We were a little over an hour into our ride and motoring—averaging a nice 21 m.p.h. (there was little wind when we started out this morning....this morning.) Well, leave it to me to allow something completely unexpected to nearly sideline our day completely...
I am riding into this little town of Caledonia when I notice a little extra float in my pedal. "That's weird," I thought. So, I unclipped from my pedal, and clipped back in thinking my pedal would miraculously work better if I willed it to. I looked down again right before we were about to make another turn, and decided to pull into the gas station at the corner. Unfortunately, the problem was a tad bit more severe. It seems like my crank arm had come loose. Yes... I said my crank arm came loose.
You know, I carry the usual things on my rides: tubes, tire levers, nutrition. 10 mm hex allen wrench with a super-long handle to torque the hell out of my crank? No. Do not carry one of those ever. I figure the weight of such a tool might drag me down a tad. I am standing there quite befuddled for a moment. We are in the middle of nowhere. It is a Sunday morning. Everything is closed, but it would not have mattered. Caledonia does not have a bike shop. How do I know this? On the way out of the little convenient store gas station comes a man on his way back to his car. I almost did not even speak to him. It turns out, speaking to him was the best decision I made that day. I said:
ME: Excuse me, sir. Are you from town?
HIM: I sure hope so, cuz' I'm the mayor.
ME: "Wow. Say, is there a bike shop in town?
HIM: (Chuckles) No. Why? What do you need?
ME: Well (heavy sigh) It seems like my crank arm came loose, and unless I fix it, I am done for the day.
HIM: What's a crank arm?
ME: This thingy right here that my pedals are connected to (now pointing)
HIM: Well, there is this guy in town who was really into biking. He has all sorts of tools, I know. What was his name....Dave Stone.
So, armed with this information, Mr. Mayor goes into the convenient store and looks up the dude's phone number in the phone book for me. He leaves a message on his machine, looks at me and says "It Sunday morning, he's probably out praying to God somewhere." Then he thinks for a minute and tell me that he will be back in a little bit. Adam and I sat at the store for about five minutes talking to the ladies working the counter inside. A couple of young ladies. She asked us where we were biking to. When Adam told her we were biking through Letchworth she thought we were just kidding. Oh, I love hearing people's responses when you tell them you are doing a 100 mile bike ride.
After some fairly banal, and innocent chit-chat with the convenient store girls, Mr. Mayor was back with tool in hand. He said he got it from one of the auto repair shops around town. I will have to get the name and thank that shop. One minute later, we had that crank arm torqued and ready to motor again.
After some testing in the parking lot, we were okay for takeoff.
That is, until we got another 10 minutes down the road and I got a flat tire. So, I went to grab a spare from the back of my bike, and I realized that I had given my tubes to Manuel the previous week on a bike ride and I forgot to put new ones on my bike. Oops. Luckily, the bike gods were still with us. A couple of minutes into changing my tire, this young dude rolls up in his Toyota Yaris and asks us if we need a hand. Young dude is equipped with tubes, a bike pump, nutrition. He had a bike shop in the back of his Yaris, not to mention his bike. Thanks bike god Phil for hooking us up. We'll hopefully get out there for a ride after Rev3.
I had no idea what these Turkey Vultures are doing perched
on the damn, but it kind of freaked me out a little. I felt
like we were about to be roadkill.
| Look whose wearing a shirt!|
Too beautiful to just ride through.
Anyway, I had a great ride and I can not wait to race and roll over my training for next year now that I am more efficient with my training have a really great fitness level. For all of you data dorks like me. Here are the unimpressive numbers and charts from our ride:
|Avg Speed:||18.4 mph|
|Avg Moving Speed:||18.7 mph|
|Max Speed:||43.6 mphd|
|Elevation Gain:||3,247 ft|
|Elevation Loss:||3,251 ft|
|Min Elevation:||483 ft|
|Max Elevation:||1,332 ft|