Conversations at work.

It’s almost certainly a sign that the entire Ubyk team is passionate about the work we do, and the industry we work in, but never have I spent so much time talking to work colleagues about what we do…

Now, that my sound odd. But looking back at past jobs I would spend more time talking to colleagues about anything other than work, than we spent talking about work. Films, TV, cake, holidays… but almost certainly never anything ever work related. Clearly though I get paid now for my hobby… well, almost. And so does the rest of the team. So we’ll sit talking/squabbling over bikes, components, riding both inside and outside work.

Last Friday what stated as conversation inside work about how heavy the boss’s Zipp QR was, carried on into; sitting around the now empty closed shop, drinking beer, arguing over what sort of pump you should carry, and should it be on the bike or in your pocket. There is of course no right answer to this (I was arguing for a mini pump, plus gas canister, on the bike). To be fair, I think a lot of what we end up talking about has no right answer. Which is probably why we never reach a conclusion.

All of this is pretty nerdy… but it makes for a really good working environment.

Conversations at work.

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I had finally sorted myself with a new pair of gloves, some quite frankly ridiculous gloves, and sorted out my cold fingers. I started to make a really good headway into this years riding target of 2,368 miles, and yet somehow I’ve hurt my back.

Regardless of whether I think I could manage a ride, or brave the weather, I can’t actually lift my bike down from the spare room anyway. Which put an end to me trying to ride in January more miles than I rode in January-March last year. Although, as I’ve already admitted, that wasn’t really a tough target to beat. My boss James has somehow managed to make me see the bright side in this yesterday with this comment on FB; “Mate don’t be stupid, you come off and hit your head and that’s it. Game over! There is ice on my path so there must be ice in areas of Banbury! I’m actually oddly glad you can’t ride then.”

The secret oil that I’ve been testing is still holding strong. My intention was to write a review once hitting the monthly target, so this will need to wait a little while. I will however say that the chain is still running silently and cleanly after 186 miles. It does appear to be pretty awesome… even if my back isn’t. Although, this is possibly just because I’m old now…

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In need of new winter riding gloves.

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If anyone please has any suggestions, then please let me know.

I have been using these SealSkinz wind proof ones for a few years now, and despite being the warmest gloves I have used up to that point, they just don’t seem to cut it. They just don’t seem to keep my fingers warm at all.

Cold feet I can cope with, and can ride through, but cold fingers I cannot deal with at all. I have returned from cold rides unable to undo my shoes, or the clasp on my helmet, and have had to ask for help. I’m a grown man, that’s just plain embarrassing.

Above all else I find it painful, surely there are some gloves out there to keep my fingers warm and toastie…?

In need of new winter riding gloves.

Not starting as I mean to go on.

Clearly I may well come to regret this later in the year, but I’ve decided not to ride at all this weekend.

Rain was both forecast yesterday and actually happened, and today… well, today I just feel like having a rest. Not only that, but I’m rewarding myself with a fry up.

If you’re looking for some kind of justification from me as to why I am doing this, you won’t get one. I will however point you to how I refer to myself in the name of this blog.

Not starting as I mean to go on.

Eating cakes in the warm…

…instead of riding bikes in the cold.This was how I spent the last day of 2014 that I could’ve ridden. Although, I think I deserved it. Plus I’m old now (more on this coming soon).

I knew that I’d beaten the target that I’d belatedly set for the year, and whilst I could have made some headway into next years, I didn’t. I could give you load of reasons as to why I didn’t, but it would all be flannel. My total miles for this year then is 2,100, which was 86 miles over the target I set in August. However, that figure doesn’t include; the 76 miles of mountain biking I did, or the 77.5 miles of commuting, or the 6.3 miles I did test-riding the Look 795 Aerolite at the track around Lee Valley Velopark. Which would all combine to make the grand total of 2,260 miles. However… at the end of October I decided that I wanted to aim for 6,042 miles over 3 years.

So this leaves me with a target this year of 2,368 miles. So, here it goes…

Eating cakes in the warm…

Rain.

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This photo pretty much summed up that day’s riding, even though it was taken just as we were setting off.
This photo also pretty much sums up why I now won’t set off riding when it’s raining.
I’ve written about that day before, and I’ve talked about that day even more. You know, the Bristol day. The day we started off wet, got wetter, and never dried out.
My boss believes that I’m a glass half empty kind of guy… which maybe I am, but the liquid in the glass is rain… and I don’t like it. That day was the worst. It was terrible. It was out and out “the worst day of riding I ever did do.”
Now I’m more than willing to accept that maybe we didn’t set off with the most positive of attitudes towards the day ahead. Look at us there in the photo; heads down, trudging next to our bikes through puddles. And my brainbox has undoubtedly distorted my memories of that days riding into something that’s far more awful than it actually was. Now not only can I not get past it, I don’t think I want to. If it starts raining when I’m out I’ll get my head down and up my pace, trying to get home and out of it as quickly as I can. Which is probably another reason why I won’t set off in it. I ride to have fun, mostly, but getting my head down and trying to get around as quickly as I can doesn’t really sound like fun. It sounds like exercise.  It sounds like the gym…
Rain.

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With a ride today of 33 miles, bringing my weekly total to 66 miles, my yearly total now sits at 1,831 miles. So, with just 183 miles left to ride in 2 months, the 2,014 miles target is definitely achievable. With this mind I think then that it’s about time to say out loud next years target… thus making it real.

I’ve written before that it bugged me that I’d failed miserably of last years goal to ride 2,013 miles, so I’m going to make that up. Adding last years target of 2,013, to this years of 2,014, and adding 2,015 for next year will give me a 3 year goal of 6,042 miles. As of today, that would put me at 3245/6042. Or, to put it another way, behind… but I’m really looking forward to clawing those miles back.

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