*I haven’t been a young man for a long time now.
I could probably satisfy Rule 2 of the Cycling Life Challenge just through purchases of consumables for my bike. I always need inner tubes. Tires and chains less often. Tire wear is obvious to the eye. Measuring chain wear requires a chain checker.
“I learned the hard way” tip
Replace your chain when it shows 0.75% wear. Riding with a worn chain wears the away the teeth on your cassette and chainrings.
Once the teeth on your cassette and/or chainrings look like shark’s teeth, you’ll need to replace them. Which is waay more expensive than replacing the chain before it starts to damage your cassette and chainrings.
You can guess that I was at my local bike shop yesterday to buy a new chain. Rule 2 satisfied for this ride.
This afternoon my new chain and I did a couple of loops on the Shah Alam Expressway (KESAS). Like the Guthrie Corridor Expressway (GCE – we love our acronyms), where we do our 5.00am rides, KESAS has a motorcycle lane which is separate from the roadway. The six-lane expressway is to the right of the bushes.
Living where I do, I have a 10km ride along the Maju Expressway (MEX) to get to Bukit Jalil, where KESAS starts. MEX doesn’t have a motorcycle lane. It does have, for the most part, a reasonable road shoulder. The shoulder shrinks to 1 metre wide in a few places but is usually 2 to 3 metres wide. Enough for me not to feel threatened by the passing vehicles.
You can ride west on the KESAS motorcycle lane for about 35km before the lane ends and you have to turn around. Today I did two shorter loops. I turned around at Bandar Sunway, which is 12.5km from Bukit Jalil.
Bandar Sunway is one of the many suburbs surrounding Kuala Lumpur.
In amongst the high rises is an Indian temple. This is the roof of the temple as seen from the elevated motorcycle path.
The motorcycle lane is very pleasant to ride along. The bushes shielding the motorcycle lane from the expressway have these pretty flowers
By the time I was back at Bukit Jalil, having completed one loop, the evening rush hour had started. I was glad not to be in a car.
I made a little detour off KESAS and into Bandar Sunway to take a photograph of a name you Aussies will recognize.
Then it was back to MEX and home.