Wednesday night's ride on the Merckx was kind of a "dust off the cobwebs" run and afterwards, I went to buy some new brake pads and was looking forward to riding him again today, but getting the pads on was a little more involved than I expected so I didn't get it done in time. Oh well, I'll have to ride my Klein again... first world problems. I need to dedicate a day to bike maintenance though and get everything done at once.
The Challenge is tomorrow and I'm looking forward to being a volunteer again.
Got a slow flat at Son of Chainbuster so I stopped to fix it. JB was short on time so he didn't wait. I have had extraordinarily good fortune with my tires this season; in fact I can't even remember the last flat I had. In fact, when I opened my seat pack to get my CO2 inflator, I didn't even recognize it! I have a vague memory of breaking my previous one, but I don't remember buying this one. Here's a note to my future self: search this blog for "the last flat I got" and then you'll find this message. I think I'll tag all my rides with flats like that so I can make a chart or document my good fortune or something. I didn't find anything in the tire, so that made me worry it was still in there somewhere waiting to puncture the new tube, so I decided to quit at Junction.
|Better to fix a flat on a paved area cuz the gravel gets everything dirty... but I wasn't thinking straight.|
|Rear clincher tire on the Klein is squared off but still has another dozen rides or so.|
|Rear tubular tire on the Merckx is squared off but still has a couple dozen more rides or so.|
|New heel pads *and* new brake shoes? It's like Christmas in October!!|