Dropped the hammer, with massive quads rippling, as your lead out launched you toward the finish line? :)
Seriously, that sucks did you have to walk home?
looks like one of those KMC superlite chains. I just run their normal X10 chains for all my bikes except for the singlespeed, that gets a SRAM 8spd. Their regular chains last a LONG time before having shifting issues and never broke one.
You can carry a sram 10speed power link if you want to keep running the light weight stuff but I'm sure you busted a nut or knee on your stem when it broke :injured:
I got to the bridge and the bikepath was closed due to construction. So I turned around and was going to head down to Marble Hill and cross over onto Broadway then just shoot over to the West side bike path to continue my trek to Gowanus... I was stopped at an intersection, I got the green, got on it pretty gently, on the inner ring and all that, and my crank just spun out underneath me and I thought I dropped the chain...I looked again and realized...I have no chain! I looked behind me and it was lying in the road so I fetched it.
I coasted down the 2 mile hill I just climbed, a good small LBS at the base, and they weren't open, even though it was noon and the sign said they open at 1130am.
I called my shop in BK, told them what happened, and I just hopped on the Subway (Station was right there...) and did the walk of shame. Of course I didn't roll my steed along, but hefted it upon my shoulder as manly vanity and pride demand...
Seemed to be a perfect storm combination having to do with apparently I'd stretched the FD cable and a possible manufacturer's defect with the chain. No cracks on the outside, etc... It just popped open. Ultegra 10 spd.
Then I hauled ass back from Brooklyn to duh Bronx and made it just before sundown, so I didn't have to kill any zombies.
... I've had a few of those... I always carry a sram quick link for this reason... it at least lets you get home without walking...
http://www.parktool.com/product/mini...hain-tool-ct-5 plenty of other makes also available. You would need to remove the rivets & outer plates so you have both ends which terminate with inner plate, then you can then join them with a masterlink. SRAM, KMC & Connex make these, make sure you use the correct one for your chain speed.
Yes, it was certainly a defective chain. New chains don't break from hard riding. In my many years of riding (over 40) and usually doing more than 3,000 miles a year, I have only needed a chain tool out on a ride once. I don't even carry one with me any longer. (I do regularily check my chain for wear and it is almost always properly lined.)
how do you like the warbird? I was heavily considering building up the alum version of it
I never broke a chain, but I once broke a rear derailleur cable 8 miles from home in the pre-cell phone era. Luckily the multitool I had included a chain tool, so I opened the chain, pulled it off the rear der, and rewrapped it onto the small ring and the largest cog I thought I could push on the hills I needed to climb,removed the necessary links and road home as a single speed. Now I always carry a chain tool in my bag.
But now I also always carry a cell phone, too.
Another recommendation for the Park CT-5 and a SRAM quick link. Keep in mind about big-big until you can verify the chain length.
Thanks for this, I'll add it to the onboard kit...
I figure the KMC "Missing Link" will do the trick?: