I’ve had an OK week. Only OK, not great. Work has been difficult, looks like \I’m going to lose my best contractor and my best permie. I can’t compete with what they’ve been offered but it will leave a massive hole I’ll struggle to fill.
Mileage is mainly just work and back, not even every day. Friday I satyed in to get my hands free kit fitted in my car. This has been a nightmare to arrange. I put the order in Christmas! First of all they sent me a Parrot kit. I rang up to arrange installation only to find that it wasn’t certified with my phone. It would work with it and Parrot recommended it but Vodaphone didn’t certify it. So I couldn’t have it. So I ordered a different kit and was sent a Berry Uni-8 kit. I rang to get that installed. Sorry you need a de-install as well as an install voucher to take the old kit out. Another order for the de-install, for which the voucher eventually arrived. I rang again. Sorry the separate de-install and install vouchers are only valid if you’re taking a kit out of one car and installing in a different car, you need a combined de-install/install voucher! Eventually I got sent what should have been the right voucher, I rang again. Have I got all the necessary parts? Well I think so, I’ve been sent a box load of stuff. Not so! When the engineer arrived I handed him the box and he asked where was the rest of the stuff! I said that’s all I’ve got, so he told me to ring the installation order line. The woman there was really snotty, saying that I’d confirmed I had all the kit when I booked, I said I had a box of stuff, how was I to know it wasn’t everything I needed. The engineer took the phone off me and said “Just sent the stuff” and hung up. He could use some of the existing kit and all I needed was a snap in cradle I can fit myself. 6 months and I still don’t have a car kit fully working.
Jayne and I had a lazy weekend, we went out on the tandem yesterday, just into St Anne’s to go to Apple. Liam got me a £20 voucher for fathers day, so I thought ‘d get a new rear mech for the Ribble. I’ve put the compact double from Jayne’s Boardman on it, but the 105 rear mech doesn’t quite have the capacity, so I bought a Sora long cage mech. Fitted it this afternoon and went for a couple of short trial rides. Seems pretty good. I was worried that the 9 speed mech wouldn’t work well with the 7 speed chain and cassette, but it seems fine. Need to try it out over Boundary Hill. When I first bought the Ribble it had a 21-12 block and 42/52 front rings. I could get over Boundary Hill on that without much trouble. Now I’m wondering if a 34 front and 28 rear are low enough? Old age!
I’ve not reached my weekly mileage target again. Need to do better next week, but I’ in Bristol for 4 days so probably a poor week again. I need to go and do some long days, 70-100 milers to get back on track.
Miles for the week – 101
Year to date – 2973
Shortfall – 132