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Cycling goals for 2018

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  1. unhurt
    Member

    Someone will make this sooner or later, so!

    Mine are: to go more places on a bike, including on the criminally under-utilised mountain bike. Get muddy. Assume falling off will happen, cultivate a zen-like acceptance of this.

    Sub-goal: Do this with a slightly smaller heap of my worldly goods strapped to the bike than in the past.

    (Unrealistic goal: that I cannot stop thinking about since they opened the all-season highway extension from Inuvik.)

    Posted 1 year ago #
  2. wingpig
    Member

    Finish tensioning my spare rear freehub wheel so that I need never remove the winterspikes from the wheel onto which I intend to fit them.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  3. amir
    Member

    Mine is the same as 2017 - ie enjoy it and don't fall off (badly).

    More specifically, all being well, I'd like to do an SR series, so audax events of length 200, 300, 400 and 600 km. But we'll see!

    Posted 1 year ago #
  4. sallyhinch
    Member

    1. Not start any more cycle campaigns
    2. Toying with maybe doing a bike maintenance course. One where I actually have to do a lot of the basics over and over again until I can actually physically do them rather than covering a lot of theory.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  5. crowriver
    Member

    1. Keep riding for utility purposes like I do now.
    2. Whittle down the bike collection further.
    3. Do some longer rides again, and at least one audax (probably in the summer).
    4. Do a bit of touring or cycle camping like I said I'd do this year but didn't (too wet in the summer).
    5. Enjoy it and don't set unrealistic goals (without reneging on the above).

    Posted 1 year ago #
  6. Greenroofer
    Member

    Mine will be:

    • Not do a century ride each month, so that I can...
    • ...concentrate on actually completing the Time Crunched Cyclist's Ultra-endurance 11-week training plan properly
    • Do a 400km ride (quite possibly home from the in-laws' via Ride to the Sun)
    • Consider carefully whether I should join Audax UK
    • Use the excuse of it being a very special birthday next year to expand my stable by one, subject to obtaining the necessary financial authorisations from the powers-that-be. I was thinking Shand...
    • Have lots of fun rides with the family
    • Whatever I do, enjoy my cycling

    Posted 1 year ago #
  7. Mine are simple:

    (1) To have another accident-free & puncture-free year

    (2) Not to stress too much if I don't feel like riding because I'm tired / it's too windy / too icy

    (3) To just enjoy riding the bike

    Posted 1 year ago #
  8. chdot
    Admin

    “(2) Not to stress too much if I don't feel like riding because I'm tired / it's too windy / too icy”

    I hope CCE has encouraged more people to cycle more.

    I also hope it hasn’t added any I ‘must’ cycle pressure.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  9. chdot
    Admin

    Advice from CCEers on equipment, clothing and ‘dealing with things’ has helped/encouraged people.

    Everyone has their own way of balancing risk/reward (not just related to cycling).

    Not being as brave/foolhardy as others is nothing to be ashamed about!

    Posted 1 year ago #
  10. chdot
    Admin

    “1. Not start any more cycle campaigns”

    Didn’t Sally say that last year!(?)

    Posted 1 year ago #
  11. paddyirish
    Member

    1. Maintain the bike better eg. change the chain before it means a new cassette.
    2. Do lots more exploring including...
    3. ...finding a new route to work
    4. Use lunchtimes to explore the Pentlands
    5. Do a couple of long overseas rides
    6. Do a Coast to Coast ride here
    7. Compete a BRM Audax
    8. See if I can fit in a 300km Audax

    Posted 1 year ago #
  12. @chdot When I started cycling in 2006, I used to ride all through the winter, in ice and snow and freezing rain. For many years I managed without any mishaps, until the fateful morning of the black ice. It was 4C outside, so I didn't think there'd be any issues. I came off the bike 5 times on that ride to work, wrecking the derailleur, lights and my clothing (not to mention giving myself a substantial covering of deep bruises). I ended up walking the last mile to work (and even then I struggled to stay on my feet due to the iced paths), and I had to have the bike picked up and driven home as it was so damaged that it was unrideable.

    The following year, I came off on ice going through chicanes near Craigleith, narrowly missing smacking my face off the metalwork and spraining my wrist.

    After that, I decided that the increasing likelihood of much worse bodily damage was no longer worth the risk, so I've stop riding to work when there's a risk of ice. My bike doesn't have the clearance required to fit studded tyres, so I just sit out the worst of winter and stick to using the turbo indoors to stop myself getting rusty.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  13. acsimpson
    Member

    I'm sure I'll add to my list as the current year ends but here's a start:

    1) Ride the Belach na Ba (hopefully both ways)
    2) Commute more times than this year (hopefully at least 60 by the end of the month)
    3) Sort out the garage (3 new bikes in the last 12ish months haven't been integrated properly yet).
    4) Take the mountain bike our more often (not hard as it's only been off road while on loan this year)
    5) Complete another century ride

    Posted 1 year ago #
  14. unhurt
    Member

    @chdot I assume this is @sallyhinch's Rolling Resolution, reused every year.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  15. sallyhinch
    Member

    Yup. Last year was the first time I achieved it as well. Going for a two-year streak

    Posted 1 year ago #
  16. Rosie
    Member

    For various reasons I did almost no leisure cycling this year. Next year getting out on the bike at weekends at all will seem an achievement.

    If I do, resolution is not to treat the places I cycle through as "cycle over" country but to stop and look at something eg the Shale Museum in Pumpherston, the Bings near Broxburn, the Parish Church in Kirkliston.

    2nd resolution is to clean my cycle more frequently.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  17. ejstubbs
    Member

    My goal will be to do some mountain biking. This is in large part because I bought myself a mountain bike last weekend (albeit with a view to...doing some mountain biking).

    I haven't told the missus yet...

    Posted 1 year ago #
  18. paddyirish
    Member

    I haven't told the missus yet...

    Maybe your goal should be not to have your legs broken so you are able to ride the bike...

    Posted 1 year ago #
  19. Baldcyclist
    Member

    I guess I need to become obsessed again, it appears I'm an all or nothing type.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  20. DaveC
    Member


    paddyirish
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    5. Do a couple of long overseas rides
    6. Do a Coast to Coast ride here

    I can help with both! (but you might not like to come on my planned cycle abroad.

    But seriously, I did the Scottish Coast to Coast a few years ago, and enjoyed it. I have the guide book if you want to borrow it, and can ride it with you if you like. Pick a warm sunny weekend late in the summer and I'll ride it with you.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  21. DaveC
    Member

    Me:

    1) Ride my bike more than 2017
    2) Complete another Audax Series Randonneur.
    3) Ride my mountain bike more - after getting the new forks on my bike.
    4) Ride the 'Borders of Belgium' in Sept 2018.
    5) Commute more.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  22. Trixie
    Member

    My goal is very modest. This year I went from a wobbly 1 to an easy 15+ miles in my legs before the weather got grim. Achieved by riding purely for the fun of it. By wintery time next year I'd like to double that but still keep it fun.

    Oh and get confident enough to take to the road more.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  23. fimm
    Member

    Well I seem to have set some fairly ambitious (in terms of the amount of training required) running goals for next year. So I better set some cycling ones too:

    1) keep cycling and do some longer rides
    2) get and use a mountain bike
    3) get rid of the bike frame and other bits of bike we don't want

    Posted 1 year ago #
  24. ARobComp
    Member

    Convince wife to let me buy a Vanmoof Electrified S. Rode one last week in Amsterdam and it's like riding dutch magic. The mudguards were particularly effective*.

    Combine this with baby seat/trailer to mean that I don't need second car.

    (*People of Amsterdam disturbed by a man in tweet quilted jacket repeatedly riding through puddles in a small park while filming it on his phone to send to wife)

    Posted 1 year ago #
  25. Greenroofer
    Member

    @Trixie - excellent!I'm not sure there are many on here who can say they increased their longest ride 15-fold this year. Isn't it amazing how distances that once seemed impossible suddenly seem quite achievable. Of course with your current rate of progress you'll actually need to do a 225 mile ride next year...

    I think you'll surprise yourself (if you want to!) by how quickly you feel ready to knock off the 30 mile ride.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  26. gembo
    Member

    For 2018 I want to get smooth.

    Smoother gear changes and smoother interactions with the mad drivers in the mean streets of Edinburgh.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  27. Trixie
    Member

    Thanks, Greenroofer. *chuckles* I'll never reach the dizzying heights of a 15-fold increase again. I'm going to savour it.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  28. DaveC
    Member

    @Trixie, Never say Never!! It is easier than you think and fun* too!

    * - type 2 fun.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  29. HankChief
    Member

    I'm still pondering mine and they might not all be compatible...

    They're something like this

    - return to doing a century ride each month
    - bike packing adventures with the kids
    - >300 days on the bike
    - Roseburn TRO process concluded

    & this caught my eye...

    Posted 1 year ago #
  30. Frenchy
    Member

    Don't think I'll be able to beat this year's distance next year, but will give it a shot anyway.

    A 50 mile ride every month.
    Explore plenty of new bits of the Lothians.
    Cycle 1000km in one month.
    Have at least a couple of multi-day cycle adventures.
    Cycle to Roslin.
    Get properly stuck in to organising PoP.

    Posted 1 year ago #

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