15 February 2015

Alphabent soup

15 Feb 2015
Red Leader and I finally had a day together to ride!
We elected to start from William Pond and ride the 12 1/2 miles to the Alphabent recumbent bike shop in Sacramento.
It has been months since we'd been there and I speculated that there would be a new shop minion. And there was! Sweating like a one armed paper hanger, he still found time to take down our request for new chain tubes for the trikes.
There were plenty of people there, so we two introverts got to talk to new people! And some familiar ones. Yay!
On the way back we saw a very long freight train (3 engines) pulling flat cars loaded with an amazing variety of military vehicles. Some were green and some beige and that's about all I can tell you.
Red Leader got a rear flat (probably from the broken glass on C St that I managed to avoid). Fixed with no problems, although I'd like to hybridize our two mini pumps, taking the in line gauge from mine and the ability to stay clamped on the stinking stem from Red Leader's!
I need to buy more tubes. We like the Schwalbe with the longer stems. And I nerd a new helmet: looks like I dropped it on concrete one two many times. And I need a new sports bra. And new socks. Sheesh!

02 February 2015

Rollin' Rollers

Saturday, January 31st


I led a morning ride of two diamond frames on my little 21 mile hill-slog. My average speed was 9.7, while the fastest rider (I was the slowest, natch') averaged about 11. The other two waited for me at the top of the hills, but I was never very far behind.

I feel less toasted after this ride then the last time I did it, so my plan of getting stronger must be working.

It was a nice cool sunny day with a slight breeze. I was cold starting out, but warmed up after the first hill.

I did take a few minutes the other day and lube the chain and various other moving parts. Less noise, more fun now. I'll admit to 'repairing' one splitting chain tube with Gorilla tape. I need to just order a whole set of new tubes for both trikes and figure out how to put them on. Sigh.

It is supposed to rain sometime real soon, so I'm not sure when next I'll ride.