I want to start out by saying HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my wonderful wife Cathy. I am very proud of her. She took her birthday present (The new Bike) out for its first ride in the hood and made it up both of the hills. I remember the first time I rode those hills and they are pretty tough. I still need to help her through proper use of gears, but otherwise she is doing great.
Last night was an easy ride for me. I rode for 40 minutes and did a little more then 10 miles. More importantly, I did a bunch of work on Windbreaker. When we bought Cathy's bike, the shop owner had flipped the stem over. Originally it had been more straight or slightly downward pointing. when he flipped it, it was pointing upward which would be easier for her. He explained that there are differing opinions on which way is better, but that the downward position was more Aero and his preferred position. So I got to thinking, I knew my stem pointed upward. Last night I decided to flip it before my ride. It really wasnt too hard to do. Boy I was surprised. It definitely is a more areo position. It allowed me to get down further into the aero position and it didnt bother me at all.
During my ride, I kept hearing my front tire rubbing on my brake. After closer inspection i discovered my front wheel was seriously out of true. So after my ride. I decided to do some work on my bike. I tightened all the spokes and worked on my wheel till it was closer o the center of the fork. If it continues to be a prob, I will take the wheel in and hopefully they can true it right away. I will need to buy some new brake pads this weekend. While I was working on it I went ahead and cleaned most of my bike and relubed the chain. So hopefully my next ride will be smoother.
I am really interested to see how the change in stem position will affect my ride. The bike shop owner seemed to claim it will help me to generate more power
OCN:10.21 Mi 42:48 14.32 mph