|My vintage Cliff Pratt velo|
Calderdale is a beautiful part of the region, but certainly has the steepest hills that I've come across in my life. I avoided the two worst ones that I know of and did a more 'sedate' loop up to Blackshaw Head and back past Widdop Reservoir, thus not dropping all the way to the bottom of the valley to eliminate some extra climbing.
|Hardcastle Crags in the valley below|
See that road snaking up to the clouds? That was a fantastic descent. It felt to take less than a minute to get to the bottom of the hill. Having a steel bike with some heavy gears probably contributed to that somewhat.
|the view from the other side of Thursden Valley|
My mum sometimes asks me which bike I prefer. I dont think there's an answer - the two rides are not comparable and I still have a way to go to really get my head round what gears to use on the hills on my road bike; it somehow isnt as instinctive as the hybrid. I feel to loose a lot more pace as I gear down but still feel to be putting in an incredible amount of effort, perhaps that's the weight of the gears - the steeper the hill, the more I need to pull. She's fun, but we still have a way to go getting to know each other.