Today my knee has been really bothering me. Usually when I put on my brace it feels ok, but not today. Fortunately, it likes biking better than walking.
Biking home all seemed fine until at still about 4 miles out or so, suddenly the pedals didn't want to go forward. The nice thing is that as soon as I dismounted and started looking at my bike, another bicyclist showed up to see if I was OK. I could back-pedal and then it would forward pedal again, so I sent him on. But! it turned out I could only forward pedal a little before I had to back pedal again. Sometimes I could not even forward pedal half a rotation. But I could move. It was that way all the way home, back and forthing sort of like those hand chargers you squeeze and release and squeeze and release. Sometimes I could get several rotations in and begin to hope, when it would stop again. I stopped another time to see if I could see anything wrong and right away a couple of joggers stopped to help. We find anything. I told them it wasn't far anyway, and sent them on. Distance is relative, but I was sure glad my problem wasn't worse. I could sort of pedal and the bicycle moved along faster than people walking - probably not all that much slower than my usual pace although it felt that way. I was only a bit over 20 minutes late. Joseph looked at the bike and can't figure it out either. We think it's a shop problem. Now I get to figure out when I can find time to take it in and how to pay for it.
I am grateful that the weather is nice. Nice people stopped to help. And I made it home. Also, I have the option of driving to light rail and getting to work by transit. I am quite blessed even if I do think Sylvia (the bike) going lame is inconvenient. I am also glad that "Sylvia" doesn't feel pain.