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I rode my bike.

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2006

I finally got to ride today. It felt like it’d been ages, even though I rode just last Thursday. I’m not counting the 2 miles on Saturday. My legs had actually started to get sore, apparently from *not* riding? It might have been from all the driving over the weekend. I’m not sure.

Anyway, it rained last night, and was raining when I got up this morning, so I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to ride. It had stopped raining by 9 or 10 am. Since I was working from home, I started work early, and left here around 4:30 to go to Brown County. By that time, the trails were in great shape! There were a couple of muddy sections, but the vast majority of it wasn’t muddy — in fact, most of the trails were just plain dry! It’s amazing how well they drain. I guess it helped that it was a pretty hot day, in the mid-80s.

I rode the North Tower Loop and the Aynes Loop. I was tempted to ride the North Tower Loop again, but decided against it, out of concern that it might get dark before I finished. I think I probably would’ve made it.

Anyway, it felt great to ride again, and I didn’t have any major mechanical problems with my bike. I did have some chain suck problems, and my chain fell off when I tried to shift to the small chain ring a couple of times. I definitely need to replace my middle chain ring, as it’s bent, and I still think that front derailleur might be causing problems. I can’t be 100% sure. My rear brake was also squeaking a lot.

I’ve been using the bike computer I got, a Cateye Enduro 8, and it works pretty well so far. I didn’t realize I had it in manual mode today and had to hit start before it would start the trip odometer/average speed, etc. I figured out how to put it in auto mode, where it automatically tracks that information when the bike is in motion. The only complaint I have so far is that the plastic covering the face scratches really easily — it’s already quite scratched.

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