Tuesday 13 Dec – Clean bike

Picked up my sparkling clean bike this morning.

Nigel at Clean Bike Clinic as usual has done an amazing job.

Tiger is looking very sparkly and more importantly is now protected with ACF 50 for riding in the winter.

But obviously the shock of being so clean was a bit much, as when I went to put the bike up on its centre stand in my shed, Tiger decided it was time for a nap!

Luckily no damage, as it gently landed on junk piled at the side.

But had to go and get my neighbour to help me lift it upright. Duh!

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Sunday 11 Dec – Rye

A great day to practice some mindfulness:
mindfulness
ˈmʌɪn(d)f(ʊ)lnəs/
noun
  1. the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something.
  2. a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.

Or as us bikers call it “going for a ride” !

I start off with no particular destination in mind, but as I ride along I decide to head down to Rye. So plug it into my Garmin Zumo 595 and follow the route given.

As it turns out this is the route that I usually take to ride back from Rye, so although I recognise the roads, I usually see it from the opposite direction!

The roads are quite damp  and a little slippery , so concentration is needed, especially on the last stretch of road  from Newenden to Rye

Can someone tell me why drain holes/covers are so often situated in corners,  right on the biking line?  I always wonder this when my bike slips on one, like it did coming into Rye!

I park up on the Quay. There’s only about half a dozen bikes here and a couple of blokes sitting having a chat. So I decide  to go to  the cafe across the road for some lunch-ham egg and chips and a mug of tea, perfect.

Back to the my bike, and a few others have lined up next to my Santa Tiger

The lure of the sea is as always great, so I decide to ride home via Hastings.

View of Hastings Pier in the low winter sun.

The roads are a lot drier on the way back home, so I’m comfortable going a little faster-which is always good for the soul :0)

Back to East Grinstead and I drop my bike off ,ready for it to be pampered tomorrow by Clean Bike Clinic with a full clean and polish and more importantly a full application of  ACF 50  to keep it protected over the winter.

It’s then an easy walk down the hill to Beer Club at The Old Mill.

Beer Club is our Sunday afternoon tradition- a chance for mates ( biking or otherwise) to get together over a pint of beer or glass or three of wine and talk bikes, food, life in general or just general bollocks – there’s much more of the latter as  the beer kicks in!

A photo had to be taken today when we realised that three of us, John, myself and Sharon had all worn  TT Assen ( MotoGP) T shirts …great minds and all that!

Beer Club is always a great end to a day’s riding.