On Monday morning, I set off as usual but felt my rear brakes rubbing slightly as though the wheel was out of true. I couldn't figure out why until, about a mile and a half from home at the bottom of a hill, I braked and heard a "ping" from my back wheel. Stopping to investigate the matter revealed this:
|Broken spoke(n) - not one, but two!|
Therefore, the mileage tally on my Dahon stands as follows:
Week 15 - 34.5 miles
Week 16 - 3 miles
Total to date - 998 miles!!!
So tantalisingly close to the 1,000 mile mark but that's not going to happen for a week or so. Shame.
However, having the "luxury" of 21 gears at my disposal has allowed me a little leeway to experiment. I have a long-held plan to build a single-speed, fixed gear road bike. I love the simplicity of a fixie and one or two sites I've seen recently have featured riders doing really long tours/randonee on such machines. Rugged, simple and capable.
So last night I tried to find one gear ratio that worked pretty well for all situations. Such a gear needs to :
- Be comfortable for pressing along at reasonable speed on the flat
- Be low enough (but still have something to "push" against) when climbing hills
- Enable me to spin down hills without running my legs round at a crazy cadence
I have an old but barely used early 80's Raleigh donor bike in the garage just waiting for a new wheelset and fixed gearing. Maybe a summer project if I can free up a bit of spare cash!