Not me thankfully, but this made me jump…
So we’re now halfway through the year.
I always look forward to July because the middle of the year seems to be some kind of mental hurdle. The days get shorter and colder. The long stretch with no public holidays begins. Going for a ride involves ~20 individual items of clothing.
But somehow, July always makes me a bit happier.
Which is odd, because days are still short and cold. There are still no public holidays. Going for a ride still involves ~20 individual items of clothing.
The last week in Melbourne has been, what I would describe as, perfect mid-winter riding weather. Minimal wind, no rain, cold mornings but perfect sunny afternoons. As such, I’ve been taking the opportunity to ride as much as I can.
Of course, this means that I need fuel.
Lots of fuel.
The more energy dense the better.
Eating cake for (second) breakfast is normal right?
I’ll admit that I’ve had better days…
While some people have been complaining about the long string of hot days, I’ve been taking advantage of it, by getting in a serious amount of commuting kilometers. So many in fact, that it appears that my poor Surly has spat the dummy.
A little bit of research into this problem suggests that what I’m experiencing here is not uncommon for owners of early model SRAM road parts. Unfortunately, the groupset on my Surly is well past the warranty period, so it looks like I’m up for a new shifter.
For ultimate beardo credits, I’m thinking of changing the bike over to bar end shifters (and because it’s cheaper). While it might seem like a backward step technology-wise, it seems that all of the
cool kids serious bike nerds are doing it on the basis of superior reliability.