July 12th, 2002


Weight update

OK so I was wrong, and I did lose a pound this week, which takes me back to 12 stone 4 and a total of 2 stone 12 lost altogether. This gives me *lots* of motivation to eat sensibly this week since it's so close to the 3 stone mark.

In other news...

... I'm not sure there is very much really. Back at work plodding along and getting stuff done. Rjk's obviously feeling a bit down and under-the-weather at the moment, which is rubbing off on me a bit. Or possibly it's vice versa. Did have a nice time in the pub last night though, I do like Colin, he's very silly. Could really do with a break so I've booked next Friday and the following week off work. That should be nice.

Bike woes

So yesterday the freewheel mechanism on my bike broke, such that the pedals and chain and cogs would go round quite happily but without turning the wheel. So this morning I took it to Drakes who diagnosed the problem, said the block would need replacing and agreed that it would be wise when I asked if I would also need a new chain. The only problem they said was that they would have difficulty finding a block which had a bottom gear as low as my current one. This is because most bikes these days have two or 3 cogs on the front and get really low gears by changing to a lower gear at the front so they don't need to go so low at the back.

OK I thought, I'll just have to live with that, and they said they'd use the lowest they had. But the whole thing has cost me 30 quid, 10 quid of that is the cost of the chain and seems about market price, 20 quid for the block seems expensive though given the only ones I can find on the web only cost about a fiver! And the bottom gear is now about halfway between what was 2nd and 3rd on the old block and not really as low as I'd like, and is almost indistinguishable from the new 2nd gear anyway. What's the point of having them so close together when you could have made the bottom gear a bit lower and had a more sensible spacing?

I've been out to peer at it and it is a Shimano one, which doesn't surprise me at all. It's a 14-28T one, and I can't seem to find anything better than that (ie with the top number bigger than 28) on the web at all, or not in 5-speed. I dunno if they come in some versions more expensive than others but the standard Shimano one on the web seems to be about 6-8 quid most places, so to pay 15-20 for it (I'm not sure how much I paid for the work) seems an enormous markup. I think I'm going to give them a ring on Monday and ask.

I've asked the combined wisdom of uk.rec.cycling if they know of a source of more widely spaced freewheels anywya, but I don't hold outmuch hope.


So we're having friends over this evening and having takeaway pizza. I've decided to go for a portion of chicken wings instead and have a tin of sin-free chilli with it. Not quite as nice but it's a decent compromise between fewer sins (est 15ish rather than 40ish) and still having a nice takeaway. I even found sugar-free cough sweets today. Only 4 sins per packet = 1/2 sin each rather than 2 sins each. Some days this diet really gets on my nerves, but I'm determined to be in charge this week :-)