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.
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!