A quick post to remind myself that I actually do ride bikes

I wanted to make a quick blog post to remind myself that I actually do ride bikes rather than just obsess about bags…

Our little riding group had become a bit neglected with everyone seeming to be busy with other projects / on holiday / recovering from injury etc. We had a bit of a press gang text message session and rounded up nine people for a ride around the woods in what turned out to be splendid Autumn sunshine.

After half an hour gossiping we decided that we really ought to ride those bikes

The ground was pretty boggy with a lot of standing water, I was still on badly worn Racing Ralphs (summer slick tyres) so there were plenty of comic sideways moments and tank slappers for added excitement.

We managed to cover just over 20 miles all in around some of the best singletrack that our part of the world can offer, we even managed to observe the minute silence as it was Remembrance day (11th Nov) which was quite a poignant moment whilst deep in the words with just bird song and distant ceremonial canon fire as a soundtrack.

The only downer was suffering an unrepairable puncture (torn tube by the valve and naughty, naughty no spare tube) two miles from home so had to ride home on the rim which was damn hard work on the old legs.

Anyway we all resolved to be out again next week, more riding posts to follow

OK, it would not be a duffbag blog post without a bag picture – here is a hydration pack that started off pristine but is now a bit muddy

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