It was good to be back out on the bike after 2 weeks off. Over Easter we had been away camping and sea kayaking on the Isles of Scilly and I had returned from that with a nasty virus which made even walking up the stairs exhausting. I picked up the Galaxy from Toby of Pedals and Paddles after its refurb ready for LeJog and this was it’s first outing.
The bike was good. It felt solid which I suppose is because of a new bottom bracket. I have got new 25mm tyres to replace the 28mm and they are much quieter and maybe a bit quicker. It was very nice to have a silent drive train.
I tried to follow Toby’s advice about avoiding chain crossing. Chain crossing puts a lot of lateral tension (sideways flex) on the chain and will cause the chain to wear out prematurely. Also, being in the ‘big-big’ combination causes the rear derailleur to be pulled overtight, and imposes a lot of force on it.
With all the gear combinations and possible ratio’s, I am trying to find a ‘similar feeling’ gear using the middle chainring and one of the middle cogs, without imposing excessive lateral flex on the chain.
My right quadriceps which had its pea sized lump of tissue extracted in yesterdays biopsy seemed none the worse and didn’t protest at all to the 40 odd miles ride with the usual West Dorset premium of 3,812’ of ascent. It’s a bit warmer – 8 degrees…whoopy do! But windy, cloudy and occasional spots of rain. Not really much sign of Spring yet. The lanes are still very wet and muddy in places with lots of pot holes. I didn’t see another cyclist in 3 1/2 hours.
Details of the ride can be found here.
Just time for a shower before heading off to Iyengar Yoga with Alex at Bridport Leisure Centre