I am putting my new bike to good use. I rode 15 miles with my new friends this morning. I discovered the front derailleur (the thingamajig that changes the gears) isn't working properly. I was afraid the chain would come off, so I stopped using it and had difficulty with some of the uphills. I had to get off and push. The downhills were a lot of fun, though. I cranked up the gears and went as fast as I could.
I took it to the bike shop on my way home and he made some adjustments while I waited. He said since it is a new bike cables will stretch and they will make any adjustments necessary for the first six months at no charge. Hopefully, the gears are working right now. I'll take it out again soon and see. I need it for the missions tour in San Antonio this weekend.
I had signed up for a 5 mile hike with another group, but found out at the last minute that my daughter had late cosmotology lab at school today and needed a ride home so I had to cancel. Why do I hear about these things at the last minute? I'm tempted to buy her a bike and tell her that's her ride home, but I'd be too worried about her riding in the dark alone.
That's my old bike on a trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park taken this summer. It's the one that I used as a shield when I passed the alligator in Florida. I still have it because I can't take my new bike off road. The front derailleur doesn't work on it, either. I'm a little worried because the common denominator is me...