August 19, 2012

August 18, 2012 Bike Ride

     I had to meet some friends for a barbeque at noon and I had planned on doing a nice ride that day. I decided that I would still do the ride but I would wake up at 5:30 in the morning so I would have time to do my ride and get home for a shower before lunch. I had planned on doing my standard 'Zoo Ride' route twice for a total of roughly 80km.

     The ride started out well and the roads were nice and empty. However, when I got to my turn around point on Main St I shifted into my front big ring and dropped my chain. I don't clean my chain as often as I should so putting the chain back on the ring was a messy job. It only took a couple of seconds to fix but it still wasn't fun.

     The rest of my ride was going great but I spaced out for a moment near Steeles and hit a large rock which gave me a front flat tire. I took my time fixing the flat (the whole thing probably took ten minutes) but while I was out there on the super wide gravel shoulder I had two separate pace lines slow down to ask me if I was alright, two individual cyclists did the same and a kind driver turned his car around to see if I needed a ride anywhere or a drink of water. I have heard stories from other cyclists about how other people on the road are assholes but I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by the kindness and concern of strangers. I now know if I were ever to be stranded out on the road with a fatal mechanical error I wouldn't have to worry about receiving help from others.

     I replaced the tube on my flat tire but for some reason the tire would not seat properly into the rim and was ballooning out on one side. Luckily I was only about 5km from my car so I rode the remainder of the way back very slowly just in case my tire decided to blow again.

     Because of the flat tire I was only able to do about half of the distance I was originally planning but it was a beautiful day and I still had a great time. I'll probably head out to the rouge valley again next weekend if the weather is nice and try to do the ride again.

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