22 Jul 2017 4:15pm (1 year ago)
It's been a while and on the first ride I had a spoke break.
So I haven't ridden my bike this year, this makes me a little sad and ashamed.
The more I didn't ride the more I thought it'd harder to get back on it.
So this morning I did some maintenance to make sure that everything was fine for me to ride to work on Monday morning.
As I was cleaning the wheels one of the spokes on the front wheel went TWANG, so I got out my Haynes Bike Book to see how hard it was to fix. It turns out that changing a spoke is relatively easy, the difficult part was making sure the wheel is then true, the Haynes manual rated the difficulty as 5 spanners. This worried me, I have no idea, even with the manual how to do this.
So off I rode to the Halfords in Beckton, it turns out that:
I called Cycle Surgery at the Velodrome to see if they:
They said, their mechanic was not in today but the manager could do it and it's be £15. Win! So I cycled over to the Velodrome. When I got there, they told me that it would take an hour. So I went into the Velodrome and sat in the 45º Cafe watching the Tour de France, double win!
It only took them 30 minutes so I didn't get to see much, but I've recorded it anyway.
It turns out I'm not as fit as I was at the end of last year, but I'll get there.
Distance: 9.5 miles
Average Speed: 11.6 miles/hour