Monday, 21 May 2012

definitely Monday...

The water leak from the car has increased- so it should be easier to locate.   Unfortunately (?) that meant that I had to commute by bike. I chose the road bike, it being a lighter beast.

I found that I was limited...I couldn't use the two bottom gears...so down dale was fine, but uphill was a slow pedal followed by a slower walk.  At least Spring is now giving us proper May weather!!

Sheep  heads made,  gears slipping and jumping, I slowly  made my way the three miles to where The Oily One works. It is called Cardiff Pedal Power!! They hire all sorts of bikes there and he is, not surprisingly, the mechanic there....

My bike had a twist in the gear hanger, as well as cable outers showing their age.

Hopefully things are now running true and the gear and brake cables have had attention.   

I thought of riding another twenty miles...another two hours with my lack of fitness....
and wimped out!!   I had flapjacks and real coffee, a sit in the sun on the bench, and a nice natter with The  O.O.    Funny how you only realize how tired you are when you stop!

Then a lift home...bliss!! 

Unfortunately I forgot that I was supposed to go out to a meeting this evening...but talking on the phone to a friend did me much more good!

6 comments:

Julia said...

What a long ride! I would have been exhausted, too...

Flapjacks and coffee sound lovely.

Cro Magnon said...

I miss cycling. My dodgy right knee insists that my beautiful bike remains covered over in the shed!

gz said...

The thing is Julia, it isn't a long ride. It just takes so long because I'm not fit.
It should take between 1.5 to 1.75 hours

Andrea Ingram said...

Know what you mean. Just been out for a potter on the road bike - just a few miles and now feeling it! Sunshine though :-)

Zhoen said...

Meetings, feh. Best to chat with a friend.

mugmkr said...

Make sure to check your brake cables, cable housing, and the whole brake assembly, tighten all the bolts with a wrench - with what you describe about the gear cables I'd hate to hear you suddenly lost the ability to brake.

I try to get out most days for a nice bike ride here in Central Oregon - good to get the legs moving after long hours in the studio!