I was so psyched to head out on a long ride Saturday morning. Friday evening I laid everything out for the next morning. My plan was to drive to the Schuykill River Trail in Valley Forge/King of Prussia, PA and then ride about 30-40 miles on the fast, flat trail. I was looking forward to trying out my new Pearl IzumiTri Fly IVs that I finally received in a size that fits my size 13 ‘MERICAN’ feet. I even headed to Dick’s to pick up a Yakima trunk-mount rack for the car (the wife and kids had the SUV at the beach).
I woke up early Saturday to get the ride in early, as I had stuff to do in the afternoon. When I got the bike up on the rack (super easy to install), I noticed that there was an oh-so-faint rub on my rear brakes. I began playing with it, and pretty soon I had the whole brake system messed up, cable disconnected, etc.
It’s funny, since I know my limitations, and my ride partners on the LIVESTRONG ride and I kidded about how I always ask people by the side of the road “Are you guys OK?” – knowing full well I couldn’t help them if they weren’t. In fact, if I tried there’s a strong possibility that their bike would be on fire by the time I finished the attempt…
So I needed to wait until my local BikeLine opened at 9AM. The tech had it knocked out in about 4 minutes. At that point I just did a short ride on my local road route with the new shoes – THEY ARE INCREDIBLE. Apparently they are designed for bare feet (triathlon) and they did not disappoint. I have goofy-shaped huge feet, and sometimes even certain bedroom slippers are uncomfortable to me – but these things rock. I feel like if I tried to ride a Century, it wouldn’t be my feet that would be the problem.
NOTE – I did order the Zinn Manual immediately. My goal is to become slightly less
incompetent destructive when it comes to bicycles….