I was riding my bike hard on Wednesday, before Thanksgiving, and despite leaving after 5:15, managed to get to work around 6:55, in plenty of time to get off my bike commuting gear, and get onto the clock before the horn sounded.
But maybe I was riding my bike too hard, because this last Monday, my chain went off the gear … off the large gear on the wheel side … and that must have been when I was pushing with enough force to loosen or damage something, because the chain derailed four or five more times on the way to work, I got to work late, on the way home it started freewheeling in certain gears, and by the time I was two miles from home it was shot.
When I took the wheel off, the gear set basically just dropped off the cassette, leaving less than half the bearings (I don’t know whether more than half the bearings are presently on the garage floor, or whether only a couple spilled out and the rest were lost earlier).
So after catching a lift on Tuesday and Wednesday, and swapping the 5-speed wheel from my old (failing) department store $55 special, to get to work Thursday and Friday, I am taking that wheel in to see if the bike store can fix it.
I guess that makes this a bike breaking open thread.
Yeah, I know, its Sunday morning … I had a headache all day yesterday, until I ate three bananas. Remember to eat your bananas, boys and girls … potassium depletion headaches are no fun …
… and the headache itself makes it harder to use the wetware to figure out what is causing the headache, even though the ringing ears are a dead give-away that should have made it bloody obvious from the time I woke up with a head-ache.
This is especially a winter cycling hazard if you ride 14 miles to work in a cold warehouse and then drink coffee at break and lunch for internal heating … just because its winter does not mean you stop sweating, and diuretics like caffeine drain potassium that much quicker …
… so for the thousands, maybe millions, out there in that boat, remember … a banana in time can save a Saturday for blogging.
Also, for those of you with the luxury of time on the computer in the middle of the workweek, what is all of this about the blog blowing up?