I won’t even go into “sorry for not posting for so long” cause I am ashamed, by the lack of posts since early last year.
In short, I have been busy working a lot in real life. A lot has happened since last post on here. I did continue on with cycling, which has been a big part of my life so far.
I have quit my job and created a blog/website about my adventure which you can read at http://www.quitmyjobadventure.com/ it has its own FB page and such! I hope to post sometime soon again about something important, I want to keep this blog running as its been quite a while since my very first posts!
Tags: adventure, arnoldas, camping, cycling, life, london, posting, quit my job, quitmyjobadventure, touring
So, once again, I have not posted for a considerable amount of time…shame on me! I did thought that I have posted for last December, but I didn’t, and that is quite weird, I have disappointed myself a bit that I have missed on January as well. But, I was a bit busy that month, with essays coming along so fast and so forth. I did get myself a new SSD, it is as fast as you would think it is;-D I love it, it’s worth the money, now I just need some more space on it as well…128GB is not quite enough for all my needs!
I have cycled with shorts on through out the winter. We did not really had any massive snow storms here in London, I was lucky enough to be able to cycle everyday so far yet! I plan on getting a new bike, it is going to be fixed gear as well, so prepare for the madness of 2012!!!
oh wow…so I haven’t posted since July and I don’t really know why. I guess I was just procrastinating all the time about updating my blog! Well, maybe that is a good thing, because I actually have something to write about!
Firstly, the trip I did to Lithuania, was not successful. I had too many technicals and had to turn around before I have reached Germany’s border. The time that I have spent there, was special and it was such a great learning experience. Maybe one day I will dedicate a entire post about the trip. After that trip, me and my cousin, had cycled by coast from France to Holland and back, visiting Belgium. Of course, I still keep on cycling everyday to work and back, etc. And of course, there are big future plans for trips, can’t wait for the new season!
I have made several new purchases to improve my usage of the PC. I have bought razer black widow keyboard, which is a mechanical one. It is great, I love the clicking sound, I think I will never get bored of it. I will write a separate review for it as well, I need more time with it to decide if I am happy chappy with it. I have also bought a new graphics card, hd 5670 gddr5 1gb, it is great so far, starcraft runs beautifully! Also a new cpu, amd phenom II x6 black edition 1090t 3.2ghz, 8gbs of gskill ram. All I need right now is SSD hard drive I will certainly dedicate a couple of posts to my new rig, it is not complete yet!
I still work at TFix and still study at Open University. Except I have changed my studies to Leadership & Management. I just felt that this sort of degree would suit my future needs a bit more.
Over the weekend, I have completed Dunwich Dynamo. This was my first time I have done the ride and I then I cycled back home as well. Our group of four were one of the early leavers before 8pm, so that means we didn’t have to queue up at any of the food/petrol stations and so on. It didn’t rain through the night, but it was bombing down the rain on our way back home… The total mileage was probably over 400km, but my garmin did not log all of miles, the battery has died out. I still feel good, I did commute the next morning, no backside pains, no knee pains/injuries, muscles feel pumped up..ready to tour the europe now…
This Friday, I’m leaving to cycle to Lithuania. I’m cycling from my home to the Harwich ferry which will take me to Hook of Holland, then Ill cycle across Holland, across whole of north Germany to city of Kiel. There a ferry will take me to Lithuania’s port Klaipeda, then Ill cycle across Lithuania to the city of Alytus. This trip should take around a week in total, I’ll write up a detailed report when I have completed it.
Tags: 2011, alytus, cycling, dunwich dynamo, europe touring, ferry, germany, klaipeda, lithuania, netherlands
June has been so very busy for me, especially busy at work…a flood of new customers has flown in from our increased advertisement! Hopefully it will keep going like that for quite a bit.
I’m still cycling a ton, treated myself to a garmin 705. I’ll probably write a full review of it…it’s a great piece of kit, the only real downside is that it takes a bit of time for it to calculate the route in the city. I’ll probably be going to be touring in a good months time or more, not for long…a week long maybe, I’ll write more about it later as well. I almost just about found some time to write this post, just so I don’t forget about my blog…:D
I’ve also finished with one of my OU modules, the DD101, just waiting for the final feedback from my ramblings;p
Tags: camping touring, cycling, garmin, ou, work
I’m still cycling. Done quite a few rides, the most memorable ones are the night ride to Hastings and a pootle back to London, 250km. A ride to Cambridge and back, just under 220km. Usual weekend rides around London and it’s country side. I’m still working at TFixRepairs and still studying at Open University. There is only one TMA left for DD101 now and I’ll be finished with it! yay.
I’ve got almost all my new parts installed on the bike, new wheels, new cassette, rear mech, chain.
All is left now is to get new STI shifters and get my Tiagra chain set on as well as my 105 break calipers and the set will be completed!
Too bad I don’t have as much time for starcraft 2 or any other gaming, everything is devoted to cycling and full time work/study.
So, I’ve got some new pictures of my machine!
The frame was donated by my cousin, thanks to him! The wheels are mine (shimano rs 500). I will also change the chainset to my tiagra one. Since the currenct chainset is campaq, that means the bottom bracket is campaq as well…and campaq doesn’t go well with shimano. So I’ll have to change some things, e.g. the chain will be most likely shimano 105, I’ve got the rear mech already which is 105 as well. I’ll install the mech at the same time as the chain. I’ll also gonna be getting some black bar tape…:D
I also need a new seat too!!!
I’ve also completed my first century, 100km!. The route was London to Brighton and then from Brighton to Horsham, it was over 115km in total. I’m nackered! I’ve also done 40 miles the day before! and I’m doing another 50 tomorrow with some guys from cyclechat forum!
So wait for even more cycles later on!
Tags: 100km, brighton, campaq, cyclechat, cycling, horsham, london, long distance, shimano
Sorry, no new bike, no new bike pics
But instead….I decided to upgrade my old bike, part by part
This is my old chainset, which is clearly broken and has been used quite extensively…
And this is my new chainset! yayyy!!
I’m going to get new wheels, 700cc x 23, as well as a new shimano 105 cassette, new shimano 105 mech front & rear, new sram chain, new shimano STI levers, new shimano 105 breaks! I THINK! that’s about it…I’m not too sure if I listed everything, but keep a watch for new posts, and you might see my new baby coming to life!
Tags: broken, chainset, cycling, shimano, upgrading, vintage bike
So it’s March again…that means my birthday is soon, well actually it is on Wednesday, next week. I’m going abroad to celebrate it, its going to be a massive party, aww jeee, wohooooo.
I’m still studying hard, just finished my first TMA for U213, and I still have to do an essay for DD101, so the workload per month has increased already. There are so many books or U213!!!
I’m still cycling as well, I pretty much cycle every single day of the month. Lately I’ve been doing a lot of night cycling and I have to say it’s pretty f-king fantastic! There is less traffic, your body cools down faster, but you still stay warm, as long as you keep cycling Soon I’m going to cycle a few long distances, 50k to 100km are my targets these days, need to improve to something like 150-250km in a day!
I’m also planning to buy a bike after my birthday, so keep coming back to see if there are any new photos of my new bike ;-P
So this post is sort of an update on everything in my life that’s new and hasn’t been posted yet.
Firstly, I’ll write about cycling. Damn right cycling!
I’ve cycled quite a bit in January and I’ll try to cycle even more in February and so on. This is a chart that just shows how much I’ve cycled so far in total. I commute everyday to work and back. Planning to do a few rides to Brighton this month as well. We will see how that will go
University. So yesterday I finished my fourth assignment for DD101, so there are now three left, it is going quite good so far, the interest has not worn off yet. I’ve also started U213, the first assignment has to be due in just before my birthday, as well as the assignment for DD101, so I’ll be on tight schedule ;-P
I’ve also started working at www.tfixrepairs.com. We do professional elec tronic equipment repairs including computers, laptops, game Consoles and mobile phones. It is going great so far, I enjoy working there, we’ll see how that goes in the future as well.