Sunday, January 06, 2008

Ride for Saturday, 05 January

Rode down to the Farmer's Market to do my weekly shopping. Before I left I noted my rear rim was starting to look rather worn and resolved to pick up a new rim next week. On my way back, I started feeling a bump from the rear and suspected it was a broken spoke, but when I pulled over to check I found the rim had actually split - a nice 2 inch long gash in the rim, with 8km still to go to get home. I put the heavy panniers on the front wheels and the light ones on the back, and did a quick fiddle with the brake cable to let it out so the brake pad wouldn't catch on the gash. I limped home, risking the bumpy firetrail rather than riding on the road so I could ride more slowly - which was in itself risky as the heavy front-end kept trying to bury itself in the snow on the trail. I managed to get home without incident and went down to IdealBikes where Mike had promised me he had a 36 hole DM18 rim in stock for me. Unfortunately... it turned out to be a 32H and Mike cursed the lack of labelling done by a certain junior member of staff. Mike went digging in the basement and found a complete wheel that was missing an axle and housing and said I could have that, and only charged me for the rim. I managed to cobble together an axle and housing that just about fit and spent the weekend rebuilding the wheel to a high tension and replacing all the other worn components on my bike (brake pads, chain and one of the sprockets).

Distance logged: 25.047km
Time: 95:39
Average speed: 15.7km/hr
Max speed: 49 km/hr
Temperature: -6C to -3C
Cumulative distance: 115.634km
Cumulative cost per km: $0.17
Monthly distance: 115.634km
Monthly cost per km: $0.17


Anonymous The Krow said...

hey man i saw you ride past mumford terminal saturday. It was kewl to see you whiz by. I've whimped out and started taking the bus. it turns out western winters the past 2 years have softened me up to the east coast winters and all this humidity and cold is no fun. But the conselation, my bike rests happily on a trainer to keep a shape other than round for warmer temps to get back on it outside.
hope your repairs keep the ole girl running a few more km!

Monday, January 07, 2008 6:51:00 am  
Blogger A Midnight Rider said...

I read the glue on the shoe comment below. Branding the dangerous cars? I like it.

Monday, January 07, 2008 4:32:00 pm  
Blogger steve said...

Hey, Krow, IdealBikes have single speed beater bikes for around $100 - that could be worth a go?

I'm thinking about getting a coaster brake for the rear as well since that seems to get the most wear and I'm not going to spring for disc brakes on a beater bike!

Monday, January 07, 2008 9:02:00 pm  

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