Friday, February 10, 2006

The man with the foolish grin

Date: February 10
Mileage: 24
Ride type: Commute
February mileage: 104
Year to date mileage: 351

How to make yourself feel like an idiot (part 1):
After riding for a week and thinking the back end of the bike felt a little loose, finally get around to trying to figure out why. The reason turned out to be that the rear cone had worked it's way loose and the wheel shimmied like a banshee.

How to make yourself feel like a genius (part 1):
Grab the wrenches and tighten it up in about 2 minutes. And have the wheel work beautifully.

How to make yourself feel like an idiot (part 2):
Realize how much easier it is to ride in the snow when you and your back wheel agree on which direction you're going. Also realize it's much easier to ride where there's no snow too.

How to make yourself feel like a genius (part 2):
Realize you're not nearly as out of shape as you had imagined, now that there's not so much excessive drag on the rear end.

How to make yourself feel like an idiot (part 3):
Take a slight detour on your way home, get lost in what's practically your backyard and end up tacking an extra 4 miles onto your trip home.

How to make yourself feel like an idiot (part 4):
Volunteer to take over the mashed potato duties since your lovely wife is on the phone. Add way too much milk and end up with something the consistency of Cream of Wheat.

For today, idiocy wins: 4-2.

Don't forget, bike Ice Races tomorrow at Rogers Lake in Mendota. First race begins at 10:00 am. You may even be lucky enough to see my smiling face there. If I don't get lost again, that is.

2 comments:

Sparky said...

Idiocy always wins! ;)

Glad you got that figured out, eh. Lube didn't help hunh? Hee. I can't begin to count the number of forehead/palm moments I've had of that nature.

Pete said...

I'd have to pack a lot of lube in there to make up for the 1/4' gap that the ball bearings were rattling around in!