The accuracy of Daylight Saving always amazes me. The clocks “spring forward”1 hour today & temperature immediately jumps above 10C. Beautiful spring weather! Yesterday was still around the freezing mark!
This could only mean 1 thing – 2012 bike season is almost in full swing. Lots of bike tours & trips on my wish-list including my 1st bike race (fingers crossed I don’t chicken out). I went to the Toronto International Bike Show last weekend. Had an amazing time but the sales weren’t impressive. I did buy a bike repair stand in hopes of becoming more mechanical-savvy (wishful thinking). The owner of Cafe Domestique, Krys Hines, was at the show. He somehow remembers me as the “girl with the platform pedals”. Impressive memory! But this “perspective” of me will soon change!
Still recovering from my foot injury, Extensor Tendonitis (more specifically, extensor hallucis longus tendonitis), I buckled down to clean my road bike last weekend …. the chain, cassette, crankset. It was so black & grimy – I never fully cleaned my bike from last year . Shiny & silver now, just the way it should be! This explains why I always got horrible chainring tattoos like a noob last year.
This weekend, I learned how to remove the rear wheel (about time?) & watched tons of “fix a flat tire” videos. I hope it won’t happen this year, but I’m very paranoid about getting a flat on the road.
Time to work on my Supercycle – the cleaning & the darn squeaky noise!! The squeakiness is still not fixed from last year. My suspicion is the headset since I hear it even when coasting. I removed the top cap & was immediately at a loss of what to do. Fearing I would make things worst, I screwed it back in place. But then I noticed my handlebar & front wheel weren’t even aligned. Wow, have I been biking like that all last year??? Do I bike safe or what?! No idea how to fix this.
Next steps? The alignment of my road bike’s rear derailleur is still bothering me even though I only got it tuned up last September! As soon as my foot heals, I need to take both my bikes for a tune-up AGAIN! And quick!! UGH! Weather is gorgeous & I want to bike soon!