Last week was exciting as I purchased new road shoes and pedals on a recent road trip. Getting home I got out the pedal wrench to exchange the pedals. The last time i changed pedals on my bike was 4 years ago.
In just under 2 hours i had not managed to get any of the pedals off. First pure strength didn’t break the bond, then a good amount of Liquid Wrench and an overnight soak didn’t do the trick. Out came the big gun, the propane torch. At last the pedal began to turn but no crack with the threads finally letting loose accompanied the pedal as it began to loosen from the crank. Upon closer inspection the now heated threads turned with and the pedal was lopsided. Alas the cranks will need to be tended to by the experts.
With our MIT Saturday ride happening i needed to react so i reached into the rafters and pulled down my early 1970’s era Cannondale touring bike i purchased in 2002 for $150.00.
I had ridden her a couple of times in wet weather and borrowed to other people but few km’s had been put on over the last 8 years.
Once i began riding on Saturday morning to New Bothwell the wonderful feeling of the first ride on this bike hit me. The down tube shifters worked well but needed getting use to, the comfort of the ride as the 32 mm tires created a great barrier to rough roads. The bike geometry is different, the bike is longer creating more comfort and when drafting i needed to be careful of my front wheel as it is further out front. One other big difference was the gearing on this bike. It has a 54×14 as the top gearing and i was running out of gear with the wind.
All went well and just might need to take her out of the rafters more often for a ride.