didn't ride today. actually, i did perhaps going 1.5m on the fixie, but i was leg-tired after a long, successful week. really it's too bad b/c the weather was damn near perfect, 70 with sun. instead, i fiddled around with more machines today, primarily focusing on the old Trek 400 Elance. i decided to gussy it up and get it ready for some rain duty this winter. even though it doesn't have fenders, i would rather use an old bike to get the winter grime on it. so what did i do to get it rain ready? washed it, of course! spent a good while doing that, focusing on derailleurs, chainrings and chain. after a wash, i traded the tires out for some others i had laying about. the Conti 23Cs were quite old and dry rotting. put some 30C IRCs that have moved from the Blueridge to the CrossCheck and now to the Trek. i also traded out pedals, putting the 1/2clip and 1/2 flat combos. finally, i move the seatpost rack from the fixie to the Trek. i'm ready. even did a little Rivbike action and raised the stem a smidge too. really, for a 20 year-old bike it's in good shape. i would say the weakness is in the rims, which have rusted nipple eyelets, but here's hoping. i'm commuting on it tomorrow and plan to take a long loop home, aprovechandome de the last good weather.
and had to change a tube from the rear tire of the mini-pug (LHT). had a small pinprick hole, but i have to believe i did it yesterday. the Contis that were on there were supertight, so i'm sure i knicked it with a tire lever. it's ready for bidness too. gonna finish November in a good way.