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Distance: 14.66 miles Time: 01:16:14 Max Speed: 24.17 mph
Avg Speed: 11.54 mph Temp: Avg: 50
Category: training: general - solo
Route: ATB: the Parma Boot Weight: 239 Altitude Gain: 0 ft
Avg Power: 0 W Terrain: Road: Flat Bike: Specialized 40lb-Globe 700c Hybrid
Club: Cycle Time Century
Weather Conditions: overcast and cooling
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 Vaguely Familiar 'TINGs!'
2020 has not been the year I had planned. Who could have planned for a year like this one? But all in all, I have no complaints and am grateful for the cycling I have been able to do. Much thanks to Bob D. and Bob H. for their Cadre companionship on most rides. But in the "olden days" (the pre-retirement days), our cadre rides would have been just the icing on the cake. Bike commutes to and from work were an easy way to rack up thousands of miles in a year. I'll be hardpressed to reach 1000 this year -but I'm o.k. with that.

On today's solo ride, I needed another 17 miles to reach 100+ miles for November -almost done! That makes five 100+ mile months for the year.
About 6 miles into the ride with the Globe, my 'non'-ebike, I heard a vaguely familiar 'TING!' It reminded me of a spoke breaking while pedaling along. It's been many years since I upgraded to heavy-duty wheels, but I remember that sound from the years before the upgrades.

At the moment I heard that tinging sound, I had just finished climbing out of one of several ravine ascents that are along the route. The ting sounds were several musical notes in a rhythm of stressed spokes as the bike rolls along. I checked for wheel runout as I rolled -the wheels appeared to run 'true,' and the tinging stopped. Maybe it was some unseen road litter caught up in the spokes that worked free? I forgot about it and rode on.

At 10 miles in, I stopped for a water break and remembered the noise. Examining the wheels at first glance, they looked fine and ran true. Upon closer examination, on the rear wheel, some of the nipple tensioning flats were corroded and missing chunks -thus exposing portions of the threaded ends of those spokes. Those severely weakened nipples were barely holding tension on their respective spokes. I climbed back on the saddles and gingerly peddled the last 4.6 miles home.

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