After visiting the Eastern Shore last weekend, this weekend was relatively low-key by comparison. Hanging out around the house, doing chores, and hosting dinner for friends on Saturday. Every time we have friends over for a cookout, I make corn on the grill. There’s a system to how I do it where I pull the corn husk back and remove the silk, rinse it, spread a mixture of softened butter, salt, and spices all over it, replace the husk, then wrap it in foil before putting it on the grill. It takes FOR-EV-ER to do, and every time I swear it will be the last time I do it because it’s such a pain… But oh, it is so good….
I bought a set of MKS tour pedals a few weeks back to make it a little easier to take the Trucker out for commuting, errands, and quick in-town rides. After the first ride, the left pedal immediately started knocking, and on breaking it apart, found out that the MKS factory apparently views grease on bearings in a pedal to be an optional accessory. No problem, A little lube and half an hour later, I had both pedals apart, greased, and back together. Everything was ok until this Saturday when I went up to the local grocery for some espresso beans. The knocking had returned with a vengeance. I’m not 100 percent confident of my pedal adjustment skills, so it was time to take it apart and try a second time. None of the bearings or the races appeared to have any marks on them, so hopefully, they’ll work this time. At the same time I got a set of MKS half-clips to try out since they were only $12 or so. Figured they’d give some of the benefits of clipless pedals without the pain of having to wear the shoes. After trying them for the first time on my in-town jaunt today I’m giving them the thumbs down for myself. First thing, they hurt my toes in street shoes after only 8 miles or so. Second, the Time Atac pedals I have are easy-in, easy-out. The flat pedals by themselves have great traction, and only require a little extra concentration to keep my foot centered on. Nothing compared to the 10 seconds of fiddling I have to do every time I have to step back into the MKS Half Clips after stoplights and the like. I also find it to be an incredible pain to have pedals that are only one sided. If I want the efficiency of a clipless pedal for a long ride, I’ll just get out a wrench and change the pedals before I leave. Oh, and for the record, Time pedals rock.
On riding, I’m running lots of short errands around town and riding to and from work, but no long rides lately. Last weekend, I had planned a trip while I was on the Eastern shore to ride from my friends’ house in Delmar to Assateague Island to camp for one night, but backed out when I changed my work schedule around for camp and didn’t have Friday off any more. I also decided against it because Maryland and Delaware campgrounds don’t accept reservations for just one night, so I’d end up paying double if I stayed for just one day. I didn’t go on a trail ride this week just because I’m feeling a little sluggish getting out of bed in the morning on weekends due to my work schedule getting me up an hour early every day. When I rolled over at 6am this morning, I just looked at the clock and rolled back over. That makes me a little depressed, and I really feel like I should have gone for a long ride today. My short in-town rides have had me on a few new hilly routes through Roland Park which are serving to keep me somewhat fit at least.