Spent a while this morning troubleshooting some bike problems that cropped up yesterday.
Problem 1. I snapped off the top of the Presta valve on the back tire while pumping it up. Fortunately it held the air that I had just put in, enough for me to complete a 10-mile ride last night. As soon as I re-checked it today, big WHOOOSH! And flat.
Problem 2. The bike computer that I just bought with the bike at the end of February isn't working. The speed sensor on the front tire isn't being picked up at all. But the cadence sensor IS working.
Problem 3. The new saddle and helmet that I ordered on sale hasn't arrived.
Fortunately I didn't have all the problems that VJ is experiencing! Thanks to the Bike Maintenance Class that I took recently, I was able to solve one of the problems.
Problem 1 solved: I changed the back tire tube. While it took me about 20 minutes to do the job, I could probably whittle that down to a speedy 18 or 19 minutes if I had to do it on a triathlon course now. ;-) Hopefully the tri-gods will smile on me and that won't happen, though.
Problem 2 unsolved: I re-adjusted the front wheel sensors and wiring about six different times, with no joy. I need to take the bike back into the shop for a checkup and general free adjustments before the Columbia Triathlon on May 22nd anyway - so I'll have them fix or replace the bike computer then. Eeek, 24 days away! I'll try to do that on Saturday, maybe.
Problem 3 unsolved: After much research, including a phone call to the vendor, I couldn't find evidence of the order I thought I placed anywhere. I'm not sure where I lost it, but now the items I thought I ordered are no longer on sale. :-( Perhaps I'll see if I can get by with my current equipment a while longer.
The nice thing about running (compared to biking or swimming) is that it's so simple: all you need is shoes. And some crazy people not even those!