Well this is embarrassing. I was sidelined for a week or so due to a combination of a long ride, friction/heat caused by a new saddle, perspiration, and insufficient hygiene. I basically got a nasty case of jock itch with an accompanying rash. By the time I noticed it…
Anyway, some salve, powder, and time off the bike have got things headed back in the right direction, and I have a new found respect for…well…you know. That’s enough from the TMI department, and no; there are no pictures.
That left last night for a nice ride at dusk out through Lisburn. The deer are out en masse, including two along Brenneman Road who looked up at me for a second or two, and went back to munching, even though I was within ten feet of them. The only time I came closer was when I spooked on and it took off down the road in front of me and couldn’t find an opening along the hedgerows for about 100 yards or so. I could have smacked that one on the rump. These guys, though, were obviously used to people, and will probably pay the price next month.
The Trucker provided a comfortable ride, but soon after starting out I noticed a click with each pedal stroke. Thoughts focused on the bottom bracket, pedal bearings, or a knee replacement; but it turns out one of my Grip King pedals is due for a greasing. MKS is supposedly notorious for skimping on the lube, and there are a number of blog posts about how to service them. I’m planning to pick up a small grease gun so I can use the “injection” method without needing to disassemble everything.
Misc. Miles: 6
Distance: 17.6 miles 2012: 1096.9