It started out great, like all rides do. Man do those first strokes feel great! Clipping in, settling in to the saddle, the click of the cassette. Ahhhhhh...
My last three rides (two of which I didn't post about) have been on a new route. A route that T designed for a small group that will come with me on Saturday. Along one bank of the river one way, then the other side on the way back. Mostly flat, with one hill near the end.
But the gods were not on my side today. First some idiot passes me in the bike path without notifying me, and I'm going 32 km/h! Just when I'm about to shout at him (in French, because there are many more swear words in French) when POW!! Crap. A flat. Ugh.
Luckily there's a hike shop 700m away! Silver lining.
The bike shop was very nice and helpful, plus they had the coolest toilet paper holder! :-D (see pics)
Change the tube, and the tire, buy some gels and I'm on my way...
But again the gods are in a laughing mood and now I discover that I can no longer unclip my right shoe! Awesome! I'm attached to my bike! I ride a bit more to find a spot where I can try to "fix" this.
I find a piece of cement where I can sit down, but I still can't remove my right foot from the pedal. So I lie myself and the bike on my left side. Then, of course, my leg cramps up!! I ride that out and finally can untie my shoe so I can at least work on the pedal. In my socks. :-/
This is where I figure out what's wrong. Somehow I lost one of my SPD screws. So there's only one left. Which means that when I twist my foot/shoe the clip isn't moving inside the pedal, it's just rotating on that one screw.
I searched on my phone for a solution, nada. But I was able to pry the clip with an Allen key. And then remove the clip completely from my shoe. And finally start riding again.
Now I have to attack that aforementioned hill without being clipped in! Yay!!
But I finally made it home and was able to keep up the average speed that I was aiming for.
So in the end, not the most fun ride in the world, but I'm happy with my performance. :-)