A Grand Ride-Out

Today the forecast was for sunshine (an improvement on what was predicted on Friday) so what to do?  Gloss paint our front door or go for a ride? Now much as a love seeing a DIY job complete, there was really no contest.


Our route out was by the direct easterly path shown above, which had us in Settle by 1030.  Time for tea – and for the lactose intolerant, something in place of cake – a bacon and black pudding butty 🙂  A fresh nappy for Weston Junior and it was time to hit the road again.  Since the first 17 miles had gone well we added a loop onto our return journey.  What a good move that was.  Whilst the climb took us to around 900 feet at Tosside, the gradient was always kind to us – good news when you are towing Junior in his trailer.  This proved a good spot for lunch.  Just a hamlet but with both benches and a loo.


The views from Tosside and from the road linking this to Holden were simply stunning. The Forest of Bowland is a truly lovely place, but this exceeded the norm.


In total the route was 37 miles, with just 1300 feet of height gain – finding a route as flat as this around here is an achievement in itself, but the gentle gradient up to 900 feet was icing on the cake given the views it afforded.  A great day…

Life behind a Metabike

Yesterdays picture showed the trailer hitch fitted to the back of the Metabike.  After a quick test ride in the dark and rain last night (true commitment) this afternoon Junior went out for his second bike ride.  Last Sunday behind the trike & today behind the more efficient Metabike.  It was cold and crisp, with the sun shining down on Lancashire as we headed out on our ride.  Stopping for tea after 9 miles I was delighted to be offered a whole menu of teas – what a refreshing change.  Warmed and re-hydrated we headed back into the countryside for another loop and then headed back home.  Am thinking about keeping a list for Junior entitled ‘great places I have slept through’  today’s ride around Whalley would be one of them.

Junior was happy enough to not notice he was 45 min late for his feed – praise indeed for the quality of the ride in his trailer.  And as for the Metabike – well I knew I was towing 17 kg, but it was way easier that using the trike.  The route was not so different, so I put the increase of 2.4 mph in average speed, over twice the distance down to the greater mechanical efficiency.  We were so lucky to get such a great day, free of rain, free of ice, in early January.  Good news as whilst 19 miles went fairly quickly, if we are to tackle the hills of the Yorkshire Dales in May my training will need to be effective over the coming months.

Sadly I was not able to take any pictures at the time, as it was past his nibs dinner time when we got home, & milk took precedence over photographs.

Addendum : Photo now available here.

Junior’s first bike (trailer) ride


ImageWhat could be better on a blustery 5th January than to go out for your first bike ride?  The wind was strong but other than this the climate was very mild for the UK at this time of year.  As you can see, Nathan takes after his dad in the delight he gets from being out on a human powered vehicle.  We just took a short spin of 8 miles around the local villages and kept the speed low going down hill at Mrs W’s insistence.  With 7 kg of child and 11 kg of trailer, gentle speeds were inevitable on the uphill sections.

We stopped a few times around to see how he was liking the experience and he seemed very happy with this new mode of transport.  With the front screen down on the trailer I doubt he really realised he was being pulled rather than pushed.  I wonder if he knew he was going 8-16 mph rather than the normal 3 mph?  For this first trip I used the trike as the tow vehicle.  It’s stability makes such things so hassle free.  If the mild weather continues I’ll need to fit out second hitch to the Metabike and see how this feels with a trailer behind it.  More technical I suspect, but rather less effort.  Let’s hope so as we have two short (4 day) family cycle tours planned for May/June.