Monday, June 28, 2010

Wheels and tubes

New wheel installed, we've done a family ride and I took the bike out for a quick 11 miles yesterday.

My LBS after admitting the wheel that was supposedly on order was actually _not_ had the owner intervene on my behalf to give me a good deal on a 105 hubbed unit they had in stock.

While preparing to ride yesterday, I heard an ominous "pwooosh" sound from the garage. It was the tire on my wife's bike deflating. Problem is the cheap plastic rim tape that came with her wheels. It does not cover properly around the valve hole and that sharp edge bites into the inflated tube. I'll be putting Velox tape on her wheels tomorrow.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010


Took a ride out Woodbury Pike, which is what Main Street turns into if you go far enough east. So hot that the mongrels on the porch would not get out of the shade to chase me.

I had intended on doing a 20 mile out and back, then hitting the Greenway for another 10. Got caught in a thunderstorm on the way back and headed home. I haven't put my fenders back on, and the thought of all that water under my B17 made me stop.

My front wheel is one borrowed from my wife's bike; I called my bike shop today to get an ETA on my new wheel. Last week they told me it should be in Tuesday or Wednesday (today). The person I spoke to said the wheel was back ordered and would be in next Tuesday/Wednesday. Arrgh. Would it be so hard for them to pick up the phone and give me a call when they found out the wheel was back orderd?

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Miscellaneous Ramblings

Last night, I was thinking back to the time 4 or so years ago when I used to commute to work in the town of Roswell, Georgia. Here in Murfreesboro the terrain is extremely flat, with very few challenging hills. In Roswell I had this killer hill, short but very steep, to ride up just as I came out of work. Also, throughout Roswell were rides that would challenge the most dedicated hill climber. I was thinking that there would be no way I could ride those hills now, not without a few months' training. My commute to work here would be a breeze compared to Roswell; less mileage, less challenging, with less traffic. I just have to push myself on my off-day rides to increase fitness.

Friday, June 11, 2010


Not so much physically as financially. We were cycling on the Greenway Wednesday when I noticed a sign an a trailhead stating "Greenway monitored by cameras" "Hmm" I thought, "I've never seen cameras here". As I looked back to my direction of travel I realized we were headed straight into a bollard. Swerving into the bushes we went down in a jumble. I wondered if this was caught on video?

The only upside is my new wheel on order has a 105 hub, an upgrade from the stock Tiagra.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

The Latest

Catching up the blog a little, I haven't been riding as much as I would like lately. We've done a couple of jaunts on the Greenway, my son and I traveled to the square for a little free music last Friday.

The Trail-a-Bike comes with a pretty aggressive-treaded mountain bike tire which tends to add a good amount of drag. I purchased a 20" smooth tire from the my LBS yesterday and installed it on the TaB. Hopefully when the rain relents I can put the boy on and we'll go for a test ride. While I was at the shop I also picked up a nifty brass bell for my bike (my son had taken my compass/bell for use on his trike).