I spent the morning cleaning my bike from yesterday and replacing the ‘best’ tyres for the regular tyres. I also thought the mountain bike could do with a bit of a spruce up so started by giving it a bit of a clean and ended up giving it a good clean up. I even took the cassette from the back wheel and stripped that to pieces to get it all nice and clean and muck free. I also gave the chain a good clean and re-lube.
I cleaned the rest of the bike too but the frame is showing the signs of having been raced and crashed a few times. But only superficial, no physical damage, only scratches and chipped paint. It’s an aluminium frame so that’s ok, no rust worries there.
It was a nice day today, sunshine and warm so this afternoon I decided to take the mountain bike for a ride across country. There is a good route I can take from my house of about 15 miles. Across fields and bridle paths and tracks untouched by vehicle traffic, only used by walkers and horses. It does involve about a half mile of road riding but only quiet back roads. It was one of the circuits I used to use for training when I was racing.
I used to have two border collie dogs, they were brothers, Zak and Gyp and sometimes I would take them on that route and they loved it. Me on my bike them running by my side off the leash. They would just run and run, I don’t think they ever got tired. They were still full of running even when we came back across the meadows at the end of the trip. Being off-road I was able to leave them off the lead mostly but if there were horse riders around or livestock I would call them to heel and they would come back and just run along beside me. They are no longer around but they lived to a good age. One was fourteen and the other around fifteen, I think maybe the exercise helped them to keep fit, just as it does for me!