Koa and I played catch for a little while until it became too dark to see the ball. We had a stunning sky to enjoy!
My new bicycle rim arrived and I got to work replacing the old one, which entailed transferring the spokes over to the new rim and then truing the wheel to make sure it’s straight. I followed this video’s instructions, which proved invaluable.
I also followed the advice in this video to true the wheel, and got it in good shape. Next, I adjusted the rear brake and it was ready to try it out on the road!
I only intended to ride around the neighborhood to test it, but I wound up hitting the hike and bike trail and riding several miles. It was just so fun! It seemed like I was able to ride faster, accelerate quicker, and cruise at a higher speed with the new wheel. It might just be that I am getting in better shape, but I have heard that the bicycle upgrade that will make the biggest difference it to replace the wheels. Well, I’m not sure if my new $33 Sun Ringle rim is an upgrade or not, but the stock Mavic rims are generally regarded poorly. So I’m leaning towards the opinion that the new rim helps out a lot. 😀
Later in the evening, Mariko mentioned that the sunset was probably pretty nice so I hopped on my Kona again and headed down to the place where I like to take sunset photos. Turned out pretty good:
I’m so happy to have my bicycle back, and working better than ever!
Mariko and I took a short drive to watch the colors change over the Texas Hill Country at Sunset Deck. It was really beautiful!
It’s nice when interests converge. For instance, I love bicycling, cameras, and clouds. So when I get to combine the three, it’s so nice! Of course, I can take care of the bicycling and camera aspect myself, but need a little luck with the clouds. It’s nice to be prepared, though! What’s the saying? “Luck favors those who are prepared”? Something like that. Anyways, one good thing to come out of the pandemic is that I spend more time bicycling than other activities to relieve the stir-crazy feelings.
This evening, we were relaxing as usual when Bay said that the sky was really orange. I took a peek out the window and decided that I needed to get a photo, so I grabbed my camera, hopped on my bike, and sped over to the wide-open space that offers a good view of the sunset.
To my surprise, there were about 10 people there, all watching the sunset. One lady even had her camp chair set up so she could watch in comfort. Since I had never seen people stop to actually watch the sunset at that location, I wondered if there was some other special event that was about to happen, such as a space station flyover. I think it was just a beautiful sunset that drew everyone out of their homes, though, but of course that’s plenty of reason! And Bay was right, the sky was glowing orange! 😊