I had been noticing a while now that the front brake on my Litespeed (a 1999 XTR V-brake ) had developed quite a bit of play at the little axis that makes it rotate. It had been a few years since I changed the rear V for the same reason. I have had some close encounters with all kinds of bushes on some very steep descents these last few weeks due to the fact that the brake developed a lot of 'shake' and failed to brake properly. Since brakes are important I went over to Filip Sport today to get me a new one.
Filip also explained to me where I could find the 'C' route I had missed last Sunday so after my new brake had been installed I followed that route up and down through Hoeilaart and all the way to the Smeysberg, where I left it to loop back over Ottenburg and Sint Agatha Rode to Meerdael Forest.
I thought I was dead yesterday but today I certainly felt my legs were tired but nevertheless I had sufficient strenght left to tackle some 20 percent hills (on tarmac sure, but 20 percent is 20 percent) . The wind was another major player but the lovely sunshine made the ride very enjoyable despite the contant surge from the northeast.
Ride Stats : 62K and 585 heightmeters in 2h44mins