When You Need a New Everything
My last cycling event is done for 2013. In the last 16 months I’ve been to a bike shop one time. Quite a difference from a few years ago. My bike is in serious need of some maintenance. See…I’m a bit superstitious when it comes to having work done on it before an event. If everything is working okay, I don’t like to have it messed with. I just clean and lube the chain, clean the rest of the bike, and go for it.
The tubes in my tires are still the same ones from when I got new tires in the spring of 2012! Of course now that I typed that I’ll probably get a flat.
But the time has come I can’t ignore all the new stuff I need – for both biking and running.
- New running shoes – my old ones have about 600 miles on them. That’s a no-no.
- I only have one pair of running shorts that I like. I don’t like any of my running pants.
- I have one shirt I like to run in.
- One of my sports bras needs to be replaced. It’s falling apart. But it’s lasted about 4 years!
- I need a new pair of sunglasses for riding and running. I need a pair with lighter colored lenses so it’s easier to see when biking in shadows.
My cycling shoes are a hot mess. They are falling apart. Two ALC’s in a row can do that to a pair of shoes. But my cycling shoes are soooo comfortable I’ve been nervous to get a new pair. I may just continue to super glue them in spots and eek out some more time with them.
I’m not sure how often you’re supposed to replace your helmet, but I’ve been wearing mine (in lots of hot sun) for 4 years. This is another thing I’ve been superstitious about, so I haven’t bought a new one. But I think my safety outweighs my superstitions at this point. I was taking a good look at it the other night when I was washing it, and it’s looking a bit tired in some spots.
My bike needs a new chain, new cassette, new brake pads, and some cable tightening in places. Shifting is getting less and less responsive.
Unfortunately all this adds up to around $700, so maybe I shouldn’t have put all of it off for so long and done it in pieces. Since it’s time to start training for my next 10k, new running shoes are priority #1. Then it’s bike maintenance and getting a new helmet when I drop off my bike. Everything else can wait.
What about you? Do you have any superstitions about your gear? Are you good at staying on top of everything?Posted in cycling, running