The ride will be on a Saturday, so the shop will be open all day to meet our needs as we come and go.
The Fall Century will be a 50/50 format. We will start at Bike Masters and ride to Fremont and back using the traditional route. Upon returning, you will be able adjust your wardrobe, resupply your nutrition, etc. We will then ride to Two Rivers and back using the traditional route. After the ride you will be welcome to hang out and socialize and recover.
I am scheduled to devote the whole day to riding with you and enjoying the day, so it works out great for me, too.
A few changes to the ogre over the last several months:
- 165mm crank arms replace 180s: ogre has lower bb than mary does; many less pedal strikes
- Brooks Flyer: After getting my backside pounded by the Dakota five-o, I opted for some old school suspension.
- JandD rear rack and bag: carrying additional layers of clothes, cable, ulock
- Relevate Designs frame bag: another accessory towards bike touring
Surly ECR or Krampus or Ogre or Troll? This article and links to others describe their different attributes and functionality. Reading these got me more focused on bike touring. My next accessory I would like to get is a Jones Loop Bar.
The 2013.11.17 Monday Night Ride at Tranquility Park got me thinking about how we ride bikes. I worked the afternoon building a couple kids bikes. Instead of bringing a change of clothes for the MNR, I wore blue jeans, t-shirt, and wind shell for a singletrack night ride with temps in the 40's.
Clear night sky, no wind, casual pace. While we can't control the weather, we can control how hard we ride. Using the low 36x22 gear from the Bike Bash ride at Platte River State Park a couple days earlier, this made the spinning at Tranquility very easy compared to my usual 36x18. Slow cadence, easy spin, slow speed reminded me of Sunday afternoon drives before bikes.
Compared to rides with my bike specific clothes, more effort, faster speed - why do I often treat riding like a race? Probably because my initial motivation to start riding 10 years ago was to loose weight and get into shape. The time on cement trails away from cars, and dirt trails away from man-made structures, did increase my physical fitness and rejuvenate my spirit. Those fitness rides made me faster, so why not extend the logic to see how fit I could get, how good I would feel, how fast I could go?
For sustainability and cost reasons, I am motivated to use my bike to replace the car. Using regular clothes, at an easy pace, enjoying the roses. Thinking about the space and time between home, vocation, retail, avocation, enrichment; what if I allotted more time to travel the space between my destinations by bike in order to be rejuvenated throughout the day? Is the space-time between my destinations too large to be feasible? Motivation is the most important catalyst for solving problems.
Over time, motivations and abilities change. Regardless of whether I'm in race mode, or taking time to smell the roses, a bike helps us enjoy the ride we call life.
Been hearing more creaking noises - seat and crank area. Monday at Manawa had heard a lot more noise. Grabbed crank and had lateral movement, tightened down the preload but still noisy. Rode two laps anyway figuring I was ruining my bb.
Looked at it Tuesday night after work. He is what I found:
Mr. Whirley requires 5 bolts to hold an inner ring to which the chainring is bolted to. One of the two remaining bolts came off with just a touch so only one bolt was holding this inner ring on. I was only checking chainring bolts, not inner ring.
Also found my seat most of the way back on rails. I needed to tighten down the two seat post bolts more.
Seems I have to relearn this every couple years: Hunt down the creaks and noises. Something is crying out for attention before it breaks.