Wednesday, March 18, 2009
I decided on the cranks i'll use for the new bike and started work on polishing them up. I have never polished anything before, so it was a case of dropping down to machine mart after a quick read on wikipedia. All seemed to be pretty obvious, and the results would most likely depend on patience, a gentle hand and luck. This was borne out. The old xt HTII's were revived and a couple of gauges from 'dropped chain whilst fixed' issues filed down. Edges softened and then sanded. And sanded. And sanded. Getting a good finish really does take for ever!
Still, i'm reasonably happy now and after a day or two of use im sure they will be fine.
Anja was up for a quick visit after finding out she may or may not have work to come back to after her trip home to new zealand. Pretty rough treatment, id say. Hmmm. We got in a good meal and a beer or two before she had a hectic 3 days to pack and get in transit. I expect you'll be hearing about cx in new zealand soon.
I got in a ride. 105-110 miles or so on the fixed. Trying to adhere to joe friel's advice. Tough on a fixed, and the wet and the wind made it character building. Read more on VC Moulin.
Immediately after this (and perhaps because i lowered my defences) i came down with a pretty grim vomiting bug. No carbo loading permitted then...almost over that now.
The new practice opened today officially, with the university principal and members of the barclay family in attendance. All good. The rooms look great, with a much more contemporary feel than most surgeries. The future is bright...