Monday, June 03, 2013
I went for a ride Saturday. I'd hoped for about 45 miles; I decided to ride just 29. I had a hard time pushing myself out the door, but I knew that once I started riding, I'd be happy I did. And I was right. Once on the ride, I lowered my expectations for a couple of reasons. I'd been riding my mountain bike to & from work, and my legs were kind of weary. I knew there was a lot of housework to do once I returned home. (The Hubs was tackling the yard work.) I'm sure I could have ridden the 45 miles I'd planned on, but it would have left my legs weary and my motivation to do housework completely sapped.
I went for a walk this morning, as well as one at lunch. The lunch walk was longer than my usual lunch walks. It's a lovely day outside, and I don't have court this afternoon. I'm looking forward to my ride home this afternoon (even though I'll be riding in my running shoes because I left my bike shoes at home).
I'm sure my weak motivation is due to my upcoming surgery. I haven't thrown in the towel, though. I haven't gained any weight, and my diet is still pretty good. I don't have a strong desire to sit on the futon and watching "Hoarders" all day long; I'm just having a hard time caring about working out.
On the plus side, I know this will pass. It could be a lot worse - I'm fighting against a blasť attitude, not recovering from a catastrophic injury. I just need to figure out what buttons to push to get back into gear.
Saturday, June 01, 2013
I picked the sleek red beauty from the shop yesterday. New derailleur, new cables, new chain, new front tire (unrelated to the carnage - I just took the opportunity to replace it) - $180. That's three tanks of gas, or god only knows how many cases of SlimFast. It's a bargain.
The shop couldn't find an Ultrega derailleur for an 8-gear cassette. Shimano doesn't make them anymore; in fact, Shimano is moving to 10-gear cassettes for its Ultrega gruppo, so even the 9-gear cassettes will be obsolete soon. (If you've got one, buy a derailleur now just in case.) We opted for a Sora derailleur, which is certainly adequate to meet my needs.
I told the LBS guy I dread the day I need to replace this bike. Buying a hand-built lugged steel frame bike is going to cost more than my car is worth. (Heck, a low-end hybrid is worth more than my car!) At that point, the LBS guy mentioned "We sell Bianchi and Raleigh's high-end steel bikes. One of them has the Dura Ace gruppo, you know...." Nooooooo! (Okay, so I'm really tempted, but I just looked up the retail price for that bike: $6500. *sigh* Okay, I see why people buy carbon.)
The rear cassette is shiny clean. (They do a much better job cleaning it than I did!) She's beautiful. When I hoisted her up onto the bike rack on my car, I thought, "Wow! You're so light!" My road bike is about 23 pounds ~ NOT light, but compared to mountain bike, she's a wisp.
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
I rode home last night and to work this morning on my mountain bike. It's about five pounds heavier than my road bike, but the big difference is the tires. Those fat, aggressive treads create much more resistance. It takes a lot more work to move that bike forward. I keep reminding myself how fast my road bike is going to feel when I get to ride it again.
It was raining this morning. That is not a common occurence here. We average 8" of precipitation a year, including snow. When it does rain, it's usually a light sprinkle. We occasionally get gully-washers, but our rain is generally benign and brief.
When I saw the rain, I debated wearing my completely waterproof but not breathable bike rain slicker. I decided against it because it was already in the high 50s, and I knew I'd get soaked in sweat. My lightweight jacket is minimally water resistant, but it dries very quickly. Usually, if I encounter rain on a ride, my jacket is dry again within minutes. Not so today.
I got soaked to the bone. Even my bra was soaked. It rained the entire way. And there I am, with these big knobby tires that throw up tons of spray. It still beats driving.
I'm debating if I want to ride home. I feel kind of icky (allergies, most likely). If my bike clothes are still damp, it's going to be a very hard sell to convince me to put them back on at the end of the day. I'm coming up with all kinds of excuses to not ride. We'll see which part of me wins out.
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Thursday, May 23, 2013
I had a major mechanical on my ride into work this morning. One of the derailleur pulleys dropped out of the derailleur. One of the pins in my chain popped. The derailleur hanger is bent. (!!!)
I can not make a big enough frowny face to express my annoyance.
Ten years ago, I lost a derailleur pulley (but that's all that happened). That was when I upgraded my bike from 27" wheels, a 6-gear cassette, and Shimano 105 parts to 700c wheels, 8 gears, and an Ultrega gruppo. Who knows - maybe my derailleur pulleys have a 10-year life span.
So, the bike is going to Scott's Cycle and Fitness this evening. They're awesome. Their turnaround time is amazing, and they try to fix a part before replacing it. They installed new cables on my mountain bike and only charged me for the part. I love those guys.
So, I may be commuting on my mountain bike for a while.
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