So I looked closer and noticed that the tire was bald! I guess after riding almost 1500 miles that tire wears out! Some of the threads were starting to come out of the tire!
So I went and bought a new tire. I put it on and guess what? The tire was still wobbly! Huh? So, I asked a co-worker at work the next day what they thought the problem could be. They said to check and see if a spoke was broke.
Well, all be darned! A spoke was broken. I got on YouTube to see how you change one out. I went down to another bike store and bought a new spoke, nipple and nipple wrench, and tried to fix it myself. Well after loosening a bunch of nuts and having the bearings fall out, and the gears not budging, I now have a wheel that is a pile of unworking parts. I've got to take the pile into the bike shop with a Puss in Boots look on my face and ask if they can fix the mess I created.
So much for trying to be a DIY'er.
This morning, I was feeling the urgency to ride, and ended up jumping on my stationary bike and getting an hour ride in. Gee, I haven't been on that thing for months. It was fun to visit my old friend.
BTW, while I was in the bike shop, I saw some beautiful Specialized Bikes on display. I tried to imagine myself owning one of those. Well, the day will come, but not for a short season.
I need to go get my wheel fixed now, or get my unicycle out and ride that 20 miles every day.
I have had this urge to get out an go for a 50-mile ride. I've never biked that far yet, but I want to do it. This Saturday is already filled, so maybe the following Saturday will be the day. So I will do some good training over the next 10 days, rest the Friday before, and go on the biggie,
Have a great day!
|Front tire tread.|
|Rear tire tread.|