After months with two flat tires, I finally got around to repairing my bike. I like to run the tires at high pressure to reduce friction on the road because, of course, I love to ride fast and free. My bike unfortunately likes to bite through the tubes at the base of the stem when I run at high pressure. I have to remember not to go all the way to 7 bars. Some of the delay in getting repaired was because most bike shops are set up to service the Mama Chariots, as we call them here, and they don’t have any big narrow tubes with presto valves. It took awhile before I arranged some time to get the spares; however, a lot of delay has come from me not making the time or just being lazy.
Today, I left work, went shopping, repaired my bike, watched SG-1, and clipped in for a test run. I bought two-sided pedals with SPD clips on one side and flat decks on the other side. I did this so I could take joy rides in normal shoes, but because of that, I can’t remember the last time I clipped into my pedals. Riding as one with the bike really feels different. I was afraid that my physical condition, having declined a lot lately, was going to be a problem, but I zipped off toward the mountains and back, covering about 20km. It really is a good feeling to shoot down the road and see what’s around the next corner, or through the next glade.
I hope to get a lot of joyrides in this summer.