Dearnford Lake for lunch. Rubbish avg speed as I had to walk the last 3 miles to the Cafe due to a puncture and tight fitting tubeless tyres which I could not pry an inner tube under. Return trip on my Scott bike.


With a doubleheader weekend of Sportives coming up, I needed to get out today and get some miles into the legs as I’ve not been out for a week and a half with all the snow we have had.

It had all cleared thankfully by this morning so I set off on my usual route to Dearnford Lake for lunch. I had planned a quick ride and not stopping long at the cafe so I could get back to the office and work. That was not to be…


All was going really well and I was enjoying using the Shimano XTR MTB pedals and my winter MTB boots on the ride as it means I don’t have to mess around with over-shoes, which I seem to wear out ridiculously quickly.


Just as I emerged onto the Wem to Whitchurch road from the really mucky lane over the railway line, I had a sinking feeling and the back tyre did not feel right. Sure enough, I had a puncture. I run tubeless and this is not supposed to happen, but happen it did.

I found a slit right across the tread and the sealant had obviously not got to it in time. Not to worry, I had an inner tube with me, so I’ll put that in to get me home. Wrong! The Schwalbe Pro One tyres I use are so ridiculously tight I could not pry it off the rim far enough to get an inner tube under it.


I resorted to phoning home and Sarah agreed to bring my Scott road bike to the cafe and swap it for the poorly Roubaix. At least it’s a chance to have an unexpected lunch with my lovely wife.

After a nice lunch, I set off on the Scott homeward and had an uneventful ride back.

Route: click here