I decided I'd spend Saturday morning doing some more maintenance, so I got up nice and early and set about completing a few jobs:
- Replaced the rear wheel bearings
- Replaced the chain link
- Cleaned the air filter
- Replaced the gearbox oil
- Re-fitted the bash plate
- Checked all over the bike for loose bolts
- Checked the spoke tension
- Fitted some clubman (yellow) backgrounds
- Adjusted the handguards
- Bled the front brake
- Tested the circuit for the electric roadbook
Anyway, by the time I'd finished, it was starting to get dark, so I decided to leave the training until the next day.
On Sunday morning I got up early again and looked out of the window...everything was covered in a nice 2 inch thick layer of snow and the ground was frozen solid with plenty of ice everywhere too. I went out at 9am to check the temperature and it was -3C. Still, it was a really nice, clear day and I like a bit of snow riding, so I thought I'd go for it anyway and get in a decent training session!
I was out riding for about 20 minutes, then my fingers got really cold and I had to stop to warm them up. You know that intense burning sensation you get when they are really cold and start to warm up? I had that for 5 minutes (it felt like a lot longer) and then got back on the bike and carried on.
In the end I managed to train well, I rode for about 2.5 hours and was happy with how I rode, especially in those conditions. The new tyres made a big difference, I have to say.
I deliberately stopped early, because I knew I'd have to spend a while cleaning the bike before I put it away. The pipes were frozen outside, so I started off by washing the bike (by hand) with buckets of hot, soapy water. Then I thawed one of the hose pipes from outside and got the pressure washer going. With the aid of some Muc-Off, she was looking smart again! That whole process took me an hour and a half though.
Then I decided I wasn't happy putting it away as it was, so I set about drying all the essential components with a heat gun - first time I've ever gone to so much trouble to clean a bike, I hope she remembers that at the Snowrun and is kind to me! Then I did my usual re-greasing routine and all is good to go for the race in just under 3 weeks time.