Early Morning Meeting
I was up at 3:30am. I had time to do some bike maintenance, yet I put it off again. I had an early appointment before work.
I headed out while it was still dark. I was riding the single-speed. About half way to work, the chain came off. Rather than loosen the rear wheel to fix it properly, I managed to get the chain back on.
Chris lives in Texas, and I’ve only known him via his blog. He has a couple of really nice bikes, and some wonderful Texas Prairie roads to ride them on.
He is in town for a conference. We arranged to meet up. I thought it would be a good idea to let him borrow my folding bike to check out town. I don’t know if he’ll have much time to ride, but I’d hate for him to have the time and not be able to take advantage of it.
The visit was brief, but it was nice to chat and drink coffee. Chris pedaled off to get back to work. Tim and I sat around and talked bikes a bit longer before I went back to work.
The picture above was shamelessly stolen from Chris’s blog. There are a few more there.
Should Have Fixed it Right
After work, I had an appointment to donate blood. I headed out and quickly regretted not fixing my bike properly. I dropped the chain again while riding 20mph in traffic. I managed to safely move over and fix it. While pulled over on the sidewalk, Asher rode by, then turned around to check on me. I talked briefly to him. One of his co-workers was hit by a car. I don’t know the guy, but I guess his injuries are minimal.
After donating blood, I was on a less-familiar road trying to get home. I ended up hitting a concrete median and going down. Yes, it was stupid. I was looking behind me at traffic instead of where I was going. Nothing was damaged, and I wasn’t hurt. Mostly I just pulled a muscle while trying to (unsuccessfully) prevent myself from falling.
Once home, my wife wanted to go out to eat. Part of me said “Yay! Beer!”. Another part said “and I was doing so good today”. We went somewhere without beer. I had a small salad and a piece of fish. I still did okay.
Time to Fix The Bike
After dinner, I properly fixed my single-speed. Drew at On Your Left Cycles had mentioned that the chain probably needed a link removed. I didn’t want to spend the time or the money, so I passed. So, I have a chain tool. I removed the chain and cleaned it thoroughly. I shortened it, and reinstalled everything, then re-lubed the chain. It should be good for a while longer now.
I’m having issues with the freewheel on the single-speed. It works okay, but it’s now noisy and the chain tension varies. The right answer is a new, better quality freewheel. Drew has some nice looking ones from White Industries, but I’ll ride this one until it’s non-functional. If it happens on a ride, well, I’m running a flip-flop hub, so I can flip the wheel over and run fixed until I get a new freewheel.
A Good Day
Even with the minor wreck and mechanical issues, I had a good day. There was good company in the morning. I enjoyed spending time with my wife and eating healthy at a restaurant.