I thought you would have posted one by now -- whassup?
Velodiva & I signed up for the Berkeley Hills Road Race, held on Mother's Day. The weather was cool but beautiful and I was feeling really confident. I didn't have a shred of nerves; in fact, I was eagerly anticipating this ride. Vdiva seemed ready as well, and after much picture taking by our friends Smooooth and Sassy (too young for this forum, barely) and Hermes and Cgallagh we began the promenade from the San Pablo Reservoir parking lot to the main road.
We're on the main road with some rollers and moving along at a good clip. I stay in the middle of the pack (pretty much a first for me; I tend to hang off the back) and pay close attention to the upshifting and downshifting sounds, watching the wheel in front of me, and having fun. We're picking up speed on a long, sweeping descent and I'm still in the pack, keeping up and enjoying the draft. Suddenly my front wheel begins shimmying something awful. I'm in my drops, weight on my hands, which I thought were relaxed. So I relax my grip more and my handlebars begin shimmying as well! So I holler that I was slowing, since I can't let go, and feather my brakes until I can stop. A quick once-over reveals no apparent rim, tire or spoke problem, nor was my headtube loose. Sadly, I watch the pack ride toward the first turn and the rest of the race, while I turn around to go back to the start.
Before I began pedaling again I looked at my Cateye and saw that my speed down the hill was 40.4 -- a personal record for me on a half-bike. And less than 7 miles into the race. Dang! However, I was and still am satisfied with my decision. Better disappointed than, well, you know...
The LBS couldn't find anything wrong either, so they called Orbea and negotiated a brand-new '09 pistachio-green Orca frame and forks for me. Whoo-hoo! It should be here by early next week.
Velodiva had a very different outcome and I hope she shares it with us. That woman is fierce!