Worked from home today 🙂
I started work early and went out for a lunch time pedal, as it’s not possible for me to fit 40 miles in 2 hours at this time of the year I shortened the ride to 30 miles 🙂
The Garmin had the ride as 30.18 miles in 1 hour 51 minutes with an average speed of 16.3 mph, route here…
My replacement bearings for my Tacx Antares rollers arrived today from SimplyBearings, the rollers had started to make an unbearable noise, and thanks to Tony I was able to order six off the shelf replacement bearings 🙂
It was a simple enough job to replace them…
I unscrewed all of the bolts…
Then removed each roller, butting a bolt back into one end of the shaft, so I could tap it with a hammer and not damage the shaft 🙂
A few light taps and the shaft pushed the bearing out 🙂
Then turn it all around and screw the bolt in the other side and tap it to push the second bearing out.
Then unpack the new bearings…
Place one in and tap it home, insert the shaft and place it all over a socket on the floor.
Then slide the second bearing over the shaft and tap it home with a second socket.
Repeat for the remaining two rollers, then re-assemble 🙂
Before I cooked tea I had a quick 45 minute session on the rollers, the end result was a happy buzzing noise instead of the rather upsetting chainsaw noise previously experienced 🙂
The computer had the roller session as 16.84 miles in 45 minutes with an average speed of 22.4 mph and an average cadence of 97 rpm.
I have decided to buy a new bike for Paris – Roubaix, I have settled on a Genesis – Croix De Fer, It ticks all of the boxes, steel frame, steel forks, disk brakes, the only downside I can see is White Frame (Why on earth would anybody want a white frame for off road?)…
I was thinking about a Cotic -X but the Bike radar review gave it a slating, and it looks like mudguard fitting may have been an issue.
Now I have made my mind up I want it NOW!!! unfortunately I have to save some pennies first 🙁 I am hoping to get it for the end of Feb so I can use it for a month before Paris – Roubaix
I also intend getting a GoPro camera for Paris – Roubaix, not sure about GoPro HD Hero 960 or GoPro HD Hero, I don’t really need 1080 HD video but I like the idea of an extra battery and potential use of the rear expansion port, but not sure if I want to spend the extra wonga!
But bike comes first, and if I have the cash camera comes second!