Today I took my old bike out for a ride (I had a few minor errands to run). I hadn't ridden it for a while, and it took a while to get used to it again, particularly as just about everything on it is now totally stuffed. Anyway, I spent the first few km trying to figure out just how I had managed over 1,000 commutes and two tours on the thing. It seemed as though I was pedalling like Lance Armstrong but going nowhere. I couldn't even accelerate without the chain slipping repeatedly.
For some unaccountable reason however, bike and rider soon started to bond. The old instincts were taking over, the pace was picking up and the chain wasn't slipping anymore. Before I knew it, I had caught, passed and dropped a car! I really am at a loss to explain why the old bike suddenly started working again. Now I'm seriously thinking about taking it out for a big ride tomorrow.
What is going on here?