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Old 10-28-19, 12:22 PM
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Originally Posted by Abe_Froman View Post
Did you do carpentersville? First nice dry day of the year. I'm juat happy I didnt embarrass myself on the pump track. Stayed upright and moving the whole time, which I'm calling a win.
I wasn't at Carpentersville, but I did race Sunrise Park last weekend. I think it was muddier than the Indian Lakes mess.

This SRAM stuff is really impressive in these conditions. My drivetrain was completely jammed with mud and grass by the end, but I was still able to pedal and shift gears. I did manage to somehow shift the chain into my wheel right after I crossed the finish line, and it got totally stuck. This was annoying mostly because it was a long walk back to my car carrying my bike on my shoulder. Glad it didn't happen during the race.






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Old 10-28-19, 01:50 PM
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check your derailleur hanger alignment. If it suddenly shifts into the spokes that is a huge red flag
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Old 10-28-19, 04:48 PM
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I had a funny shifting thing happen on Saturday. I crashed in some sand and somehow my shifter would only shift in one direction. It would take cable up, but not release it. So I got stuck in my biggest cog, which was annoying but it could have been worse. We had a mechanic on site and he blew it out with some compressed air and recommended I flush everything out with WD-40 when I got home. Did that, and all's good.
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Old 10-29-19, 01:26 PM
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This past Sunday, race came to a quick end running into this mess. Chain ended up behind the chain catcher so it wasn't a quick job, so I just abandoned.Annoyed that this was probably a completely unnecessary crash (obviously didn't see it happen or I would have avoided earlier), not sure if 409 was getting a little too physical and got himself knocked down, but I'd expect better from people on a straight smooth track like this
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Old 10-30-19, 10:51 AM
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ugh. I hate that...
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Old 10-30-19, 02:16 PM
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Originally Posted by hubcyclist View Post
This past Sunday, race came to a quick end running into this mess. Chain ended up behind the chain catcher so it wasn't a quick job, so I just abandoned.Annoyed that this was probably a completely unnecessary crash (obviously didn't see it happen or I would have avoided earlier), not sure if 409 was getting a little too physical and got himself knocked down, but I'd expect better from people on a straight smooth track like this
That sucks. Nothing worse than getting all geared up for a race and having it end 5 seconds into it.

There was a big pileup at our series on Sunday too, during the single speed start. It looks like two guys got tangled up on the front row and took out like half the field.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-Kp...ature=youtu.be
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Old 11-07-19, 07:23 AM
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Racing my second race ever on Monday. Can't wait. A little frustrated as I tried to focus this fall on intervals and CX drills only to get sick, overworked + a family vacation putting me off the bike for the last three weeks. I have one more ride planned for tomorrow to get ready and we'll see how it goes.

Either way I am stoked and it is a very fun way to spend time on the bike. Hopefully I'll have time for at least another race before the season ends.
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Old 11-11-19, 01:35 PM
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Racing my second race ever on Monday. Can't wait. A little frustrated as I tried to focus this fall on intervals and CX drills only to get sick, overworked + a family vacation putting me off the bike for the last three weeks. I have one more ride planned for tomorrow to get ready and we'll see how it goes.

Either way I am stoked and it is a very fun way to spend time on the bike. Hopefully I'll have time for at least another race before the season ends.
Good luck!!!

I raced again yesterday. It was only the 2nd time on my bike in the last two weeks, due to a combo of busy work, getting sick, lousy weather.

I went as hard as I could and ended up crashing 3 times (once during pre-ride) and am currently limping around the office today. I've been pretty happy with my results this season. I've finished better than my staging in every race, though last weekend was only by two spots.

My bike has also gotten abused hard this season with all the mud and crashing. Lots of crunching and clunking going on in both my headset and bottom bracket. I think my freewheel is messed up on my rear hub too. I'm hoping I get through a few more weeks of riding and one more race without anything major.
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Old 11-13-19, 07:56 AM
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I survived a muddy race with lots of running up mud hills and sliding down them. What a fun way to race a bike.
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