A lot happened, I sold my Motorbike very very quickly, I did a bit of looking around online and got an exact idea of what the bike was worth, which was a nice surprise. I then phoned Gareth at Cradley Kawasaki the place where I got the bike in the first place (actually the place where I always get my Kwaks, bits, servicing, hell they even taught me to ride as well!) and after a quick chat about condition, mileage etc he offered about what I thought he would allowing for dealer margin of course.
Got home, got the bike out and rode it the 11 miles to Cradley Heath, Gareth handed me the cheque there and then and Wifey gave me a lift back home.
So a new commuting bike is in the offing. As well as a much needed addition to the Chapman exchequer, as wifey lost her job a while back which is pressurising us a bit, but we're not the only ones.
We went out last night as well to celebrate wifey's birthday, a couple in the Dodford, where the Richard the Gaffer gave us a drink on the house to celebrate wifey's birthday, then a couple in the Wildmoor Oak and finally a curry in Rubery at the Masala, they specialise in Bangladeshi Cuisine and it's bloody lovely! (no website, sorry). I had a good chat with wifey about the bike choice and all of the helpful advice you gave me and I have arrived at decision with her help as she knows me best.
Drum roll...I will be getting a Giant Defy 2. The reason for that is this. I have a full suspension MTB, I have a MTB all roadified that will be used as a winter hack and towpath basher, the yawning gap I have in my bike stable is an out and out road bike. I have a number of big rides planned which really demands a road bike. Also my pedalling is a serious thing now and the Giant will be used a lot to build mileage, get fitter and help me over the various humps of stationary weight loss. All dependant on a test ride of course!
Northfield Cycles will be getting a visit today. I'm looking forward to it. I haven't bought a new bike in 20 odd years!
Onto rugby matters, I had a phone call off the Chairman of a local Rugby Club yesterday asking me to pop along and meet their committee with a view to me taking over as Head Coach. I'm happy where I am at the moment though, so even though this new thing is a paid position I'm still in two minds about it. I'll go along next month and have a look and see what they have to say. I've been Head Coach of a league club before and it is an all consuming activity and pretty much a thankless task. It's all your fault when you lose and it's the brilliance of the players when you win. Neither is true of course but bloody hell, it does get a bit wearing. That can go on the back burner for a bit though.
Commuter will be getting a good clean in a minute, cycling kit sorted, then a little birthday party for the Spawn of Satan who is 3 years old today. Happy Birthday Dan!