September 16, 2020 by welshcyclist
This last week or two I have been doing my part commute to and from work on my Jamis Sputnik single speed bike.
It has been a revelation, riding the single speed is just how the aficionados describe it. At one with the bike, in complete control. Well I felt it so, except on the couple of short hills I contend with. No gears mean I almost come to a stop as I crest them, but as yet I have only had to get off and push once. How on earth did I manage, just a short three years or so ago, when I would use the Sputnik to commute the full round trip of 20 miles each way?
I wish I could get back to doing that regularly, but I will have to take it slowly, not that I ride very quickly at all lol. Currently, I am back on my trusty Pioneer tourer. I have just got it back on the road(towpath) again.
After this happened:
Amazingly the rim of my rear tyre exploded, probably due to me inserting too much air pressure using my faulty pump, double dooda!! It also caused a longitudinal split in my very expensive tyre. I think you can see it in the photo OK?
This mishap meant I had to get a new back wheel. I got one off Tredz website and had it delivered free plus £10 discount via a voucher I received online. Bargain. Now all I had to do was transfer my gears and fit a tyre (possibly a new one) with the undamaged under armour insert and inner tube.
Just called up images of me huffing and puffing trying to get it all done properly. When I installed the under armour insert alone it took me an hour and a half at least.
What should I do?
I rang Tredz shop and took my old back wheel and new one to their repair counter. After explaining what I needed done, he said there would be a £5 charge and he would do it while I waited. I watched in awe from my side of the counter as first he removed the gears complete in seconds, then the tyre, insert and inner tube in a couple of minutes. Noting the insert he admitted it may take a little longer than he expected, so I said I’d go and have a coffee in the instore cafe ( sounds so american ), plus a piece of cake.
Returning to the repair counter, there was my new tyre complete with gears, inner tube, and insert ready to roll. I was worried about the longitudinal split in the tyre, the repairman said ideally I should replace it, but it should be OK to ride under decreased pressure.
Well here’s my Pioneer back up to speed:
So for one day I did my part commute on my Pioneer, and boy was it hard work, after the that very free feeling on my Jamis. I do believe I was slower travelling on my Pioneer? Though it was easier on the way home. My bicycle computer is not working.
But with the weather so nice, it is a joy to pedal to and from work.
Retirement is beckoning, but I enjoy my work, and getting to and from there so very much on my bikes.
I reckon I’ll keep rolling for some time yet.