Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: oPt via Spokane, WA
Bikes: Chromoly Allez comp with Ultegra/DA, IRO Rob Roy
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More efficientwith a chain
SO I got this old takara that someone who is leaving the island gave me for 40 bucks. Best partisthat it was already a SS and set up as a cyclocross bike. SO I took it out forthe first ride today, decided to cruise it the two miles in to work. I get about half way and decided crank it a little harder.Now since its got some knobby tires on it I'm in the nice grassy area. I heard a snap and felt a sudden loss of resistance in my pedal stroke. I get on foot off before the bike flips over a root, and I crash hard, half on a cement driveway. Some cut up legs and what will be a very bruised back, but mostly with the wind knocked out off I lay there thinking "what the jenkins just happened?" One of my fellow sailors drives by and laughs. I get up and realize I have no chain, backtrack and find it, masterlink completely torn apart. Call in to work, tell them I'll be late, and start walking in.
About half way there, I stop and laugh to myself. I started wearing my helmet more often because a fellow fixie rider warned me of the dangers of they what ifs. The first one he said that actually scared me was-"what if your chain breaks on your fixie?" I think I'll be wearing the helmet alot more than I do even now.
Walking into work all bloody though and getting out for an hour to go fix my bike was the best dang part of this whole story though.
I've been here since 2004? I've never felt this old before.