Boating & Biking Adventures

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Hike – Baiona Castle & Old Town

🚴‍♂️…Baiona to Vigo…☀️

Hike – O Faro 👌

Even without blue sky Cies Islands offer breathtaking views in wonderful nature.

Hike – Monte Agudo 👍

☝️ Hike around Punta Robaleira…

🚴‍♂️…good endurance session

🚴‍♂️ Sunset @ Porto do Son

🚴‍♂️🛠…ADNbikes in Noia…🏝🚴‍♂️

The wire of the left hand shift levers broke yesterday to switch the front derailleur on the crankset.  From then onward I was only able to shift chain on the rear derailleur. Luckily the chain was fixed on the lower chainring with 34 teeth. In other words, I could go slow and uphill on low gear but not high speed on higher gears.

My research on Shimano Ultegra R8020 group set – this is the model we have installed on the bike – concluded, it is somewhat practise to replace the wire after around 10’000km as a matter of potentially being a design glitch and not common. After checking my statistics, I have done around 17’000km in four years since I have the bike. 

A bit annoying I went to the nearest bike shop today and got the wire replaced for less than 12 Euro! Excellent customer service at ADNbikes in Noia. 

It then turned into a sugar ride on the way back absorbing more of this beautiful part of Galicia’s landscape.

Unfortunately the reasons and arguments to buy a new bike with wireless gear shift disappeared again.

🚴‍♂️…Santiago back to Portosin…

🚴‍♂️…Portosin until…🙄

It all started very well this morning, some gravel coming up after a while is normal on my trips as I prefer to go away from the main traffic roads ​really into the countryside. The gravel was getting rougher and rougher but also here, pushing or carrying the bike a few meters is something I don‘t mind as long as it stays within limits. A tyre breakthrough is new to me. I am prepared and equipped for punctures to be fixed on the spot but a Kevlar structure to tear apart gives me some food for thought. I was not geared up for that and in the middle of nowhere.

No option than to push/carry the bike ​about 1.5km back to civilization. I was about half distance between Portosin and Santiago de Compostela but going back was not an option, so I figured out how to keep moving towards my weekend destination.

Waiting at a busstop for two hours in this heat was not very attractive although two passing mates on bikes offered me water and power-bars, very nice! I managed to stop a courier truck driver to give me and my bike a lift and spontaneously he said: sure, no problem…whatever that means in spanish terms. We delivered two more parcels together and then he dropped my at the hotel in Santiago de Compostela.

In the meantime I have walked through the town, purchased two new tyres and the bike is ready to rock n’ roll again.😄

Komoot promise and reality were quite different today.


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