Bike fixed and email deluge

The shop got the problem with the bike sorted, so that’s great.  The tension on the rear derailleur needed adjusting.
I really need to do a wee course on bike maintenance, as I feel that things like this, I should be able to do myself.

In other news, there’s a been a deluge of emails in work over something really simple.  It really was a case of too many people getting involved, and every time I opened my email there was another going on about the same thing.  In the end I went down stairs and spoke to the person I was needing a signature from, and she agreed with me that it was a storm in a tea cup.
People need to actually READ their emails before responding, and cc-ing other people in just adds to the noise and makes getting a solution to something really simple, that much harder.  A fine example of ADMINISTRATIUM – the densest element known to mankind.  Once administratium gets added to a situation, it can take forever to solve.

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Buggeration…

The gears on the bike are playing up.

Pretty much can’t use the third largest cog on the back, as when it’s under load, it slips into the next smallest, then jumps back up, the slips/jumps/slips…..you get the picture.
Further down the cogs, there’s a little rattle as if it’s not aligned right and is about to change, but it doesn’t.  Then, down at the 6th smallest, changing down jumps you to 8, and you have to change back up to get into 7.

All of the above only happens when the pedals are under load.  Stick the bike on a stand, turn the pedals and it happily changes up and down without any problems.

So, at the moment, I’m basically only using one gear, and fortunately it’s the one that I find suits my riding the best.  But if I’d wanted a single speed, I’ve have bought one.

Bike is getting dropped off for a service tomorrow.  Fortunately the shop I bought it from give free servicing for a year after purchase, and it’s only 4 months old.

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Day off yesterday

We had been planning to go to Edinburgh for the day for the the Fringe, but it was changed to the 15th, and I thought, “What the hell, I’ve got the day off, I’m not cancelling it now”.  So, I got up at the usual time, did a bit of tidying up, and then jumped on the bike.
I took a wee ride through Pollok Estate to Shawlands, and had a fry up for breakfast (lorne sausage, tattie scone, egg, bacon, tomato and beans) and a couple of coffees before heading back.

Later when Karen got in at lunchtime, we headed to Paisley for a couple of hours.  Stopped off in the Last Post for a drink and some chicken wings, then headed home again.

So, not a wasted day after all.

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Great little film.

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Birthday meal

On Tuesday, we headed out for a meal for my birthday.  Rather than the usual curry, which is our default setting when we eat out, we headed to The Ivory, where I had cajun chicken strips for a starter, chorizo and tomato pizza, and finished off with toffee cheesecake and ice cream.
Karen had mussels in a white wine and garlic sauce, and risotto, and skipped desert because she’s a lightweight and was stuffed.

It was the first time we’d eaten there, but it certainly won’t be the last.  The food was excellent, and the staff friendly and attentive, without being in your face.

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Random pic from last year

Largs kilt 2

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First run in months

Made it out this morning for my first run in a couple of months.  Just my usual wee 5K route round Pollok estate.

Took it nice and easy, setting no target time wise, and surprisingly was only a couple of minutes slower than usual.

I’ve entered a 10k at the end of August to give me something to aim for, so time to stop making excuses and get out running.

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……aaaaaaand exhale……..

Was feeling tired, and stressed this afternoon.  Found a guided chakra meditation on youtube, and thought “What the hell”.  Now I’m feeling, calm, relaxed, and awake.  It works, it’s really good.

I’ve tried Buddhist meditation, and liked that, but this really seemed to tick the right boxes.  I’ve got it bookmarked, and plan to do it on a regular basis now.

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Bike service

Got a free service for the bike today, courtesy of my work, which arranges for Dr Bike to come in ever so often.  It was needing the gears adjusted, as the cables are stretched now and the gears were slipping.  Since it had already had the post purchase service from the shop, I would have had to pay £20 for a basic service, just to get the cables adjusted, so this was good timing, and it saved me £25.
I also picked up some info on the bike servicing courses they run, and will definitely look into doing them in the near future.  If you know what you’re doing, you can go to the shop and hire a service bay and all the tools, for £4 an hour, which is damn good.  But first I have to know what I’m doing :-D  (They do have mechanics on hand to help out if need be).

What I thought was pretty cool, was the checklist they gave me with what they’d done ticked off, had a box for comments from the mechanic.  In mine he’d written “Great bike”.  Made my day.

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Stuffication

Just having been on holiday has brought home to me just how little of all the stuff my life is cluttered with, I actually need.
Two books I read and loved while on holiday – In the Miso Soup, and Piercing, both by Ryu Murikami – I left lying in the hotel for someone else to discover, and hopefully love too. (if you love something, set it free :-)  )
Now that I’m back, I need to up the ante and get serious again with the clutter.

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