On my ride back to work at lunchtime Thursday as I was rolling to a stop I noticed the rear wheel was rubbing on the chain stay. Had a few spokes really loose. Friday took the bike in to the LBS for a 100 mile + tune-up. Picked it up after work; they even cleaned the road grime off!
Saturday got my first flat less than 50 yards from my driveway. Heard that telltale air escaping that changed in pitch as the front wheel went round and round. Went back home and patched the tube, so much easier than doing it roadside. Discovered that I may want to get some tire levers as these road bike tires are tight on the wheels. Finally was ready to start my ride.
Weather was in the upper 30's to low 40's in the sun and windless. I did not push the pace at all, just took it easy. I mostly wanted to see how the compact double would work for me on long climbs. I was surprised. It seems geared slow enough so far. Maybe I'm just getting stronger. With all the gravel on the side of the road I was conservative on the descents still remembering my crash in December. Even so the windchill while descending was almost brutal. Good ride but also my first long one in some time.