A short afternoon’s cycling

I bought a new bike at the weekend, and today was my first chance to ride it. It’s been a while since I last did any cycling I chose a fairly flat and easy route along the Aire & Calder Navigation up to Altofts Lock (click to download KML file). Tracking my route was done with my G1 phone and the excellent My Tracks app from Google. I did try to upload the KML file directly to Google Maps, but it failed so instead I imported it into Google Earth, made a few edits, added a photo and put that up instead.

The route took an hour and was mostly along pleasant river towpaths or tarmac meaning I could keep up a good speed, while having an interesting mix of farmland, overgrown “natural” areas and the remains of the heavy coal mining industry that used to be in this area.

I am pleased with my bike, it is comfortable to ride and the gearing feels efficient – on the flat in the bike’s higest gear I can maintain a steady pace without feeling too much strain on my legs, and in lower gears I can set off quickly without losing grip. My Android phone also performed very well, accurately recording my route, even through the heavily wooded areas with the phone being in my pocket.

Here’s some stats from the journey

Total Distance: 13.13 km (8.2 mi)
Total Time: 56:53
Moving Time: 50:15
Average Speed: 13.87 km/h (8.6 mi/h)
Average Moving Speed: 15.68 km/h (9.7 mi/h)
Max Speed: 34.20 km/h (21.3 mi/h)
Min Elevation: 58 m (190 ft)
Max Elevation: 100 m (328 ft)
Elevation Gain: 157 m (516 ft)
Max Grade: 3 %
Min Grade: -5 %
Recorded: Wed Aug 12 14:47:14 GMT+01:00 2009
Activity type: cycling

Here is the link to the Google Maps version.

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