I’ve really enjoyed some photo posts that other bloggers have posted lately so I decided to do one of my own. Today’s ride was nothing short of spectacular. There hasn’t been one cloud in the sky since the sun came up this morning – these days are rare in Michigan.
Today is my work from home day so I normally like to head out about noon so I’ve got some time where I don’t have to worry about getting a phone call for at least an hour while I’m riding. Mrs. BgddyJim is feeling a little under the weather today, so I went and picked Josie up from Kindergarten before heading out. The temperature was perfect – 70 degrees on clipping in. I started out at a moderate pace because tomorrow is going to be another 35 mile day and I didn’t want to burn myself out for tomorrow’s festivities.
The temperature on finishing was 73 degrees – and I’m seriously debating on whether or not to go on another 16 miler – it’s just too perfect outside. Maybe I’ll take Bella for a fiver on the fat tire bike when she get home from school.
Final numbers for the ride according to Endomondo:35.5 miles in 1:56:12 – 18.35 mph average (not bad considering I stopped to take 14 pictures along the way – so much for taking it easy).
1,936 calories burned
The rider’s high afterwards: Priceless
My Endomondo Challenges:
Cycling Challenge 636 of 23,207 with 669 miles since April 1st
Move Your Butt Calorie Challenge: 1945 of 21,914
National Bike Challenge (Local Leaderboard): #10 of 337
A note on stopping at Assenmacher’s – I was doing, ahem, research for my cleaning tips post and I happened on an unedited photo of a girl that had been hit by a truck. Half of her looked normal laying on the asphalt, the other half was a grease spot. It was absolutely horrific. I stopped in to say hi to Matt and finally pick up a bar end mirror – it’s not aero, it’s not race worthy – but I don’t want to be a grease spot.
Here’s an EXCELLENT place to find a couple of really good bike cleaning tips… I never thought about removing the rear wheel to degrease the chain, but that makes a whole lot of sense, now that I’ve seen it done.
One place the pro bike washer goes wrong is using a power washer… Any decent bike mechanic will tell us mere mortals that we can’t do that… Why? We’re not replacing our parts with new, free stuff whenever our $2,000 drivetrain starts showing signs of wear. Instead, I use the “shower” setting on my garden hose, that literally lets the water fall out like rain (not a hurricane driven rain)… But the degreasing of the chain and the manner in which he washes the bike are much more efficient and quick than I normally am… Also, and this is just a minor sticking point, I won’t apply degreaser directly to the cassette – why risk getting the degreaser on the bearings in the cassette that actually need grease to work properly, when a replacement cassette runs around $80?
If you liked that, you’ll love: 3 Super-Easy Things Your Bike Mechanic Wishes You Would Do
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