You did a simple maintenance item on your bike and the lessons learned? I almost didn’t post this after giving Gary so much grief over Presta valves but what the heck. I know how kind and supportive you folks can be. Besides, it’s good for a chuckle and what the heck, maybe someone else can learn from it.
I recently needed to do a thorough cleaning of my bike after riding in snow, salt, rain etc so I spent a couple hours really going over it. I removed the chain and put it in a plastic bottle with a degreaser, let it soak, vigorously shook….repeat a few times etc.
I dumped the bio-degradable degreaser in the grass and rinsed the chain and hung it out to dry. When it was ready to be reinstalled I threaded it over the chain ring and through the rear derailleur. This was the first time I had cleaned this particular chain and it is a different model than I’ve used before. It is a SRAM and uses the quick connect or Power Link instead of a pin to fasten the ends of the chain together-so it’s very easily removed by hand with no tools!!
When I got the ends of the chain together to fasten it, the Power Links were gone!!! Oh no!!!! You mean those things will come off the chain!!!
Uh oh……..I dumped the bottle of stuff in the grass…….now where in the heck was that spot anyway?? Wasn't the dog squatting over that spot after I dumped the stuff out???
Okay, I found them and but just as easily could still be fertilizer in the grass….Needless to say I felt pretty stupid but nobody told me those things came off the chain that easily!!
And my parents paid really good money on me for a 4 year engineering degree, too…….