November 20, 2011 by welshcyclist
Got up early-ish, 06.30., and out for a day-off runaround, meaning to stay close to home. The new chain makes the bike feel new, and smooth, but it seems to slip when I put alot of pressure on the pedals i.e., when I stand on them. It’s strange because it only happens in a few gears, and then only intermittently?? I thought I’d cured it, after my ride yesterday, (when I discovered the problem). Oviously, my ride around the car park, outside Halfords, when I thought I did a good job of checking the bike over, (Halfords and I have history), didn’t flag the situation.
Like yesterday, I did a short circuit close to home, trying out the gears, which were still slipping, despite my best efforts at adjustment, tinkering post ride, the day before. I wandered a couple of times around Cwmgwrach, trying the short steep hill three times. No problem for me these days, though the struggle I used to have is only a short memory ago, for me. Today, I even attempted to scale Empire Avenue, in Cwmgwrach also, testing my self adjusted gears, I was going well until the gear slip problem cut in. Proud to say I still had forward momentum despite several slips and ponderous gear changes. I must be getting lighter, or is it the new chain.
Yesterday I didn’t bother with a McDonalds, today I did. But only after I’d had a go at several more inclines. I seemed to have alot more oomph about me, why though, is a mystery to me?
When I returned home, I spent a good, but very frustrating hour, tinkering with the gears, adjusting the front cage. Then, just as my short temper was about to cause me to throw in the towel, it all came together. Hope it’s all good for my commute early tomorrow morning.