You know what?
No, not chicken butt.
No matter what happens, Saturdays are very difficult to ruin. Saturdays most often are my days, days to get all that important stuff done, to ride ride ride ride, to kick back. I protect my Saturdays, rarely give them away if at all possible. When my kids were younger it was a different story, what with all kinds of kid stuff and their sports and little trips. Even then, I always made it a priority to ride my bike, even if it meant BCDing it (Butt Crack of Dawning it).
Today was supposed to be very, very cold, as in the 20 degree range. Instead, it was 36 degrees when I set out at 8 AM, clothed in fleece lined tights and three layers up top. I was hopeful to find rideable dirt trails at Saw Wee Kee park, even though there were periodic downpours early in the day yesterday. My VW carted my bike and I to the woods, found absolutely pristine conditions, almost as if it hadn’t rained for days. Hallelujah!
My friend, Jon, was already out on the trails, his van the only vehicle in the parking lot as I arrived. I knew I would find my energetic friend somewhere out in the woods. Jon had probably been there for several hours. There is no one who likes to ride more than Jon.
There was one problem. As I landed my first jump, I heard the clunk of the rear shock bottoming out. The bike felt like it was riding low, confirmed by a sharp pedal strike a few more feet after that landing. I pulled to a stop, dismounted, inspected the shock and found exactly what I suspected — the seal was shot. My ride was likely over unless it was simply a case of the shock being low on air, an easy fix since I had a shock pump in my car. I turned back to the parking lot as Jon rolled up, followed me back to my car.
Things looked better after I pumped the shock up. It held full pressure, sat real nice as I hit the auto sag. Jon and I rolled back onto the trail. I flew over the first few jumps, felt the rear end of my bike drop. Sure enough, the shock did not hold pressure. Ride over.
Jon and I took some time to catch up on things before heading back to our cars. I had news for him, news that shocked the snot out of him. We talked about it for a while and I assured him that I am OK.
Good thing my bike shop is on the way home. Looks like they have the seals in stock. I should get the bike back and get some rides in before the snow and ice takes back the trails for the winter.
So I decided this was going to be a day to get things done. I did. Cleaned up the back yard, repaired a window and screen, finally moved that useless treadmill out of the upstairs master bedroom and sold it on Craigslist, put together a list of supplies needed for repairs around the house, straightened up the back yard shed. The treadmill ended up sticking in the maximum incline position when I tested it in the garage, so I gave it away instead of selling it — but it’s gone.
I built a nice little fire in the fire ring, enjoyed a conversation next to the fire with my friend Gina when she brought my spare mountain bike over for me. Perfect timing for her to bring it back. Gina teaches mountain bike skills classes for the local mountain bike riding association, had borrowed my spare to use with her students. Great timing. Now I can ride tomorrow.
It’s a quiet evening, solitary and good, my music keeping me company as I write, my orange and white feline friend warming in my lap. Saturday is always good, almost impossible to ruin.
Stay thirsty, my friends.