My day started at the garage today. The radio in our van was replaced after it stopped recognizing ipods and phones that were plugged into it. A few months after that it stopped working altogether and made a popping noise every few seconds whether or not the van was turned on. A computer reset fixed that. The radio stopped working again recently and started popping again and then ceased to do anything at all. So this morning I took it in to be repaired again. I told them I would wait as I needed to drive my bikes to the bike shop this afternoon for repair and fitting.
It was a humid, overcast morning so I took my umbrella and walked about 30 minutes to the nearest Starbucks where I had a coffee and read the paper for an hour. News of Robin Williams’ suicide took up pages of the news and entertainment sections.
I returned to the garage a couple of hours after setting off to discover they still had not figured out the problem. Just as I was reaching the point where I had to leave in order to get lunch and get to the bike shop they finished. It turns out it was a loose wire. Hopefully, that will be the end of the problem as the van won’t be under warranty much longer.
My bike fitting took a couple of hours for measurements, adjustments, installation of a new stem and seat and purchases. I bought shoes and clip-in pedals, socks, a seat, a new stem to raise the handlebars, a bag (for the seat post rack that I have ordered), gloves and non-polarized sunglasses as I couldn’t read the display on the bike computer with my polarized ones. I also left the bike for a tune-up. I can’t wait to get it back tomorrow evening to practice clipping the shoes in and out and get out for a ride.
Alun is having a sleepover at a friend’s house and Trystan is still away at the cottage so we went out for dinner as a family of four at Lone Star.