Progress so far...

June 30th 2009 - 22 stone 4Ibs. Current weight - 17 stone 1Ib. Weight loss - 5 stone 3Ibs. Commuting miles - 3389.
Non commuting miles - 359. Mileage this week - 101 miles. Total mileage - 3748 miles.

Sunday, 24 January 2010

Maintenance day...

The trip to Mumsies went pretty well. The kids weren't travel sick and although we were held up on the M5 between Junc 2 and 1 and onto the M6 for an hour Friday evening they slept!

Today was about bike maintenance though.

Just look at the state of my poor commuter...

The result of 3 weeks of road salt, oily road grime, canal mud and goose shit. Also the flat rear after Thursday evening's blow out.

It needed a new rear tyre and tube, a drivetrain strip down, degrease and clean and general fettling. That was after a thorough jetwash to get rid of all of the gunk. I know there's an opinion on not jetwashing, but if you're careful and avoid bearings you'll be ok. I've always jetwashed bikes and never had a problem.

During the very dirty deed...

To finish up I gave my Brooks saddle some leather treatment and a polish. 

Below is the finished article after 2 hours work.

She is very frayed around the edges now, 20 years of putting up with me it is pretty understandable. I also sorted wifey's Specialized Rockhopper out too. She's threatening to restart pedalling too!

Video of my blow out. Listen for the bang!


  1. He he he, noticed the blow out and the bad words, he he he...

    Oh and no front mudguard, just fitted full guards to my Trek 4300 commuter and love the fact that they keep me dry(er)...

    Bikes looking great btw. must do mine fully and not the casual clean it gets every friday night.

  2. Looks a lot better for it! Must do mine in the week. Quite an impressive bang on the video!

  3. The bike is as good as you look after it, and it is looking good.

    AN interesting time for the time to let go and a nice choice of words............