So, I’ve decided to lengthen my evening commute home. You get used to doing a 3 mile commute to and from work – your body gets used to it, but the truth is I need to put more miles on. Have decided to start looping through Myrtle Edwards park, through the locks in Ballard, and then home. This extends my route home from 3 to 13 miles. I did it tonight before tonights .83 ride, which wandered all over the where, through Leschi, over to the Taco Bus on Rainier/Columbia City, and up and over Beacon Hill to drop into Georgetown for a beer at the 9lb Hammer, before pedaling home. The ride was small – only 6 people, and after the Taco Bus it dropped to 4. By the time the night ended off my total was at 32 miles and I’m pooped but feel good. This distance isn’t beyond me by any stretch, but I’m not used to doing it. And my Long Haul Trucker is not light. With my Chrome Bag in the front basket – the bike weighs in at 54lbs. Even with that, my average cruising speed still seems to hover between 18-20mph. I just need to build my endurance.
And yeah. Not much to report other than that I guess. Tonight was just a night to ride bikes, and I feel tired and good.
Other small things. My front brakes started squealing towards the end of the Suiattle camping trip we took a couple months ago, and no amount of cleaning, mounting, remounting, toe’ing, sanding, shaving, replacing or buffing was going to make them stop. So in a last ditch effort, I replaced the front brake with one of Pauls Touring Cantilever brakes.
Holy crap. Not only did the squeal go away, these brakes are totally rad, and feel excellent. They’re expensive so I’m only getting one at a time. But wow. I forgot brakes could feel so good.
And I replaced the 26×1.5in stock tires that came with Bicycle Eater and replaced them with some 26×1.75in Schwalbe Marathons. In the less than 6 months I’ve had the bike I’ve had like 7 flats on the stock tires. Two of them on Tuesday! In different places! Frustrating.
These things however are the shit. I lose a little bit in speed, but they rule in the rain and are just about bombproof in terms of flats. Or so I’ve been told.
The one downside is my fenders are now a smidgen too small, so have new fenders (SKS P55) on order.
Blah, anyhow. Time for bed. Thats all she wrote.