The changing of the sprocket on the cross bike has much improved it. The irritating bearing noise has gone and the bike is practically silent. Rather than retiring it, I am now looking forward to going out on it. I tried a relatively short canal trip yesterday, thinking that the constant pedalling may take more out of me than I expect. It was a wonderful ride, marred only by me arriving at the park to find the Parkrun about to take place.
In spite of this I managed to move up a place on a Strava segment. Now second overall, and I could easily have gained a further minute if the park wasn’t full of runners.
I went out today a little later, too many walkers on the trails for any real speed; but I achieved an overall average of 14 mph and felt really good on the clear parts of the path.