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Archive for September, 2006

Muddy ride

Wednesday, September 13th, 2006

Finally, after being sick and having a lot of rainy weather, I went for a ride tonight. It was only a short one in “my” woods, but it was pretty good. I made some adjustments to my front derailleur, which helped a bit, but it’s still not right. It looks sort of like one of my chain rings might be bent — I’m not sure yet.

I’m doing better with the clipless shoes. I still have trouble getting into them sometimes, especially in the mud. Mud builds up on the pedals themselves, and the bottoms of the shoes, and it’s really tough to get them to clip. I am getting good at unclipping quickly; at one point, I thought I was going to slip, and I went to put my foot down and realized I had unclipped without even thinking about it.

I saw two deer while I was riding, although I was riding and didn’t really get a good look.

One thing I had forgotten about — after riding in mud, once you get on the road, clumps of mud from the tires go flying everywhere! That was a lot of fun.

Sick

Sunday, September 10th, 2006

I’m sick with a cold or something and wasn’t up for doing much of anything today. Didn’t take a ride at all. Pretty much just lazed around with Sarah and watched some TV. It was nice to have a break from everything — but being sick sucks.

Bike tune-up, zoo

Sunday, September 10th, 2006

I took my bike back up to Indy Cycle Specialist for its 1-month tune-up today. OK, so it hasn’t actually been a month, but I’ve definitely broken it in. I had a list of things that needed to be addressed.

So far, I’m not too thrilled — the chain suck problem seems to be worse than before, and the shifting on the front derailleur isn’t too good in general. The rear wheel actually seems to make more noise than before. It does seem like they did a good job of cleaning/lubricating some parts. I think I’m just going to have to deal with the front derailleur problems on my own. I think part of the problem is that things don’t act the same on the stand as they do when you are out riding.

While I was there, I also got some clipless pedals and mountain biking shoes. I am really excited about these things — I took a small ride after we got back, and they seemed to make a huge difference. It’s amazing how much power you’re wasting when you can only use the downstroke. On the flipside, now I have to get a whole different set of muscles in shape.

While we were waiting for my bike tune-up, Sarah and I went to the zoo. She finally decided just last night that the giraffe is her favorite animal — before last night, she didn’t have a favorite animal! Madness … anyway, as it turns out, you can feed the giraffes and the Indianapolis Zoo. We happened to be there at the right time and got to do that. I will post photos later. She already put some up here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/nightchild84/sets/72157594276852153/

I’m going riding at BCSP tomorrow. I’ll probably do two of the three trails — I’m not sure which yet. Some people from work are going, but I don’t feel like getting up early enough to be there at 7:30, so I’m going to go later on my own.

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