I decided to ride straight up RMR from the cattle grid at Lane Head rather than doing the slightly longer detour to avoid the first set of cobbles.
It was hard work last night, but I kept on climbing, to my surprise I was overtaken by an Audi A3 and a young couple asked if this was the road to Bacup. Tomtom strikes again? I told them they’d break their car if they attempted it. ITS A BRIDLEWAY! A big sign at the bottom of the road says NO MOTORISED VEHICLES. Idiot.
Anyway, I carried on. The climb took about 18 minutes and was a hard slog. I stopped to have a look back over manchester and talked to a helmet cam that had stopped recording by that point (memory full)
I decided to pop over to Cragg Quarry and see the great work that has been done there. I rode some of it but bottled the drops, don’t know why as I’ve done descents like that recently without any problems. I’ve also done descents that have tried to rip me to shreds, so perhaps i’m psychologically damaged 😀
Cut that short as it was starting to get dark and rode back home, got some good pace too. Only issue on the way back was nearly running into some concrete fence posts that had been dumped in a puddle next to the track.
Oh, and my DX P7 Lamp worked a treat too, really happy with it now it recharges!
1hr 13 mins
Apologies for the puffing and grunting in the video….