I haven’t had a lot of luck getting my husband on his bike. My enthusiasm is not catching. I guess part of that is I got a brand new bike, and he didn’t. He’s got his bike from high school, and I’m not telling you how long ago that was. It’s in good shape overall – a little bit of rust, a lot of grime, but under that – it’s fine.
So I’m fixing it up for him – getting in tip top condition again. Except, I don’t know squat about fixing bikes. I’ve got a couple of books from the library (more coming in today) and a general idea of what needs to be done. Last night my brother helped me to fix the back brakes, which involved using the front brakes for parts. Now I’ve got to replace the front brakes entirely. It needs a thorough cleaning, and everything needs a good lube, and I think that the back wheel is a little warped – not much, but it should probably get some attention. The derailleurs need tweaking (so do mine for that matter) and that should just about do it.
So with that in mind, another trip to the bike store – with a stop at the library on the way back. New brakes, chain lube, spoke wrench. Maybe some new tires, but that can probably wait. And a back rack.
Speaking of back racks… made it out to Canadian Tire yesterday for a couple of odds and ends, and found myself in the bike section. Picked up a back rack and handle grips (Supercycle brand, on sale) – only to find out when we got home that the rack doesn’t work. This particular rack mounts to the brake assembly, and therefore doesn’t work with V-brakes. Would not have even occurred to me that you would mount a rack to your brakes. Of all the silly things…
Unrelated: I mentioned that I’d been wanting to go to Humber Bay Park, and Michael was kind enough to map me a route. As appreciative as I am, it was to the wrong park, and I thought I’d share the map to the correct park.
Excuse the fuzziness. So you can see now the obstacles that stand between me and my favourite local park. 1) Mimico Creek 2) The Gardiner 3) the railway tracks. And the route that has me nervous: Queensway to Park Lawn. This is the direct route – it makes sense in terms of distance and terrain. There are ways to avoid the Queensway: one involves going North first to cross the creek and then taking Park Lawn all the way down. Another way would be to take Royal York South and coming back along the Lakeshore. Both these routes add considerable distance. There’s a footbridge in Woodford Park (see top star) that would take me across the ravine, but the hill to get down to the park is such a steep incline that I am not even going to consider it an option.
So, I’m going to suck it up and try the direct route, at least once. And if I make it, I will reward myself with a stop at the Christie factory outlet store, which is on the route.
And if you haven’t been, you should visit Humber Bay Park. Between the model boat pond, the butterfly habitat, and the swans and other waterfowl – it really is a beautiful place to visit. I’m lucky to live so close.