Sunday, 23 April 2017

Surly Wednesday, first ride with the 650B+ wheels...



A planned day on trails with the Surly Wednesday i cut short after i managed to have a big off leaving  a sore grazed arm, hey ho.. but still it was a good first impression of how the Wednesday rides with 27.5+ wheels...


Everywhere is still bone dry despite a short downpour on Friday afternoon, first irrigaters  i have seen this year were watering potato fields...


I headed along the John Muir Way (JMW) turning back to the farm to let someone know one of there calves had got out the field!...


I planned to do some film riding through the Craig Wood and infact filmed the whole wood nearly to the little bridge after the off camber hill, the bike was riding nice with the 3" tyres and i was thinking just how drifty the trail was with all the dust and grit, i wanted to warn folk of the corner before the trail flattens out after the bridge and shouted out knowing you would here that in the film...

As if on purpose and i can deft say it was not! i lead by example and the front end washed out on gravel  and i went down like a sack of spuds!,  been a while since i have come off cycling and again your reminded your not 15 years old, 9 stone and made of rubber anymore!
I was rewarded with 2 small holes in the RH knee of my trousers and grazed knee and shin, and a nasty graze on my right forearm!...




And for pure entertainment value here is some film with the crash!
 if the quality is pixilating then click on the Vimeo tab to open on Vimeo, not sure why it is doing this


Surly Wednesday 650B , JMW and big off! from coastkid71 on Vimeo.



Best thing to do when you do something like this is keep riding because your going to stiffen up so i continued at a reduced speed! and rode a loop around the estate...


I was riding when i noticed i had trashed my coffee cup bell - nooo!!!


Springtime is nice in the woods but only before the nettles are up so today i cut through some of the many tracks still nettle free like this one from the dog cemetery...
`Song is 224th Day` by Working For A Nuclear Free City...


Surly Wednesday 650B+, Springtime in the woods  April 17 from coastkid71 on Vimeo.


Leaving the estate i rode through another estate (Leuchie) and over Becky`s Strip Byway to Whitekirk,  i needed to get home and get the grazes cleaned so headed back happy with the bike...



Stopping for a `bike hanging from sign` pic Dave rolled up in his VW bus!...

Well cool...


Bike pic done it was home for a hot Redox bath with salt added to clean any dirt out the grazes, which nipped like hell!
Be back out mid week to do some marking for Sundays return route to NB  and will be fine by then...


Hope this high pressure weather continues!...


More soon...

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