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Cycling Update

I went bicycling again Sunday afternoon. It was a pretty quick ride -- only 38 minutes, and I covered 6.70 miles. It kept my average speed over 10 MPH, which is kind of a goal I have. I rode all the way from my house to the hospital near the Friendly Center and back. That included a few climbs, which let me really exercise all of the gears. The bike is shifting pretty well now -- I'm pleased. My rear brake has a squeak, so I think I'm going to have to take it back to the shop because they were supposed to keep that from happening when I had it in the shop last week. Looking at the brake, I think I know why it's squeaking -- one of the brake pads isn't centered on the rim very well and makes contact with the rubber tire as well as the rim. All three of my other pads are centered on the rim, so I'm pretty sure that's the problem. I still think I'm going to take it to the shop instead of trying to correct it myself -- I've only ridden twice since getting it back from the shop, and it's been squeaky both times and is getting worse. Plus, I don't want to mess with my brakes without knowing exactly what I'm doing. That's just a little bit dangerous, I think. I poked around the web a bit, and there are a lot of variables involved in adjusting bicycle brakes, so I'd just rather leave that to the professionals.

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madkawa
Apr. 25th, 2006 04:51 pm (UTC)
Did you run over a mouse?

It could be a few things (rim age, pad age, alignment, environment). Hard to tell without seeing it. Best to take it to the shop if it's not overly inconvenient (and since they did work on it). Elsewise if you want my unprofessional opinion, I could always stop by.
drmellow
Apr. 25th, 2006 06:59 pm (UTC)
Just a quick look at the brake makes it fairly obvious that it's misaligned. I figure that the shop should fix it for no charge, so I'm going try to run it by there tomorrow. It's not inconvenient at all -- the shop is pretty much on the way to the office from my house.
madkawa
Apr. 25th, 2006 04:52 pm (UTC)
Oh, and good job on the riding effort!
drmellow
Apr. 25th, 2006 07:01 pm (UTC)
Wooo! I like that riding is easier on my knees and ankles than walking is, and also that I can cover more ground in the same amount of time, which is more interesting. Hopefully, I'll soon be able to use my bicycle as a means of transportation between the house and the office.
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