Had a good giggle around Arrow Valley in Redditch, Dan especially had a laugh pedalling his way around the Lake.
He is quite a determined little feller, he tried to pedal up this, then found out he couldn’t so pushed it up instead, no mean achievement considering he’s 3 and his bike weighs more then my road bike!
Arrow Valley has some surprising sights, this beautiful little brook surrounded by trees.
His pedal was punctuated by some serious Blackberry picking and scoffing.
It was a pretty good family morning out.
Fay and Dan posing up a tree.
Me, trying to pedal Dan’s bike at Fay’s request…And failing miserably.
But the main thing is the kids enjoyed themselves…
Got back to some serious bike maintenance.
My Marin minus rear wheel getting fettled and Danned…
Then it was the Ridgeback’s turn.
I decided to take the front mech off, it never gets used and I know all about chain stretch and stuff, but too late. It’s due a new drivetrain and I intend to get it re-sprayed and have some welding done on it as soon as funds will allow. So it won’t get any more knackered than it already it is!
Front mech off, look at the state of the frame!
A XT front mech in serious need of some TLC!
Dealing with the bar stuff, bar ends off, grips off, then sort the brake lever and get the Rapidfire mech off.
Stripped bar, ready for a clean down…
Finished article. Looks a lot better and for a winter commuter hack type bike, ideal. Less is more.
Finally here’s the Breast of Lamb all prepped for the oven!
Covered in Honey, herbs and spices, surrounded by stock veg, garlic and a bit of chillie. Not a bad Sunday Dinner!
Today is about bikes and kids. My aim is to get Dan pedalling without stabilisers, I’m taking them off and taking him across to the playing field to see if I can get him pedalling without them. Wish us luck!