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August 23rd, 2005

Aug. 23rd, 2005

I'm working from home today for the first tiime in ages, and feel relaxed enough to make an update for once. The reason I'm working from home is that I'm waiting for a new bike to arrive. Say what? Well, a few months ago, my rear spindle broke while I was riding it. I managed to get that replaced (eventually), but a few weeks later my rear rim finally gave up, taking several spokes with it. The reality is that my bike was a cheapo Argos job, with a heavy stell frame, oldfashioned freewhell, headset etc. and generally not suited to bombing along unpaved dirt tracks at 20mph. I decided it was worthwhile investing in a decent bike, so I am currently awaiting delivery of a GT Avalance 1.0 Disc '05, which I did not, at all, choose because it was matte black and the '06 model is white.

Sue has a bike too now, and since she's never learned to ride at all so far, I've been accompanying her going back and forth on the back street. Not very far, but it's a start.

We had a very enjoyable week off last week but one: went to Shrewsbury for a couple of days, up to my parents for a couple more, then called in on inferis for a day before heading back down. My motivation to do any work last week was noticeably lacking. Climbed Pendle for the first time in years on the Friday. Typically, it was a great day until just before we got to the top, at which point a cloud blew straight across in from the north, reducing visibilty from about 50 miles to about 200 yards. Despite that, it was fun :)
Oh what a surprise. Looks like Porcelfarce have taken my bike back to the depot without bothering to try and deliver it, seeing as I've been here at home to receive it. Are they telepathic?




Aug. 23rd, 2005


It hasn't actually taken me this long to put it together, there's been a snooze break and a food break too. However, I've got it all working, put my own pedals on (because they're better than the 520s it comes with) and made a start at getting the brakes adjusted (potentially less fiddly than Vs... but still something you want daylight for). I might need a longer seatpost. I might get used to it the height it is. I should definitely change the tyres before commuting. I hear lots of strange tinkling noises when going along the back street-- possibly the alu frame just sounds different. And it's light. Startlingly light.



Steve Haslam

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