Went out on the mountain bike this morning, up into the hills. Lovely light. Got to say, exercise seems to be one of the best ways to work off the morning’s cortisol, anxiety and stomach butterflies.
A bike ride up on the hills with my son and a friend. Somehow managed to time it to coincide with a spell of heavy rain. So warm though and little wind, it didn’t matter. Nice to try out the bike upgrades.
While doing the brakes etc on my bike I noticed the rear tyre was in bad shape. Ordered a Maxxis Minion (which amuses my son no end) this week, fitted it this morning. Went for a slightly fatter tyre which should make for a better ride on the rough stuff.
Further to my plans to fit new brakes on my bike, I ordered some that were suitable, which duly arrived a week or so ago. All good to go.
Only I had not paid attention to the existing brake levers, the ones that are quite literally in front of me when I’m riding. They are combined brake levers/gear shifters….
Why I’d not thought of that before ordering the new ones, I’m not sure. Enthusiasm getting in the way of attention to detail, I expect.
Next stop, order gear shifters. Which have arrived as well.
This last week I’ve been (carefully, taking my time, so I don’t miss any details) changing over the components. All quite straightforward in fact. Even indexing the cassette was not too tricky although I put that down to luck more than anything else.
The brakes are a vast improvement on the previous ones and gear changing is smoother, so that’s a bonus. Pretty pleased all round.