It has been a week of mechanical failure. The front derailleur on my TREK hyrbrid seized – too much water and mud – and my chain had stretched to an unhealthy degree. Both needed replacing. I decided at the same time to change the derailleur cable and discovered some all but broken plastic bits in the hand mechanism. Then I popped some spokes on the back wheel of the same bike. No spares. Need to order some. The wobble is too much to ride on – bike out of commission. So I rode my old road bike. Somehow the left peddle fell off and stripped the threads on the left crank arm (or stripped the threads and fell off). Shit. I hope I get all of this kind of stuff out of my system now.