Saturday, March 28, 2009

Biking - Burnt Hills

First a maintenance update: I trued the rear wheel as best I could, but it's still not perfect. The freehub still doesn't rotate as freely as it should, and I now suspect a bent dust cup that's dragging. It's better than it was, so I think I'll just let it go. The rear brakes are kinda spongy, probably a cable issue, but nothing changed after I tried to improve it. They're usable and safe, so no big deal there either. Will attack these later if necessary - need to start riding.

Holly's hosting the first Schenectady Wintersports Club bike ride of the season in early May, and we wanted to reconnoiter one of the routes. There's always been a nasty dog at the corner of Lasher and Sweetman Roads, and we needed to see if it was still going to be an issue this year, meaning a change to the route.

We rode from Holly's house, across Jenkins Road to Hop City Road, and then north to Randall Road, which changes to Lasher at the town line. When we got to the corner in question, there was indeed a dog, but a very calm and curious one, not the beasty mongrel from years past. It just meandered around in the road as we passed by and gave us no trouble. Good news! We returned down Sweetman to Jenkins and back to Holly's house for a relaxed 11.68 miles. Gotta kick this miserable cold and start getting in some real miles now that nice weather appears to be here to stay. (?)

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