My husband is in a dilema. He purchase a used but in excellent condition Specialized Tarmac with very nice Campagnolo Veloce components. A pure carbon fiber frame. He took a fall on it last year but it appeared nothing was wrong with it. He took a nice long 102 mile ride on it yesterday. Got home and for some reason decided to inspect it. In doing so he realized a cracked on the frame below the crank. He is now in mourning with the fear that is deeper than just a paint crack. A trip to the local bike shop will determin the condition and wether or not he has lost his frame or not. Im a bit on the bummed side because it’s an expensive buy. But he insists that parts are worth more than frame. But thus is the chances one takes when getting a full carbon fiber frame. I still suffer from sticker shock whenever he buys new bike toys. However, a broken bike only means a new bike in the near future and he is in fact checking out new models already..still considering another Tarmac. :sigh: lol. That would make 3 new bikes this year already and we’re only into April. And this my friends is my husbands hobby and life.
Yesterday we went for a smooth 20 mile Ride in the morning. Heading out of town I made Rob stop to take my picture with the tulips. The photo doesnt do the flowers justice. They’re really pretty. Looks kind of blah in the photo’s though.
I finaly cleaned my bike after a horribly long period of bike neglect. I went a year without cleaning Lulu. Her chain and rings are now in pretty good shape but I noticed taht my neglect has caused some small spots of very minor rust on the chain. So sometime this year i’ll be getting a new one. I tried my best but riding in Florida has gotten sand stuck in spots I cant reach. Rob says I will probably need new chain components. Im learning. But because of the fresh clean and new oil I’ve earned my cyclist tattoo.
I had a fantabulous ride with a chick thats part of the Saber group. That was my first time really riding with another girl and with someone other than my husband! We did a pretty hilly loop which caused some slight torture to my back during the climbs but safe to say that my back did not suffer long once I got off the bike post ride. I’d say we’re pretty equal in our pace (though at times I can see where she’s got more years on teh bike than me). Its time I start taking to hills anyways. 20 milers are now my recovery rides and im riding the 3rd (heavy) ring alot more. I need more resistance and challenges. Tomorow im riding a 35 miler..though I have no idea where to.