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Saturday, April 09, 2005

Ridus Interruptus

Apparently, I have one of two problems. I push too many watts, or I'm so slow my chain rusted while I rode. Either way, I headed out to Chatfield today. During the 3rd interval up the dam road, the gears started popping on the rear cassette. I did one more interval after a minor adjustment, and then rode over the top to add a little flat stuff.

Going over the next hump after the dam road, the chain started jumping again, but this time worse. I stopped to check it out, and guess what? I actually broke one of the pins holding my chain together. It was only barely hanging on, probably would have completely snapped with the next heavy force.

I nursed it back to BikeSource and got a quick repair (got time to see the Cervelo P3 SL, very sweet). $3.14 later, it rides like before, without skipping the gears. Since the gears have been bugging me for a while, I wonder how close I have been to a complete disaster. Imagine standing up, hammering hard, and breaking the chain... my voice rises just worrying about it.

Imagine if that would have happened during the CCTT.


At April 09, 2005 11:15 PM, Blogger RideTrek said...

So, were you pushing 1,200 or 1,300 watts at the time you snapped the chain?

At April 10, 2005 7:10 PM, Blogger Dirt - LPBME said...

I'm guessing either rust or stupidity that you forgot to reassemble your chain last time you had it off.

At April 11, 2005 10:16 AM, Blogger Redlight said...

Must be rust, then, because that wasn't the connection I loosened last time. The guy at the shop said it looked like a bad link from the factory. I told him "1300 watts, buddy", and he just laughed...


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