It has recently been pointed out to me that I haven’t written anything on the blog recently, well there are two reasons for this:
1) I have been rather busy, here in the house we have recently had a new bathroom put in (which is very nice now), closely followed by a number of visitors which was great fun but very tiring. Also I have just started a new contract, which means a new longer commute (which I will get round to writing about as it is quite an enjoy able ride) and also I have been working hard to finish up work left over from my last contract (ah the joys of self employment).
2) I have been too lazy to sit down and write anything, although there have been things happening in my life which I have thought ‘this would make a good blog post’.

Well maybe I should just write a wee bit about my new ride to work. The new commute is 11.5 Km (about 7 miles) out of town to the Bush Estate and far more mixed than the old route, which was really just a sprint (down hill on the way out and up hill on the way home). I now have a mix of up and down in both directions, although most of the up is on the way out. Also working out of town means that I am now going against the flow of the bulk of the traffic in both directions, not that this makes a big difference on a bike, but it is nice not to have to negotiate a way through long queues of stationary traffic and instead just watch them building up in the opposite direction. The fact that it is currently the school holidays also helps, as there isn’t the stupidity of the school run to contend with.

Then there is the hill, in this case Liberton Brae. Those who know Edinburgh will understand my apprehension the first time cycled up it, but I found it wasn’t as bad as I expected. I only had to resort to the granny ring once for a short stretch, whether I will be quite so sanguine when cycling into the teeth of a South Westerly gale remains to be seen. Coming down Liberton Brae on the other hand is great fun, I reached a top speed of 59.3 Km/h (36.8 mph) against the wind and without even trying hard. As the road is quite wide and I was using the bus lane, I took a certain delight in free wheeling past a car travelling at the 30 mph speed limit, especially as this was perfectly legal. Section 84 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 specifically states that speed limits apply to ‘the driving of motor vehicles on that road’. As I was free wheeling at time and not even trying hard, it is unlikely that I could be charged with ‘pedalling furiously’, an offence under the Town Police Clauses Act 1847.

Of course the problem with coming down such a hill 3/4 of the way though your commute is that you want to try and keep the average speed up. So it was that I was pushing my self the final section (all up hill) and arrived home panting heavily, with a big grin having achieved an average speed of 29.9 Km/h (18.6 mph). As to whether I can keep this up remains to be seen…