I went out today for my now usual lunchtime cycle of 45 minutes. I'd like to say to anyone who knows me personally that I DO NOT stop off at the burger bar on the way through the park and just come back to work pretending that I've cycled miles! Much as I'd love a burger, and the smell is soooo good, I can resist. I'm a man for gods sake!! mmm burgers...sigh!
Something which was troubling me on and off was my gears slipping and this has now become a regular thing. The bike has 15 gears - a fact I only discovered by accident - but for some reason I can only get "grip" in the lowest or highest gears. I'll try to explain; The left hand handlebar grip has numbers 1,2 & 3 and the right hand grip has 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5, so giving me 15 gears of joy to conquer any mountain of doom. However, irrespective of whether the left hand grip is in any gear, I can only get the right hand 1 and 5 to engage so the chain doesn't slip - at least I think its the chain. Its that kind of feel anyway, of the chain missing half the teeth on the coggy thing.
This could be seen as more of a workout. I can only peddle like Road Runner or like Neo from the Matrix, so I get more of a burn. Trouble is I came back to work today sweating like a pack mule in the Sahara...not good.
I need to look at the problem a bit anyway, but I took the precaution of phoning a bike shop who will charge me £29.99 for a "service" on it. I'm considering this as the easy option as for sure if I do it myself I'll end up with screws and springs flying around. It could just be the chain needs tightening, but to what I couldn't say. Dammit how hard can it be eh? I'm a man FFS!!
Yeah maybe the bike shop is the best bet, seeing as I'm a man.