After almost two weeks it was time to get my beloved Kona back out of the shed. It was time to commute back into the office and I needed my wheels. Of course this means that it has been close to two weeks since I have even been to the office, but this has not been due to any holiday. No, no! It has been quiet enough with many colleagues on their summer holidays that it has allowed me to take advantage of my home office. God bless a company that provides for a good work/life balance. That in itself is worth a lot of money.
I don’t think I mentioned it yet, but I treated my Brooks saddle the other day. Not with any Brooks sanctioned product, but with some Coach something-or-other that would, I hope, meet with the Brooks’ stamp of approval. Either way, it seemed to do a terrific job moisturizing the saddle after what has been over 2,000 km of supporting my bum so far this season. The saddle has aged beautifully in fact. It’s developed a marvellous patina and is quite possibly one of the most comfortable bum gloves I have ever had the pleasure to rest my buttocks on.
Humid, humid, humid. I was dripping with sweat after just twenty minutes of the ride in. The summer continues to be one of the hottest and driest on record, and I can only hope that this means a long, warm fall followed by a bizarre winter that includes no snow whatsoever. This would not be a popular vote with the kids, but then they don’t have to drive to work in the muck now, do they?
The water is at the lowest point that I have ever seen it at. Here in the basin near one of the yacht clubs the plant growth, usually hidden completely by the glassy water, is entirely visible. I suspect that the local fish are watching the ceiling come down on their little bit of paradise and praying daily to the rain gods. Meanwhile the rest of the city is praying that the warm, dry weather continues. So who’s praying loudest?
It’ll be back on the Marinoni today. Next week looks like more trips to the office so plenty more fixed gear riding to come this season. Oh, and I have to adjust the chain. Ever since I last tightened it it has been feeling ‘off’. Hard to explain other than I can feel it when I pedal. It’s as if it is not quite lined up correctly, although the wheel is running true and it’s neither too tight or too lose. I’ll keep you posted.
Alright, off to the mountain now.