Today was going to be my last Blackberry Cobbler Ride (and probably century) for 2005. I am going to a bowl game next Saturday so will not be able to ride with the regulars. At 40 miles things were going fantastic-great pace, the bones, toes and fingers had finally warmed up and the sun was shining in bright blue skies. And then......SPRONG-G-G-G-I-N-G!!!
I had a spoke pull out of the nipple on my rear wheel and the wheel commenced to get pretty wobbly. I fell of the back of the group and stopped and secured it with twist ties I carry in my saddle bag. Within just a few miles of the home of the Blackberry Cobbler I turned and headed back to the start/finish.
While I didn't have Dnvr's 40 mph winds it was a pretty stiff headwind to do solo plus the tire was hitting the chainstay and brake calipers enough to create a lot of drag. I still wound up riding about 75 miles which felt like at least 100. Darn aero wheels with high tension spokes!!!! Probably ruined a new tire from the sidewall getting almost rubbed off but at least I made it back.
I realize I have the smartest wheel ever made. It seems to know when I just about as far away from the house or car as I can be and then throws a spoke. Let's see, I think that is about the 3rd time that has happened!!
The good news is I think the Club has decided to add more Blackberry Cobbler 100 mile rides to start 2006.
It was a great day to just get out even if things didn't go exactly as planned.
I hope your luck was better than mine!