Weekend ride 

Just getting over a nasty cold, so have not been out as much as I’d have liked, but did manage a 20 miler on Saturday.

From home, I rode to my uncles in Shoreham to drop off a DVD I’d bought him. I then ride back to Mill Hill, and from there, over to the Dyke. From the Dyke, I rode back towards Mill Hill, continuing on the South Downs Way as the road veered round to the left. 

I rode down to the Adur, crossing at the bridge, and up the Downs Link Trail until the South Downs way turning.

I ride up past the pig farm, and then turned left at the road, picking up the trail that leads down to the Sussex Pad / Lancing College.

From here, I cross the A27 and turned right, and rode along to the lancing roundabout, where I headed down into lancing and then along the seafront back home.

It was good to get some off road miles under the belt, as opposed to the road riding I’ve done recently.

I’d realised before the ride that my rear tyre was hurting.. there were some wear points in the side wall and the tread was quite worn in places.

So I ordered a new Maxxis Ikon from Wiggle, along with some more electrolyte tabs. 

Wanting to make the most of the daylight hours, I went for a quick ride after dinner on Monday, my standard 6.2 miler to the Worthing rowing club (where the cycle track ends).

I came a cropper just after Brooklands, managing to pick up 4-5 punctures, as evidenced by the leaking slime. I pushed the approx 1.5 miles home, where I inspected the tyre, and found a thorn of 12mm embedded.

Needless to say, I was relieved that this hadn’t happened off road in the previous ride, and glad that a new tyre was already on order.


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