Bicycle Races Are Coming Your Way…..

So forget all your duties oh yeah!
Fat bottomed girls they’ll be riding today,
So look out for those beauties oh yeah*

Well I have been threatening to do it for a while now and yesterday I took the plunge.

What is it they say? Act in haste, repent at leisure…

Good morning world and thanks for tuning in to another day here on Planet Magnet.

Yesterday, I once again added to my arsenal of things I need to do because I have the kit for doing them.

Another thing I have heard them say….

“All the gear and no idea…”

Looks like that could be me…..

So what exactly have I done?

Well if the picture at the top of the post doesn’t give it away – no I haven’t started riding around naked, yesterday I took a trip to my local bike store and bought myself a new Trek Mountain Bike!

An X-Caliber 8 to be precise….

A new Mountain Bike?

What must I have been thinking!!

Actually no, if I am honest I have been thinking about doing this for quite a few months now and have always held off until “a more suitable time”, but now it looks as though I might need a bicycle to get myself around on as my car may well be leaving my possession in the next month or so.
So instead of seeing this as a problem I have taken it as an opportunity. I have decided to take the plunge and get a bike that will be good for me both in health and also be a short term fix for a lack of motor car.

So I shall now consider myself one of the crazy masses who spend their weekends riding along trails, getting dirty, creeping up behind people and making them jump because I don’t have a bell (no way man, I’m far too cool for a bell…)

To be honest, I have, as I say been looking forward to getting a bike for some time now. Thus as ever I started my investigations a while ago, but looking into all of the various specifications and lists and frame sizes and brakes and gears etc etc I found I really wasn’t that interested in the bits that go onto the bike, I was more interested in purchasing locally, getting something that fitted correctly and something that would make a difference to my life. You see in the past I have spent months pawing over magazines (not those kinds of magazine…) and internet sites (and not those kinds of sites!) learning as much as I could about what was available. I have even had bikes custom built where I have spec’d every single nut and bolt, tyre bobble and hand grip. Yes I suppose it was fun but I think that is where it kind of ended a little for me. I was possibly too invested in the end product to really enjoy getting out on the bike.

Nowadays, as you are well aware I am far more likely to be found out walking on the Ridgeway or similar than I am to be found in a pub and it is that new found outdoors desire and my new interest in improving myself that leads the way on this charge. I think that it would be fair to say today I am only interested in the end product, so I can get on my bike and ride. However, it will be weird though as I don’t think I have ridden a bike in anger for a good 20 years or so. Yes I have have had little forays in and out of the cycling world during that time but I achieved nothing close to what would ever be considered as bettering my physical and mental health such as I plan this time.

So this weekend I shall collect the bike and the accessories (helmet – safety first, pump, inner tube, water bottle etc etc) and I shall look for somewhere quiet to go for a ride. I shall put on my metaphorical stabilisers and teach myself all about my new bike, find my balance and no doubt fall off….! I am both excited and nervous at this prospect and if I am honest, a little out of my comfort zone. As ever though I won’t go “hell for leather straight out of the gate” but shall take it steady and build up my stamina whilst I once again really enjoy my surroundings.

Well, thats the plan anyway!

‘Till tomorrow,

Stay out of the fridge

*Bicycle Race – Queen

20 thoughts on “Bicycle Races Are Coming Your Way…..

  1. sleeveforme22 says:

    Fantastic!! I haven’t been on a bike in probably 20 years myself, but love that you are going for it. Proud of you for going that route and look forward to reading about your peddling adventures!!

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  2. Emma says:

    Like a bat out of hell I’ll be gone when ………..(it stops raining I might chafe).

    This one really got me laughing !
    If we see a speedball with a sidecar we know it’s you & Archie !
    Have 🙂

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  3. Lynz Real Cooking says:

    Your picture drew me in Cameron!! Then as you started writing I thought what? Oh my nude racing? haha Good for you getting a bike! It sounds like fun, great exercise and a way to get around! You have to show us a picture of you on your bike? good luck

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  4. The Farmer's Diet says:

    That’s awesome! And that’s a great bike. If you live in an urban area like me, you’re going to rethink that bell thing though. It only takes one flip over the handlebars because some pedestrian didn’t looking before stepping off the curb to change your mind!

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  5. Blair (The Shameful Sheep) says:

    Okay, I was secretly hoping you were entering a nude bike race. Just for the hilarious story and awkward pictures of everyone. A bit twisted, yes. Anywho… I’ve been thinking about getting a proper bike, as well. I’ll be looking forward to see how it goes as a beginner. Good luck 🙂

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  6. jncthedc says:

    Great way to get around. Can see so much more of the countryside as well. I have a street style Trek and have covered thousands of miles. Started in my adolescent years with American Youth Hostels. I have always done it for fun and have completed some beautiful century rides. It’s easier on the joints than running and a wonderful form of stress relief. Enjoy the experiences.

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