Fathers Day weekend

One day off mid-summers day and the sun finally comes out in the afternoon.  It’s been freezing this weekend.  Just 4 short rides.  After golf on Saturday morning I rode over to Dad.  A quick visit before Father’s day is so much more personal than a card  – and cheaper.  I woke him when I pressed the buzzer.  Through bleary eyes he saw me on the security camera.  I was in my Marmite cycle jersey.  Blazened across the back in big letters it says “Hates Jams”  Unfortunately I’d turned around and all he saw through his bleary eyes was a guy in a black crash helmet with “Hates Jews” on his back.  He must have thought the Klu Klux Klan had arrived.  Fortunately when I turned round he recognised me – not a  great feat as I am virtually clone of him.  What a great looking guy he is – and for all you lucky ladies, there just happens to be a slot in his bridge harem – experienced ladies only need apply – 2 no clubs if you know what I mean.

Anyway, I left Dad and went home and found I’d left my keys indoors and added another 18 miles to my journey when I went to pick up Lesley’s keys. 

On Sunday I did some hill climbing work in practise for my Alpine adventure on Thursday – can’t wait.  Then a quick ride to the Harlequin Centre in Watford.  Why is it that people look at you as if you’re naked when you’re in lycra shorts and a Marmite top and wandering through a shopping Mall?

Then it’s Hot Colin time.  Colin was not cycling this weekend. He has hurt his foot with some heavy duty cycling (see blog of 13th June – Old bull/young bull).  Colin is my neighbour and a whizz on computers and came round to sort out my website and set up my new Garmin Sat- nav.  The first one is going back as the altitude showed me at 65,450 feet when I was in my kitchen and down as low as -10,400 feet.

And how is the new bike going I hear you ask.  Well I’m pleased to say that Specialized are replacing and upgrading my wheels.  The new ones are the Roval Fusee SLs RRP£699.  They are 20 grams lighter with a carbon hub on the front and alloy flanges.  The rear wheel has Swiss made internals, ratchet and cassette body and DT aerolite butted and bladed spokes.  As soon as the titanium quick releases come in they can have their loan wheel back.

Welcome to the world of bike geekdom where a fool and his money are more easily parted than in the golfing world.  Fortunately the upgrade is complimentary!

Looking forward to this weeks trip to the French Alps. 4 am start.  Technology permitting I’ll be blogging.


About marmiteman

Marmite man will be cycling 1000 miles over 10 days from Land's End to John O'Groats raising money for Mark Carey. My wife Lesley & grandsons Jake, Callum and Dylan and their Auntie Vicky are the support crew - not that they will be around during the day!
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