|Kirk wrestling his bike |
in the Muck Pit
|Dangly Limp Derailleur|
The fun was just beginning. On the backside of the bonus loop I picked up a stick which twisted the cage into my rear spokes and ripped my rear derailleur clean off.
We got right to work by removing six links from the chain and rigging the bike as a singlespeed in less time than it took Kirk to play U2's "Walk On" and Springsteen's "Long Walk Home" on his iPhone. The result was a very tight chain and I fully expected it to rip apart after a few crank turns, but to everyone's surprise it held together.
|Modification still holding|
strong after an hour of riding
It was a bigger gear than I would have preferred, but it was nice to be singlespeeding again (I haven't been on my Rig since we started training for Durango). In fact after we finished the ride on the east side we took it over to the west side for about 20 more minutes of riding.
In the end today's abbreviated ride left me behind on training for the week, but feeling pretty good about on-trail mechanical improvisation.