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A plaque on Swanage Pier:

"Dyslexic Dave. How he loved sewage."
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Coventry MotoFest is happening this coming weekend. It was pretty awesome last year — and if the current weather forecast for next week stays true then this year it should be even more awesome. Well worth a trip to Coventry.
 
The event guide is available for download from the website!
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I keep wondering if I should switch to SPD-SLs when these shoes wear out. Might be better for long rides and triathlons, but I'm used to SPDs and like these shoes, even if they are a little heavy.

#cleatwars #betterthedevilyouknow
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I've never dealt with SPD-SL so I couldn't give my 2¢
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This morning I stopped to photograph the road I have to cycle down every day. The red line shows the safe cycling route — there's a little less than a foot of smooth-ish tarmac down the middle, between the potholes and speedbumps.

The other photo is a couple of hundred metres up the road. A few weeks ago as I rode to work I saw a council truck, some workmen and some steaming tar. Hooray, they're finally going to fix the road, I thought. Alas, they fixed one tiny hole and then left.
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+James Ots perhaps if you were to take the picture while riding. That would allow us to measure the blurr from the bumps.
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I got a new bass amp yesterday — a Warwick BC40. It's a really nice little amp, which can be really quiet, or really loud (at least for practising) without distorting. There's no hum or hiss, the EQ and volume controls work really well, and the amp weighs very little. I have only one complaint. Couldn't they have made power light a little brighter?
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Every year I watch at least half of the super bowl, even though I don't understand it all that well. I know the basic rules and kind of get how some of it works, but generally I find the average NFL game is comparable to a poor football match, while an average football match is comparable to a poor rugby match. Given that I've just watched two average six nations rugby matches and one of the best football matches I've seen on TV, I'm not expecting the super bowl to hold my attention that well tonight. But we'll see.
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I'm quite enjoying this game, but I may fall asleep on the sofa if I don't go to bed now…
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I added a couple of bike racks and a hanger a few weeks ago, and now it's far easier getting the bikes in and out of the garage. #stablewars
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+Peter Warton with all those bikes, who needs a car?
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There we go. 5000 km. It takes me a bit longer than most to get there, with my commute only being a 2.5 km, but with a few extra rides here and there, and some extra Ks when I go to the swimming pool before work it all adds up.

(Actually, it may not be exactly 5000 km as my previous cycle computer flew off the bike and went under the wheel of a bus, so I had to work out my mileage based on a photo I'd taken a couple of weeks earlier when I set up the new one. It's most likely about 10 km more.)
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Congratulations that's huge!!!
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Our garden is a little waterlogged at the moment. There's a slightly lower section at the bottom of our garden where we have some raised beds, which is currently under at least a couple of inches of water. Elsewhere in the garden there was such a wet area that a frog has laid frog spawn there. As that bit is no longer under water we've moved the frog spawn into the fire pit now, as that's (ironically) unlikely to dry out for a long time.
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Update:  Our snow is gone!!! Crocuses are up and I need to clear out the fall leaves from our flower gardens (I use the leaves to protect the gardens from the frost)  : )
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I just got myself another new toy.
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Boy, that takes me back!
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I used Zwift for the first time at the weekend. I wasn't sure if it'd be any good as I only have a 'classic' turbo trainer rather than a smart one, but actually it works really well even when the computer can't control the turbo's resistance.

I have speed and cadence sensors on my bike, and I've set up Zwift to know which turbo trainer I have, so at any point it can estimate how much power you're putting out. So rather than just using the speed of your back wheel to work out how fast you go on screen, it can use your power output and the gradient of the road, so if you're going up hill then you'll slow down, and if you're going down you speed up. It can also make you need to use less power when drafting someone, or more when being drafted. So despite the fact that there's always the same resistance, it actually feels really realistic.

In addition, having other riders on screen can help you to vary your ride a little more. When I use a turbo without Zwift I'll often have a plan which involves riding at different intensities either to a clock or to my heart rate readout, which can rapidly get boring, but with Zwift it can be fun to try and chase down another rider, or see how fast you can get up a KOM, or try and get a top speed going downhill.

It seems reasonably accurate too. I did 20km in 42 minutes, which is about what I'd expect on the road.

I'll still probably not use the turbo a whole lot, as even adding Zwift into the mix doesn't make it as much fun as proper cycling, but it's not a bad way to get in some extra training when it's pouring with rain and blowing a gale outside.

(And, since I'm posting this to the Bike Commuting community, I should add that it's completely useless for commuting with. Although on days when I work from home I could pretend it's a commute!)
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You know you're working at the right place when…

…your CEO asks if he can borrow an allen key to adjust his bicycle's brakes when you get in in the morning.
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