Warmer and drier weather mean that far more folk take to the paths and trails on two wheels or two feet. Nothing wrong with that. But for those newly venturing the off-road greenery take care if you end-up surrounded by large-leaved plants like the one pictured which is Giant Hogweed. River-side banks are covered in these toxic plants whose sap can, when exposed to sunlight on skin, cause bad ‘burns’. Take care along river banks, the local Nature Trail and certain areas of the Manchester arm of the Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal. Plants around there are massive and many already – they grow fast to seed – and can reach well over ten feet in height.
An old railway bridge near Radcliffe Halt (Black Lane Station) will be demolished in the next few days so a picture has been taken. At one time trains from Radcliffe came up what is now Banana Walk, went under Ainsworth Road, and then under this bridge on the way to Bolton (etc). The place is now a building-site for new homes along Station Close.
Rainy weather deems staying indoors (a bit!) so the two-wheeled oopart can be ‘serviced’.
(Picture from last May)
A broken spoke in the back wheel, cog-side, was replaced – wheel out, tyre, tube and tape off, cog off – and the wheel (an old steel 700c) trued-up. Tape back, tube back and a new tyre fitted – the old one was down to the canvas nearly – and it’s much better for (literally) everyday use. Front tyre is worn but fitting one at a time is easier on the wallet! For general use Schwalbe Land Cruisers seem to give good mileage. For a more ‘sporty’ bike Schwalbe Delta Cruisers, with a lower tread pattern, work well – all have ‘Puncture Protection’. The latter are slightly more expensive but both types, for regular cyclists, last well.
Bottom-bracket cup and washer was tightened a thread or two and old brake-blocks – that were prone to ‘screaming’ – changed for slightly more expensive but softer rubber. Screaming gone.
A drop of oil works wonders and the (very cost-effective) old steely is back on the road. And occasionally on the dirt.
A drop or two of rain around the old canal ‘oopart’ but no problem on the bike.
A couple of pics taken literally in Bury centre of the ‘Ski-Jump’ – the Rochdale (steam) line going over the Metrolink (tram) line at Bury – it’s hard to get a close shot of this is it’s built-up around it. Nearby is the road bridge over the various underpasses (bike-routes).
After a muddy January the local off-road bike-routes (such as Hinds Lane) are at last major-puddle-free!
Carrying-on the Daisyfield Greenway to (say) Ainsworth Road at Radcliffe would be great – Bury in fifteen minutes or less for cyclists.
The old Apollo bike still gets around local lanes but does need a bit of work now and then. This isn’t that expensive and a few bob on tyres and tubes is really money well spent for regular cyclists.
Read earlier this month of a Metal-Detectorist (?) who has unearthed a barrowful (?) of old silver coinage with his detector. He had to borrow a bit of £ for petrol to actually go detecting.
He will get something out of this – eventually.
I like this idea, but prefer not to bother with the detector investment!
Well, it runs the bike.
Heavy rain earlier but it’s gone off a bit. Bike-time?
No, it’s throwing it down again!
So a pic from earlier in the year of the old dis-used and empty aqueduct miles away in the wilds of Prestwich (I think) that is reached from the Nature Trail at Radcliffe or Agecroft.
When visited, and it’s just a teeny bit off the beaten tracks, this old brick and stone relic was emplanted with the biggest Giant Hogweed so far seen, by us at any rate, and the rest of the channel – many feet above the River Irwell far below – was generally overgrown with all sorts of weeds. It’s difficult too to get a pic of the structure from below as thickly-wooded areas hide the thing. But it is there after about two hundred years of being ‘in existence’. Close by is the well-known and far more visible railway viaduct (pictures below I think) and you do have to hunt around a bit to gain access to the aqueduct which is, really, blocked-off as an actual route-way.(As is the viaduct – they’re both not 100% safe)
A good woodland walk or ride from Radcliffe, over motorway bridge and then look for viaduct signs near the steep downhill paths after the bridge. Riding back up these, on the way back, is training indeed!
But quite manageable!
It was quite warm this morning for the ride-around and there were many on two-wheels taking advantage of early, traffic-free roads. Clear roads are great but the local bike-routes are better. The Nature Trail, running through Bury, Radcliffe and to Manchester, is dual-surfaced in parts – you can ride tarmac or mud up to the Motorway Bridge – and then, after the bridge the trails are reasonable hard-surfaced to Agecroft. Then it’s the road or the river-path – either way a clear, flat route. Pics above, taken last January, are of the old, disused rail viaduct just after the Motorway Bridge at Prestwich.
Nearby is an older (?) aqueduct that once carried the Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal over the River Irwell. Just the overgrown old bricks of local ooparts now, but good route-markers!
A couple of photo’s taken along the Radcliffe/Little Lever arm of Bury & Bolton Canal last March. It’s much the same now only muddier! A good two to three mile walk or ride either way. Or walk to Hall Lane and get the bus back!
Cold today but that’s okay when pedalling steadily – it keeps you cool. Canal paths are clear but muddy where not surfaced and the Viaduct at Bury is thick with slippery rotted leaves. But still okay if you’re careful. Nature Trail to M/C is the same – take care.
No rain today so a bike-ride around the locality. Up at Bury South a tasty little steamer getting ready to haul the Dining Cars I beleive.
Then, later, a bit of bike-mending. Stripped a dodgy Trek frame which is okay – good adjustable Suntour forks and some tasty gear mechs – dirty but working. V-Brake arms (Avid) okay.