Twinkly Dave – Mud splattered bicycle and pizza enthusiast Growing old disgracefully

February 25, 2007

Short ride, snapped chain, long walk

Filed under: bikes — dgpowell @ 4:12 pm

Grrr, is all i’m saying.

Oh, ok, grr and; I got 3.5 miles out of town along the road, stopped at a red light, trackstood until it changed to green then laid down the power
little bits of quick-release chain link explode all over the place, my legs nearly wrench out of my hip and the rest of the chain completely wraps itself around the middle chainring


i’d like to say that walking back past all the fields i normally pay no attention to opened up a whole new micro-world of never noticed beauty…little flowers growing quietly on the verges and all that.
i’d like to but i can’t. i just sulked home with a face like thunder and a useless chaintool in my pocket, got home after bloody ages clip-clopping along the pavement in totally inapropriate shoes, put the kettle on and tried to cheer myself up with a brew.

it was a nice brew and the chain’s fixed now, minus any crappy quick release link type affairs. i think the freehub is getting a little sticky which may have had something to do with the qr link coming undone while i faffed about trackstanding at the lights, we shall see.

next week sees the beginning of the first “build” period in training; with lots of new ways to knacker myself and make my legs turn to jelly being introduced along with a couple of looong rides to remind my legs that they’re in for a right battering this year. to be honest i’m glad, i’ve been sitting at steady intensities all year (and for the last couple of months of last year as well) so introducing some new workouts should spice after work rides up a bit.

have entered and had confirmation for bontrager 24/12 solo, CLIC24 solo (must set up the chsrity donation thingy for that) and have the application forms for the enduro6 and SITS sat infront of me ready to be sent tomorrow
woo, here comes the season!


  1. Thanks, you’ve reminded me I need a spare 9spd powerlink.

    I wonder if I could get away with a brand new chain?

    Comment by matt — February 25, 2007 @ 5:08 pm

  2. there’s a “nearly new” link all over the road just outside preston if you want it

    crappy thing

    Comment by dgpowell — February 26, 2007 @ 9:55 am

  3. I found 2x taya ones in a drawer, they bend and click unlike SRAM powerlinks, which I’ve had issues with before (remmeber that ride to Beacon Fell? not sure how we found it!)

    Comment by matt — February 26, 2007 @ 3:46 pm

  4. […] Matt has beaten me to 2000miles, i would have been there early last week if the old road bike hadn’t died, or if steve and i had finished the mbr1 ride, or if the new chain on the scandal hadn’t exploded…and despite all that i’d probably have matched him by getting there yesterday if the freehub hadn’t died. Arse.   […]

    Pingback by twinklydave - a world of bikes and cake » Spinning around wildly — March 26, 2007 @ 9:40 am

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