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New pedals

6 June 2011

Basically, this was not an option after the mishap on the 400k. My left shoe got stuck on the pedal and I could not get it off. I resorted to removing the cleat from the right shoe (in case a similar fate befell that) and then having to “learn” how to come to a stop with my left foot still on the pedal. As I learned riding a bike in England, with the nearest kerbs on the lefthand side of the road, you learn to leave the right foot on the pedal and stand on your left foot. I still do that to this day so having to switch required a lot of thought. I fell on one occasion and bloodied my knee. 😦

Anyway, so I took the bike to the shop and bought new pedals. They were not cheap. However, they are heavenly. I am greatly looking forward to riding them Friday night through to Sunday morning. Roll on Sunday afternoon!!

Princeton 200k Post scriptum

26 April 2011

I forgot to mention how all the electronics performed in the deluge. I had been concerned that the cache battery linked up to the dynamo hub may get waterlogged and any electronic gadget plugged into its USB port would subsequently get fried. As it turns out, the cache battery did not get waterlogged. Alma checked it after the ride and said it was slightly damp but not wet. That was good news. The bad news, in a way, was that I had forgotten to switch it on. Whilst it was being charged from the rotation of the front wheel, the bike computer was not being charged as I had not got it switched on. Fortunately for me, I had about an hour’s charge left on the computer when I finished. For the 300k, I definitely need to remember to switch it on once I turn the lights off after dawn.

Finally, the new saddle

13 September 2010

The new saddle arrived on Friday afternoon and today was the first chance I got for having a ride having been scuba diving and running both Saturday and Sunday respectively.

The new Terry saddle

The new Terry saddle

When I sat on the bicycle in the garage last night, my immediate thought was that it felt uncomfortable.  I knew I was going to take it out for a spin this morning so when I woke up, I prayed it was raining!!  No such luck.  So armed with lights and sporting the cycling jersey got me, luminous yellow, I set off.

The thoughts for this morning were different to last night.  A lot less cushioning than the other saddle, however, not as severe as the saddle I got on my first racer when I was 13.  My bum quickly adapted to it though I can tell it is built for speed work.  Terry also make saddles for long distance, especially designed for men and their bits! I may end up getting one of those.

This morning’s ride took me on a reverse journey.  I somehow seem to have adopted Village Lane as a climbing road instead of the usual descent.  After speeding down Motor Parkway, instead of turning right on to Terry Rd (pardon the pun), I kept straight on Motor Parkway and climbed that hill.  I can maintain a 30mph pace descending that so it is not a steep climb and after last weekend was nothing to write home about it.  I turned right on to Rosedale (I think) which has another climb that it is steeper than Motor Parkway but very short.  Down Ocean Ave next where I did not get the benefit of the downhill as there were two red lights to go through as it passed beneath the Interstate.  Johnson next then Terry and finally up old Walter. 😛

The saddle became more comfortable as the ride progressed.  Or, I should say, my bum moulded itself to it better.  I end up liking the saddle and think it will be a good saddle for the winter when the rides are not so long.  I am not sure about doing a century ride on it though you never know, come March next year it may feel as comfortable as any cushioned saddle.

Woohoo, won a saddle!

23 July 2010

Just got an email from MapMyRide to say that I won an FLX Men’s Saddle from Terry Bicycles.  I think it was a random drawing and not because I had the best performance on the day.  I’ll take the saddle regardless.  I am hoping it arrives in time for the 300k in September. (more…)

Bontrager Race Lite Hardcase

29 March 2010

These are the new tyres I have bought.  The shop did not have any Armadillos which I already knew, so I got a pair of these.  They are supposedly quicker than the Armadillos but I need to see if they are as rugged.  I am sure I changed my tyres last in July so I have got about 8 months usage out of them.  We’ll see how long these get.  Forecast is for rain tomorrow and I am doing 50km.  Yuck!!

Bike Candy

12 January 2010

Ok, not really bike candy but I am looking for a practical solution to lights.  I have been reading about dynamo hubs – these are new to me and I have been dreaming of dynamo lighting for a while.  I remember the sidewall dynamos well as I had one back in England.  I would be left in the dark whenever I came to a stop so always remembered to have a battery powered rear light switched on at the same time.  I was surprised to learn that they now make dynamo hubs.  I am looking at the Schmidt Nabendynamo supplied by Peter Whites.  I have yet to decide on the lighting system.  I am tempted by Dahon BioLogic ReeCharge.  This attaches to the dynamo and provides a charging station for USB devices.  This could be useful for both the iPhone and the Edge 705 on the longer rides.  I wonder if anyone has experience of this.