Thursday, April 10, 2008
The morning's ride got off to a bad start. My right brake began dragging, and nothing I tried - removing and resetting the wheel, adjusting the brake head, etc - seemed to solve the problems. Fortunately a former bike mechanic was riding nearby and stopped and found the problem. It seems the spring in my right brake was bent. He bent it back into shape, and I rolled further without problems.
Between the 25 minutes lost fixing the brake and the cold weather, I limited my ride to two hours. I traveled about a mile and change on the gravel and cinder Perkiomen Trail. The surface seems firm enough to ride on, and so most of my training rides for the next couple months will be on the PT.
Average rolling speed 10.90 MPH, top speed 22.50 MPH. The top speed was achieved on the 9 per cent grade on the Audubon Loop. Going downward, of course.
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
The only good thing about the ride were the new helmet and the new shoes. The helmet fits like a glo-, well, like a very good helmet should, and the shoes seemed OK. It will take a longer ride to determine how they will work out.
My post from my MS blog:
First Training Ride of the Year
My first training ride for 2008 was a 100 KM trip from Audubon, PA, to Philadelphia and back, with some additional riding to reach the century mark. My average speed was a bit over 11 MPH. I was very sore afterwards, particularly my, ahem, posterior. It was a little early in the season to tackle such a long ride.
I should be outside shortly to try them out, so expect a report.