Went for my usual ride on Friday. Got about 8 miles out of town and the chain came off of the front rings. (I ride a Vision R40 recumbent.) This kind of thing is common on a 'bent every now and then. Stop put the chain back on, no big deal. Then I hear a horrible rubbing noise coming from my chain. Stop again and look at it and one of the guide pulleys is loose which caused the chain to "jump" off and literally cross itself. Put the chain back in place then tried to tighten the guide pulley bolt, but multi-tool did not have a wrench large enough.
Called wife on cell phone to come rescue me. (I'm 8.5 miles away from home on a county highway.) It is really windy and I am near some high voltage powerlines. Have a heck of a time getting through to wife. After calling her 7 times she finally is able to piece together where i am and comes to get me. (Although I did tell her what route I was taking.) Should only have taken 3 times due to the wind and powerlines, not 7.
So all in all I had a crappy ride, instead of riding the 26 miles I wanted to I rode less then half. Had bad rides before but this is one of the worst. I know well enought that this is all part of the great sport of cycling.
I'm sure the rest of us have had bad rides. So please do tell about yours, either due to mechanical failure, like mine on Friday or other reasons.
And also offer each toher words of encouragement too while were at it.
Thanks for letting me vent this.