First ride after Gorilla Guru BikeFit on day 25,346

Kings Lynn to Holkham Hall ride

Kings Lynn to Holkham Hall ride

On Sunday I went out for the day with Sally’s group, Sandringham & West Norfolk Cyclists for their Christmas run to Holkham Hall. ย In my case mainly to see if the Gorilla Guru bikefit had made any difference to my riding.

Iย did the 54 miles and 1,381 feet of ascent at an average speed of 15.1mph which for me is VERY good! the previous week I had only managed 14.5mph on a flatter circuit. The biggest difference seemed to beย in the climbing (TonyM stop laughing – I don’t live in The Rockies).

Here’s a Strava record of my 10 attempts at The Welcome To The Jungleย 68 feet monster hill with a gradient of 5.2% As you can see I demolished my previous attempts ๐Ÿ™‚

Date Time
1 Dec 18, 2016 2:37 14.0mi/h
2 Nov 23, 2014 2:43 13.5mi/h
2 Jun 13, 2014 2:43 13.5mi/h
4 Aug 3, 2014 2:44 13.4mi/h
5 Aug 23, 2015 2:45 13.3mi/h
6 May 11, 2014 2:50 12.9mi/h
7 Jun 12, 2016 2:56 12.5mi/h
8 Aug 21, 2016 3:00 12.2mi/h
9 Jun 12, 2016 3:02 12.1mi/h
10 Dec 4, 2016 3:12 11.4mi/h

So, yes, I think the fit has made a difference. The pain in my quads has largely gone, to be replaced by an overall aching which is probably due to my legs getting an additional 1″ of stretch each revolution.

Now the question is should I splash out on a new bike….

Gorilla Guru Bike fit on my 25,344 day.

After biking for over 62 years I thought it was time to go and get measured up, for the first time, at Gorilla Bikes with a super duper Guru bike fit.

I was recommended to visit by Mike of Sally’s cycling group SWNC to try Gorilla Bikes as they use the Guru Fit System fully automated bike fitting system rather than relying on the rather hit & miss manual system where changing bitsย is so difficult. Plus I love electro mechanical stuff so much. In fact I kept thinking with its galaxy of stepper motor driven slides we could have made one in my Cortex Controller days ๐Ÿ™‚

Measuring a bike

First stage of Guru BikeFit – measuring the bike

The first job was to measure up my Specalized Secteur & Dawes Galaxy bikes that I had lugged up to their shop in Oundle via a hire van.

The measurements were made a hell of a lot easier and more accurate by using a cheap laser crosswire generator, with the cross centred on the bottom bracket. This made it very easy to take of the measurements required using a rule with the laser line easily showing on the rule. Wonderful, I need to get one at home for my crooked shelves ๐Ÿ™‚ Of course my mind immediately whizzed back to my Cortex days and thinking how all the measurements could be taken with a video or even iPhone camera and directly inputted into the Guru system ๐Ÿ™‚

Once measured it was upstairs to face the Gorilla Guru machine leaving the bikes downstairs. All the measurements were inputted in for both bikes. I then at to stand barefoot so the Guru could measure me. Turns out I’m still 1,814mm (5′ 11′) tall with a shoulder width of 413mm (16.3″) and an inseam of 807mm.(32″) ย ๐Ÿ™‚

Guru Bike

Guru BikeFit sans handlebars and seat

Once measured, onto The Guru I went with handlebars and saddle chosen to match the Specalized and away I pedalled. First thing was to inspect the cleats where it was immediately found I had them fitted to far back, Apparently the cleat has to be under the ball of your foot. So with new cleats fitted in the correct position I was of again only to find after a short while my left knee was hurting. So the left cleats ‘float’ was changed slightly. Just small changes such big effects.

Then for the bike fit itself! the Guru saddle moves forward and up and down on electric slides as do the handlebars/ Totally amazing to feel the change as the saddle went up by nearly an inch and forward by nearly an inch. Incredible to watch the power meter zoom up for no increase in apparent effort ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ Jimmy decided to swap out the handlebars for a narrower pair and twist the hoods in a little, big increase in comfort levels plus bringing the bars in a bit helped. Not convinced about lowering them as I could detect an increase in back pain although that could be I’ve ย been that I’m so used to my sit up and beg position after all these years.

Bike setup info from the Guru

Bike setup info from the Guru

A very worthwhile morning (3.5hrs) and for ยฃ200 pretty good value especially for a techie like me ๐Ÿ™‚ Here is the pdf Geoff Jones GuruReportย ofย all the measurements and angles etc etc. Absolutely no attempt to flog me a new bike ๐Ÿ™‚ although I’ve commissioned them to set the Specalized up with new narrower handlebars / shorter stem / rotate the hoods and to obviously move the saddle to its new higher and forward position with collection tomorrow. It will be interesting to see how I perform on this Sunday’s SWNC Xmas ride.

The Dawes couldn’t, at this time, be adjusted as they don’t deal in antiques so they couldn’t help with a shorter quill stem although interestingly the Dawes already has a shorter crank which I found more comfortable when I tried the 170mm crank setting on ย The Guru BikeFit



End of Morocco bike trip. Lifeday 25,324

Cambridge to Morocco with a trip to Ibiza

Cambridge to Morocco with a trip to Ibiza

I’m returning home from Rabat today 76 days after leaving Cambridge. Although I’ve returned back to the UK ย a couple of times. Once from La Rochelle and once from Zaragoza both times with Ryanair. Total days in the saddle including the time when I was biking around Ibiza with Sally was 39 days and distance covered 2,218 miles (3549km) and ascended 92,287 feet (28,129 metres) or 2,300 feet per day ๐Ÿ™‚

It’s been a very pleasurable ride and I really enjoyed Spain, apart from the dreaded section from Malaga to Sabinillas. Which interestingly I met at breakfast this morning a guy from Munich who is cycling from Malaga to Agadir and he agreed ๐Ÿ™‚ I don’t envy his rde today in thunderstorms and the dreaded headwind! I wonder if he will hop on a bus again.

All the hotels have been OK with the most expensive at well over ยฃ100, of course at to be a ย pub in the UK. The cheapest were a couple of places in Spain charging ยฃ21 per night. Overall I’ve spent ย about ยฃ2,500 on accommodation for the 58 nights I’ve slept away so about ยฃ44 per night mainly with breakfasts.

The reason for returning earlier than anticipated is that the weather in Morocco is now atrocious, heavy rain & high head winds. So really it’s gone from a very pleasant ride to a bit of an ordeal.

The boxed up bike

The boxed up bike

Ryanair insist the bike is in a box, so the very friendly owner of Hotel Lutece in Rabat took me around to the local courier in the next street who gave me free run of their empty used cardboard boxes. I at to dismantle the bike a lot more than I normally do to get the bike in a box that would fit in Nick’s car back at Stansted.

I’ve blogged every moving day and the text of all the posts is in a pdfย hereย or you can view them all in this link

Kenitra to Rabat. Lifeday 25,320

Which way around the puddle?

Which way around the puddle?

I woke up to the rain and finished my ride in the rain, in between I saw blue sky for perhaps 5 minutes.

Thank goodness today was only a short ride of 24 miles and 559 feet of ascent as it just hammered down. The worse problem was the gigantic puddles everywhere, as my son Nick will tell you, cycling through puddles is very fraught, as you cannot see the potholes! but going around is equally fraught with the oncoming traffic. So not very pleasant. The road was also very busy since the motorway is a toll road everyone seeks to avoid it ๐Ÿ™

Lovely rain in sunny Morocco

Lovely rain in sunny Morocco

Coming into Rabat over the bridge was equally a problem as cyclists aren’t allowed so I had to navigate over to the footpath on the other side of the bridge.

I was soaked, but was very pleased to arrive at the previously booked Hotel Lutece. The hotel is very pleasant so I’m here until I go home on Saturday.

Yep, I’ve decided to go ย home on Saturday via Ryanair, after 2,000 miles of biking. I’m leaving mainly because of the weather as rain is forecast at least for the next week. Cycling on wet, busy roads in Morocco is not the most relaxing. Also the bike is in need of TLC, the saddle bag mount has broken and the gears are not at their best after 6,000 miles of wear plus the rear wheel is slightly buckled.

Free market at work!

Free market at work!

Now the problem is to locate a cardboard box for the bike or do I go to the souk and get a carpet bag made…….

The pictures of the day are here