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Well..I found out why I fell on my bike the other day.

Monday, April 08, 2013

A couple days ago, I fell while riding our tandem by myself. I kept thinking the tandem felt heavy and hard to maneuver this spring, I just thought it was because I was out of shape. Well, that wasn't what was causing the problem.

The next day, I was riding the tandem again by myself and I hear a little "ping" about a mile into the ride. That's never a good sound to hear while riding. It turns out that with all the moving around of the bike over the winter, the rear shifter cable had gotten caught up in the gears on the back wheel and was getting rubbed with rotation of the wheel. It was kind of like riding the tandem with the brakes on all the time. The ping sound was the housing of the cable finally wearing away and the housing metal fibers popping out and getting tangled in the rear spokes. Fortunately, I was close enough to home that I could mostly coast back.

We decided to do the repair ourselves since we are going on a self-supported tour and want to be able to fix problems we have on the road. We watched youtube videos and read forums about our particular set up and did the work on the bike yesterday. I'm really pleased that we could do that. We learned a lot about our bike in the process and have more confidence and experience in doing our own bike repairs.

The minute I got the cable out of the rear gears, the bike sprang back to life! It actually feels pretty nimble for a big tandem. I wouldn't want to be the captain when it's fully loaded with the trailer attached on busy hilly streets, but I think I could do it on country roads. It would give my husband a break. It's a lot more comfortable in the recumbent stoker seat in the front. I call that the "princess seat". There's no doubt it's a fun bike to ride!

In terms of the Girls Gone Riding Team April challenge of riding every day for the month of April, I've ridden six out of the first seven days. All the rides have been very short so far, but it's getting me out there. Today is the first day this month where the weather is supposed to be decent for riding. It's real windy and raining this morning, but things are supposed to clear up this afternoon. I plan on doing my first longer ride in the afternoon.

Life is good!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
GBOOMER 5/6/2013 6:28PM

    I admire you. Fixing your own bike, riding 36 miles.

Thanks for the nice comment on my blog today!


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FLORIDASUN 4/25/2013 12:30PM

    Love emoticon your descriptive and lively writing style...your blogs are such a joy to read! emoticon emoticon

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HILLSLUG98239 4/9/2013 10:26AM

    Good job! I overhaul my drivetrain & work on the brakes myself, but I don't touch the cables. But figuring out how to do these things yourself will make an epic ride less stressful.

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SHRINK71 4/9/2013 8:18AM

    Ouch! Glad you are OK!

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MISSG180 4/8/2013 9:42PM

    Good for you making your own repairs!

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LOPEYP 4/8/2013 7:35PM

    That's cool that you two could discover the problem, figure out how to fix it, and make the repairs! I love the image of the princess seat. You should wear a tiara! LOL!

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VHALKYRIE 4/8/2013 12:11PM

    Nicely done! I like knowing how to do these things, also.

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BILL60 4/8/2013 11:27AM

    Way to go!!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 4/8/2013 11:13AM


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KAYOTIC 4/8/2013 10:24AM

    It must give you great confidence to be able to do that repair on your own! Good luck with your big ride!

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SLIMMERJESSE 4/8/2013 9:29AM

    Very cool that you were able to fix the problem yourselves. Happy trails to you!

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LADYJ6942 4/8/2013 9:13AM

    Woo hoo, love how you've taken the time to learn how to take care of your new bike yourself. That is a huge win, good luck on riding the rest of this month.

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