Tuesday: Damn Hills / What’s That Noise?
I went for a somewhat long way round trip to my clients’ on Tuesday, involving some reasonably serious hills. I think I ended up messing up my hydration though, despite having a count-down timer on the handlebars to remind me to drink every ten minutes:
- After two hours’ cycling, I’d drunk less than 1.5 litres.
- I also seemed to go through a huge volume of fluids in the afternoon, but without much need to pee.
- I felt the usual lethargy that for me is a sure sign of dehydration
- In fact this got so bad that I ended up going to bed at 9:30, with a slight headache (no - not man-flu).
I think where I went wrong was on the hills - when you’re standing up on the pedals, it’s easy just to push the reset button to shut off the annoying bleeping sound, and forget to take the drink. That’s my excuse anyway.
Three miles from home, I became worried about a buzzing rattling sound on the bike. It’s been kinda there for quite a while, and I’d never found out what it was. It seemed to be getting worst though, and my guess was that it was a loose bolt on one of the bottle cages.
Nope. One of the spoke nipples on the rear wheel had come adrift. I feel pretty annoyed, as I’ve never had this problem ever before . . . except on this bike (Gina), and in fact on this same spoke. How do I recognise individual spokes you ask? Can’t everyone do that? Actually in this case it’s pretty easy - it’s the one after the tyre’s valve.
- Type: Cycle
- Date: 07/24/2007
- Total Time: 2:38:00.00
- Distance: 43 miles
- Average Speed: 16.33 mph