In the past two days I’ve done over a hundred miles of biking. Aside from my rear end complaining (time to break out the chamois butter), some other problems really merited resolving at this point, especially since tomorrow is my 90 mile adventure.
Problem #1: Persistent Hot Foot
Since I got my new bike shoes, the fabulous Gaerne G.Emma MTB shoes, I’ve had hot foot problems on both feet, but especially my right. I lived with it for a while, but after today I decided to try to fully understand the issue. This link shed quite a bit of light on the situation and I moved my cleats back nearly a full centimeter. After a spin around the block, they already feel a lot lot better, especially for longer rides. I might bring a hex wrench set tomorrow on my 90 miler for slight adjustments if I find the need.
Problem #2: Totally mangled bar tape
This is not the fault of the fine mechanics at Big Shark that put on the tape about 2000 miles ago. This is my fault for fiddling too much once a little gap opened up. I should have taken a picture because the situation was just ridiculous, especially since I rode on it like that for a couple hundred miles. Had the peeps at Big Shark put on some flashy new yellow Gecko Grip today and my bike is 86% more awesome now.
Problem #3: Unhappy cables
Last year I had my bike taken apart, cleaned, put together and totally tuned up with new cables, chains, etc. I never went back in to have my derailleurs adjusted after that period of cable slipping/stretch. I haven’t been able to get into the big cog in the back since last summer. “Oh well” was my motto when it came to this issue, and I’m a bit too timid to tinker with the derailleurs myself. After visiting the shop today, the problem is solved.
Problem #4: Front wheel needs truing
Welp, I didn’t fix this one. They didn’t have time in the shop. One of the guys was saying that the wheels I have with the paired spoke patterns sometimes just wear out after a while and truing might not be able to help ultimately. The wheels have about 6000 miles on them and they are factory wheels. I’ll have them trued later this week.
Problem #6 is really my butt, but some body glide should help solve that problem, but it might not really be chafing. It might just be breaking in my behind for those loooong rides.
Fell in love with Clif Mojo peanut butter pretzel trail mix bar today. 220 mg of sodium and some potassium too, so that should keep me in some electrolytes tomorrow. Tomorrow I’m going to rely on accelerade, and Mojo bars and will stop for more fuel as necessary. Ice cream!
I will have to mail my bike on June 9th or 10th I learned. I can rent a road bike from Big Shark in the meantime to keep my legs warm for the trip. IT IS COMING! SOON! Flying out in 19 days!