M74 Bike and Hike

What a nice day.

Weather wise not the greatest with heavy rain showers and gusty winds but for us it was great. Went down as a family – cycling the 5km to Shields Road where the ride was starting from. Ruby (age6) is getting very good at cycling on the roads in traffic … this time escorted by Jolene on the Yuba Mundo in front and me on the Klein mtb behind.

last time we see this on a bike

Met up with some friends who had also made the journey.

Pinned numbers

ruby on her great islabike
Jolene and Bella on the Yuba Mundo

Then we were off.

under construction

Only did the 4km loop with family as they had cycled down and we were cycling a further 5km to the West End for lunch afterwards … I think 30 odd km for a 6 year old might have us reported to Childline.

Tom raring to go

When we finished Tom and I quickly did the 14km route … quickly may be more apt when heading east with the wind behind us – but turning around we faced that devil but still made steady progress on our return. One roadie zoomed past us – I am guessing the roadies did their race much earlier.

the Brommie Squad

A big shout out (apart from that to family and friends) goes out to the Brompton posse – regulars readers will know I have one and I am a big fan – but this is a Glasgow group of cycling advocates and seemingly great people that I hardly had the chance to natter to as I went to take their pic ….


Easter Monday potter on the bikes

A lovely morning so loaded up the small Islabike and headed west to the parks and the canal.

heading west

Bella was on the back of the Yuba Mundo with her little bike strapped to the side – a few roads to go on and not yet safe enough for an unskilled 4 year old

over the shoulder shot

then to the west where we stopped for a bite to eat … before heading to Kelvingrove park where the girls cycled and tired themselves out.

crazy lunchtime

So on the way back it was a bit of this

bodged up bike carrier

followed by this

the ride home

I escaped on the bike – a day less working

Managed to escape the edit and get out in daylight … we went as a family down the road to Mono to hear a music session. Frightened Rabbit were playing one of our favourite bands … first however past an exhibition where we spent £250 on a new painting for the house ….

at the lights

Ruby 6yo rode her IslaBike and Bella was on the back of the Yuba Mundo … I got to ride the Klein Single Speed – sexed up with the (easy to puncture) Schwalbe Fat Frank white treads.

There is alway time to stop and practise balance with the family – a life work balance

Fat Frank tyre review

Fat Franks are useless – after the third puncture in as many months have put on schwalbe marathon plus tires complete with slime filed tubes. No good on the yuba although may put them on the Klein….


UPDATE: Since put on my Klein – see the look here …

quick escape and a few miles down

motion-X map

Quick ride at 4pm as Jolene and the girls were coming back from swimming – Ruby (now 6yo) was doing only her 2nd ride to the West End (glasgow) which is just over 5km each way. in between was a 40 min swimming class which always wipes her out so thought I would meet them on their way home to give Ruby a moral boost and also to make sure she was safe on the road

10km happy yawn

Took a bit of coaching at the end – but she was insisting on doing it – we were going to strap the bike on the side of the Yuba if she was tired … but she wouldnt give up despite complaining.

electric yuba and the second of the norwegian firefighting team

Went to meet them on the Brompton – getting used to the slightly small wheels and noticing the bumps – but a solid well-made bike and I am loving it.

Brompton - S6L brooks and schwalbe marathon upgrade
Name: Track 023
Date: 3 Oct 2010 5:19 pm
(valid until Nov 2, 2010)
Distance: 7.84 kilometers
Elapsed Time: 35:34.6
Avg Speed: 13.2 km/h
Max Speed: 35.0 km/h
Avg Pace: 04′ 32″ per km
Min Altitude: 81 m
Max Altitude: 107 m
Start Time: 2010-10-03T16:19:53Z
Start Location:
Latitude: 55.860547º N
Longitude: 4.223120º W
End Location:
Latitude: 55.860423º N
Longitude: 4.222976º W


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