Tuesday July 3, 2007 I got a call
from the Rochester Bike Shop (RBS) telling me my tune up was complete and
my bike was ready to be picked up. I called Bob to see what time he was
getting off work to see if he was available to join me in picking up our
bikes. Bob wasnít getting off until 7:00 pm which would be too late, so
it looked like I was on my own.
When I got home from work around
5:30 pm I remembered that Jonathan volunteers at the OPC on Tuesday
nights. Jonathan could drop me off at RBS on his way to the OPC and then
I could just ride home. A perfect plan for picking up my bike and also
getting in a nice short weekday evening ride.
After Jonathan dropped me off at RBS
I went inside and paid for the tune up. I could tell right away that the
brakes worked much better and the whole front end felt much tighter. Both
the front and rear wheels were also much truer. They told me it was
difficult getting my rear wheel straight, they told me they did the best
they could considering the amount of wear and abuse that original wheel
has experienced. When I took the bike in both front and rear brake pads
showed wear, one much worse than the other. Even though they told me only
one set needed replacing I asked them to replace both sets of brake pads
while they were doing the work. When it comes to my bike I like to be a
little extra cautious, I spend too much time on my bike and rely heavily
on it for my safety on the many bike rides. Overall I was very satisfied
with the tune up, everything worked and felt much better.
Once I squared my account with the
RBS it was time for my ride home. I did nice leisurely ride home. I took
our regular route and rode at a nice easy pace, I just didnít feel like
pushing it too hard this evening. Usually when I ride by myself I tend to
push myself harder than we typically ride as a group. Iím not sure why I
do this, but on this day I specifically remember deciding to ride at a
nice easy pace.
It turns out the OPC was resurfacing
the parking lot and they were closed. No one bothered to call and let
Jonathan know they werenít open, no big deal he ended up stopping for some
food on the way returning home. I ended up beating Jonathan home, so when
he got back I was already home with my freshly tuned up bike. At least by
dropping me off there was some value in Jonathanís trip that evening.
Some how I lost the statistics from
this ride, I do remember the total distance of this ride was 5.5 miles
from RBS to my house. Overall a very pleasant ride on a very nice evening
the day before the 4th of July 2007.