This morning’s ride started with a flat rear tyre on the Dunelt fixed gear .
Luckily I hadn’t even left the garage and with damp underfoot conditions I wanted to use a bike with guards.
So the only other bike that fitted the bill was my daily commuter the Marin Bear Valley .
I decided straight away to change my intended route to take in the cycle path that runs from Thrapston to Rushden lakes.
This meant that the first 15 miles were all on tarmac and then the next 6 and a bit were a mixture of smooth and rough gravel surfaces.
The Marin always gives me a smile no matter what it’s being used for . The homeward journey was another 7 miles of tarmac .
As I rode through Irchester I decided to do a lap of Irchester country park .
The ride ended up being just over 29 miles in length , I have no idea how long my smile was but it certainly stayed for most of the day.