Information and photos of my mountaineering trips in Scotland,England and Wales:
Including hillwalking,scrambling and easy rock climbing.Also via ferrata, skiing and alpine trips in Europe.

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Friday, 26 October 2012

Kettler Giro S - Spin Bike

Recently we purchased a Giro S Spin Bike from As you can see it's a nice looking machine and after reading a few reviews decided it was the one to get in it's price range - £300.
I was concerned about the flywheel not being heavy enough, but at 18kg, it compares well to the expnsive Kaiser machines that we have in the gym at work.
The service I received from Fitness Superstore, was excellent and the bike arrived as arranged and on time. When you consider monthly gym memberships, parking, travel, petrol costs etc, £300 over a year is good value. It's also handy to have not just for Lorna in her rehabilitation of her ankle, but for either of us to use when the weather is just too bad to get out.
The Giro S is very sturdy, smooth to ride and has a decent saddle. The onboard computer is pretty good too, with speed, distance, calories, rpm and time shown on the large screen. It also has a heart rate monitor using the pads on the handlebars.
All in all, we're really pleased with the Giro S, and hopefully the German/Kettler quality should last for sevaral years to come.      

Sunday, 21 October 2012

Striding Edge, 21st October 2012.

After 8 weeks or so of not getting out for various reasons, we finally get a decent weather window and free time to do something. Lorna and Ruth game to try a grade 1 scramble to see how they would cope after all this time, so we went for the Lake District classic of Striding Edge. The car park at the Patterdale Hotel was surprisingly quiet, but we soon were amongst the crowds as we go to the Hole in the Wall with the first view of Helvellyn and Red Tarn Cove.
Lorna and Ruth (above) getting their first taste of exposure since last year. (Ruth had been to Skye a couple of weeks earlier with Ian, but found the scrambling a little easier). 
Ian and Ruth further along the ridge.
Myself and Lorna posing in our new jackets! ( I was determined to put it on, even for a short while!).
Lorna in her Montane Prism down jacket and me in  Patagonia Sheltersone jacket in a tastefull Mango colour! 
Looking down from the trig point on Helvellyn onto Red Tarn with Striding Edge to the right.
Ian and Ruth on the summit of Helvellyn. 
Lorna, Ruth and Ian starting their descent of Swirral Edge.
Possibly a ridge walk such as this was a little too exposed for Lorna and Ruth at this stage as they both said they didn't feel confident in their abilities having still not fully recovered. So they did take some of the escape paths on the ridge to avoid any awkward moves - stuff they would've almost ran over, a year ago. I think Lorna found it frustrating to get advice from (well meaning, but unaware) kids, day trippers and pensioners!