Today, I spent time with final preparations for Tuesday’s Canada Day Populaire (147 km). I am busy tomorrow and may not have the time. Besides, I like to check things carefully and early, just in case I need to visit the bike shop.
This is the checklist –
- Cleaned and Pledged frame and components.
- Cleaned the tires, rims and brake pads. I actually use car tire cleaner and polish on the tires.
- Check bag for flat tire repair making certain I have a spare tube, tire irons, an H2O cartridge (2) and, a multi-tool. I am using the largest bad I have. It has extra room for my wallet, Cliff Bars and Gel tubes so I don’t need to stuff everything in the jersey pockets at the start.
- Apply leather guard to the saddle. It protects from the rain, keeps the leather soft and puts a shine on it.
- Cleaned and lubricated the chain. This is a weekly ritual, regardless of the mileage or weather conditions.
- Tightened all bolts and screws – stem, bars, derailleurs, brakes, seat post , saddle mount and cable fasteners. I hate rattles.
- Inflated the tires (100 psi for this set). I usually inflate the front 5 psi less for better traction on descents.
- Adjusted brake cables making certain there is the same tension in each.
- Reset the wheel diameter on the computer. Gotta get that speed and distance correct.
This didn’t take long. And, it is nothing unusual. I do this every week or two with each of the bikes. The Roberts was already in excellent condition. 45 minutes at most. And then, I did a 35 km ride to test the bike and, my legs. The ride included two 2 km climbs and a mixture of flat and rolling sections. Despite the long hike yesterday, my legs felt fresh as I sprinted up the hills maintaining a consistence, easy cadence throughout.
The bike is ready. I am ready. I just have to make 3 endurance gels, pack a few Cliff Bars and fill my water bottle. And, oh ya, select a kit to wear. I’ll leave that until tomorrow once I have a better understanding of the weather. Red and white would be appropriate for Canada Day.
It’s ride time.