Gilbert is at the shop today after suffering a sudden failure of index shifting. I was riding Wed morning, stopped and got off for a couple of minutes, and when I got back on, it wouldn't shift out of 5th.
This being a fairly stiff gear for crossing bridges, starting up hills etc, I biked to a good locking place near the nearest T stop, and then went into work and home via T. When I rode back from the T stop to home in the evening, again it shifted once, then stopped.
I'm hopeful that it's a cable issue and that either replacing or lubricating and adjusting the cable will solve the problem, but this time of year I don't have much time to mess with the bike.
Luckily I happened to be driving out to a job site in Newton and would be passing Harris, albeit well before they opened, so I changed my zipcar to a ziptruck and dropped it off on the way.
Arriving back home from the jobsite around 10, I considered just walking to the T. But it was so so cold that I thought I'd actually be colder in the 10 minutes on each end I would end up walking than I would be in the 30 minutes it would take to bike. So Minerva got a turn to go to work.
I don't know if it's just faulty memory, or the cold weather, but I actually think that the front brake was more aggressive than I remember, but I still think it would be nice to have it be a little more aggressive.
If anyone had been biking behind me on the path this morning they would have thought I was disturbed because I kept accelerating, then slamming on the brakes- trying different combos (front only, rear only, both).
I stopped to take some pictures of Minerva and the skeletal trees (and their shadows). By that point I'd warmed up enough to unzip my shell (was wearing a cotton T shirt and a very heavy wool sweater, cords, wool ski socks and la Canadienne boots. And puffy insulated gloves (warmer than leather gloves, not as warm as ski gloves).