I’m in the works van today as there is a requirement to move some of the vans about. We’re a bit short of bodies at the moment with sick leave and holidays so I’m it! Still, if you can’t take a joke you shouldn’t have joined!
That leaves me looking forward to tomorrow’s pedal. I’ll do the 20 miler (East side) and do the Frankley Beeches route on the way home. Apparently the weather is nice tomorrow and Wednesday getting a bit dodgy on Thursday.
Remember my poor battered Ridgeback Commuter? It has been the subject of on an ongoing saga since its bottom bracket let go a few weeks ago. This is a very old bike. It has in its life done some serious wilderness mountain biking in Snowdonia. It has carried me to Longbridge from Small Heath regularly on an old commuting route, then Rubery to Solihull on another commuting route. Now as you know it has been taking me regularly via the towpath to Smethwick from Rubery through one of the worst winters in living memory. Faithful workhorse doesn’t even come close to describing how I feel about the old girl.
It went in to Northfield Cycles for a replacement bottom bracket. No probs, then while it was in Neil phoned me and said its rear hub was gone, this didn’t surprise me. Old bike after all. Then he said the cassette had worn badly, again…Then he said the rim was shot. So the bottom line was a new bottom bracket, new cassette, new rear wheel and new chain. Gulp. I kind of knew this was coming. Then just to complete the set, I realised I needed a new headset which I fitted. Apart from the front wheel everything major has now been renewed. Just in time for the little bit of NCR5 through Brum I’m doing with JB!
The frame is very rusty and battered now, bless her, so a complete strip down and respray might be a summer project.