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A stranded idiot

secretsamsecretsam Posts: 4,864
edited January 2015 in Commuting chat
So, Saturday morning, needed to take commuter down to London to leave it at the station. Can't take proper bikes on the train in the week.

Weather looked OK so I thought I'd cycle. 40 miles or so, no bother. Bike's been doing turbo duties for months, decided to whip it off, gave it a quick once over and away we go. Snowing slightly but am sure it will stop soon... :evil:

In the middle of nowhere, snow pelting down, rear mech jams. Why? Chain too short for the gear combination selected. Bum. Hop off bike, get out chain tool, undo chain...then count the spokes that the rear mech has taken out (9).

Bum again. Rear mech bent as well. Triple bum.

Ring home for an emergency pick up (13 miles away from home at this stage). Panic. Stand outside in freezing cold in porch of (shut) church for an hour. Book bike in for repairs whilst I wait.

The moral of the story? 1. I am an idiot. 2. And an incompetent mechanic. 3. And I should prepare better.

PS: bright and sunny here now.

It's just a hill. Get over it.


  • itboffinitboffin Posts: 19,964
    That sucks but why would you be running such a short chain?
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  • pblakeneypblakeney Posts: 16,811
    This is why you should size your chain for big rings front and back.
    Lesson learned.
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  • secretsamsecretsam Posts: 4,864
    PBlakeney wrote:
    This is why you should size your chain for big rings front and back.
    Lesson learned.

    Fixed that for you...sigh...

    #ITB: I ran a short chain because "I am an idiot" :roll:

    It's just a hill. Get over it.
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