Wednesday, June 11, 2014

you earned it

Thousands of miles of riding rocky alpine terrain, 15+ years worth, and never busted a rear derailleur until Sunday:

Most such horses have two jockeys
It's like one of the McCarran brothers was laid up.

That shot above is point of destruction no. 2. Point no. 1 was a bent connection tab, which was straightened gently but still the effort went beyond the tab's yield and so it cracked when returned to quasi-straight alignment. Would you trust such a weakened bit of aluminum to hold integrity under pedaling loads which sometimes join with the load-shifts under suspension dynamics? Would you risk sucking a derailleur into a rear wheel? Or would you just ride as if chainless, pushing the remainder of the climbs and never pedaling other than to ratchet for rock avoidance? You have approximately 2 hrs left in the ride at this point. What do you do?

Get pushin', pal. 

After you rig the rear der with your friend's wizard-like insight on a new chain routing that lets you omit the dropping-to-the-inboard-side-constantly feature of missing that lower inner cage aspect.

I dunno, maybe I should have called search and rescue?  The rock wasn't apparent!  What are these dangerous rocks doing in this trail? 

They're called the Rocky Mountains, sir.

Never mind that.  I expect a trouble-free experience no different from a mall-walk.


5 comments:

Priscilla Houle-Eaton said...

It is instructive that the rugged individualist used the assistance of a friend to get underway.

Now if we can just prove that Redweld is Caidagh, our case is won.

Chet Redweld said...

You're amusing, Doctor. Say, where is that report? Are you Juan Epstein and do you have a note from Juan Epstein's Mother?

Lewis S. Lyspe, Esq. said...

You want the report? File a motion, asshole. Watch the motion be denied by my good friend and poker buddy Manny.

I'd advise settling now for much more than you stupidly imagined necessary before. You don't want to risk losing your bar license, Redweld.

Harold Caidagh said...

Walter Mitty rides again.

Pimlico Historian said...

It's McCarron, not McCarran.