Just got back from a sloppy ride out at the trails with the new SS setup. Rode back'n'forth to work with no problems, but as soon as I cut across my front yard to head toward the trails...my chain flew off under power and my whole body launched forward over the bars, taking the bike with me. (I was clipped in still)
Seems every time I fall now, my knee...specifically the head of my quad, punches straight into the stem or bars like a dang rocket. OUCH!!!
I thought it was a fluke b/c I have plenty of tension and my chainline is straight, so I hit the trail head. I was enjoying a fun-filled and sloppy mess of a ride for a good long while. The moisture was mostly rolling right off the singletrack, but there were a few deep spots here and there. I got to this loooooooooong gut-buster of a paved climb which I actually was able to do with a 32/15 setup. (believe it or not, B2B) I went to the back section of trail which has a lot of short steep up'n'down stuff. I got ready to descend a section and my canti-boss broke off my fork!! 1990's Mag21 R.I.P.
I had to finish my ride with a rear brake only which was kinda tricky on this longer, techy, muddy, slick hill.
Lost my chain 3 more times on the trail when I was really giving it some power to get up a hill. I think my old'skool square taper crankset and skinny/weak 15t cassette cog was twisting and flexing causing the chain dumpage.
I need to commit.
1. Need to find a rigid fork ASAP
2. Need to get a dedicated SS/DH 32t ring and 18t cog.
3. Need a tensioner so I can use the 32/18 combo instead of killing myself with the 15. (doable for a good portion of trail, but really tough for the climbs)
4. Dedicated SS chain in a kewl bling-bling gold color.