With some great weather over the weekend of April 16th, I finally had the chance to work on my bicycle AND do some training.
So I woke up on Saturday and then pulled out the bicycle multi-tool that I had crowdfunded on Kickstarter some years ago. Until now, it had sorta sat in my drawer but I was happy that The Nutter from Full Windsor was completely helpful to me as I worked on adding a new pannier rack. I managed to pick one up from a local Trek store near my work. It just so happened that they had a sale on so the discount was a bonus.
As I was adding on the pannier rack to my bike (a 2010 Trek 3700), I found myself fiddling around with the tools and even almost removing the wheel by accident. Oops. So I took a step back and made sure I knew what I was doing. I had initially thought that I’d have to remove the wheel in order to install the pannier rack.
What I soon realized was my bicycle frame had specific holes in place for specific upgrades or components. I also realized that I eventually need to get a bicycle stand. Relying on leaning the bicycle against the wall is eventually going to drive me nuts when I have to pump my tires and install components.
So that was Saturday. Success!
On Sunday, a friend and I began preparing for our 75km Ride for Heart by opting to train on the Toronto Waterfront trail. I’ve never biked on this trail before so it was a pretty cool experience. We managed to tackle about 25km by riding around some areas off-route after realizing that the route we took would only cover approximately 24km.
On another note, because I live in the suburb of North York — I had to take my bicycle on the subway to the downtown core. Now, one of the things that subway trains still fail to tackle is the transportation of bicycles. This is why bicycles aren’t allowed on the TTC subway trains at certain times.
Surprisingly, I found the perfect spot to park my bike while on the subway. I didn’t get in people’s way — I merely took up a spot. Of course, if someone were to come into the subway train who required that space for the wheel chair — I would immediately move out of the way. Today, there were seats galore — everywhere. I was just simply enjoying the subway experience when suddenly I heard a, “Hey buddy, move out of the way — I need to sit.” — to which I immediately apologized and got out of the way, moving my bicycle aside.
This is when I came to the realization that he had just gotten on the subway and there were seats available immediately left of the entrance as well as opposite of where he was standing. I guess he really wanted to sit down in those fold-up seats. Can’t please everyone!
Aside from that peculiar experience on public transit, bicycle training was a success this weekend and the goal is to aim to tackle 50km. Let’s just hope the weather will work out for us again!