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The Bridge Ate My Wheel

30daysofbiking day 26 – What a beautiful day to ride! It was a little windy, but it’s almost always windy on the Sunday ride. I’ve determined that Sunday is the windiest day of the week.  

We were cruising along enjoying the scenery and all was well.  I even bought some new road tires the day before that Robert was going to help me put on after the ride. I’m horrible with road tires.  We were set to do 50+ miles.

 

Then we came to a covered bridge. No big deal, I ride over a covered bridge every day though, not this one.

  

This bridge has a low clearance, but we were on bikes so no problem. There was a group of people at the bridge taking pictures; I stopped briefly. 

  

When I started moving again I managed to get my front wheel wedged between two boards. It was stuck! I started falling sideways and quickly got my foot un-clipped from the pedal. I stayed upright, but I wasn’t quick enough; the wheel twisted as I started falling and bent the rim. Shit! 

That bridge wasn’t that different from the bridge I ride through everyday (below), but this one managed to eat my wheel and spit it back out crooked. Actually, I had to really pull on it to get it unwedged.

 

So, we were going to ride out another 5-10 miles before looping back, but that changed. We were about 20 miles from our cars and my wheel was rideable but wobbling so we headed back. I couldn’t help but watch it wobbling as I rode. It was hypnotizing and freaky. We slowed our pace just a little and tried to avoid any big (down)hills. 

We made it back without any further incident. Next we went to the R’s house. The plan was that Robert was going to help me change to my new tires. We got the back one changed, no point bothering with the front. They were also kind enough to loan me a front wheel AND keep the bent one to drop off at the shop tomorrow since I won’t have time (work). The R’s are great people!

  

I loaded the bike into my dirty car (bike hauler/grocery getter) with a new rear tire and a front loaner. When I got home I did a 5 mile loop to test it. Perfect!  Now to find out how much the wheel is going to cost….I got 7000 miles out of it, so not too shabby.

Thirty days of biking is going strong!

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SNOW!……again.

I rode my bike to work this morning somehow refusing to believe that it would snow.  I expected rain; it was about 40 degrees.

I don’t have any windows in my office, but I usually keep a live campus cam (that refreshes every 10 seconds) on my second monitor. A co-worker came in the office today and said “look out your window, it’s snowing”.  It was really snowing; huge flakes.

The ground quickly turned white but the roads were clear. It looked to be okay to ride home, though  I do have a bail-out option. My husband works about 2-3 miles from my work. If necessary I can ride or get a ride there and take his car home. I foolishly decided to ride all the way home (10.5 miles the direct/shortest route).

The first 4 miles were wet but okay. I decided to pull over and put on rain pants since the snowflakes were huge and soaking wet. Mistake. The slushy snow clumped into my cleats. I fumbled with my snow covered mittens and foggy glasses and then noticed that roads were suddenly covered too. I didn’t bother putting on the rain pants since it was taking too long. I fought to get my feet back in the pedals with the slush caked cleats but I got going. The roads were getting bad. I was completely covered in snow and my bike was getting clumped with slush too. My glasses kept getting covered in snow. The snowflakes were huge. At least the road wasn’t slippery. 

I pulled off again at the fairgrounds under cover to clean off some snow. 



I finally put on the rain pants, but I was soaked when I got home. Everything was soaked. My helmet was a snow helmet.



I have wet stuff everywhere that needs to dry for tomorrow and the start of 30 Days of Biking.  I hope the roads clear and don’t freeze.  I hope my stuff dries.



What a crazy ride!

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The Numbers – 2014

I love riding my bike and the numbers aren’t that important, but they’re something I can’t help but keep track of all year long. In the three years that I’ve really been riding and tracking miles, this is my best biking year.

Here’s how it all ended for 2014:

Total biking miles – 8,300
Broken down as 5,310 transport miles with 5,005.34 of them as commuting to work. The other 2,990 were sport miles or joy rides. I biked to work 212 of the 242 working days. I also had two months that I rode over 1,000 miles. A first (and second) for me.

By the month:
January 268
February 290
March 587
April 816
May 903
June 1,020
July 1,010
August 842
September 902
October 689
November 483
December 489

By the bike:
Trek 1.2 Road bike – 3061
Cannondale commuter – 4111
Trek 930 (converted to a commuter with slicks) – 902
Trek 520 (only had it for two weeks so far) – 226

On average I rode 159.6 miles per week or 22.7 per day. That’s a lot of time behind bars!

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On another note…..running.
I only ran 164 miles this year.
That averages out to one 5k per week. In the two previous years I ran an average of 9+ miles per week and over 500 for the year.

I hope to do more in 2015 running and biking.
See you out there!

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