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Shiner century and a lesson in chain maint

Old 05-03-10, 04:39 PM
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Shiner century and a lesson in chain maint

So having been in Texas for a couple years now I decided to start doing centuries again.
I signed up for the Shiner ride which is from Houston to Shiner, Tx. I asked a coworker that did it last year about the terrain and he assured me that the ride was dead flat so I decided to do the ride fixed (52X16).
Prior to the ride I gave the bike a once over, installed a new chain, and set the tension.
The first 80 miles were indeed flat and I joined a few pace lines from time to time. At the 80 mi rest stop I noticed the chain was a little slack (chain break-in) but I figured it would be OK for the rest of the ride.
Unbeknownst to me was that the last 20 miles were rolling hillside so I was either mashing or spinning for the last hour or so.
15 feet before I crossed the finish line, with hundreds of spectators watching, the now well broken in chain decided to hop off the front chain ring and wrap itself around the rear cog, locking up the back wheel and almost tossing me over the bars. I managed to unclip, get a foot on the ground, and dismount before crashing and ended up walking across the finish line.
Embarrassing to say the least but it could have happened in a much worse place (like while spinning down a hill) so maybe it was fatigue or complacency that prevented me from doing what I know I should have done but the experience taught me (again) a nice lesson.
Finish time 7 hours w/breaks, Ride time 6 hours
PS: Since the jackass thread is gone please typographically violate my bike. Mods can’t lock if I ask for it right?
Think of it as a public service.

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Old 05-03-10, 04:46 PM
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I met a guy on Friday that was doing the Shiner century fixed. He said it was flat but it could have a bad headwind. Sorry about your chain. Sounds like maybe you just didn't crank those axle nuts down hard enough? I donno.

Have you heard about the Tour Das Hugel? Not something to try fixed, but it is probably the most difficult century in Texas.
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Old 05-03-10, 04:58 PM
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Originally Posted by PedallingATX View Post
I met a guy on Friday that was doing the Shiner century fixed. He said it was flat but it could have a bad headwind. Sorry about your chain. Sounds like maybe you just didn't crank those axle nuts down hard enough? I donno.

Have you heard about the Tour Das Hugel? Not something to try fixed, but it is probably the most difficult century in Texas.
He probably started from Austin, they had a headwind. I saw one track bike with a SS set up at the finish but I did not see any other FGs. But I was more concerned with getting my drink on than looking at other bikes.
Thanks for the tip on the Hugel. I'll look into it.

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you couldn't fix the chain tension mid ride?
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Whatever doesn't kill you...might just destroy your ego 15 feet in front of the finish line.

But, hey! You finished a long ride. Kudos. And you learned a valuable lesson.

On a related side-note---I've noticed my chain has been sagging a little. Time to tighten it up, asap.
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Originally Posted by hairnet View Post
you couldn't fix the chain tension mid ride?
Sure, I could have done it or I could have walked my lazy butt over to the mechanics tent at the rest stop and asked them to do it for me while I ate a granola bar.
But the key lesson is that I was tired or complacent and didn't do it and almost paid dearly for it. So admittedly, I F'd up and hopefully learned from it.
Thus the post where I am happy to share my foible in the hope that someone else will not repeat my error.

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Hahahah this is awesome.

Every old roadie there was chuckling to himself. It reminds me of the BSNYC article where he saw a kid derail on a conversion while he fred-flinstoned himself to a stop, and as he passed he pointed to his bike and said "brakes".

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Hahahah this is awesome.

Every old roadie there was chuckling to himself. .
Only the ones that were fast enough to beat me to the finish......

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with 1/8" drivetrain the chain doesn't come off as easily...
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Originally Posted by DARTHVADER View Post
with 1/8" drivetrain the chain doesn't come off as easily...
Same could be said for proper chain tension......

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I don't see it possible that a new chain could wear enough in 100mi to be loose enough to fall off. Your chain line is either really wanky or you have other drive train components that are shifting.
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ehh...if you are mashing hard enough to move your rear wheel forward in the dropouts, then that will loosen chain tension.

THEN...if you hit a bump or something with the chain tension loose, the chain will pop off. It happens...
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