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4th April 2020
Mt. Biking: Ipswich area
Wind Direction: SW
Wind Stength: 12kts
Surf / Sea State: n/a
Air Temperature: warm
Sea Temperature: n/a
Weather: Sunny
Max Speed: 31.8 mph (knots - unless stated otherwise)
Distance Covered: 29.77 mile (Nautical Miles - unless stated otherwise)

Covid has forced windsurfers off the water so its biking activities for me as my fitness was drifting with gym closed.
Have done a few rides now. Bought a mates roadie hybrid that was the bees knees, superlight ally, but it was very uncomfortable compared to my MTB. Even changing saddle and handle bar didnít help. Getting the geometry setup in the shop, didn't ease the knee pain. Shop said frame was wrong for my weight and limb length so it had to go. Shame really as it was quick with the very narrow bone hard wheel. I felt every bump in my wrist! If I bought a drops I would def go to a specialist to set me up with a decent frame, sizing etc.
So back on my MTB a nice Claude Butler frame with adjustable Rock shoxs, which def smooth the ride, especially with the comfort Selle seat. I must have been lucky as I bought it used but shop said spot on setup. Switched handle bar to the unusually Jones bar (USA original).
If anyone out there is thinking about one, itís superb, donít hesitate. There is probably 6 or more comfortable hand positions, so when driving am laid out on the front bar (like drops), then move in to middle grip when cruising (again like drops), then out on the curved normal grips to drop the shoulders. On dirt I love that position especially for manoeuvres. Jones bar def makes long non sop rides comfy. My tyres are hybrids so tarmac is OK but not as quick as slicks - but great for gravel as I normally do a 2/4 on dirt.
Good ride today 30 miles - average speed 10.63 mph with good driving at the mid sections running HR into cardio zones from fatburn. 20mls was average 11.4. The ride was 50/50 cardio fatburn. I did pay the price though at the 25 ml mark, when I noticeably lost leg torque. Luckily I hit a downhill bit so I could cruise in a nice low position free riding. Tagged a couple of drops 2/3 mls again cruising at 15mph, but both said adious on level road pumping up to 22 mph!
Covid is bad but clearing the road of cars is just brilliant. Country lanes are definitely dangerous cos lunatics drive so crazy. I have lights blinking, flouro yellow jersey and still their wing mirror almost most clip FFs. Now itís pure bliss that they have been kept off the road!!
As am mainly doing tarmac I have locked the shoxs to hard, but for some reason it vibrates to soft - so got to sort that tomoz. Wish the blinking wind would stop blowing! Def a pain on a bike when you are headed :)
Did 20 miles yesterday and 8 the day before so will kick back Sunday with a couple of cool beers hopefully. Chilled avoiding the Covhead!

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