The best part of today's organized ride was the freshly grilled hamburgers and homemade pasta salad at the finish!!
I did a metric century that had a pretty good turnout. We probably had 40+ in the front group and everyone was very well behaved and while it was fast, noone was really pushing the pace too hard. I was really looking forward to staying in the group, having a lot of help for the day and getting a good workout.
Things changed just 21 miles into the ride. I dropped a chain at the base of short hill and couldn't get it back on without stopping. I fumbled with it while I was stopped and completely lost the group. Phooey!! A little later the chain on the rear cassette started skipping every time I tried to ride hard up a hill-so I really had to nurse it up a hill.
It was so aggravating I stopped again at 40 miles as our local LBS was running his truck on the route and got him to take a look at it. He found the thumbwheel/cable housing had come completely out of the rear derailluer and got me going again.
Just a few miles later I dropped the chain again at the base of a hill and had to pull over and get it back on........again.
It was about the 4th time folks I'd passed repassed me.........Some of my buddies suggested I just needed to get a real bike as we were passing each other.......a lot of help they were!!
I was still able to ride pretty hard and averaged over 20 mph for the 62 miles-but it was really frustrating and downright comical passing people, them passing me while I was stopped a little later and then repassing them.
When I got home I put the bike on the stand and fixed the front derailluer so I shouldn't be having any chain drop issues for a while. I improved the skipping a little but it is still there. I'll take off the cassette and look it over to see if the cogs look okay. Not sure what else it could be unless the cassette just needs replacing due to wear. It didn't look like any links were sticking but that could also be an issue.
Days like today really make you appreciate a well tuned bike!!