Thursday, 21 November 2019

Midweek Cycle; Suset cycle at Gullane Point...


4 weeks to the shortest day, It will soon only be a half hour or so of daylight left after work mid week to get some cycling with pictures and film for the blog. If i cycle into work once a week when the forecast is clear high pressure weather then i will get an hour till dark so probably start doing that next week.
By Christmas the nights will slowly start to draw out again, this is the hardest time of year to do midweek blog posts with pictures,

Today i drove straight to Gullane and within 15 minutes i was down on the coast and cycled along to Gullane Point. looking like there would be a last burst of sun before the sun disappeared in cloud over Edinburgh City i cycled along the foot of the dunes where the sand was still frozen solid from the previous nights low for November -5 Celsius  temperature...

Go Pro pics...


No one around as usual out here at this time of day with only the foot prints of day visitors below the high tide line,  so took the opportunity to do some point and shoot filming...


 Zero footprint today on the frozen sand...



Last burst of sunlight over the Pentland hills...



I like cycling out here after work, you unwind from the day and find your own mojo and relax with little wind there was just the sound of the waves, Geese in Aberlady Bay, and Oyster catchers along the tide line...



Just enough light to make a wee film, it`s another film here on this beach, the third in a month but it`s something,  Song is `I Know You Are But What Am I` by Mogwai


Sunset Cycle; Gullane Point, Nov 2019 from coastkid71 on Vimeo.


More soon...

Sunday, 17 November 2019

Cold November Rain at Tyninghame...


After the lovely light of Friday late afternoon, The rain battered off the window on Friday night,
Definitely a Stove, Cider, Netflix evening!





Saturday dawned pretty grim with cold onshore rain showers, and it felt raw out in the exposed wind,  But it`s the weekend and got to make the most of the available daylight so up early i was down at an empty Tyninghame car park, which would mean an empty beach, ideal for filming,
Wrapped up and Paclite waterproofs as much for the cold wind as the rain i soon warmed up...






The wind builds up the dunes, then the high Autumn tides take them away...


A Guillemot on the sand, seemed too tired to fly,  Hope it can move before any dogs see it later...






Wee film on the beach, Song is `Snakes In The Grass` by Quantic


Peffersands beachride; Nov 2019 from coastkid71 on Vimeo.

Riding back to the van and typically the rain eased up! and i had a look around the dunes where there is some Sea Buckthorn removal going on...





Not sure what this has been. Military metal stakes but could be anything, maybe been a Bird watching hide?, or a sheep shelter, ...



Back at the van and worth getting down early and the beach to yourself, busy already and only 9.30am...


Back home and an hour splitting logs, Friend Chris dropped trailer load of rounds off last night,
So made a start on them before going to spend the affy with M...



He also gave me this RC Helicopter!, will hang it up...


More soon...

Friday, 15 November 2019

Midweek Cycle; Sunset cycle



Cold high pressure weather this week, Full Moon so high/low tides, not ideal high tide times being late afternoon but still always somewhere to cycle on the coast. Finished work i quickly headed down the coast wrapped up with the raw onshore north easterly wind which has kept temperatures below 0 at night with morning frosts and midday temps not over 6 Celsius....


Half an hour to sunset at Gullane Point...



Enough time for some pics and film along to the Reserve point...











Was real cold cycling back to the van,
Here is a wee film, Song is` Kreatin` by Frost...


Sunset Beachride; Nov 2019 from coastkid71 on Vimeo.


Back home and some tinkering required on the Pugsley, with stainless steel spokes/Brass spoke nipple, and alloy rim a chemical reaction causes corrosion with the salt water environment, an often repair is a corroded broken spoke nipple...


Here is the beauty of using a split tube `Ghetto tubeless set up; you can just deflate the tyre roll back the tyre with split tube and roll the foam and rim tape to remove and install a new spoke nipple.

Cannot do this with a sealed tubeless tape- folk say just cut a hole then repair with Duct tape, but that will eventually leak as the tyre sealant breaks down the tape glue...



Old spoke nipple removed from the rim, then the spoke...



New spoke nipple tensioned and tyre inflated and pressure set to 6 psi...



Job done and ready to go...


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