Bessie is out on loan

Bessie is my other brompton. The one I bought before I knew what I wanted. She’s lovely, with her rack and medium bars, but…

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Been away, going home today

It’s been a long time, in the words of led Zeppelin. We headed up here to Falkirk for work on a Sunday so today is our 11th day away. The combination of working days and then a few nights for some of it, then back to a day shift to finish off has done me in sleep nowise, so here I am 4am wide awake and I’ll be knackered by 8pm.

I did get to ride Bertie a couple of days, once to Edinburgh and once to Glasgow along the Forth and Clyde canal.

I’ve seen the Falkirk wheel and the Kelpies so it hasn’t been a non stop work thing, both are amazing spectacles but I really want to go home now.

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Garmin, you’re a useless piece of junk

I have a Garmin edge 1000. The princely sum of £450 for something on the handlebars that has a worse touch screen than a first generation mobile.

I was already unimpressed with its ability to lose track of all satellites or sensors, to not be able to route from one station to another in central London or to reroute through the middle of pedestrianised town centres of you deviate for a closed road, not what you need in a hurry.

Now after going out in the rain for the first time, with the rubber bung in place over the port the whole time and drying out before being plugged in, it won’t see the charging cable and has gone flat, probably forever.

I don’t even see how to get a repair sorted on the support site.

Seriously, it’s junk.

Busy couple of weeks

I’m about 150km behind target cycling for the year. I’m aiming for 8050km – I know the 50km seems odd but it makes 5,000 miles – I’ve been working weekends and night shifts which complicate life. On the plus side they’ll pay the bills.

With the nights getting darker earlier and colder the evening riding isn’t looking so attractive, who wants to go 50km in the dark while getting wet?.. but I had a lieu day Monday so got a daylight ride in while I could.

Not too horrendous. You can find me on Strava here by the way..