Pulled it out on Sunday after a country walk - but immediately realised something was wrong. When I changed up to the biggest cog on the back wheel the hanger and jockey wheels were hitting the spokes. It looked like all my stuffing and shoving had led to the rear hanger becoming bent. It now went too far over in top gear and hit the spokes, whilst no longer being able to get into the smallest gear, despite my tinkering.
I continued on anyway - resolving not to use the biggest cog for fear that the whole thing would get caught up in the spokes.
|Food stop on bridge over A49|
|Ooops, jocky wheels into spokes |
means whole rear changer
Didn't know where I was, cold even before I stopped and with a bike that was completely broken. 40km from home.
I called my partner to get her to come and pick me up - having discovered my location from a handy planning permission notice on a gate.
|Binder twine to the rescue|
|My new single speed...|
A few more miles and I managed to hook up with the rescue service, and home to a log fire!
Aside from taking the opportunity to fit better gears, I will also need to have a think about how to deal with this sort of disaster another time - when rescue isn't likely.
Most way home at Garmin Connect - Details