Friday, January 2, 2009

My Mileage Will Vary

First ride of 2009! Time to reset the bike computer to keep track of progress toward the big NY mileage resolution! Of course, resetting means digging out the instructions, figuring out the correct sequence of the tiny buttons, making sure that the tire circumference measure is accurate (are they 26 x 1 1/2, or 26 x 1.5?), adjusting the time, and then getting back out of reset mode, and snapping the tiny unit back into the slot on the handlebars.

Good to go! Load up the water bottles, bundle up because it's cold and there's still a bit of snow on the side of the road, and proceed down the hill to the BGT. And, when I get to the bottom, I look down, and where's the little fershlugginer unit? Nowhere to be found!

So, I retrace the steps up the hill. In vain I search for the little unit, wondering if I did find it, would it have survived hitting the pavement and tumbling down the hill? Probably not. Oh well.

So, stopped at Recycled Cycles, purchased a replacement, reset and calibrated, but neglected to change the setting from KM to Miles. Took a short loop through Fremont, back up 8th NW, and around the north side of Green Lake. Is that 10 miles? 12? Who knows? And, at this point, given that I reset the unit one more time when I hit the homestead, I don't care.

We start fresh (again) on the next time out.

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