I rode my bike in the BABS Memorial Ride 2017 - that was May 13th. Two-and-a-half hours to get there. Rode the Ride the next day (10am to 4pm - stopped for coffee and for lunch). Rode back home another 2-1/2 hours the following day. Chilly here in Ontario - got the head cold to prove it. Bike rode great. First real ride of the season. Did I mention it's been chilly here? Hoping the real spring is soon gonna happen!
So with the BABS Ride behind us, I was looking forward to good riding weather ahead. First thing --- get that oil change done. OOPS, my son Simon has bike troubles so I lend him my bike for Thursday and Friday May 18 and 19. Thursday evening, he asked me to take my bike for a spin since he noticed a little ticking/rattle sound. He went away for the evening, assumed that I had checked it. Nope, I had forgotten all about that as I working on a deadline for something else. He rode it for almost an hour on the highway both to and from work on Friday with that knocking!! EEK! Again, let me say he thought I had checked it out before he rode it on Friday so when he fired it up on Friday, he assumed all is well. So now it's Monday, May 22 that I get to do the oil change. I fire it up to take it around a couple of blocks to warm up the oil, but wait....what's that sound? I hear a knocking - a loud knocking!
Hmmmmm, did I run with low oil? Did I run it with way too much LOW OIL? DID I KILL MY BIKE????
I had to get a replacement oil cap so today (Tuesday, May 23) is when I actually completed the oil change. I fired it up, yup still knocking, and took it around our very short block -- just wanted to get the oil through - but afraid to go too far. Ran so nice 'n smooth. Felt good, but the knocking scares me.
I'm hoping to wake up from this nightmare. My husband and I are scheduled to ride our bikes out east to PEI to join in the Canada's 911 Ride in Prince Edward Island.
HELP! Anyone have pearls of wisdom to share?