Post day 4, heading into the weekend the weather began to warm up a little, but also turned wetter. This morning’s ride turned out to be a long wet one. I don’t mind rain per say, but working as a postie meant letters needed to stay dry, which can be difficult as hands are either exposed (becoming wet and cold) or dry in a pair of weather proof gloves but letters still get wet from the wet glove outer. Plus the inconvenience of grip from the gloves means thumbing around for the letters slowing the process down.
I set off in the wintery wet weather, with an initial straight ride up to Foleshill area. The ride there was uneventful and with the drizzly rain I was confident of the grip levels, basically no frost and ice about. I was still riding slightly lower tyre pressures from previous frosty mornings. Meant I was a tad slower but also I would get better grip still. Didn’t mind, not a race, but need to make sure I finished.
When I got towards the Gallagher retail estate roundabout I could see a Ford Fiesta heading towards me from the other side. I thought they would carry straight on, so I started to accelerate towards the roundabout. Just before I entered, I noticed they suddenly indicated ‘right’, which meant they would have right of way as I had not entered the roundabout, had half a metre to go. So I started to brake, not snatch it but hard enough for the rear wheel to skid.
Surprising thing for me at this moment was I instinctively turned into my skid to keep balance and released lightly my braking from the rear but kept the front brake on.
I managed to stop in time with no drama. I had a quick though at that moment that I happily avoided an accident. Only the briefest of thought.
As I crossed over the dual carriageway, I began my post delivery. Then I realised that wearing gloves was slowing me down and was actually getting the letters wet quicker than my bare hands. So I took those off.
It was still cold, so today I had about 4 thin layers on, with my full wet gear on the outer. Basically my while body was dry except my feet, hands and face. But since my body was warm, it meant the wetness I felt was tolerable.
My feet was surprisingly wet since I had waterproof over shoes on, but they were somewhat loose as I wasn’t wearing my Shimano shoes today. Last night I decided to put on the DMR V6 blue platform pedals. I got them to put onto the ‘Reimagine’ bikes I am building for eZo cycle, but thought I try them out on my CdF. They look big on this bike, but they were extremely grippy. Doesn’t spin as well as my DMR V12 that are on my Scott MTB. But they were good. So I had to wear my trainers instead. When I say trainers I do mean my skate shoes, with flat rubber soles they allow the V6 to grip very well.
So alas with a loose fitting overshoe my feet were soaked. Such as live, also my overshoes needs replacing I think.
Last night I also decided to fit on my removable mudguard by Musguard, it rolls up when not in use and can be fitted very easily on road bikes, there is a MTB version too. I got the Musguard several years ago, a bright orange one to accent my blue CdF, tell me what you think of the look in comments below.
Musguard is made of strong plastic has well designed crimps in strategic areas to easily form a rigid straight mudguard shape. The front piece folds and conform to the seat tube shape and attach with Velcro and the main guard area is threaded through the rear brake triangle sitting on the cross bar for the brake bolt.
It holds it shape very well, unless you knock it against something which might cause it to roll back up. Otherwise it will remain in the rigid straight form.
Musguard blocks the tyre spray well as it covers the rear tyre entirely. But occasionally it will still spray a few drops upwards, but that is alot less than no mudguard.
My Musguard was a little broken and I bodge a repair on it with grey duct tape, but it was my ham fisted attempt to re-secure the roll that made me break the securing tab on the guard. Not Musguard at fault.
I chose to use a Musguard as it was easy to put on and take off and I think the overall look is more modern compared to full mudguards like SKS makes.
Not quite as protective as SKS or a full wheel mud guard, but the ease and looks makes up for the slight drop in spray protection.
Back to the deliveries today, it was easy enough, but with the rain it made it slow, can’t ride fast when you can’t see so easily.
After a quick break for food around 11.30. I managed to finish around 12.30, in time to head back and see how the workshop is taking place.
Not too long now before the new workshop will be in operation and I can get back onto building those Reimagine bikes.
In the meantime, YJD asked me to help also on Monday, next week, so there will be post day 5 in the near future to report on.
Also, this afternoon whilst waiting to pick my girls, a nice lady asked if I fixed bikes for a living, after I introduced myself she explained to me that her daughter’s bmx had brake issues. She wanted me to try and fix it. I asked her how she knew I was a bike mechanic, she explained that the lady I helped with the pushchair wheel gave her my details.
Just goes to show word of mouth is still pretty strong in this modern world of mobile phones, WhatsApp, Facebook, internet, and the like.
Happy to help…is getting me noticed by the community.