First bike ride in a fortnight since I crashed (twice) in one day on tram tracks (trams should be banned, btw). I figured since I’d done a shedload of miles in the last month that I’d be relatively quick, but was over a minute down on one climb and wheezing like bagpipes, and the ride was tiny.
I’m putting it down to humidity and allergies I think… :-)
"Heat exhaustion results from a decrease in blood pressure and blood volume. This is due to the loss of fluids and electrolytes when exposed to the heat for a prolonged period of time.
As well as general fatigue, symptoms include, feeling sick, faint and heavy sweating. The skin will be flushed and hot to the touch, heart rate elevated and the rider may also complain of feeling dizzy and appear confused.
“Any rider displaying these symptoms should stop cycling immediately and find somewhere cool out of the sun. They should be given fluids to sip, ideally water or a sports drink, and may be cooled with a wet flannel or light spraying with cool but not cold water. They should recover within 30 minutes but, if they are still displaying symptoms after this time, contact the emergency services.”
In spite of what you might have read on cycle forums about “manning up”, if you start to feel sick out in the heat, take a break and make sure you are hydrated.
In a new study, men that biked the most also had the most cases of prostate cancer. But here’s why guys shouldn’t hang up their wheels.
As long as there have been men riding bikes, there has been controversy about men’s health…
One thing worth mentioning, is that cycling makes you live longer  and the longer you live, the greater the chance of contracting prostate cancer.
Prostate problems are very common in older men and it’s well worth being aware of it. http://prostatecanceruk.org
There are six of you in the medium-sized urban area where I live in Washington state, aka the “best” place in the country for cycling, according to the League of American Bicycling. Of those six shops, there is one female employee between them all. One.
I have tried over the years to…
Two weeks ago, and in a moment of wanting to do things ‘properly’ for once, I took my unimpressively labelled road bike to my LBS who mocked it, said it would take 4 days to service and talked me round to a whole drivetrain replacement, that to be honest I knew it needed.
Problem was it was just before a 300 mile, hardest event of my life type trip and I didn’t get much time for a shakedown.
Got it home, tugged the rear brake and the cable flew out the calliper. The calliper being the reason I figured I’d get it looked at in the first place. Quick release was totally shot, so next morning I had to go to the nearest city and get a new one and fit it myself. And cut in half the shakedown ride.
When you “fix” a calliper, I’d expect you to maybe, oh, I dunno, give the lever a tug and see? So very, very glad it didn’t give out on a downhill.
Shakedown seemed OK otherwise but something was rattling and I was out of time.
So, literally two miles into the 300 miler, the rear derailleur snaps, taking out the cassette, the rear wheel and the chain.
If the ride didn’t have exceptional support and a couple of mechanics that gave me a spare bike and rebuilt mine properly this time, I’d have had to bail.
I’m still to angry to go round and yell at the LBS, and anyway, they’re not getting near this bike or any other I own ever again.
"Oh, you were buying your stuff of the *internet*???"
Yep. And not doing so this time was a huge mistake.
Every year I promise myself I’ll not totally stop riding over the winter and every year I stop anyway.
There always an excuse, this winter was the house move from hell followed by months of storms, but I’ve had to work so much harder this year just to stand still that I can’t go through that again next spring.
So I’m going to destroy my road bike commuting through the winter, maybe finally get a cheap mountain bike for weekends, and set a goal for Strava miles on the turbo.
I’m guessing there are things to sign up for too. I find signing up for Sportives is the best way to have a target, as fear kicks in a couple of weeks from the start, so maybe there are Strava “races” to go in for too.
What's the most important part of getting your bike serviced?
Put my bike in to get the rear brakes fixed. They then rightly upsold me on a new chain set which was fair enough as I knew it was overdue, but they then did a crap job of getting the brake cable back in the cable holder and the calliper is now useless.
I suspect it was useless before, but that was what I wanted them to fix or replace! Gah!
I’ve spent an hour with it tonight and it is most definitely shot.
Am SO glad I tested the brakes before I went out on the bike as there’s a nice 20% decent I was about to go down.
Can’t remember the last time I was this angry about something that didn’t involve a solicitor…
“I wish we had more episodes. I’d love to have 13 episodes. With 13 episodes, we could include smaller scenes that we had to cut, scenes that make the story deeper and richer.”—
George R. R. Martin, speaking to Dana Jennings about how his “A Song of Fire and Ice” series of novels compares to HBO’s Games of Thrones television show.
Given the massive ratings success HBO is seeing with Thrones, it seems insane that they wouldn’t okay more episodes if asked. Yes, the show is hugely expensive to produce but it’s now HBO’s most successful series — ever. Plus, ten episodes each season isn’t enough for me either.
So, Christmas for Apple developers happened this week. The implications for seasoned developers has been well covered now that the shock has died down a little, but for us part-time and time challenged types, what are the implications of a new language, playgrounds and the inevitable changes in X-Code?
I know the NDAs are less severe this year, but there’s one thing I’ve seen covered in the press that is huge that is probably still under NDA which refers to auto-layout, so I’ll be a bit vague…
Apple have been pushing us down an auto layout route for a while now and with storyboards and playgrounds and the new language, the way you approach an app will be very different. So much so that I wonder whether we’ll start to blur what we think of as an iPhone app and an iPad app.
Some of the new bells and whistles also mean that for casual developers such as me, there really is less and less excuse not to just go all out and throw proper animation at apps, rather than what I’ve been doing so far.
As for Swift, I can finally look at code and instantly understand what it is doing.
My background is also very much in C like languages, but Objective C has always seemed very counter-intuitive to me with all the weird ornamentation.
I don’t know how I’ll get used to not using semi-colons in my code though.
So, overall I’m delighted and the yet another re-write of my perpetually unreleased app begins again.