M*A*S*H For Bikes
Yesterday was one of those perfect days for riding a bike - bright and sunny; cool but not cold; lightly flattering tailwinds, that you could easily tackle as headwinds.
After work I dropped by Sustrans’ project in Ashington to lend a hand - they run a bike clinic on Thursday evenings, where anyone can bring a bike for repairs. Clinic’s probably too subtle a word for it though - at times it felt like working in a battlefield surgery unit.
At one point there were three of us fighting desperately to keep a bicycle shaped object alive - it presented with no functioning brakes, buckled front wheel, rear wheel with several spokes busted, rear and front mech smashed, mech-hanger bent, and chain as dry as a bone.
We couldn’t get it completely fixed in the time allowed, but managed to give it functioning brakes, and a temporary conversion to single speed. Given a little more time, it would have been the other sort of fixed if I’d had my way
Anyway - good fun, but I ended up leaving later than expected. And guess what? In the intervening time that easily-tackled headwind had turned into something a little more challenging.
C’est la vie!
- Type: Cycle
- Date: 10/07/2010
- Total Time: 2:11:00.00
- Calories: 1913
- Distance: 36 miles
- Average Speed: 16.49 mph