I’ll post a ride report in the travels section once I work out how to convert Garmin gpx files into something a little more visual on the web but for now here is a little info on how I got on with the Aberystwyth Adventure.
Being a man of style and fashion I arrived late for my own grand departe, not on purpose mind I had to stop and remove the toe clips as they were crippling me, somedays I really miss my spd’s but as I almost fell off a couple times later it was probably best I was using flat pedals. Â After a few photos and some jokes about possible death and such I set off almost wrecking the bike by riding down some steps which required a quick detour.
The first part of the journey was quite easy going and counting roundabouts using the count fromÂ sesame streets voice seemed fun for a bit until the hills started. Â While the Bromptons 6 gears are great for the city and the occasional small hill 10% inclines were hard work involving stopping, praying, cursing and occasionally pushing. Â Thankfully the fully ( and possibly over ) loaded bag on the front acted as an air brake and the descents never got out of hand, considering I didn’t see pot holes until the lastÂ minute.
I’d reached my halfway point of 58 miles by 5am and tried to eat some dinner, of which I managed about 2 spoons and settled for a cup of tea, some water and a energy gel. Â I think stopping for too long here turned into a mistake as it took a while to get going again as I’d stiffened up.
I pushed on deciding to follow the A44 rather than the mountain road as my knees were starting to sting a little and managing to pick up some water about 8am at an open public toilet as the rain came in. Â While the A44 was flatter and easier going than some of the roads I’d cycled on the head wind felt like I was pushing a bus along.
With only 25 miles to go disaster struck and the chain snapped outside nPower’s wind farm. Â AfterÂ unsuccessfullyÂ trying to hitch hike the last stretch I resorted to pitching my tent and waiting for my rescuers to arrive. Â While I had spare chain links in my tool kit I had managed to leave the chain tool at home I guess after a night of me standing on the pedals pushing for all my worth it just couldn’t take any more and sheared.
I’m not planning to try this again at all … ok so I am but maybe on a proper bike or with less stuff or less pie in me.