Lovely morning at the shop, it was fairly quiet and I got a chance to talk with Tim and his son, Cassidy. I mentioned to Tim that my brakes were a bit loose and he went straight to work, checking out this and that and somehow managed to do an almost-complete bike tune up right there in the middle of the shop. My brakes were frightfully loose, the crank arms were, too, the Yepp Mini was spinning on the spacers wildly, and my tires were a bit low. Whoops! I guess I had been a little too excited to get off and riding on my Mundo and had let things stretch a bit too much. Thankfully, Tim was nice enough not to lecture me about proper bike maintenance and I had to promise him to bring the bike back in during the week to get my spokes tightened up. While I was there, Cassidy ordered some trailer tires for me (awesome white walls and great price!) which should be there before our camping trip. I also picked up an alternative trailer hitch clamp that we should be able to swap for the one that is on the Chariot arm and the we'll be able to move the trailer back and forth between any bike. The problem with the Yepp was that the hitch is not designed to fit on a threadless stem (as I had mentioned before). We had been able to get it to "fit" but as Tim found out, it was wobbling--not because it wasn't tight enough, but because it was clamped to the spacers on the headset and the spacers were spinning freely, taking the Yepp with it. One of the reviewers for the Yepp had mentioned that he solved the threadless headset problem by just taking the spacers out and clamping it directly onto the fork. I mentioned this to Tim and off he went to try it out. That's how it is now and it's working perfectly. Problem solved! So, the Mundo is feeling great with its mini tune-up and I'm feeling better about having working brakes and a solid baby seat.
Jose finally got his bike up and running and met up with us at my folks' house to fiddle with the bikes a bit more. We moved the Peanut Shell farther up the utility board, giving enough space for a third person on the back. Jose was my first victim...er...passenger. You can tell from his white knuckles in the photo that he wasn't quite comfortable with my riding. It was difficult to get used to because he would counteract my balancing and get us wiggling all over the place. I finally got him to put his feet on the lower bars and that helped him calm down and keep us steadier. I need a lot more practice with big people before I can get everyone on the bike at once.
'Nama's birthday was celebrated again this evening with delicious burritos and ice cream cake then we ditched Big Brother at their house for his slumber party and the hubby, Little Brother, and I rode home for a "quieter" evening.
My goal had been to rack up 300 miles for the month of March but looking at tomorrow's weather, I don't think that's going to happen. I'm at 268 now and I'm hoping to squeeze in a couple more tomorrow. Soggy or not, 268 is just too weird of a number to sign off on.