Last weekend, I put gas in my car for the first time since late May. This, of course, made me feel pretty smug about how much I ride my bike and how much money I’m saving by doing so. Like, probably $120 / month.
Of course, there’s been this annoying creak coming from the handlebar region of my bike whenever I put a lot of pressure on it (ie, wrenching it around as I struggle up hills). That could be a problem with the fork, the headset, the stem, the handlebar, or a combination.
And yesterday, the left pedal started making the most awful grinding sound ever. I’m pretty sure a bearing is busted.
And it’s been more than a year since I put new tires on the bike. Those Armadillos are tough, but they won’t last forever.
I need to get all these things taken care of before the RAMROD next week. Who wants to bet that the cost comes to more than the $240 I saved in gas? Anti-smug karma would dictate that this must be so.
Meanwhile, I continue to make car payments ($170/month). And insurance payments ($75/month). On a car I rarely use.
Today’s Weight: 167.0