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January 1, 2012

Today’s Ride: 40km—Cedar Springs to Dutch Mill Gardens

Weather: Rain

Start as you mean to go on. The new year opened with mild skies and sun peaking through the kitchen and study windows. Great weather to start this year’s riding. An hour later, as I finally got out the door, light drizzle greeted me. Not more than ten minutes down the road, the drizzle graduated to rain. By the time I was climbing Snake Rd., rain might have been classified as downpour. No matter. Start as you mean to go on.

It was a terrific ride. Getting out and getting fresh air was delightful, even if it was wet. The temperature was mild enough that I wasn’t worried about being cold, even if I was getting quite wet. Just as I did the other day, I concentrated on spinning a lower gear, and just enjoyed the revolutions and the high cadence. Good to be out and riding. I took my glasses off at the top of Snake Rd.—they were fogged and I couldn’t see through them—and carried on receiving the elements right in my face. Nice feeling. Up Britannia Rd., onto the tar and chip paving, but all going well.

Back through Milgrove and rolling well. Somewhere along the line, I had jumped back into the big ring, but was keeping a high cadence. Everything felt good. Just as I passed the Dutch Mill Gardens (note end point of today’s ride above), I heard a pop coming from underneath me. My initial thought was that a tooth from the cassette had snapped off, so I changed gears. The bike still felt a bit funny, though. Looking down, the rear wheel was wobbling quite markedly (as opposed to not at all, which is proper). Pull over to the side of the road. Busted spoke. Good news: I was about to descend Sydenham Hill in the rain, so good that I stopped before trying that. Bad news: I was still 10km from home and wet. And getting cold, now that I was off the bike. The aforementioned ascent was enough for me to not want to contemplate riding much/any further with the busted spoke. I was tempted to tuck the spoke in my pocket (no tape to tie it down—and it was wet enough that I doubt tape would have done the trick) and continue, but opted to err on the side of caution; in wet conditions, I’d prefer that the bike be in top nick. Quick call, and Mrs. Velonista came to the rescue. Not the way I wanted to start the year.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. mikelpearce permalink
    January 3, 2012 3:25 pm

    Look at the positive – at least you got a ride in!

    • January 3, 2012 4:26 pm

      That I did! And spent a lovely evening last night giving my wheels a thorough clean, too.

  2. mikelpearce permalink
    January 3, 2012 4:44 pm

    Where do you clean your bike after cold, wet rides?

    • January 3, 2012 5:21 pm

      I roll right up the garage after the ride and give the bike and chain a good wipe—combination of wet towels, paper towels, and cloth. Last night, after the kids were asleep, I went out to the garage to clean the wheels. I applied the de-greaser and started to clean, but it was really cold. My hands were uncomfortable and I wasn’t sure I wanted to leave anything wet in the cold. So I brought the wheels in and finished the job on old newspapers in the livingroom and left the wheels downstairs overnight. I took the rear wheel in to my LBS for a new spoke this morning (I felt rather honour-bound to give them a clean wheel).

  3. mikelpearce permalink
    January 3, 2012 5:30 pm

    Thanks. I was wondering if you had a solution to cold hands that I hadn’t thought of (other than cleaning them inside) but I guess not. There’s a nasty grinding coming from the rear hub on my Mavics and I want to take the wheel to my shop to have them look at the bearings and I, too, want to give them a clean wheel.

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