July 20, 2009
I was talking to Rick yesterday about his stomach punch defeat in his attempt on a sub-nine hours Leadville last year (he broke his chain inside 15 miles to go, and finished with 9:20 ish), and I began to feel a bit sheepish.
If I broke my chain 85 miles into the race, and had 3 hours to finish, I would probably DNF. Because I have never successfully repaired a chain in my life.
In fact, I once intentionally broke a chain in my garage, to make sure I could fix a chain, but after about an hour, I lost interest and threw it away.
I have been riding bikes for almost 20 years. I mean, I had a bike as a kid, but I mean riding bikes for real, off road, or up big mountains, that sort of thing.
Anyway. Almost 20 years. And here are some things I have never done:
Never fixed a chain. We’ve been over this.
I have never successfully adjusted the shifting on any bike. I have attempted to adjust the shifting on MANY bikes, but always abjectly failed. Sometimes I even play with the limit screws, just to fully demonstrate my ineptitude.
I have never installed anything on any bike, other than pedals. Oh, and a handlebar. And maybe a saddle. Successfully, that is.
I think that makes me a yuppie twit.
On the other hand, I have NO plans to learn how to do any of these things. There is no ride or race that I’m too proud to bail out on. I carry tools because I ride with people who can fix stuff.
You hear that Brad? I carry the tools, you carry the brain. Same as it ever was.